The story of your NESCAFÉ begins long before it reaches your cup. The tiny coffee bean, which is dried, roasted and ground into the powder that you brew for your coffee, is deeply rooted in West Africa, touching many lives.


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Thursday apologised to the Nigerian government after a spate of deadly xenophobic attacks in the country.

(Ecofin Agency) - The government of Benin adopted this week its Finance Act for 2020. The new budget of 1,986.9 billion CFA Francs ($3.3 billion) is 5.8% higher than the 1,877 billion CFA Francs ($3.1 billion) adopted in 2019.


(Ecofin Agency) - Optical fiber Internet provider Angola Cables and TM Global, the wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, entered into a partnership to connect Asia to South America via a submarine optical fiber.


(Ecofin Agency) - The Sierra Leonean microfinance institution A Call to Business Savings and Loans (ACTB) will receive $1.5 million from the Dutch Development Finance Fund (FMO) as the Fund’s first commitment to the West African country’s financial sector.

(Ecofin Agency) -Maroc Telecom announced on August 26 it has signed an investment deal with the government for MAD10 billion (about a billion dollars). Funds, disbursed by the incumbent operator, will be pumped into the development and strengthening of telecommunications infrastructure, broadband and very high speed (mobile and fixed) deployment across the country.

President Vladimir Putin

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(Ecofin Agency) - Exchange between Africa and Russia last year reached a total of $20 billion, we learnt. While the black continent imported $17.4 billion worth of goods, it sold only $3 billion to Russia, making a $14.5 billion for Vladimir Putin’s country.

(Ecofin Agency) - Some Chinese companies committed to invest $1.4 billion in energy and mining projects in Africa. They expressed their intention during the visit to Beijing of the African Chamber of Energy (CAE), an organization bringing together government actors and companies involved in the development of the African energy sector.


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[Dalsan Radio] The Ministry of Health of Somalia has announced 145 new suspected cases of cholera, with one death reported, for epidemiological week 2 (6-12 January 2020). The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases since the beginning of this outbreak is 10 113, including 51 associated deaths. So far in 2020, active transmission has been reported from Banadir and Lower Shebelle regions. Of the 145 cases reported during this week, 79% of the cases (114) are children under 5 years of age.

[News24Wire] Health services have been severely affected in parts of the controversial Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality in the Free State.

[Dalsan Radio] Members of the Turkey's National Medical Rescue Team departed for Somalia's capital Tuesday to bring those wounded in a suicide car bombing over the weekend back to Turkey.

[WHO] Abuja 20 January, 2020 - Having achieved the milestone of reaching three years without a reporting of case of wild poliovirus, The German Government represented by members of its Parliament expressed satisfaction with the progress in Polio Eradication in Nigeria.

[Vanguard] As Nigeria battles with brain drain in the health sector with a ratio of one doctor to 6,000 patients, medical doctors have urged the government to look beyond the minimum wage and come up with a proper welfare package to end migration of health professionals abroad.

[Daily Trust] As medical professionals battle to identify the source of a deadly mystery virus called coronavirus, which so far has killed three persons including a 61 year old woman in China; fears are mounting across Asia and other parts of the world over the cross-border spread of the disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned hospitals worldwide that the disease which has spread to Japan could sweep the globe.

[Cameroon Tribune] A concert to mark the event held in the Yaounde Conference Centre on January 12, 2020.

[The Herald] MUSICIAN Chief Shumba, famed for his "ED Pfee-ee" song, says politics flows in his blood and he will next month release an album laden with deep political songs. Born Admire Sanyanga Sibanda, Chief Shumba says the album will also carry deep social-economic tracks chronicling people's daily experiences and tabling possible solutions to what might be troubling people within communities.

[Premium Times] Burna Boy's hit track, 'My Money, My Baby', has made former U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama's 2020 Workout Playlist.

[263Chat] Mbare bred Zimdancehall chanter, Seh Calaz has once again condemned Enzo Ishall's decision to hire Malaysia based management after parting ways with controversial cleric Passion Java saying the move is another terrible decision from the budding musician.

[Monitor] Kampala -Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has taken his music trade to Jamaica where he also met with key political leaders in the country at the weekend.

[Namibian] LADY May Africa's first gospel album was released at the end of 2019, and it marks a new frontier for one of Namibia's music icons.

[Daily Maverick] The South African school system grossly underperforms relative to the resources invested into education. Different forms of accountability within the school system may be helpful in raising levels of learning and narrowing the huge learning gap between children from middle-class and poor families.

[News24Wire] Enoch Mpianzi's family has threatened to sue both Parktown Boys' High School and the Gauteng Department of Education.

[Citizen] Dar Is Salaam -Shortage of teachers for primary schools in Tanzania has increased by almost four times over the past five years.

