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South African state firms request bailouts over COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African state companies have requested billions of rand in funding from the government to help them weather the impact of the coronavirus crisis, a finance ministry...

10 countries account for 80% of Africa COVID-19 testing – Africa CDC

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ten countries account for 80% of the new coronavirus testing taking place across Africa, a regional body said on Thursday, indicating that little testing is taking...

South Africa needs better food price controls to shield poor people from COVID-19 fallout

COVID-19 has wrought havoc on poor households in countries across the world. In South Africa, more and more people are facing hunger resulting from mass job losses and small, poorly implemented supplementary...

#Africa50: Why Investing in Digital Infrastructure Post-COVID-19 is Critical to Africa’s Recovery

This special broadcast on the topic: Why Investing in Digital Infrastructure Post-COVID-19 is Critical to Africa’s Economic Recovery” brings together prominent speakers from the four corners of Africa. It also sees the announcement of the Africa50 Innovation Challenge Finalists....

Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama tests positive for coronavirus

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19, and became the first member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to contract the...

Public debt, populism and protests as Tunisia faces crisis

TUNIS (Reuters) - The collapse of Tunisia’s shortest-lived government since its 2011 revolution has plunged its young democracy into a new crisis after successive failures by elected leaders to turn...

South Africa’s rand flat as COVID-19 infections climb

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s rand was unchanged early on Friday as investors reassessed the impact of coronavirus, with infections locally and worldwide continuing to climb.At 0715 GMT the rand...

Public, private lending mash-up offers lifeline to virus-hit African firms

LONDON (Reuters) - Blended finance, a mix of public and private capital, is set to boom in Africa to meet funding demand from businesses cash-strapped in the wake of COVID-19...
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