Sunday 25 June 2017
(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 to build her own shack with corrugated iron, and from there she set up her own tailoring business. Her tailor business has been going well for two years, until the recent flood pelted the region, destroying her high hopes for...
(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, given the recent drop in prices and the emergence of new innovative business models. The EU’s electrification funding initiative, “ElectriFI”, helps to harness and stimulate private sector investment to enhance access to renewable energy. More specifically, it focuses on poorly-served...
(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 rejected but the others come," said Flowers, chair of the African Global Economic and Development Summit. "This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened." Flowers estimated that she...
(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 village after the malaria broke. She is part of the field teams that are doing mass testing and mass treatments for those who present symptoms but have not fallen sick as yet. "What we are doing is like taking 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 km from the capital Windhoek and more people are expected to travel long distances on the notorious B1 route to join in the festivities. "The Fund will put more emphasis on raising public awareness with regard to seatbelt usage, pedestrian...
(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 to be assessed. Some basic facts first: Namibia's GDP is about N$64 000 per person (capita), while according to the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA)'s 2014 labour force survey, the average Namibian's monthly salary is ±N$6 600, or ±N$80 000 a...
(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 as well. That’s what 26 Americans selected to participate in a Reciprocal Exchange program, a new component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, are now planning to do. The U.S. Department of State partnered with IREX, a...
(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," she said. China through UNESCO donated equipment to three teacher training institutions in Uganda on March 3. Figures from the Chinese embassy here show that 137 tutors were trained and 272 pieces of Information Communication and Technology and studio equipment...
(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 of a briefing by 2018 Games hosts Gold Coast on Wednesday. "Durban has hosted some great events, it is a fantastic city and are wonderful warm hosts with bright ambitions and great aspirations. "However, it takes more than a municipality,...
(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 in banking, real estate, infrastructure and technology. Edited excerpts follow. MR. KEELER: What about innovation in Africa? Khanyi, what sort of things are you seeing that are inspiring you? MS. DHLOMO:There’s a lot of innovation happening in Africa. But it’s...
(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 be used to set up regional teams that will support the national malaria program's technical staff. The regional teams, he said, will be deployed to the villages for early diagnosis and treatment as well as vector control. "These services will...
(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 Public Office-Bearers Remuneration and Benefits Commission (POBC) recommendation to increase the pay and perks of politicians by 6%. The POBC has over the years refused to be transparent about how much politicians earn. A similar body in South Africa is...
(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 that they were losing money. SSC chief executive Milka Mungunda confirmed yesterday that N$150 million had been invested in the SME Bank, but declined to comment on claims that the SSC has already recalled N$80 million of its investment in...
(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 made in implementing the key decisions and commitments of the AU Declaration on Land adopted in July 2009 by the General Assembly of the pan-African institution. “We are to a large extent in unchartered waters given many of our Member...
(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, undersecretary for foreign trade and industry at the UAE ministry of the economy, told Reuters in an interview in Dubai. Asia's two largest economies China and India are expected to grow by 6.5 percent and 7.2 percent this year whilst...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the continent's people and businesses to better reach the world. "With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said Dlamini-Zuma, who will next week hand power to Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat after four years at the helm of the continental body Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
A critical mass of trained and well equipped community health workforce is key to easing the rising burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases in Africa, experts said on Wednesday at a continental forum taking place in Nairobi. The experts, policymakers and campaigners who attended Africa Health Agenda International Conference agreed that optimal engagement of community health workers is key to revolutionize response to diseases ravaging the continent. Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu in his opening remarks said that investments in training for community health workers will have multiplier impact on Africa's socioeconomic development. "We require highly skilled and motivated cadre of community health workforce to deal with a high diseases burden in disadvantaged settings in this continent. These...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/17)
Former sprinter Frankie Fredericks quit as head of the IOC commission monitoring candidates for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday amid a probe into money he accepted from a sports marketing chief accused of corruption. Fredericks, 49, strongly denied any wrongdoing in accepting nearly $300,000 (283,000 euros) on the day that Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Olympics. But he said he had "personally decided that it is in the best interests of a good functioning of the International Olympic Committee candidature process that I step aside as chairperson of the 2024 Evaluation Commission
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
Namibia's Walvis Bay Corridor Group's (WBCG) Wellness Service initiated an Anti-Retroviral Treatment campaign at two of its Roadside Wellness Clinics. Manager of WBCG's Wellness Services, Edward Shivute on Tuesday in an update of the campaign which commenced on Feb. 22, said the HIV Anti-Retroviral Treatment program is being done as part of a pilot phase at the two clinics in the Zambezi and Ohangwena regions respectively. Shivute said their clinics are now able to provide comprehensive health services through HIV testing and immediately initiating HIV positive clients on life saving treatment. "Through this, we are not only reducing the burden of patients on public health facilities, but we provide hard to reach populations with an opportunity to access vital health...

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