[News24Wire] A toxic silence has surrounded Parktown Boys' High School following the death of 13-year old Enoch Mpianzi, protesters said on Tuesday.

[Nation] As schools reopened a fortnight ago for the first term of the year, thousands of parents who escorted their children to nursery school reeled under emotional turmoil as the toddlers cried uncontrollably protesting the strange environment.

[Daily Trust] The National Commission for Mass literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education says over 60 million Nigerians are unable to read and write in any language.

[Foroyaa] Gambia needs to re-evaluate its business model to establish who its competitors are and the competitive edge they have on the smiling coast in order to position itself in the global tourism market.

[SNA] Khartoum -Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and its counterpart in South Sudan concluded Monday a joint meeting whereas the two sides discussed the technical details on the agreement of managing South Sudan Airspace under management of Sudan according to an international agreement.

[Observer] -Says Liberia stands to generate billions if more investment is done

[SNA] Khartoum -The joint meetings between the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority and the South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority concluded on Monday. The meetings discussed the progress of technical details on the agreement on the management of the airspace of South Sudan, which has been running by Sudan in accordance with an international agreement concluded under the supervision of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Canada in the year 2016. The Sudanese side to the meetings was headed by the Director General

[The Herald] Acting President Dr Constantino Chiwenga this afternoon received a Boeing 777 aircraft acquired by Government from Malaysia.

[SNA] Khartoum -The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has approved a proposal submitted by Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer, to supply the national carrier Sudan-Air with (8) new aircraft. The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Prof. Ibrahim Al-Badawi affirmed the state's commitment to support the national carrier and provide its development obligations as a priority for the government. The Minister pledged, during his meeting with the delegation of Airbus Company at the premises of the Ministry on Tuesda

The discovery solves one of the art world's greatest mysteries. The work was found in the courtyard of the Ricci Oddi gallery in Italy, the same place where it disappeared over two decades ago.

The opening ceremony of Iran's Fajr International Film Festival was canceled after several artists said they would boycott to protest the government's cover-up of its role in shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane.

Iconic French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier has announced that his haute couture show on January 22 in Paris will be his last. But the irreverent fashionista promises a new high design "concept" is in the wings.

As the exhibition "Survivors. Faces of Life after the Holocaust" opens in a former coal mine complex, DW met photographer Martin Schoeller and the curator of the show to find out how it developed.

[Foroyaa] Dr. Seedy Drammeh, Deputy Human Resource Director and Administrator at the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), has authored his latest book tittled: 'The Importance of Setting Goals and Benefits of Mentoring Relationship' recently.

The German capital has launched a five-year project to mark its part in European colonialism. Streets which still honor leaders who led the Reich's imperial expansion will be renamed — and some locals aren't happy.

[New Dawn] The European Union (EU), Oxfam in Liberia and Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI) are expected to launch a new programme today: Enough! Empowering women, girls, boys and men to take positive action in ending SGBV in Ghana, Liberia and Mali.

[Daily Maverick] Oxfam's latest annual inequality report looks at how the exclusion of millions of women from equal and paid employment, particularly for care work, is central to the crisis of global income inequality. But to add insult to injury, it is usually women who bear the burden of failing public health, education and social services, as well as rising unemployment.

[Daily News] FOUR members of East African Community; Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan are the serious contenders for U-20 Women World Cup finals, though the mission looks tough to accomplish.

[The Herald] ELDERLY women in Goromonzi yesterday went down memory lane and explained how society cares for the old and vulnerable to keep traditional values intact.

[263Chat] Despite the country courts decriminalizing 'loitering for purposes of prostitution', sex workers in Harare's Epworth dormitory town have raised red flags over abuses they face at the hands of police officers who reportedly raid their spots, demanding sex as bribe to continue with their trade.

[Foroyaa] Gambia over the weekend lost to Burkina Faso in the preliminary U-20 Women's World Cup qualifiers. The female-scorpions were on Saturday reduced to ten in the pitch following the sending off of Nene Jallow.

The opening ceremony of Iran's Fajr International Film Festival was canceled after several artists said they would boycott to protest the government's cover-up of its role in shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane.

From sermons about climate justice to carbon-neutral church halls and eco-friendly initiatives like recycling candles, a growing number of churches are going green.

Despite climate topping the agenda at this year's World Economic Forum, prominent climate change skeptic Donald Trump is one of the first speakers. He and activist Greta Thunberg laid out competing visions.

Davos was popular among tuberculosis patients, who banked on its fresh air and sunbathed mountains to cure them. Patients haven’t stopped flocking to Davos but their illnesses have taken a modern form.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria threatens our health, but only a few pharmaceutical companies are still trying to bring new drugs onto the market. And they are trying to restrict prescriptions.

