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South Africa: Ramaphosa campaigns for a united Cosatu

South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo©ReutersUnity within the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), a key ally of the ruling ANC, remains an important objective of the party, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

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DR Congo: Activist to receive top European award

Winner of the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Congolese gynecologist, Denis Mukwege Mukwege was also a front-runner for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Photo©ReutersCongolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege has landed Europe's top human rights after award after 16 years of campaigning to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war, providing care for rape victims, and surviving an assassination attempt.

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No measurable benefit in DRC tax hike in new mining code - Mark Bristow

Mark Bristow, the CEO of gold miner Randgold Resources Ltd says DRC can't afford to make itself even less competitive than it is today.The Democratic Republic of Congo's focus on maximising short-term tax revenues risks squandering long-term mining prospects, the chief executive of one of its largest mining investors warned on Wednesday.

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Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe's vitriol will lead to war

Opposition politicians say First Lady, Grace Mugabe is straying into the territory of the State President. File Photo©ReutersZimbabwean opposition political parties have ganged up against rival veteran ruler President Robert Mugabe and piled pressure on him to urgently reign in on his "disruptive" wife who is "usurping the powers of the state president".

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South Africa's budget to freeze government's personnel budgets

South Africa's Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene says the national government's personnel budgets would be frozen. Photo©Julian GoldswainSouth Africa has slashed its growth forecast to 1.4% for 2014 amid a warning that the economy has reached a 'turning point.'

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing gets biggest international audience

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius enters a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. Photo©Reuters/Siphiwe SibekoIt was one of the biggest news stories, with the sentencing of a disabled track star catching the world's imagination.

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