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Algeria's Mahrez part of Manchester City's historic billion dollar squad

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Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez is one of Africa’s top players that are part of the historic Manchester City squad which has been named as the first team to have spent more than 1 billion US dollars to assemble their squad. Data from the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory showed that City have spent $1.1 billion on their current squad. Mahrez himself moved to Manchester City from Leicester City for $72m. French champions Paris St-Germain were second having also spent a little over $1m (913 million euros) and Spain’s Real Madrid were third with $992m. Manchester United at $826m have the second-most expensive squad in the Premier League followed by Champions League winners Liverpool at $702m. The Premier League average was $379m, it said. At the other end of the scale, Germany’s Paderborn had the cheapest squad in the study ($4.3m), which looked at teams from the English, German, Italian, French and Spanish top flights. Manchester City has also featured several top African players including Ivorians Yaya and Kolo Toure, and Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor. Adebayor’s move to City in 2009 for a fee believed to be about £25 million, made him one of Africa’s most expensive transfers at the time. READ MORE: Ivory Coast’s Pepe is Africa’s costliest player, plus the top 5 transfers

Namibia: Over 30 000 Drought-Related Cattle Deaths Recorded in Seven Months

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[New Era] As fodder and pasture continue to decline and the dry season soldiers on, over 30 000 drought-related cattle deaths were recorded in Namibia between October 2018 and April 2019 -- the normal rainfall season.

Mugabe's body returns to Zimbabwe for funeral, burial

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The mortal remains of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Gabriel Mugabe has arrived in the capital Harare on Wednesday. Full military honours were accorded the former leader who died at the age of 95 last week in a Singapore hospital. Arrangements have been made for his funeral and burial this weekend. Hundreds of people lined the streets leading to the Robert Mugabe International Airport to receive his body. Mugabe has long been a loved and loathed leader for his role in independence struggle and later economic and democratic slump. The incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling party declared Mugabe a “national hero” and said the country will remain in a state of mourning till his eventual burial.

Thebe Magugu takes a seat at the fashion table

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The 25-year-old former Design Indaba Emerging Creative recently won the 2019 LVMH Prize for his womenswear which often carry subtle political messages.

Thebe Magugu is taking the fashion world by storm

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Dubbed "the leader of his generation", former Design Indaba Emerging Creative Thebe Magugu has the fashion world at his feet.

Graphic designer Thulisizwe Mamba on running his own company

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We catch up with graphic designer to discuss what he has been up to since being part of the 2015 Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme.

Graphic designer Thulisizwe Mamba on running a creative business

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“Most of the time I’m reaching out to new clients, updating my work, doing invoices and reaching out to new suppliers.”

South Africa: Joburg - a Migrant City With Heritage and Culture

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[New Frame] Capitalist platitudes rise to the surface in South Africa's Heritage Month. In the wake of the xenophobic attacks, as citizens we must have conversations about our migrant culture.

Nigeria: Buhari Eminently Qualified to Contest 2019 Election - Tribunal

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[Premium Times] The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari was qualified for the 2019 election.

Paloma Strelitz on collective agency

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The Design Indaba Future Cities Residency talked to UCT architecture students about the power of creativity and collective action.

South Africa: The Springbok Who Made the Team Truly South African

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[New Frame] The 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok, Chester Williams who died on Friday, inspired millions of black South Africans by showing that they belonged in a team that was a symbol for apartheid.

South Africa: The People Who Sparked the Xenophobic Violence

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[New Frame] Zweli Ndaba is the chair of the Sisonke People's Forum. He penned the flyer that spurred hostel dwellers and truck drivers to take part in the shutdown that led to xenophobic attacks in Gauteng.

World Bank endorses Somalia's steady economic recovery

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The World Bank has backed Somalia’s economy to grow above expectations for the next three-to-five years, if the country can sustain its current economic reform momentum. The Horn of Africa country has been in turmoil since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew President Siad Barre and then turned on each other. Over the past decade it has been hit by famine and sporadic terror attacks by al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab. Several indicators over the last 12 months have demonstrated that Somalia is well on its way to recovery from the years of turmoil and economic distress. Somalia on the rise Tax collection by the government increased by 29% last year, as the economy recovered from a drought the previous year and the government changes its tax policies, the World Bank said. The Washington based lender, in September last year, approved the first loanto Somalia in 30 years, $80 million to fund public finance reforms. In May this year, the International Monetary Fund said Somalia’s economy was on the right track but warned that it was still vulnerable to fragile security, climate change and poverty. In November last year, continent aviation powerhouse, Ethiopian Airlines made its first landing in the Somali capital Mogadishu after 40 years absence. “Our flights will quickly grow to multiple daily flights given the huge volume of traffic between the two sisterly countries and the significant traffic between Somalia and the rest of the world,” Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive, said in a statement. ALSO READ: Somalia’s first boxing tournament in 40 years held

Watch the Music Video for Bas' Single 'Jollof Rice,' Featuring EarthGang

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​The infectious track gets an equally vibrant music video.

