| Africatime
Thursday 23 March 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Namibia's president said Tuesday that the government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority. Speaking at Namibia's 27th independence celebrations, President Hage Geingob said the government should evoke part of the Constitution allowing for land expropriation with fair compensation since the redistribution process has been slow. "If we are committed to achieving further economic growth and maintaining peace, then everyone should be open to new approaches," said Geingob, Namibia's third president since the country gained independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990. "This means we need to refer back to our Constitution which allows for the expropriation of land with fair compensation and also look at foreign ownership of land, especially...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Frank Fredericks will stay on the IAAF Council while an ethics board reviews allegations that he accepted payments before the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Rio, Sebastian Coe, the organization's head, said on Tuesday. Fredericks, an International Olympic Committee member, stepped down two weeks ago as head of the team evaluating bids to host the 2024 Olympics and has also removed himself from the IAAF task force looking into doping in Russia. Despite the allegations, however, he will remain a member of the IAAF council while the ethics board determines if an investigation is necessary.
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
When 36-year-old Leena Asheela migrated from her village to Oshakati town in northern Namibia, she had big hopes for her life in the urban area. "I couldn't produce enough surplus to support my family in the village due to poor yields. I decided to come to town and set up my shack and seek ways to improve my life and earn an income," she said. Everything seemed sanguine in the beginning: Asheela worked in a bar to earn enough money...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years,...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...
(AFP (eng) 03/17/17)
More than a century after a long-hushed genocide took place in Namibia while under German colonial rule, descendants of the victims had their day in court in New York for the first time Thursday. In one of the darkest chapters of African colonial history, tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people were killed from 1904 to 1908. Germany and Namibia have been in talks for the past two years about a joint declaration on the massacres. The tribes filed their class-action lawsuit in January seeking compensation for "incalculable damages" and demanding that they be included in the negotiations between the two countries.
(Xinhuanet 03/17/17)
Important strides have been made to fight malaria in Namibia, which mainly affects people living in remote rural areas in the northern parts, but the recent heavy rains have put a damper on those strides. In the Kavango East region, northeast Namibia, where over 4,500 cases have been reported, the Ministry of Health and Social Services is busy disbursing resources to control the situation. In Mukwe village, 35-year-old qualified nurse, Lydia Nketa, was recently deployed to help out at the...
(Xinhuanet 03/17/17)
Namibia's Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund on Friday revealed that since the beginning of the 2017 (Jan-Mar), out of the 30 fatalities recorded, 17 percent were children under 10. The Fund in a statement, cautioned the public ahead of Namibia's Independence celebrations that will take place on March 21, as well as the school break from March 20 to 24. MVA's Corporate Communication Officer, Belinda Hamburee said this year's 27th Independence celebrations will be held in Rundu which is 714...
(The Namibian 03/17/17)
JUST HOW lavish the pay and perks of political office bearers and parastatal bosses are was definitively established to some extent this week. And the emergence of this information was always going to cause uproar, especially as the President reminded Namibians over the weekend of prevailing economic hardships, and as society continues to grapple with stubborn wage and wealth inequalities. It is against the backdrop of these inequalities that the salaries of politicians and those of state-owned enterprises' bosses have...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
China's aid to the education sector in Africa is helping boost teacher training, a key component in skilling the population to fast track development, a UN official has said. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in an interview recognized China's contribution to Africa's education sector over the years. "We value the initiative in teacher training in Uganda and other countries in Africa. This will revitalize the teaching profession,"...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(The Wall Street Journal 03/15/17)
Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? And how can innovation in Africa be encouraged? Dan Keeler, frontier-markets editor of The Wall Street Journal, discussed those questions with Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and chief executive of Ndalo Media, a publisher based in South Africa, and Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, a pan-African investment group with operations...
(Xinhuanet 03/14/17)
Fourteen people have died of malaria so far this month in Namibia, while more than 7,000 others are affected. Addressing a media briefing in Windhoek Tuesday, health minister Bernard Haufiku said because of the critical nature of the situation, the government has set aside 12.3 million Namibia dollars for prevention. Haufiku said the ministry would need another 7 million Namibian dollars (530,000 U.S. dollars) if the efforts to prevent and eliminate malaria is to succeed. He said the money would...
(The Namibian 03/14/17)
Politicians received a 6% salary increase in April last year, and not last week, as reported yesterday. The Namibian reported that President Hage Geingob had approved the salary increases for political office-bearers, including himself, effective this month. A government gazette filed at the justice ministry, however, shows that the President gave the green light for the wage increases last year, effective 1 April 2016. The proclamation was signed by Geingob on 11 April 2016. The President's decision followed a 2015...
(The Namibian 03/14/17)
The Social Security Commission invested N$150 million with the SME Bank last year and The Namibian understands that they want part of it back. The Bank of Namibia took control of the SME Bank two weeks ago after alleged suspicious investments in South Africa, involving N$200 million, were uncovered. Some of the ousted SME Bank executives, who have hired lawyer Sisa Namandje to demand that the Bank of Namibia reinstate them, said there was a run on the bank, and...
(Agence Ecofin 03/14/17)
The Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched a pilot project to track progress in implementing in the AU Declaration on land issues in Africa. This was revealed by the ECA in a press statement dated March 7. In collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the project will assess progress...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
The United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East's largest economies, wants to expand trade ties with faster growing nations in Asia and Africa, a senior official said on Sunday. Rich Gulf Arab states are looking at ways to diversify their economies, including who they trade with, after more than two years of depressed oil prices forced a rethink of government spending. The pace of economic growth in Asian and sub-Saharan African economies has made them ideal partners, Abdullah al-Saleh,...

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