Africa
  • New AI boss eyes 'bigger, bolder, more inclusive' rights movement
    16 august 2018 15:55:03
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The human rights movement needs to be bigger, bolder and more inclusive if it is to tackle the challenges that people face today, said seasoned activist Kumi Naidoo as he officially started his role as Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI). Full text...
  • South African court declares appointment of top advocate as unconstitutional
    13 august 2018 09:40:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that the appointment of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams was unconstitutional and invalid.Full text...
  • UN Security Council concerned by 'grave security situation' in Central Africa
    11 august 2018 07:43:53
    New York, US (PANA) - With Central African countries beset by ongoing terrorist activity, instability and the effects of climate change, the Security Council has asked the United Nations Secretary-General to review the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), and recommend areas for improvement. Full text...
  • South Africa's Ramaphosa salutes Kabila for "honouring" constitution
    11 august 2018 07:37:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has praised President Joseph Kabila for respecting DRC’s constitution not to contest the December election. Full text...
  • South Africa's Constitutional Court to rule on fate of top prosecutor
    10 august 2018 13:36:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Constitutional Court on Friday confirmed that it is ready to hand down its decision on whether Shaun Abrahams' appointment as head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is unconstitutional.Full text...
  • AUC deputy chair meets Africans in diaspora in Caribbean, seeks to advance the African agenda world-wide
    08 august 2018 14:28:15
    Kingston, Jamaica (PANA) - Before concluding his visit to the Caribbean (7 August), the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Amb. Kwesi Quartey, held talks with government officials, met representatives of the Africans in diaspora community and led emancipation commemoration events Full text...
  • Pretoria refuses to budge on Apartheid-era killer's parole application
    08 august 2018 07:34:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The man who nearly sparked a full-blown race war ahead of South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, continues to languish in a Pretoria prison despite being granted parole two years ago. Full text...
  • New book chronicles Mugabe's fall from grace
    07 august 2018 11:46:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after Zimbabwe’s historic elections, a new book published in South Africa reveals the dramatic fall from power of that country’s former president, Robert Mugabe. Full text...
  • Apartheid-era politicians accused of paedophilia
    06 august 2018 09:11:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three former Apartheid-era Cabinet Ministers, including the feared head of the military, have been named as perpetrators in a paedophilia ring that operated in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. Full text...
  • Restoring confidence in South Africa to oil wheels for growth
    04 august 2018 13:20:53
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Post-apartheid years have brought about remarkable progress in South Africa in terms of poverty reduction, access to education, and reducing unemployment. Full text...
  • South African president Ramaphosa salutes Mnangagwa on poll win
    03 august 2018 08:16:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday saluted his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election victory. Full text...
  • UN-backed meeting of African States targets terrorism, violent extremism
    03 august 2018 00:10:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Regional security topped the agenda of a United Nations-backed joint summit on Central and West Africa searching, among other things, for a practical approach to fighting terrorism. Full text...
  • South Africa opposition party condemns Harare bloodshed
    02 august 2018 10:10:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday condemned the use of live ammunition on unarmed civilians in Zimbabwe. Full text...
  • Demand for World Bank financing in Middle East and North Africa rises to US$6.3 billion
    01 august 2018 17:39:42
    Washington, US (PANA) – The World Bank responded to strong demand from countries in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) for development finance, global expertise and innovation during the financial year that ended on 30 June 2018, the Bank disclosed Wednesday in Washington, USA. Full text...
  • 21st African Senior Athletics Championship starts in Nigeria
    01 august 2018 10:38:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 21st Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Senior Athletics Championship started on Wednesday with the opening ceremony at the newly-completed Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, capital of Delta State, Nigeria.Full text...
  • SA opposition condemns President Ramaphosa's land expropriation announcement
    01 august 2018 09:35:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been a major reaction to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the ruling African National Congress would propose an amendment to the Constitution to pave the way for the expropriation of land without compensation. Full text...
  • South African opposition, NGO call for extradition of Grace Mugabe for assault case
    31 july 2018 09:52:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisation Afriforum and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) are calling for the prosecution and extradition of former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe after the South Gauteng High Court on Monday set aside the decision by the Department of International Relations of her diplomatic immunity. Full text...
  • ‘Deepen fight on corruption’ - IMF urges South Africa
    31 july 2018 08:57:57
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Welcoming the measures announced by South Africa’s new administration to improve governance and reignite business and consumer confidence, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the authorities to deepen the fight against corruption and advance the ambitious reforms in product and labour markets. Full text...
  • South African court overturns ruling in Grace Mugabe assault case
    30 july 2018 11:53:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South Gauteng High Court on Monday set aside the decision by the Department of International Relations to grant former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity. Full text...
  • 'South Africa sees Africa Investment Forum as vehicle for economic growth'
    26 july 2018 16:34:46
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The Africa Investment Forum (AIF), African Development Bank’s new platform to enhance private-sector cooperation and drive investment to key development sectors on the continent, has received commendation from South Africa’s Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene. Full text...
  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame attends BRICS summit in Johannesburg
    26 july 2018 16:00:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has arrived in South Africa to join other World leaders attending the BRICS summit, which is running from Wednesday to Friday in Johannesburg, the Office of the President confirmed here on Thursday.Full text...
  • 'Rwanda will not apply restriction on birth limits' - PM
    26 july 2018 14:52:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, on Thursday said the government has never planned to impose limits on the number of children a family can have in the East African country. Full text...
  • Putin salutes Mandela at BRICS summit
    26 july 2018 14:40:04
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday saluted former world statesman Nelson Mandela, saying he has played a formidable role in the success of BRICS.Full text...
