| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
The Zambian government on Friday reiterated that it has no plans to introduce a dress code for teachers. Recently, the Teaching Service Commission, a quasi-government agency that oversees all matters related to terms and conditions of teacher services, suggested that a dress code for serving teachers, especially for female teachers be put in place in order to enhance effective learning. But Hilary Chipango, the spokesperson for the Ministry of General Education said the ministry has no plans to introduce a dress code for teachers as it was not an important issue. He added that teachers have always been advised to dress appropriately when on duty in accordance with their profession requirement and that there was no need to put in...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20 comprises of the G20 think tanks. Dr. Christine Hackenesch, researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE) said, "There was an agreement that there must be a continuous and sustained engagement between G20 and Africa because there is a strong dependence...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/02/17)
African leaders have backed a "strategy of collective withdrawal" from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but it came with unspecified reservations, an African Union official said on Wednesday after this week's African Union summit. The official did not give details about the strategy or the reservations, but it highlights broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the ICC unfairly targets them. A document seen by Reuters before the summit proposed a co-ordinated withdrawal unless the ICC was reformed. It included a call for "regionalization" of international law, a reference to proposals for an African war crimes court. Almost a third of the ICC's 124 members are African, and a withdrawal by a large number of them would cripple...
(Forbes 02/01/17)
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest in the energy and agricultural sectors of Zambia. According to Nigeria’s Punch newspaper, Dangote made this known on Sunday when he paid a courtesy call to Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, in Lusaka. While urging the Zambian government to roll out policies that would encourage foreign investments in the country, Dangote noted that energy is a critical requirement for economic development and called on President Lungu to expand Zambia’s energy supply footprint both for local consumption, and export to regional markets. “I am here not only to explore investment opportunities and consolidate our existing business relations, but also to congratulate you for your victory in the last general elections. I wish you many...
(Andalou Agency 02/01/17)
'This is a tragedy, and we demand the protection of children,' says Archbishop Tresphore Mpundu. After telling people she was sexually assaulted by the man she called “uncle,” instead of getting sympathy, she was told to keep her mouth shut. She was only 10. "I was in sixth grade when a cousin of my stepfather raped me. I was on my way home from school in the evening when he dragged me to a nearby bush where he raped me," Barbra Kwalela, now 23, told Anadolu Agency. "But when I told my mother about it, she not only scolded me but asked me not to tell anyone for fear that she and myself would be thrown out of my uncle’s...
(Lusaka Times 02/01/17)
First lady Esther Lungu says Zambia has seen an increase of women on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) treatment from 26 in 2002 to over 400,000 in 2016. Mrs Lungu said this follows government’s investment in the health sector which she says has seen a reduction of the HIV prevalence rate from 19 percent in 2003 to 11.6 to date. Highlighting the successes made in Zambia in relation to the fight against HIV and AIDS during the Organization for African First Ladies 15th ordinary session, Mrs Lungu said 700 adults and 51 children were put on Antiretroviral Therapy in 2016. The first lady said more than three million people in Zambia have accessed HIV testing. And focusing on the theme, ‘Building on...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea, for a rotating chairmanship of the African Union. In his acceptance speech on Monday, Conde said, "It is with honor and humility that I accept to preside at the destiny of our Organization during the year...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/17)
A Zambian law that entitles women to take one day off work a month when they have their period is stirring increasingly fierce debate in a country reluctant to discuss sexual health. Discreetly called Mother's Day, the 2015 law -- unique in Africa -- enables women to be absent from work without notice or a doctor's note to help them cope with menstrual bleeding, pain and cramps. "It helps me to manage my physiological needs (and) I think it's very important that I always endorse it," Shupe Luchembe, 36, a civil servant in the capital Lusaka and mother of three, told AFP.
(Xinhuanet 01/30/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu will host a high-level meeting on the implementation of the Common African Position (CAP) on ending child marriage in Africa in collaboration with the African Union (AU) Commission. The event will be held on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa in line with the 2017 AU theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth," according to a statement from AU on Monday. The AU Commission launched a continental campaign in May 2014 to end child marriage on the continent. Several activities have been undertaken by the pan-African bloc together with its member states and partners on national launches, capacity building workshops, as well as monitoring and evaluation,...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/17)
The African Union (AU) has been endeavoring to ensure robust, resilient and long-lasting economic transformation of Africa through promotion of infrastructure and energy development on the continent, noted Elham Mahmood Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. Speaking at a press conference Friday ahead of the 28th AU leaders' summit here, the commissioner said the pan-African bloc has scored achievements in its flagship projects and programs on the development of energy, transport as well as in the information and communication technology (ICT) areas, which she said are the biggest priorities in Africa's infrastructure sector. In cooperation and coordination with its regional, continental, and international partners, AU has been committed to development of infrastructure on the continent, which facilitates trade, economic...
