| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(APA 11/28/16)
Namibia President Hage Geingob will lead a delegation to Havana to attend a memorial service in honour of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Tuesday. Geingob is expected to deviate from his state visit to France on Tuesday to join other foreign dignitaries for memorial service to be held at Revolution Square in the evening. Geingob will be joined by founding President Sam Nujoma and his predecessor Hifikepunye Pohamba, as Nangolo Mbumba, the Secretary General of the ruling party Swapo. Namibia has benefited from Castro’s gesture during the country’s war of liberation against Apartheid South African colonial forces and after independence. During the late 1970s Cuba deployed about 40 000 soldiers to help Angolan forces and SWAPO fighters repel the...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami's streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa's apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols of the "regional conflicts" of the Cold War, in which Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy and power through proxy wars. But Havana's involvement in the fighting fields far from home was to cost it dear. Some 4,300 Cubans...
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land, urban and territorial planning,” Xinhua reported. The forum which focused on identifying means to integrate technologies in land management in order to boost economy, protect the environment and efficiently manage lands in the region, was a wake-up call for officials...
(APA 11/24/16)
The Namibian President Hage Geingob is leaving for a two day-state visit to France from 28 and 29 November and thereafter travel to the UK, the presidency said here Thursday. “Geingob’s visits to the two European powerhouses are an extensions of his call to relentlessly drive economic diplomacy in the face of a global recession and to help grow the Namibian economy,” press secretary Albertus Aochamub said in a statement. In addition to an audience with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, President Geingob is further expected to address about 300 business leaders at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatman House in London on 30 November. His invitations to visit France and UK came after a successful...
(APA 11/24/16)
A 28-year-old Chinese national who departed Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek earlier Thursday morning was later arrested with 18 rhino horns in his luggage upon his arrival at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to media reports. Namibian Sun reports on Thursday that the suspect was bound for Hong Kong. Eyewitness News in South Africa reported that a Chinese male who was on transit from Namibia was arrested during a routine search with rhino horns weighing 43kg and worth about 7 million rand. The horns were in a sealed and wrapped suitcase. He is expected to appear in court on Friday. “At this stage, it is not known whether the horns originate from Namibia although...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Nov. 5 after being rescued from a rickety boat by the coastguard, police said. "She was quite traumatized, and initially wouldn't speak or communicate," Marilena Cefala, the head of Lampedusa's reception center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, immediately switched on a French channel. “Many Congolese were watching, and a lot had mixed feelings,” he said. Across Africa the interest was equally intense, with the surprise result prompting fierce speculation about the unexpected...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/16)
African states failed on Monday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states put forward a draft resolution in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate. They said the work of the investigator should be suspended. However, Latin American countries, supported by Western...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020. "By June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910,000 children, double the number five years earlier," UNAIDS said in a statement. But the report showed the huge risks that some young women face. Last year more than 7,500 teenagers and young women became infected with HIV every week worldwide, with the bulk of them in southern Africa. "Young women are facing a triple threat,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/16)
Above the sacks of seeds and coal, three kerosene lamps gather dust in the tiny shed that Kenyan chicken farmer Bernard calls home. He prefers to use solar energy to light up his evenings, listen to the radio or watch television, after abandoning a diesel generator he said was expensive to maintain and burned fuel too quickly. "Solar panels are a good, cheap solution," he told AFP. Across the continent, consumers are opting for their own off-grid solar solutions to power homes and small businesses, even as African governments unveil massive new solar projects seemingly every month to expand their grids. According to International Energy Agency projections, almost one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will gain access to the grid...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on the sidelines of the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, which ends on Friday. Adesina and colleagues from the bank have been using the conference to highlight its new initiatives on energy, including the New Deal on Energy for Africa,...
