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Zambia Dissolves Parliament Ahead Of Elections

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As Zambians prepare to head to the polls on August 21, the country’s parliament has been dissolved exactly 90 days before the upcoming general election as required by the constitution.

On Wednesday, the house held its last sitting and the clerk announced that it would formally dissolve on Friday.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu is seeking re-election and has in the past assured international partners of a free and fair election.

Ahead of the elections, the United Kingdom has contributed £500,000 ($703,000) to a democracy programme managed by the United Nations Development Programme.

It will support a democratic election while ensuring legitimacy and fairness during the electoral process.

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Wike Blasts Buhari Over Continued Insecurity

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Wike Blasts Buhari Over Continued Insecurity

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South Africa To Investigate Deaths Of 20 Persons Found At Vacant Gold Mine

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South African police says it is investigating the deaths of 20 persons suspected to be illegal miners, whose bodies were discovered in two locations, in the gold mining town of Orkney. 14 decomposing bodies were found near a railway line on Wednesday.  Five more bodies were discovered outside an old unused mine shaft on Tuesday.

The police believes the deceased, who were found wrapped in white plastic bags, were illegal workers, commonly known as ‘Zama Zamas’.  Security agents say the deceased had severe burns on their bodies and autopsies were being done to identify the cause of death.

The South African police say the incident could be linked to a video on social media where a man was seen pleading for assistance at a mine shaft.

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South Africa Electricity Under-Performing

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South Africa Electricity Under-Performing

South Africa’s electricity company, Eskom, has continued to experience shortfalls in providing power to its consumers.  The company has had to implement rolling blackouts because of a high demand for power. The government said it will end existing red tape to deal with power blackouts.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a major shake-up in the energy sector that will allow private power companies to generate more electricity without red tape, to deal with the blackouts. The limit on the self-generation of electricity without a licence has also been lifted from 1mw to 100mw

For years, the state-owned power utility, Eskom, has struggled to meet the demand of one of Africa’s biggest economies.

Ramaphosa says the partial liberalization introduces a new era for South Africa’s troubled energy sector.

These changes will make it easier for independent power providers to generate electricity and sell it back to the grid.

Firms will still need to obtain some licenses, like a grid connection permit.

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