Tanzania/Senegal: World Cup 2022

Cameroon and Tunisia, despite falling short to progress into the knockout phase of FIFA World Cup finals, they retreat home with chest up after disappointing heavyweights Brazil and France respectively. The duo joined Ghana to complete a trio package of African teams flying out of Qatar leaving behind Morocco and Senegal which continue to fly

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Africa: UNFPA Directors meet in Sierra Leone for a strategic review of the agency’s programs in West and Central Africa

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1 December 2022 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sierra Leone this week hosted a high-level delegation from its Regional Office in Dakar and Headquarters in New York led by the Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin, the Director of the Technical Division Dr. Julitta Onabanjo and

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South Africa: Cabinet Welcomes Launch of Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Institute of SA

Cabinet has welcomed the launch of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute of South Africa at the Johannesburg Business School on Wednesday. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute is a collaboration between the DCDT, Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg. Cabinet said that the first-of-its-kind institute ushers a new era in South Africa’s digital

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Kenya: Marriot Urges MPs to Prioritize Bills On Drought and Election Financing.

Nairobi — United Kingdom High Commissioner to Kenya Ambassador Jane Marriot has underscored the need for the Parliament to fast-track and approve the pending National Disaster Risk Management Bill and the Election Campaign Finance legislation. Marriot noted that the National Disaster Risk Management Bill which seeks to establish mechanisms to deal with Natural calamities like

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March against Uganda oil pipeline in Paris

Environmental activists, religious figures, and believers protested Tuesday in Paris against the mega oil projects of the French group TotalEnergies in Uganda and Tanzania, a first action led by the movements Extinction Rebellion Spiritualities and GreenFaith. “Deliver us from Total”, “Warm hearts, not pipelines”: they were about thirty gathered in front of a TotalEnergies gas

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Nigeria: Abuja-Kaduna Train

Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, weekend, expressed 90 per cent readiness over the commencement of the Abuja-Kaduna train services. The Minister spoke to journalists at the Rigasa train Terminal, in Kaduna shortly after a brief inspection of the Abuja, Idu train station and the Rigasa, Kaduna Terminal respectively. This was as he backtracked on

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Nigeria: Nigeria Offers Artisanal Miners Up to N100 Million 20-Year Loan

The government encourages artisanal miners to form cooperatives to ease access of government financing and provision of equipment. The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has urged artisanal miners to expand their frontiers by registering with cooperative societies. This according to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekun Adegbite, will enable them to access

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Nigeria: Media Groups Strategise On Implementation of Self-Regulation Platform for Journalists

The proposed Ombudsman system will also help to stave off government’s stifling regulatory moves and attack on free press. Major media organisations in Nigeria have mapped out a strategy on how to implement a self-regulatory mechanism to check ethical and professional breaches by journalists. The proposed Ombudsman system will also help to stave off government’s

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Nigeria: Nigerian Govt Trains 3,700 Teachers Ahead of History Reintroduction in Schools’ Curriculum

Stakeholders have intensified calls for the government to re-introduce the subject into the nation’s education curriculum since its removal in the 2009/2010 academic session. The Nigerian government has commenced training of 3,700 teachers of History as part of a process to reintroduce the subject into basic education curriculum in the country. History as a subject

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South Africa: Tension Over Electricity Between Families in Shacks and Government Housing in Kariega

Wires swing like washing lines from the bungalows to the shacks Elderly people and people with disabilities living in bungalows in Gunguluza in Kariega say they are battling with illegal electricity connections from the neighbouring informal settlement. They say they are too scared to prevent the connections. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is currently installing

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Africa: How Can AfCFTA Grow Africa’s Manufacturing and the Resultant U.S.$560 Billion in Exports Earnings?

