Africa
  • Despite decline in extreme poverty billions still struggle to meet basic needs - World Bank
    17 october 2018 07:33:11
    Washington, US (PANA) - Economic advances around the world mean that while fewer people live in extreme poverty, almost half the world’s population — 3.4 billion people — still struggles to meet basic needs, the World Bank said in a report released on End Poverty Day which is marked Wednesday. Full text...
  • Moody's retains South Africa's stable rating
    16 october 2018 14:58:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – International ratings agency Moody's on Tuesday released its research report on South Africa, giving it a stable outlook and a Baa3 status which is one rung above junk status. Full text...
  • South African Ramaphosa cancels DRC trip due to illness
    16 october 2018 11:07:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has cancelled an official visit to the DRC due to an illness. Full text...
  • Passing away of PANAPRESS Editor-in-Chief
    15 october 2018 18:17:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Biava Seshi, PANAPRESS Editor-in-Chief, passed away Monday afternoon in Lome, Togo, his native country following a heart stroke. He was in his 60s.Full text...
  • South African Opposition slams Pretoria over porous borders
    15 october 2018 15:27:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance, on Monday expressed grave concern at South Africa’s porous borders, saying it is having profound consequences on the efforts against cross-border crime such as human and drug trafficking and is fueling xenophobia.Full text...
  • South African Apartheid-era politician Pik Botha dead at 86
    12 october 2018 07:51:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Apartheid-era politician Pik Botha who joined the African National Congress following the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, died at his Pretoria home in the early hours of Friday. He was 86. Full text...
  • South African newsletter claims DRC, Tanzania taking extreme resource nationalist measures
    11 october 2018 10:35:27
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Resource nationalist measures being implemented in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries, according to a mines-focused South African newsletter. Full text...
  • TIME salutes South African product
    11 october 2018 08:36:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A South African company has been included in TIME magazine’s list of 50 of the “Genius Companies of 2018”. Full text...
  • Nelson Mandela Foundation salutes struggle hero
    10 october 2018 10:39:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Wednesday paid tribute to anti-apartheid activist Barbara Harmel who has died after a short illness. Full text...
  • South Africa finance minister resigns over State Capture scandal
    09 october 2018 16:32:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene who has been implicated in the State Capture scandal. Full text...
  • 2-day India-West Africa business conclave begins in Abuja
    08 october 2018 16:45:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A two-day India-West Africa Business conclave began Monday in Abuja with stakeholders saying stable power supply in West Africa and stronger trade cooperation would aid the development of the sub-region. Full text...
  • Cape Town International Airport voted Africa's best
    08 october 2018 08:56:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town International Airport has been named Africa’s Leading Airport for the second consecutive year. Full text...
  • Staying below 1.5℃ warming limit would protect lives in Africa: Report
    07 october 2018 14:56:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A study published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has suggested that keeping global warming to within 1.5 to 2 Celsius degrees might be feasible and necessary. Full text...
  • Ailing Tutu turns 87
    07 october 2018 12:25:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nobel Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is spending his 87 birthday in a Cape Town hospital on Sunday as he continues to battle his poor health. Full text...
  • India, ECOWAS member-States business leaders meet in Abuja on Monday
    05 october 2018 10:34:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – More than 200 delegates from over 15 West African countries and 70 business representatives from India will from Monday next week converge in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, for a two-day India-West Africa Business conclave. Full text...
  • South Africa rocked by fresh race row
    05 october 2018 09:18:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest race row which is reverberating across South Africa, famous radio presenter Sasha Martinengo is attempting to defend his own air reference to firebrand political leader Julius Malema as “a monkey”. Full text...
  • Preventing terrorism needs better evidence from African projects - Study
    04 october 2018 17:22:21
    Pretoria, South Africa – Scores of projects aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in West and Central Africa are doing important work in tough conditions, but lack long-term funding and hard evidence of how best to confront terrorism, the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said Thursday. Full text...
  • South African Liberation hero fights for life in hospital
    04 october 2018 15:22:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – One of the last two remaining Rivonia treason trialists, Andrew Mlangeni, is fighting for his life after being admitted to a Cape Town hospital in South Africa. Full text...
  • Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is slower than expected – WB report
    03 october 2018 18:50:37
    Washington, US (PANA) - Sub-Saharan African economies are still recovering from the slowdown in 2015-16, but growth is slower than expected, according to the October 2018 issue of Africa's Pulse, the bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies by the World Bank. Full text...
  • Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is slower than expected – WB report
    03 october 2018 17:41:36
    Washington, US (PANA) - Sub-Saharan African economies are still recovering from the slowdown in 2015-16, but growth is slower than expected, according to the October 2018 issue of Africa’s Pulse, the bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies by the World Bank. Full text...
  • ANC Women's League calls for the castration of rapists
    03 october 2018 15:26:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Women’s League of the ruling African National Congress (ANCWL) in South Africa has called on the public to join it in lobbying for the adoption of chemical castration as a punishment for convicted rapists. Full text...
  • UN agencies inject youthful energy into sustainable development for urban Africa
    03 october 2018 06:46:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Underscoring the importance of fully involving young people in decisions affecting their lives, three United Nations agencies announced an innovative partnership on Tuesday with African local governments, designed to inject youthful ideas and energy into urban planning policies. Full text...
  • Tensions high as rape suspect appears in court
    02 october 2018 09:40:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There was a heavy police presence outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday when a man suspected of raping a young girl at an upmarket city restaurant in broad daylight last week was brought into the dock. Full text...
  • South Africa one step closer to securing massive Saudi Arabia investment
    01 october 2018 09:51:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies has arrived in Saudi Arabia to address the Kingdom's pledge to invest US$10 billion in the South African economy. Full text...