(Bloomberg 01/27/17)
Barclays Africa Group Ltd. was targeted by protesters who entered one of its branches on Thursday and demanded the bank pay back money from a bailout provided to a company it bought before the end of apartheid. Demonstrators linked to the youth league of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress gathered outside the branch in Durban on South Africa’s east coast, Johannesburg-based Barclays Africa said in an e-mailed response to questions. Police ensured customers and staff were protected during the incident, it said. The protests come after the leaking of a draft report compiled by South Africa’s graft ombudsman that said Barclays Africa, which traded as Absa then, may have unduly benefited from state support when it bought Bankorp in...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/17)
Zambian police officers have been warned that it is illegal for them to marry foreigners, officials said Thursday, in a crackdown over national security. The move to strictly enforce long-established wedding regulations attracted criticism from human rights' groups that described it as discrimination. The police force said that increasing numbers of officers were getting married to foreigners in defiance of the law. "What prompted us to say that officers should not marry foreigners is because there are officers who are breaching the law," police spokeswoman Esther Katongo told AFP. "Issues of security are delicate and we cannot just sit and watch men in uniforms marrying women from foreign countries." Katongo declined to identify the nationalities of the foreigners, but some...
(Xinhuanet 01/26/17)
Adopting African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) has been named a major task for the African Union (AU) this year as the 30th session of its Executive Council opened on Wednesday. In her remarks at the opening of the meeting, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, called for member countries' commitment to meeting the first target in Agenda 2063 of commencing the CFTA by end of 2017. She underlines the need "to do what needs to be done on the free movement of persons, so that we unlock opportunities for intra-African trade, studies, business and tourism." In her remarks at the opening of the 33rd session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma said the AU's major...
(Lusaka Times 01/25/17)
Zambia will maintain bilateral ties with both Morocco and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as one of the ways through which to help promote cordial relations between the two countries. Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said that Zambia will, however, ensure that the interests of the country came first as the country pursued this position. Mr. Kalaba has said that as a member of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, Zambia would like to use this as a vehicle that would see the two parties that have been locked in conflict over territorial control, engage in dialogue in order to find a solution to their differences. This is in line with the Constitutive Act of the AU...
(Lusaka Times 01/25/17)
A group of donors supporting Zambia’s health sector has warned that the current global political climate does not guarantee the continuation of their support to Zambia. The cooperating partners say ongoing funding levels should not be expected in the current global political climate. Businessman Donald Trump who was last Friday inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States signalled intentions to prioritise American interests which many fear might result in aid cuts. In the UK, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process. The judgement means Theresa May’ Conservative Government cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing – although this is expected...
(Lusaka Times 01/25/17)
British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE says the UK and other health cooperating partners are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Zambians. Speaking on behalf of Cooperating Partners that are supporting Zambia’s health sector at the Health Sector Annual Consultative Meeting in Lusaka on Tuesday, Mr Fergus said, “the Health Sector commenced 2016 on a high note following some success in achieving the 2015 millennium development goals four and six on reducing child deaths and halting the spread of HIV.” He said the success of Zambia’s national HIV program has put the country on a trajectory to achieving epidemic control with HIV prevalence having decreased by just over a third from 15.6% in 2002 to 11.6% in...
(BBC News Africa 01/25/17)
Police in Zambia have been banned from marrying foreigners, according to a memo by police inspector general Kakoma Kanganja circulating on social media. The memo, dated 11 January, said those who were already married to foreigners should declare this within a week. It said failure to do so would "attract disciplinary action". Police spokeswoman Esther Katongo said: "Issues of security are delicate. If not careful, spouses can be spies and can sell the security of the country." Ms Katongo told the BBC that a standing order had been issued, notifying police officers of the measure, but that the ban itself was not new. She said officers had previously obeyed the ban but the new order had been thought necessary because...
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign with Beijing we’ll offer you $50 billion or even more,’’’ Barry said in an interview in the capital, Ouagadougou, this month. “Taiwan is our friend and our partner. We’re happy and we see no reason to reconsider the relationship.” Competition...
(Xinhuanet 01/24/17)
Zambia requires about 20 million U.S. dollars to completely phase out the use of incandescent bulbs and enforce the use of energy saving bulbs, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Zambia has already banned the use and manufacture of incandescent bulbs as one way to deal with a power deficit the county has been grappling with since 2015. Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame said the money was required to procure and distribute about five million energy saving bulbs in the country. She told reporters during a press briefing that the ban on the use and manufacture of incandescent bulbs came into effect on January 1, 2017 following the issuance of a statutory instrument, adding...
(Cnbc Africa 01/24/17)
While Brexit and the U.S. election dominated headlines in 2016, the African continent witnessed major changes of its own. Its two largest economies were destabilized, with Nigeria being driven into recession and the South African political elite grappling for power. Conflict continued to make news, with the continuation of people trafficking across the Mediterranean and violence in South Sudan bubbling over. Macroeconomic concerns Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa fell to 1.5 percent in 2016 according to the World Bank, which deemed this "the weakest pace in over two decades." The slowdown was chiefly blamed on low commodity prices. But, the organization forecasts growth of 2.9 percent in the region for 2017. Africa's two biggest economies have a lot to account for...

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