Africa
  • Ramaphosa's vows to tackle corruption in maiden State of the Nation Address
    17 february 2018 07:38:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Opposition parties have unanimously welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday night in which he vowed to tackle corruption. Full text...
  • President Lungu congratulates new South African President Ramaphosa
    16 february 2018 18:00:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his election on Thursday as President of South Africa. Full text...
  • Former South African president Mbeki congratulates Ramaphosa
    16 february 2018 10:08:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has congratulated newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa and urged him take advantage of the wave of hope that has swept across South Africa following days of uncertainty as Jacob Zuma refused to vacate his seat. Full text...
  • Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa's President
    15 february 2018 14:28:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as South Africa’s new President following Jacob Zuma’s dramatic resignation on Wednesday night. Full text...
  • LEAD: Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South Africa President
    15 february 2018 13:12:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president.Full text...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South Africa president
    15 february 2018 12:43:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa unopposed as President to succeed Jacob Zuma who resigned on Wednesday night. Full text...
  • South Africa's opposition party salutes Tsvangirai
    15 february 2018 10:45:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday joined Zimbabweans in mourning the passing of the country’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. Full text...
  • South Africa salutes Zuma's departure
    15 february 2018 10:39:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's mainstream media houses, numerous organisations and political parties have on Thursday hailed Jacob Zuma’s resignation on Wednesday night.Full text...
  • Post-Zuma gov't must ensure access to justice for victims of rights violations - AI
    15 february 2018 07:21:43
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) said on Thursday that the successor of South African President Jacob Zuma must do everything within his or her power to ensure that the state ensures access for victims of human rights violations. Full text...
  • UN youth envoy spotlights need to boost support for reproductive health
    15 february 2018 07:01:42
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - In this century, child marriage cannot be allowed to happen, and similarly, children should not give birth to children, the United Nations youth envoy told an African forum on reproductive health and rights on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Humiliated South Africa's President Zuma throws in the towel
    14 february 2018 22:21:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Jacob Zuma on Wednesday night resigned as President of South Africa following a lengthy campaign to remove him from office. Full text...
  • South African President Zuma refuses to step down
    14 february 2018 16:49:54
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma has refused to step down, saying the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has not provided him with reasons to leave office. Full text...
  • Defiant South African President Zuma refuses to go
    14 february 2018 15:18:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A defiant President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday indicated that he was not prepared to resign despite being recalled by the governing African National Congress (ANC). Full text...
  • No Confidence Motion scheduled to force President Zuma out
    14 february 2018 11:29:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In another day of high drama, the governing African National Congress (ANC) has served notice that it would file a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma who continues to defy his party and the country by refusing to resign two days after being recalled. Full text...
  • Vindicated Mbeki takes aim at Zuma
    13 february 2018 20:04:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Thabo Mbeki, who was humiliated by Jacob Zuma a decade ago, has taken a swipe at his old adversary, saying he is no longer fit to lead the country. Full text...
  • South Africa's ruling party confirms Zuma's recall
    13 february 2018 13:24:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Ace Magashule, Secretary-General of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will be recalled. Full text...
  • Knives are out as South Africa gears for Zuma’s final fall (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    13 february 2018 10:50:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been scathing criticism of the manner in which President Jacob Zuma has attempted to avert his inevitable downfall as well as a growing crescendo of criticism over his turbulent term in office which has all but destroyed Nelson Mandela’s dream of a united South Africa. Full text...
  • President Zuma recalled by ruling party
    13 february 2018 07:38:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – It appears that President Jacob Zuma’s chaotic term in office is coming to an end after the National Executive Committee of the ruling African National Congress resolved to recall him in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Full text...
  • South Africa's Opposition wants Parliament dissolved over Zuma saga
    12 february 2018 15:09:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The national executive committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is meeting in Pretoria on Monday afternoon to determine the fate of President Jacob Zuma who has refused to step down. Full text...
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
    12 february 2018 05:32:27
    London, UK (PANA) – The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced on Monday following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee. Full text...
  • 'South African President Zuma will be recalled on Monday', Ramaphosa hints
    11 february 2018 14:31:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa, leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), on Sunday gave the clearest indication that South African President Jacob Zuma has not cooperated with his so-called “exit strategy” and would be recalled by his party on Monday. Full text...
  • Zuma on the ropes as ANC marks Mandela's centenary
    11 february 2018 09:50:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday officially launched the centennial celebrations which are being held in honour of former president Nelson Mandela. Full text...
  • Trump salutes South African-born billionaire
    08 february 2018 08:55:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – US President Donald Trump has saluted South African-born billionaire Elon Musk, who this week launched the world’s most powerful rocket on a journey to orbit around Mars. And it is carrying one of his US$100 000 Tesla Roadster cars – another world first.Full text...
  • Ramaphosa addresses South Africa's political crisis
    07 february 2018 15:21:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa, the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), on Wednesday moved to allay concerns about the extraordinary political vacuum that has been created by President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to leave office. Full text...
  • Brave women, girls take a stand against FGM (A UNFPA feature)
    07 february 2018 07:02:13
    New York, US (PANA) - On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), celebrated annually on 6 February, brave women and girls are taking a stand, saying 'NO' to the ghastly practice, an aversion to the human rights of millions which has kept victims from achieving their full potentials. Full text...
