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DR Congo, a vast African giant wracked by violence – SABC News

Africa’s second largest country, Democratic Republic of Congo, is rich in raw materials and minerals but cursed by deadly violence, insurgencies, graft and poverty.

Ahead of presidential elections on December 23, here are some facts about the country.

– Vast country –

Eighty times the size of its former colonial master Belgium, the DRC covers 2.3 million square kilometres (919,595 square miles) in the middle of Africa, behind only Algeria in area on the continent.

The majority of its population of 81.3 million people (World Bank, 2017) is Catholic.

As well as having access to the Atlantic Ocean it shares its borders with nine other countries:

Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

It is a nation plagued by…

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African Union force says not involved in arrest of ex-Shabaab leader – SABC News

African Union peacekeepers did not help in the arrest of a former al Shabaab leader that led to clashes in which 11 people were killed, the AU force said, following a report that Ethiopian members of the force had been involved.

Somalia’s Internal Security Ministry said it arrested Mukhtar Robow on Thursday, accusing him of bringing Islamist militants and weapons back to Baidoa, the capital of South West region where he is running for president.

Robow’s spokesman had said he was beaten by Ethiopian troops, who are part of the AU peacekeeping force in Somalia, in the course of his arrest. Local elders and residents had also said Ethiopian troops had helped with the arrest.

“AMISOM had no part in the arrest of Mr. Robow and his subsequent transfer to Mogadishu,” the force said….

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African traditional, religious leaders discuss ways to end child marriage – SABC News

African traditional and religious leaders are meeting in Malawi to discuss ways of ending child marriages, mutilation of female genitalia and other harmful traditional practices.

Statistics from the UN Women indicate that every year, 15 million women are married before the age of 18.

The meeting in Blantyre, Malawi, comes after a similar one in Nairobi in August this year, in which it was agreed that traditional and cultural leaders will champion the end to child marriages, FGM and other harmful traditional practices against women and girls.

Those gathered at the meeting agreed that political will to end these harmful practices must include stringent punishment against those who carry out child marriages.

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SABC eyes massive layoffs – The East African

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South Africa’s cash-strapped public broadcaster SABC is considering laying off nearly 1,000 people, or about one third of its full-time staff, in a bid to turn around its “dire” finances, according to a document seen on Tuesday.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation sent a memo to workers informing them of its intention to cut jobs at all levels and in all departments in a bid to save around $30 million a year.

In the note seen by AFP, SABC said the broadcaster is in “dire financial straits” and was unable to borrow from either the government or banks.

As a result of corruption and maladministration scandals, parliament has dissolved SABC’s board several times in recent years.

The company’s financial distress deepened during the tenure of its former chief operating…

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African countries should ‘decolonise’ water, recognise customary rights: report – SABC News

African governments should recognise customary rights to water for millions of small farmers who have been side lined or “criminalised” by permit systems created during the colonial era, said a report published on Monday.

Restrictive permit systems in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe have left more than 100 million people without access to enough water, according to the report by the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

Those countries should “decolonise statutory water law through a hybrid approach”, according to the report.

A hybrid system that recognises both existing permits and includes customary laws would improve water access for small farmers, said Barbara Schreiner, a co-author of the report released at a conference in…

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Lagos designers champion ‘unapologetically African’ fashion – SABC News

“You have to struggle so hard to make your voice heard, that’s why Lagos will always stand out,” model Larry Hector told AFP about Nigeria’s gritty yet unquestionably glamorous megacity Lagos.

The statuesque 20-year-old dressed in all-white was standing backstage at the Lagos Fashion Week on Friday evening surrounded by a dizzying array of lush fabrics and gazelle-legged models.

A generator throbbed in the background — the answer to Nigeria’s erratic power supply network and a symbol of perseverance in the face of adversity.

“We’re always pushing for something we haven’t seen before, something that’s out of this world,” Hector said.

“Now we have international people, starlets, celebrities from Paris, Milan, New York, everyone is coming to see what Lagos is…

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