South Africa detains ambassador to Japan over unrest as Ramaphosa vows severe punishment for sponsors

London, July 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Police in South Africa has reportedly detained a former top spy and the country’s ambassador to Japan, Thulani Dhlomo after he handed himself to the police. President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa vows severe punishment for culprits and sponsors of the unrestPresident Ramaphosa vowed that government will bring to account those responsible … Continue reading “South Africa detains ambassador to Japan over unrest as Ramaphosa vows severe punishment for sponsors”

Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia get priority as US ships 25 million Covid vaccine doses to Africa

London, July 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The United States announced Friday it is shipping 25 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Africa, starting with Burkina Faso, Djibouti, and Ethiopia. The U.S. will begin making its first COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Africa in the coming days. The first donated doses will be sent to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Burkina Faso … Continue reading “Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia get priority as US ships 25 million Covid vaccine doses to Africa”

Uganda approves Covid-19 vaccines mixing

London, July 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Uganda appears to have tactically given go ahead to vaccines mixing after the country’s ministry of Health said those who missed the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to take the Pfizer vaccine so as to be fully vaccinated. Uganda approves Covid-19 vaccines mixing (Oxford)“These are the … Continue reading “Uganda approves Covid-19 vaccines mixing”

At Least 67 dead in Germany, Belgium as storm, flood ravage Europe

London, July 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Heavy rains and floods lashing western Europe have killed at least 59 people in Germany and eight in Belgium, and many more people are missing as rising waters caused several houses to collapse on Thursday. Cars were tossed around by the floodwaters in Belgium and neighbouring Germany © BELGA/AFP / ANTHONY … Continue reading “At Least 67 dead in Germany, Belgium as storm, flood ravage Europe”

South Africa signs agreement with UNDP to train youths in automotive

London, July 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-South Africa signed an agreement with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to upskill youth and women in skills relevant to the automotive industry, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Employees work on manufacturing a car at a Volkswagen plant. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/picture … Continue reading “South Africa signs agreement with UNDP to train youths in automotive”

UK adds Sierra Leone to no travel list as Rwanda locks down capital, Kigali

London, July 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The West African state of Sierra Leone has been added to the no travel zone (Red List) after UK government updated its travel lists in line with its period review of coronavirus hot sports  Lungi_International_Airport_Gate_Area Sierra Leone The UK government has updated its travel lists, adding Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone … Continue reading “UK adds Sierra Leone to no travel list as Rwanda locks down capital, Kigali”

Shock, rage in Kenya after 20 year old man confesses to killing at least 10 children

London, July 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A man’s chilling confession to killing at least 10 children has caused rage and anger and topped Kenyan newspaper headlines. NAIROBI VAMPIRE: Masten Milimo Wanjala, 20, was arrested on Wednesday Narrates How He Killed 10 Children (DCI Kenya/Twitter)The 20-year-old man narrated to police how he single-handedly killed 10 children, in a … Continue reading “Shock, rage in Kenya after 20 year old man confesses to killing at least 10 children”

Tanzania to receive first set of 300,000 vaccines to fight Covid

London, July 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Tanzania is set to receive 300,000 Covid-19 vaccines from the UN-backed Covax scheme. Tanzania to receive first vaccines to fight Covid (Getty)Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima said healthcare workers and all those on the frontline of the war against coronavirus would be first to be jabbed. “We have completed all the formalities … Continue reading “Tanzania to receive first set of 300,000 vaccines to fight Covid”

Tanzania to receive first vaccines to fight Covid

London, July 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Tanzania is set to receive 300,000 Covid-19 vaccines from the UN-backed Covax scheme. Tanzania to receive first vaccines to fight Covid (Getty)Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima said healthcare workers and all those on the frontline of the war against coronavirus would be first to be jabbed. “We have completed all the formalities … Continue reading “Tanzania to receive first vaccines to fight Covid”

South African mother throws baby from burning building in desperation

 London, July 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A 2-year-old girl survived unharmed after her mother threw her to safety as they escaped a burning high-rise building in the South African city of Durban during protests. The mother, 26-year-old Naledi Manyoni, told Reuters on Wednesday that she had been on the 16th floor when the fire started on Tuesday. … Continue reading “South African mother throws baby from burning building in desperation”

