Africa
  • WHO supports 16 African countries to protect against Listeriosis
    23 march 2018 10:20:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Health Organization has reached out to 16 African nations to provide support for preparedness and response to a listeriosis outbreak that started in South Africa in 2017 but is now threatening other countries on the continent. Full text...
  • 'Lake Chad Basin areas reclaimed from Boko Haram must be stabilised'
    23 march 2018 06:29:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - It is critical to shore up areas of Lake Chad Basin freed from the grip of Boko Haram, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, as she also called for efforts to rebuild the lives of women and girls that have suffered at the hands of the terrorist group. Full text...
  • Guterres says UN ready to support African free trade agreement
    22 march 2018 20:28:29
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the singing of a continental free trade agreement for Africa that has created one of the world’s largest trading blocs with over 50 countries. Full text...
  • IMF directors welcome growth in LIDCs, express concern over rising debt distress
    22 march 2018 19:20:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Against the background of a climbing number of low-income developing countries (LIDCs) at high risk or in debt distress, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has assessed economic prospects and policy challenges facing these countries. Full text...
  • Australia fuels diplomatic spat with South Africa
    22 march 2018 18:33:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic spat between South Africa and Australia continues to grow after a senior Australian minister on Thursday refused to backtrack on his efforts to allow white South African farmers to emigrate to the island nation.Full text...
  • Second round of African climate talks opens in Addis Ababa
    22 march 2018 17:05:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The second African Climate Talks opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday with participants discussing issues of climate governance and Africa’s participation in global climate negotiations, weather and climate information services, among other topics. Full text...
  • Addis Ababa hosts talks on climate in Africa
    22 march 2018 12:00:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday hosts the second edition of the African climate talks under the theme, ‘Contributing to the Talanoa dialogue’, on the initiative of the African Centre for climate policy of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Centre for environmental sciences of Addis Ababa University.Full text...
  • Multinationl naval exercise underway in Gulf of Guinea
    21 march 2018 18:06:44
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A multinational naval exercise dubbed ‘Obangama Express 2018' is underway in the Gulf of Guinea, with the participation of 30 nations, aiming to thwart piracy, illegal traffic and other maritime threats, said an official communique issued here on Wednesday. Full text...
  • EU vows to eliminate racial discrimination globally
    21 march 2018 13:18:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday, the European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the values of unity and coexistence, and to the fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion in all their forms, inside and beyond European borders. Full text...
  • President Ramaphosa leads South Africa's delegation to AU Summit
    21 march 2018 11:45:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africa's delegation to the African Union’s 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali. Full text...
  • Rise in racism, xenophobia is alarming, warn UN rights experts
    20 march 2018 19:41:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN and regional human rights experts have urged States, civil society organisations and activists to step up their efforts to stem the alarming rise in racism and xenophobia worldwide, citing concerns about the impact of populist nationalism on mainstream politics. Full text...
  • Anti-globalism threatens progress in hunger, poverty reduction - Report
    20 march 2018 19:17:04
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) – Strong policies and global leadership are required to counter anti-globalism currently threatening improved food security and nutrition, according to the 2018 Global Food Policy Report released on Tuesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...
  • African business forum told AfCFTA will boost production, job creation
    20 march 2018 18:23:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will help African businesses benefit from economies of scale, and create supply chains that will allow the continent to reduce its import bills, especially for industrial inputs, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said here on Tuesday. Full text...
  • South African politician under fire for assaulting journalist
    20 march 2018 16:08:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A senior official with the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has apologized after being filmed assaulting a journalist outside Parliament on Tuesday.Full text...
  • South African families of mentally ill victims receive major payout (UPDATE)
    19 march 2018 18:22:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Retired deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, on Monday ordered that the government pay a massive compensation payout to the families of mentally ill patients who were transferred from a leading Gauteng psychiatric hospital to facilities that were unable to care for them. Full text...
  • 14th African gender summit opens in Rwanda
    19 march 2018 12:53:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 14th African summit on gender, initiated by the African Institute for Mathematical sciences (AIMS), in partnership with Africa's top scientific institutes, opened on Monday in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, under the theme "Climate change through gender equality: the situation in Africa". Full text...
  • South African Ramaphosa salutes Xi Jinping
    18 march 2018 18:07:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election at the 13th National People’s Congress.Full text...
  • African Free Trade Area to ride new reform wave (News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Kigali, Rwanda)
    17 march 2018 17:55:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With current commitment of African Union (AU) member states in their ongoing negotiations to implement the first-ever African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), new market access opportunities for traders for goods and services should attract multiple types of investors across the continent, experts say.Full text...
  • CAF Champions League: Rwanda's Rayon Sports off to South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns clash
    17 march 2018 15:12:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's defending champions Rayon Sports left for South Africa on Saturday for the first leg of CAF Confederation Cup second round clash against Mamelodi Sundowns, which will be played Sunday at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. Full text...
  • South Africa's ex-president Zuma to stand trial in massive graft case
    16 march 2018 16:56:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams on Friday announced that former South African President Jacob Zuma must stand trial on the massive corruption case that has dogged him for more than a decade. He said the charges Zuma faces include fraud, corruption and racketeering.Full text...
  • South Africa demands retraction from Australia
    16 march 2018 16:50:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...
  • MFWA implements project on African governance
    16 march 2018 16:21:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and its partners are implementing a new project on governance in Africa, the sub-regional rights body revealed Friday. Full text...
  • South Africa slams Australia's political meddling
    16 march 2018 10:25:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made by over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...
