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South Africa: Embattled Eskom Appoints New Acting CEO - [Eskom] The Eskom Board wishes to announce the appointment of Mr Johnny Dladla as acting Group Chief Executive with immediate effect.
Ethiopia: No Border Wall for Ethiopia, Rather an Open Door - Even for Its Enemy - [IPS] Adinbried -It's one thing to read about the exodus of souls flowing out of Eritrea, it's quite another to look into the tired eyes, surrounded by dust and grime, of a 14-year-old Eritrean girl who's just arrived on the Ethiopian side of the shared border.
South Africa: Battle for President - Does Dlamini-Zuma Stand Chance Against Ramaphosa? - [allAfrica] Cape Town -In South Africa the constitution does not allow for its citizens to choose a president. It relies solely on a few men and women who are nominated into the inner circle of the African National Congress, known as the National Executive Council, to make that decision for its citizens.
Nigeria: Survivors Tell of Boko Haram Ambush of Secure Convoy - [Premium Times] Some survivors of the Tuesday morning ambush on a convoy of dozens of vehicles under armed escort have narrated their woes blaming the security agencies for poor preparation.
Nigeria: World Bank Approves Loan for Out-of-School Programme - [Premium Times] The World Bank has approved a credit of $611 million to support Nigeria in bringing back out-of-school children into the classrooms.
Africa: UN Approves West African Force to Fight Terrorism in Sahel - [Deutsche Welle] The UN Security Council has approved an African counterterrrorism force in the Sahel, but in a watered-down form due to US objections. The force will also fight arms, drugs and human trafficking.
Angola: When You Can't Shoot, Sue! - [Maka] Recently, the Angolan ruling party MPLA proposed, in Parliament, that the outgoing President and Vice-President be given absolute immunity from prosecution for any crimes they committed while in office.
Africa: Alien Animals and Plants Are On the Rise - [The Conversation Africa] This article is the first in a series The Conversation Africa is running on invasive species.
South Africa: Wheelchair Tennis Ace Sithole in French Semi-Finals - [Sascoc] South African world No 4 wheelchair tennis ace, Lucas Sithole, easily advanced to the semi-finals of the French Open Super Series tournament on Wednesday, defeating unseeded Alberto Corradi from Italy in Paris.
Zimbabwe: Bigwigs Lobby for Police Traffic Posts - [The Herald] Influential people have been stampeding to have their children and relatives in the police force seconded to the traffic section to benefit from alleged rich pickings from corruption, legislators heard. Home Affairs Deputy Minister Cde Obedingwa Mguni said he had received requests from lawmakers and community leaders to have their children assume duties in the police traffic section.
Zimbabwe: Govt to Translocate 2 000 Wild Animals to Mozambique - [The Herald] Zimbabwe has approved the translocation of 2 000 wild animals from Save Valley Conservancy in the Lowveld to a park in Mozambique as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen co-operation in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier park.
Ghana: Fishermen Agree to Put a Stop to Light Fishing - [Ghana Govt.] Fishermen in the coastal regions of the country have agreed to put a stop to light fishing as a measure of arresting the consistent decline in the stocks of fish within the coastal waters.
South Africa: We Still Won't Vote Against Zuma - ANC Caucus On Secret Ballot Ruling - [News24Wire] The African National Congress in Parliament has welcomed the Constitutional Court's ruling that Speaker Baleka Mbete must decide again on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, saying it doesn't change its stance.
East Africa: 'Eating' Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway - [Citizen] As the stories on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) recently launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta continued to bubble - the glory it will bring, the cost, which pocketed what and didn't - I have been intrigued by a less glamorous part of the tale.
Kenya: 47 Test Positive for Cholera in Nairobi - [Nation] A cholera outbreak has been reported at Weston Hotel in Nairobi where some guests, including doctors, are attending a science conference.
South Africa: No Visa Yet - Will Singer Babes Wodumo Attend #BETAwards? - [allAfrica] Cape Town -Did nursing the disappointment of the SAMA awards lead to Babes Wodumo missing out on her U.S. visa?
