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Sanral suspends process of pursuing e-toll debt

The South African National Roads Agency has announced that it is suspending the process of pursuing e-toll debt. 

This after Sanral's board passed an urgent resolution on the matter on Tuesday. 

"It resolved that given the initiative led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the e-tolls payment impasse, Sanral will, with immediate effect, suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt. This includes historic debt and summonses applied for from 2015. No new summonses will be applied for," Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said in a statement issued on Wednesday. 

Ramaphosa responds to reports about his son and Bosasa

27 March 2019 

President Cyril Ramaphosa's office has responded to testimony before the state capture commission of inquiry and as well as report published by News24 relating to his son, Andile.

In a lengthy statement issued on Wednesday, the president sought to clarify that an issue surrounding a R500 000 donation to his ANC presidential campaign by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson held no correlation with a R2-million business deal Andile Ramaphosa had with Bosasa.
 

Burundi frees girls who defaced president, warns parents

27 March 2019 

Following an international outcry and widespread ridicule over the detention of three schoolgirls who scribbled on President Pierre Nkurunziza’s picture in textbooks, Burundi on Tuesday released them.

The three girls were the last still being held from a group of seven children arrested earlier this month in Kirundo province, in Burundi’s northeast some 200 kilometres from the commercial capital Bujumbura. All were accused of insulting Nkurunziza by defacing his image.

7 trucks set alight on N3 by unknown suspects

28 March 2019

Seven trucks were set alight by unknown suspects in the early hours of Thursday morning on the N3 between Mooi River and Estcourt. 

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thulani Zwane told News24 that it happened just after midnight. 

"The trucks were set alight by unknown people who were threatening the drivers. They told the drivers to get out before, and then they set alight the trucks."

Botswana suicide aircraft

25 March 2019

While an investigation is under way into an apparent "suicide" aircraft crash at the Matsieng Air Strip in Botswana, reports are emerging that this was not the first such incident in that country.

On Saturday, a pilot allegedly committed suicide by flying a light aircraft into a clubhouse at the airport after being involved in an altercation at a function there.

Unconfirmed reports suggested the pilot worked for a charter company in Botswana and had been involved in an altercation with a woman.

 

‘No way home’: the human face of a Moz buckled by Idai

26 March 2019

Nelson Charova lies on a weatherworn bench outside a dilapidated ward at the Beira Central Hospital, which, in the wake of Cyclone Idai, has become ground zero for the wounded from villages and towns across the vast floodplain.

The disaster left nearly 500 people dead in Mozambique, with the toll expected to rise to more than 1,000 in three countries affected by the deluge, as the problems of an already stressed healthcare system are compounded by mounting fears of waterborne diseases.

 

Young, educated Africans keen on migrating

27 March 2019 

The most preferred destination for potential African emigrants is neither Europe nor the United States, as one would easily imagine, but another African country! This is according to research network Afrobarometer.

In business this week on The Morning Call, Amelia Martha Nakitimbo looks at the Afrobarometer survey which presents a different picture, in relation to the divisive migrant crisis, which has become a regular subject of news and hot political debates, especially in Europe.

 

Ghana parliament passes Right To Information law

27 March 2019 

Ghana’s parliament has passed into law the Right To Information, RTI, bill, as at Tuesday evening according to an influential local media outlet, the Multimedia Group.

The bill which is meant to allow citizens access to a certain category of information in order to hold government accountable has been the subject of a series of protests especially from the media and civil society groups.

Ghana parliament passes Right To Information law

27 March 2019 

Ghana’s parliament has passed into law the Right To Information, RTI, bill, as at Tuesday evening according to an influential local media outlet, the Multimedia Group.

The bill which is meant to allow citizens access to a certain category of information in order to hold government accountable has been the subject of a series of protests especially from the media and civil society groups.

Clean water and sanitation: Why it matters

What’s the goal here?

To ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all.

Why?

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right, yet billions are still faced with daily challenges accessing even the most basic of services.

Around 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated.

Some 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines. Water

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