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Zimbabwe bans polystyrene food packs citing health risks

City council workers take part in a clean up campaign in Harare,July 2014.Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/SIPAZimbabwe has imposed a ban on foamed polystyrene, the packaging commonly used for take-out food in restaurants in the country, amid concern that the trays pose potential health risks.

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South Africa puts new mining charter on hold: Chamber of Mines

 In this Feb. 13, 2016 file photo, search and rescue team members at the Lily Gold Mine near Barberton, South Africa.Photo: AP/SIPASouth Africa has suspended implementation of a new mining law, which includes raising the level of shares blacks should own in mining firms, pending a court ruling, the Chamber of Mines industry body said on Friday.

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South Africa considers privatisation to counter recession

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba, speaks at the presidential guest house in Pretoria, South Africa, March 31, 2017. Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP/SIPASouth African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba laid out an ambitious 14-point programme on Thursday to wrench the economy out of recession that included the sale of non-core assets and partial privatisation of state-owned firms.

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South African parliament joins legal bid to quash call to change central bank's mandate

Speaker Baleka Mbete is in support of the South African Reserve Bank's legal bid to quash the recommendation. Photo: Nic Bothma/AP/SIPAThe South African parliament has filed papers in court challenging the anti-graft watchdog's proposal that the central bank be forced to change its economic mandate, it said.

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African visitors driving growth in tourism sectors on the continent, UNCTAD

In this photo taken Aug. 24, 2014, people look out to the ocean as the sun sets over the promenade in Cape Town, South Africa.Photo: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPATourism is fueling economic growth in many African countries and Africans themselves are increasingly the ones driving the demand, a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report said.

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South Africa's business confidence recovers from 7-month low

A worker at the Stock Exchange in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 4, 2017. Photo: Denis Farrell/AP/SIPASouth Africa's business confidence recovered from a seven-month low in June as a recovery in the rand the previous month helped boost export volumes and as imports of merchandise increased, a survey showed on Thursday.

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