Inflation exceeds expectations

The Annual inflation figures for December 2021 show that general prices have increased by 4.5% in the month, compared to 4.1% in November, bringing the annual inflation rate to 3.6%, which is slighter higher than the forecast of 3.5%. Here is Theo Klein from Simonis...

FBI identifies synagogue hostage taker

The FBI says it was a British national who held four worshipers hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Texas for nearly 11 hours on Saturday. Toni Waterman reports that an elite FBI SWAT team eventually stormed the building and killed the suspect.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies

Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who ruled from 2013 until 2020, when he was toppled by the military, died at home on Sunday. Al Jazeera reports that Keita, who won the election in a landslide in 2013 and was re-elected five years later, had promised to...

Bo-Kaap fighting gentrification

Residents of the historic Malay Muslim neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town, one of the city’s main tourist sites with its history, architecture, and colourful cobblestone streets, say that buildings constructed as part of the city’s urban transformation are...

EHRA building new education center

Conservation organisation, Elephant Human Relations Aid is planning to establish a new environmental education center for schools, which will go beyond elephant conservation and include all aspects of environmental conservation. We caught up...

US warns on Russian ‘black ops’ in Ukraine

The United States has warned that Russia is planning a sabotage operation in Ukraine, saying Moscow operatives are working inside Ukraine to create a pretext for a Russian invasion. Here’s Nick Harper with more from Washington.

UN envoy meeting on Western Sahara

The UN envoy for the disputed Western Sahara region visited refugee camps in Algeria on Saturday in a renewed bid to find a diplomatic solution to the territory which was annexed by Morocco in 1975. A tweet by UN News explained that while in the region he would also...

Tonga appeals for help following volcanic eruption

Tonga is calling for “immediate aid”, with an urgent need for fresh water and food, as it assesses the damage caused by Saturday’s eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. Al Jazeera reports that the volcano exploded in a massive eruption on Saturday – said...

Sisulu-Lamola spat continues

The public spat between South Africa’s Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu following the latter's attack on the judiciary and Constitution appears to have no end in sight. This, News24 reports, after Sisulu, on Sunday, in an article...

LPM withdraws another councillor

The Landless People’s Movement has withdrawn one of its councillors, Sydney Skakana from the Keetmanshoop Local Authority, with immediate effect. This, the Namibia press agency reports, is explained in a letter addressed to Skakana on 13 January 2022 that however...