Nigeria Launches Mobile App For Reporting Financial Crimes

London, July 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s Anti-Graft Agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a Mobile App, “Eagle Eye,” designed to ease the process of reporting economic and financial crimes in the country. Nigeria Launches Mobile App For Reporting Financial Crimes he Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, described the application, being the first … Continue reading “Nigeria Launches Mobile App For Reporting Financial Crimes”

Rwanda enrols over 2,800 refugees for national exams

London, July 14, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Over 2,800 refugees from different camps in Rwanda are writing the primary leaving exams which started on Monday. File Photo: Over 2,800 refugee students sit national exams The Ministry of Emergency Management said that they worked with Rwanda Education Board (REB) and a number of districts to ensure that refugee students attend … Continue reading “Rwanda enrols over 2,800 refugees for national exams”

WHO warns individuals against mixing, matching COVID vaccines

London, July 14, 2021 (AltAfrica)-he World Health Organisation’s chief scientist has advised individuals against mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers, saying such decisions should be left to public health authorities. FILE PHOTO: Vials of the AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are seen in a general practice of a doctor, as the spread of the coronavirus … Continue reading “WHO warns individuals against mixing, matching COVID vaccines”

AfDB awards $6m grant to kick start Desert-to-Power Energy Program in the Sahel

London, July 14, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The African Development Bank Group has approved a $6 million grant to launch the initial phase of the Desert to Power West Africa Regional Energy Program. Desert to Power, an initiative led by the Bank, is expected to transform the Sahel by harnessing the region’s abundant solar potential. The Desert-to-Power (D2P) … Continue reading “AfDB awards $6m grant to kick start Desert-to-Power Energy Program in the Sahel”

Nigeria to receive additional 41 million COVID-19 vaccine in September

London, July 14, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian government says it is expecting 41,282,770 doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of September 2021. Nigeria to receive additional 41 million COVID-19 vaccine in SeptemberThe expected dose is a combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, Pfizer-Bio-N Tech/Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health … Continue reading “Nigeria to receive additional 41 million COVID-19 vaccine in September”

10 dead as South Africa deploys army to quell unrest over jailing of ex-leader Zuma

London, July 13, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Rioting triggered by the imprisonment of former South African President Jacob Zuma escalated Monday as shopping malls in Johannesburg were looted, major roads were blocked by burning tires and the police struggled to contain the violenceJ Looters outside a shopping centre alongside a burning barricade in Durban, South Africa. (AP)South African … Continue reading “10 dead as South Africa deploys army to quell unrest over jailing of ex-leader Zuma”

200,000 Nigerian refugees in Chad, Cameroon to return home from November

London, July 13, 2021 (AltAfrica)-About 200, 000 Nigerian refugees currently being sheltered in neighbouring Republic of Chad and Cameroon are to star returning home from November this year according to Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum Displaced Nigerians shortly after their arrival in Dar es salam refugee camp in Chad in 2019 © UNHCR/Aristophane Ngargoune … Continue reading “200,000 Nigerian refugees in Chad, Cameroon to return home from November”

OCP Africa, USAID announce $1.4m investment for African farmers

London, July 13, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Moroccan phosphate company OCP Africa announced a new partnership with USAID through its West Africa Trade & Investment Hub subsidiary for a $1.4 million investment to revolutionize farming in West Africa.  OCP Africa, USAID Partner with $1.4 Million Investment for African Farmers OCP Africa is one of the leading phosphate production … Continue reading “OCP Africa, USAID announce $1.4m investment for African farmers”

Rwanda partners German scientists to improve testing for Covid-19 variants

London, July 13, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Rwanda is partnering with German scientists to improve local capabilities in terms of testing for Covid-19 variants. A man gets a Covid-19 test at the Kenya Medical Research Institute laboratory in Kisumu, western Kenya. The facility can test 384 samples per day. PHOTO | AFP The government is currently conducting a comprehensive … Continue reading “Rwanda partners German scientists to improve testing for Covid-19 variants”

