Coronavirus: Dominicans Die of Drinking Liquor, Cuba Sends More Doctors to Africa

At least 109 people have died in the Dominican Republic as a result of drinking clerén, a drink made from sugar cane and fermented fruits. Experts have explained that the drink has got a high methanol content, which can lead to subsequent contamination. The victims ingested the drink believing that it is an effective remedy against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: 12 Dead in South Africa, South Sudan Records First Death

South Africa reported 11 deaths and 1,655 positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus yesterday. Elsewhere, South Sudan recorded its first death due to the disease. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s province situated along the country’s coastline, is the province with the highest number of deaths, with seven out of the eleven recorded in the country.

Coronavirus: South Africa Bans Covid-19 Fake News, Pandemic Spreading Rapidly Through Africa

The South African government on Thursday put into place a new law that provides for up to six months’ imprisonment for any citizen found guilty of spreading false information regarding the new Coronavirus pandemic. South Africa has 202 cases of people infected with Coronavirus and it is the most affected country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Coronavirus: Italy Announces Emergency Fund, Cases Rise in South Africa

The Italian Government has announced that it would provide €25 billion to fight the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19), which has already left more than 600 dead in the country. The announcement was made today by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte. Of the amount, approximately half will be used for emergencies, while the other half would be used for possible future needs in the country.

Sisi Speaks at AU Summit as Egypt Hands Over Presidency

The leaders of the African Union countries, at the beginning of their 3-day summit in Addis Ababa, sought to enhance their participation in mediations in a number of armed conflicts that are tearing the continent apart. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced his country’s readiness to host an African summit devoted to discussing the formation of a joint African force to combat terrorism.

African Union Summit Seeks Greater Role in Libyan Crisis

The 33rd African Union Summit will be launched Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the slogan “Silencing the guns to create conditions for Africa’s development.” The presidency of the summit will move from Egypt to South Africa, and to President Cyril Ramaphosa from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Today, Ramaphosa presides over a closed session to present the challenges that stand in the way of Africa’s progress.

Shirazz Mohamed, Abducted South African Journalist, Returns Home from Syria

A South African photo-journalist, Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted three years ago in Syria, has returned to his home country after being set free. His family has confirmed this, adding that they would give more details later. “Shiraaz Mohamed is back in the country,” his ex-wife, Shaaziya Brijlal told AFP. “Owing to his recent circumstances, he and our family are requesting that we be given some space,” said Brijlal adding that a statement will be given in due course.

World Summit on Industry and Manufacturing Highlights Africa’s Untapped Potential

The World Summit for Industry and Manufacturing organized a joint initiative between the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with a new promotional tour in the city of Pretoria. The aim of the initiative is to examine the untapped industrial potential of countries in Southern Africa and its potential impacts on global value chains, and its role in shaping the future of the industrial sector.

One dead, Thousands Displaced by South African Floods, Power Cuts

At least one person has died and properties have been destroyed by floods in South Africa. Cooperative, Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, confirmed the fatality. “We are saddened by the loss of life. We just learnt this morning that a washed-up body was discovered in Centurion. There are also secondary problems that are arising, such as sinkholes,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

Role of Putin’s Russia and BRICS Summit 2019

The 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil on November 13-14, 2019. This year’s BRICS slogan is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year there will be two distinct differences:

1) Hightened security measures due to the unrest in South America. During the summit, the Brazilian military will be deployed to the area.

2) The partners from other nations will not be invited. Usually, partners are invited to the summit to ink trade deals and engage in additional open dialogue.

Jacob Zuma, Former South African President, to Stand Trial for Corruption

Former South African President Jacob Zuma, splashed in scandals that led to his forced resignation in 2018, will be tried for bribery in relation to a 20-year old arms deal involving the French group Thales. Zuma, who was in power from 2009 to 2018, is being prosecuted for corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to a huge armament contract worth 30 billion rands (or about $2.5 billion at the current rate) awarded in 1999.

“It’s a Conspiracy Against Me” – South Africa’s Jacob Zuma Rejects Allegations of Crimes

In court testimony, Former South African President Jacob Zuma rejects allegations of crimes and claims to be the target of conspiracies to get him out of the picture. He is accused of corruption and involvement with entrepreneurs who had an influence in his government. Zuma denied a number of accusations against him on Monday. He said that for years he has been the target of conspiracies and attempts to destroy his reputation.

Apartheid – Secular and Religious

When the officials in Iran were interviewed recently they were asked: Why do you want to destroy Israel?  Iran continuously publically states there intention to destroy Israel and wipe Israel off the face of the map.  This is also the wish of Hamas and Jihad in the Gaza Strip.  This official in Iran answered to this question, “Israel is an apartheid state. We were also against the apartheid state in South Africa.

Apartheid began in South Africa in 1948 when the National Party was elected in office. The National Party government classified all South African people into three races and developed rights and limitations for each.

South African Elections Roundup: Reduced Majority, Surprising Results

By Friday, the Independent Electoral Commission had finished counting the ballots in South Africa’s sixth general election since the end of Apartheid. As expected, the African National Congress extended their quarter-century in power with a substantial, yet reduced, majority. What was not expected was both the extent of their reduction, and the subpar performance of at least one opposition party. The new National Assembly will present a fresh set of challenges to President Cyril Ramaphosa and his reform agenda.

South Africans Go to the Polls This Week; a Majority Will Stay Away

In political science, a democratic transition is said to have been completed once at least two parties win elections. If that’s the case, the end of Apartheid twenty-five years ago merely marked the replacement of one dominant-party state by another. Since vanquishing the National Party— and white minority rule— in 1994, the African National Congress has won five consecutive elections, and governed alone. On Wednesday, the ANC will make it six in a row, and a full term for South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Black Friday: Pushing, Shoving, Violence