| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/17)
UNESCO Representative to Namibia Jean Pierre Ilboudo on Friday called for robust investment towards the education sector in Namibia. Ilboudo called on the Namibian government to foster investment towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially through goal 4, which calls for inclusive quality education and promotion of lifelong learning. Ilboudo made the remarks during a meeting reflecting on the 2016 Global Education Monitoring report and consultation on UNESCO Education Programme and Budget held in Windhoek.
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
The Hospitality Association of Namibia said Thursday that 2016 will go down in history as one of the most successful and positive tourism years for the country. According to a statement the association sent out, tourism accommodation properties recorded nearly 60 percent occupancy across the country and throughout the year. Lodges, tented lodges and guest houses seem to be the most popular accommodation facilities throughout Namibia, but hotels fared almost equally well, the statement said. Although the submissions are not...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...
(Xinhuanet 02/17/17)
Namibia will host the 22nd Conference of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Commission for Africa from Feb. 20 to 24 in the coastal town of Swakopmund. Jonah Musheko, an officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, said Friday they are expecting representative from 54 countries to attend the event. The purpose of the Conferences of the OIE Regional Commissions is to examine animal health, animal welfare and animal production food safety issues within a region and to elaborate...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The fight between Namibia's Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma and his former deputy Bernadus Swartbooi spilled into the National Assembly Wednesday where insults were slung during a session. Swartbooi was sacked by President Hage Geingob last year after he refused to apologize to Nujoma for accusing the minister of resettling people from other regions in the south of the country ahead of the Nama tribe who lost the land to the Germans. Although he lost his government job, Swartbooi remains...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun...
(Xinhuanet 02/14/17)
On Monday afternoon in a village in Namibia's Oshana region, a handful of children gather under a tree. On a branch hangs a black battery-powered portable radio. They are listening to Oprogramme yuunona, a radio show on Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Oshiwambo Radio Station produced for children and aired weekly on Monday afternoon. The show, which delivers high-quality, children-oriented content, is featuring learners from Mwadinompho Primary School today. Introducing the show, host Ebba Aikutu said the show is an avenue...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/10/17)
Namibian government's decision to close off the Walvis Bay Production Area for mussel harvesting after mussel samples from the production area were confirmed for diarrheic shellfish poison, has brought mussels sector trade in the area to a halt. According to traders, the once thriving mussels business was much slower. Peter Schneider, Manager of Kuiseb Marine Farming who runs a mussels business said that operations have come to a standstill. Kuiseb Marine Farming had to close doors for operations for three...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(The Namibian 02/09/17)
International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says Namibia fully supports Africa's collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as decided by African leaders last week. Responding to questions at a breakfast meeting with editors in Windhoek yesterday, she said although Namibia was still a party to the Rome Statute, the country supported the principled position of other African leaders for a collective withdrawal from the ICC. At last week's AU summit, African leaders adopted a resolution calling for a collective African withdrawal from the ICC.
(Xinhuanet 02/09/17)
Namibia's environment ministry said Wednesday that the desert lion found dead last month died of anthrax. Famously known as XPL 98, the five-year old lion was found dead but with no signs of poisoning in the Ugab area in Kunene region about 300 kilometers from Windhoek. The death of the lion caused a stir worldwide prompting the environment ministry to investigate the cause of death. In a statement released Wednesday, the ministry said an autopsy done by conservation expert Philip...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route,...
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
Namibia on Tuesday refuted allegations from a Botswana online newspaper about it being among three countries that sabotaged Botswana's quest for the top job at the African Union Commission. Namibia's Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) said in a statement that an article under the headline "28th AU Summit: SADC sabotages Venson-Moitoi" published on Jan. 31 by the online newspaper 'Mmegionline" alleged that "sources in Addis Ababa said suspicions were swirling around South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia as being among possible saboteurs." The ministry said it has called upon the newspaper editor to retract these fabrications against Namibia.
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
Namibia's national airline Air Namibia (SW) and Turkish Airlines (TK) have inked a codeshare agreement that will be effective as from Mar. 1, covering routes between Turkey and Namibia. Selma Neshiko, Digital Corporate Communications Officer at Air Namibia on Tuesday said, the signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines' Headquarters in Istanbul on Monday. According to Neshiko, the new codeshare agreement is bound to broaden the commercial partnership between two companies and their respective countries, at the same time, passengers...
(Bloomberg 02/06/17)
Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, attracting less than its original goal as investor interest in the region proved weaker than anticipated, according to people familiar with the matter. The Toronto-based insurer sought to raise as much as $1 billion at $10 a share for Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp. in an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, according to a regulatory filing in December. Fairfax...

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