(APA 11/18/16)
Namibia's power utility NamPower has signed a new power purchase agreement with Eskom of South Africa, which will guarantee electricity supply of between 150 and 200 megawatts per day up to March 2017. Namibia is a net importer of electricity, with up to 60 percent of its energy needs coming from neighbouring countries. NamPower managing director Simson Haulofu said the power purchase agreement with Eskom expires on March 31 next year. We have agreed on a tariff and everything is concluded, and what is left is for us to just meet and sign. It's a very competitive tariff for us and allows us the opportunity to have that, while we are rolling out our own plants, the official is quoted...
(APA 11/18/16)
Chinese nationals makes up the largest group of foreign nationals in Namibia, an official in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has revealed Friday. The ministry’s spokesperson Salome Kambala revealed to the Windhoek Observer that Namibia currently has of a total of 100,000 Chinese nationals. “The number of Chinese nationals in the country is increasing at an alarming rate, and is still increasing. What they do is that they come through visits, some on work permits and others on business engagements. Many who have been here for years are now permanent residents,” she said. Kambala noted that Angolans are the second largest group of immigrants, while Zimbabweans were the third largest and Pakistanis were fourth. “And then we also...
(APA 11/17/16)
Namibian President Hage Geingob is scheduled to begin a three day state visit to France from 27 – 29 November at the invitation of his French counterpart François Hollande, APA learns here Thursday. According to the International Relations and Cooperation Permanent Secretary son Thursday, President Geingob will be accompanied by high-powered delegation which includes the First Lady Monica Geingos, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, amongst others. “This visit is a continuation of the exchange of high level visits between the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations.
(APA 11/17/16)
Namibian Tourism and Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta has called on industrialised nations to honour their commitments to address the effects of global warming by ratifying the Doha Amendments to the Kyoto Protocol without delay, a statement release here Thursday says. Shifeta told the delegates at the 22 Session of The Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, in Marrakesh, Morocco on Wednesday that the continued delay has caused immeasurable harm to developing economies. “As developing countries, we are extremely concerned about the gap in the emission reduction targets of developed countries. We are equally concerned about the delay of Annex1 Parties to ratify the Doha Amendments to the Kyoto Protocol. I would like to reiterate our...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/16)
African leaders met in Morocco Wednesday on the sidelines of UN climate talks to agree a joint stance to fight global warming on the continent. "Africa is paying a heavy price over the climate issue and is without doubt the continent worst affected," Morocco's King Mohammed VI told the summit attended by 20 African leaders. "These disruptions... greatly hamper Africa's development and gravely threaten the basic rights of tens of millions of Africans," he said. He said the continent needed to "speak in a single voice, demand climate justice". France's President Francois Hollande and UN chief Ban Ki-moon also attended the summit which took place alongside the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakesh. Ban said Africa was at the forefront...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/16)
"Don't go!" That was the heartfelt appeal to African nations as the International Criminal Court opened its annual meeting Wednesday under the cloud of a wave of unprecedented defections. Gambia on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the court, following in the wake of South Africa and Burundi. "Don't go," pleaded Senegalese politician Sidiki Kaba, the president of the ICC's Assembly of State Parties meeting in The Hague. "In a world criss-crossed by violent extremism... it is urgent and necessary to defend the ideal of justice for all," he said. The tribunal opened in 2002 in The Hague as a court of last resort to try the world's worst crimes. But in his passionate plea,...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones become increasingly affordable,” says Reed. “There will be 1-billion mobile broadband connections in Africa in 2021, including 157.4-million 4G LTE connections. “Additionally, the number of smartphone connections on the continent will reach 929.9-million at the end of 2021. And non-SMS...
(AFP (eng) 11/12/16)
Across Africa, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump has provoked deep uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate change. Many African countries had high hopes that Barack Obama would bring transformative benefits to the continent and were left disappointed as he winds down his time in office. But Trump's rise to power poses fresh questions that reveal the lack of concrete detail on his foreign policy plans -- while the president-elect himself has seldom addressed African issues directly. One possible pointer is Trump's often repeated vow to kill "terrorists", which may lead to more aggressive US intervention against Islamist forces such as Nigeria's Boko Haram, linked to the Islamic...

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