Africa

Eskom warns of more loadshedding next week

LOCAL Eskom says it is still on track to suspend load-shedding at 5 am on Friday morning, however, there is a possibility of more blackouts next week. The power utility’s spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, says the planned suspension of load-shedding is due, in part, to the lower demand expected over the[…]

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Thousands march in Khartoum

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Khartoum today demanding the restoration of a civilian-led government after a military coup last week. People carried Sudanese flags and chanted “Military rule can’t be praised” and “This country is ours, and our government is civilian” as they marched in[…]

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Sudan government forces quell armed protest by security agents

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s sovereign council, said on Wednesday that the country’s airpsace was open, and that all intelligence buildings were under the control of the army, following a revolt by former security agents linked to Sudan’s toppled ruler Omar al-Bashir. The violence was the[…]

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Zimbabwe arrests vice president’s wife over fraud allegations

Zimbabwean authorities have arrested the wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga on charges of money laundering, fraud and violating exchange control regulations, the country’s anti-corruption body has said. Marry Mubaiwa, 38, was arrested on Saturday evening and will likely appear in court on Monday, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) spokesman John Makamure said on Sunday. He[…]

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Scores of soldiers killed in Niger base attack

At least 71 Nigerien soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military camp in the west of the country, according to the defence ministry. In a televised statement, a ministry spokesman said “a substantial number of terrorists were neutralised” in Tuesday’s attack which also left 12 military personnel wounded and others[…]

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Algeria presses ahead with election amid protests

Algeria is set to hold a contentious presidential election on December 12, despite demonstrations against the poll led by protesters who want wide-scale political reform before any vote. Five candidates, all erstwhile associates of deposed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, are competing to replace the longtime ruler who was forced out by the military[…]

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