| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women officers from police, military and prison services called for more workshops and regular conferences and establishing anti-GBV centers in all member countries of KICD. They also called for prioritizing countries that need more attention in fighting violence against women and...
(MmegiOnline 11/29/16)
In developed countries, the Labour movement is not only seen as representative a of workers’ rights. It is seen as a key stakeholder in formulating labour laws and policies, and conditions of service. They draft many of these policies and conditions of service. In fact they initiate them, lobby for their adoption and go as far as helping government to implement the suggestions, not only for public service workers, but for the entire labour force of a country. As such in many of these developed countries, the Labour movement has come to be embraced by their governments as the guiding light, as reservoirs of knowledge and advise on pertinent labor issues. What is interesting is that the Labour Movement in...
(APA 11/29/16)
Botswana is hosting a workshop on Wildlife Crime Information Sharing aimed at improving the capacity of southern African countries to respond to the challenge of illegal trade in wildlife, APA learnt here Tuesday. Spokesperson for the United States Embassy in Botswana, Ephraim Keoreng said the concept is designed to inform law enforcement agents from Southern African Development Community member states of the Trade in Wildlife Information Exchange Information Sharing Tool and Database. In a nutshell the purpose of this event is to convene the relevant practitioners from the region and begin to build the relationships of trust that will be vital in a future wildlife enforcement network, he said. The workshop, which began on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday, is...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Experts in capital markets are advocating the acceleration of the bourses markets across Africa in order to drive economic growth on the continent. Speaking at the opening of Africa securities exchanges conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, experts emphasized that capital markets are becoming more important to African economies because they help raise funds for long term investment which will drive Africa into middle income status. Rwanda hosts the 20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) annual conference from November 27 to 29 dubbed: "The Road to 2030: Making the African Capital Markets Relevant to the Real Economy." The three-day meeting has brought together more than 300 global and regional experts and stakeholders in capital markets, regulators, law firms...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami's streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa's apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols of the "regional conflicts" of the Cold War, in which Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy and power through proxy wars. But Havana's involvement in the fighting fields far from home was to cost it dear. Some 4,300 Cubans...
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land, urban and territorial planning,” Xinhua reported. The forum which focused on identifying means to integrate technologies in land management in order to boost economy, protect the environment and efficiently manage lands in the region, was a wake-up call for officials...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Nov. 5 after being rescued from a rickety boat by the coastguard, police said. "She was quite traumatized, and initially wouldn't speak or communicate," Marilena Cefala, the head of Lampedusa's reception center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation...
(APA 11/23/16)
The Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) said Wednesday that it will on Thursday embark on a march to denounce what it calls systematic intimidation of journalists by some private media stations. This comes in the wake of an indefinite suspension of popular morning show host Reginald Richardson and his producer Keikantse Shumba by a privately run radio station. BOMAU said it will march from a mall in the middle of the capital Gaborone before handing a petition to Gabz FM radio station’s management. According to a statement from BOMAWU secretary general, Victor Baatweng, amongst other things, the union will be demanding the reinstatement of its member
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, immediately switched on a French channel. “Many Congolese were watching, and a lot had mixed feelings,” he said. Across Africa the interest was equally intense, with the surprise result prompting fierce speculation about the unexpected...
(APA 11/22/16)
Botswana plans to step up investment in information and communication technology (ICT) as part of measures to promote economic development, a government official said on Tuesday. Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Omponye Kereteletswe told Yarona FM radio station that the Botswana government viewed investment in the ICT sector not as a luxury but as a contributing factor to development. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Telecommunication Indicators Symposium taking place in Gaborone, Kereteletswe called for continued investment in ICT infrastructure in order to position the sector as a driver of the digital economy.
