New Tax has Kenyans Seeing Red

There has been an angry response in Kenya to a decision by the authorities to introduce a new salary levy to help build low-cost homes. From next month, employees will pay 1.5% of their pay to the housing fund and that amount will be matched by the employer. The anger stems from suspicion that the […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Returning to Glory

By many standards, Côte d’Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast) is the economic glue to the eight-country West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). The country once accounted for 40 percent of the GDP in the union, and it is the largest and most diversified country in the union, which includes Senegal, Mali and Niger. […]

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Institutionalised Exclusion of Somali Nationals in Decision-making Process for Aid

The Somali Congress of Trade Unions (Scotou) says it frequently receives complaints from Somali aid sector staff who talk about lack of respect and unfair treatment by foreign managers. “It is difficult to access these international organisations,” says Scotou general secretary, Ahmed Hassan. “They are based inside Mogadishu airport, which is heavily guarded; there is […]

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The African Union Comes into the Sudan Mix

The organisation has warned Sudan’s military that the country has 15 days to install a civilian government or risk getting kicked out of the bloc, as a sit-in demanding the army hand over power entered its 11th day on Tuesday. Sudan must aim to hold “free, fair and transparent elections” as soon as possible, the […]

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Zimbabweans Living below the New Breadline

The price of bread nearly doubled in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, another burden for citizens already struggling with a weakening currency and rising prices for basic goods. Bread now costs 3.50 RTGS dollars a loaf, up from 1.80 on Monday. Bread is the most consumed staple after maize meal, and the increase follows that of other […]

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Botswana Addresses the Elephant in the Room

The president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi likened the country’s travails with its numerous pachyderms to the number of Africans who have migrated to Europe to find a better life. Botswana, where the number of elephants is estimated at anything between 115,000 and a quarter of a million, has been praised for its wildlife policies, which […]

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South Africa’s Savings Clubs

The name stokvel is a mashup of the “stock fairs” in which 19th-century Xhosa tribespeople would pool resources to trade livestock with the British settlers. In their current form, stokvels date back to the 1930s, when migrant labor — with little access to formal banking structures — flocked to the gold mines on the Highveld. […]

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Seychelles President Does First Live Speech from a Submersible

President Danny Faure went deep sea diving into the Indian Ocean to call for protection of “the beating blue heart of our planet.” “This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out […]

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Two North African Nations Face their Hardest Test

Protesters continued with their Khartoum sit-in, demanding the military council to ‘immediately transfer power to a civilian government’. Revolutions rarely end happily – and it remains to be seen whether the Sudanese can make theirs stick. Algerians, for example, will be following events closely. Similar demands for root-and-branch reform ignited this month’s upheaval in Algiers […]

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Africa Stands to Benefit most from Artificial Intelligence

Internet technology giant Google has officially opened its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Centre in Ghana with high hopes of finding solutions to Africa’s problems. Artificial intelligence is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and reacts like humans. It helps find solutions to real-world problems. It can help […]

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