The UK is looking to South Africa post-Brexit

British Finance Minister Philip Hammond  pledged millions of pounds in aid for South Africa’s developmental programmes, following talks with the country’s top political and business leaders. “As Britain leaves the EU, we will be deepening our work with our international partners to build ever stronger economic links around the world,” he said in a statement…

Five African countries ban ‘dirty fuels’ from Europe

Five countries in West Africa have decided to stop importing “dirty fuels” from Europe, the UN Environment Programme says. A recent report revealed that European companies were exploiting weak regulations in West Africa to export fuels with high levels of sulphur. Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire agreed on the import ban. The UN…

Fighting childhood cancer in Africa

Today is a day of celebration for children’s health care on the African continent as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital shows off its completed state-of-the-art facilities to the media and VIP guests for the first time – ahead of receiving its first patients in the New Year. It is also a wonderful day for Islamic…

HIV Vaccine Trial to Begin in South Africa

A new clinical trial is underway in South Africa on an experimental vaccine that could safely prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. According to a statement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the HVTN 702 is the largest and most advanced HIV vaccine clinical trial to be undertaken in South Africa, where some…

Is Africa on Donald Trump’s radar?

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election means an uncertain future for Africa. His rival Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a landslide – at least among those in Barack Obama’s ancestral village in western Kenya. The mock poll in Kogelo gave Mr Trump just a quarter of the votes in a place…

African nations attempt to suspend UN’s LGBT rights monitor

On Tuesday the UN votes on a resolution by African states to halt the work of Vitit Muntarbhorn, reflecting deep international divisions on gay rights African nations are seeking to suspend the work of the first UN independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Botswana’s ambassador to…

African Development Bank Approves $600M Loan for Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA —  The African Development Bank said Wednesday that it was loaning Nigeria $600 million to help with a budget deficit of $7 billion. A bank statement Wednesday said another $400 million would be approved next year if the government implemented reforms to economize on government costs, combat corruption and promote diversification in Africa’s…