West Africa

War court poised for historic ruling on Timbuktu jihadist rampage

2017-08-17 09:30

War crimes judges are poised to make legal history with a ruling on compensation for the destruction of fabled shrines in the Malian town of Timbuktu, an act ordered by a now-repentant jihadist.

West Africa economies losing out to illegal fishing - report

2016-06-29 19:30

"Catastrophic" levels of illegal fishing in West Africa are costing the region millions in lost revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs, says a development think tank.

Village quarantined after Ebola death in Sierra Leone

2015-09-04 17:46

A village of almost 1 000 people has been placed under quarantine in Sierra Leone after the death of a 67-year-old woman from Ebola, officials say.

Ebola health workers face life or death decision on pregnant women

2015-01-15 09:23

Health workers in west African countries faced with Ebola-related pregnancy complications are often forced to make difficult decisions due to low survival rates and poor infrastructure.

Watch to see how SA-created Ebola Care app works

Philip and Malan Joubert are South African brothers, based in the US, who created an Ebola Care app for fieldworkers in West Africa. We caught up with Philip who explained that getting data from the field was a big challenge for healthworkers and organisations, as paperwork takes weeks to process. Their app solves that problem. Watch.

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Food prices up sharply in Ebola-hit countries

2014-10-17 18:15

Food prices have risen across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, forcing some families to reduce their intake to one meal a day.

Ebola: US firm declines to move medical waste

2014-10-14 13:06

A Louisiana firm says it will not accept medical waste from the Ebola patient who died in Texas, even though it knows that the refuse is safe.

Cost of Ebola could top $32bn - report

2014-10-08 19:15

Ebola's economic toll could reach $32.6bn by year's end if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads across West Africa, the World Bank says.

Newspapers focus on return of SA church collapse survivors

South African survivors of the Nigerian church collapse returned home yesterday. The bittersweet scenes made newspaper front pages around the country. Watch.

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HEADLINES: Nigeria church collapse, Mbete & Ebola

The number of South Africans affected by the Nigeria church collapse remains unclear, MPs cause chaos in Parliament and Obama issues a global call to action over the Ebola outbreak.

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Shoprite expands into West Africa as urbanisation gathers pace

2016-11-25 16:41

Shoprite's expansion in West Africa has provided a growth pad for a Zambian meat processing firm as SA retailers expand into the rest of Africa markets.

WHO declares end to Ebola transmission in West Africa

2016-01-14 13:39

The World Health Organization says that transmission of the Ebola virus has been halted after a two-year-long battle.

Climate change boosts rain in Sahel

2015-06-01 21:15

Rising greenhouse gases have boosted rainfall in the Sahel region of Africa, easing droughts that killed 100 000 people in the 1970s and 1980s.

Google to boost Ebola donations

2014-11-11 12:29

The search giant launched a campaign Monday to raise money to fight the outbreak, tossing $10 million into the pot and saying it will match donations to the fund two to one.

W Africa's business game-changers announced

2014-10-24 16:14

The winners of the West African round of business awards were honoured in a ceremony at Lagos’ Oriental Hotel.

MSF - Doctors have to make tough decisions

2014-10-14 14:00

Medicines Sans Frontieres staff members say they have to make tough decisions while working with Ebola patients in West Africa.

World food prices slump to 15-yr lows

2014-10-09 19:30

Bumper harvests and big stockpiles of food are helping to drive world food prices down to the lowest levels for about 15 years.

Ebola: A way forward

2014-10-08 07:54

The long-term economic impact is West Africa's big worry, says Susan Mboya-Kidero.

HEADLINES: EFF, Nigeria church collapse & Scottish vote

The EFF causes more unrest in Parliament, rescue authorities blame the administration of the collapsed Nigerian church for withholding information and Scotland will vote on its independence today.

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Newspapers focus on Nigerian church collapse

67 South Africans are confirmed dead in a church collapse in Nigeria. Today's newspaper front pages focus on the tragedy. Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath takes you through the headlines.

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