Africa
  • FC Barcelona to play in South Africa
    05 may 2018 12:50:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Spain's LaLiga champions FC Barcelona have confirmed that they will play South Africa’s top club side in Pretoria on 16 May. Full text...
  • Bharti Airtel may sell 25% in Africa unit to raise up to US$1.5 billion
    04 may 2018 08:03:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – India’s leading global telecommunications company, Bharti Airtel plans to raise as much as US$1.5 billion by diluting about a fourth of its stake when it lists the holding company for Africa operations early 2019, ETTelecom online Daily Newsletter reported on Friday. Full text...
  • Senegal hosts 4th African regional forum on sustainable development
    03 may 2018 16:22:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne on Thursday opened in Dakar the fourth African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development focused on the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. Full text...
  • Afrikaner group seeks to drum up support in America
    03 may 2018 09:51:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The AfriForum organisation which represents the interests of South Africa's minority Afrikaans population has embarked on a tour to the United States to raise awareness about land reform reforms and the surge of attacks on white farmers.Full text...
  • South African couple arrested with drugs in Mauritius
    03 may 2018 08:56:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A South African couple has been arrested at the international airport in Mauritius on arrival from Johannesburg with 2.79 kg of heroin in their luggage, police said on Thursday. Full text...
  • Pretoria slams US trade import duties
    02 may 2018 08:21:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has slammed the Trump administration's decision not to exempt it from taxes on its steel and aluminium exports to the United States. Full text...
  • Ramaphosa gets hero's welcome at May Day rally
    01 may 2018 16:35:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday received a hero's welcome at the country’s main May Day rally in Nelson Mandela Bay. Full text...
  • IAAF accused of targeting African women
    30 april 2018 07:23:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Parliament has condemned the “discriminatory regulations” passed by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), which may affect top South African athlete Caster Semenya. Full text...
  • Jordaan opens defamation case relating to rape charge
    29 april 2018 08:36:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Danny Jordaan, South Africa’s top football administrator, who has been charged with rape, has taken aim at Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the Premier Soccer League, who he claims has set him up.Full text...
  • Students gather at UN to ‘Remember Slavery,’ honour those who suffered
    28 april 2018 14:05:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Students from around the world joined United Nations and Government officials in New York on Friday to celebrate the contributions made by the people of African descent, beginning from the time they were taken from their countries and forced into generations of servitude, the UN has said. Full text...
  • 'Africa loses $2 billion annually through brain drain in health sector'
    27 april 2018 10:07:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new report on Good Governance released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation indicates that only three African countries - Libya, Mauritius and Tunisia - have at least one doctor per 1,000 people, while Africa loses around $2 billion annually through brain drain in the health sector.Full text...
  • South Africa accuses IAAF of targeting Semenya in new female athlete classification
    26 april 2018 16:45:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on Thursday voiced its disappointment with the decision taken by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to amend its classification for athletes with differences of sexual development.Full text...
  • Thousands of disgruntled workers protest in South Africa
    25 april 2018 16:07:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tens of thousands of striking workers marched through the streets of South Africa’s major cities on Wednesday demanding higher salaries and better working conditions. Full text...
  • WAEMU Security ministers meet in Ouagadougou
    25 april 2018 13:47:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A conference of the Security ministers of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), on peace and security, opens on Thursday in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou,oOrganizers said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Former president Zuma's pregnant lover fired by organisation
    24 april 2018 08:44:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A young woman who has been impregnated by former President Jacob Zuma has been forced to resign from the charity where she has worked for several years. Full text...
  • Record high remittances to low- and middle-income countries in 2017
    23 april 2018 18:02:47
    Washington, US (PANA) - Remittances to low- and middle-income countries rebounded to a record level in 2017 after two consecutive years of decline, according to the World Bank’s latest Migration and Development Brief released on Monday. Full text...
  • Obama to deliver Nelson Mandela lecture in South Africa
    23 april 2018 15:31:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former United States President Barack Obama, has been named as the speaker of the 2018 Nelson Mandela lecture. Full text...
  • 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...

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