| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(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,...
(Bloomberg 12/19/16)
Konkola Copper Mines, the Zambian unit of Vedanta Resources Plc, has been ordered by a U.K. court to pay Zambia’s state-owned mining investment company about $100 million for a claim related to the copper price, according to two people familiar with the case. ZCCM Investments Holdings, in which the government has a 77 percent stake, filed the application in June for outstanding payments under a 2013 copper price participation deal. A KCM spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a call or e-mail seeking comment, and neither did Vedanta. The state-owned company won a default judgment on Dec. 16, according to the people, who asked not be to named as the outcome isn’t public yet. Zambia is Africa’s second-biggest copper producer. KCM...
(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...
(Lusaka Times 12/15/16)
Zambia should delay its planned re-financing of $2.8 billion worth of Eurobonds until financing conditions ease, an International Monetary Fund representative said on Monday. “We would caution the government not to tap into the international markets at this time,” the IMF’s resident representative, Alfredo Baldini, told reporters during the release of an IMF report on growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The Eurobonds were issued from 2012 to 2015, and the Zambian government planned to re-finance them with longer-dated bonds at a lower cost, Finance Minister Felix Mutati said on Dec 7. “The financing conditions are pretty tight right now, and it will be very expensive,” Baldini said on Monday. In fact, the bonds would only fall due in 2022, 2024 and...
(Lusaka Times 12/15/16)
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has dismissed cliams by the opposition UPND that the Zambia Police Service operates upon instructions of ruling PF members. The Minister stated that PF cadres have had no power and authority over the police. Mr. Kampyongo says instead police officers get instructions from the Commander In-chief of the Armed Forces or President Edgar Lungu, their respective High Command and otherwise also from him. Mr. Kampyongo said this in parliament yesterday. The Home Affairs affirmative in response said those behind bars offended the law and the should blame themselves. Mr. Kampyongo said the law is fair even for PF members and not only selective towards misdeed of the opposition. And Mr. Kampyongo says the Public...
(Zambia Reports 12/15/16)
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema took his funeral about the August 11 elections loss to Golden Bridge Hotel where he issued a directive to his Members of Parliament to move a motion to disband the Electoral Commission of Zambia. And UPND vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has closed whatever little possibility of having an elective convention in the party by saying there was no need as they had an intelligent leader. Addressing a media briefing this morning Hichilema said that the ECZ was incompetent and needed to be disbanded. He said he will direct his MPs to move a motion in parliament to disband the ECZ and replace it with a new body. Hichilema said the new body should be chosen...
(The Guardian 12/15/16)
Experts from Seattle, Silicon Valley, Atlanta and beyond are donating their time to develop technology that could help eliminate malaria by 2020. Marianne Soko considers the data on her computer screen, trying to decide which thatched houses and breeze block shops to spray next with insecticide. Armed with powerful data visualisation tools that map malaria cases, trends and resources, Soko, a 30-year-old environmental health officer, is on the frontline of the Zambian government’s ambitious campaign to eliminate malaria by 2020. She is tasked with stamping out malaria in the district of Itezhi-Tezhi, a region of cattle, maize and fish farming where seasonal floods make the clay plains impassable. As the district’s malaria focal point person, she supports Zambia’s National Malaria...
(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...
(Bloomberg 12/14/16)
Sharply falling water levels at Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa dam, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest hydropower plant, are threatening electricity supplies to countries including South Africa, which buys about a third of its output. Levels are the lowest Phil Bezuidenhout, a lodge owner at the dam, has seen in the 24 years he’s operated on its shores in the country’s northwest. “This is definitely the lowest it’s been in my time,” he said by phone. “These levels are ridiculously low.” Southern Africa’s worst drought in 35 years has cut inflows from rivers including the Zambezi and prompted Zambia and Zimbabwe to last year more than halve power production at the Kariba dam, which is upstream from Cahora Bassa. Levels at the Mozambican reservoir...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/13/16)
Zambia should delay its planned re-financing of $2.8 billion worth of Eurobonds until financing conditions ease, an International Monetary Fund representative said on Monday. "We would caution the government not to tap into the international markets at this time," the IMF's resident representative, Alfredo Baldini, told reporters during the release of an IMF report on growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The Eurobonds were issued from 2012 to 2015, and the Zambian government planned to re-finance them with longer-dated bonds at a lower cost, Finance Minister Felix Mutati said on Dec 7. "The financing conditions are pretty tight right now, and it will be very expensive," Baldini said on Monday. In fact, the bonds would only fall due in 2022, 2024 and...
