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Southern Africa leaders back Western Sahara

Southern Africa leaders back Western Sahara at ‘historic’ talks Pretoria, South Africa | AFP | Several southern African leaders on Tuesday threw their support behind Western Sahara, with one calling the disputed territory the “last colony” on the African continent. Also attending is Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. President Cyril Ramaphosa, leader …

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S.Africa medics use 3-D printer for middle ear transplant

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South African surgeons have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of middle-ear bones that uses 3-D printed components, a research university said. The technique “may be the answer to conductive hearing loss — a middle ear problem caused by congenital birth defects, infection, trauma …

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MTN gains 16 million clients despite scandals

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African telecommunications giant MTN on Thursday said its subscriber base grew by 16 million customers last year to 233 million, good news for the embattled mobile operator. MTN faces regulatory issues in some of the countries it operates in, including the largest, Nigeria. A …

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New details on MTN deportations

Kampala expels boss of MTN’s Uganda arm, citing ‘national security’ Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Compromising national security has been cited as one of the reasons Kampala has deported the Belgian CEO of the Ugandan branch of MTN Wim Vanhelleputte. It is the fourth such expulsion targeting the South African telecoms …

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S.Africa urges ‘all parties’ to accept Tshisekedi DRC win

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South Africa on Sunday congratulated Felix Tshisekedi on becoming president-elect of DR Congo following a Constitutional Court ruling, despite the African Union and EU warning of doubts over the country’s disputed election result. “President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Mr Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo,” the presidency …

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Ruling ANC kickstarts S.Africa election season

Durban, South Africa | AFP | South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to unveil the ruling ANC party’s election manifesto on Saturday in front of tens of thousands of supporters, marking the start of four months of hectic campaigning. The African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled since the …

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