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Minigrid use expands but regulation hampers sector 

A report from the African Minigrid Developers Association finds that in rural areas minigrid connections can be significantly less expensive than state-run utilities but red tape is holding back their growth.…

China-Africa relations enter new era as easy money dries up

China has lent over $150bn to African countries in nearly two decades, but as concerns mount over repayment, the nature of the China-Africa relationship is set to change for good, writes David Thomas 

As the Chinese authorities scrambled to respond to Beijing’s first coronavirus outbreak in 50 days in mid-June, locking down residential compounds and sealing off a seafood market after at least 200 fell ill, an unruffled President Xi Jinping broadcast to African leaders to express solidarity in their own fight against the virus.  …

Return of football offers African fans cause for cheer

Being able to watch professional football again is a welcome distraction for fans across the continent, although the outlook is mixed for many African clubs, writes David Thomas 

It may not have been the most glamorous fixture, but when Aston Villa and Sheffield United played out a drab goalless draw in an empty Villa Park on June 18, millions of football fans in Africa had cause to cheer.  …