| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 01/23/17)
Two people have died in western Zambia after consuming anthrax-infected meat while the number of people affected has increased to 67, state media reported on Monday. Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said two people have died while 67 were currently receiving treatment from the time the disease broke out in November 2016. The 67 people were receiving treatment as of January 17, 2017 after consuming he contaminated meat, according to state broadcaster the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. The official, who was speaking after touring the affected areas, added that efforts to contain the outbreak were being hampered by hunger. The government has since warned residents in the province to desist from consuming meat from cattle that died from suspected anthrax...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/17)
Zambia and the European Union (EU) have signed a 65-million-euro financing agreement aimed at improving electricity connectivity in the country's capital, a senior official said Friday. The agreement, signed in Brussels, Belgium, by Zambia's Finance Minister Felix Mutati and European Commissioner for International Development Neven Mimica, was meant for the improvement of transmission, distribution and rehabilitation of a power connectivity line in Lusaka. The funds will facilitate the connection of the city's more than 63,000 new customers to electricity, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Finance Head of Public Relations Chileshe Kandeta. "This agreement will not only facilitate reduction of system losses and improved load management, but also provide the requisite energy for the private sector to...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday launched a tree planting exercise aimed at replenishing the country's fast disappearing forests. Lungu, upon launching the 2017 National Tree Planting exercise in Lusaka, the country's capital, expressed concern over the levels of deforestation and urged the ministry responsible for managing natural resources to ensure timber and other forestry-related activities be conducted in accordance with law. The country, he said, lost 27,000 hectares of forest between 2000 and 2014. Zambia is covered by 44.7 million hectares of forests, or 60 percent of the country's land. The Zambian leader went on to state the importance of adding value to the country's forests in order to create more jobs. Jean Kapata, Minister of Lands and Natural...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali, the Lord's...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/18/17)
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika ordered an investigation on Tuesday into a $34.5 million government maize purchase from Zambia after allegations that the price had been inflated. Zambian opposition leader Saviour Chishimba said last month he had seen documents showing Malawi had been charged $345 per tonne for 100,000 tonnes of Zambian white maize worth $215 a tonne. Malawi is importing the maize to ease food shortages affecting an estimated 6.7 million people, triggered by the severe drought that swept the region in 2016. Some senior Malawi government officials have said the price was higher because a transport and logistics company had to be hired to move the maize between the neighboring countries. In a statement from the office of the...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of China to ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching," Sebunya said in a statement issued in Nairobi The Chinese authority in December 2016 announced the...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical problems. They design medical equipment and devices, artificial internal organs or synthetic body parts. In Africa, the profession is relatively new-just about 10 years old in Uganda, it has been in existence in the developed world for nearly half a...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman, when France's military launched Operation Serval in January 2013 as jihadists allied to Tuareg rebels took control of the north of the country. "I took the necessary steps and we intervened militarily, and what we did there in terms of...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help force jihadists out of key northern cities. To this day, 4,000 French troops remain in the country and across the Sahel region. "(Choosing) Bamako as the venue is an act of confidence after the intervention," Ayrault told journalists as the...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted its military involvement in the continent. Several English-speaking African countries will also be present. In a bid to help crush the growing jihadist threat, France has trained more than 20,000 African soldiers every year since a Paris summit in 2013,...
(Bloomberg 01/10/17)
Farmers in southern Africa face a growing threat amid an outbreak of armyworms, a destructive pest that’s spread to Zimbabwe while continuing to decimate fields in neighboring Zambia. The black-striped caterpillars have infested 124,000 hectares (306,400 acres) of Zambian fields out of 1.4 million planted hectares, Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya told reporters on Tuesday in the capital, Lusaka. That’s up from an estimated 90,000 hectares last week. In Zimbabwe, the fall armyworm has been reported in seven of the eight corn-growing provinces, the government and farmers’ representatives said. The fall armyworm is a “major problem for us,” Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union President Wonder Chabikwa said by phone on Tuesday from Harare, the capital. The spread of the caterpillars is linked...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially in Africa where the president-elect has said little about his foreign policy agenda for the continent. Not surprisingly, Trump’s unpredictable, provocative style is sparking widespread concern across the continent as to whether the United States plans to remain engaged in...