  • Nelson Mandela Foundation says Zuma 'not fit to govern'
    06 february 2018 11:48:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday joined the chorus of calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Full text...
  • ANC to decide Zuma's fate as SA President on Wednesday
    05 february 2018 19:38:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a day of high drama which included running street battles outside the Johannesburg headquarters of the ruling African National Congress, the party on Monday announced that President Jacob Zuma's fate will be decided by a vote at a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday.Full text...
  • Clashes in Johannesburg as Zuma refuses to resign
    05 february 2018 09:21:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running sky-high as the governing African National Congress (ANC) prepares to hold urgent talks on Monday to find a way of removing Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. Full text...
  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifier: Morocco thrash South Africa 5-1
    05 february 2018 06:10:11
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Hosts South Africa on Sunday succumbed 5-1 to Morocco in their first-leg, final qualifier for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup. Full text...
  • Senior ANC officials in crucial talks to determine Zuma's fate
    04 february 2018 13:35:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Senior members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are locked in talks with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Sunday amid growing speculation that he will be forced to vacate his position. Full text...
  • Zuma's State of the Nation Address to go ahead – Parliament
    01 february 2018 10:13:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Parliament's presiding officers on Thursday said the State of the Nation Address will go ahead on 8 February as planned. Full text...
  • Tensions high over Zuma's uncertain future
    31 january 2018 16:09:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are growing calls for President Jacob Zuma to throw in the towel and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday approached Parliament seeking to have the 8 February State of the Nation Address postponed until he is replaced. Full text...
  • French president expected Thursday in Dakar
    31 january 2018 16:02:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is expected in Dakar on Thursday for a two-day official visit to Senegal, within the framework of a tour of some African countries which which began on Wednesday with a two-day visit to Tunisia. Full text...
  • Is South Africa's Zuma on the way out?
    30 january 2018 16:07:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are unconfirmed reports that the National Working Committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on Tuesday instructed the party's top six leaders to tell President Jacob Zuma to step down.Full text...
  • Presidents Kagame, Salva Kiir discuss ceasefire violations in South Sudan
    30 january 2018 14:27:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new Chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, on Tuesday met with the South Sudanese leader, Salva Kiir, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, amid warning by the continental body to impose sanctions on leaders violating ceasefires in South Sudan. Full text...
  • Former AUC deputy Chief, Patrick Mazimhaka, laid to rest in Kigali
    30 january 2018 13:18:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Patrick Kayumbu Mazimhaka, who passed away earlier this week at the age 69, was laid to rest in Kigali city on Tuesday afternoon, a close relative confirmed to PANA in the Rwandan capital. Full text...
  • AU's free trade area set for launch in March
    30 january 2018 10:51:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The long-awaited Free Trade Area (FTA) that aims to increase intra-regional trade within the continent, will be launched in March this year in Kigali, Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said in a statement obtained by PANA on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...
  • South African athlete Semenya nominated for top sports award
    29 january 2018 10:20:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Olympic and world 800-metre champion Caster Semenya has been confirmed as South Africa's only nominee for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards. Full text...
  • Usain Bolt saluted in Cape Town
    28 january 2018 09:00:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The world’s greatest sprinter Usain Bolt is turning heads during a brief visit to Cape Town. Full text...
  • UN chief outlines way for Africa to beat hunger, poverty
    27 january 2018 16:37:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – For Africa to build and sustain peace and address hunger and poverty, it needs community-based approaches that build social cohesion and the capacity of local institutions and actors, in addition to improved governance that can deliver equitable services, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said here on Saturday. Full text...
  • Friday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    26 january 2018 15:49:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...
  • South Africa opposition calls for public grilling of Zuma, son
    26 january 2018 10:12:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday said it is imperative that Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane must testify at the state capture inquiry which was confirmed this week. Full text...
  • FAO chief to highlight need to end hunger at AU Summit
    26 january 2018 09:49:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, will attend the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that kicks off this weekend where the highlight of his mission will be the high-level meeting "Achieving Zero Hunger in Africa by 2025." Full text...
  • RMS St Helena departs on historic voyage
    25 january 2018 09:29:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A ship that has connected South Africa to St Helena, the remote South Atlantic island where Napoleon died in 1821, has undertaken its final voyage.Full text...
  • South Africa's Western Cape grapples with crippling drought
    24 january 2018 08:09:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape, which is facing its worst drought in history, has called on President Jacob Zuma to declare a national disaster if the city of Cape Town runs out of water. Full text...
  • Kenyatta mourns South African jazz legend Masekela
    23 january 2018 19:01:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday mourned South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela referring to him as a friend. Full text...
  • South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela dead at 78
    23 january 2018 08:50:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a long illness. Full text...
  • South Africa's Sanitation Minister to attend Weah's inauguration
    22 january 2018 08:14:34
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is representing President Jacob Zuma at the inauguration ceremony of Liberian president-elect George Weah. Full text...
  • South Africa's ruling party prepares for Zuma exit
    20 january 2018 14:33:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Saturday confirmed that it has decided to set up a committee to negotiate terms for an early exit for embattled President Jacob Zuma who faces mounting legal challenges. Full text...
  • Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UNEP
    20 january 2018 08:06:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday. Full text...

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