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There were several crucial outcomes from the three-day state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Republic of South Africa, October 2nd – 4th, 2019, and here are some highlights from the historic journey.

Key takeaways from President Buhari’s visit to South Africa

There were several crucial outcomes from the three-day state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Republic of South Africa, October 2nd – 4th, 2019, and here are some highlights from the historic journey.
President Ramaphosa has prioritised land redistribution as he seeks to win public support ahead of election next year [Themba Hadebe-AP]

Xenophobia: President Buhari’s envoy meets South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa today

President Muhammadu Buhari’s special envoy, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar, has arrived in Johannesburg and is expected to meet President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.
Adams Oshiomhole

Xenophobia: APC urges President Buhari to go on the offensive against South Africa

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday came hard on the South African government, accusing it of backing the wave of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in the rainbow nation, and asked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to take steps to immediately nationalize telecommunications giant, MTN.

Jacob Zuma: Gupta influence fiction

Former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has denied that the Gupta family had any influence in the appointment of his Cabinet ministers.
William Chandler

Passenger jet pilot arrested in South Africa over ‘fake licence’

A pilot who worked for South African Airways for more than 20 years was arrested on Monday, police said, over allegations he flew large passenger jets without an advanced commercial flying licence.
Tito Mboweni

South Africa announces $1.6 billion bailout to keep lights on

South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced Wednesday a $1.6 billion-a-year bailout for the country’s electricity utility in a bid to stave off further downgrades to Pretoria’s credit rating as he unveiled a new budget.
Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa to give policy speech amid graft allegations

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday deliver his last state-of-the-nation address ahead of elections in May with his party smarting from corruption allegations.
South African Football Association SAFA

South Africa submits bid for 2019 Nations Cup

South Africa made the Friday night deadline and submitted a bid to be replacement hosts for next June’s Africa Cup of Nations finals but the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) says it is seeking clarity on the price tag of the tournament.
A lawyer walks through the compound at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Businessman in court over importation of 5.3kg heroine

48-years old businessman Obi Ofodile has been docked before Federal High Court in Lagos, over alleged importation of 5.3 kg of heroine

Ethiopian Airlines steps up hunt for African connections

Ethiopian Airlines is accelerating its strategy of weaving a patchwork of new African routes to soak up traffic on the continent and fly customers towards its more lucrative flights to rapidly expanding Asian markets.
South African Airways

Passengers robbed mid-air on South African Airways flight

At least two passengers on a South African Airways flight headed to Hong Kong from Johannesburg alleged that they were robbed of money and other valuables while on board.

NCAA records 19, 323 delays, 348 cancellations in H1 2018

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that no fewer than 19,323 flights were delayed within the country’s airspace in the first half of 2018.
Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika

Nigeria Air to cost nation N180 billion yearly

Except for its indefinite suspension last Wednesday, the national carrier, Nigeria Air, was to cost Nigeria at least N180b yearly for the next 10 years, operators have said.

NCAA generates N15.27 billion from ticket sales charges in 8 months

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has generated N15.27billion as revenue from the Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) in the past eight months.
Nigeria Air

Ethiopian Airlines leads bids for Nigeria Air

Ethiopian Airlines says it is the frontrunner to set up and manage Nigeria’s new national carrier, Nigeria Air.

South African Airways to get $400 million capital injection

South Africa has promised another 5 billion rand ($400 million) capital injection to help its struggling state airline meet urgent financial obligations, the CEO of South African Airways (SAA) said on Thursday.

Expert: What Nigeria needs to develop tourism

An Aviation and Tourism Expert, Ikechi Uko, says that Nigerian tourism sector cannot develop faster without a viable National Carrier with capacity to control the country’s market.

Airline operators, federal govt bicker over implementation of single African skies

Domestic airline operators have faulted the decision of the Federal Government to implement the Yamoussoukro Decision, YD, which was reached in Cote d’Ivoire in 1988. The YD has created Single African Air Transport Market.

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