Top Africa stories: Ailing Zim FM in SA, Melania Trump

2018-10-07 09:31

PICS: Melania Trump promotes US agency in Malawi, husband wants to cut funding

Melania Trump spent Thursday in southern Africa promoting the work of a US international development agency whose funding President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by nearly a third.

Lawmakers essentially ignored those requests.

Mrs Trump toured classrooms at Lilongwe's Chipala Primary School, which gets textbooks and other education assistance from the US Agency for International Development.

Melania Trump

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Price hikes hit Zim... govt warned against repeat of 2008

The Zimbabwean government has reportedly said that it would soon launch the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) aimed at addressing industry concerns and help improve its competitiveness for regional and international markets.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, this came as the southern African country struggled with a wave of price increases which the government described as "largely unjustified".  

The report quoted the Industry and Commerce Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu as saying: "I have not received a brief on price increases and the magnitude, but I know it is a culture that has been developing in the last few weeks, people just increase prices."

Zimbabwe flag

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Ailing Zim foreign affairs minister airlifted to SA - reports

Ailing Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo has reportedly been flown to South Africa for medical treatment after being hospitalised at a posh clinic in Harare for two weeks.

According to New, Moyo - who played a key role in Operation Restore Legacy, the military takeover in November that led to former-president Robert Mugabe being persuaded to resign - was struggling with a kidney ailment.

Unnamed sources at the hospital were quoted as saying that the former lieutenant general had been on dialysis for some time after he underwent surgery at the hospital.

Sibusiso Moyo

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Zimbabwe to cut government jobs in savings drive

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe will cut public sector jobs to help stem ballooning expenditure, the country's finance minister said on Friday.

Recently-appointed Mthuli Ncube said job cuts were among austerity measures needed to revive the moribund economy as the southern African country reels under a debt of $16.9bn.

"We are going to do that (job cuts)," Ncube told journalists at a news conference while presenting a two-year fiscal policy plan titled "transitional stabilisation programme".

Mthuli Ncube

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to campaigners against sexual violence as a weapon of war

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

The pair won the award for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war", Nobel committee chairperson Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo.

The front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel

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