Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

A fire in a crowded slum in Bangladesh‘s capital Dhaka has destroyed thousands of homes and left at least 10,000 people homeless, officials have said. The fire started on Friday in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood and destroyed about 2,000 mostly tin homes, fire services official Ershad Hossain told AFP news agency. Several people were injured but nobody was killed in the fire, authorities said. Most of the homes were empty as people had left to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday with their families. “Otherwise, the damage would have been bigger,” local police chief…

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CPJ calls on SADC to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists

Dear Dr Stergomena Tax, I write to you from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent non-profit organisation that advocates for press freedom worldwide, ahead of the 39th Ordinary Summit to urge you to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The SADC treaty commits member states to the principles of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. In addition, the SADC Protocol on Culture, Information and Sport provides that member states should “take necessary measures to ensure the development of media…

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Southern Africa: SADC Summit Roars Into Life

TANZANIA writes yet another history as all eyes are on the country with all the ‘number one citizens’ of southern African nations gathering in Dar es Salaam for the 39th Southern African Development Community Summit (SADC) Summit. The newly commissioned state-of-the-art Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) Terminal Three was a hive of activity yesterday as one leader after the other arrived, ready for the event that kicks off today at the JNICC. And, Tanzanian President John Magufuli officially takes over the SADC Chairmanship from his Namibian counterpart, Dr Hage Geingob…

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A$AP Rocky Found Guilty Of Assault In Sweden

A Swedish court on Wednesday found A$AP Rocky guilty of assault, according to multiple reports. However, the 30-year-old rapper will not have to go back to jail. Instead, according to NBC News, he “was handed a conditional sentence after the court found that the assault was not ‘of such a serious nature’ as to warrant more time behind bars.” Prior to the verdict, Rocky was facing six months behind bars for his role in a street fight in Stockholm caught on video that he claimed was actually self-defense. He was released…

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Ugandan pastoralists considering crop farming

In northeastern Uganda, Karimajong pastoralists have a reason to smile. Their herds are looking healthy and strong. The rainy season has brought lots of pasture and water to this region mostly known for its arid conditions. “There is water now but it won’t stay when the dry season starts. We have asked for this dam to be expanded or for a new one to be dug there,” says Lomilo Lokuny, a pastoralist in the area. In a couple of weeks, this lush vegetation will turn to this; scorched and bare…

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Joy, despair and determination: photographs from Kibera

Despite its poverty, Kibera is a vibrant place where people survive in testing conditions, both physical and mental. These images by four photographers born and bred there capture the spirit of Africa’s largest slum. An exhibition, ‘Kibera: Living in the slum’, is on show at the Guardian’s London offices until 31 August source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2019/aug/13/joy-despair-and-determination-photographs-from-kibera

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Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi Celebrates ‘Natural African Beauty’ Amid Critics Who Called Her ‘Too Basic’ for Historic Win

South African beauty queen Zozibini Tunzi had the world singing her praises this week after becoming the first Miss SA pageant winner to be crowed while rocking her natural hair. The epic moment was a first in the beauty contest’s nearly 60-year history, according to OkayAfrica, and has sparked renewed discussion around the politics of Black hair. For many, Tunzi’s weekend win also highlighted the need to continue embracing the beauty and versatility of our hair — curly, straightened or otherwise. Zozibini Tunzi was crowned the 2019 Miss South Africa…

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South Africa: Relief for President Ramaphosa in corruption case

President Cyril Ramaphosa has won the latest round of a legal battle with South Africa‘s anti-corruption watchdog. A judge on Monday delayed implementation of findings linked to the watchdog’s claim that he misled parliament about a leadership campaign donation. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane alleged in July that Ramaphosa had “deliberately misled” Parliament about the $32,500 donation for the 2017 campaign to succeed Jacob Zuma as head of the governing African National Congress (ANC). She said there was also prima facie evidence of money laundering involving millions of rand in the…

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