(APA 11/22/16)
Under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), Botswana has been given 6 900 individual products that it can sell to America, without limit, Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Biggie Butale said Tuesday. According the AGOA agreement, African countries are offered duty free and quota-free market access to US, but there are concerns Botswana has not fully taken advantage of that opportunity. Speaking at the Botswana Textile and Clothing Association (BTCA) meeting, Butale said should the textile industry start exporting each one of those products; many employment opportunities would be created. “If we can take advantage of this and employ 10 people per product, we would create about 7,000 jobs immediately,” Butale said. Butale said as a labour intensive...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/16)
African states failed on Monday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states put forward a draft resolution in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate. They said the work of the investigator should be suspended. However, Latin American countries, supported by Western...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020. "By June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910,000 children, double the number five years earlier," UNAIDS said in a statement. But the report showed the huge risks that some young women face. Last year more than 7,500 teenagers and young women became infected with HIV every week worldwide, with the bulk of them in southern Africa. "Young women are facing a triple threat,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/16)
Above the sacks of seeds and coal, three kerosene lamps gather dust in the tiny shed that Kenyan chicken farmer Bernard calls home. He prefers to use solar energy to light up his evenings, listen to the radio or watch television, after abandoning a diesel generator he said was expensive to maintain and burned fuel too quickly. "Solar panels are a good, cheap solution," he told AFP. Across the continent, consumers are opting for their own off-grid solar solutions to power homes and small businesses, even as African governments unveil massive new solar projects seemingly every month to expand their grids. According to International Energy Agency projections, almost one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will gain access to the grid...
(Agence Ecofin 11/19/16)
Thrice-listed mining firm Lucara Diamond has sold a 12 of its diamond totaling 1,098 ct, from its Karowe mine in Botswana. The firm said five of the diamonds have been sold for more than $2 million. It highlighted that a 224.5 ct type IIa stone was sold for $11.11 million, representing $49,497/ct, the highest average per carat sale price it recorded so far. Another 81.8ct stone was sold for $46,138/ct and a third 162.3ct stone was for $4.88 million ($30,117/ct). “It is fitting that this tender, the tenth Exceptional Stone Tender for the Company was concluded on the one year anniversary of the recovery of the historic 1,109 carat, Lesedi La Rona diamond,” said CEO of Lucara Diamond, William Lamb...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on the sidelines of the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, which ends on Friday. Adesina and colleagues from the bank have been using the conference to highlight its new initiatives on energy, including the New Deal on Energy for Africa,...
(APA 11/18/16)
Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi was on Friday awarded the distinction of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by Japanese Emperor Akihito. Japanese ambassador to Botswana Masahiro Onishi said the Imperial award was given in recognition of his contributions to promoting friendship and cooperation between Japan- Botswana and the Africa region. As this honour is awarded to foreign citizens who have promoted the cordial bilateral relationship between Japan and their own nations, Onishi explained that Masisi was given the award due to his continuous dedication in strengthening the bilateral relationship between Japan and Botswana.
(APA 11/18/16)
The University of Botswana (UB) on Friday launched an experimental vehicle that uses biodiesel fuel. The vehicle uses blended fuel (B10) which is 90 per cent petroleum diesel (50PPM) and 10 per cent biodiesel produced by University of Botswana researchers. Launching the experimental vehicle, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs, Professor Martin Mokgwathi, said the vehicle was one of the key milestones of the research project. Professor Mokgwathi said it was also testimony that UB was Botswana’s premier research institution especially that its research projects were bearing fruit and beginning to benefit society. Dr Clever Ketlogetswe from UB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering observed that research on biofuel was aimed at
(APA 11/17/16)
Botswana Attorney General Dr. Athaliah Molokomme said Thursday that Botswana strongly believes that even in the face of challenges, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the only hope for the countless victims crying out for justice. Molokomme was speaking Thursday at the 15th session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC being held at The Hague, the Netherlands. “Justice is indivisible. We must tirelessly work to ensure that all victims of the most serious crimes have access to justice,” she said. Molokomme added that “With its increased judicial workload and currently exercising jurisdiction over 10 situations and 10 ongoing preliminary investigations

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