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May 24, 2019

What you need to know about Africa Day

May 25 2019 will mark 56 years since Africa Day was conceived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Here’s all you need to know and why you should celebrate this day.

How it all started

According to SA History.org, on 15 April 1958, a  year after Ghana gained independence from Britain, the country, under the leadership of Nkwame Nkrumah, called for the first meeting of all independent African States.

Countries in attendance

During this period, only eight African countries had gained independence from colonialism, which meant only a few could attend. Those that did were Ghana, Morocco, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tunisia, Liberia and Libya. Cameroon and Algeria, although [...]

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May 23, 2019

South Africa’s parliament elects Cyril Ramaphosa as president

South African legislators elected Cyril Ramaphosapresident on Wednesday and he promised to create jobs and work for the interests of all citizens, not just members of the majority African National Congress (ANC).

The ANC won South Africa’s May 8 general election, enabling the party to pick the country’s president, but its share of the vote fell to a post-apartheid low – reflecting anger at corruption and cronyism under Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma.

Many voters were also dismayed at the racial inequality that remains entrenched a generation since the former liberation movement took power.

“Only one candidate has been nominated. [...]

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May 23, 2019

If you own a Huawei phone in South Africa, here is everything you need to know about the Google crisis

Chinese phone giant Huawei has run into some trouble with the government of the United States of America, which in turn caused trouble in its relationship with Google, which in turn could come to affect every one of what is estimated to be millions of Huawei users in South Africa.

Though we don’t yet know exactly how, or when, and we aren’t yet certain about some other things too.

The situation is complex, and fluid, and clouded by politics. That is particularly bad news for anyone who has just invested in a Huawei handset, or needs to decide whether to buy Huawei.

Here’s what you need to know about Huawei in South Africa, now that it is subject [...]

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May 23, 2019

Zimbabwe increases diesel, petrol prices by up to 47%

Harare – Zimbabwe’s energy regulator on Tuesday announced that prices of diesel and petrol had been increased by up to 47% effective immediately, a day after the central bank said oil firms would now buy dollars to import fuel on the interbank market.

The latest price increase had been expected and follows an earlier 150% hike in January, which sparked violent street protests and led to the death of a dozen people after a security crackdown.

Oil companies in Zimbabwe will from Tuesday buy dollars to import fuel on the interbank market after the central bank ended the1:1 peg to the dollar that the firms were using, the bank said, a move that could see the [...]

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