Africa

Zimbabwe joins SADC nutrition forum

Zimbabwe has joined other SADC countries at the forum on early childhood nutrition in Southern Africa being hosted by Lesotho at the Thaba Bosiu Conference Centre in Maseru. Zimbabwe is being represented by a delegation led by Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima who is representing Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga at the forum and ...

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Zimbabweans in limbo after giving SA home affairs asylum papers

In 2009, the South African government introduced the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project (DZP) to legalise the many Zimbabweans already inside the country because of the political and socio-economic situation at home. Zimbabweans who until then had applied for asylum were encouraged to apply for a DZP permit, GroundUp reports. When applying their asylum documents were retained by the Department of ...

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SA restaurant chain to expand footprint in Zimbabwe

SOUTH AFRICAN fast-food giant Barcelos will invest $1,5 million and open an additional four outlets in Zimbabwe over the next 12 months, according to an official. After opening a 100-seat restaurant in Bulawayo on Monday this week at a cost of $250 000, Barcelos – which operates 80 outlets in South Africa – plans to open four more in the ...

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In South Sudan, up to 2.4 million children are not attending school

JUBA, South Sudan – Up to 2.4 million children in South Sudan are not receiving an education – the highest proportion of out of school children in the world. Years of conflict, displacement and economic collapse continue to deprive children of education, harming the future of the country. New data in the Global Initiative on Out of School Children South ...

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ABSA bank set to seize James Makamba’s mansio

Top Mugabe ally owes Absa $4.5-million for home loan, credit cards and car payments James Makamba’s sprawling Johannesburg property could soon be confiscated by Absa bank to recover a $4.5-million (R59-million) debt owed by the Zimbabwe businessman. The debt is understood to have accumulated in mortgage, credit-card and vehicle financing accounts the businessman opened with Absa’s wealth unit. Makamba, who ...

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Zim children in SA miss exams as Home Affairs sends them from city to city

SOUTH Africa: Three Zimbabwean refugee children‚ aged seven‚ 12 and 14‚ have been out of school for two weeks and missed examinations because they had to travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town to renew their refugee status. The Home Affairs office in Pretoria refused to serve them because they originally applied for asylum in Cape Town. And their overnight trip ...

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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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