Africa
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Madagascar qualify for quarter-finals
    01 june 2018 03:55:47
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Madagascar on Thursday qualified for the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2018 southern Africa championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • Tutu salutes South Africa's first black rugby captain
    31 may 2018 09:16:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has congratulated Siya Kolisi on his appointment as Springbok rugby captain. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Results from Day 2, Group B matches
    31 may 2018 06:08:34
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Below are results from Day 2, Group B matches played on Wednesday in the 2018 southern African championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • South African opposition party welcomes Zimbabwean election announcement
    30 may 2018 12:01:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the country’s national elections will take place on 30 July. Full text...
  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    30 may 2018 10:51:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Results from Day 2, Group A matches
    30 may 2018 05:29:07
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Below are results from Day 2, Group A matches played on Tuesday in the 2018 southern African championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • Band to celebrate Mandela's centenary
    29 may 2018 10:46:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Five-time Grammy-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will honour former world statesman Nelson Mandela with three concerts at the State Theatre in Pretoria this weekend. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Day 2, Group A matches on Tuesday
    29 may 2018 06:34:47
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Below are Group A, Day 2 fixtures at the 2018 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, on Tuesday in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Results from Day 1, Group B matches
    28 may 2018 19:36:51
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Below are results from Group B, Day 1 matches at the 2018 southern African football championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, on Monday in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • Black player selected to captain historically-white Springbok rugby team
    28 may 2018 15:51:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after South African rugby was rocked by a major race scandal, Siya Kolisi was named as the first black captain of the South African national team on Monday. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Day 1, Group B matches scheduled for Monday
    28 may 2018 02:30:15
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Below are Group B, Day 1 fixtures at the 2018 southern African football championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, on Monday in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Results from Group A, Day 1 matches
    27 may 2018 17:36:40
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Below are results from Group A, Day 1 matches at the 2018 southern African football championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, on Sunday in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • Ministerial Working Group on Single African Air Transport Market meets in Togo
    27 may 2018 06:42:41
    Lone, Togo (PANA) - The fourth meeting of the Ministerial Working Group on the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) takes place in Lome, Togo, on Monday, to harmonize Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASAs) among members of the Single African Air Transport Market, among other objectives. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Day 1 matches take place on Sunday
    27 may 2018 04:49:29
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Two-time runners up Mozambique, take on Madagascar in Group A as this year’s southern African football championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, begins on Sunday in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...
  • Graca Machel urges South Africans to live the ‘Madiba way’
    26 may 2018 09:01:48
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Graca Machel, widow of both South African president Nelson Mandela and Mozambican president Samora Machel, has called on all South Africans to “live the Madiba way” and thanked all those who served Mandela. Full text...
  • South African celebrities raise funds to support cancer victims
    26 may 2018 08:21:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s golf champion Gary Player and Irish pop star Ronan Keating have teamed up in Cape Town this weekend to raise funds for children fighting cancer. Both celebrities lost their mothers to cancer. Full text...
  • AfDB, Global Green Growth Institute partner to fast-track green growth in Africa
    25 may 2018 19:57:39
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Bank's Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea, to promote programmes, projects, joint studies and research activities to accelerate green growth options for African countries. Full text...
  • AfDB meetings end in South Korea, Equatorial Guinea to host 2019 events
    25 may 2018 19:13:31
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The 53rd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) were concluded on Friday in Busan, South Korea, as participants came away satisfied with the decision to increase the bank's capital, among other issues. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup kicks off on Sunday
    25 may 2018 13:34:28
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Fourteen nations in Southern Africa converge on Polokwane in the north of South Africa for the next fortnight for this year’s southern African championship, known as the COSAFA Cup. Full text...
  • Mauritius calls for better Africa for future generations
    25 may 2018 06:00:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius firmly believes that a strong, secure, united and economically independent and prosperous Africa is central to the island’s own economic progress and social development. Full text...
  • SAMOA Pathway preparatory meeting underway in Mauritius
    24 may 2018 15:44:37
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo has said that Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) should not despair but take their future in their hands, use their visions and know-how to develop themselves, depend on themselves despite their remoteness. Full text...
  • Thursday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    24 may 2018 13:07:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...
  • Heavy rains bring welcome relief to Cape Town
    24 may 2018 13:02:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Heavy rains are lashing drought-stricken Cape Town which is in danger of running out of water, but reports say the rains are bringing welcome relief for farmers and feeding many of the dams that service the urban areas. Full text...
  • New report tracks progress of WHO in African Region in transformation agenda
    24 may 2018 12:00:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Efforts to transform the UN Health Organisation (WHO) in the African Region to become the organisation that staff and stakeholders want is making an impact to the health of people across the region. Full text...
  • Korea, WB join forces to build world-class scientific capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa
    23 may 2018 18:48:28
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) – The World Bank and the Government of Korea on Wednesday reinforced their ongoing partnership to support Sub-Saharan Africa’s universities and research institutions in growing highly qualified local talent in areas important for Africa’s transformation, such as renewable energy, big data, artificial intelligence, and engineering. Full text...
  • First African Observatory to tackle the continent’s road safety crisis
    23 may 2018 18:39:42
    Leipzig, Germany (PANA) - The World Bank, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and the International Transport Forum (ITF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to establish the first regional Road Safety Observatory in Africa. Full text...
  • South African President Ramaphosa donates half his salary for Mandela initiative
    23 may 2018 16:45:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he will donate half of his salary this year to a new fund which will be launched to mark the 100th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's birth. Full text...
