[VOA] South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered the deployment of 73,000 soldiers to enforce a lockdown in the country’s fight against the coronavirus. The move is unprecedented in the modern history of the country and includes active duty soldiers, reservists and auxiliary troops.
[The Conversation Africa] The COVID-19 pandemic has left Zimbabwe in an extremely difficult situation. As of early April, the number of infections and deaths from the pandemic appeared low, although the available data isn’t necessarily reliable.
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[DW] African countries are imposing lockdowns to curb COVID-19, a race in the right direction. But it is bad news for the neglected poor and small businesses across the continent, writes DW’s Isaac Mugabi.
[The Conversation Africa] The violent conflict that erupted in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon in 2016 continues unabated. It was triggered by the government’s repression of protests over the increasing influence of French in the English-speaking legal and educational institutions, and by the perceived marginalisation of the country’s Anglophone regions.
[allAfrica] Cape Town -Cardi B fever has already hit Mzansi.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Johannesburg -Four out of five young Africans surveyed said they are now anxious about climate change
[The Conversation Africa] Is it possible that South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has become a “lame duck” president? This often happens towards the end of a leader’s term, especially when a successor has already been identified. But Ramaphosa is not even halfway through his first term.
[News24Wire] The DA has opened its draft policies for public scrutiny and input ahead of its policy conference in April.
[VOA] Meat may be meeting its match, as more and more South Africans are experimenting with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.