Kenya: 200 Buffalos to be moved

Kenya: 200 Buffalos to be moved

The country’s wildlife service is to begin relocating 200 buffalos from Solio Ranch, located in the Rift Valley Province, to Aberdare National Park.  The exercise is in a bid to protect the animals from the effects of the prolonged drought…

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Zambia: Corruption case against ex-president thrown out

Zambia: Corruption case against ex-president thrown out

The on-going case that would have forced the country’s former president, Frederick Chiluba to repay the government tens of millions of dollars has been thrown out of court. Legal action was brought forward in accordance with an earlier case in…

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Somalia: South Africa set to deploy troops

Somalia: South Africa set to deploy troops

The South African cabinet is set to hold a meeting on Wednesday 18th August to discuss the possible deployment of its troops to Mogadishu, the troubled capital of Somalia. African Union (AU) troops, known as Amisom, are already active in…

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Sierra Leone: UN-HABITAT donates US$20,000 to disabled youth

Sierra Leone: UN-HABITAT donates US$20,000 to disabled youth

UN-HABITAT has donated US$20,000 towards a youth led project that supports disabled youth in the West African nation.  The Handicapped Youth Development Centre which was almost closed because of lack of funding earlier this year may now breathe a sigh…

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Gabon: US$4.5bn foreign investment to boost infrastructure

Gabon: US$4.5bn foreign investment to boost infrastructure

The move to turn the country into an emerging market has been accelerated by the signing of investment contracts amounting to US$4.5 billion. The announcement has been timed to coincide with the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations (which take place…

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Crisis in Niger

Crisis in Niger

It is all too often the case that reports of natural disasters and human suffering can only hold our attentions for the short-term. Niger’s current food crisis, which has been festering since 2005, serves to remind us that once the…

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Niger: Food Crisis

Niger: Food Crisis

            It is all too often the case that reports of natural disasters and human suffering can only hold our attentions for the short-term. Niger’s current food crisis, which has been festering since 2005, serves…

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South Africa:  iSimangaliso Wetland Park receives USD9m

South Africa: iSimangaliso Wetland Park receives USD9m

The World Bank Group and iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority have signed an agreement worth USD9m, approximately 66 million rand, to begin a conservation initiative that is expected to fuel economic growth in the country’s east coast. According to the CEO…

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Ghana sees decline in inflation rate

Ghana sees decline in inflation rate

The ministry of finance and economic planning (MOFEP) announced on Wednesday 11th August that the rate of inflation for July 2010 has declined to a record 9.46 percent. The news comes despite an increase in government expenditure in 2010. In…

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Zimbabwe:  Econet gains USD60m from Swedish bank

Zimbabwe: Econet gains USD60m from Swedish bank

Telecoms provider Econet Wireless has secured a USD60m loan from Engelska (EKN), a Swedish export credit agency. The sum is reportedly the largest ever that a European bank has approved for a company in that country in more than 10…

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