Monday 23 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
The governments of Mozambique and Malawi have decided to expand the Nacala Development Corridor, which includes a railway line that crosses the two countries linking Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Nampula, in Nampula province, under a agreement signed on Friday in Maputo. The agreement, which provides for additional funding of US$2.5 billion for development of the corridor, will allow the corridor to evolve, “as well as fostering economic growth by promoting and coordinating economically viable businesses in the transportation, agriculture , trade, mining and tourism sector,” according to the Mozambican government. The agreement is an addendum to the original agreement between the governments of Mozambique and Malawi on the Nacala Development Corridor, signed on 28 September 2000,...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
Three Malawian ministers will testify in court against a former cabinet colleague charged with abuse of office over a maize procurement contract, court documents showed. President Peter Mutharika launched an investigation in January into the government order for 100,000 tonnes of Zambian white maize, after an opposition leader there said he had seen documents showing Malawi had been charged $345 per ton instead of the $215 the consignment was worth. The agriculture minister George Chaponda was arrested in July, sacked and charged with abuse of office and possession of foreign currency without lawful justification.
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(Voice of America 09/15/17)
Women's rights activists in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, braved hot weather Thursday to protest recent domestic violence in which seven women were slain or disfigured by their partners. The protesters, many of them women, wore black attire, and at one point they lay in the street to symbolize mourning. They carried banners and placards that read: "Violence against women is an offense, not a private issue," "Ending gender violence starts with me, I stand against it;" and "Don't be silent, speak up against intimate partners' violence." Emma Kaliya, national coordinator for an NGO called Gender Coordination Network, an umbrella body of women's rights organizations in Malawi, told VOA that domestic violence is not an isolated occurrence in Malawi, but what is...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way and they’ve gotten ahead,” Alexandre Maymat, who oversees Societe Generale’s operations in French-speaking Africa, said at a press briefing. “We’re catching up” by redefining the retail strategy and providing a broader offering than telephone companies. Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(APA 09/11/17)
Malawi is making concerted efforts to rid itself of the scourge of corruption that has tainted its images since the sensational 2013 revelations that senior government officials and their cronies had looted millions of dollars from state coffers. The Malawi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it is making a tremendous progress in the fight against corruption to make sure that graft levels are reduced in the country. ACB spokesperson Egritta Ndala said in an interview that there has been a positive trend through the involvement of different partners, including the civil society, private and public sectors to root out corruption at all levels nationwide. “The active participation of these stakeholders and government to fight corruption shows that the country recognises corruption...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Fifteen people died in two separate road accidents in Malawi's southern city of Blantyre on Saturday while more than 15 others were seriously injuries, police confirmed on Sunday. The first accident occurred at around 15:30 p.m. when a minibus traveling from the border district of Mulanje to Limbe in Blantyre had a burst tyre and overturned several times. The driver of the minibus and six passengers were pronounced dead upon arrival at the nearest hospital while other 7 passengers survived with fractures, according to the police report. The second accident at around 19:20 p.m. involved a lorry with 40 passengers on board, which collided with a freightliner truck. Eight passengers were killed and close to 20 passengers sustained injuries, said...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create a more integrated region and help move its communication systems forward. "An accessible, affordable and reliable telecommunications is essential for us to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has the potential to leapfrog SADC region economically and socially as...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(The Maravi Post 09/05/17)
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has registered about 12, 428 new voters for the October 17 by-elections. Positive turnout has been attributed to a good civic education and mass mobilization strategy . As meetings were held in the communities, loudhailers were utilized and letters were distrubted to all churches and traditional leaders. In press statement released and signed by acting chief elections officer Harris Potani , the registration and voter verification exercise went on successfully from August 24 to 28 2017. The commission disclosed that in terms of gender, 6, 032 of those registered are men while
(Nyasa Times 09/05/17)
Billions of Kwacha leaked from Malawi’s public health system last year through fraud, payroll manipulation, flawed internal controls andunauthorised payments, a leaked report from the office of Malawi’s Auditor General indicates. The losses form part of audit queries to the tune of MK4-billion highlighted by the report. According to the World Health Organisation, Malawi’s health indicators are among the worst in the world, with a high HIV/Aids prevalence and widespread malnutrition. According to Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa, the audit – signed in May this year – only covers about 68% of government accounts, asmany ministries and departments failed to submit their financialreports for audit. Kamphasa also noted that bank reconciliations for June to December2015 and the reconciliations for draw-downs from...
( The Southern Times 09/05/17)
BARBADIAN R&B singer Rihanna last week launched a fundraising initiative designed to help children in Malawi to attend school. Titled The Dollar Campaign, the drive was launched through the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), a philanthropic organisation named in honour of Rihanna’s grandparents, Clara and Lionel. Through the campaign, the ‘Disturbia’ singer has asked her fans to donate money through the CLF website. Donors will be automatically entered in a contest to win a free trip to New York City to attend Rihanna’s upcoming show on 14 September. Fans have up until 5 September to make a donation. The winner will be announced on 7 September. “I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person,...
(Nyasa Times 09/05/17)
Minister of Information and Technology and Communications Nicholas Dausi has commended Malawi’s integrated premier mobile network provider TNM for pioneering innovative ICT products and services in the country. Dausi said this in Lilongwe during the launch of TNM 4.5 G/LTE under the banner Think Digital Dausi said the think digital complement the government efforts in meeting the aspirations of the nation ‘On behalf of government I wish to comment TNM for taking another bold step forward in its pioneeringtradition. The launch of the 4.5 G/LTE platform becomes another first and represents progress in TNM’s journey from 2G,3G and 4G,” said Dausi. He said government realizes that reliable mobile and ICT services are crucial in ushering tangible growth and fulfilling the...
(Nyasa Times 09/05/17)
One of Malawi’s top notch video producer/director Sukez is in South Africa to shoot music videos. Sukez jetted to RSA towards the end of last month where he says he’s planned to work with some well-known artists, these including Malawi’s Zani Challe, dancehall musician Buffalo Souljah and Stone Bouy. Sukez is currently in talks with Gemini Major to work on some of his videos as well. “I have already shot videos for Praise Peterson and Praise Makhubela who are also big artists in SA,” said Sukez. He recently had shared a post on social media with a picture of him sitting with Zani Challe and Buffalo Souljah, one can only tend to wonder what these three were discussing…atleast now we...

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