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Africa welcomes first ever full-stream oil, gas & energy transformation dais
September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
The global energy industry has been experiencing a radical transformation in recent years
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 6, 2018/ — Speaking on Africa’s hydrocarbon development, Niall Kramer, CEO, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) said, “Growing a gas economy in South Africa and regionally is imperative. We need to do this to partner and to enable renewables but fundamentally to provide the catalyst for the sorely needed growth, business activity and jobs that give us the opportunities for inclusive growth.

 

The wherewithal that oil and gas can bring is potentially large, but to know that we must explore for indigenous gas and import LNG. Policy attractiveness is certainty needed, as are regional partnerships. The biggest opportunity I see is the massive proven gas resources in Mozambique alongside South Africa as the largest industrial economy in Africa. My vision is the region becomes like the North Sea. But with good weather.”

 

The global energy industry has been experiencing a radical transformation in recent years. Replacing large-scale nuclear and fossil fuel power stations, the energy supply of the future will be secured by millions of decentralized renewable energy plants in combination with intelligent storage, distribution and consumption solutions for existing oil & gas resources.

 

A new beginning

Africa’s newly launched meeting point, the Future Energy Africa Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference 2018,  propositions a power packed 3-day exhibition and conference, dedicated to advancing future oil, gas and energy solutions for the continent. With far reaching industry collaboration, under the esteemed patronage of the Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa, the event will provide in-depth analysis and an honest reflection of Africa’s set to revolutionize the future. In addition, the event provides an intensive tour across Africa, revealing insights on the issues confronting Africa’s future commercial, business and socio-economic trajectories.

 

International industry support

The event is supported by numerous international industry associations including South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA), South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Association for the Development of Energy in Africa (ADEA), Power Africa (a USAID initiative), Oil & Gas Safety

Council (OGSC), Petroleum club of Romania, Nigerian Gas Association and CEDIGAZ.

 

Driving the conversation forward

As Sub-Saharan Africa charges towards a low carbon energy future, events such as the Future Energy Africa Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference 2018 provide valuable forums for the international oil, gas and future energy industry to debate the issues directly with Africa’s leaders. Projected to attract over 1,500 trade visitors, 50+ exhibiting companies, 120+ conference and technical speakers and 300+ delegates, the three-day event promises to be a valuable platform for interactive networking and knowledge exchange.

 

For more information, download the event Brochure today! (https://bit.ly/2Q9kWDS)

Who will you meet?

• Government Leaders

• National Oil Companies

• International Oil Companies

• Independent Oil & Gas Operators

• Financiers & Investors

• Gas & LNG Companies

• Integrated Energy Companies

• Technology Providers

• Power Generation

• Transmission & Distribution

• Legal & Industry Analysts

 

4 Reasons to Visit

• Visit the exhibition & technical seminar and network with resource owners looking for partners to help them get the most from their assets through operational excellence, cost effectiveness and profitability

• Register & learn about new technologies and solutions that integrated energy companies are bringing to some of the most complex challenges facing the global oil and gas sector today

• Attend to explore products and services from 50+ exhibiting companies including contractors, service companies and technology providers across the full value chain from more than 20 countries worldwide

• Join hundreds of trade professionals to identify new business opportunities, market trends, and potential business partners. Learn from global experts and benefit from business conducted during the event

 

Why Future Energy Africa?

• Meet with Ministers from across Africa to address the industry on country strategies

• Centre of Technical Excellence Seminar Learn about latest technologies boosting efficiency and lowering costs

• Policy makers discuss confronting challenges of transformation

• Country Market Focus with unrivalled insight from Eastern-Western-Southern Africa regions

• Forge new operating models that will challenge conventional practices

• FEA TV: A dedicated platform for on-stage interviews, “in conversation” dialogues, digitization megatrends, corporate commercials, knowledge sharing and industry insight.

