Wednesday 25 April 2018
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(Gurtong Net 07/16/13)
BOR, 16 July 2013 [Gurtong] – Speaking to the Media this morning, the commander of Nepalese army in UNMISS camp who arrived to South Sudan three month ago said he discovered South Sudan as having a lot of fertile land which is not being used for agricultural purposes. “I see a lot of fertile land and the land is not occupied for the agriculture purposes. So we brought more vegetable seeds and a lot of plant seeds from Nepal. We have grown those seeds in our camp now we have brought some of these plants to the state central nursery in Bor,” said the commander. He said that they have more seedling in their camp planted that are ready to...
(Gurtong Net 07/16/13)
JUBA, 16 July 2013 [Gurtong] - The equipment which includes laptops, printers, photocopiers, electronic accessories and furniture was presented to the University’s Principal, Professor Wani Sule, by the acting National Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr. Kwong Danhier Gatluak. Speaking during the event at the university’s administration block, Prof Sule underscored the effort for the support and said it will be put to good use in the School of Management Sciences, School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, and the College of Social and Economic Studies. Mr. Danhier said the donation is aimed at improving the academic excellence of the university. “It will be a national pride if the University of Juba produces high quality, disciplined...
(Gurtong Net 07/16/13)
JUBA, [Gurtong] - Hilde F. Johnson the UN Special Envoy in South Sudan told the press in Juba that, the mission still remains concerned on the situation. “We are concerned and deeply concerned about the fighting and the violence,” she said, “And we have stated that clearly and we are urging everyone all leaders of all communities to go for restrain and to end the circle of violence in Jonglei State.” The UN Humanitarian Chief Coordinator Toby Lanzer on Sunday said at least 200 people wounded were flown out of Pibor following the clashes in the area.Jonglei State Governor on Saturday sought for intensified intervention of the national government on the situation.He met South Sudanese Vice President Dr. Riek Machar...
(Sudanese Online 07/16/13)
First and foremost, the Nuer community in general and the citizens of Unity State in particular applaud the decision Your Excellency had taken to relieve retired Maj. Gen. Taban Deng Gai from governorship of Unity State to achieve peace in our country. Majority of the citizens of South Sudan are profoundly delighted to see a change of leadership in Unity State because the leadership of Taban Deng Gai had been a source of constant threat to South Sudan national security for years. We would like to reiterate to Your Excellency that most of the rebels who took up arms in Unity State did so against former Governor Taban Deng due to his mismanagement of the affairs of Unity State. It...
(Sudan Tribune 07/16/13)
July 16, 2013 - Over the past few years the Sudanese press has dedicated more and more space to coverage of crime, reports that attract a greater readership than the seesaw of Juba-Khartoum relations and the bellicose politics of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its opponents. In fact, the widest distributing paper in Sudan, al-Dar, is wholly dedicated to crime and scandal, feeding a steady stream of the bizarre, extreme and shocking to the gossip rounds of the nation, associated in the rule with the lengthy multi-event weddings and extended funerals that channel rather than interrupt daily life. Thanks to an ever increasing number of cars and internet-wired mobile phones, the more affluent middle-class inhabitants of Khartoum and...
(Sudan Tribune 07/16/13)
Juba — South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir has called on state governors and speakers of the 10 legislative state assemblies to work for the unity of the country's leadership. Kiir made these remarks Monday while officiating at the opening of the 6th speakers' forum held at the National Legislative Assembly. The event is the first ever held in the country post-independence era. "Work for what unites us all," the president told the gathering of senior officials mainly from the south-ruling (SPLM) members. The speakers' forum was created to build the relationship between the executive and the legislature and brought together the governors and their ministers of parliamentary affairs as well as the speakers of the state parliaments. In the recent...
(Dw-World 07/16/13)
Over 200 people have been wounded in ongoing ethnic violence between Lou Nuer and Murle tribes over the past one week. The two tribes have constantly fought over cattle and land dating back to colonial times. "The communities are in urgent need of medical attention," Toby Lanzer, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, said in a statement, referring to the ongoing fighting pitting the Lou Nuer against the Murle tribe. The top UN official warned more casualties could be found following more than one week of fierce tribal fighting in Jonglei. "Some 200 casualties have arrived in Manyabol", Lanzer told the French news agency AFP. Manyabol is only one of the remote settlements where militia gunmen from rival ethnic...
(Voice of America 07/16/13)
Inter-ethnic clashes in the east of Jonglei state have claimed scores of lives, wounded fighters from the Lou Nuer and Murle communities have said as they sought medical care in Bor, the capital of the state. Humanitarian agencies and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been unable to confirm the casualty figures, but the head of mission for Doctors without Borders (MSF), Raphael Gorgeu, said an MSF hospital in Bor was treating 144 wounded fighters from both sides, most of whom had firearm injuries and 28 of whom required surgery. Chuol Dak Ruach, a member of the Lou Nuer community who took part in the fighting last week with the Murle, gave a chilling description of the clashes,...
( 07/16/13)
Aru — Benjamin Mogga heads the community protection committee (CPC) in Aru, a dusty South Sudanese town hugging the road between Juba and the Ugandan border. He volunteered for the position three years ago and is responsible for the more than 200 returnees in his area, helping them reintegrate into the community and ensuring that they have access to justice. It has not been an easy job. Tensions have arisen over access to the area's scant basic services and land, and are particularly acute between new returnees and those who have been back home a little longer, or those who never left. "A returnee is like a visitor who cannot get access," said Mogga. In Aru and the surrounding communities,...