Morocco: Protest Leader Alleges Police Beat Him - [HRW] Tunis -Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco's Rif region, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today, based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer. Authorities are investigating Nasser Zefzafi, the protest leader, on grave charges, including one that carries the death penalty and some that appear political in nature.
Tanzania: Govt Rules Out Paying Councillors Monthly Salaries - [Citizen] Dodoma -The government yesterday ruled out any possibility of paying Councillors monthly salaries.
South Africa: Fake News Spinning Pro-Gupta Narrative - #GuptaLeaks Investigative Press - [Daily Maverick] With the costly, UK-based PR spin doctors Bell Pottinger paid-up and shipped out, South Africa's First Family, the Guptas, scrambled to find a replacement spin machine after damning revelations of their involvement in the capture of ministers and government officials, gleaned from #GuptaLeaks, began to be made public last month. Soon afterwards, several websites and Twitter accounts relating to "White Monopoly Capital" were launched and used to attack some of the Guptas' biggest opponents. Scorpio has iden
South Africa: Cici Not Dropping Charges Against Arthur Mafokate - [allAfrica] Cape Town -Cici has released a press statement, dismissing claims that she has dropped assault charges against her boss and alleged romantic partner Arthur Mofokate.
Uganda: Speaker Kadaga Apologises for Health Budget Cut - [Monitor] The Speaker of Parliament has called for aggressive health policies geared at preventive rather than curative solutions to reduce on the disease burden.
Uganda: MPs Grill Internal Affairs Minister Over Passports Shortfall - [Monitor] Parliament -If harsh words were strokes of a cane to be counted, then Gen Jeje Odongo, the Minister of Internal Affairs lost his count after he failed to convince legislators about the shortfall in ordinary passports.
Tanzania: Magufuli Mourns Ruling Party and Yanga Supporter 'Ali Yanga' - [Daily News] President John Magufuli has sent a condolence message to the family of Ally Mohamed , a staunch supporter of the ruling party CCM and Young Africans who died in a road accident in Dodoma on Monday.
Malawi: What's Next For Fired Agriculture Minister Chaponda? - [Nyasa Times] The Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious body and governance watchdog, has formally adopted some of the recommendations delegates to 5+1 All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference in Blantyre made to President Peter Mutharika's administration, including independence of oversight institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC).
Zimbabwe: VP Mnangagwa a Shameless Liar - Opposition - [New Zimbabwe] The opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) has scoffed at vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa's recent claim that government has met its electoral promise to create 2, 2 million jobs.
Africa: Ex-Tanzanian President Calls for Midwifery Global Policy Reforms - [Daily News] Retired President Jakaya Kikwete has called for urgent global policy reform on midwifery and recognition of the profession, saying skilled and educated midwives can provide essential healthcare needed during pregnancy.
Tanzania: Water Bill Dodgers Face Magufuli Wrath - [Daily News] In what can be termed as a replica of a directive he issued to the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) three months ago, President John Magufuli has ordered the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Company (Dawasco) to disconnect water from all government institutions with outstanding bills amounting to 40bn/-.
East Africa: Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda Risk Losing U.S.'s AGOA Deal - [Daily News] Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda risk losing access to the American market through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) following plans by the East African member states to ban imports of second-hand clothes and shoes.
Zimbabwe: Court Orders Woman to Pay U.S.$8,000 for Infidelity - [New Zimbabwe] A Harare woman has been ordered by a High Court judge to pay her lover's wife $8,000 for having an adulterous relationship with the man.
Tanzania: Government Clears Air On Tax Exemption Policy - [Daily News] Dodoma -TheĀ  government has issued tax exemptions worth 11.8trl/- in the period of 10 years, which is an average of 1.18tril/- per year.
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South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote - But the South African parliament's speaker will decide whether the vote will be held in secret.
Kenya's schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government - Many Kenyan girls end up missing school because sanitary protection is too expensive.
