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Zimbabwe: Another Chinese Company Tries to Evict Villagers for a Coal Mine

Yet another Chinese miner, Monalof, is embroiled in a bitter wrangle with villagers in Binga who are resisting is bid to evict them from their ancestral lands. The villagers were recently given a three months' notice to vacate their homes and p..

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Zimbabwe: Tea Farmers Want Some More

LOW prices of tea on the local market have seen farmers in Honde Valley abandoning the crop for other cash crops. Despite prospects of a good harvest this season, tea producers in Honde Valley are slowly giving up. The locally available buyer for H..

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Nigeria: Over 100 Medical Consultants Left Nigeria in the Last Two Years – Official

As of 2020, Nigeria had a doctor-patient ratio of 1:2,753, in sharp contrast to the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s minimum recommended ratio of 1:400 or 600. The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has said more tha..

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South Africa: South African Farming – New Policy Offers Promise, but There’s Fixing to Be Done Too

For most agricultural subsectors, South Africa is emerging from one of the best years. The 2020/21 season saw bumper harvests for grains, oilseeds and some fruits. These boosted export earnings and improved farm incomes, especially for grains where t..

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East Africa: Ethiopia’s Abiy Calls On Sudan, Egypt to Nurture GERD ‘Narrative Towards Building Peace’

Addis Abeba — Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on Sudan and Egypt "to nurture the narrative towards building peace, cooperation, mutual co-existence and development of all our people without harming one another." In a letter PM Abiy issued today..

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Africa: In Ethiopia, Guinea and Mali, Fears Rise Over Losing Duty-Free Access to U.S. Market

Bamako / Conakry / Washington — For Sammy Abdella, the new year has brought bad tidings: the prospect of a steep drop in sales of scarves, rugs, baskets and other textile goods produced by Sammy Handmade in Ethiopia. "The U.S. market is our main des..

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Tanzania: Tanzania, Burundi Standard Gauge Railway – Why It Matters

SOME economic and transport professionals on Monday welcomed the signed agreement between Tanzania and Burundi for the construction of railway to link the two countries, saying the envisaged infrastructure will significantly boost trade and economies..

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Nigeria: Nigeria to Launch Second Satellite Into Orbit

Nigeria has mapped out strategies to launch a second satellite (Sat 2) into the orbit to enhance the communications status of the nation. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami disclosed this during a one- day facility..

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Kenya: 45% of Rich Citizens Planning Early Retirement, Study Finds

Nairobi — Forty-five percent of affluent and high net worth (HNW) Kenyans are said to be planning to retire before the age of 65 years, a study conducted by Standard Chartered has said. The expectancy 2021 bridging the confidence gap study which was..

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Africa: Africa’s Cannabis Market to Hit U.S.$7.1 Billion By 2023

Africa's medicinal cannabis market will be worth $7.1 billion by 2023. Morocco legalized the product last year with the "illegal" cannabis industry exporting US$13 billion worth of pot to Europe annually. Discussions about cannabis as a cure o..

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Kenya: Kenyan Domestic Workers’ Doomed Voyages to the Gulf

Nairobi, Kenya — Distress calls from vulnerable Kenyan women in Saudi Arabia experiencing mistreatment and torture at the hands of their employers went from 88 in 2019/2020 to 1,025 just one year later. And this fear is all too familiar for 28-year-..

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Zambia: Offering Beekeeping as an Alternative to Charcoal Production #AfricaClimateCrisis

THE loss of forests in Zambia, which is now leading to an increase in the frequency and intensity of adverse weather events such as droughts and floods, has become a national concern. According to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Zambia loses betwe..

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