| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/22/16)
Selma saunters on her stilt-like legs, batting thick lashes as she extends a blackish tongue -- as long as an arm -- to grab pellets offered by an awed tourist. The giraffe is after all, eating for two. Her pregnancy is good news for one of the rarest giraffe species, protected at the Giraffe Centre in the Kenyan capital, but experts warn the outlook for the rest of the world's tallest land mammals is far gloomier. While it is hoped the shocking news that the gentle giants of the African savannah are facing extinction will spur action, conservationists largely have their hands tied as many giraffe live in Africa's most conflict-torn regions. Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan...
(APA 12/21/16)
Weather forecasters have warned of a heat wave that will hit Swaziland on Thursday with temperatures soaring up to 39 degrees Celsius. The Swaziland Meteorology (Swazi Met) Services released its weather forecast on Wednesday, saying the Lowveld, which is the hottest of the kingdom’s four climatic regions, will remain between 33 and 39 degrees Celsius on Thursday. “Temperatures will be very hot throughout the week with high chances of thunderstorms expected to occur mostly in the afternoons,” read the weather forecast released by Swazi Met. In its seasonal forecast, the department predicted a chance of normal to above normal rainfall over most parts of the country especially in January and February.
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy and finance body points out that signs of an expansionary fiscal stance under the Trump administration coupled with spending cuts to accommodate increased infrastructure expenditure are likely to lead to the decrease in aid. "Aid is one of the main...
(APA 12/20/16)
Five South Africans were among 125 people arrested in Swaziland during the past weekend for allegedly driving while drunk, APA has learnt. The five were arrested in the capital Mbabane on different occasions and appeared in court on Monday where they were fined amounts ranging between US$123 and US$375 for the crime. Magistrate Sifiso Vilakati found Elias Mbedze, Abraham Mabula, Mndeni Nkosi, Khanyisile Simelane and Makhosonke Nkambule guilty of drink-driving and driving negligently. The face prison terms of between 18 and 24 months if they fail to raise the fines imposed by the court.
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and heart problems -- proving increasing deadly on the continent. A World Health Organisation (WHO) survey released Tuesday showed that most Africans had at least one risk factor for developing one of these diseases, such as smoking, a lack of exercise,...
(APA 12/16/16)
The government of Swaziland has declared 27 December 2016 and 2 January 2017 as public holidays, APA learnt here. In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 2 of the Public Holidays Act, 1938, the Minister of Home Affairs, hereby appoints Tuesday December 27, 2016 a public holiday in Swaziland, the government said in General Notice No.41 of 2016 issued on Thursday. The gazette was issued by the acting Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Arnold Dlamini who also said December 19 is a public holiday as the country celebrates the Incwala holiday on Saturday.
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(APA 12/08/16)
The government of Swaziland received funding to the tune of $3.87 million from the Taiwanese government, which will be shared by three ministries, APA learns on Thursday. The money was presented by the Taiwanese ambassador Thomas Chen to Prince Hlangusemphi, the Minister of Economic Planning and Development on Thursday. The minister listed the beneficiary ministries as Education and Training, Natural Resources and Energy and Economic Planning and Development. “Projects that will be funded include rural electrification schemes, schools, completion of solar-powered LED lighting system, procurement of six vehicles for the Royal Swaziland Police Service and the rehabilitation of the Mbabane
(APA 12/07/16)
The World Bank has urged Swaziland to create at least 25, 000 jobs to maintain the current employment rate, local media reports disclose here Wednesday. Swaziland, with a population of 1.2 million, has an employment rate currently of 6.7 percent and it is estimated that it will rise to 190.56 percent by 2020. “A study conducted by the World Bank said the country currently suffers from a double digit unemployment rate and government therefore, needs to put in place policies that would create employment, especially for the youth,” states the Swazi Observer on Wednesday. The World Bank in the report, released this month said between now and 2050, Swaziland will experience a 43 per cent rise in the absolute size...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(APA 12/01/16)
Swaziland spent US$150 million on 30 tenders awarded to companies who facilitated the smooth running of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in August. A report issued by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development on Wednesday indicated that tenders that were awarded included water and sewage services supplies, catering, decorating and transport services. Of note is that most of the companies that were awarded tenders were entrepreneurs. Swaziland had set aside a budget of US$4.7 million for the event and US$875,000 came from donors while US$60,000
(APA 12/01/16)
The Swaziland Justice and Peace Institution (SJPI) has identified four elements indicating that Swaziland is susceptible to terrorist attacks, APA learnt on Thursday. In a statement on terror early warning signs, SJPI said on Thursday that the main threats to Swaziland's peace and stability included the influx of illegal immigrants, land disputes, poverty and the rule of law. It said these four issues had the potential of causing havoc, including terrorism, in the southern African kingdom if they are not addressed urgently. While we appreciate the ongoing probe into the influx of illegal immigrants, the legislators took a long time though to address the issue and now it is out of hand, SJPI chief executive Musa Hlophe said. The statement...
(APA 12/01/16)
South Africa's Department of Basic Education has stopped Swaziland from offering the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination, according to media reports monitored here. The Times of Swaziland reported on Thursday that only children of diplomats or staff members of any embassy or consulate would be considered for NSC examinations, popularly known as matric. It said the directive was communicated through a letter sent by the South African government to the country's Ministry of Education and Training. Dated September 28, 2016, the letter states that the offering of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination in Swaziland and anywhere outside the borders of the Republic of South Africa was not accommodated in policy and regulations and is, therefore, contrary to the laws...

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