Sunday 19 November 2017
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/17/13)
The Chinese equipment giant is leaving no stone unturned as it establishes itself in the tablet and smartphone market in Africa. After registering a $3.4bn turnover in 2011, Huawei's near omni-presence on the continent with its 2G, 3G, or even its 4G networks in Namibia and Angola is being felt. The Africa Report says the group has signed a $750 million contract to improve Globacom's network in Nigeria where it could become a major operator after a recent $627 million investment in cash-strapped Nitel. Huawei also has its eyes set on Ethiopia and Libya, where it completed its installation of the Silphium undersea cable in January. The quality of its implementation, its competitive rates and its credit line make the...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(The Informativenews 06/14/13)
MASERU- The Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) has last Thursday carried out interview examinations for ninety youth of Stadium Area number thirty one constituency (31). According to a reliable source of the paper who asked for anonymity because of being an employee to the LCS, the list of 90 youth who sat for interview examinations came from the stadium area constituency only and is also for All Basotho Convention (ABC) fans. In addition, the youth were told during the meeting that was held at the constituency to write their names down so that they could be preferred for employment. The source further indicated that one Papashane who is said to be the Minister of Justice and Correctional Service Mophato Monyake’s Personal...
(The Informativenews 06/14/13)
MASERU- Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) has released alarming statistics that 725 000 Basotho are considered to be food insecure after the poor harvest recorded in 2012.“This represents a staggering 39% of the total population of the country,” read the report. As a result, FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) designed a three year cycle programme to assist urgently 11,000 households with agricultural inputs and know-how on agricultural technologies building communities’ resilience to better withstand future shocks. With support from the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO), Belgium and the UN Central Emergency Trust Fund (CERF), added report, the programme has promoted Conservation Agriculture and Home Gardening in all ten districts of the country.“The programme continues in 2013...
(Star Africa 06/13/13)
Lesotho and the World Bank have signed an agreement, which will provide $180 million to the improvement of private sector competitiveness. Signing the accord on Wednesday were Lesotoh’s Minister of Finance, Dr Leketekete Ketso and the World Bank’s Country Director, Mr Asad Alan. Speaking at the occasion in the capital, Maseru, Dr Ketso said the grant will improve private sector competitiveness through the implementation of key investment climate reforms, sustainability and efficiency in public spending. Mr Alan said the operation is a central component of World Bank strategy as it supports efforts to reduce transaction costs for private businesses to pave the way for more investment and job creation.
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Africatime 06/11/13)
A PENARTH teacher has praised her recent experience volunteering in schools in Lesotho for the charity Dolen Cymru. Helen Dawson recently returned from a five month placement working with a large number of orphans and vulnerable children in heavily impoverished areas, organised by the Lesotho Teacher Placement Programme (LTTP). During her placement at Qacha's Nek Government Primary School, Helen presented the school with more than 100 books to form a library, many of which were donated by charity shops in Penarth. She said they were desperately short of resources. "The classes were huge with up to 90 pupils each, and poverty was high with malnourished children dressed in rags with no shoes," she said. "However, their spirit was indomitable, their...
(Myjoyonline 06/10/13)
Zambia showed their utmost ambition of edging past Ghana to clinch Group D sole ticket to the final phase of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers when they thumped Lesotho 4-0 in Ndola, Saturday. The results means the Chipolopolo have regained their leadership of the group just 24 hours after Ghana led the standings thanks to their 3-1 thrashing of Sudan. A brace by Holland-based striker Jabob Mulenga and further goals from Chris Katongo and Collins Mbesuma sealed the emphatic victory for Zambia. The 2012 African Champions have 10 points, one more than the Black Stars. With two rounds of matches remaining it is now a straight fight between Chipolopolo and Ghana to finish top of the group and reach the...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Lesotho Times 06/07/13)
MASERU — The principal secretary designate for the Ministry of Health, Lefu Manyokole, has denied charges that he tampered with the process to award tenders to undeserving catering companies. Manyokole was responding to an article in the Lesotho Times last week that alleged that he had tinkered with the minutes of a tender panel to award the contracts to certain companies. The story was based on documents that were filed in the High Court by a company that lost tenders Mak Investments. The company alleged Manyokole tampered with the tender panel minutes and replaced companies that had won the tender. But Manyokole on Tuesday said the allegations were baseless and were devoid of truth. “The minutes which are alleged to...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Lesotho Times 06/06/13)
MASERU — A current minister and a former minister are the subject of the ongoing investigation into the ID tender scandal. The two whose names are known to the Lesotho Times but have been withheld are suspected to have been the masterminds behind the alleged corrupt dealings with Nikuv International Projects. Nikuv, the Israeli company that was controversially awarded the multi-million maloti tender early last year, has agreed to become a state witness in exchange for immunity. The revelation comes at a time when the investigation into the tender is said to have reached an advanced stage. The investigators are said to be racing against time to complete the probe before Nikuv wraps up the US$292 million project. The government...
(Lesotho Times 06/06/13)
MASERU — The government plans to start issuing Identity Documents (IDs) in the first week of July. Home Affairs Minister Joang Molapo told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday that the plan is to launch the IDs on July 3 “if all goes according to plan”. Molapo said the launch will be preceded by a publicity campaign to educate the people about the new identity documents. He said the ministry has invited tenders for service providers to run the publicity campaign ahead of the launch. The tender, Molapo said, is still being evaluated. “We have to start educating the people now so it’s important to have an aggressive publicity campaign,” Molapo said. “We plan to start running a pilot project very...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(Autre média 06/05/13)
The Board of Directors of the World Bank approved today a grant in the amount of US$20 million for the Government of Lesotho (GoL) for the First Growth and Competitiveness Development Policy Grant. The first in a series of grants to support competitiveness and inclusive growth, this Development Policy Operation (DPO) is a central component of the World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) in Lesotho for 2010-14. It supports two areas of the CAS; competitiveness, diversification and fiscal adjustment, public-sector efficiency. “This operation supports the government’s efforts in implementing the National Development Plan. In particular, it will reduce costs for business, support measures to improve the efficiency of public expenditures and support incomes for poor families and children”, said Asad...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...

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