• Renewables in Africa: Tap into development initiatives and solutions supporting the advancement of renewable energy in Africa

• Finance & Investment focus for equitable economic growth and enhanced bi-lateral trade

• On-stage Interview with Africa’s large upstream independent explorers led by CNBC Africa

• Africa’s Natural Gas  inspect how the continent will succeed in it’s role to decrease the carbon footprint

• Increasing & Strengthening Local Content address challenges and opportunities for capacity building

• IOC-NOCs Panel Discussion reinventing strategies for a sustainable energy future

• Prime networking opportunities to facilitate dialogue between senior level executives and decision makers

• Global Exposure to international and domestic oil, gas & energy value chain

• Power Generation meet with Utilities and IPPs, build strategic partnerships to meet Africa’s growing energy demand

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ICE Africa awakens a multi-billion dollar industry on African soil
September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Yoco Secures Series B Raise of $16M, Led by Partech
September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Yoco Founding Team_L-R_Bradley Wattrus (CFO), Katlego Maphai (CEO), Carl Wazen (Chief Business Officer), Lungis (1)

Xx September 2018. Johannesburg, South Africa. Yoco, the South African-based Point of Sale payments provider, has raised a Series B round of US$16M led by Partech, a Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley, Europe and Africa, with participation from Orange Digital Ventures, FMO (The Dutch Development Bank) and existing Series A investors Quona Capital and Velocity Capital. Yoco will leverage its Series B to grow its network of small business merchants, invest in product development, operational scalability and attracting top-tier fintech talent. It brings the company’s total investment to US$23M. Cyril Collon, General Partner at Partech and Co-lead of the Partech Africa Fund will join Yoco’s Board.

Yoco builds tools and services to help small businesses accept card payments and manage their day to day activities. Since launching its first product in late 2015, a card reader that connects with a merchant’s smartphone or tablet, the company has grown its base to over 27,000 South African small businesses, 75% of which had never accepted cards previously. The company is adding more than 1,500 new merchants every month, making it South Africa’s largest and fastest growing independent card payments provider by number of merchants, more than tripling in size since raising its Series A in early 2017.

Founded by Katlego Maphai (CEO), Carl Wazen (Chief Business Officer), Bradley Wattrus (CFO) and Lungisa Matshoba (CTO), the fintech company was built to address the pain points that small businesses face when trying to get a card machine. Only 7% of South African small businesses accept card payments, despite South Africa having a card penetration of 75%, with debit cards being the dominant wallet in the country. There are over 1 million small businesses in South Africa ripe for card acceptance. Yoco is closing this acceptance gap by making card payments more accessible through its trusted and secure platform. It lowered the cost of ownership of a card machine by a factor of seven by removing monthly fees and lock-in contracts. Signing up online takes 10 minutes and over 98% of businesses who apply get approved, thanks to its proprietary fraud management system.

“Small businesses, fundamental to sustainable economic growth, are generally underserved in our part of the world due to their size. Running a business is hard enough, we believe accepting money shouldn’t be. We built Yoco on the key pillars of access and trust. Transforming the long and prohibitive process of applying for a card machine into a simple consumer-like product purchase that can happen online or at the store in minutes”, says Katlego Maphai, Yoco Co-founder and CEO. He continues, “Our Series B investment allows us to continue to scale our operations and deliver a world-class product experience that enables small businesses to thrive”

Yoco’s strategy is to partner with small businesses early in their life cycle and actively help them grow. It has been adding services to its payments solution, which now includes point of sale software, business intelligence, accounting integrations, and working capital financing, in its bid to create an operating system for the small business.

Cyril Collon, partner at Partech said: “Yoco has built a product set and quality operations placing it as a top fintech company not only in South Africa but also globally. We are excited to have Yoco as the second investment from our Africa fund. Consumer spending in Africa amounts to over $1.4 trillion, much of which is driven by small businesses. Yoco’s ability to use technology to solve real problems for African small businesses at scale makes it a unique implementation of our investment strategy”.

 

Yoco has long-term ambitions to be a pan-African player. The company believes the convergence of digital payments and software driven value-added services is inevitable in Africa. It has explored various Sub-Saharan markets in the past year, including running pilots in two markets.

 

“We envision that millions of small businesses across the continent will one day use a connected, digital platform to run their businesses and we want to be that platform. The model and approach will differ per market and we are playing a long game. Our new investors are global with strong African footprints and will be great partners in this journey,” says Carl Wazen, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer.