By Simon W. Nderitu With the right policies and support, manufacturing can single-handedly transform the continent’s outlook in the shortest possible time. The promises brought about by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are immensely appetizing and very appealing. It’s not surprising, therefore, that most African countries quickly accented to the agreement within the

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Ghana: Ghana Digitised Its Address System

analysis By Louis Kusi Frimpong, Matthew Abunyewah, Seth Asare Okyere and Stephen Kofi Diko Smart urbanism is about using digital technologies to address urban problems. Across the continent, digital technologies and smart initiatives have been applied in myriad ways, including crime control, urban planning and traffic management. It hasn’t always worked, however. Sometimes these initiatives

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South Africa: Police Could Do Far More to Make South Africa Safer

The South African Police Service must be strengthened, as should partnerships with others performing local safety functions. Rising levels of murder and robbery, gender-based violence, embedded organised crime and police corruption characterise South Africa’s crime crisis. Can the country’s system of policing and safety be fixed? And if so, how? Our continuing reference point for

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Africa: Scientists Uncovered the Structure of the Key Protein for a Future Hepatitis C Vaccine

The hepatitis C virus, or HCV, causes a chronic liver infection that can lead to permanent liver scarring and, in dire cases, cancer. It affects around 71 million people worldwide and causes approximately 400,000 deaths each year. While treatments are available for HCV-related infections, they are expensive, hard to access and do not protect against

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Africa: COP27

Sharm El Sheikh — After a tense impasse and many hours of negotiations, almost 200 countries struck a deal to set up a loss and damage fund to assist nations worst hit by climate change – a demand considered not-negotiable by the developing countries. COP27 was extended by a day after negotiators couldn’t agree on

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Congolese in Rwanda share their experiences as tensions between the two countries remain high

As the attempts to restore peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the East African Community regional leaders continue, rebels from the March 23 Movement have advanced to capture territories in the eastern DRC. The Congolese government still claims Rwanda is orchestrating the clashes between the two countries by supporting the M23 rebels.

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West Africa: French-Speaking Countries Begin Tunisia Summit Focused On Economy

The world’s French-speaking countries gathered in Tunisia on Saturday for talks focused on economic cooperation, more than a year after President Kais Saied began an internationally criticised power grab. The two-day meeting and an associated economic forum will officially focus on technology and development, but it is also an opportunity for Western and African leaders

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Leaders of French speaking countries meet in Tunisia for international summit

Representatives of the world’s French-speaking countries gathered in Tunisia on Saturday for talks focused on economic cooperation. The 18th summit of the International Organisation of Francophonie  comes more than a year after the country’s president Kais Saied began an internationally criticised power grab. Tunisia is confronted by a deep economic crisis which has pushed a

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Africa: Women on the Frontlines Show Solutions to the Climate Emergency #AfricaClimateHope

Sharm el-Sheikh — As the world warms, the effects of climate change will not be felt equally by all Women bear the brunt of the the climate emergency by carrying the burden of environmental, economic, and social shocks, yet are excluded from decision-making due to pervasive and entrenched gender inequality. In the wake of extreme weather and other climate

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Africa: Joint Action Plan for Promoting One Health Launched at COP27 #AfricaClimateHope

Sharm el-Sheikh — Africa’s public health systems with often poor infrastructure are overburdened as well as lack the necessary equipment and medication to treat patients The climate crisis together with extreme weather has created conditions conducive to outbreaks of infectious diseases such as new breeding sites for malaria, dengue fever, and other diseases. This has

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South Africa: South African Delegation to UN Questioned on Femicide, Xenophobia

Cape Town — United Nations Grills South Africa on Corruption, Femicide and Xenophobia The United Nations (UN) has held its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) where South Africa was tasked to address critical issues including femicide, xenophobia and corruption, Mail & Guardian reports. A European delegate called on an accelerated “activation of the anti-corruption action plan.”

