| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(New Era 03/03/17)
Windhoek-The Government of Japan early this week signed a food aid grant of N$ 4.7 million with Namibia in support of Namibia’s efforts to tackle food insecurity caused by the persistent droughts. Namibia has been facing persistent drought for three consecutive years in a row. Signing on behalf of Namibia, the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah explained the severe scarcity of water caused by low rainfall in recent years has negatively affected farming activities in all corners of the country, a situation that has hampered crop production and that has impacted negatively on livestock. She added that: “ As we are still in the middle of the rainy season, and welcome good...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
A prolonged drought across the East African region and heavy flooding in some southern African countries are compounding the effects of conflicts to make people's lives difficult. Against the global trend of good harvests, Africa, especially its eastern part, faces the challenge of worsening food security due to drought and conflicts. Some 37 countries require external assistance for food, including 28 African countries, as a result of lingering effects of last year's El Nino-triggered drought on harvests, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In South Sudan, nearly half of the population of 11.3 million are in urgent need of food aid as the UN declared famine in the East African nation last week. Tens of thousands of people...
(Bloomberg 03/03/17)
Polar Star Management Ltd., which runs one of the best-performing African and Middle East hedge fund over the past five years, plans to start a private-equity unit that will invest in agriculture to exploit rising demand for food. The Cape Town-based firm plans to use its own money to buy small farms and processing companies in South Africa this year, then increase efficiency through consolidation and better management, said Murray Derksen, a director at Polar Star. It aims to raise 1.5 billion rand ($115 million) for the fund, which may also buy commodities such as grains, while targeting an internal rate of return of 8 percent to 12 percent, he said. “We looked at the increase in corn demand globally,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
Namibia on Tuesday confirmed a second case of Congo fever in the country this year, days after a 26-year-old farm worker died with the disease at a hospital 200 km from the capital Windhoek. The second confirmed case involves a man from the south of the country, and he is now receiving treatment in the Gobabis District Hospital, where the first Congo-fever patient died on Feb. 22, local media cited Health Minister Bernard Haufiku as saying. Five hospital staff members who had attended the first Congo-fever patient are currently under observation. Also under observation are four of the man's workmates, Haufiku said. Their blood samples were already sent to South Africa for test, the minister said, adding that a team...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(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 capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(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 inclusive of all businesses and properties available in the country, the association said the processed report is a very good indicator of tourism performance. One of the most visited areas, according to the association, is Namibia's coastal town of Swakopmund...
(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 Africa. "The spread of artemisinin resistance in Africa would be a major setback in the fight against malaria, as ACT (artemisinin-based combination therapy) is the only effective and widely used antimalarial treatment at the moment," said lead author Arnab Pain,...
(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 of gas in Mozambique, Angola and Tanzania provides a huge opportunity for the continent. He said there is a need for the countries to work together to tap benefits from the gas for the good of the continent. Strachan said...
(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 the proceedings where a judge will have to decide how much Thakkar -- described in videos posted on his foundation’s website as "Africa’s Youngest Billionaire" -- is worth. Thakkar says he has assets of 445,532 pounds ($553,000) while his wife,...
(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 recommendations in accordance with the OIE General Rules. According to a statement on the OIE website, the recommendations to be adopted during the conference will be presented to the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE in May 2017 for endorsement.
(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 a lawmaker of the ruling party SWAPO. The latest fight between the two came after Nujoma, who is former President Sam Nujoma's son, sought to clear what he termed "misconceptions" regarding the land reform in Namibia. In a prepared statement,...
(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 to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. More than a third of countries, home to 96 percent of...
(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 for learners to share school activities, best practices and create their own content. The show also serves as a platform for children to interact. "To participate in the show, teachers and schools principals are simply requested to send a short...
(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 to make a new deal to help Nigeria "in terms of military weapons." The statement said Trump also commended Buhari for the strides Nigeria is making against Islamist radical group Boko Haram, and invited Buhari to come to Washington at...
(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 months because of the poisoning. "We cannot harvest mussels at all during this time. This means that there is no product coming in and there aren't products to sell either, unless we have stock left over from before," said Schneider...
(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 choice for regular Champions League entrants Coton Sport from northern Cameroon cotton town Garoua. Coton qualified for the 2008 final, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt, but have fared poorly recently with first round exits in the past two seasons...
(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.

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