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South Africa mine dam collapse highlights patchy regulation

South Africa mine dam collapse highlights patchy regulation

THE collapse of a tailings dam in South Africa earlier this month has put the spotlight on the need for binding global regulations of facilities used to store mining waste, investors and industry leaders said. A dam holding liquid mine waste from a tailings reprocessing operation near the historic Jagersfontein diamond mine in Free State province burst on September 11, releasing a flood of mine slurry that swept away houses and cars, killed one person and injured scores. Two people remain unaccounted for after the dam collapsed, according to the Free State provincial government. The disaster has raised questions about…
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Sudan’s leader says date for elections not fixed

Sudan’s leader says date for elections not fixed

THE head of Sudan's ruling council General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told Reuters that no fixed date had been set for elections, but the military would not wait forever. Burhan, who derailed a political transition 11 months ago by dissolving a civilian-led government, had previously indicated that elections would be held in 2023. The takeover he led halted a power-sharing agreement between the army and civilians, triggering mass street protests and a stand-off between the military and pro-democracy parties. After the deadlock deepened, Burhan said in July the army would step aside from political talks. "We are waiting, we do not…
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US airstrike kills 27 Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

US airstrike kills 27 Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

THE U.S. military said it had killed 27 fighters from the al Shabaab militant group in an air strike in Somalia's central Hiran region, where the army and allied forces have launched an offensive against the insurgents in the last month. The United States has been carrying out air strikes in Somalia against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda franchise, for years. Sunday's strike was the sixth recorded in 2022, according to the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) website. In the Hiran region, residents say al Shabaab's torching of houses, destruction of wells and killing of civilians, combined with demands for taxes…
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Kenya drives East Africa’s corporate deals in an election year

Kenya drives East Africa’s corporate deals in an election year

THE 2022 political campaigns in Kenya focused less on personalities and ethnicity as leaders moved to woo voters by promising them economic reforms. As a result, election season passed relatively quiet, with a peaceful transition of power in the region's largest economy. This appears to have had a positive impact on investor confidence as investment flows and corporate deals in form of mergers and acquisitions into the country surged. Advisory firm, I&M Burbidge Capital in its latest deals analysis shows 91 deals valued at US$1.1 billion were recorded in East Africa over the last eight months with Kenya controlling 68…
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Nigeria’s military warns residents of bombings targeting bandits

Nigeria’s military warns residents of bombings targeting bandits

NIGERIA'S military is urging people in three northwestern states to leave forested areas ahead of a bombing campaign targeting bandits and terrorists, according to local broadcast stations and a military official. An advertisement running on local television and radio stations warned people in Zamfara, Katsina and the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state to leave the forests in advance of a "heavy bombardment." Murtala Alhasan Umaru, general manager at Zamfara state TV and radio, showed the advertisement to Reuters and said the military asked them to play it. There are versions in local pidgin English, Hausa, Kanuri and Fulani. A…
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Ivory Coast snails seen as ‘caviar’ as deforestation curbs habitat

Ivory Coast snails seen as ‘caviar’ as deforestation curbs habitat

AS deforestation reduces the natural habitat of the giant African snail, entrepreneurs like Bernus Bleu are carving out a profitable niche market with farms for the delicacy whose slime is also in demand for cosmetics. Bleu has been breeding the molluscs and teaching others how to raise edible snails since 2017. Throughout the country, several snail farms have joined the trade, said Bleu. Around 1,200 farms have started in recent years, and nearly 6,000 people have been trained in snail farming. Bernus Bleu manager of Cote d'Ivoire snail company inspects a snails farm in Azaguie, Ivory Coast September 16, 2022.…
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Nigerian ride-hailing app aims to put women at ease

Nigerian ride-hailing app aims to put women at ease

HAUWA Shakir puts the finishing touches to an elegant lilac and grey dress, grabs her handbag and steps into a grey Toyota Corolla in front of her home in the outskirts of central Abuja. Shakir, 31, is among thousands of Nigerians hailing rides using mobile apps, but her car has something unusual: a female driver. She said the trip on HerRyde, a ride-hailing app with exclusively women drivers that launched in August, set her mind at ease. "I've had scary experiences from the other rides," the fashion designer and lawyer told Reuters. On the way to a nearby mall, she…
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World going nuts for Eswatini farm’s macadamias

World going nuts for Eswatini farm’s macadamias

TREES along the runway sway in the gentle, mid-morning breeze, as if in competition for elusive rays of a sun that is poking from between clouds as the plane makes its steady descent. Below, at the edge of a forest in the rural area of Tubungu, near Matsapha and some 15 kilometres from Manzini, shiny roofs reflect from a cluster of buildings arranged in parallel rows. Once out of the airport, a signpost at the side of the road points to the African Christian College, home to the Tree of Life Project, the only one of its kind in Eswatini.…
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A taxi business grows wings as domestic tourism takes flight in Zimbabwe

A taxi business grows wings as domestic tourism takes flight in Zimbabwe

AN imposing billboard arrests the attention of passers-by in an upmarket residential suburb in the northwest of Harare, with images of plush tourist resorts and the lure of travel to exotic destinations. The travel mode suggests road rather than air - the ad sports minibuses, or vans - and the destinations are all domestic. As are the potential customers. The advert is by Pamushana Africa Group (PAG). It's a firm that has successfully - and profitably - negotiated a rising tide of domestic tourism - a sector that has flourished across Africa since the start of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.…
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Nigeria’s Buhari, in last UN speech, raps leaders who extend term limits

Nigeria’s Buhari, in last UN speech, raps leaders who extend term limits

NIGERIA'S President Muhammadu Buhari criticised fellow leaders who extend term limits to cling to power, saying this was having a "corrosive" effect, and promised free and fair elections when the country elects his successor in February. Buhari, 79, who took office after defeating a sitting president in elections in 2015, will make way for a new leader in what would be another peaceful transfer of power, helping cement Nigeria's democratic credentials in a region prone to coups. Nigeria ended decades of military rule in 1999. Speaking at his last United Nations General Assembly, Buhari said Africa's most populous nation had…
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