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Africa: Blowing Hot Air

Sharm el-Sheikh — Finding sustainable forms of energy is one of the critical global challenges we face when dealing with the climate emergency and that means an urgent move away from fossil fuels. One tool that helps to evaluate the progress that countries make on their climate policy is the Climate Change Performance Index compiled

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Africa: Climate Briefs

Harare — Germany Commits €40 Million to African Development Bank Group’s Climate Action Window Initiative for Fragile African States Germany has committed €40 million (U.S.$41,3 million) to the African Development Bank Group’s Climate Action Window, German State Secretary for Economic Cooperation and Development Jochen Flasbarth has announced. At the 27th session of the UN Climate

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South Africa: Power Utility Warns of Another Six to 12 Months of Rolling Blackouts

South Africans are in for a dim festive season. Eskom has announced that ‘protracted load shedding’ will continue for ‘six to 12 months’, as major repairs and capital investment projects are set to reduce already constrained generation capacity. “Due to the vulnerability and unpredictability of the power system, coupled with the major capital projects, maintenance

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South Africa: Power Utility’s Head of Generation Quits Amid Warnings of More Loadshedding

South Africans should expect more blackouts during the festive season and beyond. This is according to Eskom COO, Jan Oberholzer, who says prolonged load shedding will continue to be implemented over the coming months as major capital projects and repairs reduce available generation capacity. Oberholzer was speaking on Tuesday at a briefing on the state

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Ethiopia: Resumption of Humanitarian Assistance to Northern Ethiopia

We welcome the commitment to unhindered humanitarian access and clarification of cessation of hostilities implementing arrangements articulated in the Declaration of the Senior Commanders Meeting on the Implementation of the Ethiopia Permanent Cessation of Hostilities Agreement announced today in Nairobi. In addition to more concretely specifying the implementation of the November 2 agreement signed in

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Abortion legislation in Morocco an ‘absolute emergency’, Dr Chraibi pleads

The debate over abortion has flared in Morocco after a 14-year-old identified as Meriem died following a clandestine pregnancy termination in a rural village. The founder of the Moroccan Association Against Clandestine Abortion adds his voice to calls for the legalization of the procedure. “It (abortion legislation) is an absolute emergency because we are witnessing

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Africa: Climate Action Must Focus on Decent Work and a Just Transition #AfricaClimateHope

Sharm el-Sheikh — Providing decent jobs, and protecting the rights and futures of workers are levers for climate ambition, says a global trade union confederation We’ve heard calls for a just transition but what does it mean? A just transition, according to the Paris Agreement, rests on creating decent work and quality job opportunities, and  implementing

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Ethiopia: Civilians Killed Following Intense Fighting Between Rebel Group, Government Forces in Nekemte, Western Oromia Region

Addis Abeba — Residents say civilians have been killed following an intense fighting between fighters of rebel group, Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) and the government forces in Nekemte city, the capital of East Wollega zone, Oromia regional state, on Sunday 06 November. Two residents of the city who spoke to Addis Standard on conditions of

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Africa: Theory From the South?

Much more than material support for the democratic process, Africa–and the developing world–needs the United States to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles. It is far from surprising that the just concluded Brazilian presidential election attracted more than the usual attention from observers of the democratic process across Latin America. Over the course of his

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Malawi: Escaping Poverty Requires Improved Agricultural Productivity, Climate Resilience, and Structural Transformation

Lilongwe — The new World Bank Poverty Assessment Report finds that just over half the Malawian population (50.7%) are poor, almost no different from a decade ago. High population growth, low levels of average per capita GDP growth (1.5%) and reliance on low-productivity, rain-fed small-holder agriculture are the core drivers of stagnant poverty levels. Nevertheless

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South Africa: Terry Pheto’s House May Go Up for Auction to Recover Lottery Funds

Numerous properties belonging to Lotteries Commission executives, their relatives and cronies frozen by court order Millions in properties and assets, including actress Terry Pheto’s luxury home, have been frozen by court order. The Asset Forfeiture Unit is seeking to recover millions misappropriated from Lottery grants. GroundUp has reliably learnt that the Special Investigating Unit has

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World climate summit to get underway in Egypt against backdrop of war in Ukraine

Last minute preparation are underway in Egypt’s seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as it prepares to welcome delegates to this year’s United Nations Climate Conference, COP27. Some 30,000 people representing governments, businesses, NGOs, and civil society groups are registered to attend the meeting which gets underway on Sunday. This year’s gathering is taking place against

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South Africa: Millions to Be Spent to Complete Abandoned Lottery-Funded Projects

