Africa
  • African countries need to speed up structural reforms
    23 april 2018 11:10:26
    Washington, US (PANA) – African countries should accelerate structural reforms and access to finance in order to raise overall investment and medium-term growth rates to support job creation, according to a joint statement issued on Monday by the Chairman of the African Caucus and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Full text...
  • Outrage over riot at high-profile football match
    22 april 2018 16:20:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa, in Sunday condemned the chaotic riot at a key Premier Soccer League (PSL) fixture in Durban on Saturday night.Full text...
  • Germany, World Bank agree on new strategic partnership for peace in MENA
    21 april 2018 16:08:27
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank Group and the Government of Germany announced on Saturday a strategic partnership to work towards a new and updated approach to reconstruction for peace building in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Full text...
  • South Africa's president Ramaphosa cuts short UK trip over protest action
    20 april 2018 09:42:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday cut short his official visit to the UK to deal with major protests in the North West province. He had been attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London where he was leading a government delegation. Full text...
  • Research reveals gaps in providing sub-optimal malaria treatment in Africa
    19 april 2018 19:13:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - New research published Thursday by the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN), reveals that a large proportion of malaria patients in endemic countries in Africa are likely to receive doses of malaria medicine that are too low to offer effective treatment. Full text...
  • Rwandan FM renews call for a malaria-free Africa by 2030
    19 april 2018 13:41:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, has said that current progress in the fight against malaria has stalled in Africa, warning that current efforts to cut malaria prevalence in half across the Commonwealth by 2023 will be an important stepping stone towards the African Union’s goal of a malaria-free Africa by 2030. Full text...
  • Malema slams 'racist' prosecutors
    19 april 2018 09:25:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major race row has erupted after lobby group AfriForum on Thursday announced that it intended to privately prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on charges of fraud and corruption. Full text...
  • New antimalaria drugs may become ineffective - Experts
    18 april 2018 22:46:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - New drugs that could treat malaria may rapidly become ineffective for 2.4 billion people from Commonwealth member states, 90% whom live in malaria-endemic countries with the majority in sub-Saharan African region, according to a new research released on the sideline of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is currently taking place in London, UK. Full text...
  • Racist estate agent denied right to appeal conviction
    18 april 2018 22:13:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg court on Wednesday turned down an appeal by a former estate agent with a racist tirade, ruling that her two-year jail term stands. Full text...
  • South Africa, France complete satellite project
    17 april 2018 16:08:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African Institute of Technology (F’Sati) have teamed up to construct and launch Africa’s biggest and most advanced cube satellite.Full text...
  • Top causes of maternal death linked to Haemorrhage, Hypertensive disorders in Sub-Saharan Africa
    17 april 2018 15:24:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The two leading causes of maternal death in Sub-Saharan Africa are directly linked to the post-partum haemorrhage and Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (HDP), according to an official report made available Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...
  • Low quality supplies of Oxytocin, misoprostol hamper efforts to improve maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa
    17 april 2018 14:27:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The lack of access to safe maternal health services during the critical hours of childbirth remains a key barrier to national efforts to save the lives of mothers and their children in Sub-Saharan Africa, said Dinev Milka, one of the senior advisors for the global Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) in an exclusive interview with PANA on Tuesday.Full text...
  • Mauritius, South Africa sign medical twinning on hemophilia
    17 april 2018 10:20:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital of South Africa haved signed a medical twinning in the field of hemophilia. Full text...
  • Monday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    16 april 2018 14:31:48
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Monday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...
  • South Africa's triumphant Commonwealth squad returns home
    16 april 2018 09:09:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s successful Commonwealth Games squad has received a heroes’ welcome at OR Tambo International Airport. Full text...
  • Thousands bid farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    14 april 2018 12:33:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Thousands of mourners on Saturday joined President Cyril Ramaphosa, several other African heads of state and American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium in bidding farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died last week at the age of 81. Full text...
  • Winnie Mandela left an ‘indelible mark on the history of the 20th century,’ says UN chief
    14 april 2018 06:26:10
    New York, US (PANA) - "‘Mama Winnie’ – as she was affectionately known – was a towering figure in the struggle against apartheid,” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, during a tribute held at United Nations Headquarters in honour of the late Winfred ‘Winnie’ Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela. Full text...
  • Leading South African television host launches foundation
    12 april 2018 08:45:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Top South African television host Trevor Noah has launched his own foundation in Johannesburg which aims to provide orphans with education programmes and skills development.Full text...
  • Electoral commissions in Africa commit to optimising benefits of technology
    11 april 2018 17:15:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in Western and Southern African regions have pledged to leverage technological innovations to improve the credibility of electoral processes and enhance the sanctity of the ballot and integrity of electoral outcomes. Full text...
  • South Africa's struggle hero Zola Skweyiya dead at 75
    11 april 2018 11:13:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Liberation hero Zola Skweyiya died in Pretoria in the early hours of Wednesday following a long illness. He was 75. Full text...
  • Security Council urges end to recurring cycles of instability in Great Lakes region
    10 april 2018 22:32:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for an end to the recurring cycles of violence and instability in Africa’s Great Lakes region, as a senior UN official reported that some armed groups are continuing attacks on civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...
  • South Africa marks 25th anniversary of Hani's assassination
    10 april 2018 13:38:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of liberation hero, Chris Hani, an event that nearly plunged the country into a full-blown race war. Full text...
  • South Africa's Constitutional Court dismisses application by Pistorius
    09 april 2018 18:44:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Constitutional Court has dismissed an application by former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to appeal his 13-year jail sentence. Full text...
