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‘New era’ for South African athletics

Wayde van Niekerk broke the 400m world record to win gold for South Africa in the most successful Olympics ever for the country, which was banned for decades from taking part in the Olympics during apartheid. Elana Meyer, who won a silver medal in the 10,000m race when the ...

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August 24th, 2016

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What’s Up Africa: Is Malawi ‘too good’ to win medals?

The 45 medals grabbed by Africa in Rio made the Games the most successful Olympics for the continent. However, Malawi was among the 27 African countries that went home empty-handed. Satirist Ikenna Azuike is in Malawi to find out why for What’s Up Africa. Article source: ...

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August 24th, 2016

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Zola Budd triggered UK cabinet row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zola Budd (R) competing during the 3,000m in the 1984 Olympics A campaign to fast-track British citizenship for South African runner Zola Budd triggered a major government rift, newly released documents show. The Foreign Office ...

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August 24th, 2016

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South Africa finance minister won’t submit to police

Image copyright AFP South Africa’s finance minister has said he will not appear before the police despite a request to do so. Pravin Gordhan says allegations against him related to his time as head of South Africa’s tax agency are wholly unfounded. Mr Gordhan ...

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August 24th, 2016

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Nigeria banks banned from foreign currency deals

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Bank customers, especially those who import and export goods, will be affected by this ban Nine Nigerian banks have been suspended from foreign currency trading for not paying money owed to the government, a central bank source has ...

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August 24th, 2016

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Switching allegiances

Image copyright AP Image caption Kenyan Ruth Jebet won gold in steeplechase for Bahrain In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene looks at the Olympians who switched allegiances. One of the big questions from the Rio Olympics is ...

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August 24th, 2016

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Piers Edwards: Michael Phelps v Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Cheick Sallah Cisse won Ivory Coast’s first-ever gold and Caster Semenya defied her critics It’s been a memorable Olympics for Africa. Here are 10 things we won’t forget: 1. Show stoppers Wayde van Niekerk achieved the ...

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August 24th, 2016

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Dreams and despair in the desert: Africa’s new gold rush

The world’s newest gold rush is under way in the West African country of Mauritania. It follows a government decision to allow people to search for gold in the sand. Reporting by Hanan Razek, Filming/Editing by Andrew Brown Article source: ...

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August 24th, 2016

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Nigerian arrested for naming dog after President Buhari

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Buhari. The dog’s owner said he was inspired by the president’s “dogged” fight against corruption A Nigerian man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari and painted the name on both sides of the ...

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August 24th, 2016

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African Champions League: Enyimba beat Mamelodi Sundowns

John Toshack has lead Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca to the semi-finals of the African Champions League Nigeria’s Enyimba finished off their African Champions League campaign with a 3-1 over South African side Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday. The result restored a ...

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August 23rd, 2016

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