Nigeria: COVID-19 - Presidency Denies Plans to Pay Nigerians N30,000

[Premium Times] A presidential aide has dismissed reports that the federal government would be paying Nigerians N30,000 as relief fund to help them stock up food in their homes.

Africa: AfDB Raises U.S.$3 Billion Bond to Tackle COVID-19 in Africa

[Daily Trust] The African Development Bank (AfDB) has raised $3 billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods and Africa's economies.

Uganda: African Development Bank Unveils U.S.$3 Billion 'Fight Covid-19' Social Bond

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -The African Development Bank has raised an exceptional USD 3 billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the economic and social impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on livelihoods and Africa's economies.

West Africa: How COVID-19 Has Proven the Value of Internet Freedom

[MFWA] When cases of corona virus infections started spreading in West Africa, many countries moved to ban public gatherings outright or limited them to a specific number of people.

Namibia: COVID-19 to Significantly Increase Unemployment?

[New Era] The Covid-19 pandemic, which is wreaking havoc across the globe, has the potential to significantly increase Namibia's unemployment as it is no longer a health crisis but an economic, labour market and social crisis too. This is according to Executive Director in the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Bro-Matthew Shinguadja, who confirmed that several businesses have already experienced several disruptions, from their production throughout to their supply chains and customers.

Eritrea: Eritreans Hopeful After 'Historic' Canadian Ruling

[New Frame] The door to justice has finally opened for Eritrean refugees who say they were subjected to inhumane treatment while working at a Canadian mine in their home country.

Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Fears Prompt Govt to Let Citizens Pay in U.S. Dollars

[263Chat] Zimbabweans with access to free funds can now pay for goods and services in foreign currency, the Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe has said.

Africa: Why the Third Wave of the Novel Coronavirus Could Be the Deadliest

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] As dark as coronavirus crisis seems right now, the fact is it could get much worse

Zimbabwe: Harare Hospital Closed, Patients Discharged As Doctors, Nurses Strike

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwean doctors Thursday reported that patients admitted at Harare Central Hospital have been discharged after the medical staff went on strike in protest over lack of protective clothing to prevent possible contracting of coronavirus while performing their duties.

Nigeria: Despite Buhari's Reforms, Cost of Shipping Goods to Nigeria Still Very High

[Premium Times] The cost of shipping goods into Nigerian ports is among the highest in the world, with the figure for Apapa port costing more than thrice of that to Tema, Ghana, according to new research by SBM Intelligence.

Zimbabwe: Central Bank Reintroduces Multi-Currency System to Ease COVID-19 Pressures

[New Zimbabwe] The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has lifted its ban on the use of foreign currency in carrying out domestic transactions saying this was to facilitate ease of transacting during the current coronavirus period.

Sudan: Ministry of Industry Affirms Its Support for Establishment of New Yeast Factory

[SNA] Khartoum -The Minister of Industry and Trade Madani Abbas Madani has stressed the support of the National Research Center to establish a yeast factory by utilizing its technologies produced to bridge the gap and achieve self-sufficiency.

Zimbabwe: Doctors, Nurses Down Tools Over COVID-19 PPEs

[VOA] Doctors and nurses in Zimbabwe's public hospitals have gone on strike and are vowing not to return until the government gives them personal protective equipment so they can safely treat suspected coronavirus patients. Public health specialists warn that without action to resolve the matter, Zimbabwe could turn into another COVID-19 epicenter.

Kenya: Cyber Threats Hit 37.1 Million

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenyan firms were hit with 37.1 million cyber-attacks, between October and December 2019, according to a new report by the Communications Authority of Kenya.

Nigeria: The Other COVID-19 Pandemic - Fake News

[African Arguments] False information in Nigeria is undermining medical advice, proffering fake cures, inciting panic and being used for political point-scoring.

Africa: COVID-19 Lockdown - a Death Trap of Another Kind for the Poor

[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.

Angola: Finance Gets Green-Light for 2020 State Budget Review

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Ministry of Finance is authorized to begin the process of reviewing the General State Budget (OGE) 2020, according to the final Communiqué, issued in Friday's session of the Council of Ministers.

South Africa: Eastern Cape Gets New App for Lockdown Essential Services Info

[Daily Maverick] A simple mobile app, originally designed to help older people to access services in some of South Africa's big townships, will now be rolled out to help Eastern Cape communities to access information during lockdown.

South Africa: A Diamond Is Forever - Anglo Says Some Mines to Operate, Num Slams Move As 'Inhuman'

[Daily Maverick] It seems a diamond is forever. Anglo American has detailed which of its operations will continue production during the 21-day lockdown and which will operate with reduced staffing levels. The National Union of Mineworkers says this is a 'reckless and inhuman' pursuit of profit.

South Africa: Minister Gwede Mantashe Announces Adjustment of Fuel Prices Effective From 1 April 2020

[Govt of SA] Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe, announces adjustment of fuel prices effective from the 1st of April 2020

South Africa: Labour Implications On BCEA Leave Provision During Coronavirus Covid19 Lockdown

[Govt of SA] South Africa will be under lockdown from midnight and this will force many employees to stay away from work. All employees in South Africa as a condition of their employment are entitled to leave provisions as set out in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).

Uganda: Covid-19 - 400,000 Jobs At Risk As Hotels Close

[Monitor] Coronavirus has brought the county's tourism and hotel industry sector to its knees. Tourist cancellations have reached 100 per cent due to the pandemic and within weeks, various hotels have turned into white elephants, making back-to-back losses.

Uganda: Vendors Opt to Sleep in Markets, Walk to Work

[Monitor] On a daily basis, Ms Jane (not real name) boards a taxi from Zirobwe Town in Luweero District to Nakasero Market in the heart of Kampala to sell oranges and other fruits.

Uganda: Bank of Uganda Injects $200m to Shield Shilling

[Monitor] The Central Bank has in less than a fortnight injected about $200m (Shs780b) as it seeks to shield the shilling from depreciation.

Angola: Sonangol Reassures Gas and Fuel Supply

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angola's State Oil Firm (Sonangol) reassured on Thursday the normal supply of gas and fuel all over the country saying there is no reason for queues or other reactions fuelled by fears of a possible shortage supply of these products.

Angola: Covid-19 - Benguela Railway Suspends Passenger Trains

[ANGOP] Benguela -The Benguela Province Railway (CFB) suspended as from this Friday the passenger trains circulation in the route Lobito (Benguela) - Luau (Moxico) in the framework of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Namibia: A Day of Chaos At the Hosea Kutako Airport

[Namibian] "There were no precautionary measures at the airport".

Namibia: MTC Avails N$1 Million to Help Combat COVID-19

[Namibia Economist] Mobile Telecommunications Company, MTC, recently announced an aggressive response strategy to help fight Corona Virus.

South Africa: COVID-19 - Here's a Possible Source of Funds for Social Grants

[GroundUp] Cash Paymaster Services could pay back profits as ordered by Constitutional Court

Namibia: Solar Power Installation to Enhance Local Dressmaker's Productivity

[Namibia Economist] Selma Nampila, a traditional and bridesmaids dressmaker based in Windhoek's informal settlement, Havana recently received solar power installation at her business worth N$28 400, to increase the efficiency of her tailoring business.