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Quarantines hurting Middle East aviation recovery – IATA

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association urges governments to 'implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival,' warning of the policy's impact on the aviation industry

ETIHAD. An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo from airline's website

Africa free-trade vision clouded by virus and pace of talks

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:30 PM

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is supposed to take operational effect on Wednesday, July 1, but the coronavirus pandemic and slow negotiations hamper the deal

A peanut trader empties a bag filled with peaunuts at a collection point for local traders in the village of Guint Kaye near Kaolack on January 21, 2020. - Senegal is among the world's top exporters of peanuts, which are grown mostly around the central city of Kaolack in the country's so-called "groundnut basin". Huge orders from wealthy Chinese peanut traders have cut Senegal's traditional selling season short this year, rewarding farmers with fat profits but ruining local processors. (Photo by Seyllou / AFP)

South Africa economy contracts 2% in Q1 2020

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Mining and manufacturing are the biggest drags on South Africa's overall economic activity in the 1st quarter of 2020

KEY INDUSTRY. This aerial view shows the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg, South Africa, on May 15, 2020. Photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

IMF warns pandemic set to undo decade of progress in Africa

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:05 PM

The International Monetary Fund sees the economy of sub-Saharan Africa contracting by 3.2% in 2020

Sparse visitors walk on a warm winter day at the marina of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, on June 15, 2020. - Usually busy throughout the year and bustling with patrons and tourists both local and international, the eateries and restaurants of this prime shopping centre have been hit hard by the lockdown and are currently closed. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

South Africa says economy to shrink 7.2%, deepest slump in 90 years

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:50 AM

The South African economy could suffer its worst contraction in 90 years due to the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) This file photograph taken on November 2, 2018, shows a general view of the Central Business District of Johannesburg. - South Africa's economy is projected to shrink to a record 90-year low of 7.2 percent due to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said June 24, 2020. Presenting a supplementary budget in parliament, Tito Mboweni said the continent most developed economy "is now expected to contract by 7.2 per cent in 2020," adding: "This is the largest contraction in nearly 90 years." (Photo by Guillem Sartorio / AFP)

South Africa's jobless rate tops 30% in Q1 2020

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The number of unemployed reaches 7.1 million in South Africa, with the formal sector shedding the most jobs

An informal brick maker makes bricks on the side of the road at the Mamelodi township in Pretoria on June 1, 2020. - South Africa moved into level three of a five-tier lockdown on June 1, 2020, to continue efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.Under level three, all but high-risk sectors of the economy will be allowed to reopen. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

South Africa to start Africa's 1st coronavirus vaccine pilot

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:53 PM

South Africa is set to vaccinate 2,000 people with the vaccine known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. In this file photo, people wait to be screened during a testing drive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District, on June 11, 2020. File photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP)

Virus booze ban causes headache for South African winemakers

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Wine producers in the valleys of South Africa's Western Cape province are concerned the industry will struggle to bounce back from a liquor ban

This aerial view shows workers pruning a vineyard at the Nabygelegen Winery in Wellington near Cape Town on June 17, 2020. - South Africa shuttered liquor stores at the start of a strict anti-coronavirus lockdown on March 27, 2020 meant to stem the spread of COVID-19. The controversial booze ban was partially lifted on June 1, 2020 as part of a gradual easing of confinement measures to limit the economic setbacks of the pandemic. But wine producers in the valleys of South Africa's Western Cape province are concerned the industry will struggle to bounce back. The alcohol sales ban was coupled with a six-week export freeze -- raising concern buyers could turn to suppliers in other countries is demands are not rapidly met. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Africa urges U.N. probe of U.S. 'systemic racism,' police violence

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:05 AM

'When national processes consistently fail, international processes are needed,' says John Fisher, head of Human Rights Watch's Geneva office

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South Africa's Ramaphosa slams surge in femicides as lockdown eases

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:24 PM

South Africa is ranked among countries with one of the highest levels of intimate partner violence in the world

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war. Five of the biggest emerging economies on July 26, stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Themba Hadebe

Coronavirus impact could kill over 50,000 children in MENA – U.N.

