• Gaborone seeks to close down large public gatherings

    As Gaborone proposes a city by-law that will limit the size of public gatherings, there is a public outcry with locals airing specific concern for the law’s effect on cultural traditions. The Monitor reports that the Gaborone city by-law, will affect sports, culture, recreation, entertainment, business and charitable events. The bylaw was presented to the … Continued

  • Security heightens in Mauritanian cities

    The Mali conflict is having unexpected repercussions on its neighbour to the west. As the military action across the border entered its second week, Mauritania dismantled a student group allegedly tied to jihadists in Mali. “Mauritanian police arrested eight students of the Islamic University in Laâyoune, 800km northeast of Nouakchott, and accused them of having … Continued

  • Egypt: Protests mark 2nd revolution anniversary

    Aswat Masriya reports on demonstrators’ activities, in “Scuffles between protesters, security forces in downtown Cairo.” A live newsfeed from The Guardian keeps one updated with the current situation in Cairo. Sky News LIVE shares a multimedia report on the reaction of Egyptian citizens towards the revolution’s anniversary. “Clashes in Egypt on eve of uprising anniversary,” by Agence … Continued

  • Demonstrators clash with police in Alexandria

    Dozens of people have been arrested following clashes outside a court in Alexandria where police officers were on trial for the killing of protesters during the January 25 Revolution. Fighting erupted on Sunday between protesters and security forces after the trial judges announced they would step down just one day before they were due to … Continued

  • Concrete politics

    Luanda, Angola’s capital, could easily be mistaken for an enormous construction site. Since the end of the civil war (1975 to 2002), the city’s oil-fuelled building boom has attracted investors from all parts of the world. As an everyday experience the result is dust, traffic, and uncertainty. Many reports marvel at the high-rises and mass … Continued

  • Rebels advance on Bangui

    Séléka fighters were December 27 said to be only 75 km from Bangui. There was deep anxiety in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, CAR, as rebels advanced towards the city, a UN envoy told the BBC. Margaret Vogt said Bangui residents were fearful of what could happen if the rebels overran the city. … Continued

  • Addis launches new Urban Property Registration Bill

    A draft bill that will enable the government to undertake land and real property registration, in all urban areas nationwide, will be tabled to the Council of Ministers, by January. If ratified, the bill will require all urban residents to register any property for which they have a land use right. This can be done … Continued

  • Is informality being disallowed by government?

    South Africa’s economic policymakers have to confront the challenge of creating jobs to absorb the unemployed. The 2011 census reveals an unemployment rate of 40%, with over 8.7 million South Africans registered as unemployed. One of the main strategies to address this challenge is focused on stimulating labour absorption by enhancing the education and skills … Continued

  • Clashes in Egyptian cities reveal ongoing divisions

    Egyptian police have fired tear gas as supporters of President Mohamed Morsi clashed with opposition activists besieging a mosque in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Friday night’s clashes come just hours before voting is to start around the country on a divisive new constitution. The protests started after a Muslim cleric appealed for support for … Continued

  • Mass action against e-tolls only the beginning

    CONGRESS of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) marched on Friday in Johannesburg and Tshwane against the controversial e-tolling system, and submitted memorandums to various national and provincial departments. At the Johannesburg march, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the congress was against the e-toll system and that Cosatu would continue to fight it.   “Today … Continued