Africa
  • Rwandan teenager takes part in Miss Africa beauty pageant
    15 december 2017 16:25:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nineteen-year-old Finona Mutoni of Rwanda is among 32 beauty queens due to take part in the 2017 edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant which is scheduled to take place in Calabar, Nigeria on 27 December 2017, an official confirmed Friday in Kigali.Full text...
  • Top U.S. Official, Donald Yamamoto, ends visit to Rwanda
    15 december 2017 15:45:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, has ended his two-day working visit to Rwanda, his fourth stage of an African tour that also took him to Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, a diplomatic source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...
  • Opposition charges Zuma with perjury
    14 december 2017 14:40:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday laid perjury charges against South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...
  • Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told
    14 december 2017 06:20:04
    New York, USA (PANA) – Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address socio-political tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday. Full text...
  • President Zuma battered by another damning court ruling
    13 december 2017 12:01:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gauteng High Court on Wednesday dealt another major blow against President Jacob Zuma's application to review former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State Capture report. Full text...
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits US$300m for boosting farmers' resilience to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa
    12 december 2017 17:22:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday pledged US$ 300 million over the next three years (2018-2020) to support agricultural research that will help the poorest farmers better adapt to increasingly challenging growing conditions brought about by climate change Full text...
  • Oscar Pistorius involved in prison brawl
    12 december 2017 14:01:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Paralympic Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison fight over the use of a public phone. Full text...
  • Opposition party lays charges over Mandela funeral scandal
    11 december 2017 11:11:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday laid charges against the Eastern Cape Provincial Government over the Nelson Mandela funeral graft scandal. Full text...
  • WHO commends South Africa's parliament for passing tax bill on sugary drinks (A WHO feature)
    10 december 2017 04:41:34
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament has taken a brave and powerful step towards promoting the health of the country’s citizens and reducing diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, by passing a bill last Tuesday to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to Dr Rufaro Chatora, WHO’s Representative to South Africa. Full text...
  • Court delivers massive blow to President Zuma
    08 december 2017 12:10:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a dramatic development just days before the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) elective conference, the High Court on Friday delivered a massive to blow to President Jacob Zuma. Full text...
  • Alarm over threats to leading journalists in South Africa
    07 december 2017 13:46:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has expressed alarm at reports that police are investigating leading journalists Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both reportedly published damning articles about President Jacob Zuma’s alleged corrupt dealings. Full text...
  • African economists question IMF lax enforcement of tax transparency
    06 december 2017 19:52:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Economists attending the African Economic Conference convened by three prominent development organisations have questioned the laxity of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in enforcing international transparency in the utilization of public tax. Full text...
  • Preparations for Mandela's 100th birthday anniversary kick off
    06 december 2017 08:35:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation has officially unveiled an exhibition in Johannesburg to mark Madiba’s 100th birthday next year. Full text...
  • Experts discuss ways to combat terrorism in Central African region
    05 december 2017 16:38:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In order to build an integrated and prosperous Africa, governments have to put forward different approaches to prevent the damaging consequences caused by terrorist groups and set disarmament initiatives, said some officials and experts attending the 45th Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) which started on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...
  • West, Central Africa left behind in Global HIV response
    05 december 2017 15:32:35
    Abidjan, Cote d;Ivoire (PANA) - More than four decades into the HIV epidemic, four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the rise, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Egypt hosts forum on trade promotion, investment in Africa
    05 december 2017 11:58:38
    Sharm El- Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) – A three-day high-level forum on promoting trade and investment within Africa opens on Thursday in Sharm El- Sheikh, the Egyptian resort city on the Red Sea, with at least six heads of state discussing with the business and investment community a wide range of business and development issues in the continent. Full text...
  • Anniversary of Mandela's death marred by graft probe
    05 december 2017 09:51:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tuesday’s fourth anniversary of the death of world statesman Nelson Mandela has been overshadowed by the release of a damning probe revealing evidence of massive inflation of prices, misappropriation of funds, poor planning by the government for his high-profile memorial and funeral services.Full text...
