Economic Freedom Fighters elects new leadership

The 2nd National Peoples Assembly of the Economic Freedom Fighters South Africa held at the NASREC expo centre in Soweto elected new leadership with only President Julius Malema and Deputy president Floyd Shivambu returning to their previous position.


The top six executive position and elected members are;

President: Julius Malema

Deputy President: Floyd Shivambu

National Chairperson: Veronica Mente

Secretary General: Marshall Dlamini

Deputy Secretary General: Poppy Mailola

Treasurer General: Omphile Maotwe

The Economic Freedom Fighters is the fastest growing political party in South Africa since it got into parliament in the 2014 National Elections.

Share your opinion about the outcome of this 2nd EFF National People’s Assembly.

Abiodun Abidoye
Member Southern African Freelancers Association

Visa on arrival to all African passport holders into Nigeria

The President of Nigeria announced the full implementation of Visa on Arrival  into Nigeria to passport holders from all African countries to commence January 2020.


Currently land borders into Nigeria are closed for goods but the government says it is committed to the free movement of goods and persons in and out of all African Union member states.

This comes as a relief to citizens all over the continent who wish to travel to Nigeria can now do so without applying for tourist or business visas at any Nigerian consulate in their home country.

Tell us your thoughts about this laudable development.

Abiodun Abidoye
Member Southern African Freelancers Association

Nigeria’s first lady accuses presidential aides in fresh allegations

The first lady of Nigeria Aisha Buhari accuses aides of the president in fresh allegations.


In a press release obtained she detailed issues she will no longer condone.


What do you think about the first lady’s allegations ?

Abiodun Abidoye

Member Southern African Freelancers Association.

The first shot of the South African War

The republicans issued a forty eight hours ultimatum to the British forces with the conditions not to interfere in its internal affairs, resolution of any dispute only by arbitration, withdrawal of troops from borders and embargo on all reinforcement at land and sea anywhere in South Africa. October 9th 1899

President Paul Kruger with his cabinet members

Eight hundred men led by General De la Ray advanced south from Mafeking reaching Kraaipan station. The objective was to push back one thousand British soldiers said to have been deployed but there were none on arrival, hence the destruction of the railway line on both sides and the disconnection of the telegraph line.

While the officers were resting, sentries on lookout realized a moving train coming towards the broken rail line and alerted General De la Ray just before it derailed. They took positions and cut off the railway line on the other end to prevent the British soldiers from retreating. Before the initial Exchange of Gunfire ensued, the first shot was fired by Field Cornet J.C. Coetzee which served as a signal for the rest of the soldiers to engage. 12th October 1899

The British soldiers surrendered as this marks the first victory for the republican army. Forty prisoners and an armoured train were taken alongside a huge cache of weapons and ammunitions barely two days into the declaration of war with the British after the expiration of the ultimatum.


Researched and compiled by Abiodun Abidoye, Member Southern African Freelancers Association


Rwanda launches first ‘Made in Africa’ Smartphone

Reuters, Kigali.

Rwanda’s Mara Group launched two smartphones on Monday, describing them as the first “Made in Africa” models and giving a boost to the country’s ambitions to become a regional technology hub.

The Mara X and Mara Z will use Google’s Android operating system and cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.

They will compete with Samsung, whose cheapest smartphone costs 50,000 Rwandan francs ($54), and non-branded phones at 35,000 Rwandan francs ($37). Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar said it was targeting customers willing to pay more for quality.

“This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa,” Thakkar told Reuters after touring the company alongside Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

President Paul Kagame & Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar

Companies assemble smartphones in Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria and South Africa, but import the components, he said.

“We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process,” he said. “There are over 1,000 pieces per phone.”

Thakkar said the plant had cost $24 million and could make 1,200 phones per day.

Mara Group hopes to profit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, a pact aimed at forming a 55-nation trade bloc, to boost sales across Africa, Thakkar said.

The agreement is due to begin trading in July next year, aiming to unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc. But it is still in the very early stages and no timelines have been agreed for abolishing tariffs.

Kagame said he hoped the phone would increase Rwanda’s smartphone usage, currently at around 15%.

“Rwandans are already using smartphones but we want to enable many more. The introduction of Mara phones will put smartphones ownership within reach of more Rwandans,” Kagame said.