CODESRIA community deeply mourns Malawian economist late Thandika Mkandawire

  By Duncan Mlanjira Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa (CODESRIA) has described Malawian economist, late Thandika Mkandawire a brilliant economist and prodigious scholar whose works on African political economy challenged dominant ways of seeing the African continent on a wide range of issues. Late Thandika, who died on Friday, March 27 in Stockholm, Sweden aged 79, was former chairman of African Development and professor of African Development at the London School of Economics and was…

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Co-creator of cartoon series Asterix dies, aged 92

  By Aurelien Breeden, The New York Times Albert Uderzo, a co-creator of Asterix, one of France’s most revered and longest-running comic book series, died on Tuesday at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris. He was 92. His death was confirmed by Dargaud, the former publisher of the Asterix comic books.  Bernard de Choisy, Uderzo’s son-in-law, told the Agence France-Press that the cause was a heart attack. Uderzo and the writer René Goscinny created Asterix in 1959,…

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Prince Charles in good health after testing positive of Coronavirus

  The BBC Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health” after testing positive for Coronavirus, Clarence House spokesman has announced. The spokesman adding the Duchess of Cornwall, 72 — the Prince of Wales’ wife has been tested as well but does not have the virus.  Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral. Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on March 12, but was “in…

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Study shows Coronavirus can survive in air — WHO

By CNBC.com The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering “airborne precautions” for medical staff after a new study showed the Coronavirus can survive in the air in some settings. The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told reporters during a virtual news conference.  “When you do an aerosol-generating procedure like in a medical care facility, you have the possibility to…

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100km water pipeline Khato Civils is building for Gaborone excites Tswanas

By Duncan Mlanjira The 100km water pipeline, which is being built by South Africa-based Khato Civils (Pty) Limited — owned by Malawian Simbi Phiri, has been described as key to unlocking the much needed water flow not only to Botswana’s Capital City Gaborone but to all villages and towns in the five constituencies that it will cut through. This was supposed to be the same for the aborted Salima/Lilongwe Lake Malawi Water Supply Project pipeline that Khato Civils was…

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Composer of 1972 AFCON anthem Manu Dibango succumbs to Coronavirus

By Angu Lesley & Melody Chironda, allAfrica.com Veteran jazz singer and saxophone player, Emmanuel N’djoke Dibango, aka Manu Dibango, who composed the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) anthem died in France on Tuesday, aged 86 after contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. Close associates had last week confirmed that he had been taken to a French hospital for an unrelated illness when he was diagnosed of COVID-19. Dibango becomes one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result…

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Africa fight on Coronavirus: Time to invest in universal public health

Opinion by Isabel Ortiz & Thomas Stubbs, allAfrica.com Austerity policies pushed by international financial institutions have weakened public health systems, despite current financial support packages, condemning many people to die. As health systems of East Asia, Europe and the Americas buckle under the strain of Coronavirus, developing countries are expecting an even higher human toll.  Decades of austerity promoted by international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and regional development banks have…

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Planting trees in Africa will not solve the climate crisis

Analysis by Tony Carnie, allAfrica.com South African scientists say African governments have been misled into massive tree planting schemes by the Global North misreading Africa’s grasslands. Megafires and drought beckon. Trees are good. Trees are green. Trees suck up carbon dioxide. Ergo: plant as many trees as possible and you solve the world’s environmental and climate change challenges almost overnight.  Right? Not at all, say a growing number of bewildered African ecologists. They worry that Global North-led mass tree…

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COSAFA to initiate a two-month COVID-19 awareness campaign

Maravi Express Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), has announced that it will initiate a two-month Coronavirus (COVID-19 awareness campaign that will offer practical, potentially life-saving advice to citizens across in the wake of the deadly epidemic. A statement from COSAFA Media says this will include messages of support from football personalities to drive the campaign initiatives, which is to try and reach as many fans as possible to educate them as to the dos and don’ts around…

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Mnangagwa bans beerhall drinking as COVID-19 measures

  By Idah Mhetu, New Zimbabwe On top of other measures to counter the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) which include banning on “inessential travel” outside the country by locals, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has issued a further ban of alcohol inside bars. Zimbabwe has recorded two positive cases of the virus which claimed its first victim on Monday in Zororo Makamba, son to top businessman and politician James Makamba. Addressing the media at State House Monday evening, Mnangagwa also…

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