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:09 PM

Overstretched health facilities, economic hardships, and parents' fears of contracting COVID-19 may cause a huge rise of coronavirus child deaths in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the WHO and Unicef

Jihadists kill dozens in Nigeria attacks

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The killings are the latest in a spike of assaults by fighters believed to be from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction

WHO warns pandemic accelerating in Africa

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:38 AM

'It took 98 days to reach the first 100,000 cases, and only 18 days to move to 200,000 cases,' says Doctor Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's regional director for Africa

Rows of beds inside the male section at a COVID-19 coronavirus isolation centre at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano, Nigeria, on April 7, 2020. - The centre is being built with donations from Kano-born Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist and Africa's richest man. (Photo by AMINU ABUBAKAR / AFP)

Liberia set to ease virus restrictions

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:53 PM

Restrictions such as a night-time curfew will remain in place, though it will start later

WEST AFRICAN STATE. A file photo of a scene in Monrovia, Liberia, on February 5, 2020 when the West African State faced a fuel supply crisis. File photo by Carielle Doe/AFP

Under-fire African Development Bank boss facing new graft probe

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Akinwumi Adesina, who is seeking reelection as president of the African Development Bank, now faces an independent inquiry

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Africa CDC tries to ramp up coronavirus tests as lockdowns ease

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Africa records 162,000 cases and 4,600 deaths, with an average of 5,400 new cases per day in the past week

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. Commuters queue at the Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg on June 1, 2020. File photo by Emmanuel Croset/AFP

South Africa delays schools reopening due to lack of 'readiness'

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:12 PM

Education Minister Angelina Motshekga apologizes for the inconvenience caused by the 'very late' decision, which was made on Saturday, May 30

CONFUSION. Pupils at the City Kidz Pre & Primary School in the Inner City district in Johannesburg sits in class as a teacher checks the register on June 1, 2020. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

British American Tobacco contests South African lockdown ban

May 29, 2020 - 10:15 PM

British American Tobacco South Africa says a continued ban on legal cigarette sales threatens the sector and the livelihoods it supports

TRADITIONAL TOBACCO. A packet of Dunhill cigarettes made by British American Tobacco is photographed in London. File photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

African Development Bank says 'no decision' yet on demands for probe

May 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Niale Kaba, the chair of the African Development Bank board, counters what she says was 'false' information

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

African Development Bank chief hits back over graft accusations

May 27, 2020 - 11:15 PM

'I maintain my innocence with regard to trumped-up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honor and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank,' says Akinwumi Adesina

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

South African AIDS researcher wins 500,000-euro French prize

May 27, 2020 - 10:13 PM

Quarraisha Abdool Karim is best known for a study that found that a gel of the anti-retroviral drug tenofovir is effective in reducing the risk of women catching HIV and genital herpes during sex

TOP PRIZE. Quarraisha Abdool Karim wins the half a million-euro Christophe Merieux Prize for her work for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. File photo from Wikipedia

U.S. urges probe into alleged ethics breach by African Development Bank

May 25, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) A letter shows United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed 'deep reservations' about the outcome of an internal inquiry clearing African Development Bank chief Akinwumi Adesina

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

Africa coronavirus cases top 100,000

May 23, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The virus spreads to every country in the continent, with the highest death tolls occurring in countries in northern Africa

Health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 coronavirus on other health workers at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, on April 15, 2020. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

South Africa central bank cuts rates, sees GDP contracting 7%

May 21, 2020 - 11:00 PM

As the coronavirus impact grows, the South African economy is now expected to decline by 7% in 2020

SEEKING PERMITS. Informal vendors gather in front of a municipal office building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 8, 2020, as they try to obtain a permit for working during the national lockdown. Photo by Luca Sola/AFP

Coronavirus stigma weighs heavily in sub-Saharan Africa

May 20, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Fatou, a woman who came into contact with a sick person, says rumors were spread that she 'contracted the virus by sleeping with white people'

WORSHIP. Muslim worshippers attend a mass prayer against COVID-19, the new coronavirus, in Dakar on March 4, 2020. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

South African mines reconfigure to survive virus amid job loss fears

May 18, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Mining is a critical cog in South Africa's already struggling economy. After more than a month of stalled operations, unions are worried about job losses.

