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Banks forfeit GH¢102m 2020 profit

The Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB) has estimated that about GH¢102million has been forfeited by commercial banks in the country through various measures they have introduced to give some relief for customers due to impact of Coronavirus pandemic on the country. According to the association, all 23 universal banks in …

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Two dead, cops wounded after funeral afterparty gets out of control

Two people were shot dead and three others, including two police officers, were wounded in a shootout after a funeral “after-tears” party took a bad turn at the Marite sports ground near Hazyview, Mpumalanga on Saturday. According to police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, a group of “lawless individuals” held an …

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US$1.3 billion loan request to purchase cocoa tabled before Parliament

The Government of Ghana is requesting for a Parliamentary approval to loan US$1.3 billion to finance the purchase of cocoa for the 2020/2021 crop season. This follows the regulator of cocoa, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) given the strongest assurance that its annual cocoa syndication loan facility will go ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Ten killed in deadly Somalia prison break attempt

Officials in Somalia say 10 people have died during a shoot-out inside the capital Mogadishu’s main prison. A spokesman for the information ministry said six inmates who were members of the jihadist group al-Shabab were killed and four security personnel also died. There are reports that one of the prisoners …

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Namibia to auction fishing quotas for Coronavirus funds

Namibia’s Fisheries Minister Albert Kawana has announced that the country will auction off its fishing quotas on an open market to raise funds to fight Covid-19. The government intends to auction off quotas for three fish species – horse markerel, hake and monk. The minister cited the need for medicine …

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Man, 9-year-old boy die after car rolls over in accident

A man and a nine-year-old boy were killed, and a woman and a three-year-old boy left injured on Monday afternoon when their vehicle rolled on the N2, approximately 25km outside Ermelo in Mpumalanga. According to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, paramedics, along with several other services, arrived on the scene at …

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President mourns passing of radio legend Bob Mabena

President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed his heartfelt condolences on the passing of legendary radio personality, Bob Mabena. Mabena passed away on Sunday, 10 August 2020, at the age of 51. Mabena was a renowned television and radio personality, who started his career in 1989. “This is a sad loss not …

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Nigerian boy, 13, jailed for blaspheming God

An Islamic court in northern Nigeria’s Kano state has sentenced a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in prison for blasphemy. Th child was accused of making uncomplimentary remarks about God. In a separate case before the court, 22-year-old musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was sentenced to death by hanging after being found …

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Envoys fail to meet opposition over Zimbabwe crisis

Special envoys sent by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa in response to the crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe cancelled their meeting with the opposition after meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The two envoys were sent last week after Zimbabwe’s government suppressed protests and arrested dozens of activists and opposition politicians. The opposition …

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Let’s welcome South Africa to Africa

Kindly join me in welcoming South Africa to Africa, to become a fully-fledged African country. Thus, let’s declare South Africa an African country. On July 26, 2020, for the first time in the history of the country, South Africa accepted an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan; this is the day …

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Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy

A musician in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad. An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state said Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp …

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Ethiopian minister suspended from ruling party organ

Ethiopian Defence Minister Lemma Megerssa and two other top officials have been temporarily suspended from the ruling Prosperity Party’s central committee. Mr Lemma was once a close ally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and a key figure in the country’s political and economic reform over the past few years. Prior …

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