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A Malian court sentenced two men to death for their roles in two Islamist-inspired terror attack in 2015. Fawaz Ould Ahmed and his co-conspirator Sadou Chaka were convicted of killing more than 40 people in attacks targeting foreigners in the…

PPE corruption scandal unmasked in South Africa

South Africans donated billions of dollars to protect key workers. But with bank accounts frozen and sports cars seized, questions are being raised about where the money went.  What started as a rallying call for South Africans to stand together…

Tanzania 'prays' Covid downturn away

There was no lockdown, no recession, and just 21 official deaths in Tanzania – which goes to the polls this month. But with the country’s main trading partners reeling from lockdown-induced job losses, Zachary Ochieng asks whether economic contagion might…

Has Africa reached herd immunity?

With early antibody tests revealing the virus may have infected millions more Africans than first thought, Andrea Dijkstra speaks to some of the world’s leading experts and asks whether the fall in hospitalisations and deaths may mean herd immunity is well within…

Lockdown causes hunger epidemic in Nigeria

Nkiru James, a 45-year-old housewife and businesswoman, had managed her beauty salon for eight years when the Covid-19 outbreak happened. For the first time in eight years, her salon was locked for more than two months because of the lockdown.…

Hope for safari recovery post Covid

Almost 10 per cent of Africa’s economy relies on the tourism industry, which was shuttered by Covid-19. But, as travel editor and TV tourism expert Jill Starley-Grainger reports, for the millions employed by the safari industry, there is confidence that…
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