(Lusaka Times 12/13/16)
The United Party for National Development (UPND) leadership is alleged to have instructed their National Youth Chairperson to infiltrate Zambia’s largest Students body in the forthcoming ZANASU elections slated for this Friday 16th and 17th December 2016 at the University Of Zambia (UNZA) , Great East Campus. A high profile UPND sponsored aspiring candidate for president Calvero Zimba is alleged to have been seen moving from one institution to another with logistical support. A source from UNZA-UPND said the leadership has instructed the Party National Youth Chairperson to work with students Union bodies across the country to ensure that the ZANASU top executive is controlled by the UPND. He said the UPND sees the student mother body as a structure...
(Lusaka Times 12/13/16)
Both international and local media outlets have reported that five countries in West Africa have resolved not to import dirt fuels from Europe any more. This comes in the wake of whistle blower watch dog report that European refineries were exploiting weaker regulatory frameworks in Africa by exporting diesel containing very high levels of Sulphur content. And the United Nations (UN) has commended the move by the above countries in that it will help more than 250 million people breathe safer and cleaner air. Sulphur particles emitted by diesel engines are considered to be a major contributor to air pollution and are ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of the top global health risks associated with heart...
(The New York Times 12/13/16)
To stay or to roam? That is the African question. The following new and improved accommodations, from Indian Ocean island resorts and highland volcano lodges to hotels in working vineyards and solar-powered desert camps, capture the continent’s diversity. Meanwhile, the latest tours take roads less traveled, from the desert of Sudan to migratory grounds in Zambia. BOTSWANA The Lodge at Feline Fields In the Kalahari Desert, the new solar-powered Lodge at Feline Fields aims to use low-impact tourism to drive conservation in the region. Its six suites include three tented rooms and three two-story villas with their own pools. Rooms come with fat-tire bikes for rides to the main lodge, which is home to a swimming pool, lounge and dining...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 12/09/16)
Zambia joined the rest of the world in marking the International Anti-Corruption Day with the launch of a National Slogan Against Corruption meant to drive the country's anti-corruption crusade. The slogan "A Corruption-free Zambia Begins with Me" is meant to be a rallying call for all anti-corruption strategies in Zambia. Vice-President Inonge Wina, who launched the slogan, said the government was hopeful that the slogan, if fully embraced and applied, will result in the attainment of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the country's Vision 2030. "I am confident that the slogan will permeate every level of our society. It is a noble call for everyone to embrace and practice that which can make this country corrupt-free,"...
(eNCA 12/09/16)
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid a courtesy call on Zambian President Edgar Lungu. Lungu is on a three-day state visit to South Africa. The visit follows a meeting with President Jacob Zuma. Both countries are hoping it will boost trade, investment and, science and technology. President Zuma has urged Zambian companies to take full advantage of their historical and political ties. Both leaders are also concerned about the devastating impact of the drought in the Southern African region.
(Times of Zambia 12/09/16)
The Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) has so far purchased more than 15,000 tonnes of maize from farmers in the country. ZCF executive director James Chirwa said ZCF was doing everything possible to ensure that it had adequate maize stock for the milling plants. Mr Chirwa disclosed that ZCF had another source of grain which was helping the cooperative to ensure that the solar powered milling plants operate continuously. He was speaking when the Chinese ambassador to Zambia Youming Yang toured the solar powered milling plant in Bauleni Compound in Lusaka yesterday. "We have taken measures to ensure that all the milling plants have adequate maize, we have so far purchased more than 15,000 tonnes of maize from farmers but we...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 12/08/16)
Ecobank, a pan-African bank, has denied media reports that its operations in Zambia will soon cease as it was facing liquidity problems, the bank said in a statement Thursday. The Nigerian-headquarter bank said it has since embarked on a strategic plan to focus on growing its business in Zambia through innovation and technology. "Ecobank is here to stay and we are progressing with the strategic plans set for the entire Central, East and Southern Africa region. We are consolidating our businesses to ensure that we give our customers optimal service. In Zambia, we are focused at enabling our customers to transact their business efficiently, conveniently and fast," Kola Adeleke, the bank's managing director in Zambia said in a statement. Some...

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