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S.Africa: Ramaphosa Outlines Seven Focus Points During State Of The Nation Address 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has delivered his first state of the nation address on Thursday since last month’s election.  He outlined a 10-year plan and said his administration will focus on seven key points: economic transformation and job creation, education, skills and health, consolidating the social wage through reliable and quality basic services, spatial integration, human settlements and local government, social cohesion and safe communities, a capable, ethical and developmental state and a better Africa and world.

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He said the decision to focus on these specific areas comes as his administration would not be able to do “everything at one time.”

He also said the nation’s power supplier, Eskom cannot be allowed to fail and told citizens that the time to dodge paying for electricity has passed.

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South Africa’s top opposition parties said Ramaphosa’s speech lacked details and a clear plan.

Economic freedom fighters leader, Julius Malema said the address was too imaginative and avoided the land question, while Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance said it was vague on how to turn South Africa’s economy around.  Maimane said declaring 10-year goals “means very little to people who desperately need immediate change.”

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Germany Hosts Summit On Peace, Politics In Libya

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Germany Hosts Summit On Peace, Politics In Libya

Leaders from 12 countries met in Germany on Sunday, in hopes of laying a foundation for a lasting cease-fire, between Libya’s rival governments.

German chancellor Angela Merkel invited to the summit world leaders, as well as representatives from the united nations, the European Union, the African Union, and the Arab League.  Libya’s two main rival leaders, former general Khalifa Haftar and Fayez Sarraj, were also present.

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who support Haftar and Sarraj respectively, spoke before the summit on Sunday, with Erdogan calling for Haftar to abandon what he called a “hostile attitude.”

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Turkey and Russia helped broker a fragile cease-fire in Libya which took effect last week, but both sides have accused one another of breaking it.

The leaders made a commitment at the summit to curb continued foreign interference in the conflict.

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U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who also attended, emphasized, before the summit started, “the need for a lasting ceasefire, a return to a U.N.-facilitated political process, and the end of all foreign intervention in Libya.”

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Internet Slows Across Africa As Major Undersea Cables Falter

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Internet Slows Across Africa As Major Undersea Cables Falter

Some millions of Africans have been experiencing extremely slow internet connectivity since late last week.

The problem is caused by cuts to two major undersea cables along the west African coast.  A fault developed by the West Africa Cable System, WACS, has caused major telecom companies and internet service providers to lose connectivity.

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Countries across the west, central and southern African coast have been suffering slow internet connectivity since Thursday.  Reports say even some mobile phone users are affected as well.

The WACS connects parts of the continent to the United Kingdom, and the South Atlantic submarine cable, which extends as far as to Portugal and Spain.

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Openserve, the company that operates these cables, said in a statement on Thursday, there is reduced speed on international browsing, international voice calling and mobile roaming.

The company has called on clients to be patient, because undersea cable infrastructure repairs are complex, and can be time-consuming.  Services are affected in Ghana, Cameroon, The Republic of the Congo, Angola, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and parts of South Africa.

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Son Of Noted Muslim Preacher Shot In South Africa

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Son Of Noted Muslim Preacher Shot In South Africa

In the coastal city of Durban on Wednesday, a South African activist and son of a deceased prominent Muslim preacher is fighting for his life in a hospital after he was shot outside a court.

65-year-old Yousuf Deedat – son of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat – was shot in the head as he walked towards the Verulam family court on the outskirts of Durban with his wife, Police colonel Thembeka Mbele said.

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Deedat was rushed to a hospital for medical attention after an unknown suspect who fled in a car in an unknown direction opened fire, shooting him in the head.

On Wednesday, Deedat’s family said in a statement that “he is in critical condition in a local hospital. While his injuries remain severe, we remain hopeful for Deedat’s recovery.”

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Yousuf’s father, Sheikh, who died in 2005 was known across the world as a respected public speaker and writer who published several widely-distributed booklets on Islam and Christianity.

Sheikh was a prominent South African Muslim missionary who held several interfaith public debates with evangelical Christians. He was the founder of the Islamic Propagation Centre International, which aims for Islam to be heard and understood across the world.

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Police said they were still investigating the reason behind his shooting.

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