Engineers to be paid directly to finish multi-million rand infrastructure projects The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has allocated nearly R65-million to finish Lottery-funded projects where tens of millions of rands were looted. New funds are to be paid directly to engineers commissioned by the NLC instead of dodgy non-profit companies. Over R240-million in grants has

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South Africa: Eastern Cape Farm Dwellers Plead for Access to Electricity and Water

But farmers explain it is too costly for them to pay to install the infrastructure Farm worker rights lobby organisation, Khanyisa Educational and Development Trust, hosted a dialogue in Alexandria near Port Alfred. They are investigating claims that some farmers are withholding access to electricity and water, while others apparently charge unaffordable fees to people

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Lagos Fashion Week ends on a high

In Nigeria, 58 designers participated in Lagos Fashion Week that ended on Sunday. For her 2022 “Retrospect” collection, designer Ejiro Amos Tafiri sought inspiration in former Nigerian First Lady, Maryam Babangida. SOUNDBITE 2 – Ejiro Amos Tofiri, Creative Director at E.A.T Brand (female, English, 20 sec): “The acceptance of clothes made by Africans is growing

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South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa -Zwelethini

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ceremony for the handover of the certificate of recognition to His Majesty King Misizulu ka-Zwelethini, Moses Mabhida Stadium, eThekwini: Wena Wendlovu! Wena Wendlovu! Bayede! Programme Director, His Majesty King Misizulu kaZwelithini, Bayede! Hlanga lomhlabathi! His Majesty King Mswati III, Your Majesties Kings and Queens, Former President Thabo Mbeki

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South Africa: New Zulu King Crowned

It was truly a coronation fit for a king at Moses Mabhida Stadium where thousands gathered during the handing over of the certificate of recognition by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Zulu King Misuzulu Sinqobile kaZwelithini on Saturday. An estimated 48,000 people attended the spectacle – including former heads of state, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, and

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South Africa: Ramaphosa condemns US security alert warning of attack in Johannesburg

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday regretted as “unfortunate” the US embassy’s issuing of a warning of a possible weekend “terrorist” attack in the country without consulting his government. The US embassy on Wednesday posted the alert on its website and identified the potential target as Sandton, a suburb in the country’s financial hub

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South Africa: Mini Budget

Transnet gets its bailout, as does Denel and Sanral. And the social relief of distress grant is extended to April 2024. Under the motto of restoring public financial health, much about Wednesday’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement is about better fiscal numbers and stabilising debt. The choice of which State-owned Entity (SOE) gets bailed out through

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South Sudan VP Riek Machar’s ouster from ruling party steers reactions

The dismissal of South Sudan’s vice president, Riek Machar from his party the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, SPLM, continues to generate reactions. The SPLM’s Secretary for Political Affairs, Mobilization, and Organization Kuol Atem is the latest to respond to the dismissal. Machar along with Pagan Amum, formerly senior members of the party, were dismissed after

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South Africa: Mini Budget -Term Policy Statement

Revenue collection from individuals and tax is up, exceeding February’s projections. Better-than-expected revenue collection from companies and individuals has boosted South Africa’s public finances, with the gross tax revenue estimate revised up by R83.5-billion, to R1.68-trillion. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana released the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) speech on Wednesday, 26 October at Cape Town’s

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Nigeria: Nigeria Floods

There has been severe flooding in Nigeria – the worst in a decade. Earlier this month, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency warned of catastrophic flooding for states located along the courses of the Niger and Benue rivers. It noted that three of Nigeria’s reservoirs were expected to overflow. The agency said the release of excess

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Africa: Policy-Makers Must Change Direction Fast in the Post-Pandemic Era

After navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians now find themselves facing still more challenges that impact their daily lives on almost every front. These include an economy under pressure, a warming planet, a strapped health-care system and transforming workplaces. For policy-makers, there are no easy, off-the-shelf answers. The policy environment in the late

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Uganda: Ebola in Uganda

“No time for that” was the constant refrain heard by gender and women’s health experts working in the 2014/16 Ebola response. This was an emergency and the main thing was to deal with the crisis. It was the Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone outbreak of Ebola that signalled what was to come for women around

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