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West Africa 

France Seven-year military operation in the Sahel will come to an end with not much results.

France has said its seven-year military operation in the Sahel will come to an end, indicating a troop drawdown and restructuring of its presence in the region.

On June 10, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that Operation Barkhane, his country’s seven-year military operation in the Sahel, would come to an end, indicating there will be a troop drawdown and a restructuring of its presence in the region.The vast majority of Barkhane’s 5,100 soldiers operate in the tri-border region. Analysts say it is still unclear exactly what the end of Operation Barkhane means or achieved . 

Africa Wide.

Korea to Channel $600 Million Into Energy Investments Alongside the African Development Bank.

The African Development Bank, the Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Export-Import Bank of Korea have signed an agreement, under which Korea will provide $600 million in co-financing for energy projects alongside the African Development Bank.The Korea-Africa Energy Investment Framework (KAEIF) pact follows the signing on 28 May 2021 of a General Cooperation Agreement between the Bank and the Korean government. The KAEIF has a particular focus on renewable energy solutions in Africa, including generation, transmission, distribution, off-grid- and mini-grid, policy & regulatory reform, energy efficiency and clean cooking projects.KAIF funds will also support project preparation, capacity building and knowledge-sharing activities through the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Trust Fund.

Rwanda- Burundi

Friendly visits help relieve Burundi-Rwanda tensions.

Rwanda’s prime minister has visited Bujumbura to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Burundi’s independence in a significant move to normalise the two countries’ relations after six years of tensions.Burundi and Rwandan authorities fell out in May 2015 as the former accused the latter of a hand in a foiled coup against the late president Pierre Nkurunziza.Both countries’ social media users welcomed the presence of Rwanda’s PM Edouard Ngirente in Burundi as a mark of political will to end the dispute.Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi have recently expressed their wishes to end hostilities, that included military confrontations.Cross-border trade and the movement of people were hugely affected by the row that now looks to be easing after six years.

South Africa

Popular South African Actor Mutodi Neshehe Dies

Another sad day for the country as veteran actor Mutodi Neshehe has died.

He was 46.Neshehe was well-known for his roles in popular soapies, such as  Muvhango , Jacobs Cross, Egoli, and  Generations.The family has confirmed the news and released a statement.Details around his death are unknown at this time and his family has asked for privacy to mourn.The news of his death comes on the backdrop of that of legendary South African musician Steven Kekana, sending shockwaves across the country’s performing arts scene.Many have taken to social media to send their condolences and tributes through the hashtag #RIPMutodiNeshehe.

Africa Wide

More African Govts Legalise Cannabis for Medicinal Use.

Rwanda has reportedly passed a new order that legalises medical use of Cannabis, also known as marijuana, as the country moves closer to mass production and export of the multi-billion-dollar cash crop.The consumption of marijuana products for recreational purposes however, remains illegal in Rwanda. The country maintains harsh penalties for illegal production, distribution and consumption of the herb. Malawi’s Cannabis Regulatory Authority is calling for the creation of structured markets for cannabis growers in that country. The board is also calling for universities and research institutes to start working on the local variety to see how effective it could be, since it would be in the same family of medicinal hemp.In South Africa the use, possession and cultivation of the plant is set to be decriminalised. Nigeria is also considering legalisation, however there is also fierce opposition to a law change there.

Nigeria

Nigeria Passes Long-Awaited Oil Reform Bill after 20 years.

The Nigerian Senate has passed a long-awaited oil industry reform bill that will overhaul nearly every aspect of oil and gas production. The Petroleum Industry Bill has been two decades in the making to overhaul the way Nigeria will share its oil resources with international oil companies and aim to attract new investment in oil and gas. In the bill, the Senate approved a funding mechanism of 30 percent of NNPC’s profit from oil and gas for frontier basins. This fund is for oil exploration in frontier states.Community leaders in Nigeria’s oil-rich regions want changes to the latest version of the bill, asking for a larger share of revenues for the community. Last month, Nigeria’s National Petroleum Corporation said it had signed a deal with Shell, Exxon, Total, and Eni to develop an offshore oil block that includes the deepwater Bonga field. The NNPC noted the deal marks a historic moment as it settles long-running disputes between the Nigerian government and international oil companies.

Sudan

Sudan Takes Over Security After UN Forces Leave Darfur.

Sudan on Wednesday started testing its ability to provide security and other services to regions initially engulfed in war, after the peacekeeping forces from the AU and the UN officially left the country.June 30 was the last day for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (Unamid) to complete the phase-out in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2559 (2020) which terminated the mandate of the Mission in December 2020.Deployed in 2007, Unamid was charged with bringing peace to a region where conflict had broken out a few years earlier after local armed groups rose against the government of Omar al-Bashir whom it accused of oppression.Bashir has since been ousted and is in jail for corruption, but the conflict in Darfur is said to have left major loss and devastation.