Africa:South Africa Is Paying a Heavy Price for Dysfunctional Local Government

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize, recently painted a bleak picture about the state of local government. It should worry all South Africans, not only those suffering as a consequence of dysfunctional municipalities.

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Africa:I Will Fight to Clear My Name, Says Football Legend Bwalya

[The Herald] Kalusha Bwalya has said he will fight to clear his name, and prove his innocence, after the African football legend was slapped with a two-year ban from the game by FIFA for receiving a controversial $80 000 payment from outlawed Qatari business tycoon Mohamed Bin Hammam.

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Ethiopia:Talks Underway After Violence Leaves Trail of Casualties, Destruction

[Addis Standard] Talks that started on Sunday b/n federal & Somali regional state authorities are underway and may lead to an “amicable settlement”, a government source told Addis Standard. The talks involve both regional & federal administrative, military, security & intelligence authorities, according to our source.

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Nigeria:Nigeria Deep in $30 Trillion Global Loss to Inequality

[Guardian] An economist and former Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, once said: “Income inequality is troubling because, among other things, it means that many people in our society do not have the opportunities to advance themselves… .No economy can succeed without a high quality workforce, particularly in an age of globalisation and technical change.”

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