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The Death Toll in Southern African Countries Hit by Cyclone Idai has Increased

At least 1000 Mozambicans and more than 150 Zimbabweans and Malawians have lost their lives.

Tropical cyclone Idai has claimed the lives of many with even more people still missing. Violent winds and powerful floods have destroyed vast areas, cut off communication and wiped out roads in many parts of the Southern African countries affected.


Mozambique and Malawi, geographically low-lying areas, are prone to deadly floods particularly after heavy rains. Speaking about the death toll on Monday, the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, said that everything pointed towards the country having to "register more than one thousand deaths". Beira, which is Mozambique's fourth largest city has been hardest hit after one of its dams burst, further complicating rescue efforts.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed the military to assist Mozambique with rescue efforts.

In Zimbabwe, Chimanimani district has been cut off from the rest of the country and at least 98 people have lost their lives with an additional 200 people feared missing. It seems Zimbabwe just can't catch a break. From a persistent drought that has wilted and destroyed crucial crops, deadly protests following crippling fuel hikes to an economy barely able to keep afloat, there seems to be no reprieve for Zimbabweans.

The Zimbabwean government is said to have released 18 million USD to rebuild roads, provide water and sanitation as well as restore communication lines and electricity.

UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori said:

"Cyclone Idai underlines that no matter how effective early warnings are, there is still a huge demand for greater investment in resilient infrastructure in many parts of the world if we are to break the cycle of disaster-response-recovery."


Death tolls are expected to rise as more bodies are recovered.


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South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

The team included Canada's Ingrid Veninger, Mina Shum, Isa Benn and Slater Jewell-Kemker, as well as Dorothee Wenner (Germany), Shengze Zhu (China/USA), Carmen Sangion (South Africa) and Lydia Zimmermann (Spain). One(Nine) premiered digitally at Canada's Female Eye Film Festival that ran from March 12to 29.

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ASAP Shembe’s Remix Edition of His Debut Album ‘Amarekere’ is Essential Listening

ASAP Shembe teams up with producers Daev Martian, KaeB, Buli, Ty Dilla and more for a remix edition of his debut album 'Amarekere'.

A year since the release of his debut album Amarekere, South African artist ASAP Shembe releases a remix edition of the project.

Producers such as KaeB, Buli, Ty Dilla Beats and Daev Martian remix some of Amarekere's 11 songs. While a song like "Giyani" maintains its trap-based feel, a song like "Ngulube" takes on a completely different form—Ty Dilla's remix is embellished with a lush EDM-inspired beat and refreshing verses from Robin Thirdfloor, Gyre and Shembe himself. It's one song that's guaranteed multiple repeats. "Iwile" is simply stripped of all instrumentation and the listener is treated to an acapella version.

The original version of "Gqom Queen", a song about being dribbled by a lover, was built on a dark trap beat. The remix maintains the same coldness but with a beat built on sinewy pads that envelop the gust of emotion being expressed.

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Algerian Government Places a Ban on 'Unauthorised' Protests

Algeria's Interior Minister has accused protesters of being a national 'nuisance' and subsequently banned all protests occurring without prior approval from the government.

The Algerian government has announced a ban it has put in place on any unauthorised protests in the country. The move comes after the country's Interior Ministry dubbed protesters a "nuisance to the wider population" according to several reports. The protests, which are a part of the Hirak movement, began in 2019 and led to the ousting of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who was running for a fifth term in office. The anti-government protests have continued weekly over the past two years as citizens demand an end to corruption.
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