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Zimbabwe Enters Second Week of Lockdown with Numerous Complaints

According to police records, nearly 2,000 people were arrested during the first week for defying lockdown laws. Scores of people have been rounded up and crammed into police trucks to be held at Bulawayo’s central police station. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), an NGO, said they have received individual complaints alleging police harassment, while …

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Africa’s Beauty Influencers Slay the Latest Social Trend

Black women are leading the latest pandemic beauty trend, proving that not even COVID-19 quarantines can’t get in the way of a well-deserved ladies’ night. The “Don’t Rush” challenge has many online showing off transformations from comfy attire to fabulous looks that would stun at any nightclub. The challenge is named after, UK Duo, Young …

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Africa’s Leading Mobile Money Providers Seal the Deal

Kenya’s leading telecom firm Safaricom and South Africa’s Vodacom said on Monday that they have completed the acquisition of the popular mobile money platform M-Pesa from Britain’s Vodafone, the companies said in a statement. The firms said that the acquisition of M-Pesa’s brand, product development and support services from Vodafone was done through a newly-created …

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Rwanda Makes a Shocking Discovery of the Past

A valley dam that authorities in Rwanda say could contain about 30,000 bodies has been discovered more than a quarter-century after the country’s genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. The discovery is being called the most significant in years, and 50 bodies have been exhumed so …

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The Dawn of a New Dimension: Including Women by Design

From Ariel’s powerful #ShareTheLoad engagement to Dove showing us how to represent women more inclusively, there are some fantastic examples of brands actively shifting the conversation to include women and expand on their contributions to the world we live in. But it’s not just about recognising changing times or joining a social impact drive, it’s …

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Tunisia Uses Bots to Enforce Curfews

The country’s interior ministry has sent a police robot to patrol the streets of the capital and enforce a lockdown imposed last month as the country battles the spread of coronavirus. Known as PGuard, the “robocop” is remotely operated and equipped with infrared and thermal imaging cameras, in addition to a sound and light alarm …

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Ivorians Meet COVID-19 Facilities With Fire

Protesters in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have destroyed a coronavirus centre that was being built in the district of Yopougon. Residents said it was being built in a crowded residential area, too close to their homes. Videos on social media show people tearing apart the centre with their bare hands, smashing construction materials on …

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The Interview that Sparked #AfricansAreNotLabRats

African footballers Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o have slammed suggestions made by two France-based doctors that Africa should be used as a test site for a solution to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Professors Jean-Paul Mira of Cochin Hospital in Paris and Camille Locht of INSERM (France’s national medical research centre) were debating possible COVID-19 cures …

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This Video Showcases Zimbabwe’s Majestic Falls in All its Glory

Victoria Falls isn’t running dry despite reports a few months ago that the world-famous attraction’s water levels were the lowest in over two decades. Victoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River, at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the largest waterfall in the world, measuring 1 708 metres wide and 108 metres high. According …

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The Magic of Winter in this Region is South Africa’s Best-kept Secret

Travelling to the Cape Winelands in the middle of April makes one appreciate the cool, rain-lashed months of Cape Town’s low season, which runs from June to August. Bundling up in ponchos and scarves and staying cozy near a crackling fire is what you’ll find many Capetonians doing at retreats like stalwarts Babylonstoren with its …

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