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Prudential Authority offers relief measures, guidance to South African banks amid COVID-19 crisis

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Rupert fund overwhelmed by duplicate applications

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Fitch on adapting ratings methodology for COVID-19

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How COVID-19 is impacting genocide commemoration events in Rwanda

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Growthpoint SA CEO on the business impact of COVID-19 lockdown

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SA’s COVID-19 lockdown: Icasa to release emergency spectrum

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SA’s COVID-19 lockdown: 14000 companies apply for UIF assistance

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South Sudan confirms first case of COVID-19

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African Development Bank President denies allegations of ill-governance

Replying to an article recently published in the French newspaper, “Le Mond”, President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has denied allegations questioning the transparency and governance systems of the bank.

Nigeria outlines COVID-19 fiscal response

Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ahmed Zainab has announced some fiscal measures aimed at cushioning the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy. Emmanuel Odiaka, Managing Director and CEO of ECOB Capital joins CNBC Africa to assess these measures and review Nigeria’s fixed income and forex market.

Coronavirus – Uganda: Update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda (7 April 2020)

Download logoToday, all the 150 samples tested were NEGATIVE for COVID-19 at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country still stands at 52. A cumulative total of 3,310 samples have been tested for COVID-19. The number of individuals under institutional quarantine has reduced from the original 1040 to 613 as of today. A total of 427 individuals have been discharged from institutional quarantine. In addition, 855 contacts of the confi

Coronavirus – Rwanda: Update on COVID-19 Coronavirus – 7 April 2020

Download logoNo new coronavirus case was identified today, out of 806 samples tested. The total remains 105 (of whom 7 have recovered). All patients are under treatment in stable condition in designated health facilities. The majority are asymptomatic, and no patient is in critical condition. Heightened vigilance continues to be required. The extension of the enhanced prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must be rigorously observed. Any Rwandans or leg

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 Surveillance Update – 7 April 2020 5:00 p.m

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Coronavirus – Nigeria: Life in quarantine after detecting Nigeria’s first COVID-19 case

Download logoHe turned up with flu-like symptoms at a medical centre in Ogun state in the southwest of Nigeria. Dr Amara Allison, who was on duty, examined the patient and ordered that he be isolated immediately. She had just diagnosed Nigeria’s first COVID-19 patient. Along with four health workers and 35 other people who had been in contact with the country’s index case, Dr Allison was placed on a 14-day quarantine. She recounts her experience staying indoors for a fortnight. 

Former Director of State Oil Assets and Entrepreneur Appointed to Lead African Energy Industry Lobby in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (“CEMAC”)...

The African Energy Chamber ( has appointed Leoncio Amada Nze, Founder & CEO of APEX Industries, as its Executive-President for the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (“CEMAC”) which is made up of six states: Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Leoncio is based in Malabo where he will act on behalf of the Chamber across all public and private sector energy initiatives in the r
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Africa’s business leaders put people before profit to fight COVID-19

From Nigeria to South Africa, businessmen and women have pledged billions in funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Africa. Still, billions more are needed if the continent is to survive COVID-19 lockdowns that have brought economic activity to halt. Here’s a list of the businesspeople that have risen to the challenge of putting people before profit.

BNP Paribas sees 4% contraction for SA’s economy

BNP Paribas has become the latest bank to downgrade its growth forecast for South Africa’s economy. The international bank now expects the economy to contract by 4 per cent versus a contraction of 1.2 per cent previously. Jeff Schultz, Senior Economist at BNP Paribas joins CNBC Africa to explain the banks change in outlook?

Op-Ed: Why the COVID-19 pandemic is no time for fiscal distancing

"Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. As such, it can no longer be business as usual".- Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
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