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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

Why Africa's coronavirus outbreak appears slower than anticipated

Apr 11, 2020 - 9:38 PM

Governments across the continent reacted ahead of time, closing borders and imposing lockdowns and curfews when just a handful of cases had been detected

LOCKDOWN. South Africa came under a nationwide lockdown on March 27, 2020, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the continent. Photo by Marco Longari / AFP

Africa 'elbowed out' in quest for tools to fight coronavirus – AU

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:44 PM

The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong, laments the continent's limited testing capacity and says other essential tools are similarly lacking

PROTECTION. In this file photo, a hygienist working with the Senegalese Ministry of health with help from The Alliance for International Medical Action, waits for his turn to take off his Personal Protective Equipment ahead of disinfecting the area housing patients infected with the COVID-19 at the Fann Hospital in Dakar on April 1, 2020. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

Pandemic may cause sub-Saharan Africa's 1st recession in 25 years

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'African countries are likely to be hit particularly hard' by the coronavirus pandemic, says Hafez Ghanem, the World Bank's vice president for Africa

Informal vendors gather in front of a municipal office building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on April 8, 2020, as they try to obtain a permit for working during the 21 days national lockdown that started on March 27, 2020, in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Luca Sola / AFP)

African Development Bank creates $10-billion fund for virus aid

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The African Development Bank vows that 'no country will be left behind'

PANDEMIC. A medical staff member measures a man's temperature as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus on his arrival of repatriation in Gatumba, on border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in Burundi, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Onesphore Nibigira/AFP

Sudan court upholds corruption conviction of ousted leader Bashir

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The trials in Sudan do not relate to charges Omar al-Bashir faces at the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

COURT UPHOLDS. Supporters of Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir rally in front of a court in the capital Khartoum during the former leader's trial on December 14, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

African Development Bank chief accused of multiple violations

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:55 AM

Akinwumi Adesina, who faces accusations of unethical conduct and preferential treatment, says the allegations against him are 'blatantly false'

African Development (AFDB) president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference after a G5 sahel energy summit on September 13, 2019 in Ouagadougou. - Producing 1,100 megawatts of solar electricity for 60 million G5 Sahel people by 2030 is the goal of the "Desert to Power" initiative presented by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Ouagadougou. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Coronavirus threatens nearly 20 million African jobs – study

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

An African Union study notes that countries relying heavily on tourism and oil production stand to be hit especially hard

An elderly man at a SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) pay-point in Soweto covers his mouth on March 30, 2020 while queuing. - South Africa came under a nationwide lockdown on March 27, 2020, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the continent. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Star footballer joins row after French scientists suggest testing virus vaccine in Africa

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Former international football star Didier Drogba joins lawyers and a French anti-racism organization in criticizing the two scientists

Members of the Libyan Red Crescent disinfect a street in the centre of the capital Tripoli on April 1, 2020, as a measure to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Plea for 'Marshall Plan' as pandemic hits African economies

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Niger, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso say the coronavirus pandemic has devastated their prospects for growth in 2020

A man wearing a protective mask rests in a market in Abidjan, on March 30, 2020. - On March 29, 2020, Ivory Coast announced its first death of coronavirus, out of 165 detected cases. A 9pm-5am curfew, announced on March 23 by President Alassane Ouattara, has been enforced along with a ban on movement in and out of the economic capital Abidjan and closure of bars, schools and restaurants. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

U.N. warns Libya vulnerable as country suffers 1st virus death

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:37 PM

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees warns that the health system in Libya, the scene of a year of fighting for control of Tripoli, is already on the verge of collapse

VULNERABLE. Members of the Libyan Red Crescent disinfect a street in the centER of the capital Tripoli on April 1, 2020, as a measure to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, on April 1, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Rappler Talk: Sonny Africa on government spending vs coronavirus

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:19 PM

Rappler talks to Sonny Africa of IBON Foundation on which programs the government should prioritize to deal with the coronavirus pandemic

France urges debt freeze for poor countries hit by pandemic

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:35 PM

'We have the responsibility of avoiding a drama in developing nations, especially in Africa,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

LONG LINES. Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East, South Africa on March 24, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Moody's cuts South Africa's credit rating to junk

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Moody's move 'could not have come at a worse time,' the South African government says, as it would 'further add to the prevailing financial market stress'

A aerial view shows the Brazzaville informal settlement near Atteridgeville in Pretoria on March 18, 2020. - As the coronavirus tally climbs sharply in South Afria, water and sanitation becomes a concern in areas where the population live in close proximity with scarce access to both. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

As rich nations battle the coronavirus, anxiety grows for low-income states

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Aid groups are sounding the alarm on the potentially devastating consequences of a severe outbreak in low-income and conflict-ridden countries, where healthcare systems are in tatters and hygiene conditions poor

KEEPING THE DISTANCE. Shoppers stand in a queue at a supermarket in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on March 28, 2020 where managers have drawn marks on the ground to encourage physical distancing. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

South Africa reports first 2 virus deaths as lockdown starts

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:07 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered South Africa's 57 million people to stay at home for 21 days

PRECAUTION. A commuter wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus queues at the Bara taxi rank in Johannesburg, on March 18, 2020. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Virus restrictions ground most of Africa's airlines

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'If the African carriers do not receive support, they will find themselves insolvent come the end of June,' warns the African Airlines Association

Photo from Ethiopian Airlines' Philippines Facebook page

South African virus carriers charged with attempted murder for not isolating

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:52 AM

'It is exactly that stubborn behavior that has caused us a national lockdown,' the police say in a statement

LONG LINES. Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East, South Africa on March 24, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Sub-Saharan Africa records 1st coronavirus death

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Africa has lagged behind the global curve for coronavirus infections and deaths but in the past few days has seen a significant rise in cases

BURKINA FASO. Men wear face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus in Ouagadougou, as they drive with motorcycles in the street on March 16, 2020. File photo by Olympia De Maismont/AFP

Coronavirus now in Tanzania, Somalia as East Africa starts closures

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma announces he is donating 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 protective suits to each of the continent's 54 countries

LINE UP. Travelers wearing face masks as a protective measure wait to get their temperature checked at the border post with Kenya in Namanga, northern Tanzania, on March 16, 2020. Photo by Filbert Rweyemamu/AFP