- At least 20 mineworkers are feared dead while a dozen more are reported missing after the walls of a mine collapsed in Tanzania's small goldmine in the northwest of the country.
The wall collapse is reported to have followed floods resulting from heavy rains in the country, though officials refrained from linking the floods with the disaster.
Tanzania, which is Africa's third largest gold producer, behind South Africa and Ghana, is however reported to have had several such accidents in its small-scale mining, mainly due to poor work safety standards and reckless and improper use of dynamites.
Officials have said efforts were still being mounted to rescue those believed trapped in the pit, with rocks and mud said to have blocked passage-ways and making it difficult for rescue workers.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.