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MSC Cruises recently announced it will be bringing two ships to South Africa's shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season

Cruising is becoming a popular holiday destination and the industry continues to see growth. This as South Africa celebrates Tourism Month, an annual celebration held in September to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy. The month long campaign provides the tourism industry with the opportunity for a heightened focus on the importance of tourism to the local economy. It also serves as an opportunity to promote domestic tourism and create a culture of travel.MSC Cruises recently announced it will be bringing two ships to South Africa's shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season. More from Ross Volk, Managing Director for MSC Cruises South Africa..

The ASI Thought Laboratory hosts an anti corruption workshop

The ASI Thought Laboratory 2019 brought together 500 high-impact individuals from various industries in South Africa on Wednesday, to rise to the challenge of fighting corruption within the countries most important economic sectors. The event sought to take a bold step towards tabling a sustainable redress and launch an effective solution for this epidemic. It was held at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. For more on this, Nhlanhla Mahlangu spoke to Anthony Gove, CEO at Corporate Financial Advisory Firm ASI....

Kasi Food and Drink Festival

South Africa's biggest township Soweto last Friday played host to the annual Kasi food and drink festival at Soweto theatre. Now in its 5th year the South African food, drink, culture and lifestyle festival celebrates all things South African. It is a place for people to come together and enjoy the alchemy of culture and culinary delight with variety of food stalls, music art and crafts. More from Lance Nkwe, Business Leader of Emerging Markets at the Flight Centre Travel Group. and Mashoto Mokgethi, head of domestic tourism at South African Tourism supporters of the festival.

Outgoing Russia's former Ambassador to South Africa, Mikhail Petrakov talks to Jenine Coetzer

Russia's former Ambassador to South Africa, Mikhail Petrakov has recently completed his 7-year tenure in the country. Before packing his bags for his return to Moscow, he sat down with Channel Africa's Jenine Coetzer to talk about his experiences of South Africa and what he will remember the most in this part of the world. Petrakov also reflects on his diplomatic career starting as a student at the former Soviet Union's New Delhi Embassy in 1981, followed by foreign postings in India, Australia and Brussels, before taking up office in South Africa in 2012:

Brutal acts in west of Sudan's capital.

The situation remains tense and unpredictable in El-Obeid town, north Korodofan region, west of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, where at least six people including four secondary school students were killed after security forces opened fire to disperse hundreds of demonstrators.
James Shimanyula reports…

Sarafina back at theatre

Broadway renowned, award winning South African production of SARAFINA is back at the Joburg theatre. The musical deals with the radicalisation of a young school girl who becomes involved in the riots and is tortured by the South African police. The primary setting is the Morris Isaacson High School where students revolt against the use of Afrikaans as medium of instruction. More from the shows director Nhlanhla Ngema .

3rd Annual Youth Academy

The third annual youth academy continues in Kigali in Rwanda under the theme: "Youth Contribution to Prevent and Mitigate Electoral and Political Violence in African Countries". The overall objective of the academy is to strengthen capacities and skills of participants to become more effective agents of positive and constructive change in electoral and political conflict prevention and mitigation in their respective countries. It is hosted by the department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission and the Africa and West Asia Programme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, in partnership with the African Governance Architecture Secretariat and the National Consultative Forum of Political Organizations in Rwanda. More from Hassa Mahboub Maalim, policy analyst: conflict prevention at the early warning division of the AU"s Peace and security department.

Italy Decree

The Italian government has come under fire after passing a security decree that aims to curb migration by criminalizing charity search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, despite repeated warnings - including from the United Nations - that the new rules violate the rights of refugees and rescuers alike. The decree, which was championed by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, also gives additional power to the Ministry of the Interior on issues of migration, and mandates that ships which ignore bans and limitations on entering Italian waters will be seized. More than 12,000 people have died since 2014 trying to flee Libya to Europe by what the UN refugee agency calls the world's deadliest sea crossing. Channel Africa's Khumbelo Munzhelele earlier spoke to Professor Paolo Quercia, an Italian Immigration expert, about the controversial rules. He says it is highly unlikely that the new measures will be withdrawn.
Professor Paolo Quercia, Italian Immigration expert on the line from Rome in Italy.-talking to Khumbelo Munzhelele.

Hair taxes in Tanzania

A row has broken out in Tanzania over the government's decision to impose a tax on wigs and hair extensions. In his budget speech in parliament last Thursday, the country's Minister of Finance - Philip Mpango announced a 25% tax on imported wigs and hair extensions and a 10% tax on those made locally as part of a series of measures aimed at increasing government revenue. Wigs, most of which come from overseas, are commonly worn by women in the country. Many women have taken to Tanzanian WhatsApp groups to complain about the new measures, accusing the government of punishing them. Monica John is from the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme - TGNP - one of organisations that are calling for the new taxes to be scrapped.

Monica John - Spokesperson of Tanzania Gender Networking Programme - TGNP - on the line from Dares Salaam talking to Khumbelo Munzhelele.

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