Wednesday 18 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...
(Agence Ecofin 03/24/17)
(Ecofin Agency) - Namibia’s government plans to expropriate many white land owners soon in order to accelerate property transfer to the black majority of the country. This was revealed on March 21st by the nation’s president, Hage Geingob, on the sidelines of the 27th anniversary of Namibia’s independence. The president however plans to be fair in the process by providing compensation to the white owners as the constitution states in the case of expropriation. “If we are committed to achieving further economic growth and maintaining peace, then everyone should be open to new approaches. This means we need to refer back to our Constitution which allows for the expropriation of land with fair compensation and also look at foreign ownership...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
Namibian research firm IJG Securities said Friday that they expect further contractions in the construction sector in 2017 and beyond. The research firm said in a report that 2017 was off to a slow start with only 231 building plans having been approved in the first two months while 48 were completed, the lowest numbers in the last seven years. "As a leading indicator for economic activity in the country this implies that the whole economy could remain under pressure for the foreseeable future," IJG said. IJG said with government spending on infrastructure slowing and the current economic situation that makes it increasingly difficult for banks to extend credit, it is a cause for concern as the sector provides a...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
After the two-day demonstration by taxi drivers in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, Xinhua spoke to the Secretary General of the Namibian Employers Federation (NEF), Tim Parkhouse Thursday to find out whether the drivers have a legitimate point to feel aggrieved. Earlier this week, the President of the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU), Werner Januarie stated that taxi drivers wanted to be treated like other employees and receive a basic salary of 4,000 Namibian dollars (307 U.S. dollars) per month. He also feels that taxi drivers are not liable to pay for traffic fines as those are the employers' responsibility. "The money which the taxi drivers are demanding is a reasonable amount, it is almost a minimum wage," Parkhouse said...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive regional approach. "It is hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host Somali refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Namibia's president said Tuesday that the government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority. Speaking at Namibia's 27th independence celebrations, President Hage Geingob said the government should evoke part of the Constitution allowing for land expropriation with fair compensation since the redistribution process has been slow. "If we are committed to achieving further economic growth and maintaining peace, then everyone should be open to new approaches," said Geingob, Namibia's third president since the country gained independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990. "This means we need to refer back to our Constitution which allows for the expropriation of land with fair compensation and also look at foreign ownership of land, especially...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Frank Fredericks will stay on the IAAF Council while an ethics board reviews allegations that he accepted payments before the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Rio, Sebastian Coe, the organization's head, said on Tuesday. Fredericks, an International Olympic Committee member, stepped down two weeks ago as head of the team evaluating bids to host the 2024 Olympics and has also removed himself from the IAAF task force looking into doping in Russia. Despite the allegations, however, he will remain a member of the IAAF council while the ethics board determines if an investigation is necessary.
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly bludgeoned to death before being skinned in backyards and clandestine slaughterhouses. Around Mogosani village, in South Africa's North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens. Soon after, skinned carcasses with hooves chopped off are...
(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...

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