Thursday 17 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/24/17)
A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 percent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of them children under five. "The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine," said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's regional director for Africa. The vaccine should be used alongside other preventative measures such as bed nets, insecticides, repellants and anti-malarial drugs, the WHO...
(Bloomberg 04/20/17)
WorldRemit Ltd., a British money-transfer operator, sees revenue from transactions involving Africans doubling by 2020 as more people on the continent access mobile-payment platforms and expatriates send cash home. The seven-year-old company, in which Facebook Inc.-backer Accel Partners LP invested $40 million in 2014, will this year open a regional office in South Africa, its largest market on the continent in terms of money-transfer value, founder and Chief Executive Officer Ismail Ahmed said in an interview. Another site will start operating in Kenya, where the London-based business sees Africa’s highest number of individual transactions. “In the next two years we should be doubling our volume every year,” Ahmed said in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The continent accounted for half the company’s...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
Some 600,000 Namibians have either received or will receive rice donated by China amid food shortages as a result of three-year-old droughts in the country, said a senior Chinese Embassy official on Tuesday. Li Nan, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Windhoek, said China has donated 4,000 metric tons of rice to the southwestern African country. "All the rice has been well received, transported and distributed smoothly. More than 595,000 beneficiaries living in the rural areas all over the country have received or will receive the donation," he said. The rice arrived in Namibia about two weeks ago. At a handover ceremony, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming announced China's pledge of 2,600 metric tons of rice in an additional donation.
(The Namibian 04/19/17)
When you become an entrepreneur, do not try and do everything at the same time but try to be good at what you do and stick to it. This is the advice that First Lady Monica Geingos gave to students at institutions of higher learning at the launch of the Student Entrepreneurs Programme (SEP) in Windhoek yesterday. SEP is a programme aimed at deepening students' understanding of business ventures and start-ups, exposing them to venture capital opportunities as well as giving them a chance to explore diverse business ideas. Geingos, a businesswoman in her own right, said while she has nothing against tenderpreneurship, she is against the lack of transparency as well as the time consuming aspect associated with the...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security," said Dujarric. It will be the first conference Mahamat will address with the United Nation since he was elected as chairperson of the African Union Commission. Although he had brief talks with Guterres in Addis...
(The Namibia Economist 04/18/17)
Namibia is home to a sizeable number of Chinese speaking residents, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told His Excellency Wang Yi, the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs during an official visit to China last week. The three-day visit included discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest and common concern to China and Namibia. “As a developing country, China is very much aware of the concerns and aspirations of other developing countries. Furthermore, during this visit we reaffirmed our long standing relationship that dates back to the days of the Namibian liberation struggle” Minister Nandi-Ndaitwah
(New Era 04/18/17)
Swakopmund-based mining company Gecko Namibia is being investigated by police in the Erongo Region for alleged illegal mining at the Cape Cross salt pans, about 45 kilometres from Henties Bay. According to papers seen by New Era the area in question belongs to companies Cape Cross Salts (CCS) and Cape Cross Salt Investments (CCSI). However, none of the two companies are extracting the salt for several years now due to disputes, with the latter being accused of dubiously acquiring a 95 percent share of CCS, which gave birth to CCSI. CCS was founded by Petrus Iimbodi, who also serves as the director of the company, while CCSI is co-owned by Lameck Mwanyangapo and Mikka Asino. CCSI allegedly gave permission to...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Namibia will host its annual Crayfish Festival from April 27 to May 1 at the coastal town of Luderitz. The annual festival holds a significant place in the country's fishing industry and since its inception in 2008, has grown from strength to strength, cementing the quiet coastal town as a sought-after destination for both domestic and international tourists. Standard Bank Namibia, one of the sponsors on Monday in a statement said the Crayfish Festival, coupled with other developments such as Luderitz Waterfront and the 1.12 million U.S. dollars seal processing factory has ensured that the diamond town is well on its way to economic prosperity for its over 20,000 inhabitants. "Namibia is our home, we drive her growth and therefore...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday forecast 2.6 percent growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year, aided by a modest recovery in large economies South Africa, Nigeria and Angola. "Growth is projected to rise to 2.6 percent in 2017 and 3.5 percent in 2018, largely driven by specific factors in the largest economies, which faced challenging macroeconomic conditions in 2016," the IMF said its latest World Economic Outlook report. A slump in commodity price in 2016 and devastating drought had affected growth in several countries in the region, resulting in 1.4 percent growth of gross domestic product (GDP). Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation and a leading oil producer, was expected to return to growth in 2017 after a challenging 2016...
(Voice of America 04/17/17)
The Italian coast guard says it has rescued nearly 6,000 migrants on the Mediterranean since Friday, underscoring the continued flow of people along this dangerous route. A group of Africans living in Europe visited Cameroon this week to launch a campaign against illegal migration. The group is called “No More Death in the Desert or on the Sea.” Its mission is simple: to educate youth in Africa about the harsh realities of illegal migration. "We want to tell them that all the information people give them before they start their journey are wrong," said Nantcha. The group’s leader Sylvie Nantcha was born in Cameroon. She has lived in the German town of Freiburg for 25 years. She arrived as a...
