As investors focus on current account deficits and structural weaknesses, South Africa is being seen as a less attractive emerging market.
Messages of congratulations have been pouring in after news broke that Lira will be performing at the US president's inaugural ball.
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Lira knows how important it is to stand out and her African roots have helped her to break new ground.
SA's Lira chats about her experience at the BET awards, and tells us about her upcoming performance at the Arts Alive festival.
The Ugandan Parliament has passed a motion calling for the insurgency-hit north to be officially declared a disaster zone and urging the international community to help end the violence, officials said on Thursday. Only the president has the mandate to declare a region a disaster area.