Familiar agony for England as Italy win Euro 2020 final after penalty shootout

London, July 12, 2021 (AltAfrica)-England’s bid to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy ended in the familiar agony of defeat in a penalty shootout as Italy claimed the Euro 2020 crown at Wembley. Italy win Euro 2020 final after penalty shootout victory over EnglandOn a night of anticipation, tension and ultimate heartbreak in … Continue reading “Familiar agony for England as Italy win Euro 2020 final after penalty shootout”

Euro 2020: Familiar agony as Italy beat England in penalty shoot out to lift European trophy

London, July 12, 2021 (AltAfrica)-England’s bid to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy ended in the familiar agony of defeat in a penalty shootout as Italy claimed the Euro 2020 crown at Wembley. England’s Kalvin Phillips and Luke Shaw comfort team-mate Bukayo Saka On a night of anticipation, tension and ultimate heartbreak in … Continue reading “Euro 2020: Familiar agony as Italy beat England in penalty shoot out to lift European trophy”

South Africa extends tight COVID-19 restrictions for another 14 days

London, July 12, 2021 (AltAfrica)-South Africa extended tight COVID-19 rules on Sunday for another 14 days, maintaining restrictions that include a ban on gatherings, a curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. and a prohibition on the sale of alcohol. The country, the worst-hit on the African continent in terms of recorded cases and deaths, … Continue reading “South Africa extends tight COVID-19 restrictions for another 14 days”

Zimbabwe spends $40 Million On Covid Vaccines

London, July 12, 2021 (AltAfrica)- Zimbabwe has so far spent ;$40 million of the reserved US$100 million meant for Covid-19 vaccine acquisition, according to Finance minister Mthuli Ncube  Embattled Zimbabwe President Emmerson MnangagwaNcube said this as he and Health and Childcare Deputy Minister John Mangwiro received two million doses of  Sinovac drugs at the Robert Mugabe … Continue reading “Zimbabwe spends $40 Million On Covid Vaccines”

Kenyan MPs back stiff penalties on porn, terrorist agents

London, July 11, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A parliamentary committee has backed the passage of a Bill that seeks to enhance penalties for persons who recruit terrorists, promote pornography and religious cults. MPs back stiff penalties on porn, terrorist agents The ICT Committee said it had agreed to enhance fines from Sh5 million to Sh25 million for individuals … Continue reading “Kenyan MPs back stiff penalties on porn, terrorist agents”

South Africa records another 265 covid deaths, 21 600 new infections

London, July 11, 2021 (AltAfrica)-South Africa recorded 21 610 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and reported 265 deaths, the Health Department said. South Africa records over 21 600 new Covid-19 cases, 265 deaths on Saturday “As of today the cumulative number of #Covid-19 cases identified in SA is 2 179 297 with 21 610 new … Continue reading “South Africa records another 265 covid deaths, 21 600 new infections”

Africans grown under high cost of covid test for regional trip

London, July 11, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Travel across Africa is now a nightmare over high cost of covid test in the absence regional integration. Just a year ago, airline travel was looking up in the region with new routes opening up, and it was hop in, hop off all round with the farthest destination being just under … Continue reading “Africans grown under high cost of covid test for regional trip”

Arab countries pledge aid as Tunisia struggles with COVID pandemic

London, July 10, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Several countries promised to help Tunisia fight the coronavirus on Friday as the north African country recorded its highest daily death toll since the pandemic began, putting its health care system under severe stress and depleting oxygen supplies. FILE PHOTO: A man receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a vaccination … Continue reading “Arab countries pledge aid as Tunisia struggles with COVID pandemic”

South Africa arrests three police officers for cocaine robbery

London, July 10, 2021 (AltAfrica)-In South Africa, three police officers have been arrested in Johannesburg for possession of at least 552 bricks of cocaine with an estimated street value of R200 million which was stashed in a police vehicle, a Nissan bakkie. South Africa arrests three police officers for cocaine robbery “A police vehicle from … Continue reading “South Africa arrests three police officers for cocaine robbery”

Jacob Zuma must remain in prison, South African court tells ex-leader, team

London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A South African court has rejected former South African President Jacob Zuma’s request to postpone his current jail term. Former president Jacob Zuma speaks to supporters who gathered at his home, few days before he surrendered himself to the police South African court has rejected ex-leader’s bid to delay prison to … Continue reading “Jacob Zuma must remain in prison, South African court tells ex-leader, team”

