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Charities say Malawi plans to gag critics with 'draconian' law

A member of the Malawi Police, a boy and a woman are seen from the media motorcade vehicle accompanying first lady Melania Trump to Chipala Primary School, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Photo:Carolyn Kaster/AP/SIPACharities in Malawi have accused the government of trying to rush through a "draconian" law ahead of next year's elections aimed at muzzling criticism and stifling advocacy groups.

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South Africa's Transnet halts Durban port berths project over tender probe

People swim and surf as a boat loaded with goods leaves the port in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011. Photo: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPASouth Africa's Transnet said on Friday it would stop a 7 billion rand ($505 million) project to deepen berths at Africa's biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban until a dispute over the awarding of a contract is resolved.

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Little change in Zimbabwe a year after Mugabe downfall

AFPInformal trader Lincoln Chinengundu is frustrated with Zimbabwe's current government and says life has become tougher one year since the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe after an army coup.

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Malawi gold rush pulls in villagers as excitement swells

While some traders have paid up to $34 a gram, panning for gold is backbreaking work with no guarantee of success (AFP Photo/AMOS GUMULIRA)Bwenzi Nkalima ditched his job as a watchman after a new gold rush in Malawi promised to bring in more money to look after his family.

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IMF says optimism in South Africa's economic recovery fading

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the unveiling ceremony of the Nelson Mandela Statue which was presented as a gift from South Africa, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at United Nations headquarters. Photo: Angela Weiss/AP/SIPASouth Africa's economic recovery plans face serious constraints with growing debt of state firms domestically and capital outflows as a result of global trade tensions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday.

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South Africa's Eskom revises coal contract strategy, seeks supply security

 People walk below power pylons at Hartebeespoort, South Africa, Friday Nov. 25, 2011.Photo:  AP Photo/Denis   South Africa's cash-strapped power utility Eskom said on Friday it had revised its coal strategy to focus on contracts that offer long-term, fixed prices and security of supply as it faces possible power outages and low stockpiles of the fuel.

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