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    South African govt cuts spending on catering, entertainment and venues by 8%

    The government of South Africa is set to reduce spending on catering, entertainment and venues by 8% per annum, as well as reducing spending on travel and subsistence by 4% per year. This was announced by finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in his recent budget speech. Some observers believe the cut symbolises the bad shape of […]

Africa’s human rights violations worsened in 2014 – Amnesty International

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Cameroon, Togo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, among others, have been singled out by a recent report released by Amnesty International for their worsening human rights record in 2014 on the African continent. Illegal detention of opposition politicians, journalists and human rights activists and ordinary civilians […]

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DR Congo presidential elections could be postponed to 2017 or 2020

Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo might not take place in 2016 as planned. Government spokesperson Lambert Mende was evasive and ambiguous when he told Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Friday that the country’s presidential elections could take place either in 2016 or 2017. Mende justified the postponement by evoking the general census, […]

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Apply for Reuters Institute’s Journalism Fellowship Programme at Oxford

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is calling on journalists worldwide to apply for the Journalism Fellowship Programme, 2015-2016 edition, which it said aims at enabling mid-career journalists to improve their knowledge, and study issues important to their professional development in greater depth. Mid-career journalists can be defined as those who have at […]

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UMOJA narrator Hope Ndaba dies

South Africa-born Penuel Bhekizitha Ndaba, aka Hope, the great mentor and narrator of UMOJA – the Spirit of Togetherness – died on Tuesday this week. The cause of the death has not been disclosed. He was 59. Born on 22 October 1955 in Umlazi township (Durban) in KwaZulu-Natal, Hope was a self-taught musician and performer. […]

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