Thursday 17 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(Sudan Tribune 06/26/13)
Press freedom organization, Reporters Without Borders, has urged the government of Eritrea to respect the legitimate rights of the Eritrean people and to release all journalists being held indefinitely without charge. Reporters Without Borders made the calls in a report it submitted to United Nations Human Rights Council, on the ever worsening human right situation in Eritrea. United Nations Human Rights Council is set to examine the country's human right performance during the 18th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session to be held in January and February of 2014. The UPR session is used to review the human rights performance of many repressive countries and, when necessary, remind them of their responsibilities. Eritrea's performance was last reviewed in 2009. The report...
(UN.org 06/26/13)
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agency spearheading the global AIDS response said today. Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by half since 2009, while Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also making substantial progress. This is according to the latest progress report on the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which was launched in July 2011 at the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS. The Plan has two main targets for 2015: a 90 per cent reduction in the...
(Sudan Tribune 06/25/13)
President Salva Kiir repeated on Saturday his insistence that South Sudan is not interested in returning to war with neigbouring Sudan, asserting that the two countries need peace. The president made the remark during a meeting with the Eritrean foreign affairs minister, Osman Saleh Mohammed, who is currently visiting Juba. Mohammed told Kiir that Asmara is willing to assist the two Sudans in resolving the many issues that remain outstanding from the south’s independence in 2011, including oil and border disputes. Eritrea provided support to the former southern rebels that now govern the young nation, at points during the two decades civil war. However, relations between Asmara and Khartoum have improved in recent years especially after a recent report from...
(BBC News Africa 06/25/13)
A Cardiff MP is calling for action amid claims people have been forced to pay tens of thousands of pounds to free African relatives from kidnappers. Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan met an Eritrean man who settled in the city and whose nephew was held by tribesmen. Church group Evangelical Alliance Wales says £70,000 in ransom money has been paid in eight cases connected to Wales. The Foreign Office said it has not had substantiated reports of UK residents being targeted to pay ransoms. The United Nations estimates that 36,000 Eritreans left the east African country last year, many heading to Israel and Egypt to flee poverty and other problems. It has described the growth of the kidnap and people...
(Shabait 06/25/13)
Hagaz, 25 June 2013 – A dam is being constructed in Hashferai, Hagaz sub-zone, with a view to enriching water resources in the area. Mr. Merhawi Tesfai from the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the sub-zone indicated that the dam’s construction has been underway since April in collaboration with the inhabitants of the area and members of the People’s Army. Moreover, he voiced conviction that it would have significant impact in fostering agricultural activities in the area. Accordingly, 80% of the dam’s construction has been finalized, and it is due to provide ample water supply to the inhabitants of Fana, Badob, Hashferai, Ad-Alamin, Ad-Ahmed, Ad-Nisur and other Administrative areas, besides securing water resource potential for irrigation farming on 300 hectares. Among...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(Sudan Tribune 06/24/13)
Eritrean refugees crossing to neighbouring Ethiopia are on the rise, while the number entering Sudan has dropped compared to the previous year, according to the United Nation Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Eritrean refugees flee to Ethiopia in larger numbers via 16 entry points where they get primary assistance and provided with temporary shelters before they are transferred to one of the many refugee camps in the country’s two bordering regions, Tigrai and Afar. Since January, the UNHCR and the government’s refugee agency, the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), have registered over 4,000 Eritrean refugees. Currently Ethiopia hosts a record high nearly 72,000 Eritrean refugees in four camps in the northern Tigrai region and two others in the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/24/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Try trading Ethiopian birr (ETB) for American dollars (USD). You have to call one guy who calls another guy, says Messai, and then suddenly someone is at your door with the dollars you requested. New regulations on how many dollars a local bank can provide a person traveling outside the country has boosted the local informal market for dollars. Banking in East Africa can be an adventure in all sense of the word. In Tanzania, banking penetration sits just under 20 percent. In a working paper by the World Bank, 47 percent cited distance as a reason for not having an account. The country also ranked near bottom in bank branch penetration, averaging less than 0.5 bank...
(Africa Review 06/24/13)
At first it might not look like it, but the exchanges between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Renaissance Dam that the region witnessed these past two weeks, tell us a lot about the tensions defining what the East African Community will look like in the years to come. The dam on the River Nile, which Addis Ababa projects will cost $4.7 billion, will produce 6,000 Megawatts of power when fully developed, making it the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 14th largest in the world. Egypt, which has in the past threatened to go to war over its “rights” to the Nile’s waters, issued a stern warning. Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Bahaa-Eddin, arguing...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(Shabait 06/20/13)
Nationals in the Homeland and abroad today commemorate Martyrs Day with patriotic zeal. During the official ceremony in Asmara at national level, President Isaias Afwerki, Ministers, Army Commanders, Senior PFDJ Officials, religious leaders and thousands of participants conducted foot trek from Shida Square to the Martyrs Cemetery at 6 AM accompanied by the Marching Band. President Isaias, Gen. Sibhat Ephrem, Defense Minister, Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, Secretary of the PFDJ, and the Administrator of the Central region, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, laid flower coronets at the Cemetery. Speaking on the occasion, President Isaias expressed appreciation for the people and the national media outlets for demonstrating the prevailing honor of the martyrs through staging different activities. He further pointed out that the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Haaretz 06/18/13)
More than 1,400 African migrants held in Israeli detention facilities have filed asylum requests to date. Until two weeks ago, state hadn't responded to any, but since it started, it has rejected every claim. Israel has rejected 17 asylum requests by African migrants being held in detention facilities over the past two weeks. Not a single request for asylum has been granted since the state began processing asylum seekers' claims two weeks ago. The vast majority of the 17 rejected requests appear to have been filed by Eritrean citizens who either evaded military service there or left the country illegally. The claimants were informed by the interior minister's advisory committee on refugee affairs that they do not meet the criteria...
(Shabait 06/18/13)
Asmara — The Ministry of Health indicated that it is exerting endeavors towards enhancing service quality on the basis of human resource development. Mr. Yemane Haile, Acting head of policy and planning as well as human resource development in the Ministry, pointed out that the Associate Nursing Schools in Barentu, Mendefera and Ginda have been graduating more than 200 youths with certificate annually with a view to furthering health service outreach in remote areas. He further disclosed that such graduates are provided with opportunities to upgrade their academic portfolio to diploma and Bachelor's Degree levels, while more than 150 staff members have studied Nursing and Management based on distance learning. Accordingly, the Ministry is in a position to nurture health...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners work towards what they call an AIDS-free generation, which just a decade ago would have been unimaginable. Mother-to-baby transmission has long been a source of concern among governments and organizations working to control the spread of HIV. But more effective anti-retroviral drugs and regimens are now dramatically cutting the chances of an infected mother passing on the disease to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding...

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