Zimbabwe refugees in Botswana return home, but face bleak future (VoA)
Botswana has repatriated 135 Zimbabwean refugees, the majority who fled political persecution at the height of a violent and deadly 2008 presidential election.
Zambia and Malawi still the most hostile countries for gays-IRR (Lusaka Times)
The latest report by the Institute of Race Relations has revealed that Africa is still one of the most hostile regions for LGBTQ people, despite some positive developments.
Zimbabwe & Zambia face imminent power generation shutdown at Lake Kariba (ZBC)
Zimbabwe and Zambia face an imminent power generation shut down at Kariba Hydroelectric Plant by January due to a drastic fall in water levels.
Namibia to deport 53 foreign nationals to South Africa (ANA)
The 53 formed part of more than 600 refugees and asylum seekers who had camped at the UN’s High Commission for Refugees offices in Cape Town and Pretoria while demanding to be taken to safer countries.
Namibia to deport 53 refugees to South Africa (Xinhua)
Aid agencies say Angola’s drought affects 2.3 million people (Africa Times)
Aid workers in Angola are appealing for help in the country’s south, where they say climate change is causing a crisis for up to 2.3 million people.
Amnesty condemns the excessive use of force against peaceful protests in Cabinda Province (Today News Africa)
Amnesty International on 10 December condemned the excessive use of force against peaceful pro-independence protests in Cabinda Province.
Botswana opposition probe alleges vote rigging and spy intervention (Bloomberg)
An investigation into Botswana’s elections, commissioned by the main opposition group, alleges widespread rigging and the involvement of the country’s secret service.
Floods cause train to derail, two dead (APA)
State-run Botswana Railways on Tuesday reported that two personnel of its crew died in a train accident between Pallaroad and Mahalapye villages in the central part of the country hit by floods.
Rural schools need special attention (Daily News)
Lack of access to research materials has been identified as a major challenge for rural schools which accounts for poor performance in non-urban areas.
Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless (Associated Press)
Cyclone Belna has hit north-western Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials.
Cyclone Belna Kills Two in Madagascar, Leaves 1,400 Homeless (Weather.com)
At least two dead after Cyclone Belna hits Madagascar (AFP)
Malawi ballots intact after warehouse damage (Nyasa Times)
Malawi Parliament says voting materials in the damaged warehouse in Blantyre are intact.
Women lawyers to continue fight against gender-based violence (Malawi 24)
The Women Lawyers Association (WLA) has said it is committed to fighting gender-based violence in the country.
Cyclone victims face bleak prospects in Mozambique resettlement sites (The New Humanitarian)
The new neighborhoods are meant to protect victims from future disasters: they are built away from low-lying, flood-prone areas that have long left people here vulnerable to windstorms, ocean surges, and floods.
Rains bring rivers to life (The Namibian)
Good rains in Kunene and parts of Erongo over the past week have resulted in rivers flowing again, sometimes causing isolated flash floods.
South Africa hit by floods and power cuts (BBC)
Heavy rains have battered parts of South Africa, submerging whole neighborhoods and flooding coal mines and power stations in a nation already hit by electricity blackouts.
South African court orders eviction of refugees living in church (Al Jazeera)
The court has ordered the eviction of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers living in the church in Cape Town, but they are refusing to leave.
Ramaphosa cuts short trip as power crisis grips South Africa (Bloomberg)
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short a trip abroad to deal with an escalating crisis at the state power company, as week-long blackouts threaten to tip the economy into recession.
The drought in Zambia is causing starvation, a power crisis and threatening the Victoria Falls (Life Gate)
An estimated 2.3 million people in Zambia are on the brink of starvation, threatened by a severe drought caused by dwindling rainfall, which its president Edgar Lungu has explicitly linked to climate change.
Rising cases of GBV worries President Lungu (Lusaka Times)
President Edgar Lungu has bemoaned the rising cases of sexual and gender-based violence among communities in the country.
Water levels at Kariba sink to two-decade low (Lusaka Times)
The Kariba dam has plunged to its lowest level since 1996, raising further risks to the hydropower plants that Zimbabwe and Zambia depend on for nearly half of their power.
Zambia considering abolishing the death penalty (Lusaka Times)
The government says it is open to discussions on the possibilities of abolishing the death penalty.
Mothers and newborns pay the ‘price’ during Zimbabwe medics strike (PRI)
On 3 December 2019, Everjoyce Juma gave birth to her first child in a “backyard” maternity ward in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital — after being turned away by weary nurses at her local public clinic.
Eskom’s woes force Zimbabwe to escalate power cuts (Bloomberg)
Zimbabwe’s state-owned Zesa Holdings has escalated electricity cuts to if 24 hours after losing power imports from Eskom while its local generation capacity remains critically constrained.