Africa
  • 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...
  • 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...

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