Nigeria confirms first case of Delta COVID-19 Variant in a foreign traveller

London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has confirmed its first case of the deadly Delta COVID-19 variant also known as lineage B.1.617.2. Nigeria confirms first case of Delta COVID-19 Variant in a foreign travellerThe NCDC in a statement said the variant was detected in a traveller to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international … Continue reading “Nigeria confirms first case of Delta COVID-19 Variant in a foreign traveller”

Ghanaian MPs drag govt to court over monthly salaries approved for president, VP’s wife

London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Ghanaians have expressed outrage at the decision by MPs to approve salaries for the wives of the president and vice-president for the supportive role they play. Wife of Ghana preisent, Rebecca Akufo-Addo (Left) and wife od Vice President, Samira Bawumia who are going to be paid monthly salary The spouses are … Continue reading “Ghanaian MPs drag govt to court over monthly salaries approved for president, VP’s wife”

Uganda distributes Covid cash to support vulnerable citizens

London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The Ugandan government has begun distributing Covid relief money to people affected by the second lockdown. About half a million people living in urban areas will benefit from the 53.7bn Ugandan shillings ($15m; £10m) set aside for the exercise. (Reuters)About half a million people living in urban areas will benefit from … Continue reading “Uganda distributes Covid cash to support vulnerable citizens”

Canada imposes indefinite ban on unvaccinated tourists, says PM Trudeau

 London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Foreign tourists who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada for quite some time because the government is unwilling to jeopardise progress made on containing the virus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday Coronavirus: Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourists for some time, says PM … Continue reading “Canada imposes indefinite ban on unvaccinated tourists, says PM Trudeau”

Anger in Ghana over pay for president, VP’s wife

London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Ghanaians have expressed outrage at the decision by MPs to approve salaries for the wives of the president and vice-president for the supportive role they play. Anger in Ghana over pay for president’s wife They are set to receive the same amount as cabinet ministers following a 2019 recommendation by a … Continue reading “Anger in Ghana over pay for president, VP’s wife”

Uganda starts Covid cash handouts

London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The Ugandan government has begun distributing Covid relief money to people affected by the second lockdown. About half a million people living in urban areas will benefit from the 53.7bn Ugandan shillings ($15m; £10m) set aside for the exercise. (Reuters)About half a million people living in urban areas will benefit from … Continue reading “Uganda starts Covid cash handouts”

Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourists for some time, says PM Trudeau

 London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Foreign tourists who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada for quite some time because the government is unwilling to jeopardise progress made on containing the virus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday Coronavirus: Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourists for some time, says PM … Continue reading “Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourists for some time, says PM Trudeau”

Rwanda to test all market traders for Covid-19

London, July 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Market traders in Rwanda will all undergo Covid tests as authorities seek to establish the extent to which the virus has spread in the sector in the wake of an unprecedented rise in new infections. Rwanda to test all market traders for Covid-19The exercise is part of the renewed efforts particularly … Continue reading “Rwanda to test all market traders for Covid-19”

South Africa ex president, Zuma hands himself over to police to begin jail sentence

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-South African former President Jacob Zuma turned himself in to police on Wednesday to begin 15 months in jail for contempt of court, the culmination of a long legal drama seen as a test of the post-apartheid state’s ability to enforce the rule of law. Mr Zuma’s time in power, which … Continue reading “South Africa ex president, Zuma hands himself over to police to begin jail sentence”

WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccine

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-ttThe World Health Organisation praised Egypt on Wednesday for producing the first 1 million Sinovac vaccine doses as well as for the country’s plan to vaccinate 40 million citizens against the virus by the end of the year. WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses The government announced … Continue reading “WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccine”

Mesmerising Raheem Sterling propels England to first men’s football final in 55 years

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-England’s 55-year wait to reach a major men’s football final is over at last after Raheem Sterling secured a penalty that ensure victory against Denmark in the Euro 2020 last four. It was a night of nerve-shredding tension that ended in uncontrolled joy at Wembley. Mesmerising Raheem Sterling drags England to … Continue reading “Mesmerising Raheem Sterling propels England to first men’s football final in 55 years”

