A messaging app with data-free texts is targeting Whatsapp in South Africa

A messaging app with data-free texts is targeting Whatsapp in South Africa

As South Africa’s top social media platform, Whatsapp has taken on Mxit, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and more recently, WeChat. In all three instances, Whatsapp established itself as the most affordable and convenient messaging service in a country whose internet penetration is 54%. But a new messaging app with its promise of data-free messaging presents a […]

Africa's week in pictures: 10-16 August 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 10-16 August 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption Clare Byarugaba, who was outed as a lesbian by a Ugandan newspaper against her will, competes at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris on Friday… Image copyright AFP Image caption … “I was so proud to wear the Uganda […]

Photos: 'This Is Africa' – A look at beautiful Republic of Benin

Photos: 'This Is Africa' – A look at beautiful Republic of Benin

African countries have their peculiar challenges like all countries the world over. Amid these challenges are particular characteristics of countries on the continent. ‘This Is Africa (TIA)’ is an Africanews initiative aimed at sharing information about African countries and helping our audiences better discover the continent – in a small but significant way. For the […]

The US Military Is Worried About China's Moves in Africa

The US Military Is Worried About China's Moves in Africa

The Pentagon and US State Department are reinforcing their commitment to African security and influence amid numerous reports of stepped up Chinese military and economic incursions into the region. Having established a military base in Djibouti on the coast as recently as last year, China is expanding political and military influence in the region, inspiring […]

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso –  The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso’s rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone. And they had a message, deputy mayor Moustapha Sawadogo said: “All officials should leave the Sahel or face […]

After Drownings, South Africa Vows to Fix Pit Toilets in Schools

After Drownings, South Africa Vows to Fix Pit Toilets in Schools

The basic upgrades, termed Norms and Standards, had themselves been a result of litigation by Equal Education and other activist groups, Mr. Linde said, adding: “We see constant attempts by government to make excuses for not delivering.” The education department had missed its own deadline for implementing the upgrades, leading to last month’s High Court […]

Why Eritrea is called Africa's North Korea

Why Eritrea is called Africa's North Korea

ERITREA has had some unhappy claims to fame over the years. Its war of liberation from neighbouring Ethiopia, which began in the 1960s and only ended in 1991, was one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts. Then, as a newly independent country, it fought a war with Ethiopia between 1998 and 2000, one of the bloodiest in […]

China's payments giant is ready to boost financial inclusion in Africa

China's payments giant is ready to boost financial inclusion in Africa

Ant Financial, the payments and financial services arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is expanding to Africa. In a partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) along with the International Financial Corporation, the firm says it will promote digital financial inclusion in the continent through investments and technical assistance. The offering will […]

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