South Africa's Robben Island to cull 400 deer - Numbers have increased since hunting was banned after Nelson Mandela's prison was declared a museum.
Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations - The UN force in the Central African Republic has been plagued by allegations of sexual abuse.
South Sudan no longer in famine - More than a million people are still facing emergency levels of hunger, one step below famine.
Otodo-Gbame: Nigeria court rules eviction unconstitutional - Tens of thousands have been cleared from waterfront communities amid redevelopment efforts in Lagos.
#SocialMediaBlackout: South Africans tweet despite boycott call - The irony of #SocialMediaBlackout trending despite a call not to log on is not lost on South Africans.
CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal - Officials say bodies are lying in the street a day after rebels and the government agreed a truce.
Kenya 'colour run' to boost unity ahead of elections - A riot of colours as Kenyans run to defy divisions ahead of August polls.
The Somalis dying to get married - Many young Somalis risk everything trying to seek a better life in the Middle East or Europe - often because this is the only way they can afford to get married.
Somali refugee becomes basketball star - Meet Abdi Jama - a refugee from Somalia who overcame tragedy to became one of Great Britain's leading wheelchair basketball players
How I became a hijabi ballet dancer - Engy El Shazly started learning ballet at 27 while wearing her Islamic headscarf.
How a South Sudanese refugee became a supermodel - Mari Malek came to the US as a child refugee. Now she uses her supermodel status to advocate for children affected by war in South Sudan.
From intersex stigma to Kenya's gospel star - He fought stigma and violence to become a gospel star in Kenya.
Zambia U20 star Mwepu joins Austria's Salzburg - Enock Mwepu, one Zambia's star performers at the recent Under-20 World Cup, joins Austrian top flight club Redbull Salzburg.
Cameroon coach Broos seeks brighter start - Cameroon seek to impose themselves early on in Thursday's match against Australia at the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Bangura: Leone Stars have enough quality - Sierra Leone are good enough to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, according to captain Umaru Bangura.
Sihem Hassaini: Why Tunisian women are having hymen surgery - Tunisian women are expected to be virgins when they marry, leading some to have hymen surgery.
Stephanie Hegarty: Nigeria's secret Facebook women - The all-female Facebook group Female In Nigeria became a place for women to share their deepest secrets.
Rana Jawad: Gaddafi's next move - Will the son of Libya's deposed leader re-emerge as a public figure in the conflict-hit country?
Rumble in the jungle - Visiting the boxers of Kinshasa, 43 years after Ali and Foreman fought in the Rumble in the Jungle.
New faces of Africa - The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.
Nairobi's new railway - A peek at Africa's newest railway, running from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa.
The gospel train - For 20 years, a Christian group has held prayers on a train carriage during their one hour commute.
Tradesmen of Kumasi - Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.
River of life - Solving the water crisis for South Sudanese refugees.
Living with volcanoes - The archipelago where the landscape is idyllic but life tough.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Power to the people? - Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers growing calls for changes in the way Nigeria is governed.
Yousra Elbagir: Sudan's' cholera cover-up' - In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir criticises the Sudanese government's failure to get to grips with a cholera pandemic.
Elizabeth Ohene: Why Ghana's new word for gold miner spells trouble - In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on the "galamsey" phenomenon.
Joseph Warungu: Kenyan votes for food - In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu looks at how Kenya's staple has been the source of intrigue.
Jailed and ransomed - Migrants are falling prey to criminal gangs in Libya - the BBC hears one man's horrific story.
'You are a liar' - Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the incessant duel on facts between Nigeria and Amnesty.
Border feud - Tension has mounted after Qatar withdrew its peacekeepers guarding the disputed border between Eritrea and Djibouti
Style in the slum - His neighbours, in what is probably the world's most famous slum, stare but he doesn't care.
Africa's top shots - A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Football's heart problem - Research in the US and Europe suggests that black sports people are more at risk of cardiac arrest.
Ebola return - Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey returns to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting Ebola there.
Small and bullet-shaped - A woman travelling through Cairo airport may find her sanitary products confuse security staff.