News & Analysis: South Sudan

EAC cash crisis deepens as ministers push back budget meeting

“The East African Community is facing a deeper financial crisis after a crucial Council of Ministers meeting on budget was postponed for two weeks.”

via The East African

Zindzi Mandela had tested positive for COVID-19, says son

“Zindzi Mandela will be buried on Friday, a day before the world celebrates her father’s birthday. The news was confirmed by her son Zondwa, who also said on SABC’s ‘Full View’ his mother had tested positive for COVID-19 prior to her death.”

via MSN

South Sudan’s central bank cuts benchmark interest rate to 10%

“South Sudan’s central bank said it cut its benchmark interest rate to 10% from 13%, as part of efforts to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy. This is the second time the central bank has slashed its rate since April, when it cut by 200 basis points to 13%.”

via Reuters

Economic impact of COVID-19: Protecting Africa’s food systems from farm to fork

“Receiving less public attention, and yet also putting at risk lives and livelihoods, is the likelihood that COVID-19 and the associated economic challenges will spill into an African food crisis if the food system cannot cope. Half of Africans already face food insecurity, of which 50 percent are severely food insecure, while the number of people who are hungry is likely to double in 2020.”

via Brookings Institution

South Sudan ambassador to Belgium dies aged 64

“South Sudan’s Ambassador to Belgium, Jwokgwen Severio Yukwan, has died, Information Minister Michael Makuei has confirmed. He died in Juba on Monday.”

via The East African

Much of South Sudan’s cabinet has COVID-19. What happened?

“South Sudan’s information minister Michael Makuei contracted COVID-19 while he was on the country’s high-level task force to combat the virus. He was not the only one. Almost the entire task force became infected, including ten cabinet ministers and first vice president Riek Machar.”

via Mail & Guardian

Are African nations putting policing over public health?

“The shortage of medical expertise, equipment and facilities stands in stark contrast to the powers of law enforcement and security that have been exercised under the pretext of combatting the pandemic. This has laid the groundwork for a rise in police brutality, overreach, harassment, intimidation, corruption and violence.”

via Lowy Institute

COVID-19 and the future of work in Africa: How to reduce income loss for formal sector employees

“‘While the scale and reach of the impact on employment will differ among countries and sectors, the main effects will be a drop in earnings (income) and increased underemployment (reduced hours) rather than unemployment.”

via Brookings Institution

COVID-19: When saving fewer lives is the right thing to do

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a difficult ethical choice to medics around the world. When you can’t save everyone, who do you prioritise?”

via The New Humanitarian

South Sudan’s Vice-President and Defence Minister test positive as coronavirus cases surge in the country

“The Vice-President and Defence Minister of South Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after a surge of cases swept through the task force that was leading the government’s response to the pandemic.”

via The Globe and Mail