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Zimbabwe: Tobacco Prices Firm, Farmers Earn U.S.$90 Million

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By Elita Chikwati AgricultureFarmers have collectively earned US$90,4 million from the sale of tobacco, as prices continue to firm. Since the start of the 2021 tobacco selling season, farmers have sold 35,3 million kg worth US$90,4 million at an average price of US$2,56 per kilogramme. During the same period last …

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Kenya Suspends India Flights Over Covid Surge

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By Jemimah MueniNairobi — Kenya announced Wednesday the suspension of flights to and from India following a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths. India has been reporting over 300,000 COVID cases daily, with over 2,000 deaths in the recent weeks, a situation that has overwhelmed the country’s health care system …

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Nigeria’s Flutterwave Is Only African Firm On TIME’s 2021 Influential List

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TIME reports that the fintech company, Flutterwave, was chosen for its efforts in recharging retailers after the pandemic slowed travel in Nigeria. Flutterwave, a Nigerian fintech firm, has been named a “Pioneer” on TIME’s 2021 list of the 100 Most Influential Companies in the world. In a list, which includes …

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East Africa: Tanzania Remains the Place to Be for Cheap Data, Internet Access in EA

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By Faustine NgilaFor the second year running, Tanzania is the country in East Africa where you will pay lowest to access the internet on your smartphone, according to data released recently by British technology research firm Cable. The report, Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021, reveals that Somalia is no longer …

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Ghana: Twitter’s New Office in Ghana Seen As a Snub to LGBT+ People

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By Nita BhallaLGBT+ rights groups say Twitter has ignored the plight of LGBT+ people in Ghana, where persecution is widespread and gay sex is punishable with up to three years in jail. Twitter Inc’s decision to open its first African office in Ghana, citing it as a champion of democracy, …

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Zimbabwe: Stanbic Bank Resuscitates Sally Mugabe Hospital Maternity Theatre

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By Fadzai NdanganaStanbic Bank has donated equipment and refurbished maternity wing and a recovery room at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital as part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative. In a statement, Stanbic Bank said the theatre equipment which was imported at a cost of USD$37 000 and the refurbishment …

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Namibia: Media Union Demands 8 Percent Salary Increment for NBC Employees

By Sakeus IikelaSecretary General, Namibia Media Professionals Union. The Namibia Media Professionals Union (NAMPU) is aware of the industrial action on which Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) employees have embarked following failed negotiations with the corporation’s board and management over salary increments. NAMPU notes that the unresolved labour standoff continues to …

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Kenya: Hoteliers Seek Covid-19 Reliefs to Save Jobs, Investments

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By Anthony KitimoHoteliers have urged the government to offer them Covid-19 reliefs and allow them to reopen their establishments, arguing that they have put in place adequate measures to contain Covid-19 infection Local hospitality players have also asked the government to allow them defer taxes, or part of the taxes …

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Kenya: Workers Face Tough Times As Pay Delays Hit Counties

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By Nation TeamThousands of workers in at least eight counties have gone without salaries for up to five months, with the National Treasury being blamed for delays in disbursing funds to the devolved units. Staff in Taita Taveta, Murang’a, Kisumu, Migori, Bomet, Kericho, Meru and Makueni are struggling to foot …

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African Economic Outlook 2021 for Asian Audiences

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What: Webinar to discuss the African Economic Outlook 2021 for Asian audiences Who: African Development Bank When: Thursday, 20 May 2021, 08:00 to 10:00 GMT/ 13:30-15:30 (Delhi time) / 16:00-18:00 (Beijing time) / 17:00-19:00 (Seoul and Tokyo time) Where: Virtual The Asia External Representation Office and Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting & Research Department of the …

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