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
Africa's Matabele ants, fierce predators of termites, rescue their wounded soldiers and bring them back to the nest where they are "treated," a new study showed Wednesday. This helping behavior for the injured is the first to be detected in the insect world, according to an article in the US journal Science Advances by a German research team at the University of Wuerzburg's Biocentre. The ants, formally known as Megaponera analis, are widespread south of the Sahara on the continent. Two to four times a day, they set out in long files on raids to kill worker termites at their foraging sites. But the attacks meet strong resistance from soldier termites guarding the worker termites, which have powerful jaws that...
(AFP (eng) 04/11/17)
El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday. During the years when El Nino is warming the eastern Pacific, East Africa has about 50,000 additional cholera cases a year, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. By contrast, the years when El Nino is not active, there were 30,000 fewer cholera cases in East Africa, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers analyzed more than 17,000 annual observations from 3,710 different locations between 2000 and 2014 in Africa, which has the most...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/07/17)
Access to off-grid solar energy in rural areas of Africa goes beyond lighting up homes - it also enables people to connect to the wider world and boosts their economic prospects, said the head of one of the continent's biggest solar companies. Azuri Technologies' entry level solar system - for which customers pay a one-off installation fee, then use scratch cards or mobile phone payments to top up on a weekly or monthly basis - provides eight hours of lighting each day. Having power at home for the first time encourages customers to also buy mobile phones, radios and televisions, giving them regular access to the media and the internet, said Simon Bransfield-Garth, chief executive officer of UK-based Azuri. "This...
(The Namibian 04/06/17)
Former United States president George W Bush yesterday said America should not stop supporting Namibia, which has received billions in US aid for combating HIV-AIDS and cancer. Some of the organisations that support Namibia include the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), UNAIDS, Susan G Komen and the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative by the Bush Institute, which was launched in 2011. Bush is accompanied by his wife Laura, who through the Bush Institute's First Ladies Initiative, supports and engages first ladies from around the world. They are on a two-day visit to Namibia, after having visited Bostwana. Speaking at Windhoek Central Hospital, where he met health minister Bernard Haufiku
(The Namibia Economist 04/06/17)
It is disappointing (though unsurprising) and speaks volumes that despite the direct involvement of the Secretary to Cabinet in this fracas, the Government and Cabinet have remained completely numb on this matter and have proceeded as if nothing untoward has happened. It is abundantly clear that my earlier warning fell on deaf ears. That being said, I trust this matter has now reached the stage where the Bank of Namibia has shown that it is incapable (for whatever reason) of properly handling this matter. It is completely unacceptable that the Bank of Namibia has put itself in a position where it may be forced to back track on its previous decision. It is unthinkable that a person of the seniority...
(Voice of America 04/05/17)
A Red Cross report says African countries are failing their internally displaced people. Reversing that trend was the subject of a high level meeting of the International Red Cross and the African Union that wrapped up Tuesday in Zimbabwe. Africa has about 13 million internally displaced people, a third of the global number of IDPs, and more than double the amount of refugees on the continent. By definition, refugees flee across a national border, while IDPs leave their homes but stay within their own country. African Union Commission head of humanitarian affairs, refugees and displaced people Olabisi Dare says the situation of IDPs in Africa is very critical, dire and worsening. "...The issues that are generating internal displacement [are] multiplying...
(The Namibian 04/04/17)
Former United States president George W Bush will be on a two-day visit to Namibia from tomorrow. Bush, who will be accompanied by his wife Laura, will also visit Botswana. According to the US News website, the former US first couple are on a trip to highlight their work to improve the lives of women and girls on the continent, with a focus on access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. This is Bush 's seventh trip to Africa since leaving office. According to the website, in Namibia, the Bush couple will visit programmes supported by Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos
(APA 04/04/17)
Two Chinese nationals who were caught with two rhino horns in January were granted N$300,000 (about $22,000) each by the Windhoek Magistrate Court on Tuesday. Yongui Lu and Nan Chen were released from custody after their lawyer pledged to magistrate Vanessa Stanley that they would not abscond from Namibia to evade prosecution. The duo has been fighting to be given bail since their first court appearance on January 23. They were arrested at an apartment in Eros suburb in the capital with the rhino horns valued at N$44,000. They are expected to reappear in court on June 21 this year. The granting of bail came a day after China’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Zhang Ming said his country regretted incidences...
(Financial Times 04/04/17)
Countries should develop policies to attract labour-intensive production leaving China. China’s initial wave of investments in Africa focused on natural resource extraction. Their demand for metals and energy was so large that it actually boosted global commodity prices overall, which in turn accelerated growth across the African continent. These times of China propping up global commodity prices are now over, as it has built up excess capacity in many sectors and now faces slow investment growth. This lower demand has contributed to the overall slump in global commodity prices since 2014, making it unlikely that China will again fulfil the role of driving commodity prices. Rather, its position has now shifted to becoming the largest exporter of capital. This provides...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...

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