  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: Gor of Kenya squeeze past SuperSport of South Africa
    08 april 2018 19:39:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Jacques Tuyisenge converted a penalty in the 78th minute to enable Kenya's Gor Mahia pip SuperSport United of South Africa 1-0 in a CAF Confederation Cup at the Machakos Stadium on Sunday evening.Full text...
  • African countries urged to strive for universal access to good quality health
    07 april 2018 20:00:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged African countries to strive towards universal access to good quality health care to spur economic growth, development and prosperity across the Region. Full text...
  • Former South African diplomat dies
    07 april 2018 14:57:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government has confirmed the death on Friday of former top diplomat George Nene. Further details of his death have not been released. Full text...
  • Former South African president Zuma back in the dock
    06 april 2018 09:03:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma made his long-awaited appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday with the case being postponed to 8 June. Full text...
  • AfDB approves US$50m risk participation deal for Africa’s trade finance market demand
    05 april 2018 18:03:46
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US $50-million unfunded Risk Participation Agreement for Commerzbank AG, a German banking and financial services company based in Frankfurt. Full text...
  • South Africa's top artist slammed for performing in Israel
    04 april 2018 17:49:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday called for a cultural boycott of Israel following the controversial visit by top DJ Black Coffee. Full text...
  • Social safety net programmes help millions escape poverty, but......
    04 april 2018 13:33:09
    Washington, US (PANA) - An estimated 36 percent of the very poor or 50 million people, escaped extreme poverty because of social safety nets, providing clear evidence that social safety net programmes are making a substantial impact in the global fight against poverty, says a new World Bank Group report released Wednesday. Full text...
  • Mining sector in sub-Saharan Africa faces illegal mining challenges, regulatory risks
    04 april 2018 09:34:51
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Widespread illegal mining activity and rising regulatory risks are two leading challenges that will face the sub-Saharan Africa mining sector in the coming months, Creamer Media Online, a South Africa-based industry news medium, reported on Wednesday quoting research and analysis firm BMI Research. Full text...
  • Grace Machel salutes Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    03 april 2018 19:54:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Graca Machel, the only woman in history who was married to two presidents, on Tuesday released an emotional tribute to her “big sister” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela following her death in Johannesburg on Monday. Full text...
  • UNHCR 'regrets' Israel's cancellation of agreement on Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    03 april 2018 19:37:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commission for refugees on Tuesday expressed regret at Israel's cancellation of their agreement to resolve challenges of Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Israel. Full text...
  • AU pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    02 april 2018 19:28:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing “great shock and profound sadness” following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, described her as “an icon of the liberation struggle against Apartheid”. Full text...
  • Ramaphosa visits Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home
    02 april 2018 19:23:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday visited the Soweto home of liberation hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died earlier in the day. Full text...
  • South Africa's Mother of the Nation dead at 81
    02 april 2018 18:47:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are flooding in for South Africa’s “Mother of the Nation” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died on Monday afternoon following a long illness. She was 81. Full text...
  • South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passes on
    02 april 2018 15:04:17
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, veteran of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, has died, it was confirmed here on Monday. Full text...
  • Rape-accused South African sports administrator quits
    01 april 2018 18:15:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, on Sunday announced the appointment of his deputy, Xolile Nkompela, as the association's acting president. Full text...
  • South African president, Ramaphosa, flies economy class
    30 march 2018 13:20:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two months after taking office, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa remains in the news – for all the right reasons. Full text...
  • Four African economies among most improved in removing legal barriers against women, says WB Report
    29 march 2018 17:48:23
    Washington, US (PANA) - Despite daunting challenges, several economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are making progress in enacting laws that promote equality between men and women, said the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2018 report, released on Thursday. Full text...
  • Australian cricket coach resigns over match-fixing scandal
    29 march 2018 15:03:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from one of the biggest match-fixing scandals in recent history continues to be felt with Darren Lehmann on Thursday announcing that he is stepping down as coach of the Australian cricket team. Full text...
  • Johannesburg woman jailed for racial outburst
    28 march 2018 15:04:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg court on Wednesday jailed a white woman who sparked a national outcry for verbally assaulting a black policeman, the first time someone will be imprisoned for using racist language. Full text...
  • Results of friendlies by Africa's World Cup-bound teams
    28 march 2018 09:36:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following are the results of friendly matches played on Tuesday by Africa's representatives in the 2018 World Cup scheduled for Russia in June. Full text...
  • Rights group slams Israel's deportation of African asylum-seekers
    27 march 2018 05:16:59
    Tel Aviv, Israel (PANA) - Israel’s policy of deporting African asylum-seekers to two unnamed African countries is an abdication of its responsibility to refugees and an example of the vicious political measures feeding the “global refugee crisis”, Amnesty International has said as the Israeli Supreme Court considers new evidence on the legality of the policy. Full text...
  • Zuma receives summons to appear in South Africa's high court
    26 march 2018 19:01:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Pesident Jacob Zuma on Monday received a summons to appear in the Durban High Court on 6 April to face charges of corruption. Full text...
  • Top South African football official charged with rape
    25 march 2018 10:14:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former politician Jennifer Ferguson, has laid a charge of rape against South Africa’s top football administrator, Danny Jordaan. Full text...
  • Global ratings agency throws South Africa a lifeline
    24 march 2018 07:58:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Global ratings agency Moody's has thrown South Africa a lifeline by keeping its sovereign debt at above investment grade and changing its outlook to stable. Full text...
  • 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...

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