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Tourists are still absent: A great animal migration is imminent on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Animals as far as the eye can see. It is one of the most fascinating natural spectacles in the world. The herds consist primarily of wildebeest, but zebras and gazelles also migrate with them. Safari tourism in Tanzania accounts for approximately 18 percent of the total economy, as it provides more than 1.1 million jobs. However, the safari tourists are absent this year due to the pandemic and for many countries an important line of business threatens to disappear.
Digitization in schools: During the coronavirus crisis, schools in Africa are closed. Almost 300 million students are affected. Not everyone has internet access, which is why classes are often held on radio and television. This type of school program is nothing new in Kenya. It has been around for decades. As a result of the crisis, the “Ed-Tech-StartUp” industry is getting increasing attention. Ed-Tech stands for “Education Technology”. In cooperation with mobile operators and universities, virtual classrooms will also be promoted through online learning programs.
The African Union (AU) as a mediator between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt: There are still clashes between the neighboring countries of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. The African Union has now intervened to mediate after negotiations stopped last week. The deadlock was assessed by experts as a security risk for the region. Now the AU committee stressed in a statement that more than 90 percent of all outstanding issues have been resolved. There are still disagreements, however, about the question of filling the dam.
Donors pledge $1.8 billion for Sudan: Western and Arab countries pledged a total $1.8 billion in aid to Sudan on Thursday to help the struggling African nation a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the removal of the country’s longtime autocratic ruler, Omar al-Bashir. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the conference was just the start of helping Sudan and that donors would reconvene early next year. Germany intends to spend €118 million to support Sudan in areas such as water, food security and education, while a further €32 million will be allocated to humanitarian aid and stabilization. German Development Minister Gerd Müller praised the enormous efforts of the civilian transitional government for peace, democracy and reforms. Sudan’s interim government has been grappling with an economic crisis since it took office last year while also navigating a treacherous transition to civilian rule. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the economic despair, throwing millions of laborers out of work.
Malawi opposition leader wins poll rerun: Malawi’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won the country’s rerun presidential vote, officials say. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57%, the electoral commission announced on Saturday. His supporters took to the streets of the Malawian capital Lilongwe, sounding car horns and letting off fireworks. In February, Malawi’s constitutional court had annulled Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering. It is the second African nation to annul a presidential election over irregularities, after Kenya in 2017.
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Madagascar: 60 years of independence: Madagascar is celebrating its 60th independence anniversary from France with a series of activities across the country. The island nation gained its independence on the 26 of June 1960. As many as 90,000 Malagasies died during the two-year uprising which started in 1947. It was one of the earliest revolts in the French colonies and was brutally shut down. Madagascar wouldn’t gain its independence until 1960. Events are currently ongoing despite the Covid-19 crisis with most security officials and other participants wearing masks.
Gabon’s parliament vote to decriminalize homosexuality: Last year, Gabon criminalized homosexuality, making gay sex punishable with six months in prison and a large fine. 48 members of parliament have now supported the proposal to change the 2019 law and lift the ban. However, same-sex marriage is still now allowed in the Central African country where homosexuality is still broadly seen as a social taboo.
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There are currently 383,000 coronavirus cases in Africa.
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“We hope that we will not need mass graves.”
Dr. Zahid Badroodien, Cape Town City Council, on the increase in new coronavirus infections.
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