  • EC releases report on EU agenda on migration
    15 march 2018 16:26:48
    Brussels, Belgium - (PANA) - The European Commission on Thursday released its report on the European agenda on migration, proposing a large strategy to meet the immediate challenges in a bid to provide the European Union with the tools for managing migrations in the short, mid and long-term and in the domains of irregular migration, border management, asylum and legal migration. Full text...
  • Diplomatic row over Australia's offer to South African farmers
    15 march 2018 14:47:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic row has broken out after an Australian government minister said “persecuted” white South African farmers need help from a “civilised” country. Full text...
  • South African president Ramaphosa addresses land expropriation issue
    14 march 2018 14:52:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nearly 25 years after the collapse of apartheid, white South Africans still own about 72% of farms, followed by mixed race “coloureds” who own 15%, Indians 5% and blacks just 4%. Full text...
  • South Africa declares drought 'national disaster'
    13 march 2018 11:38:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Minister of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday declared that the drought that has gripped the country has been declared a national disaster. Full text...
  • Tragedy mars world's biggest bicycle race in South Africa
    12 march 2018 09:06:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour – the largest bicycle race in the world – have confirmed the deaths of two participants. Full text...
  • Audio recordings of Rivonia Treason Trial released
    09 march 2018 15:37:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Fifty four years after South Africa’s historic Rivonia Treason Trial captured the imagination of the world, digital recordings of the 300 hours of testimony have been released for the first time. Full text...
  • South Africa's president Ramaphosa urged to address Syrian crisis
    08 march 2018 08:42:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rights activists have written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa condemning Pretoria’s “shocking disregard for the loss of human life” in the Syrian civil war. Full text...
  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    08 march 2018 08:34:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius.Full text...
  • East African finance ministers discuss infrastructure finance challenges with AfDB
    07 march 2018 19:22:10
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – In a historic first, East African Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) met with the Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina and executives to discuss economic challenges, opportunities and successes in the continent’s fast-growing powerhouse region, the Bank said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • CAF Champions League: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Rayon Sports in Kigali
    07 march 2018 19:07:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns held Rayon Sports of Rwanda to a 0-0 draw in the 2018 CAF Champions League campaign at Stade Amahoro in Kigali on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Cape Town taps will no longer run dry this year - Official
    07 march 2018 13:45:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town, which has experienced a major drought on Wednesday, received a welcome reprieve with news that its taps will not run dry this year.Full text...
  • South Africa's opposition party urges Africa to join 'wave of economic freedom'
    07 march 2018 10:02:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on Africa to "join in the wave of economic freedom", saying the continent’s land and mineral resources should be "redirected to benefit African people and their economies". Full text...
  • African countries move to block processed South African meat
    06 march 2018 09:50:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from the deadly outbreak of listeriosis continues to be felt as African countries move to block South African meat products. Full text...
  • Food giant identifies source of killer bacterium
    05 march 2018 09:56:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Food giant Tiger Brands on Monday confirmed all its Enterprise Foods meat products will be recalled nationally after its production plant in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, was the source of a massive outbreak of listeriosis. Full text...
  • Ramaphosa visits Botswana as new SADC Chairperson
    03 march 2018 12:37:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have embarked upon a good road for development and growth, something they should be pleased about, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday while on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the regional organisation in Gaborone, Botswana.Full text...
  • Ugandan leader calls for public awareness on non-genetic causes of infertility
    03 march 2018 09:41:00
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called for countrywide sensitization of the people about non-genetic causes of infertility because they are avoidable and preventable. Full text...
  • Friday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    02 march 2018 14:30:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...
  • South Africa's Opposition parties turn against each other
    02 march 2018 14:27:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions between South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have reached boiling point with the Democratic Alliance (DA) confirming that it will be reporting the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, to the Equality Court for hate speech and incitement of violence. Full text...
  • Nelson Mandela Foundation targets apartheid-era flag
    01 march 2018 11:50:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation is targeting the old apartheid-era South African flag, saying it should be banned. Full text...
  • FIFA World Cup trophy heads back to South Africa
    28 february 2018 14:48:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Eight years after South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup, the most famous trophy on the planet is heading back.Full text...
  • Dry weather, high temperatures likely to reduce harvests in Southern Africa - FAO warns
    27 february 2018 10:54:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poor rains and hot temperatures triggered water stress and adversely affected crop development in several areas of Southern Africa, FAO said on Tuesday.Full text...
  • South African rights organisation targets son of world famous lawyer
    27 february 2018 10:42:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The prosecutor who secured the murder conviction of paralympian Oscar Pistorius has set his sights on the son of South Africa’s most famous lawyer. Full text...
  • Mixed reaction to Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffle
    27 february 2018 08:57:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been mixed reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa's first Cabinet, which was announced late on Monday night. Full text...
  • Massive lawsuit filed over Mandela photograph
    26 february 2018 08:57:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A South African photographer has filed one of the biggest copyright lawsuits in history, seeking US$179 million for the unauthorized use of his image of world statesman Nelson Mandela. Full text...
  • South Africa's Democratic Alliance welcomes moves to snub Zuma
    24 february 2018 07:06:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to abandon the appeal launched by his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, against a judgment of the North Gauteng High Court that Shaun Abrahams, the head of the National Prosecuting Authority should vacate his position.Full text...
  • President Ramaphosa abandones Zuma's court challenge
    23 february 2018 16:57:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday defied the wishes of his predecessor Jacob Zuma by withdrawing an appeal against a judgment of the North Gauteng High Court that Shaun Abrahams, the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, should vacate his position. Full text...
  • South Africa's Xhosa initiation film hits a nerve
    22 february 2018 08:44:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The producers of a film about a Xhosa initiation ceremony, which has hit a nerve in South Africa, plan to appeal the the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) classification of the film which falls into an X18 category which prohibits it from being shown in main stream cinemas. Full text...

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