Nabil Bentaleb has left Schalke to return to the Premier League, with a loan move to Newcastle confirmed. The former Spurs man had fallen out of favor under David Wagner. Keep up with all the latest here.

[Radio Dabanga] Dabanga Sudan -As Sudan marks the first anniversary of the December revolution, the Sovereign Council and interim government - a tenuous exercise in military-civilian cooperation - is being put to the test by situations within the country, which can often be traced to the legacy of the deposed Al Bashir regime.

[Namibian] Namibians can expect to know early next month whether the country will face the historic prospect of having a presidential election rerun.

[New Zimbabwe] The Bulawayo City Council is set to decommission another dam in the next three weeks if the city fails to get significant rains within the same period.

[New Era] Windhoek -If the Supreme Court nullifies the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, it may cause untold chaos in the country.

[The Herald] The State has withdrawn the case against suspended Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe in which he was facing criminal abuse of office charges after he allegedly recommended that former ministers Supa Mandiwanzira and Saviour Kasukuwere be admitted for attachment at Harare magistrates court where they had pending criminal cases.

[ISS] Just when it looked like things couldn't get worse in Lesotho, the country was again plunged into uncertainty last week with the announcement by Prime Minister Tom Thabane, 80, that he was resigning.

Despite climate topping the agenda at this year's World Economic Forum, prominent climate change skeptic Donald Trump is one of the first speakers. He and activist Greta Thunberg laid out competing visions.

Davos was popular among tuberculosis patients, who banked on its fresh air and sunbathed mountains to cure them. Patients haven’t stopped flocking to Davos but their illnesses have taken a modern form.

The new deadly coronavirus in China has revived memories of the 2002-3 SARS epidemic, which killed hundreds and walloped Asian economies. DW recalls how entire cities emptied and business and consumer demand plummeted.

Eleven thousand young people are, so far, involved in a network founded by the World Economic Forum as 'Global Shapers.' This year 52 of them have been invited and are making themselves heard in Davos.

[The Herald] The Zimbabwe Teachers' Association (Zimta) has ruled out industrial action, saying it is in favour of dialogue with Government to address its members' concerns.

[The Herald] Traditional leaders are up in arms with the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) over payment of toll fees.

Alexander Zverev cruised through at the Australian Open on Tuesday before pledging to donate a substantial fee from every victory to bushfire relief funds. If he wins the whole thing, he'll donate all the prize money.

Nabil Bentaleb has left Schalke to return to the Premier League, with a loan move to Newcastle confirmed. The former Spurs man had fallen out of favor under David Wagner. Keep up with all the latest here.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania's ace striker Mbwana Samatta has spoken of his excitement and pride to sign for Aston Villa.

[Citizen] Londres -Aston Villa completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk for a reported £8.5 million ($11 million) fee on Monday.

[Daily Trust] Team Nigeria have ended the 2020 African Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt with four gold, three silver and four bronze medals to emerge third on the medals table behind South Africa and Egypt who came first and second respectively.

[Nation] Football Kenya Federation (FKF) sub-branches are up in arms with the federation's national office for "ignoring" a directive from the Sports Registrar to ensure that grass-root elections take place first before the branch polls are held.

[News24Wire] A special joint ministerial and MEC team has agreed to escalate the war against water wastage.

[GroundUp] But conditions include a revised environmental management plan and site layout

[GroundUp] Water leak outside his house has not been fixed since 2018

[Nation] It is mid-afternoon in Nakuru County, a few meters from the shores of Lake Elementaita.

[Ghanaian Times] Ayensuano District Assembly in the Eastern Region is undertaking a number projects to address the needs of the people.

[SNA] Juba -The negotiations on the North track started Tuesday in Juba between the delegation of the transitional government, headed by the member of the Sovereign Council, Gen. Shams-Eddin Kabbashi, and representatives of the North from the Kush Movement and the Northern Entity.

[Vanguard] Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tuesday said for the state to be able to overcome its healthcare challenges and offer a quality care to the residents, it must be dependent on technology.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -Tech Booster Tunisia 2020, a tailor-made start-up creation programme, will be launched on January 29 in Tunis during the 2nd edition of Tech-Days, announces the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII) on its website.

[Vanguard] The Federal government through the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to partner the University of Dundee, Scotland to develop a technical committee that will focus on the study of Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Forensics and Information Communication Technology (ICT) for mutual benefits.

[UCT] Business Insider South Africa has named the most "exciting South African inventions" of the decade, and students, staff and alumni of the University of Cape Town (UCT) feature prominently on the list.

[This Day] The Executive Director, Polo Limited, Jennifer Obayuwana, has described the Nigerian luxury market as one which is unique due to the ever-changing consumption behavior of Nigerians who are fashion enthusiasts and are defined by the latest trends.

[New Times] The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has started testing True Potato Seeds, which are produced by Solynta, a Dutch firm that develops hybrid potatoes.

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