This aerial view shows the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg, on May 15, 2020. - The mines are a critical cog in South Africa's already struggling economy, contributing eight percent to the GDP of Africa's most industrialised economy. They are also one of South Africa's largest employers, with nearly half million workers. But confined underground working conditions risk becoming breeding grounds for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The South African government has drafted comprehensive anti-coronavirus regulations for the sector and these include mandatory extensive screening and testing. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

South Africa reports 24-hour record of 1,160 new virus cases

May 18, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Some health experts are beginning to see the limits of the country's lauded mass screening strategy, with results taking up to two weeks to come through

WAITING. An elderly man at a SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) pay-point in Soweto covers his mouth on March 30, 2020 while queuing. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Quarter of a billion Africans at risk, as virus toll tops 300,000

May 15, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Researchers say frangible health systems on the world's poorest continent could quickly be overwhelmed, with modeling suggesting 231 million people could become infected

Virus could infect more than 200 million in Africa – WHO modeling

May 15, 2020 - 11:42 AM

According to the study, some 231 million people, or 22% of the one billion people in the region are expected to be infected in the 12 month period – most of them showing few or no symptoms

SPACING. Vendors take physical distance from one another at the Nakasero market in Kampala, Uganda, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Badru Katumba/AFP

Virus crisis adds to woes of Africa's oil producers

May 14, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Here is a look at how African oil-exporting countries are faring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

A view of the Kaombo Norte, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel(FPSO), a project operated by Total, the French multinational oil company, on November 8, 2018, about 250km off the coast of Angola in the Atlantic Ocean. - A column of flame emanates from the bow of the boat, illuminating the jet-black ocean for miles around. For three months now the Kaombo Norte has been anchored off the northern coast of Angola and has recently begun to pump up crude oil secreted in the depths below. The arrival of the platform ship which belongs to French oil giant Total has been a timely lifeline for the Angolan government. (Photo by Rodger BOSCH / AFP)

African Development Bank whistleblowers demand independent probe

May 12, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Whistleblowers claim the internal probe into allegations against African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina 'was tainted by irregularities'

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

African Development Bank chief cleared of ethics abuses

May 12, 2020 - 7:40 AM

The African Development Bank's ethics committee finds that the complaint against Akinwumi Adesina 'rested on no objective, solid facts'

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 – U.N.

May 12, 2020 - 12:37 AM

A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths in the region in 2020-2021, according to the WHO and UNAIDS

Up to 190,000 could die in Africa if virus containment fails – WHO

May 08, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Experts consistently warn that Africa is particularly vulnerable to an outbreak, due to weak health infrastructure, high rates of poverty, numerous roiling conflicts, and a proven susceptibility to previous epidemics

PANDEMIC. A medical staff member measures a man's temperature in Gatumba, Burundi, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Onesphore Nibigira/AFP

South Africa starts coronavirus trial of TB vaccine

May 05, 2020 - 12:32 AM

Trials start in Cape Town, where BCG booster shots are administered to 250 healthcare workers, while another 250 receive a dummy formula, or placebo

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. In this file photo, health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 on other health workers at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, on April 15, 2020. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

South Africa to seek $4.2 billion in IMF, World Bank help

Apr 25, 2020 - 7:30 AM

With the number of coronavirus cases at 3,953 including 75 deaths, South Africa is the worst affected country on the African continent

SETTLEMENT. An aerial view shows the Brazzaville informal settlement near Atteridgeville in Pretoria, South Africa, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Middle East air traffic to plunge by half on virus impact – IATA

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association expects airlines in the Middle East and North Africa to see their revenues slashed by $24.5 billion in 2020

An Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  From toothpaste to pocket knives, ink cartridges and scissors, the US cabin ban on electronic devices on flights from the Middle East and North Africa adds to a long list of products already blacklisted on international flights. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Africa's billionaires called to help coronavirus fight

