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The South African National Defence Force, SANDF, says it is ready to host the Armed Forces Day today despite the rainy weather conditions in Durban. More than four-thousand soldiers are expected to parade through the city. The celebration has brought together various services of the SANDF to showcase its capabilities. The event will also remember the South African troops that drowned in the English Channel when the SS Mendi sank during the first World War in 1917. Nonkululeko Hlophe (Nguni) and Nonjabulo Mntungwa (Eng) compiled this report.....
South African opposition parties in parliament have lamented the confirmation that power utility Eskom's former chief executive officer, Brian Molefe, would be sworn in as a member of parliament. The announcement was made in a two line statement issued by Parliament. Molefe has since resigned after the public protector released the state capture report which implicated him with having relations with the politically connected Gupta brothers. Zalene Merrington reports..
The use of marijuana for prescribed medication will potentially be legalised in South Africa this month, and would make the country the first in Africa to downgrade cannabis from a schedule 7 banned substance to a schedule 6 prescription drug. Dr. Shaquir Saldeker, board member of the Psychiatry Management Group, says he believes the proposed legislation requires review and thorough research, which to date has not been done..
Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing says the rate of maternal mortality in the country has reached crisis proportions. The number of women dying during childbirth has more than doubled from 419 in 2001 to more than 1000 deaths for every 100,000 births in 2014. Metsing launched the 2015 Millennium Development Goals report and the country's programme for Sustainable Development Goals. Nthakoana Ngatane reports from Maseru
The Lesotho Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says it is mobilising international support to curtail what it sees as government intimidation of the media. This after two Lesotho radio stations were cut off air, allegedly on instructions from the Minister of Communications. The stations were later re-opened after obtaning a court order. Nthakoana Ngatane has more from Maseru
Tanzania's President Dr. JOHN MAGUFULI says Tanzanians arrested in foreign countries over drug dealings should never expect assistance from his government. President Magufuli's warning comes at a time when the Regional Commissioner of Dar es Salaam Paul Makonda is being criticized for announcing that 65 people among them high ranking politicians and businessman are facing allegations of drug trafficking. Our Reporter Gabriel Zakaria has more from Dar es Salaam.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is expected to launch the Nelson Mandela Centenary Programme, which will mark 100 years since the birth of the world icon. Madiba as he was affectionately known by many, was born in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape on the 18th of July 1918. He died on the 5th of December 2013 at the age of 95. Mbali Sibanyoni reports..
EFF members were once again carried out of the South African parliament by security officers last night. This is after the party disrupted the started of the State of the Nation Address by more than an hour. They were demanding that President Jacob Zuma not be allowed to address the house after the Constitutional Court had found that the had breached his oath of office Joseph Mosia reports...
The South African ABSA Premier Soccer league kicked off earlier on Tuesday after a month long recess due to the recent 2017 AFCON Finals in Gabon . Before going into the break , three teams were top of the log and only separated by goal difference . The situation remained the same after match day 1 of the second round with three log leaders winning their matches while defending Champions Sundowns stormed into the to five .Channel Africa’s Sports Editor Thabiso Ntema reviews round 16 .
The Africa mining sector needs transparency, good governance and sustainable practises. This according to some panel experts attending this year's mining Indaba, Cape Town. Experts attending the second leg of the conference say the sector still faces some regulatory challenges and political risks in some countries. Even companies such as Anglo America is calling for mining companies to do things differently and support local communities. Amina Accram reports..
Journalists in South African parliament have raised concerns about what they say are over the top security measures ahead of the State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening. The Parliamentary Press Gallery Association is especially concerned about what it says are restrictions on the movement of journalists. Parliament has however dismissed the concerns as baseless and has promised that security measures will not change. Joseph Mosia reports..
This year's mining Indaba is expected to attract more delegates as investors seek to benefit from the strengthening commodity prices. The week-long event hosted in Cape Town kicks off today. More than six thousand delegates from across the globe have already confirmed their attendance. South Africa minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane is expected to speak to delegates to address issues of beneficiation, investment and regulations affecting the sector. A total of 24 African mining ministers have already confirmed their attendance. Amina Accram reports .