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Food aid needed for Africa’s hungry strained by Covid-19 crisis

30 May 2020 /  Katarina Hoije, Agnieszka de Sousa and Mike Cohen   8
'Even if we help as many as we can, there’s always more to be done.'

Electric motorbikes give rural Zim women a path out of poverty

30 May 2020 /  MacDonald Dzirutwe, Reuters   1
The Hamba is solar-powered and easing the strain of domestic work.

Urgent food help to Africa strained

28 May 2020 /  Katarina Hoije, Agnieszka de Sousa and Mike Cohen, Bloomberg  
As Covid-19 adds to hunger.

Zimbabwe gold miners to keep more export earnings in dollars

27 May 2020 /  MacDonald Dzirutwe, Reuters  
Until now, gold miners received only 55% of their sales in dollars.

US Treasury pressure leads to new probe of African Development Bank chief

27 May 2020 /  Baudelaire Mieu, Leanne de Bassompierre and Katarina Hoije, Bloomberg    2
Adesina has been accused of handing contracts to acquaintances and appointing relatives to strategic positions.

WHO worries about ‘silent epidemic’ in Africa

26 May 2020 /  Peter Graff, Reuters   7
Unless testing is prioritised.

Nigeria’s economy expands 1.87% y/y in Q1

UPDATE
25 May 2020 /  Paul Carsten, Reuters   1
Expected recession could be worst in 40 years -World Bank.

UK’s Blair: Patchy data means Africa could use antibody tests to track Covid-19

22 May 2020 /  Katharine Houreld, Reuters  
Information would guide leaders in deciding whether to extend lockdowns.

Masondo punts common currency as key to intra-African trade

21 May 2020 /  Tebogo Tshwane    12
With AfCFTA as the springboard to mitigate against economic nationalism in the post-pandemic global economy.

World bank approves $1bn funding to Kenya for budget support – minister

20 May 2020 /  Duncan Miriri, Reuters  
As Covid-19 economic impact weighs.

Lesotho PM Thomas Thabane resigns, soothing political crisis

19 May 2020 /  Marafaele Mohloboli, Reuters   2
Finance minister Moeketsi Majoro has been named by parliament as Thabane's interim replacement.

Nigeria extends coronavirus movement restrictions for two weeks

19 May 2020 /     1
The country has 5 959 confirmed coronavirus cases

Zim’s lack of Covid-19 assistance laid bare

18 May 2020 /  Cathy Buckle   7
People are starving, MPs dumped in a pit and brutally assaulted.

Zimbabwe tenders for 500MW solar power plants in renewable energy drive

18 May 2020 /  MacDonald Dzirutwe, Reuters   1
Supplies have improved since the country entered a coronavirus lockdown at the end of March, forcing industry to close.

Lockdown fatigue spreads quicker than the coronavirus in Africa

17 May 2020 /  Pauline Bax, Bloomberg    3
Economic impact proving too costly for poorer countries.
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