| Africatime
Sunday 23 April 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/07/17)
Access to off-grid solar energy in rural areas of Africa goes beyond lighting up homes - it also enables people to connect to the wider world and boosts their economic prospects, said the head of one of the continent's biggest solar companies. Azuri Technologies' entry level solar system - for which customers pay a one-off installation fee, then use scratch cards or mobile phone payments to top up on a weekly or monthly basis - provides eight hours of lighting each day. Having power at home for the first time encourages customers to also buy mobile phones, radios and televisions, giving them regular access to the media and the internet, said Simon Bransfield-Garth, chief executive officer of UK-based Azuri. "This...
(The Citizen 04/06/17)
Dar es Salaam — Zambian authorities have seized about 200 Tanzanian trucks carrying logs from the DR Congo, according to the Tanzania Truck Owners Association (Tatoa) claims. Tatoa chairperson Angelina Ngalula said more than 400 Tanzanian drivers and their turn boys are also allegedly held in Zambia. Ms Ngalula told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the Zambian authorities believe the logs are from the Southern Africa country, and not from the DR Congo. In February, Zambia banned the export of logs to curb deforestation. However, Tatoa claims the logs were in transit to the Dar es Salaam Port from the DRC. Ms Ngalula claimed the drivers had all documents to prove that the logs were from the DRC...
(Zambian Eye 04/05/17)
President Edgar Lungu has officially commissioned the Zambian Breweries’ US$33 million state-of-the-art malting plant in the Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone (LS-MFEZ). “This new facility, which is the first of its kind in Zambia, will enable locally grown barley to be processed into malt, the main ingredient for clear beer. It will contribute to creating business for farmer suppliers who will provide the brewery with barley, thus spurring economic growth and job creation, ultimately putting more money in people’s pockets,” said President Lungu during his address to assembled dignitaries, including Finance Minister Hon. Felix Mutati and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe.
(Zambia Reports 04/05/17)
Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has vowed to stop the PF government under President Edgar Lungu from leaving the International Criminal Court. Hichilema says he has friends across the globe and that he will use his connections to block Zambia from leaving the ICC. The PF government has embarked on a countrywide survey to find out if Zambia should leave the ICC. Justice minister Given Lubinda announced that K2 billion was already allocated in the budget.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/05/17)
A South African company planned to build a dam and 235 megawatt hydro-electric power station costing about $1.26 billion (R16.9 billion) in Zambia to help plug a power shortage, Zambia’s embassy in Pretoria said last Friday. Zambia generates about 2600MW, mostly from hydro power stations. Generation is running below capacity because of poor rainfall. Alongside growing demand for electricity, this has left the country with a deficit of about 600MW. MDH South Africa has proposed being an anchor developer for the Ndevu Gorge Power Project which is planned on the Luangwa River in eastern Zambia, the embassy said. “The company has since made an application for authority to proceed with feasibility through the Ministry of Energy,” it said. The Ndevu...
(Zambia Reports 04/05/17)
Government has formally begun working on a plan to regulate the sale and consumption of alcohol in Zambia. Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale has disclosed that he has to this effect already had meetings with alcohol producers in Zambia. Mwale says it has been established that there is illegal production of alcohol in the Country whose brands do not have traces of the manufactures. He says government is aware that some of the illicit alcohol brands commonly known as Junta are produced in neighboring countries like Malawi and Tanzania were they are in fact banned. He states that government is however working with other relevant authorities at border entry points to ensure that these illicit beers are not allowed...
(Voice of America 04/05/17)
A Red Cross report says African countries are failing their internally displaced people. Reversing that trend was the subject of a high level meeting of the International Red Cross and the African Union that wrapped up Tuesday in Zimbabwe. Africa has about 13 million internally displaced people, a third of the global number of IDPs, and more than double the amount of refugees on the continent. By definition, refugees flee across a national border, while IDPs leave their homes but stay within their own country. African Union Commission head of humanitarian affairs, refugees and displaced people Olabisi Dare says the situation of IDPs in Africa is very critical, dire and worsening. "...The issues that are generating internal displacement [are] multiplying...
