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US President Barack Obama’s full speech at Nelson Mandela Memorial

US President Barack Obama’s full speech at Nelson Mandela Memorial

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honour to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people…

World leaders descend on Soweto for Madiba memorial

World leaders descend on Soweto for Madiba memorial

MORE than 70 world leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Iran’s Hassan Rouhani are flying to South Africa for events commemorating Nelson Mandela this week, an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers. Cuban leader Raul Castro, President Robert Mugabe and Britain’s David Cameron will also…

UK axes £100m southern Africa aid programme over ‘serious concerns’

UK axes £100m southern Africa aid programme over ‘serious concerns’

Britain is axing a £100m aid programme to reduce poverty in Africa after accidentally channelling some money through the Zimbabwe government and finding “serious concerns” about financial oversight. Justine Greening, the development secretary, told parliament she was scrapping the five-year programme, which has been helping to build roads, raise trade…

Zanu PF internal polls leave Mujuru as likely successor to Mugabe

Zanu PF internal polls leave Mujuru as likely successor to Mugabe

Joice Mujuru, Zimbabwe’s vice-president, has seized pole position in the race to succeed the ageing Robert Mugabe after her faction of Zanu-PF emerged victorious from the weekend’s provincial party elections, securing her almost unassailable support as leader-in-waiting. In a blow to her rival, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the feared justice minister, Mrs…

Blair denies putting pressure on Mbeki for SA help to topple Mugabe

Blair denies putting pressure on Mbeki for SA help to topple Mugabe

Former British prime minister Tony Blair on Wednesday denied putting pressure on South Africa while he was in office to help remove Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe in a military operation. South Africa’s ex-president Thabo Mbeki claimed in an interview that Britain had urged Pretoria to topple Mugabe when a political…

Tony Blair asked me to ‘help invade Zimbabwe’, says Thabo Mbeki

Tony Blair asked me to ‘help invade Zimbabwe’, says Thabo Mbeki

Tony Blair’s Government asked South Africa to help Britain invade Zimbabwe and topple Robert Mugabe by force, Thabo Mbeki, the former president, has claimed. When Zimbabwe began sinking into economic collapse and political repression in 2000, South Africa and Britain held starkly different views over how to respond to the…

Zimbabwe faces cash crunch as bank savings withdrawn

Zimbabwe faces cash crunch as bank savings withdrawn

HARARE — A biting liquidity crunch in Zimbabwe’s banking sector that has seen depositors queuing for days to withdraw their savings is threatening to put a damper on merry-making this festive season. Economists fear the liquidity crunch could ultimately lead to the collapse of some banks. Cash shortages and long,…

France says could cancel Zimbabwe debt

France says could cancel Zimbabwe debt

Foreign debt cancellations are expected to reach new highs in France’s 2014 development aid budget, with Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Ivory Coast and Sudan in line for a complete deletion of their national debt. Last week, French MPs told two ministers – Pascal Canfin, in charge of development policy, and Benoît Hamon, in charge of…

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