  • Graca Machel to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Heroes Marathon
    04 december 2017 09:37:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, has confirmed that she will participate in the Heroes Marathon in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. Full text...
  • CAF offers US$500,000 to each African team to World Cup in Russia
    01 december 2017 15:19:15
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Each of the five countries that will represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be given US$500,000, according to the CAF Executive Committee which decided to make the offer at its meeting on 16 November, 2017, in Rabat, Morocco. Full text...
  • Historic heart transplant commemorated in Cape Town
    01 december 2017 13:45:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading surgeons from around the world have gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s first human heart transplant. Full text...
  • USADF, Citi Foundation provide seed capital for youth-led enterprise in Africa
    01 december 2017 09:00:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the occasion of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), held in India, the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the Citi Foundation announced late on Thursday their commitment of over US$1 million dollars in seed capital funding for youth-led enterprises in Africa. Full text...
  • Zuma condemns Libyan slave markets
    30 november 2017 16:30:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday added his voice to the outcry over the slave markets that have been exposed in Libya and has called on other world leaders to do the same.Full text...
  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Abidjan for EU-AU summit
    29 november 2017 15:04:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is among the African leaders attending the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, under the theme:“Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development”, an official source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...
  • New report highlights the persistent gaps in ending violence against children in Sub-saharan Africa
    29 november 2017 14:58:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Germany-based World Future Council (WFC) on Thursday highlighted major challenges facing African countries on child protection laws and standards, stressing that exchanging proven policy solutions will be the game-changer when it comes to effectively protecting children from violence on the continent.Full text...
  • 30th anniversary of SA air disaster commemorated
    29 november 2017 14:42:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Wednesday commemorated the 30th anniversary of the country’s worst air disaster, remembering when in 1987 a South African Airways (SAA) Helderberg aircraft plunged into the sea near Mauritius, killing all 159 passengers and crew after a fire on board. Full text...
  • President Talon attends AU-EU summit in Abidjan
    29 november 2017 14:22:56
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Beninese president, Patrice Talon, has left Cotonou for the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, to take part in the fifth summit of African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) heads of State and government, which opens on Wednesday, sources close to the Beninese presidency said. Full text...
  • Zuma addresses fallout from fresh scandal in South Africa
    28 november 2017 16:31:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma has met with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete amid claims that a powerful lawmaker was offered a bribe by a Cabinet minister to influence the outcome of a damning probe into a multi-million dollar corruption scandal at the state-owned power utility Eskom. Full text...
  • Rwanda destroys 130 tonnes of ammunitions
    27 november 2017 15:40:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As part of its efforts to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, Rwanda on Monday started a week-long process of destroying 130 tonnes of expired weapons which present one of the biggest security challenges currently facing countries in Eastern Africa region, an authoritative source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...
  • South African model crowned Miss Universe
    27 november 2017 09:43:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is saluting Western Cape model Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who was crownd Miss Universe in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Full text...
  • TP Mazembe win 2017 CAF Confederation Cup
    25 november 2017 20:13:57
    Attredgeville, South Africa (PANA) - TP Mazembe on Saturday won the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup competition, Africa's second tier club football, when they drew 0-0 with SuperSport United of South Africa in the second leg final match played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Attredgeville, South Africa. Full text...
  • Wildlife conservation experts raise the alarm over elephant poaching
    24 november 2017 12:42:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Experts in wildlife conservation from Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda on Wednesday in Musanze, a district located in northern Rwanda, have expressed concern over the limited anti-poaching efforts amid rising prices for illegal ivory across the continent, according to an official report obtained Thursday by PANA in Kigali. Full text...
  • South Africa court increases Pistorius's jail sentence
    24 november 2017 08:19:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Friday sentenced former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to 13 years and five months in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...
