| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(APA 12/07/16)
The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) on Wednesday hailed the defeat of outgoing Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, describing it as a victory for democracy. In a statement, BCP spokesman, Dithapelo Keorapetse paid tribute to the Gambian people for having claimed back their country after 22 years of dictatorship. Keorapetse said the results of the Gambian elections are a big lesson for Botswana that the masses can stop the carnage, state captured corruption and the Khama dynasty to bring positive change. Keorapetse said the leaders of the four opposition parties must be allowed to lead the change as Botswana has become a de facto one party state by a military junta masquerading as a democracy. The four opposition parties; Botswana National...
(Xinhuanet 12/07/16)
The 2012 Olympic 800m silver medalist Nijel Amos from Botswana has relocated to Kenya in a bid to rejuvenate his career. Amos is not the first top flight athlete to opt for high altitude training. Britain's Mo Farah and American and Chinese athletes have always come to Eldoret in northwest Kenya to train in high altitude and hope to boost their fitness ahead of major championships. With the focus in 2017 on London World Championships, Amos hopes to get better form and take the challenge to his rival and Olympic and World Champion David Rudisha. "I feel I have made a good decision to come to Kenya to train. The athletes here are dedicated. This has enabled me to fully...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(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,"...

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