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March2015

Boko Haram killed 7,300 since 2014: UN

Boko Haram has killed more than 7,300 civilians in Nigeria and neighboring countries since the beginning of 2014, including 1,000 people this year alone, a UN official said Monday. The Security Council was briefed on the humanitarian situation in the region as negotiations are ongoing about a draft resolution authorizing[…]

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Bardo museum reopens after attack

Tunisia’s National Bardo Museum reopened to the public Monday again for the first time since gunmen opened fire on foreign tourists earlier this month, killing 22 people in the country’s worst attack on civilians in 13 years. The government says the man considered the “operational chief” of the assault was[…]

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Cliffhanger in Nigeria elections

In a cliffhanger of an election, early returns Monday night from half the states showed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari almost even. The U.S. and Britain warned of “disturbing indications” that the tally could be subject to political interference. Counting stopped just before midnight Monday[…]

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Eskom chairman steps down

Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi has stepped down, the electricity provider announced on Tuesday. On its official Twitter page, Eskom wrote: “Eskom board and chairman Zola Tsotsi have this morning agreed to part ways amicably. Dr Ben Ngubane has been appointed acting chairman.” Eskom said Tsotsi agreed to step down “to[…]

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Vavi expelled from Cosatu

The Congress of SA Trade Unions has expelled its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, SABC news reported on Monday. SABC News tweeted: “#SABCNews has reliably learnt that #Cosatu general secretary #Zwelinzima #Vavi has been expelled. What’s your reaction? @SABCNewsOnline”. At 7.54pm Vavi tweeted: “Don’t mourn – Organise!” Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven[…]

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Well wishes pour in for Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Comedy Central, is a gifted artist, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday, congratulating the comedian. “Trevor Noah is a highly gifted young artist who epitomises artistic freedom of expression and its role[…]

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Boland fest best yet: PMJ

Organizers of the 2015 Boland Summer Festival say they are overwhelmed by the level of public support this weekend. Well over 30 000 people braved the intense Paarl heat to attend this year’s event, which raises funds for the Paarl Muslim Jamaah (PMJ)and community organizations. PMJ chairperson Moutie Richards hailed[…]

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MJC defends Sh Raed Salah

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has conveyed its outright condemnation at the conviction of prominent Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Salah, sentenced by an Israel court to 11 months imprisonment on charges of incitement of violence. He was also handed an additional three-month suspended jail sentence. Pro-Palestinian supporters reacted with shock[…]

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Sassa rooting out fraud

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has made gradual progress in the eradication of fraud and corruption in the social grants sector since 2012, according to chief director of in the Western Cape, Rene Ogle. Her comments mirror those of Sassa CEO, Virginia Peterson and Minister of Social Development,[…]

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State institutions receiving attention: Mantashe

Troubled state institutions like Eskom, the NPA, and the SABC are receiving attention, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday. “The ANC noted with serious concern the developments in a number of institutions including Eskom, the SABC, the Hawks, the NPA and Ipid [Independent Police Investigative Directorate], among others,”[…]

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