  • Trade and Development Bank opens branch in Rwanda
    23 november 2017 18:01:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), formerly known as PTA Bank, on Thursday opened a branch in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...
  • Former Zimbabwe First Lady still faces assault lawsuit in South Africa
    23 november 2017 10:15:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwe’s former First Lady Grace Mugabe will not have her assault case dropped if she applies for political asylum or refugee status in South Africa. Full text...
  • South African Parliamentary committee urges support for Zimbabwe
    23 november 2017 07:32:03
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – South African Parliament’s International Relations and Cooperation Portfolio Committee has called on the South African government to ready itself to support Zimbabwe socially, economically and politically. Full text...
  • Mnangagwa meets Zuma before returning to Zimbabwe
    22 november 2017 16:28:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa left for Zimbabwe on Wednesday after briefing South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria. Full text...
  • Nearly 21 million people now have access to HIV treatment – UN agency
    22 november 2017 04:56:48
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – About 20.9 million people now have access to the antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report by the UN agency leading the global push to end AIDS, spotlighting that this remarkable progress has been made possible by people living with HIV demanding their rights, strong leadership and financial commitment. Full text...
  • South Africa's official opposition calls for fresh elections in Zimbabwe
    21 november 2017 17:44:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance said President Robert Mugabe’s resignation is a major victory for the people of Zimbabwe who have suffered greatly under his reign. Full text...
  • Zuma heads to Zimbabwe as Mugabe impeachment talks begin
    21 november 2017 16:35:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma and Angolan President Joao Lourenco were due in Harare late Tuesday following talks between regional leaders on the ongoing political crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...
  • Monday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    20 november 2017 08:30:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Monday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius.Full text...
  • President Zuma addresses Zimbabwe impasse
    18 november 2017 15:48:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday said the African region was committed to supporting "the people of Zimbabwe" following this week’s dramatic military intervention, and expressed optimism that the situation could be resolved peacefully. Full text...
  • South Africa's opposition EFF canvases for asylum for Mugabe
    18 november 2017 12:23:53
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on the government to grant Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe political asylum. Full text...
  • CAF Conf. Cup: TP Mazembe, SuperSport United set for first leg final on Sunday
    18 november 2017 06:15:02
    Lubumbashi, DRC (PANA) - The first leg of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final comes off on Sunday at Lubumbashi, DR Congo, between SuperSport United of South Africa and DR Congo giants TP Mazembe.Full text...
  • South African Justice minister denies Chris Han's killer parole again
    17 november 2017 09:21:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Justice Minister Michael Masutha on Friday denied parole to Janusz Walus who nearly sparked a full-blown race war by assassinating South Africa Communist Party leader Chris Hani ahead of the country’s historic first democratic elections. Full text...
  • Global leaders call for action to help young refugees, IDPs
    16 november 2017 13:25:54
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – An international panel on education has called for action to help young refugees and internally displaced youths.Full text...
  • South Africa opposition calls for fresh Zimbabwe elections
    16 november 2017 11:58:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said the instability in Zimbabwe is cause for concern for all African countries which stand for democracy on the continent. Full text...
  • Nigeria says death of two citizens in South Africa being investigated
    16 november 2017 10:00:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday said that two of its citizens have been killed in South Africa and it is following police investigations on the cases.Full text...
  • President Zuma convenes urgent SADC meeting on Zimbabwe
    16 november 2017 09:44:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also chairperson of gthe Southern African Development Community (SADC), has convened a crisis meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...
  • AU-EU to hold high-level conference in Belgium
    15 november 2017 12:01:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - African countries and the European Union will hold a high-level conference in Brussels on 22 November to discuss new measures to tackle Africa's challenges and different ways to intensify the partnership between the two continents. Full text...
  • Mugabe 'confined to his home but fine' - says President Zuma
    15 november 2017 11:44:13
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is facing a coup attempt in his country, is confined to his home but is well, the South African presidency announced on Wednesday. Full text...

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