Africa

Boko Haram Attack: 48 Girls Found, 46 still Missing in Yobe state, Nigeria

48 of the 94 girls missing after insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a girls secondary school in Yobe state have been found, Punch reports. Members of the insurgent group had attacked Government Girls Technical College Dapchi and 94 students, in a bid to escape them, had fled the school and had been reported missing. The Yobe State Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, had in […]

International

Singapore announces plan to pay bonus to all citizens after surplus budget of almost $7.6 billion

All Singapore citizens aged 21 and above will get a one-off “SG Bonus” of up to S$300 each as the 2017 budget came in with a surplus of almost S$10 billion (US $7.6 billion). Finance minister Heng Swee Keat made the announcement during his budget speech in Parliament, describing the bonus as a “hongbao”, the Mandarin word for a […]

Politics & Policy

Jacob Zuma has officially resigned as President of South Africa with immediate effect

Johannesburg – Jacob Zuma has resigned as president of South Africa. “I have…come to the decision to resign as the president of the republic with immediate effect,” Zuma told reporters at the Union Buildings on Wednesday night. Zuma’s time as president has been marked by controversy, ranging from his relationship with the controversial Gupta family, […]

Business & Economy

Somali government introduces 5% sales tax to boost revenues

The Somali government has launched an aggressive tax collection campaign as part of efforts to win billions of dollars in international debt relief. However there are concerns on whether the country’s powerful businessmen pay up. The move has put tax collectors at the heart of a showdown with the country’s most powerful businessmen. But government […]

Sport

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah wins African footballer of the year

August 27, 2017 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their third goal: REUTERS Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year at the Confederation of African Football awards ceremony in Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday. Salah won ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané of Senegal and the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick […]

Success Stories

20-year-old South African student builds robots from scrap to fend for family

20-year-old Mpho Makutu picks scrap metal, wires and card boxes from Johannesburg’s dump sites to build remote-controlled cars and battery-powered robots and cranes. He displays his inventions in the streets of Soweto where tourists pay to see how they work. The second-year mechanical engineering student uses the about $24 he earns during the weekends to […]