South Africa is to introduce a new national minimum wage for the first time from May 2018.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told a media briefing in parliament the rates would be:
3,500 rand ($261, £209) a month for a 40-hour week
3,900 rand ($290, £232) a month for a 45-hour week.
Businesses that cannot afford the rate will have to apply for exemption which would last for a year.
Mr Ramaphosa said it was going “to be a massive task”:
Quote Message: We do not want to see factory closures. There will be a number of mitigating factors to be implemented so that we do not have job losses. We believe we have created a balance – it is not a living wage but it will lift 6.6 million people."
We do not want to see factory closures. There will be a number of mitigating factors to be implemented so that we do not have job losses. We believe we have created a balance – it is not a living wage but it will lift 6.6 million people."
The government believes this agreement with unions will limit protracted wage strikes which end up in violence and a breakdown of law and order including damage to property.
Arrest of militia leader 'Big Man' prompts CAR clashes
At least four people have been killed in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, following clashes between security forces and a militia group.
A militia leader known as “Big Man” had resisted arrest before gunfire was heard in the PK-5 neighbourhood.
He is accused of multiple crimes and the authorities had been looking for him for some time.
PK-5 has been the centre of inter-community violence in Bangui following the overthrow of former President Francois Bozize in 2013.
No official death toll has been given and it is not clear if the militia leader is among the dead.
Minister of Public Security Jean-Serge Bokassa has called for calm:
Quote Message: It is important for the population to understand the role of the state through its different units... I want to call the communities for calm and call them to support the action of our interior security forces."
It is important for the population to understand the role of the state through its different units... I want to call the communities for calm and call them to support the action of our interior security forces."
About 24,000 football pitches worth of Mozambican crops destroyed
BBC Africa, Maputo
Nearly 24,000 hectares (59,305 acres) of crops in Mozambqiue have been devastated by the combined effects of drought and flooding since October, the government announced today.
Spokesperson for the Mozambican cabinet, Mouzinho Saide, who is also the deputy health minister, said 47 people had also died as a result of floods in that period.
Quote Message: So far more than 92,600 people were affected, over 24,500 houses were destroyed, almost half of them totally.
So far more than 92,600 people were affected, over 24,500 houses were destroyed, almost half of them totally.
Quote Message: In addition, the combined effect of drought and flooding hit nearly 24,000 hectares of various crops, a lot more than half under water and the remaining described as lost in the southern and central provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Spfala and Manica."
In addition, the combined effect of drought and flooding hit nearly 24,000 hectares of various crops, a lot more than half under water and the remaining described as lost in the southern and central provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Spfala and Manica."
To give you an idea of how to visualise that - most sports fields are about one hectare in size.
Athletics v nationality
The move by athletics' governing body, the IAAF, to ban athletes from changing nationalities has divided opinion in Kenya.
Elias Makori, sports editor at Kenya's Nation Media Group, says that the rules have to be stringent as scouts can take advantage of young athletes.
Moses Kiptanui, former world record holder in steeplechase, disagrees, saying that athletes should be allowed to make their own decision about which country they represent.
Listen to the exchange on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme:
Equatorial Guinea 'tests jungle capital'
Equatorial Guinea's government is testing out what will be its new capital, an unfinished city deep in a rainforest, for the next three months, the AFP news agency reports.
For the next 90 days Djibloho will reportedly be the government's headquarters.
The official capital is Malabo, on the island of Bioko.
Djibloho, also known as Oyala, lies in the middle of a rainforest region, not far from the eastern border with Gabon.
The BBC's Stephen Sackur reported in 2012 the city is expected to be ready in a decade.
It will house the president, the government and - according to the master plan - up to 200,000 people, he reported at the time.
Pirates have kidnapped seven Russians and one Ukrainian national after attacking their cargo ship off Nigeria's coast, the Reuters news agency reports, quoting communication from the Russian embassy.
The crew were travelling in a vessel named BBC Caribbean, which is managed by shipping company Briese Schiffahrts.
Pavel Fedulov, the director of a Briese Schiffahrts subsidiary in St Petersburg reportedly said that the pirates approached the vessel on a boat, captured the crew and left on the boat heading towards Nigerian shores.
The Russian embassy has asked the Nigerian authorities to assist in locating the abducted people, Reuters reports.
It says as oil prices have dropped, pirate gangs have taken to abducting crew for ransom as a way to make more money.
Why South Africa's rebel jazz still matters
Thandiswa Mazwai’s new album pays homage to some of the South Africa’s iconic jazz musicians.
The former Bongo Maffin singer tells the BBC why she thinks their anti-apartheid rebel music still resonates today:
Performance footage courtesy of Thandiswa Mazwai
Somalis in Kenya celebrate president's election
Somalis living in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are celebrating the election of Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "Farmajo" as president of Somalia.
A video of a stream of people marching while singing and whistling in Eastleigh district, also known as little Mogadishu, has been shared on Twitter.
He says people are already celebrating, but it is not confirmed if he has a two-thirds majority - if not there will be a third and final round.
Somalia vote: 'A two-horse race'
Counting is under way in round two of the presidential election, and a BBC reporter at the aircraft venue in Mogadishu says it's between incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and a former prime minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "Farmajo”: