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Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


SOUTH AFRICA: Trapped miners at Gauteng Sibanye-Stillwater Gold mine confirmed dead

JOHANNESBURG (DAILY MAVERICK) – Rescue operations have been suspended after two trapped miners were confirmed dead at the Kloof Ikamva shaft of Sibanye-Stillwater’s mine in Gauteng, after a fall of ground early on Wednesday morning. Sibanye Gold spokesperson James Wellsted confirmed the deaths to News24. “Our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of these miners. It is a very sad day for us,” Wellsted said. Wellsted said all operations at the area where the two bodies were recovered were suspended. Earlier, Wellsted told News24 there had been aRead More

UGANDA: BoU transfers and appointments

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SOUTH SUDAN: Armed groups release hundreds of children

An estimated 19,000 children continue to serve in the ranks of armed forces and groups more than four years after conflict erupted in December 2013 YAMBIO, South Sudan, February 7, 2018/ — More than 300 children, 87 of them girls, were released by armed groups in South Sudan today, beginning a process that is expected to see at least 700 children freed in the coming weeks. It was the first release of children by any armed groups in South Sudan in more than year. “This is a crucial step in achievingRead More

Duke University press statement Mengo Hospital neurosurgery deaths

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Miguna statement on arrest, detention, expulsion

Press Statement, issued at Amsterdam, February 7, 2018 First, let me confirm that, yes, the illegitimate, despotic regime of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto forcefully placed me on a late night KLM flight from Nairobi to Amsterdam in flagrant violation of my constitutional rights, five valid court orders and common decency. My purported “deportation” to Canada followed a violent invasion of my home by more than 34 hooded criminals who used detonators to gain access to my residence at or about 5:30AM on February 2nd, 2018; failed to give noticeRead More

NIGERIA: Buhari bans foreigners from taking jobs which natives can do

QUARTZ AFRICA – Foreigners looking to work in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, might be out of luck. An executive order signed by Nigeria’s president Buhari on Monday(Feb. 5) “prohibits the ministry of interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria.” It’s not a blanket ban though. The executive order states that foreigners will be considered for jobs “where it is certified by the appropriate authority that such expertise is not available in Nigeria.” The executive order also tells government agencies to “give preference to NigerianRead More

Kabila not running for re-election, announces successor in July

For a moment it seemed like president Joseph Kabila was finally going to let go of power in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was all too good to be true. Kabila will not seek re-election and will instead announce his choice for presidential candidate by July, communications minister Lambert Mende told Voice of America’s French language service. Elections will finally be held in December, he added, sticking to a 2017 compromise. When local media tried to ask him, Mende backtracked immediately. He did not say that Kabila would not seek re-election,Read More

DRCONGO: Kabila orders Belgium to close consulate, reduce flights

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered Belgium to close a consulate and cut flights by Brussels Airlines, Belgium’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, in a further deterioration of relations between Belgium and its former colony. Belgium closed its consulate in the southeastern city of Lubumbashi after being told to do so by Kinshasa, a Belgian foreign ministry spokesman said. Congo had also decided to close its consulate in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp. Brussels Airlines, owned by Germany’s Lufthansa, has had its flight to andRead More

BURUNDI: UN warns on forgotten crisis, political opponent killings rise

Burundian refugees collect water at Lusenda camp, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNHCR/Colin Delfosse Without urgent funding, Burundi risks becoming a ‘forgotten crisis’ – UN refugee agency UN NEWS CENTRE – Warning that Burundi could become a “forgotten crisis,” with the number of people struggling for survival increasing by the day, United Nations agencies together with aid partners on Wednesday launched a funding appeal to keep the humanitarian situation from deteriorating further. “Food rations [are] cut in many of the neighbouring countries,” said Filippo Grandi, theRead More

SPAIN: 11year old girl gives birth to 14year old brother’s baby

IBTIMES – Police in Spain are investigating after an 11-year-old girl gave birth to a baby daughter that may have been fathered by her 14-year-old brother. The child gave birth at Virgen de la Arrixaca hospital in the city of Murcia in south eastern Spain on Friday (9 February). Investigators believe that the boy is the father and it was reported that he may have been 13 at the time of conception. It was reported that the girl was admitted with the parents believing that she had “stomach pains” beforeRead More