Xenophobia: Nigeria, Botswana and Lesotho issue travel advisories for citizens headed to South Africa

The government of Nigeria has issued a travel advisory against South Africa over xenophobic violence. “Due to the tension created by the attacks, the Government of Nigeria wishes to advise Nigerians to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the situation is brought under control,” a statement signed by Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ferdinand Nwonye said. The statement said it was engaging the relevant South African authorities via the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, Consulate General in Johannesburg and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja to ensure measures are…

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Governor Joho receives report on the SGR use days after expose

Mombasa Governor today received a report on “the socio-economic impact of the operationalisation of the SGR on Kenya Ports Authority”. In a tweet on Wednesday, the Mombasa Governor said, “In early 2018, I engaged @uonbi School of Business to carry out a study on the socio-economic impact of the operationalization of the SGR on @Kenya_Ports. Today I hosted Ag. Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaack Mbeche & his team during which time they presented their report to me. “Research plays a key role in decision making for any forward-thinking institution and we…

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This is why we are against Telkom-Airtel merger – Safaricom

Safaricom has raised concerns over the Telkom-Airtel merger. In a statement by acting CEO Michael Joseph, Safaricom said it “believes in competition based on innovation, investment, focus on brand building and service to the customer,” but went on to name three concerns that it is dissatisfied with “Industry players are free to engage and organize themselves as they please, subject to regulatory approvals, to achieve their objectives… While we are supportive of industry changes that seek to deliver greater choice and value to consumers, we have raised valid concerns that we…

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Kenyans attacked, businesses looted, burnt in South Africa xenophobic attacks, envoy confirms

Kenyans living in South Africa have been affected by xenophobic violence in Johannesburg, Kenya’s High Commissioner Jean Kamau has confirmed. Kamau said Kenyans in Gauteng Province have been physically assaulted and their businesses looted and burnt. “The Kenya High Commission has since reached out to the affected individuals and encouraged them to respond to the instructions and calls by the South African police to report and open files regarding all incidents,” she said in a statement. The embassy, which is located in Pretoria, urged Kenyans living in South Africa to…

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Tiwa Savage pulls out of South Africa festival over xenophobic attacks

Nigeria’s top Artiste Tiwa Savage has withdrawn from the upcoming DSTV Delicious Festival due to the ongoing xenophobic violence in Johannesburg. “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this,” The Eminado hit singer tweeted on Wednesday. The festival will be held on September 21-22 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. International…

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Sportpesa back in business after KRA clearance

Sportpesa

Kenya’s premier betting firm, Sportpesa gets back business as KRA completes clearance. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has cleared Sportpesa and set the gambling facility on a path back to active business. Sportpesa will now apply for a new trading licence from the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB). The company has expressed confidence in improved relations with the Kenyan government and a full resumption to normal business operations. Sportpesa’s licence was revoked in July, on the conditions of failing to meet its tax obligations. As a retaliatory action, Sportpesa…

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