(Financial Times 04/04/17)
Countries should develop policies to attract labour-intensive production leaving China. China’s initial wave of investments in Africa focused on natural resource extraction. Their demand for metals and energy was so large that it actually boosted global commodity prices overall, which in turn accelerated growth across the African continent. These times of China propping up global commodity prices are now over, as it has built up excess capacity in many sectors and now faces slow investment growth. This lower demand has contributed to the overall slump in global commodity prices since 2014, making it unlikely that China will again fulfil the role of driving commodity prices. Rather, its position has now shifted to becoming the largest exporter of capital. This provides...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/31/17)
Zambia is attempting to convert the nation to energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs to help plug crippling power shortages that have hit mining and agriculture and imposed daily rationing on parts of the country. If all homes and industries switch to the longer-lasting bulbs, the country could save up to 200 megawatts of electricity annually - about 30 percent of its power deficit - according to the state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO). The company is planning to distribute 5 million free LED bulbs by June in exchange for conventional ones, at a cost of $20 million. The aim is to replace every incandescent bulb in the country. "With such initiative, we are going to save a lot of...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday held talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn which culminated in the signing of three agreements to enhance bilateral ties. The three agreements in media and communication, water development and trade were signed after talks held at State House. The two leaders witnessed the signing of the agreements by officials from the two governments, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. The Zambian leader told his guest that the two countries shared common values based on liberty, peace and prosperity and that Zambia was keen to enhance trade with Ethiopia for the benefit of the two peoples.
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The Zambian government on Wednesday called for reinforced partnership with the United Nations (UN) in order to enable the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Minister of Information and Broadcasting Kampamba Mulenga, while commending the role played by the UN in alleviating poverty, enhancing good governance and offering guidance and building institutional capacity in country, said there was need to create effective oversight in the implementation of government policies towards the achievement of the goals. In remarks delivered when a UN delegation led by Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan paid a courtesy call on her, the Zambian minister said the government was committed to and was working towards the achievement of the SDGs. "The UN system has been supporting...
(Lusaka Times 03/30/17)
Lusaka has the potential to help reach Zambia’s target of 1 million tourists per year by ensuring that business travellers to the capital city enjoy their stay beyond conferencing, meetings and workshops. Business travellers to Lusaka are an untapped market for tourism and Zambia has not taken advantage of the capital city’s central location for international and regional business meetings and conferences. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, business tourists accounted for 54 percent of the total visitors to Zambia in 2015. Conference arrivals in the same year totaled 22, 902 to represent an increase of 9 percent from the previous year. Promotion of tourism activities and facilities in and around Lusaka could position the city as more...
(Lusaka Times 03/30/17)
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Zambia for taking up a universal health coverage system which enables people to acquire health services at an affordable cost. WHO Zambia Representative Jacob Mufunda said through the provision of universal health coverage, Government was working towards achieving the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) to be accomplished by 2030. “Zambia has done well in ensuring that universal health coverage is provided. This shows that Zambia is on the right path and is working towards achieving the SDGs,” Mr Mufunda said. He said this in Lusaka yesterday when he officiated at the Zambia Newborn Bottleneck Analysis (BNA) meeting. Mr Mufunda said the universal health coverage being provided also helped Government tackle the...
(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...
(Zambia Reports 03/29/17)
President Edgar Lungu has expressed disappointment at the extent to which the illegal mukula tree trade has increased. President Lungu said this when he visited Nakonde border post where he came to first hand reality of the impounded commodity. "Yesterday, I toured the Nakonde boarder. I was very disappointed with the continuing illegal Mukula tree trade," he says, adding "I have warned everyone engaging in this illegal trade to stop immediately. I have also directed law enforcement agencies to be on high alert to ensure we curb this retrogressive practice. Let culprits be brought to book, irrespective of who they are!" President Lungu has since directed Home Affairs minister Steven Kampyongo to ensure that all culprits are brought to book...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/17)
Zambia opened public consultations this week on the government's plan to leave the International Criminal Court, as several other African countries re-assess their membership. South Africa recently revoked its planned departure from the ICC, based in The Hague, and The Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, reversed his predecessor's decision to withdraw. Zambian justice minister Given Lubinda announced the consultation, which will run until Friday, in a speech to parliament last week. "The consultative process will be conducted through public hearings in 30 districts where members of the public will be invited to make oral and written submissions," Lubinda said. The government will then decide whether to seek to leave the court
(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...
(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...

Pages