  • WB President warns against obsolete technology investments in Africa
    23 may 2018 08:46:23
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) – The President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim has warned African countries against investing in obsolete technology and in industries which were likely to be wiped out by technology and innovation and pay attention to longer-term investments in a digital economy. Full text...
  • Former South African president Zuma's son agrees to apologise for racial slurs
    23 may 2018 08:36:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has agreed to apologise to the nation for his hate speech remarks which were directed at Cabinet Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom last year. Full text...
  • Algeria must stop collective expulsions of sub-Saharan Africans – UN rights experts
    22 may 2018 18:46:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A UN human rights team on Tuesday called on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. Full text...
  • AfDB lays foundation for ‘climate smart’ industrialisation in Africa
    22 may 2018 05:29:37
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Annual Meetings taking place in Busan, South Korea from 21-25 May, is laying emphasis on the need for a fast industrialising African continent, which pays attention to the reduction of harmful carbon emissions causing heart and lung diseases.Full text...
  • AfDB unveils broader vision for industrialising Africa
    21 may 2018 04:24:25
    Busan, Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina on Monday emphasised the Bank’s vision for industrialisation of Africa through a raft of measures aiming to nearly triple the continent’s overall industrial wealth and powering growth in energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Full text...
  • SAFA hosts ground-breaking Medical Symposium in Johannesburg
    20 may 2018 16:56:13
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A ground-breaking Medical Symposium, jointly organized by the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Confederal of African Football (CAF), took place at the SAFA House in Johannesburg on Saturday. Full text...
  • Free State secure 2019 Confed Cup spot after Nedbank triumph
    20 may 2018 16:39:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Free State Stars will join Kaizer Chiefs as the two South African clubs to compete in the CAF Confederation Cup next season after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United, thanks to a solitary strike from Goodman Dlamini in the final of the Nedbank Cup played at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening. Full text...
  • Televised racial spat sparks an outcry in South Africa
    20 may 2018 10:16:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A televised racial altercation between three of the country's leading sports commentators has sparked an outcry with Sports Minister, Tokozile Xasa, calling for the suspension of the two white presenters. Full text...
  • Ramaphosa expresses condolences over Cuban aviation disaster
    19 may 2018 15:53:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday sent his condolences to the island nation of Cuba following a plane crash in the capital, Havana, on Friday that claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Full text...
  • Rwanda's media regulatory body sued over suspension of community radio station
    18 may 2018 15:38:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of the Christian community Radio Stations, Amazing Grace FM, has dragged the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), a regulatory body, to court for its recent suspension after it aired what authorities considered as hate remarks against women, PANA learnt Friday from a judicial source in Kigali. Full text...
  • Flooding, heavy rains threaten to starve people in East Africa - Report
    18 may 2018 13:46:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The heavy downpour over several consecutive weeks in many parts of Kenya, southern Somalia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda are expected to continue for the next week with the risk of flooding, says a new report released Friday by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews Net), one of the leading providers of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Full text...
  • Ending double jeopardy for women with HIV in 8 African nations
    18 may 2018 13:34:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new US$ 30 million partnership to help end cervical cancer, led by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the George W. Bush Institute and UNAIDS will accelerate life-saving efforts in eight African countries. Full text...
  • Mandela's grandson rebukes 'apartheid' Israel
    17 may 2018 08:27:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has called for “apartheid Israel” to be charged with genocide and crimes against humanity following this week’s bloodbath which saw numerous protesting Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. Full text...
  • Investing in non-communicable disease control posts strong gains - WHO report
    16 may 2018 15:14:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The world’s poorest countries can gain US$ 350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that cost an additional US$ 1.27 per person annually, according to a new report made available Wednesday in Kigali by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...
  • FC Barcelona arrives in Johannesburg for Mamelodi Sundowns match
    16 may 2018 09:42:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Thousands of people on Wednesday welcomed Spanish football giants, FC Barcelona, which arrived in Johannesburg for a friendly match against top Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns. Full text...
  • RwandAir launches Kigali - Cape Town route
    15 may 2018 16:30:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, is set to launch Wednesday its weekly service between Kigali and Cape Town, South Africa via Harare, Zimbabwe, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Tuesday's foreign exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    15 may 2018 13:17:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...
  • Pretoria recalls ambassador from Israel
    15 may 2018 08:53:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has withdrawn its ambassador from Israel taking a strong stance against the killing of at least 58 Palestinians by Israeli armed forces on Monday. Full text...
  • Calls for fresh probes into apartheid-era atrocities
    14 may 2018 09:20:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former investigators from the International Criminal Court (ICC) are demanding the reopening of inquests into the killings of anti-apartheid activists. Full text...
  • South Africa's famous Apartheid-era photographer dead at 83
    13 may 2018 08:20:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Acclaimed South African photographer Sam Nzima who took the iconic image of a dying Hector Pieterson during the 1976 Soweto uprising, died in Nelspruit on Saturday. He was 83. Full text...
  • South Africa's president Ramaphosa appointed co-chair of ILO commission
    11 may 2018 08:44:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has appointed South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa to co-chair its Global Commission on the Future of Work. Full text...
  • Ramaphosa condemns US withdrawal from Iran nuclear pact
    10 may 2018 10:56:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed “deep concern” over Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Full text...
  • Economic mobility in developing countries stalled for 30 years: WBG report
    09 may 2018 20:00:31
    Washington, US (PANA) - Generations of poor people in developing countries are trapped in a cycle of poverty determined by their circumstance at birth and unable to ascend the economic ladder due to inequality of opportunity, says the World Bank Group’s ‘Fair Progress? Economic Mobility across Generations Around the World’ report, released on Wednesday. Full text...

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