(AfricaNews 01/09/17)
24-year-old Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba has made history in Zambia as the country’s first female fighter pilot to be accepted into the male dominated area of the military. After joining the military in 2012, Muwamba was fortunate to be part of the Zambian Air Forces programme to train female pilots who will bridge the gender gap in the field. “Men are not a competition but counterparts that one should work with, and hence women should begin to participate and realise their abilities. Because of this understanding, I am ready to undertake this task ahead of me,” she told local
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results in brackets with W denoting a win, D a draw and L a loss): FAVOURITES Egypt (WWW) Back among the elite and in good form. After winning three consecutive Cup of Nations titles, they failed to qualify for the past...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Zambia’s foreign exchange revenues could increase in 2017 as the price of copper rose at the end of 2016. The increase occurred after U.S incoming President, Donald Trump, announced the construction of various infrastructures in his country. Another factor behind the increase is the significant surge in Chinese demand which represents about half of world’s demand. In this context, analysts’ forecasts are very optimistic. U.S investment bank Goldman Sachs said a ton of copper will go for $6,200. Molly Shut, Analyst at BMI Research, even advanced that copper’s global market will be in deficit by 2019. Operation-wise, giants of the sector also share this optimism. Andrew Cole, Chief Analyst at Metal Bulletin Research said many investors were building treasury to...
(Lusaka Times 01/06/17)
Zambia’s largest taxpayer, First Quantum Minerals (FQM), was responsible for more than a third of government income from the mining sector in 2015, accounting for K3.3 billion of revenue to the State. The company’s contribution to the nation’s coffers is expected to have risen further in 2016 with the increased copper production from its Sentinel Mine in Kalumbila. According to analysis by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) ten companies contributed approximately 88 percent of total government revenues from the extractive industries sector in 2015, with FQM’s Kansanshi Mining accounting for almost 23.60 percent of the total extractive revenues for the year from mineral royalties, income tax, pay-as-you earn (PAYE), VAT, customs duties and other taxes and fees. “These figures...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be an early investor,” Rai told local Indian media Regions targeted are West and East Africa, especially Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana. Investments will range from half a million to $5 million. The investment firm’s expansion strategy in Africa...
(AfricaNews 01/05/17)
The law makes reference to mothers, but applies to every working woman irrespective of whether they are mothers or not. According to Zambia’s labour laws, female workers are allowed to take a day off duty each month. The law is seen as a reprieve to women during that time of the month – when they are in their period. The law is so wide open that women are allowed to absent themselves when they want to and without any medical justification to back their absence – that seems to be the major point of contention, interestingly among men and women alike. We have been educating women about Mother's Day, telling them that on that day, they are supposed to rest...
(Bloomberg 01/04/17)
Zambia’s Energy Regulation Board cut fuel prices after President Edgar Lungu said this weekend he expected it to do so even as Brent crude climbed 13 percent last month. Gasoline prices will fall by 8.8 percent to 13.7 kwacha ($1.26) per liter, while diesel will drop 6 percent to 10.72 kwacha per liter, the regulator told reporters Tuesday in Lusaka, the capital. The changes are effective midnight. The government increased fuel prices by more than 30 percent in October in a bid to remove the subsidies that the International Monetary Fund had criticized, as it prepares to start talks for an aid package with the Washington-based lender in February. The energy regulator said the price cut was calculated following an...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/04/17)
Zambian workers have downed tools at a mine and copper processing plant belonging to Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), a unit of Vedanta Resources, in a dispute over the pace of wage talks, a union official said on Wednesday. "The day shift workers have not entered the plant, they are protesting the slow pace of salary negotiations," National Union of Mine and Allied Workers (NUMAW) trustee Jonathan Musukwa told Reuters. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Ed Stoddard and Susan Fenton)

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