Africa
  • 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...
  • Rugby legend leaves his mark in Soweto
    07 july 2018 06:24:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African rugby giant Joost van der Westhuizen has left his mark in Soweto two years after his death. Full text...
  • South Africa's ruling party reconsiders ICC withdrawal threat
    06 july 2018 10:16:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress on Friday said Cabinet will have to consult the party before reconsidering the decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...
  • Former ECA chief appointed chief negotiator for ACP-EU new Partnership deal
    05 july 2018 14:39:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Carlos Lopez of Guinea Bissau, has been officially appointed the High Representative of the African Union (AU) to support Member States in their negotiations for a new agreement with the EU after 2020, an official statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali said.Full text...
  • Robben Island rejects Mandela sleep-over reports
    05 july 2018 11:23:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The management of Robben Island, South Africa’s notorious aparthheid-era prison, has slammed media reports that former President Nelson Mandela's cell will be auctioned for a sleep over at the prison on what would have been his 100th birthday. Full text...
  • Racist passenger blames rant on apartheid-era education
    04 july 2018 10:17:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg woman who delayed a flight and sparked a national outcry after being caught sending a racist text message has apologised and addressed the matter. Full text...
  • Japanese billionaire commits to invest $100 billion in solar energy in Africa
    03 july 2018 17:23:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Japanese business magnate, Masayoshi Son and chief executive of Japanese holding company SoftBank, is keen to launch one of the biggest tech funds in the world to finance solar energy projects in Africa.Full text...
  • Africa ready for post-Cotonou agreement on economic partnership with EU by 2020
    03 july 2018 17:19:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African governments have set their agenda to renegotiate the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) that is set to expire in 2020, a diplomatic source told PANA in Kigali on Tuesday.Full text...
  • African continental free trade area gains momentum with 49th ratification (News Analysis by Aimable TWahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    03 july 2018 13:51:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Five countries - Burundi, Lesotho, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Africa - this week joined the other African states in ratifying the African continental free trade area AfCFTA, only three months after it was officially opened for signature, but some governments are still assessing their policies before eliminating tariffs on intra-African trade in goods Full text...
  • Former South African President Zuma's son ordered to appear in court
    03 july 2018 08:37:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane has been ordered to appear in court on 12 July in connection with his role in a fatal car accident in 2014. Full text...
  • Former South African president Zuma's son dead at 38
    02 july 2018 11:43:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the South African Presidency on Monday confirmed that one of former President Jacob Zuma's sons has died. He was 38. Full text...
  • Sahel region must be a top priority for UN peacebuilding efforts - UN commission
    29 june 2018 19:34:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges – including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime – must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday. Full text...
  • South Africa hard-hitting court ruling over Xhosa initiation film
    29 june 2018 10:27:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been widespread reaction to Thursday’s North Gauteng High Court ruling which found the Appeal Tribunal process for the controversial Xhosa movie "Inxeba: The Wound" was legally flawed and should be reviewed and set aside. Full text...
  • Guterres calls for action to end deadly clashes between herders, farmers in Africa
    29 june 2018 05:15:10
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep concern about deadly clashes between herders and farmers in North and Central Africa and called for action to end the bloodshed. Full text...
  • South Africa's official opposition barred from its own official
    27 june 2018 11:19:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday received a fresh setback when the Western Cape High Court set aside the party’s decision to terminate Patricia de Lille's party membership for comments she made during a radio interview. Full text...
  • South African TV company hit by fresh racism allegations
    26 june 2018 11:42:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Four more presenters of SuperSport accused Africa’s biggest sports broadcasting channel of racism in the workplace.Full text...
  • New UN-supported farming app is cream of crop in tackling Fall Armyworm
    25 june 2018 19:54:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have a new digital weapon in their agricultural armoury to take on the Fall Armyworm – a crop pest that’s threatening the food security of 300 million people – the United Nations said on Monday. Full text...
  • South Africa's racist passenger loses her job
    25 june 2018 11:39:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A airline passenger who racially insulted her pilot and a passenger has been fired by her company after the incident sparked a national outcry.Full text...
  • European Council extends mandates of six EU Special Representatives
    25 june 2018 10:35:40
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday announced the extension of the mandates of six EU Special Representatives (EUSRs) including two in Africa.Full text...