Watch Black Coffee Speak Working with Usher, Fake News and Upcoming Album with Zane Lowe on Beats 1

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Black Coffee shares some good news and condemns fake news about xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Museveni fires police officers, asks Ugandan courts to execute murderers

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Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday issued tough directives to the security and judicial authorities in the country, following the brutal murder of his nephew last week. The tough-talking president said he wants courts to hand out eye-for-an-eye-style sentences for all murder convicts, and dismissed police officers that he accused of incompetence in the wake of soaring violent crime. From killings to violent robberies and kidnappings for ransom, crime has been surging in recent years in the East African country, stoking widespread public anger. Ugandans complain that most crimes go unsolved because police are corrupt and not interested in investigating cases involving ordinary citizens, although security officials deny this. Need for a tough judiciary Museveni accused courts in the country of facilitating crime by handing out lenient sentences to hardened criminals. “We need to work on the courts,” Museveni said in the statement posted on his official social media accounts late on Tuesday. “They need to move quickly on the cases of murder…the punishments must also be severe, including the hanging of killers.” The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, he said, believed in a justice system that extracts ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. “We need to make this clear to the courts. It must be an eye-for-eye,” Museveni said. “Nothing less will be acceptable.” Death is the maximum penalty in Uganda for a range of crimes including murder, treason and defilement, but executions are rare. Sleeping police officers fired The president, who has led the East African country since 1986, blamed last month’s death of an NGO worker and her driver partly on the negligence of police officers who, he said, had not acted swiftly to use a recently installed CCTV system on all Kampala roads to intercept their vehicle and rescue the victims. “If those who are in uniform today cannot do their job, there are plenty who will replace them.” Police who were negligent, he said, have been arrested and he has ordered that they be tried and dismissed. Uganda’s crime problem Museveni’s statement came after two recent murders figured extensively in Ugandan media. Last Thursday, Museveni’s nephew was found lying on his back on the tarmac on an expressway near the capital, dead from gunshot wounds. His body was found near his parked vehicle, where a woman was in the back seat, also dead from gunshot wounds. On Aug. 30, the bodies of a woman working for a local non-governmental organisation and her driver were found dumped in a swamp just east of the capital Kampala, two days after they were kidnapped in their own vehicle outside the gate of the woman’s home. In recent years, religious clerics, civil servants and police officers including a popular member of parliament and a deputy police chief have been murdered in cold blood, with authorities struggling to stem the wave of violence. Drones, gun fingerprints and tighter social media regulation are part of Museveni’s security plan

Kenya: 2 Northern White Rhino Embryos Created in Italian Lab in Efforts to Reverse Imminent Extinction

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[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenya has marked a major milestone towards saving the Northern White Rhino, which faces extinction, through the creation of two embryos using eggs collected from the remaining females and frozen sperm from deceased males.

Zimbabwe has Announced it Will Also Evacuate its Citizens from South Africa

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The Zimbabwean government is making arrangements for citizens affected by xenophobia to return home.

Malawi: Malawi Parliament Goes Paperless , Electronic Hansard

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[Nyasa Times] Speaker of parliament Gotani Hara says the National Assembly has now stopped publishing hard copies of chamber documents which include Hansards.

Malawi: Chakwera Vows to Continue Malawi Parliament Business Boycot

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[Nyasa Times] Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has vowed to continue boycotting parliamentary proceedings until the Constitutional Court gives a verdict on the politically charged presidential election case.

Sudan opposition group commits to peace deal

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Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) an opposition group said it is fully committed to supporting the implementation of the peace deal. The group said it is ready to support an attempt to ending the country’s five -year conflict. Commander of the Anya-nya division in Aswa cantonment site, long Juba, Nimule road, Okeny George Lam, said opposition fighters are committed to the implementation of the peace agreement. “We are here to get this country back together, there is nobody who can help us to implement this peace unless we take a responsibility. Yes, there is a lot of criticisms and suspicious in IGAD countries and International Community but it is responsibility of South Sudanese to put it right that we are here to get a country back together – we have learned an experience and we cannot go back to root where we came from it h as been a painful experience as I said before nobody can build your home it is you can make it and make it a better place,” Lam said. Gen. Okeny further urged the peace partners to continue supporting the implementation of the peace deal as deadline for the formation of a transitional government approaches. “We hope, the TGONU come 12th November, will be formed so that we are one and we do not have all this gaps of insecurity. But again, we are saying, we cannot also take this opportunity that the new government is not yet formed and bad things should happen, no, we must work to minimize such behaviors,” Lam added. He noted that they were working closely with their counterpart [government forces]. He said that there are people who do not want peace to come to South Sudan. According to Okeny the opposition forces have fully accepted the peace deal and are ready for integration process so that the unity government is formed on time.

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