  • Top South African model barred from entering Palestine
    26 july 2018 06:24:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African model Shashi Naidoo was denied entry to Palestine on Wednesday and has been forced to return home. Full text...
  • Researchers say scientific evidence does not support HIV criminalization laws
    25 july 2018 15:36:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -– Twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists have launched an evidence-based consensus that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalize HIV transmission, according to a statement obtained on Wednesday.Full text...
  • South Africa to host high-level BRICS summit
    25 july 2018 06:31:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 1,000 delegates including several heads of state will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Wednesday for the 10th BRICS Summit. Full text...
  • Kagame says India will take advantage of African Continental Free Trade Area initiative
    24 july 2018 14:39:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has said that India will take full advantage of the recent ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), saying that the platform provides a larger and more robust market to tap into. Full text...
  • South African comedian apologises for racial jibe
    24 july 2018 05:25:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African comedian Trevor Noah has apologised for a racial jive after he came under fire over a joke he made about Aboriginal women. Full text...
  • AfDB, partners discuss key roles in accelerating Africa’s investment opportunities
    23 july 2018 17:14:57
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The AfDB will on 25 July 2018, host a discussion on “Attracting Private Sector Investment into Africa” along the Business Forum of the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICS), and in collaborating with the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) in the Capital Empire Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...
  • Chinese President lauds Kagame 'contributions to AU reforms'
    23 july 2018 12:41:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday in Kigali that he appreciates Rwandan President Paul Kagame for his efforts in spearheading reforms at the African Union (AU). Full text...
  • Former South Africa president De Klerk issues warning over land grabs
    23 july 2018 12:31:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The FW de Klerk Foundation fears that amending the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation “would have extremely negative political implications for the country, including causing political instability and even anarchy”. Full text...
  • SA kickboxer, James, in legal battle with LeBron James over the right to the name "King James"
    21 july 2018 15:24:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – US basketball giant LeBron James and retired South African kickboxer Andrew Thomson are engaged in a legal spat over who has the right to be called “the king”. Full text...
  • EPL side, Brighton, signs on South Africa star, Percy Tau
    21 july 2018 05:35:59
    London, England (PANA) - Brighton signed on South Africa star, Percy Tau, from Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday, with the Premier League club set to send the forward on loan in the new season. Full text...
  • South Africa's Country Strategy Paper endorsed by AfDB
    19 july 2018 15:31:55
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a string of measures aimed at supporting South Africa’s economic development ambitions as an upper Middle-Income Country. Full text...
  • Remembering Nelson Mandela at 100 (A feature by AfDB)
    19 july 2018 14:02:08
    Qunu, South Africa (PANA) - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba which in Xhosa means “Father of the Nation”, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday and in this feature story, the African Development Bank (AfDB) recalls the life, times and ideals of a great man and a global iconic figure. Full text...
  • Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth
    19 july 2018 06:47:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Paying tribute to the first democratically-elected President of South Africa and iconic civil rights leader, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy for humanity and reflected on the lessons he left behind. Full text...
  • 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth commemorated
    18 july 2018 16:27:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world on Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of global icon Nelson Mandela who became a global symbol of oppression before sweeping into power on a ticket of racial reconciliation. Full text...
  • Signs of democratic progress in West Africa, Sahel amid ‘devastating’ violence - UN
    18 july 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...
  • UN marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality
    17 july 2018 19:43:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Obama salutes Mandela in stirring speech
    17 july 2018 15:44:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Former United States President Barack Obama, on Tuesday saluted global icon Nelson Mandela in a stirring address to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Full text...
  • South Africa hosts International Peace Summit
    16 july 2018 17:42:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – South Africa will play host to “African Leaders of Peace Summit” which will gather ministers, civil society organisations, youth, Nobel laureates, among others, to discuss in August: “Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime”, organisers confirmed on Monday. Full text...
  • Legal battle mars Mandela anniversary celebrations
    16 july 2018 14:00:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, the family of the former global statesman have launched a fresh legal battle over his estate. Full text...
  • Salvage expert plans to drag iceberg to Cape Town
    13 july 2018 13:10:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Although heavy winter rains have brought some relief to drought-stricken Cape Town, famous salvage expert Nick Sloane is pressing ahead with his plan to “capture” an iceberg and drag it to South Africa. Full text...
  • Former South African President Zuma's son gets bail in culpable homicide case
    12 july 2018 10:43:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane appeared in a Randburg court for just five minutes on Thursday where his culpable homicide case was postponed to 23 August. Full text...
  • Cape Town to host Wikipedia conference
    11 july 2018 18:56:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 700 Wikipedia volunteers, local academics, teachers and heritage specialists will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, on 18 July to improve the diversity of knowledge represented on Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites. Full text...
  • AU launches inaugural report on economic growth prospects
    11 july 2018 12:36:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The potential for economic growth and development in Africa remains weak despite the entry of foreign partners investing in key sectors, including infrastructure development and low-cost technologies, according to a maiden report launched by the African Union. Full text...
  • African Union Development Agency to be established in 2019
    10 july 2018 12:37:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union Development Agency (AUDA), which is to take over all responsibilities assigned to the current New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), will be established in January 2019, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali.Full text...
  • Top musicians confirmed for Mandela concert
    09 july 2018 17:34:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – International advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, on Monday confirmed that musical giants Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa in December. Full text...
  • World Bank appoints new Vice President for Africa
    09 july 2018 13:40:34
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank has appointed Hafez Ghanem as the new World Bank Vice President for Africa, effective July 1, the Bank announced on Monday. Full text...
  • Zuma's son to appear in court on Monday
    08 july 2018 06:57:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane is due to appear in Johannesburg’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday to face graft charges. Full text...

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