Zambia Chamber of Mines wants mineral royalty payments to be a deductible expense

Since 2019, these payments have effectively attracted double taxation, and this aspect was left unchanged in the country’s latest budget

Greenpeace accuses Cameroonian company of illegally razing forest

Camvert is developing a 60,000ha palm-oil plantation in area previously earmarked for logging

The high cost of gender-based violence laid bare in Lesotho

About one in three women in Lesotho has suffered physical or sexual violence — similar to the global prevalence rate — and analysts calculate that this costs ...

Zimbabwe’s central bank accused of rigging the exchange rate

Former finance minister Tendai Biti blames the system of foreign currency auctions

Zimbabwe’s power utility raises tariffs by 50%

Debt-laden Zesa warns users that prices will be reviewed monthly

Mozambique asks EU for help amid wave of Islamic State attacks

Islamist attacks have gathered pace this year, with insurgents seizing important towns for brief periods and hitting military and other key targets

Turning green waste into animal feed ‘gold’

Kenyan farming firm InsectiPro uses fruit waste to feed black soldier fly larvae, which are used to feed animals; it’s the recycle of life

Zambia seeks relief to avoid Africa’s first default since start of pandemic

The country asks bondholders for payment delays until April 2021

Nigeria’s central bank cuts benchmark rate to 11.5%

The government expects the economy to contract by as much as 8.9% in 2020

Facebook influence campaigners skirt rules ahead of Guinea election

Researchers find 94 pages ‘clearly’ tied to the ruling party that don't disclose they are being paid to post political messages and pictures of President Alpha ...

Protesters call for Cameroon president’s 40-year rule to end

Police used teargas and water canons during  protests called by Paul Biya’s rival Maurice Kamto, who hopes to spark a popular revolt

AfCFTA e-commerce and digital trade to be fast-tracked

The pandemic has heightened the need for a legal framework for the African trade agreement, with the first commercial deal pushed out to July

Zimbabwe teachers to strike over higher wages and allowances​

Unions say members want US$520 a month and will not report to work when schools reopen on September 28

Kingdom of Lesotho must seize textile manufacturing crown

The country has the right skills in place — now it just needs co-ordination and capacity

Toxins in water kill over 300 elephants in Botswana

And in Zimbabwe, about 25 elephant carcasses were found near the country's biggest game park and authorities suspect they succumbed to a bacterial infection

Zimbabwe crisis exists in the minds of others, Mnangagwa tells Zanu-PF faithful

SA’s efforts to find a solution are dismissed as foreign intervention in a challenge the country’s leader says it is dealing with itself


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