09 July 2021

Nigeria: Women, young girls, children – especially those living in rural areas – are the worst affected by the country’s poor health services. Almost 20% of global maternal deaths occur in Nigeria. The article provides a long list of reasons for this. Part of the solution: “if all unmet needs for modern contraception were met, it would prevent 1.9 million unintended pregnancies, 685,000 unplanned births, 1.01 million unsafe abortions in Nigeria, 42,000 maternal deaths and 217,000 infant deaths per annum.”

Mozambique/Rwanda: In reinforcement of Mozambique and SADC forces, Rwanda has today Friday started deploying 1,000 troops to Cabo Delgado in Mozambique’s north to help against terrorists there.
BBC Africa Live 09 July 2021. 11:57

South Sudan: The country is celebrating its 10th anniversary. But, since independence, “not everything has gone quite according to plan”. A 12’ BBC radio broadcast: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09nvhjt
BBC Africa Live 09 July 2021. 11:20

South Africa: The suspension of ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has been maintained by the country’s high court. The suspension was the result of allegations of involvement in corrupt activities.
BBC Africa Live 09 July 2021. 10:41

South Africa: Jacob Zuma will have to remain in jail, having lost his bid to block his arrest. Nevertheless, on Monday Zuma’s case is going to be back in the constitution court “when judges will consider whether to rescind or reduce the sentence.”
BBC Africa Live 09 July 2021. 10:08

08 July 2021

Congo-Kinshasa: Kambale Kabamba, leader of the Mai-Mai militia, has been arrested by police in North Kivu. He is to be handed over to a military tribunal.
BBC Africa Live 08 July 2021. 5:24

Mozambique: A commission of inquiry set up by the government has confirmed reports of sexual abuse and exploitation including rape and forced prostitution in a women’s prison in Maputo.
BBC Africa Live 08 July 2021. 9:45

Terrorism: In Africa, terrorists do not yet use drones as strike platforms (as they do in other parts of the world, e.g. Western Asia), but they do use them for surveillance and precision targeting (e.g. in Somalia, Mozambique, DRC). It is “only a matter of time before drones get deployed more actively across Africa”, so – states, armies, etc. – better be prepared!

Mali: The Kayes region “produced an estimated 73% of the country’s 26 tons of artisanal gold in 2019 and generated US$1.23 billion”. Use of chemicals (especially mercury and cyanide smuggled from Burkina Faso and Senegal) endangers human and animal health and the environment. The “trafficking network also serves as a potential financing source for violent extremist groups”.

Eswatini: “Mswati remains an absolute monarchy, not a constitutional one, so the rest is all essentially window-dressing or democratic opera.” The recent escalation of protests could be more serious than “periodic episodes of protests against autocratic rule (that) have in the past eventually burnt themselves out”. The article’s author thinks that SADC should (have) become more active or the situation will get out of hand.