  • Ramaphosa welcomes participation of South Sudan opposition leader in peace talks
    21 june 2018 10:31:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the participation of South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar in the peace talks facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Full text...
  • South Africa's Semenya appeals new IAAF female classification regulations
    20 june 2018 19:51:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The world athletics governing body, IAAF, said Wednesday that it has been informed by the Court for Arbitration in Sports (CAS) that it has received a request for arbitration filed by Olympics 800 metres champion Caster Semenya. Full text...
  • Passenger in hot water in South Africa over racist text message
    20 june 2018 10:17:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after firebrand politician Julius Malema sparked a national outcry by labelling Indian South Africans as racists, an Indian woman has landed in hot water by using a racial slur on a passenger flight.Full text...
  • South Africa's opposition politician slams 'racist' Indians
    18 june 2018 10:45:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Firebrand politician Julius Malema has sparked a fresh race row by insulting South Africa’s formidable India population.Full text...
  • Top South African school rocked by abuse scandal
    15 june 2018 09:33:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in South Africa has launched an investigation into allegations that male teachers at the historic Adams College, south of Durban, have had sexual relationships with female students. Full text...
  • Rights group says pregnant girls, young mothers in Africa should not be barred from school
    15 june 2018 08:41:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday ahead of the Day of the African Child on 16 June. Full text...
  • Two Killed in latest South Africa mosque attack
    14 june 2018 09:59:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two worshippers have been killed and several others wounded in a pre-dawn attack on a mosque near Cape Town on Thursday.Full text...
  • Terrorism, violent extremism affecting Central Africa - UN envoy
    14 june 2018 06:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to affect all of Central Africa and divert government resources from much-needed development programmes to costly security operations, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...
  • South African Central bank releases new "Mandela" banknotes
    13 june 2018 15:27:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Wednesday released the designs of its commemorative banknotes and coins to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s in July. Full text...
  • Mauritius, South Africa deepen ties
    13 june 2018 11:11:09
    Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo on Tuesday night called for the deepening of relations between Mauritius and South Africa as an example for the whole of Africa. Full text...
  • IMF staff urge South Africa to take action on its ambitious reform agenda
    12 june 2018 18:35:25
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Turning South Africa’s economy around toward strong and inclusive growth will require swift implementation of a bold reform agenda, according to findings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that has just concluded a mission to the country. Full text...
  • Anger over public protector's "bizarre" ruling in South Africa
    12 june 2018 13:14:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has hit a nerve by ruling that Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, violated South Africa’s executive ethics code when she posted a tweet that was viewed as favourable towards colonialism.Full text...
  • SA Opposition addresses chaos in refugee office
    11 june 2018 14:33:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) conducted an oversight inspection at the Durban Refugee Reception Office which has an enormous backlog and is unable to schedule appointments for new applications until August. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Zimbabwe beat Zambia to retain title
    10 june 2018 06:55:37
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwe on Saturday edged Zambia 4-2 in extra time to retain the southern Africa football championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • Mauritius, South Africa sign MoU on fisheries development
    09 june 2018 07:27:11
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa in the field of fisheries, PANA learnt from an official source Saturday in Port Louis, the Mauritian capital.Full text...
  • President Ramaphosa hails South Africa's election to UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:13:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed gratitude to the UN General Assembly after South Africa was elected to serve in the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member on Friday. Full text...
  • South Africa's 'axe killer' gets three life sentences
    07 june 2018 11:07:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – 'Axe killer' Henri van Breda on Thursday received three life sentences for the murder of three of his family members, 15 years for attempted murder of his sister, and one year for obstructing the course of justice. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Zimbabwe and Zambia reach final
    07 june 2018 03:30:24
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwe and Zambia reached the final of the 2018 southern Africa football championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, being played in South Africa, after winning their respective semi-final matches played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday. Full text...
  • US Rock giants to perform in Soweto
    06 june 2018 14:24:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rock giants Guns N’ Roses have confirmed that they will perform one concert at Soweto’s FNB Stadium on 29 November. It marks the American band's first trip to Africa and tickets will go on sale on Thursday. Full text...

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