1Egypt’s Knee-jerk Reaction to a Simmering Problem
Egyptian authorities restricted the sale of yellow reflective vests amid fears opponents might attempt to copy French gilets jaunes protesters during next month’s anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Security officials and retailers said industrial safety equipment dealers have been instructed not to sell yellow vests to walk-in buyers and to restrict business to wholesale to verified companies, but only after securing police permission.
SOURCES: The Guardian
2Algeria Hosts a Religious First in the Muslim World
A cardinal dispatched by the Vatican to Algeria has held an unusual beatification ceremony for 19 monks, nuns and other Roman Catholics who were killed during Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s. It came after Pope Francis recognized all 19 as martyrs in January, paving the way for the ceremony. Beatification is a step in the process of being declared a saint.
SOURCES: New York Times
3Sub-Saharan Africa is the Global Capital for Road Traffic Deaths
The main factor in Africa’s road-death statistics is substandard road safety laws. A major of African countries have lax rules on speed limits, child restraints, and drunk driving. Only a handful of countries on the continent have adopted rules that are considered best practice globally.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
4Esteemed DRC Doctor Denis Mukwege’s Take on Elections
“There is very little electoral preparation and a lot of military preparation. I am very worried that these elections will not be free, fair, credible and peaceful and that if there are massive frauds …. supporters [from losing candidates] will not accept them.”
5Cape Town’s Most Colourful Neighbourhood Rejects Gentrification
It is home to the oldest mosque in South Africa and once housed slaves, political exiles and convicts sent from countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia as far back as the 17th century. Yet with new developments, including luxury flats, and wealthy outside buyers investing in Bo Kaap homes as Cape Town property prices have soared, the neighbourhood’s heritage is under threat.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
6Cloth Weaving in Kenya
Getting your favourite Kente cloth has never looked this easy. Watch how weavers switch up styles, techniques and yarns to create intricate designs bursting with colour. In just a day, you can walk away with your own handwoven piece to give you that African flair.
7State-sanctioned Executions are on the Rise in South Sudan
Based on information compiled from legal professionals and government officials, Amnesty International found that people who were children at the time of the crime are among those who have received the death penalty. The country has executed seven people, including one who was a child at the time of their offense, in 2018.
8Kenyan Shilling Goes Wild
Kenya has dropped the images of presidents from newly minted cash coins, in what is seen as an attempt to prevent their glorification. Previous coins bore the images of Kenya’s three ex-rulers: Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki. President Uhuru Kenyatta – the son of Kenya’s first leader Jomo Kenyatta – said the new coins were a “big change” and showed “our nation has come a long way”.
9Central East Africa Prepares Itself for Ebola Spread
South Sudan will vaccinate key health workers against Ebola close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The ministry of health’s vaccination campaign, with co-operation from the WHO, will target healthcare and frontline workers in the high-risk states of Juba, Yei, Yambio and Nimule.
SOURCES: Business Day Live
10Grieving Elephant Sparks a Debate in South Africa
Animal campaigners are divided about the welfare of the last African elephant at the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa after her partner died in September. Some say 39-year-old Lammie should be sent to a bigger sanctuary so she wouldn’t spend her final years alone. Lammie had lived with Kinkel, a 35-year-old male elephant who was rescued in the wild after his trunk was caught in a snare in 2000, for 17 years. The zoo now says Lammie is staying, and that a search for a new mate is underway.
SOURCES: Washington Post