  • IFAD, the Lab partner in fighting climate change in Africa
    28 september 2018 17:06:26
    New York, US (PANA) - In the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on Friday, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) partnered to fight climate change in Africa. Full text...
  • South Africa's Opposition urges Ramaphosa to fire disgraced ministers
    28 september 2018 15:41:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday called on the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to fire Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, and the Minister in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini, saying they lied under oath. Full text...
  • Ageing Tutu admitted to hospital
    27 september 2018 15:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Desmond Tutu was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for unknown reasons on Thursday. Full text...
  • Eskom SA to expand transmission network with US$218 loan from AfDB
    27 september 2018 13:05:10
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 217.9 million loan to South Africa’s power utility, Eskom Holdings Ltd., towards the upgrade and expansion of its transmission facilities, crucial to power supply within the sub-region. Full text...
  • South Africa and UAE sign crucial extradition treaty
    26 september 2018 17:30:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a dramatic development relating to South Africa’s State Capture scandal, Pretoria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday signed treaties on extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Full text...
  • WB Group commits US$1bn for battery storage to ramp up renewable energy globally
    26 september 2018 17:25:23
    New York, US (PANA) - In a major announcement at the One Planet Summit in New York on Wednesday, the World Bank Group committed US$1 billion for a new global programme to accelerate investments in battery storage for energy systems in developing and middle-income countries. Full text...
  • World Bank announces new global fund for healthy oceans
    26 september 2018 17:06:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Bank Group announced on Wednesday the creation of PROBLUE, a new multi-donor trust fund that will support healthy and productive oceans by tackling marine pollution, managing fisheries and fostering the sustainable growth of coastal economies. Full text...
  • Pretoria issues travel advisory after Burkina Faso kidnapping
    26 september 2018 10:01:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Wednesday called on South African travellers to be cautious in dangerous areas around the world. Full text...
  • African leaders, WB, and partners catalyze action to ensure digital ID for everyone by 2030
    25 september 2018 19:53:42
    New York, US (PANA) - African leaders, the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and other development partners met Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly for the ‘African Leaders Roundtable on Identification for Development’ to catalyze collective action, boost financial support, and harness innovation for the digital identification and civil registration agenda in Africa. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship: South Africa win 5th title
    22 september 2018 17:13:48
    Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (PANA) - Hosts South Africa took a thrilling 2-1 victory over Central African guest nation, Cameroon, in the final of the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship, decided on Saturday at the Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay.Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship: Uganda win bronze
    21 september 2018 20:54:01
    Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (PANA) - Tracy Akiror scored from the penalty spot to enable Uganda seal the bronze medal on Friday at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over luckless Zambia at the Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay. Full text...
  • Report calls for UN probe into apartheid atrocities
    21 september 2018 07:48:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A damning new report has called for apartheid-era crimes to be investigated by the United Nations. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship: Cameroon, South Africa reach finals
    21 september 2018 06:16:38
    Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (PANA) - Hosts South Africa and invited team, Cameroon, have reached the finals of the ongoing 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship. Full text...
  • South African Football organisations clash over sponsorship deal
    20 september 2018 14:22:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman, Irvin Khoza, on Thursday confirmed that the organisation plans to take legal action against the recently-announced partnership between the South African Football Association (SAFA) and its chief sponsor. Full text...
  • Decline of global extreme poverty continues but has slowed: World Bank
    19 september 2018 18:55:37
    Washington, US (PANA) - Fewer people are living in extreme poverty around the world, but the decline in poverty rates has slowed, raising concerns about achieving the goal of ending poverty by 2030 and pointing to the need for increased pro-poor investments, the World Bank has found. Full text...
  • South African leadin right-to-die campaigner arrested on murder charge
    19 september 2018 10:23:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Cape Town man who made headlines around the world when he was arrested in New Zealand for helping his terminally ill mother commit suicide has been arrested on a murder charge. Full text...
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation urges investment in health and education of children
    18 september 2018 18:59:54
    New York, US (PANA) - By investing in the health and education of young people, developing countries can cut poverty and achieve historic growth, according to the Co-chairs of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Full text...
  • COSATU elects its first female president
    18 september 2018 17:59:28
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Zingiswa Losi has been elected president of South Africa’s trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) after being nominated unopposed. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship: Zambia, Cameroon claim remaining semi-final slots
    18 september 2018 15:34:52
    Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (PANA) - Zambia and Cameroon on Tuesday claimed the remaining two semi-final slots at the ongoing 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship.Full text...
  • South African top court legalises use of personal marijuana
    18 september 2018 14:35:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that the personal use of marijuana is not a criminal offence. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship: South Africa, Uganda reach semi-finals
    17 september 2018 18:24:31
    Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (PANA) - Hosts South Africa and Uganda on Monday reached the semi-finals of the ongoing 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship. Full text...
  • South African opposition seeks answers over massive Chinese loan
    17 september 2018 09:41:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday confirmed that it will demand full details about a US$24.5 billion loan allegedly negotiated by President Cyril Ramaphosa with China as a “stimulus package” for South Africa’s spluttering economy.Full text...
  • Morocco tops African countries making progress in SDGs
    17 september 2018 06:57:27
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco tops African countries making progress in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, said the 2018 report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship: Day 3, group matches on Monday
    17 september 2018 05:32:36
    Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (PANA) - Here are Day 3, Groups A and C matches in the ongoing 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship, scheduled for Monday. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship: Results from Day 2, group matches on Saturday
    16 september 2018 03:52:42
    Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (PANA) - Here are results from Groups B and C in the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship, played on Saturday. Full text...
  • South African Airways cancels flights to Hong Kong
    15 september 2018 06:12:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Airways has cancelled flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong as a result of the severe weather conditions caused by Super Typhoon Manghkut. Full text...

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