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Zimbabwe rules out adopting US dollar as sole currency: mail

25 Oct 2021 /  Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg   5
Ncube said such a move could result in foreign currency deficits and deflation for the African nation. 

Nigeria to launch digital currency Monday to enhance payments

24 Oct 2021 /  Emele Onu, Bloomberg   1
The eNaira, which took several years to develop, will 'make financial transactions easier and seamless for every strata of the society,' the Central Bank of Nigeria said.

Namibia to suspend use of Russian Covid-19 vaccine – ministry

24 Oct 2021 /  Nyasha Nyaungwa and Polina Devitt, Reuters   1
Days after the drugs regulator in neighbouring South Africa flagged concerns about its safety for people at risk of HIV.

Southern African bloc says Eswatini king open to dialogue after protests

24 Oct 2021 /  Lunga Masuku, Reuters  
The monarch plans to convene a meeting where people can express their grievances, a representative of the king told the state broadcaster.

What some African countries are doing about tobacco control

24 Oct 2021 /  Corné van Walbeek and Zunda Chisha  
Many efforts are being made to prevent unnecessary deaths.

Africa urged to wake up to growing state surveillance threat

24 Oct 2021 /  Kim Harrisberg, Thomson Reuters Foundation   2
An active civil society, independent media and reputable courts helped rein in SA's surveillance over-reach this year: ADRN.

Zimbabwe forms crisis team to ease 10-kilometer queues at border

22 Oct 2021 /  Ray Ndlovu, Bloomberg   7
Which is undergoing a $300 million revamp.

IMF warns Covid-19 risks becoming endemic problem for Africa

21 Oct 2021 /  Prinesha Naidoo, Bloomberg  
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will lag behind world output partly because of the slow rollout of coronavirus vaccines.

Zambia’s biggest creditors range from China to a local furniture seller

21 Oct 2021 /  Matthew Hill, Bloomberg   1
Total public-sector debt, including foreign- and local-currency loans and arrears, along with borrowings by state-owned enterprises, rose to $27 billion by the end of June.

MTN Eswatini says ordered to suspend access to Facebook, messenger app

UPDATE
21 Oct 2021 /  Nqobile Dludla, Reuters   5
After anti-monarchy protests flared up in the southern African kingdom.

Southern African bloc dispatches envoys to protest-hit Eswatini

21 Oct 2021 /  S'thembile Cele, Bloomberg   2
For talks with Africa’s last absolute monarchy about growing unrest in the southern African nation.

Zambia owes nearly $27bn in foreign and local public debt

21 Oct 2021 /  Tim Cocks, Reuters  
The figure was equal to about 115% of GDP, according to the latest World Bank figures from 2019, and could be more because Zambia's economy contracted sharply last year.

Zimbabwe’s power utility to finish new coal-fired units in 2022

20 Oct 2021 /  Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg   1
Bucking a global trend to reduce reliance on the fossil fuel. 

Zimbabwe shuts down Forex platform to stem currency decline

20 Oct 2021 /  Ray Ndlovu, Bloomberg   1
'It’s cybercrime,' Mangudya said. “How is the rate determined on the computer? It’s based on nothing but hot air.'
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