Midweek express news

Presidential news

USA

The United States House of Representatives has passed a legislation to terminate President Donald Trump’s proposal of building wall between the US and Mexico. The House held an emergency vote on Tuesday where 245-182 voted against the construction of the wall with only 13 Republicans remaining in support of the President’s proposal.

Africa

Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected as Nigeria’s President on Tuesday with more than 4 million votes on his side, this adds up to 56% of the votes. The elections that took place on Saturday were the sixth elections to take place in the space of 20 years in Nigeria, the world’s leading oil producing country.

Botswana will be loaning Zimbabwe $600 million. $500 million will go towards aiding Zim’s diamond industry, the other $100 million will help private companies. The presidents of each country will be signing loan agreements in Harare tomorrow.

South Africa

Voter registration officially closed yesterday for both the national and provincial elections. President Cyril Ramaphosa had declared the 8th of May as South Africa’s Election Day this year. That day will also be a public holiday.

 

In other local news

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will be coming out with a new network, Bayede Mobile. It will offer those who have little to zero mobile infrastructure access an opportunity to be connected at an affordable rate. Consumers can expect its launch midyear.

On that note

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, otherwise known as ICASA, has passed new regulations that will have networks notify users when their data levels reach 50 %, 80% and 100% depletion. ICASA said this must start next month. Thank you, ICASA.