World Bank, IMF Call For Debt Relief

With immediate effect and consistent with national laws of the creditor countries, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are calling on all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from International Development Association (IDA) countries that request forbearance. This follows a joint statement to the...

Public Distrust Hinders Fight Against Virus Misinformation

African nations fighting the novel coronavirus face a foe as stealthy and dangerous as the microbe itself: misinformation and apathy, fuelled by deep distrust of government. Bogus news and indifference to official warnings are emerging as giant obstacles in a region where poor healthcare infrastructure, sanitation and overcrowded slums provide...

Rwandan Man Killed And Eaten By Crocodile While Defying Curfew

A Rwandan man who breached government’s instruction to stay at home during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown to go fishing, has been killed and eaten by a crocodile, the New York Post reported. Alice Kayitesi, the mayor of the southern Kamonyi district, confirmed the incident, which took place in the Nyabarongo river on...

South African Airways CEO Retires

The Board of Directors at South African Airways (SAA) announced today that it has accepted the request from Zuks Ramasia, SAA Acting CEO, for early retirement.  Her last date of employ will be 14 April 2020. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Zuks for her leadership,...

FIFA: Player, Coach Contracts Should Be Extended Due To COVID-19

Current contracts for players and coaches should be extended until the end of the delayed domestic soccer seasons, according to an internal FIFA document presented to its coronavirus Working Group. The confidential document, seen by Reuters, also recommends allowing transfer windows to be changed in accordance with new season dates...

Tour de France Yet To Be Postponed

It is too soon to decide whether the Tour de France can go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic, but if it does it may be without roadside spectators in order to minimise infection risk, the French sports minister said. Following the postponement of the Euro 2020 soccer Championship and the...