04 July 2022

South Africa: Nelson Mandela Bay municipality with its capital Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) is fast approaching “Day Zero” when there will be no water in the taps at all. Poor neighbourhoods are already suffering, where communal taps – that supply water to households – mostly do not work. Town residents have for some time only been allowed to use 50 litres of water maximum per person per day.
BBC Africa Live 04 July 2022. 8:48

Congo-Kinshasa/Ebola no.14 over: It took only 3 months to contain the country’s 14th Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka (on the river Congo, north-east of Kinshasa). 4 have died (3 confirmed cases and 1 probable one). According to WHO, it was the outbreak response’s swiftness and robustness that ensured the quick containment.
BBC Africa Live 04 July 2022. 12:27

Egypt: The Suez Canal earned the country a record 7bn USD July 2021 through June 2022, 20% more than the previous record. Around a 10th of all maritime trade passes through the Suez Canal.
BBC Africa Live 04 July 2022. 13:12

Morocco/Spain/Drug trafficking: 6 unmanned submarines – thus “underwater drones” – built to transport 200 kg of drugs across the Gibraltar strait have been seized by Spanish police.
BBC Africa Live 04 July 2022. 15:38

Ghana: Teaching and non-teaching personnel of primary and secondary schools will go on strike because their cost of living allowances (20% of their salaries) have not been paid – at the same time inflation is at an 18-year-high.
BBC Africa Live 04 July 2022. 17:27

03 July 2022

Morocco/Burkina Faso/Football: The Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) has got underway yesterday. Hosts Morocco beat Burkina Faso 1:0. Today Sunday, Uganda plays Senegal.

Côte d’Ivoire/Football: The next Africa Cup of Nations has been postponed to January/February 2024. It had originally been planned to take place in June/July 2023, but that is the height of rainy season in Côte d’Ivoire, so it is not a good time of year at all. Five years back, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) had ceded to pressure from European football clubs who are unhappy to have to release players in the middle of their season. This year’s competition in Cameroon was already played in January/February, so it’ll be the second in a row. The Caf president has also announced the launch of a new “African Super League” in August 2023 – in addition to the existing African Champions League – “some of the biggest and most prominent investors and sponsors” are apparently “abnormally” interested in sponsoring the event.

Egypt: Several Red Sea beaches have been closed by the authorities after two shark attacks killed two tourists. “The region accounts for about 65% of tourists visiting the country.” Though these are by no means first times, shark attacks are rare in the Red Sea.