THE mantle of power is so heavy in Nigeria that presidential candidates must be begged to run for office, or at least give that appearance. There was no serious doubt that the current president, Muhammadu Buhari, would run in 2015; that was his fourth attempt to win through the ballot box.
[Nairobi News] Philippines-based Kenyan volleyball coach Godfrey Okumu maintains his focus is on ‘winning something’ in the country’s top flight volleyball league.
[Nation] Lake Bogoria is shrinking at an alarming rate.
[News24Wire] Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell , was satisfied following his side’s performances in the pool stages of the Sydney Sevens on Saturday.
[Bhekisisa] The former health MEC claims her subordinates withheld information from her. But she’s being accused of misleading the legislature.
[Bhekisisa] Mahlangu didn’t know many of the details of the doomed mental health project but says she deserves the credit for instituting the ombud investigation.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery in 1981, and has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] With the UN’s announcement that a record number of people are now displaced in the Central African Republic and a call for $515m in humanitarian aid, CAR is fast becoming one of the biggest, yet most under-reported humanitarian crises of our time.
[GroundUp] Former South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Chief Executive Officer, Thokozani Magwaza, told a hearing on Friday that Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini’s “workstreams” had hindered the day-to-day operations of SASSA. She had set up these workstreams so that SASSA could take over the payment of social grants from a private company.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -”There are roughly 35 million hectares of maize planted per year in Africa and if (the worm is) not in all those maize fields now, it will be very soon”