Apr 18, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The wealthiest people in Africa are being urged to join the battle against the coronavirus – and fast

Rows of beds inside the male section at a COVID-19 coronavirus isolation centre at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano, Nigeria, on April 7, 2020. - The centre is being built with donations from Kano-born Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist and Africa's richest man. (Photo by AMINU ABUBAKAR / AFP)

Leaders warn Africa short of funds to fight coronavirus pandemic

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund say Africa, the world's poorest continent, needs $44 billion more to combat the coronavirus pandemic

A woman wears a mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus while selling yams in the street in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, on April 7, 2020. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Malians head to polls, braving conflict and coronavirus

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:58 AM

This election is the country's first parliamentary poll since 2013

A woman with her child gets ready to cast her ballot at a polling station in Bamako on August 12, 2018 during the second round of Mali's presidential elections. / AFP PHOTO / Michele CATTANI

South Africans turn to home-brewed beer to beat virus alcohol ban

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

With no booze supply anywhere due to the coronavirus lockdown, South Africans are fermenting their own 'creamy, thick' brew at home, called 'umqombothi'

Africa debt moratorium positive but falls short – experts

Apr 17, 2020 - 9:45 AM

The debt moratorium 'will stop African economies from falling off the cliff in the immediate future, but if solutions aren't forthcoming, catastrophe lies ahead'

ECONOMY AFFECTED. A man wearing a protective mask rests in a market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on March 30, 2020. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Middle East debt, unemployment to spike in virus recession – IMF

Apr 15, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa will lose hundreds of billions of dollars in revenues in 2020, says the International Monetary Fund

A picture taken on March 23, 2020, shows the empty King Fahd road in the Saudi capital Riyadh after authorities imposed a curfew for 21 days to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

'Starve or get sick': Africa's lockdown dilemma

Apr 15, 2020 - 9:55 AM

'It's not possible for 10 people living in a tin shack...to not go outside for 3 weeks,' says Jakkie Cilliers of the Institute for Security Studies

CROWDED. Informal vendors gather in front of a municipal office building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on April 8, 2020. Photo by Luca Sola/AFP

South Africa halts funding to cash-strapped national carrier

Apr 15, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The South African government is now 'unable to provide additional funding' to South African Airways, which has failed to make a profit since 2011

Pandemic set to plunge sub-Saharan Africa into recession – IMF

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:40 PM

The International Monetary Fund forecasts a 1.6% contraction for sub-Saharan Africa in 2020

WASH HANDS. Parishioners wash hands as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus on the last day of full gatherings as a parish at the Saint Don Bosco Catholic Parish in Lilongwe on March 22, 2020. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Middle East economy set for worst slump in decades – IMF

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:10 PM

For 2020, the International Monetary Fund sees the Middle East and North Africa region suffering its worst economic performance since 1978

A Saudi man, wearing a protective mask as a precaution against COVID-19 coronavirus disease, walks along Tahlia street in the centre of the capital Riyadh on March 15, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

South Africa in new interest rate cut, sees 6.1% GDP shrinkage

Apr 14, 2020 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) South Africa now expects its gross domestic product to contract by 6.1% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

SETTLEMENT. An aerial view shows the Brazzaville informal settlement near Atteridgeville in Pretoria, South Africa, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

African economies hard hit by coronavirus pandemic

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:20 AM

Here are Africa's key economic issues as the coronavirus pandemic hammers industries and threatens millions of jobs

A woman arranges dried fish at the deserted fish market in Rufisque on APril 9, 2020. - The World Bank warned Thursday sub-Saharan Africa could slip into its first recession in 25 years because of coronavirus and called for debt relief to ease the impact on the world's most impoverished region. (Photo by Seyllou / AFP)

Confusion as Liberian capital starts lockdown

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:35 PM

President George Weah warns that the country is facing its biggest threat since the devastating Ebola outbreak

WEST AFRICAN STATE. A file photo of a scene in Monrovia, Liberia, on February 5, 2020 when the West African State faced a fuel supply crisis. Photo by Carielle Doe / AFP