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Ramaphosa Promises An End To Employing Poorly Qualified And Politically Connected Persons Into Key Positions

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South African president, Cyril Ramaphona has said in his weekly newsletter, he will end the practice of parachuting poorly qualified, but politically-connected persons into key positions in the country.

The president said his visit to Kimberley and other towns in the northern cape opened his eyes to what he said was “the need to significantly improve the capacity of the government that is meant to improve their lives.”

Ramaphosa said what he found as a common occurrence in the towns he visited was that throughout all levels of government, the state often lacked the necessary capacity to adequately meet people’s needs.

The president said while South Africa faced “great challenges,” it is not a dysfunctional state.  He said all citizens must get involved in the building of a capable and successful state.

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Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election

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Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.

Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.

His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.

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S.Africa Concern Over Sharp Spike In COVID-19 Cases

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South Africa authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Infection rates are beginning to jump in some areas, after a long lull, -particularly along the country’s southern coastline.

Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a rise in hospital admissions.

The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the Africa continent.

One provincial leader described the spike as staggering and said the virus was spreading widely, not just in a handful of hotspots. The country is now heading towards its main summer holiday season, a time when millions of people travel.

Concerns about a second wave are coinciding with nationwide protest action over low pay by community health workers – key figures in south Africa’s fight to contain the virus.

The government is thought to be reluctant to reimpose tough lockdown restrictions, with the economy in deep trouble. 779,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

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Burundi’s Buyoya Says He Quit AU Mali Role To Clear Name

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Burundi former president Pierre Buyoya says he is stepping down from his role at the African Union to clear his name in an ongoing murder case.

Buyoya, who is au special envoy to Mali and the Sahel, said on Wednesday.

The au special envoy was convicted in absentia in Burundi last month for the 1993 assassination of then president Melchior Ndadaye who was assassinated in 1993, four months after winning an election against Buyoya.

Pierre Buyoya says he quit his position so the situation would not cause an embarrassment to the continental organization.

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