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Zambians raid South African owned shops in retaliation for xenophobic attacks
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Politics and Society Zambians raid South African owned shops in retaliation for xenophobic attacks

The frosty relations between South Africa, and its neighbours are likely going to continue to sour following the looting of South African owned retail shops in Lusaka, Zambia. There are reports that South African trucks are being barred from crossing the borders to neighbouring countries, with major incidents recorded in Mozambique and Zambia.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum (DRC) and Dr. Francis Gervase Omaswa (Uganda) receive Third Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize
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Africans rising Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum (DRC) and Dr. Francis Gervase Omaswa (Uganda) receive Third Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

Two doctors, Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, and Dr. Francis Gervase Omaswa, have been named as this year’s (third) recipients of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. The award established by the Japanese government honours people and organisations dedicated to research and medical advances that fight disease in Africa. The Prize includes a citation, a medal and an honorarium of 100 million yen (approx 1 million US dollars) for each laureate.

Nigeria buckles under pressure, reduces visa fees for Americans
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Politics and Society Nigeria buckles under pressure, reduces visa fees for Americans

The Nigeria government has buckled under pressure, reducing visa charges for Americans visiting the country. The US Government earlier this week announced new visa fees for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians. The new “reciprocity fee” regime was scheduled to take effect from August 29.

US journalist refers to South African President Ramaphosa as “unidentified leader”
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Politics and Society US journalist refers to South African President Ramaphosa as “unidentified leader”

An American journalist Darlene Superville stirred the hornet’s nest after she tweeted a picture of global leaders at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, identifying three heads of state except for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, whom she referred to as an “unidentified leader”. The reference was heavily criticised by Twitter users, seen as one steeped in sheer ignorance and disrespect.

Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba and South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe win 2019 Writivism Prizes
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Arts and Culture Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba and South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe win 2019 Writivism Prizes

Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba walked away with the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-fiction for her story, “Valley of Memories,” while South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe won the 2019 Writivism Short Story Prize for her story, “Maserumo”. We congratulate Frances Ogamba and Resoketswe Manenzhe.