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    Orange, biggest telco in France, plans entry into Nigeria

Orange, biggest telco in France, plans entry into Nigeria

Orange, the largest telecommunications operator in France, says it is making plans to expand its operations to Nigeria and South Africa. Stéphane Richard, Orange CEO, told Les Echos newspaper that the company believes it would benefit from having a wider footprint in Africa and will give itself a few months to make a possible move. "It could make sense to be in economies [...]

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    South Africa to reopen places of worship June 1 — despite recording highest COVID-19 cases on the continent

South Africa to reopen places of worship June 1 — despite recording highest COVID-19 cases on the continent

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's president, says places of worship will reopen as from June 1, but under stern restrictions to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus. This is despite the fact that the nation is the continent's worst-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, with 24,264 confirmed cases and 524 deaths, according to worldometer. In a statement on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said churches, mosques, [...]

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    Two-day-old baby dies of COVID-19 in South Africa

Two-day-old baby dies of COVID-19 in South Africa

A baby in South Africa has died from COVID-19, two days after being born. The two-day-old baby was among 27 new COVID-19 related deaths the country announced on Thursday. A statement from the South African government said the baby was born prematurely "and therefore had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth." "The mother had tested positive for COVID-19 and the child [...]

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    South Africa’s private sector conducts 105,000 COVID-19 tests — more than govt

South Africa’s private sector conducts 105,000 COVID-19 tests — more than govt

Unlike Nigeria where COVID-19 testing is largely reliant on the government, the private sector in South Africa has conducted more tests than the country's public sector. Data shared by Zweli Mkhize, the country's minister of health, shows that as of Wednesday, 105,491 samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the private sector. The number is 57 percent of the total 185,497 tests so [...]

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    NCDC: 223 COVID-19 patients got infected from unknown sources

NCDC: 223 COVID-19 patients got infected from unknown sources

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 223 of the 873 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country got infected from "unknown sources". This was contained in its situation report of April 22, 2020, published on Thursday, and which covered 25 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). Of the total of 873 cases, 197 persons have been discharged, while 28 deaths [...]

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    COVID-19: Ramaphosa suspends minister for violating lockdown order

COVID-19: Ramaphosa suspends minister for violating lockdown order

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has suspended Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, minister of communications and digital technologies, for two months for allegedly violating lockdown regulations. Despite the lockdown order which forbade movements unless for essential tasks, Ndabeni-Abrahams allegedly visited the home of a friend for lunch. A picture of the lunch had reportedly gone viral on social media causing South Africans to condemn her [...]

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    South Africa records first deaths from coronavirus

South Africa records first deaths from coronavirus

South Africa has reported its first two deaths from coronavirus just as the number of confirmed cases rise to 1,000. Zweli Mkhize, the country's health minister, made this known on Friday. "This morning we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19," Mkhize said in a statement. He said the deaths occurred in Western [...]

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    Coronavirus: South Africa charges patients who refused to self-isolate with attempted murder

Coronavirus: South Africa charges patients who refused to self-isolate with attempted murder

The South African police on Wednesday charged two men with attempted murder for allegedly going out after testing positive for coronavirus. Bheki Cele, the country's police minister, announced the charges on Wednesday during a press conference. Cele said their actions exposed others to the infection. The first patient arrested is a 52-year-old salon owner who was said to have been diagnosed with coronavirus [...]

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    South Africa’s coronavirus cases rise to 554 — highest on the continent

South Africa’s coronavirus cases rise to 554 — highest on the continent

The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa increased by 152 to 554 within 24 hours. The country has the highest number of cases in Africa but no death has been recorded. On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lock down to curb the spread of the outbreak. "From midnight on Thursday, March 26 until midnight on Thursday, April 16, all South [...]

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    PHOTOS: Okonjo-Iweala attends South Africa’s economic council meeting

PHOTOS: Okonjo-Iweala attends South Africa’s economic council meeting

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former minister of finance, was at South Africa's presidential economic advisory council meeting in Tshwane on Friday. "With President Ramaphosa, members of cabinet, and members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council in Pretoria discussing sources of growth for the South African economy and win-win economic interactions with the continent," Okonjo-Iweala tweeted. https://twitter.com/NOIweala/status/1236204448407568385?s=20 Cyril Ramaphosa, South African president, chaired the meeting. According [...]

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    South Africa records first case of coronavirus

South Africa records first case of coronavirus

South Africa has confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus. South Africa is the 7th country to have confirmed a case of the disease in Africa. The index case was announced by Zweli Mkhize, the country's minister of health, in a statement on Thursday. Mkhize said the case was detected in the country’s eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province. According to the statement, the patient [...]

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    ‘They removed my uterus… I had no idea for 11 years’ — Woman recounts ordeal after ‘forced sterilisation’

‘They removed my uterus… I had no idea for 11 years’ — Woman recounts ordeal after ‘forced sterilisation’

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    WATCH: The moment S’African pastor slumped, died during sermon

WATCH: The moment S’African pastor slumped, died during sermon

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    Tacha cancels South Africa trip over ‘unforeseen visa issues’

Tacha cancels South Africa trip over ‘unforeseen visa issues’

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    South African police officer found guilty of killing Nigerian

South African police officer found guilty of killing Nigerian

Austin Luciano Reynold, a South African police constable, has been found guilty of the murder of Ebuka Okoli, a Nigerian. Okoli was killed in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal, in 2018. He was reportedly shot at close range during an unauthorised raid by the 24-year-old Reynold on the community where he resides. He was said to have been handcuffed, robbed by the police officer [...]

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    Xenophobia: South African concert cancelled due to outcry over Burna Boy’s inclusion

Xenophobia: South African concert cancelled due to outcry over Burna Boy’s inclusion

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