Robotic welcome: meet South Africa’s hospitality bots
05 February 2021 | 7:00 am
In Johannesburg, three robots navigate the corridors of the 453-room upmarket Hotel Sky, answering guests' queries and delivering room service orders. Put in place before the pandemic, the hotel has embraced the new technology even more than it had originally inteded, as a way to help reduce the risk of infection by Covid-19 in a country that has recorded nearly 45,000 deaths.
The trial of 14 people accused of plotting to assassinate Burkina Faso's former president Thomas Sankara started on Monday, more than 30 years after he was gunned down in one of the most infamous killings in modern African history. Sankara - a charismatic Marxist revolutionary widely known as "Africa's Che Guevara" - was killed in 1987 during a coup led by his former ally Blaise Compaore.
President Kais Saied has sworn in a record number of women to Tunisia's new government. The move comes after he assumed new executive powers, with the opposition accusing him of a power grab.
The trial into the murder of Burkina Faso's former president Thomas Sankara opens, more than 30 years after he was gunned down. In Mozambique, there are warnings that the mass displacement caused by years of violent Islamist insurgency is leaving communities around Cabo Delgado province with few health services.
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