Budget 2018 – Higher Education Gets R57 Billion in Budget Slated As Anti-Poor

[Daily Maverick] Former President Jacob Zuma’s fee-free tertiary education plan was always going to be expensive and so higher education and training was the fastest-growing spending category in the Budget tabled on Wednesday. It’s come at a cost – hig…

[Daily Maverick] Former President Jacob Zuma's fee-free tertiary education plan was always going to be expensive and so higher education and training was the fastest-growing spending category in the Budget tabled on Wednesday. It's come at a cost - higher taxes that are most likely to hit the poor the hardest.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Al Shabaab Launches Ambush On Somali, AU Troops Near Afgoye

[Shabelle] Heavily armed militants from the Al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab have launched an ambush attack on a military convoy carrying Somali and African Union troops near Afgoye district in Lower Shabelle region on Thursday.

[Shabelle] Heavily armed militants from the Al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab have launched an ambush attack on a military convoy carrying Somali and African Union troops near Afgoye district in Lower Shabelle region on Thursday.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

Detained Somali Children Face Abuse, Says Hrw Report

[Shabelle] Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

[Shabelle] Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

Gunman Kills Two Somali Civilians in Mogadishu

[Shabelle] A Police officer says a gunman has shot and killed two civilians in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Wednesday night, the latest in series of assassinations in the seaside city.

[Shabelle] A Police officer says a gunman has shot and killed two civilians in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Wednesday night, the latest in series of assassinations in the seaside city.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

SA Motorists Brace for More Fuel Hikes

[CAJ News] Johannesburg -SOUTH African motorists will have to fork out more for petrol following increases in the fuel and Road Accident Fund (RAF) levies, which Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced in his Budget Speech on Wednesday.

[CAJ News] Johannesburg -SOUTH African motorists will have to fork out more for petrol following increases in the fuel and Road Accident Fund (RAF) levies, which Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced in his Budget Speech on Wednesday.

Egyptian Journalist ‘Disappears’ in Custody

[CAJ News] Cairo -MEDIA rights groups are worried about the whereabouts of a journalist arrested after published allegations of the military’s involvement in the Egyptian revolution in 2011.

[CAJ News] Cairo -MEDIA rights groups are worried about the whereabouts of a journalist arrested after published allegations of the military's involvement in the Egyptian revolution in 2011.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

JSE Performance Resilient in Tough Economy

[CAJ News] Johannesburg -THE Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), which has not been spared economic upheavals of the past year, is upbeat of South Africa’s economic prospects in 2018.

[CAJ News] Johannesburg -THE Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), which has not been spared economic upheavals of the past year, is upbeat of South Africa's economic prospects in 2018.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Budget 2018 – Heckled, Booed and Laughed At, Malusi Gigaba Cracks Ramaphosa’s New Dawn

[Daily Maverick] The EFF boycotted Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Budget following its earlier calls for his sacking for being a “Gupta stooge”. The DA wanted to stop Gigaba from the floor of the House on Wednesday after a court had ruled hour…

[Daily Maverick] The EFF boycotted Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's maiden Budget following its earlier calls for his sacking for being a "Gupta stooge". The DA wanted to stop Gigaba from the floor of the House on Wednesday after a court had ruled hours earlier that he had lied under oath in a debacle over revoking permission allowing for private arrivals at airport facilities. Awkward. But the finance minister ploughed on to deliver the first value-added tax (VAT) increase in democratic South Africa to plug a revenue hole

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Two French Soldiers Killed in Mali

[RFI] Two soldiers from France’s counter-terrorism force in West Africa were killed and another was hurt Wednesday when their vehicle struck a mine in northeast Mali.

[RFI] Two soldiers from France's counter-terrorism force in West Africa were killed and another was hurt Wednesday when their vehicle struck a mine in northeast Mali.

source: AllAfrica News: Mali

Boko Haram Changes Tactics in Cameroon

[CAJ News] Yaounde -THE Boko Haram is kidnapping children, looting homes, burning property and stealing cattle in Cameroon as it changes its terror tactics from suicide bomb attacks.

[CAJ News] Yaounde -THE Boko Haram is kidnapping children, looting homes, burning property and stealing cattle in Cameroon as it changes its terror tactics from suicide bomb attacks.

source: AllAfrica News: Cameroon