| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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,"...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/17)
Lawyers and human rights campaigners launched an initiative for African whistleblowers in Senegal on Tuesday, aimed at providing a secure means of exposing wrongdoing on the continent. African nations such as Somalia, South Sudan, Libya and Guinea-Bissau regularly appear at the very bottom of rankings such as Transparency International's Corruption Index, while none make it into the top 30. The Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) will provide guidance from legal experts, secure submission of information and...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte is currently on an official visit to assess the human rights situation of older persons in Namibia. A statement from the UN's Information Centre in Windhoek on Monday said the expert's visit started on March 2 and will end on March 13. The visit is an important opportunity to identify both best practices and gaps in the implementation of existing laws related to the promotion and protection of the rights of the elderly,...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
China has expressed its determination to cooperate with the Namibian government on wildlife protection ahead of the World Wildlife Day which falls on March 3. Speaking at a briefing at the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, Chargé d'affaires Li Nan said that China will never give cover to lawless poachers and has zero tolerance for poachers. Li noted that China also fully supports the Namibian government in amending environmental laws. Namibian Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu also said...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
A prolonged drought across the East African region and heavy flooding in some southern African countries are compounding the effects of conflicts to make people's lives difficult. Against the global trend of good harvests, Africa, especially its eastern part, faces the challenge of worsening food security due to drought and conflicts. Some 37 countries require external assistance for food, including 28 African countries, as a result of lingering effects of last year's El Nino-triggered drought on harvests, says the UN...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
Namibia on Tuesday confirmed a second case of Congo fever in the country this year, days after a 26-year-old farm worker died with the disease at a hospital 200 km from the capital Windhoek. The second confirmed case involves a man from the south of the country, and he is now receiving treatment in the Gobabis District Hospital, where the first Congo-fever patient died on Feb. 22, local media cited Health Minister Bernard Haufiku as saying. Five hospital staff members...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born...

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