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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) looks likely to lose major urban areas it has held since coming to power in 1994 at the end of apartheid, opinion polls ahead of next week’s local elections showed. The economic hub of Johannesburg, the capital Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Bay on the east coast, could all fall to the main opposition party, Democratic Alliance, on Aug. 3, according to polls published last week by Ipsos. (Reuters)

The charity, Doctors Without Borders warns more than one-half million people in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria are facing a large-scale humanitarian disaster and are in need of urgent emergency assistance.  The 15,000 people in the Nigerian town of Banki are isolated, cut off from the rest of the world and totally dependent on international aid, according to the Head of emergencies for Doctors Without Borders, Hughes Robert. (VOA)

South Sudan‘s former vice president and prominent opposition leader Riek Machar has told Al Jazeera that his replacement by President Salva Kiir is “illegal”. In an exclusive phone interview on Wednesday, Machar said: “I’m still the first vice president of the republic of South Sudan. The appointment made yesterday by President Salva Kiir is illegal.” (Al Jazeera)


Civic Tech

The Miss.Africa program has announced the 2016 Round II Seed Fund for Tech Initiatives to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

The #STEM4girls pan-African campaign avails grants to launch or expand the initiatives of women and girls to increase digital opportunities in IT training, jobs and leadership roles on the continent. (Footprint2africa)


Arts &
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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has the special projects for its 2016 London edition from 6-9 October at Somerset House. Highlights of the expanded program of special projects and exhibitions include the first major UK solo exhibition of the late Malian photographer Malick Sidibé and a presentation of new sculptures by the UK-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. (blouinartinfo)

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