(AFP (eng) 07/16/13)
Long lines of wounded fighters crowd the wards of Bor hospital, the latest casualties of brutal fighting in South Sudan's troubled Jonglei state. Lying on a basic mattress in a store room -- the surgical ward is too full of those with gunshot wounds -- 15-year old fighter Duol Puol says he went to fight in revenge after Murle fighters attacked his family. "I should feel sad when we kill them," said Puol, who joined hundreds of young men from the Lou Nuer community in taking up arms against the rival Murle tribe. "But because my parents have been killed, I feel happy that at least we are paying them back," he adds, as other fellow teenage fighters nod in...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(The Guardian 07/16/13)
Africa has bounced back faster than expected from the financial crisis and can expect a period of solid growth, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). The bullish assessment came in the bank's first development effectiveness review. Released during the AfDB's annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, the bank's scorecard assesses aid effectiveness at four levels: Africa's overall development progress in areas such as growth, human development and governance; results from its operations, showing how the bank has contributed to Africa's development; how well the bank has managed its portfolio of operations; and how well the bank runs itself. The exercise is part of the increasing focus on aid effectiveness since the 2005 Paris declaration on the principles of effective aid...
(Sudan Tribune 07/15/13)
Bor/Juba — At least 160 wounded people were flown to Bor civil hospital in Jonglei on Sunday from Manybol in Pibor county, after United Nations troops accessed the Nanaam area for the first time since fighting between rival groups broke out last week. The Jonglei director of the South Sudan Red Cross, David Gai, said the "majority" of patients were young men from the Lou Nuer tribe who launched an attack on the area on 7 July. The fighting has been focused around Nanaam village in Pibor, but due to the remoteness of the area, the government and UN have not been able to provide details about the clash. South Sudan's army says that the area has been occupied by...
(South Sudan News Agency 07/15/13)
The president of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, last month suspended two government ministers, Kosti Manibe Ngai and Deng Alor Kuol. The two ministers were accused of "requesting and wiring funds without the knowledge of the presidency and other relevant institutions". The president also lifted their immunities so that the two former ministers can be investigated and prosecuted if the allegations brought against them are credible. But the documents leaked to the South Sudan News Agency revealed that other government officials are the actual players in the scheme. Bellows are the financial transactions, correspondences, images, and the order of the council of ministers: 1. http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13816199/578057296/name/Scan1.PDF 2. http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13816199/1881598195/name/Scan10001.PDF 3. http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13816199/635516392/name/Scan10002.PDF 4. http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13816199/635516392/name/Scan10002.PDF 5. http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13816199/1900198950/name/Scan10004.PDF 6. http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13816199/1900198950/name/Scan10004.PDF 7. http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13816199/2855905/name/Scan10006.PDF...
(The Telegraph 07/15/13)
Food and drinking water is in short supply and the people in the camps are living in substandard conditions, said international medical organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). MSF teams have launched an emergency response to help the 20,000 people, who arrived over the past 12 months and who are receiving minimal humanitarian assistance due to the remoteness of the region and due to confusion over whether they should be considered as internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees or returnees. Recent months have seen the arrival of waves of displaced people fleeing violence mainly along the Kiir/Bahr al Arab river in the disputed border region. Shaun Lummis, MSF field coordinator in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, said: "Humanitarian agencies have struggled to understand...
(Sudan Tribune 07/15/13)
Bentiu — A new water bottling company opened in South Sudan's Unity state will employ 20 local staff, while more are to be absorbed as production increases next year, its Chinese proprietors said. Bentiu Water, which officially opened Friday, is the first company to produce bottled water in Unity state. Traders and merchants in the state previously imported bottled water from South Sudan's capital, Juba. The factory has been earmarked to process three tones of water per hour, producing 18,000 bottles per a day from underground water resources. With fuel costs doubling in recent years, the price of transporting goods, including bottled water, from Juba has increased dramatically. Prices have also been affected by the 2012 oil transit fee dispute...
(Sudan Tribune 07/15/13)
(KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said they are still waiting for evidences proving that Juba has stopped its support to the rebel groups and ended its relations with the SPLM-N. The statements were released on Sunday evening following the weekly meeting of the NCP political sector. Some hours before, the security services emailed a report the news rooms of national newspapers alleging that SPLM-N deputy leader Abdel Aziz El-Hilu and Gibril Ibrahim of JEM have arrived on Saturday to Juba before heading to Kampala where the rebels are schedule to hold a leadership meeting. "We are still waiting for tangible evidence proving the end of relations with the so-called SPLM-North and Revolutionary Front, and the stoppage of...
(ABC News 07/15/13)
Some 200 civilians have been wounded in ongoing clashes between rival tribes in South Sudan's largest state, according to a United Nations official who is urging the central government and local officials to stop "the cycle of violence" that has killed many people and displaced thousands. The most critically wounded are now being treated in the capital of Jonglei state, where there is a rebel insurgency against the central government, Toby Lanzer, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, said in a statement late Sunday. The mix of ethnic clashes and a military assault against rebels in Jonglei has attracted the attention of humanitarian workers who have had little or no access to the area. On Sunday aid groups were...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/13)
(Reuters) - Tanzania said on Sunday it would seek a stronger mandate for peacekeepers in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region after seven of its troops were killed in an ambush on Saturday. The head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, told Reuters in Paris that the situation in the area was "totally unacceptable". Tanzania said 36 members of its contingent of soldiers and police had been ambushed by rebels some 20 km (12 miles) from Khor Abeche in South Darfur. Seventeen others were wounded, including two women. "We are communicating with the U.N. on the possibility of strengthening the mandate of peacekeepers in Darfur to enable our troops to protect themselves against attacks," Tanzania's army spokesman, Kapambala Mgawe, told reporters in...

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