| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(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...
(The Namibian 11/11/16)
The provision in the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework draft bill which will have white businesses sell a mandatory 25% shares to black people can be reconsidered. This was the view of the chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission, Yvonne Dausab. She said this during a plenary discussion at the Invest In Namibia conference, which ended in Windhoek yesterday. That provision has been criticised and caused fear amongst most white-owned businesses in the country, despite President Hage Geingob's persistent attempts to have white people understand it and share their wealth. "Neeef is being reviewed. If there are any issues or conflict, there is always room for improvement, but I think the issues that have been raised are being...
(New Era 11/11/16)
Rundu — An accountant in the Directorate of Education at Rundu is being investigated for allegedly embezzling funds from the Ministry of Education between 2013 and September 2016. The investigation is being conducted by the police and the Directorate of Education at Rundu. The suspect, whose identity is known but cannot be made public until after she has appeared in court, is suspected of defrauding the ministry by making unlawful payments into various teachers' bank accounts without authorisation from supervisors, using other colleagues' passwords. It is suspected that the accountant embezzled more than N$11 million, according to chief regional officer for the Kavango East Regional Council (KERC) Ludwig Thikusho, who oversees the work of the Directorate of Education. Ten teachers...
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will be spread among a number of unspecified African countries, have a major focus on training and increasing “capacity” of the host nation as well as other countries’ troops, and build on existing social, economic and deradicalization programs on the ground...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million more than South African club Mamelodi Sundowns received last month. There is an even bigger percentage increase for winners of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup with first prize increasing from $660,000 to $1.25 million. Both the Champions League and Confederation...
(Dw-World 11/09/16)
Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. "Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation," he wrote on his Twitter account. Burundi's controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza - the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision to stay in power beyond a constitutional two-term limit- followed suit. "Your victory is the victory of all Americans," he wrote on Twitter. Buzz on social media Social media platforms were abuzz with reactions just moments after the poll results...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/16)
Germany on Monday pledged a 61-million-euro ($67.44 million) hike in funding for U.N. relief operations in Africa so that fewer of its people undertake perilous odysseys to Europe, which has struggled to absorb an influx of migrants since last year. The extra funding lifts Germany's total contribution to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to 298 million euros for 2016, Foreign Ministry officials said. Its total humanitarian budget for 2016 was 1.28 billion euros, up from just 105 million euros in 2012. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the increase during a meeting with U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in Berlin. Countries targeted by Germany's move are ridden by chronic conflict, disastrous climate change and poverty. Many of their citizens...
(The Telegraph 11/07/16)
Just a few months after being elected Conservative Party leader, David Cameron flew to Rwanda. It was a high-profile trip so he could see first-hand the development of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and launch his party’s review on globalisation and global poverty. On his first day, he visited a textile factory in Kigali, the country’s capital. Above the hum of the silk reels, he chatted to some of the workers and admired the quality of the patterned fabrics. Before he left, the factory owner, Raj Rejendran, asked for a word. Growing the business, he explained, required expanding into overseas markets. He knew there was demand in the UK for his silk fabrics, but he faced heavy import duties. Might...
(AFP (eng) 11/05/16)
"The dream becomes reality", "Our son, our hope": the headlines in the Kenyan press in 2008 captured pride and excitement after the election of Barack Obama. Eight years later, enthusiasm for the outgoing president has faded on a continent that he is accused of forsaking. The election of the first black president of the United States on November 4, 2008 sparked scenes of jubilation in Kenya, the homeland of Obama's father. A public holiday was declared in honour of his victory. There were widespread hopes that Obama would do much for Africa, but as he prepares to hand over to either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, he is accused of neglecting the continent. "Africa had unrealistic expectations towards Obama given...
(APA 11/04/16)
Standard Bank of Namibia, through its Buy-a-Brick housing initiative has announced that it will construct a new house for Namibian athlete, Ananias Shikongo, who won five medals at the recent 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil. The 29-year old visually impaired athlete won a gold medal in men’s T11’ 200m, and two bronze in the 100m and 400m during the Rio Paralympics. The head of Corporate Social Investment Sigrid Tjijorokisa announced the banks decision to build Shikongo a N$500, 000 ($37,166) house during the annual disability sport award ceremony on Thursday evening. Advocate Tjijorokisa said the Bank saw the need to reward Shikongo for this determination and courage to achieve his dream against all odds. “Disability does not mean inability and...
(AFP (eng) 11/04/16)
As Canada considers where to send troops as part of a commitment to boost UN peacekeeping efforts, its defense minister will visit Mali and Senegal starting Saturday, the government said Thursday. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan will spend four days in the two countries to assess local security challenges and concerns. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters a decision on where to deploy Canadian peacekeepers would be announced "in the coming weeks, probably." In August, Trudeau pledged Can$450 million (US$350 million) and 600 troops for UN peacekeeping operations around the world. At the time, only 31 Canadians were deployed in a handful of locations -- Haiti, the Jerusalem region, South Sudan, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Korea. That...
(APA 11/03/16)
The Bank of Namibia in its November 2016 Economic Outlook Update released on Thursday expect the domestic economic growth to slow down, before improving in 2017. This early update is necessitated by significant changes in the mining and government sectors: a downward revision in the mining sector due to revised projections from uranium mines and increased measures to fast track the pace of fiscal consolidation in the government sector. Emma Haiyambo, the Director: Strategic Communication and Financial Sector Development said the domestic economy is projected to slow down in 2016, before next year. “Namibia’s real GDP growth is projected to slow down to 2.5 percent in 2016, before accelerating to 4.0 percent in 2017. The projected growth rates represent a...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant they had little time to celebrate only the second South African success in the premier African club competition. They defeated Polokwane in a League Cup tie last Thursday only to lose at home against Cape Town City in their second...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/02/16)
South Africa's dams could take up to five years to recover even if the country experiences normal rainfall following a severe drought, authorities said on Tuesday, increasing the prospects of water rationing. Southern Africa has been affected by a severe drought that has prompted water restrictions by various municipalities, which have warned that water could be rationed if consumers do not heed calls to cut consumption. "We predict that it will take anything from two to three years and even up to five years to recover from the drought we have just come through," said the department of Water and Sanitations deputy director general Trevor Blazer. Blazer said only about 8 percent of rainfall water is captured in dams, with...

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