South Africa: Creditors Approve SAA's Business Rescue Plan As the Airline Gets a New Interim Boss

[Daily Maverick] About 86% of creditors have voted in favour of the SAA business rescue plan, meaning that the airline will, for now, avoid liquidation. Meanwhile, Philip Saunders is the new SAA interim CEO. He becomes the fourth SAA CEO in five years.

Southern Africa: Maritime Security Can Help Resolve the Mozambique Insurgency

[ISS] Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it could have profound socio-economic and security implications for Southern Africa.

Nigeria: Lagos Govt Says Doctors Strike, 'Insensitive, Lacks Empathy'

[Premium Times] The Lagos State Government has urged doctors under the umbrella of the Lagos Medical Guild who embarked on a warning strike to return to their duty posts saying their action is insensitive.

Africa: Africa's Largest Online History Project Threatened as COVID-19 Diverts Funding

[Daily Maverick] The largest independent online history project in Africa, South African History Online, has played a pioneering role in promoting a new people's history as well as history education. But the 20-year-old project needs more support if it is to survive.

South Africa: New Controls for COVID-19 Relief Fund Due to 'Opportunists'

[SAnews.gov.za] In an effort to eliminate the risk of criminals exploiting the COVID-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has introduced new stringent controls to verify banking details of recipients.

Africa: 'Tax Us' - World's Super-Rich Call for Wealth Tax to Fund COVID-19 Relief

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -- A group of 83 millionaires called for a permanent wealth tax to fund coronavirus relief efforts

Nigeria: P&ID Contract a Scam, Can't Stand, Govt Tells UK Court

[This Day] Abuja -- The federal government yesterday led evidence to convince a United Kingdom (UK) High Court to accept its allegation that the Gas Supply Purchasing Agreement (GSPA) between Nigeria and Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID) for a 20-year contract on gas project, was conceived with the full intent of defrauding Nigeria.

South Africa: SAA Rescue Plan Reveals Govt's Tunnel Vision

[Daily Maverick] What is the point of throwing everything at SAA when the rest of the air transport system and entire industries upon which SAA depends are collapsing?

Nigeria: End Game - Banks Now to Seize Defaulter's Funds in Other Banks

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Uganda: Over 700 Kigezi Tea Nursery Bed Operators Petition Museveni

[Monitor] More than 700 tea nursery bed operators in Kigezi Sub-region have asked President Museveni to prevail over a matter in which they are seeking payment for tea seedlings worth Shs143 billion.

Uganda: Govt Launches Shs8b Project to Skill Oil, Gas Sector Students

[Monitor] Government is set to make Kichwamba Technical College in Kabarole District a centre of excellence in skilling students in the oil and gas sector.

Tanzania: Tanzania Government Outlines New Strategy to Boost Cashewnuts Production

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- The government has outlined interventions intended to increase cashew nuts production as statistics indicate falling yields in the last five years.

Ethiopia: Ministries Set to Foster Import Substitution of Industrial Inputs

[ENA] Addis Abeba (ENA) -- Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Mines and Petroleum launched an integrated plan to steadily substitute the extensive importation of industrial inputs by home-produced ones.

South Africa: Ramaphosa and Gordhan Fail On Every Energy Promise As Load Shedding Grips SA

[Daily Maverick] South Africans have suffered 13 years of load shedding and still the ANC favours long-term nuclear and gas options over short-term renewable energy sources and own production that is immediately available.

Gambia: 600 Employees Turn Jobless As FTI Winds Up Operation

[The Point] At least 600 workers of the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Senegambia and Coral Beach Hotel Brufut will turn jobless in less than 73 hours due to FTI's winding-up operation in the country, as they have invoked force majeure on the management lease of Kairaba and Coral Beach hotels.

Gambia: On Recent Development At NAWEC!

[The Point] Efficient water and electricity supply are two critical components in any nation's development. While electricity remains one of the most important blessings that science has given to mankind, water is without doubt one of God's precious gift to mankind.

Liberia: Gbarpolu Agriculture Sector Outlines Challenges

[New Dawn] The Agriculture Coordinators for Gbarpolu County outlines challenges facing the sector, particularly farmers, arranging from lack of vehicles, motorbikes and farming implements.

Liberia: Pay Salaries in Liberian Dollars

[New Dawn] The Liberian Economy Group (LEG) headed by veteran Economist Dr. Togba Nah- Tipoteh is suggesting that government needs to pay salaries in Liberian Dollars and collect taxes in Liberian dollars as a possible way of tackling the declined value of the local currency against the United States Dollars.

Nigeria: Nigerian Farmers to Reduce Price of Rice

[Daily Trust] There may soon be relief over the present high cost of rice in the country as the growers of the popular stable food have begun major moves to bring down its price.

Nigeria: Nasme Urges Govt on MSMEs' Registration

[Daily Trust] Lagos -- National Association of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (NASME), has urged the federal government to formulate policies that will mandate all owners of Micro, Medium and Small Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country to register their businesses.

South Africa: With No Toilet, Wallacedene Man Has to Watch Over His Mother-in-Law While She Uses a Field

[GroundUp] Informal settlement residents Nonstikelelo Mpatheni and Xolani Fatman point out one of the spots where residents dump rubbish and relieve themselves. Photo: Vincent Lali

South Africa: Over Four Million Social Relief Grant Applications Approved

[SAnews.gov.za] A total of 4 424 720 applications for Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant have been approved.

South Africa: Employment and Labour On Temporary Closure of Free State Office Due to a Positive COVID-19 Case

[Govt of SA] Free State Provincial office temporarily closed due to an official testing positive for Covid-19

South Africa: COVID-19 - Be Money Wise

[SAnews.gov.za] With many South Africans struggling to keep their heads above water given the financial challenges brought on by COVID-19, the National Credit Regulator (NCR) has reminded consumers of the measures available to ease the burden.

Ghana: NRSA Engages Stakeholders On New Li in E. Region

[Ghanaian Times] Koforidua -- The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), last Friday engaged all stakeholders in the transport sector in the Eastern Region to solicit their views and inputs on the drafting of a new Legislative Instrument (LI) to regulate and promote road safety in the country.

South Africa: DPE Urges Pilots to Accept SAA Severance Packages

[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has called on individual pilots to accept South African Airways Voluntary Severance Packages (VSPs) ahead of a crucial business rescue vote today.

Zimbabwe: Mash West Agro-Conference On Cards

[The Herald] Plans to hold the first ever agro-business seminar for Mashonaland West Province are at an advanced stage.

South Africa: Cocked and 100 Percent Loaded - Taxi Industry Calls the Shots

[Daily Maverick] It would seem unarguable at this point that the government has given in to the taxi industry.

Cote d'Ivoire: IFC Invests €25 Million in NSIA, Helps Finance Businesses in Côte d'Ivoire During COVID-19

[PR Newswire] Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire -- IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a ?25 million, one-year senior loan to NSIA Banque Côte d'Ivoire (NSIA), allowing the bank to extend new trade-related or working capital loans to companies whose cash flows have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Africa: Employment and Labour Confirms COVID-19 Case in Limpopo Provincial Office

[Govt of SA] The Provincial Office in Limpopo has been temporarily closed subsequent to an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 on the 11th of July. This closure will afford the department to decontaminate the building and establish contact tracing. Employees who had been in contact with the affected employee have gone into mandatory self-isolation, and necessary cleaning protocols for the office will be carried out between 13-14 July 2020.