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More African states seeking Africom support in dealing with security threats (Daily Nation (Kenya))

African countries faced with increasing security threats are slowly accepting the work of an American agency designed to run all of Washington’s military operations on the continent. AlShabaab, Lord’s Resistance Army and political turmoil in Eastern Africa, Boko Haram in West Africa and terrorism in the Islamic Maghreb have all compelled the continent to seek […]

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Government Programme 2015-2019 Debates – 2nd Economic Miracle Will Be Driven By Technology and Innovation, Says Minister Jugnauth [press release]

The Second Economic Miracle will be driven by technology and innovation. Internet Connectivity, Broadband, Information and Communication Technologies and Innovation will be at the heart of all Government’s economic and social strategies, cutting across not only through existing pillars but, also via all the new economic sectors that will be created. This was the gist […]

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South Africa urges higher value addition for Sri Lankan exports (Daily Financial Times (Sri Lanka))

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the South African High Commission yesterday convened a B2B meeting calling on Sri Lankan investors to concentrate more on value addition for an optimal pricing strategy. Sri Lanka is the market leader for raw materials such as coconut, abaca, ramie and other fibre but countries such as […]

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Secret Satellite Surveillance Programme & Privacy Concerns Revealed in New Spy Cables Dump By Al Jazeera [press release]

Last night Al Jazeera’s investigative unit released classified documents from within the State Security Agency (SSA) revealing: extensive cooperation between Russia and South Africa on a secret satellite surveillance programme; and loopholes in the regulation of interception of communication in South Africa. Spy Cable #1: Satellite Surveillance Programme A South African Secret Service, now State […]

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Mswati's HIV-Aids Idiocy Highlights Our Bitter Struggle [press release]

Swaziland’s absolute ruler, [i]Mswati III, adds a grotesque twist to Marx’s observation that history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. Mswati and his regime manage to combine both qualities in equal measure: the tragedy of autocracy imposing poverty, disease and degradation on an oppressed population; the farce of the bumbling Mswati’s vanity […]

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Mmusi Maimane's Sona 2015 Response Fact-Checked

The debate on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address saw impassioned speeches by the leaders of South Africa’s two main opposition parties. We fact-checked key claims. In his response to the State of the Nation Address, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane made a number of claims about electricity, employment, land reform and […]