Friday 24 November 2017
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Eleven people were killed on Wednesday when a small plane crashed into the Empakaai Crater, a caved volcanic caldera in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. Charles Mkumbo, Arusha regional police commander, confirmed that the 11 people were heading to the Serengeti National Park from Arusha International Airport Wednesday morning. The airplane, identified as a Cessna Caravan, belongs to the Coastal Aviation, which said in a statement that the plane carried a single pilot and ten passengers. The cause of the accident is yet to be established and rescue authorities are heading to the crash site. This is the second time in a month Coastal Aviation is involved in an accident. On October 26,...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Africa is making only faltering progress towards food and nutrition security, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutrition or anaemia as well as high rates of obesity," it says in a new report, Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, "progress towards the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets has been generally poor," the Rome-based agency says, referring to goals to end hunger by 2025. The annual document came out Thursday at the start of a two-day food and health seminar in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. Around 200 people from 47 African nations are gathered to discuss "sustainable food systems...
(AFP (eng) 11/15/17)
Eleven people have died after a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania, according to the aircraft's owners, Coastal Aviation. "We are deeply saddened to report that eleven people have died after a single-plane accident this morning in Northern Tanzania," the company said in a statement published on its website. Coastal Aviation, which conducts flying safaris in East Africa, said the Cessna Caravan, carrying a pilot and 10 passengers, had crashed in the Empakaai crater area. The...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
Female domestic workers from Tanzania are being physically and sexually abused and exploited by employers in the Gulf, a rights group said Tuesday. In a 100-page report on treatment of East African female domestic workers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Human Rights Watch (HRW) said workers "face excessive working hours, unpaid salaries, and physical and sexual abuse." "Many Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman and the UAE are overworked, underpaid, and abused behind closed doors," said Rothna Begum,...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Ministers from 13 European and African countries on Monday pledged steps to ease the migrant crisis around the Mediterranean, vowing especially to improve conditions for migrants held in Libya. Interior ministers and other representatives from countries impacted by the ongoing wave of migration up through Africa towards Europe, including Libya, voiced deep concern over the "ongoing human tragedy" along the so-called Central Mediterranean route. "The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/17)
At least five children were killed Wednesday while playing with a grenade at a school in northern Tanzania, a local official told AFP. "We regret the death of five children, there are 23 others injured," said Adroniz Rurindoli, a local government official in the Ngara region, where the school is located. "The accident happened this morning (Wednesday). The children were playing with this grenade which they thought was just a simple metallic object," he said. Rurindoli said the victims were...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/17)
A dozen other students look on as Umar Amadu uses a glass pipette to draw a solution from a conical flask as part of a chemistry experiment. It could be a scene from any school laboratory around the world, but until two months ago Amadu and his fellow students had no access to any science equipment. Science subjects at his rural secondary school outside the city of Katsina in northern Nigeria were taught using theory only. But now they have...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/17)
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. [UBER.UL] is growing rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa and considering moves into more markets, despite sometimes violent opposition from metered taxi drivers, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Uber’s service has triggered protests by rivals from London to New Delhi as it up-ends traditional business models that require professional drivers to pay steep licensing fees to do business. “We are bullish on Africa. The growth here is still substantial and we think...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa’s mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks. A report by research and consulting firm Ovum in London estimates that mobile broadband connections will rise from 419 million at the end of this year to 1.07 billion by the end of 2022. “Data connectivity is growing strongly in Africa, and there are also good prospects on the...
(Xinhuanet 10/31/17)
Tanzania's newly appointed Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Hamisi Kigwangalla said on Monday the east African nation's anti-poaching drive will now focus on the arrest of ringleaders and dismantling of poaching syndicates instead of seizure of ivory. "The government will use intelligence to arrest poaching ringleaders," he said in the country's political capital, Dodoma. He said the government is investigating a huge poaching syndicate. Kigwangalla said a hardcore poacher was arrested in Meatu district in Shinyanga region on Sunday...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Tanzania has deported three South African lawyers arrested last week for "promoting homosexuality", their organisation said in a statement. The Initiative for Strategic Litigation (ISLA) in Africa said that the three had been "deported earlier this evening", in the statement dated Friday. The lawyers were amongst a group of 13 people, including a Ugandan and Tanzanians, who were arrested last Tuesday at the Peacock hotel in Dar es Salaam. Local police chief Lazaro Mambosasa said they had been "promoting homosexuality".
(AFP (eng) 10/24/17)
Elephant poaching in Africa declined for a fifth straight year in 2016 but seizures of illegal ivory hit records highs, the CITES monitor said Tuesday, calling it a "conflicting phenomena". In its latest report, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species also noted that despite the overall fall in poaching, Africa's elephant population has continued to drop "due to continued illegal killing, land transformation and rapid human expansion." Global illegal ivory trade has remained relatively stable for six years,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African political leaders, activists, and local chiefs joined forces on Monday to commit to ending child marriage in West and Central Africa, the region with the highest child marriage rate in the world. More than a third of girls in the region are married under the age of 18, with the rate over 50 percent in six countries and up to 76 percent in Niger. Driven by factors including poverty, insecurity and religious tradition, marrying...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/17)
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Of the 8,000 special forces "operators" deployed globally this year, more than 1,300...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it. Prompted by sexual abuse allegations against American film mogul Harvey Weinstein, millions of women around the world have been sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement has reached only...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Tanzanian police said Wednesday they had arrested 12 men, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed homosexuality as part of an ongoing crackdown against gays. "We arrested the criminals at (the hotel) Peacock -- they were promoting homosexuality. Two are South Africans, one Ugandan and nine Tanzanians," Dar es Salaam police head Lazaro Mambosasa said at a weekly press conference. He said the 12 were being questioned ahead of being sent before a court and did not say when they had been arrested. "Tanzanian law forbids this act between people of the same sex, it is a violation of our country's laws," said Mambosasa.
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Twelve people were killed Monday when the minibus they were travelling in plunged into Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania, according to a statement from the presidency. President John Magufuli said he was "very shocked and deeply saddened at the news of the death of 12 people when their vehicle tipped into" Africa's largest lake, which also spreads into Uganda and Kenya. The statement said the vehicle was on its way to drop passengers at a ferry station when it left...
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
Tanzania has started a vaccination campaign against anthrax, an infection that affects livestock, wildlife and human beings, an official said Wednesday. Bedan Masuruli, registrar of the Tanzania Veterinary Council, said the campaign, launched in northern Tanzania's safari capital Arusha, targets thousands of livestock in a new drive to fight against anthrax, an infection caused by the bacterium bacillus anthracis. He said that cattle, sheep, and goats are highly at risk for anthrax, hence they will be vaccinated during a one-week...
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
Nine people died in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam after drinking local brew suspected to have been poisoned, a local leader said on Wednesday. Margret Mugyabuso, the local leader at Kimara Stopover suburb where the grisly incident occurred, said several other drinkers have been admitted to Mwananyamala government hospital. Mugyabuso said two people died on Tuesday evening and seven others died on Wednesday while receiving treatment. "It is believed that they drank the local brew mixed with an industrial...
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is currently looking for a co-financing partner to fund the 445 km Kenya-Tanzania highway, officials said. AfDB Chief Regional Program Officer Lawson Zankli told Xinhua in Nairobi in a recent interview that his bank has tentatively set aside 300 million U.S. dollars towards the road project that runs along the East African Coastline from Malindi in Kenya to Bagamoyo in Tanzania. "We are looking for partners to bridge the remaining 485 million dollars required to...

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