Departures at South African state firms could drag out Ramaphosa’s reforms

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s mission to fix two of South Africa’s most troubled state companies, power firm Eskom and South African Airways (SAA), could take longer than planned after their chief executives quit within a week of each other. FILE PHOTO: Electricity pylons in front of the cooling towers at the Lethabo thermal

South Africa’s largest opposition party promises to lead coalitions, tackle racism

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), although heading for defeat in May 8 national elections, pledged to forge coalitions with smaller parties to break the dominance of the ruling ANC, especially at the local level. Supporters cheer Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance

Home market still a dream for African carmakers

* Home-grown carmakers hope for slice of huge African market * Global car giants also making a push in Africa * Local firms face same obstacles but lack finance, infrastructure By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI, April 12 (Reuters) – Since its launch in 2014, Mobius Motors, Kenya’s only home-grown automaker, has only produced around 50 test

Truckers, stores on U.S.-Mexico border struggle as Trump closure threat looms

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Trucks inched through traffic and some stores reported fewer customers in U.S.-Mexico border towns on Wednesday, as staffing shortages tied to a surge in asylum seekers slowed checkpoints and threats of closing the border completely scared shoppers. Drivers and commuters wait in line to cross to El Paso, Texas, on the

Strike over labor dispute grounds flights at Kenya’s main airport

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A strike over a labor dispute disrupted flights at Kenya’s main international airport in Nairobi early on Wednesday, Kenya Airports Authority said, though the transport minister expected them to resume soon. A Kenya Airways flight attendant uses her cell phone as they gather at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during a labour

Nigeria counting votes in presidential election dogged by delays

ABUJA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday’s closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting hours in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned. President Muhammadu Buhari and his main challenger, businessman Atiku Abubakar, both said they were confident of victory when casting their ballots in an election

Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at disastrous Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain’s governing Conservatives quit over the government’s “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union. FILE PHOTO: British lawmaker Anna Soubry is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London,

I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran

(Reuters) – Azam Jangravi’s heart was pounding when she climbed atop an electricity transformer box on Tehran’s busy Revolution Street a year ago. She raised her headscarf in the air and waved it above her head. A crowd formed. People shouted at her to come down. She knew all along she was going to be

Anger persists after Vale vows to make amends for Brazil dam disaster

BRUMADINHO, Brazil (Reuters) – Residents of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais reacted with indifference and in many cases anger at a series of measures miner Vale SA has pledged to adopt following last week’s dam burst that almost certainly killed over 300 people. Volunteer Jeferson Ferreira, who helped and saved people in the area

Lack of jobs in India drove migrants on to boat for New Zealand, say relatives

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a dark alleyway no wider than arms’ length, a single ladies’ shoe is all that remains on the boarded-up doorstep of Prabhu Dhandapani, his wife and their eight-year-old daughter. A man looks on from a building at a residential area from where several people travelled illegally on a boat to

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