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South Africa Out Of Recession

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South Africa Out Of Recession

Official figures released in South Africa show that the economy is no longer in recession. The country had plunged into a recession in the second quarter for the first time since 2009.

Statistics agency said on Tuesday, South Africa’s real gross domestic expenditure expanded by 2.3% in the third quarter of 2018 after contracting by 0.7% in the second quarter.

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This comes as a boost to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has been struggling to fulfill a promise to turn around the economy and create jobs at a time of mass unemployment.

Meanwhile, electricity utility Eskom has warned on Monday, South Africa faces more power cuts, as it sought to prevent the collapse of its power grid. Eskom implemented a fifth day of controlled power cuts on Monday, putting more strain on the economy months before a national election.

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Eskom, which is battling a severe financial crisis, coal shortages and breakdowns of its power plants, says it would cut up to 2,000 megawatts of power from the grid.

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South Africa senior economist Jeff Schultz says prolonged power cuts would likely hurt economic growth in the first quarter of 2019.

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Withdrawal Of Burundian Soldiers In Somalia Begins

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AU Begins Withdrawal Of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers From Somalia

A Burundian official says the AU`s decision to withdraw a thousand soldiers from the regional force in Somalia has begun.

The official, said on Thursday at least 200 soldiers have boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. He says, more soldiers are expected to be flown back from Burundi in the coming weeks.

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The African Union says it plans to withdraw thousands of its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. The AU force, made up of soldiers from several African countries, has tried for years to secure the horn of Africa country against Al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebel.

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Kenya Court Delays Ruling On Gay Sex Till May

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Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s high court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

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The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until late May to reach a decision.

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Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case.

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Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa.

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

Gunmen in Northern Mozambique have attacked a convoy of vehicles belonging to an American oil and gas company, Anadarko – the first such attack in an area where an Islamist militant group is active.

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Anadarko is expected to spend more than $20 billion dollars on the gas project close to the Tanzania border.

At least four persons from the firm were injured when more than a dozen unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy in Cabo Delgado province.

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A jihadist group, Al-Shabab, with no known links to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, has carried out frequent attacks on isolated villages since 2017.

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Correspondents say if the same group was behind this attack, it could mark a significant shift in its tactics and threaten Mozambique’s fledgling gas industry.

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