Africa

Bushiri ‘spaghetti roads’ prophecy excites MDC-T

MALAWI’s controversial prophet, Shepherd Bushiri, has thrown the MDC-T in a delirium after he recently prophesied the “rebirth of Zimbabwe with new upmarket cities and modern infrastructure”, which the opposition party claims signalled its imminent victory. MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa has of late become a butt of jokes, especially from Zanu PF leaders, who accuse him of leaving “in cloud ...

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Orange Digital Ventures invests in Africa’s Talking

Orange Digital Ventures Africa, the Orange investment fund’s new initiative for Africa launched last June, is proud to announce its first investment, helping Africa’s Talking to raise $8.6 million alongside the IFC World Bank and Social Capital. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa’s Talking is currently the leading company providing access to telecom operators’ communication and payment APIs (programming interfaces) for ...

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Swaziland king renames country ‘the Kingdom of eSwatini’

There are not many people in the world who are able to change the name of a nation. But King Mswati can – he is one of the world’s few absolute monarchs. King Mswati III of Swaziland announced on Wednesday that he was renaming the country “the Kingdom of eSwatini”. The monarch announced the official change in a stadium during ...

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Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Dana lead Sama nominees

Legendary musician Robbie Malinga’s self-titled album has earned him a posthumous nomination for the 24th South African Music Awards (Samas). Malinga, a celebrated composer and musician, died on Christmas Day last year following a battle with pancreatic cancer. His album was nominated in the category of best Afro-pop album on Thursday night and he will go up against Mafikizolo, Zahara, ...

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Telcos, banks profit from cash shortages

When Kenya initiated the mobile money revolution through M-Pesa a decade ago, few gave it a chance of success. But then it did succeed, and phenomenally so. Spurred on by that success, South Africa’s Vodacom launched its version of M-Pesa in 2010 but it flopped and was scrapped only two years later. Locally, NetOne led the way with its One ...

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Africa open for business and needs more private investment

Africa holds enormous potential for private investors. Since the turn of the millennium, it has been among the world’s fastest growing regions. And although growth in some parts of Africa is fragile for the moment, the continent has an improving business environment, expanding internet connectivity, rising incomes, and shifting consumption patterns. These enduring trends have created an abundance of commercial ...

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Zimbabwean man murdered in SA hospital, family wants answers

The family of a Zimbabwean man is demanding answers after he was found dead in a ward in Stellenbosch Provincial Hospital where he had been admitted for 72-hour mental health observation. Tapiwa Chipika had been admitted on Sunday 11 March. On Tuesday evening he was dead. It appears he was strangled. Western Cape Government Health said the case has been ...

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Mnangagwa calls African leaders to shift focus

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the current crop of political leaders in Africa now need to shift focus from political nationalism to economic nationalism and the integration of economies in order to develop their respective countries. President Mnangagwa and his Ivorian counterpart President Alassane Quattara held bilateral talks at the Presidential Palace today. The closed-door meeting took close to an hour. ...

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Drawing parallels between the ZANU PF and ANC recalls, the issue of Constitutional order

Whether this is by design or it is the swinging pendulum of fortune swinging in reverse it stands to be seen. The ANC has had two recalls in successive Presidencies. This is the biggest problem Africa and humanity has, if one does it, why can’t I do it too? It does not matter how different the circumstances are but one ...

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Mnangagwa off to Botswana to tour project that closes out Zimbabwe

President Mnangagwa travels to Botswana today where together with that country’s President Seretse Ian Khama and Zambian leader Edgar Lungu they will assess progress made on the construction of the Kazungula Bridge. The bridge will connect eight countries. It is situated where borders of four countries – Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia – meet. The bridge links Botswana and Zambia ...

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