Spanish police arrest 2 smugglers over the death of 20 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Spanish police said Wednesday that they have arrested two people for their alleged responsibility in the deaths of more than 20 migrants who perished last month while trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands. Spanish police arrest 2 for migrant tragedy in Atlantic . (Reuters) Police said in … Continue reading “Spanish police arrest 2 smugglers over the death of 20 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean”

WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-ttThe World Health Organisation praised Egypt on Wednesday for producing the first 1 million Sinovac vaccine doses as well as for the country’s plan to vaccinate 40 million citizens against the virus by the end of the year. WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses The government announced … Continue reading “WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses”

WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-ttThe World Health Organisation praised Egypt on Wednesday for producing the first 1 million Sinovac vaccine doses as well as for the country’s plan to vaccinate 40 million citizens against the virus by the end of the year. WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses The government announced … Continue reading “WHO celebrates Egypt for producing 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses”

Mesmerising Raheem Sterling drags England to first men’s football final in 55 years

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-England’s 55-year wait to reach a major men’s football final is over at last after victory against Denmark in the Euro 2020 last four, on a night of nerve-shredding tension that metamorphosed unconfined joy at Wembley. Mesmerising Raheem Sterling drags England to first men’s football final in 55 years Again, it … Continue reading “Mesmerising Raheem Sterling drags England to first men’s football final in 55 years”

Spanish police arrest 2 for migrant tragedy in Atlantic

London, July 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Spanish police said Wednesday that they have arrested two people for their alleged responsibility in the deaths of more than 20 migrants who perished last month while trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands. Spanish police arrest 2 for migrant tragedy in Atlantic . (Reuters) Police said in … Continue reading “Spanish police arrest 2 for migrant tragedy in Atlantic”

UN launches special Education programme, in response to alarming rates of HIV among young women in Africa

GENEVA, 6 July 2021—Five United Nations organizations have joined forces to launch a new initiative to ensure that all girls and boys in sub-Saharan Africa have equal access to free secondary education by 2025 and to contribute towards preventing HIV.  Education Plus, launched at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, France, is an ambitious five-year … Continue reading “UN launches special Education programme, in response to alarming rates of HIV among young women in Africa”

Mali seeks international arrest warrant for son of ex-President Keita over journalist disappearance

London, July 7, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Malian authorities have sought an international arrest warrant for the son of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, two legal sources in Mali said on Tuesday, in a case linked to the disappearance of a journalist in 2016. The son of ousted Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, is wanted for a case … Continue reading “Mali seeks international arrest warrant for son of ex-President Keita over journalist disappearance”

Zimbabwe returns to strict lockdown as South Africa records 457 more Covid-19 deaths in a day

London, July 7, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Zimbabwe and South Africa are in trouble battling third wave of covid-19 and are both throwing everything at fighting the resurgence of the pandemic A truck loaded with people travels on a street, in Harare, Tuesday, July, 6, 2021. Zimbabwe has reactivated strict lockdown measures it once imposed when COVID-19 first … Continue reading “Zimbabwe returns to strict lockdown as South Africa records 457 more Covid-19 deaths in a day”

WHO recommends Actemra, Kevzara drugs for COVID-19 to cut death risk

London, July 7, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended using arthritis drugs Actemra from Roche and Kevzara from Sanofi with corticosteroids for COVID-19 patients after data from some 11 000 patients showed they cut the risk of death. File Image: Testing Actemra and Kevzara for COVID-19 patients involved trial and error, as … Continue reading “WHO recommends Actemra, Kevzara drugs for COVID-19 to cut death risk”

Nigerian doctor exposes the trick used by the makers of the magnet and covid vaccine video

London, July 7, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A viral video claiming that COVID-19 vaccine creates magnetic field around vaccination site and can cause the body to light up an electric bulb, has no scientific backing and should be discounted according to the National Primary healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA in Nigeria The Executive Director NPHCDA, Dr Faisal shuaib displayed … Continue reading “Nigerian doctor exposes the trick used by the makers of the magnet and covid vaccine video”