South African president ends Covid restrictions





South Africa has announced the ending of Covid restrictions, two years after they were imposed.

In a televised address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the national state of disaster would end at midnight on Monday.

Masks will still be required indoors for another month..

He said although the pandemic was not over, he was confident that there were only better times ahead.


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Mr Ramaphosa said it was important to boost the economy and create jobs.

South Africa has recorded far more coronavirus cases than any other African country, accounting for almost a third of infections across the continent.

It has officially registered over 100,000 deaths.


Rwandan refugees begin return from Mozambique

Jose Tembe

BBC News, Maputo

A section of Rwandan refugees living in Mozambique have began their return home after nearly three decades since they escaped the 1994 genocide.





Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days. Millions others fled to neighbouring countries.

The Mozambican authorities estimate that there are about 3,000 Rwandan refugees living in the country.

Many of them now believe that the situation that forced them to leave their country has changed.





The Rwandan government is supporting the refugee reintegration programme. The return is voluntary and some 19 refugees will this week be flown back home.

One of the refugees, Miyonsenoa Domoties, said she was confident of the peace in Rwanda and was returning homes after spending eight years in Mozambique.

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“We chose to flee to Mozambique. But after some time, good information arrived indicating that there was peace in Rwanda, so we have decided to go home,” she said.

The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994.




Source: BBC


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