• FILE: Employees in cleanroom suits test the procedures for the manufacturing of the messenger RNA (mRNA) for the COVID-19 vaccine at the new manufacturing site of German company BioNTech on 27 March 2021 in Marburg, central Germany. Picture: Thomas Lohnes/AFP

    SA among 6 African countries to get own mRNA jab production

    Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia were selected as the first recipients of technology from the WHO's global mRNA vaccine hub, in a push to ensure Africa can make its own jabs to fight the Covid and other diseases.

  • FILE: Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah runs during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Egypt and South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian Capital on 6 July 2019. Picture: OZAN KOSE/AFP

    Salah, Mane set for Cup of Nations final showdown

    Egyptian captain Salah did not need to step up in the semi-final shoot-out as Cameroon failed three times from the spot, allowing the Pharaohs to win 3-1 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes in Yaounde.

  • FILE: Mayoral elections on January 23 saw the ruling coalition lose power in Dakar, nearby Thies and Guediawaye, as well as the southern city of Ziguinchor and the largest city in central Senegal, Kaolack. Picture: pixabay.com

    Senegal to hold legislative elections in July

    The 165-seat National Assembly has been largely controlled by the ruling coalition since the last vote in 2017 in the poor West African country of 17 million people.

  • This hand out photo taken and distributed by Présidence Sénégal on 11 May 2020 shows Senegalese President Macky Sall announcing a softening of state emergency measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus during an address to the nation from the Presidential Palace in Dakar. Picture: AFP

    Senegal local elections key test for President Sall

    The poll is also the first in the West African country since 2019, when the president won a second term. Sall has come under increasing criticism since then, facing accusations of arranging court cases against his rivals and of planning a bid for a third presidential term in 2024.