Tag: covid-19 pandemic

Football fans await first El Clásico of the COVID-19 era

This weekend will see the first El Clasico of the Covid-19 era. With the opening up of the country, this means the return of public viewing in South Africa, and specifically in Johannesburg. 2020 has been a difficult year, not just for football but for the world in general, and this month’s El Clasico will be a unique game in unique circumstances. Marcos Pelegrin, Managing Director of LaLiga South Africa joins CNBC Africa for more.

Ethiopia suspends plan to privatise national carrier

In Ethiopia, the government announced suspension of the planned partial privatization of national carrier Ethiopian Airlines.

OPEC+ meets as demand concerns weigh oil markets

The Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee of oil producer club, OPEC will meet virtually today to assess the state of the market. But expert say they do not expect any major decision on crude supply until the two-day meeting scheduled for the 1st of December. Uchenna Minnis, Managing Partner at BluFX Nigeria joins CNBC Africa for more.

IITA on how to leverage tech to fight crop diseases

Many crops in Africa are infected by diseases which undermine production and affect livelihoods of farmers. Take Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, a disease that affects banana, one of the major staple crops in Rwanda and the region. Marc Schut, Country Representative for Rwanda at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture discusses how technology is being leveraged to fight this and other crop diseases.

COVID-19 lock-down: Uganda prepares to reopen schools

In Uganda, the country shared plans to re-open schools. Furthermore, $3.2 million is estimated to have been stolen in the latest hack incident that compromised Uganda’s mobile money network. Analyst, Charles Bwogi joins CNBC Africa for more.

COMESA to develop a regional digital common payment scheme for small businesses

Small and medium enterprises account for 80 per cent of the African economy but remain less competitive due in part to lack of a platform which accommodates digital cross-border payments by SMEs. To address this, COMESA Business Council has been making consultations with stakeholders on the establishment of a regional digital common payments policy which would inform the proposed digital integrated retail payment scheme for SMEs. Sandra Uwera, CEO, COMESA Business Council joins CNBC Africa for more.

Ethiopia increases health budget by 46% in response to COVID-19

Concerned at the inefficiencies that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed in Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced that the country is increasing its health budget by 46 per cent to respond. Economic Analyst, Samuel Getachew joins CNBC Africa for more.

UK’s Tesco suspends avocado supply from Kenyan farm over abuse claims

KCB takes overs deposits from Imperial bank; UK-based Tesco suspends avocado supply from Kakuzi Kenya and the World Bank Group debars Techno Brain Kenya ltd; these are the stories making headlines in Kenya.