Communities ‘left out’ as oil pipeline project set to get underway in East Africa

NAIROBI: A multibillion-dollar oil pipeline planned for East Africa could spell disaster for local communities, charities said on Thursday, warning of lost land and livelihoods unless oil firms listen up and change tack.French energy giant Total and its partner China National Offshore Oil Corporation plan to exploit oil reserves in Lake Albert in Uganda and […]

East Africa launches system to issue COVID-19 digital certificates to boost trade

Kevit Desai, Kenya’s principal secretary, ministry of EAC said that the system will enhance the productivity and efficiency of the transport sector by providing real-time information on drivers’ COVID-19 free status thereby facilitating faster clearance of truck drivers at the border points.

1st LD Writethru: East Africa launches system to issue COVID-19 digital certificates to boost trade

Christophe Bazivamo, deputy secretary-general of EAC told a virtual meeting that the EAC Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System (RECDTS) will allow partner states to electronically share truck drivers’ COVID-19 test results, therefore, minimizing need for multiple COVID-19 tests in a single trip.

When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

People walk on a beach, with Table Mountain in the background, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020. Africa’s tourism sector is struggling to cope with the drop in international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates the drop in travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will […]

Trump administration is considering moving U.S. Africa Command

Ham recalled that when he was commander, Congress directed the U.S. military to study how much it would cost to move Africa Command. The answer then was about $1 billion, he said, and he recommended against enacting the plan to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Egypt investigates disappearance of Africa Cup trophy

The Egyptian Football Association said it was “shocked” to find that the trophies were missing during the process of setting up a small museum at the entrance of its Cairo headquarters. The Youth and Sports Ministry has also launched an investigation.

Southern Africa’s Hunger Upsurge Blamed on Climate, COVID-19

“Southern Africa has faced impacts of climate change for the past four years nonstop. … I have witnessed the short-lived hope in people’s eyes these past four years when seeds are distributed or exchanged in the hope for a better yield next season, only to be disappointed by more climate disasters,” she said.

In Africa, concerns over rising police brutality

According to Demas Kiprono, a lawyer at Amnesty International Kenya, 20 people have been killed by police during the COVID-19 curfew. But the numbers of reports of violence are much higher. “Five hundred complaints against police brutality have been registered,” said John Waiganjo, commissioner at Kenya’s police watchdog. Only six convictions have happened because most of the […]

Protests erupt in South Africa over controversial TRESemme ad featuring Black hair

The retail chain said 425 of its stores have been targeted, with many prominent South Africans also taking to social media to comment on the advert. Local media also reported that a group of people threw a petrol bomb into one of its stores in Emalahleni, a local municipality in the southern African country.

South Africa retailers remove TRESemmé products from shelves over ‘racist’ ad

The director involved in the campaign has since left the company and the country, Unilever said in a joint statement with the EFF on Thursday. The British-Dutch company promised an internal investigation and said it would take necessary disciplinary action if needed.