 

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For additional information or interview requests with Yoco CEO Katlego Maphai or Chief Business Officer Carl Wazen, please contact Maria Adediran | maria@wimbart.com or Lerato Chiyangwa | lerato@wimbart.com of Wimbart

 

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About Yoco

Yoco (www.yoco.com) is committed to empowering the growth of entrepreneurs in South Africa through smart technology. Yoco launched its first product in late 2015, a mobile card reader that connects to a merchant’s smartphone or tablet. Today, over 27,000 South African small businesses use Yoco’s card readers and point of sale software to get paid and manage their businesses.

 

About Partech

Partech is a global investment firm with offices in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin and Dakar. We bring together capital, operational experience and strategic support for entrepreneurs at seed, venture and growth stages across multiple continents, with over $1.2B investment capacity. Investments range from $200K to $50M in a wide range of technologies and businesses for enterprises and consumers, from software, digital brands and services, to hardware and deep tech across all major industries. Companies backed by Partech have completed more than 20 initial public offerings and more than 50 strategic exits above $100M.

Our current portfolio: https://partechpartners.com/companies/

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Ethiopian airspace declared very safe
September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

By  Wallace Mawire

Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines
Group Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa and number 24 in the world, said that it would like to reassure its customers and the general travelling public that the Ethiopian Airspace remains very safe and highly secured even after the illegal strike of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Air Traffic Controllers.

The airline reported that since August 21, when the illegal strike started, Ethiopian Airlines has been working in close coordination with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the volunteer air traffic controllers, ATC instructors and ATC controllers that it brought from other sister African countries.

Mrs. Aniley Eshetu A/Manager Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines said that the airline is successfully supporting the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority to enable the latter to efficiently and safely manage the Ethiopian airspace in line with global standards.

It is reported that as a result, all Ethiopian Airlines scheduled and unscheduled flights and other airlines operating to/from Ethiopia have been operating smoothly with high standards of flight punctuality and safety. “We would like to inform all our customers that we did not have any flight delay or cancellation caused by ATC. In fact, we are happy to announce that taxi-in, taxi-out and flight arrivals efficiency has improved significantly in the week under ATC strike.

We take this opportunity to thank the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority management, the volunteer ATC experts and all other stakeholders for the successful coordination, which enabled our country to continue business as usual in our airspace management,” she said.

In a statement,Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority titled Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers Association Statements Completely False,the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said that it fully and categorically rejects the false and baseless statements circulated by the Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers Association in their circular of 30 August 2018 regarding the safety of Ethiopian airspace following the illegal strike of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said that it would like to assure the wider public as well as airlines, national civil aviation authorities and international and regional bodies that following the illegal strike by ATCs in Ethiopia, the Area Control Center (ACC) in Addis Ababa is being manned by adequate number of well trained, highly capable instructors and professionals who are current for the positions with the necessary ratings and validation in accordance with ICAO Annex 1 provisions.

The authority said that similarly, the approach and aerodrome positions are also manned with professionals possessing all the qualifications. It said that the controllers that have come in for support or assistance following the illegal strike were all assigned with the necessary orientation and on the job trainings before they were released solo, per the standard practice.

“With regard to the specific false statements and outright lies contained in the circular of the Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers Association, these can be easily verified as all ATC activities and communications are recorded and protected,” they said.

It said that to date, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has not received any complaint by any airline operating to/from Ethiopia or overflying the Ethiopian airspace. “All airlines are operating their scheduled and unscheduled flights smoothly, including our national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, which has the largest operations in Africa.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority will also like to inform the public that it is working in close collaboration with its good neighbor and partner, the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority, on cross border flight coordination”.

The wider public, national civil aviation authorities, international and regional bodies and airlines have been urged not to be not be misled by the false statements of the Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Association, whose aim is to lend support to an illegal strike in Ethiopia.

It is completely unacceptable and constitutes a clear lack of basic ethics and professionalism for the Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers to express solidarity with ATCs in Ethiopia that are illegally on strike by making false and misleading statements about the safety of Ethiopian airspace management,” they added.

It is added that the Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Association acted in an irresponsible way and has caused damage to the reputation of the Ethiopian Civil Authority.

“If the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority does not take the necessary action on the Association per its own national laws, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority will take the issue to the concerned international body,” they said.

Lastly, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority also informed the public that some of Air Traffic Controllers, who were on strike, have already returned to their normal duties.

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Could the future of food in the world depend on what Africa does with agriculture?
September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Kenya signs MOU to host the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi
September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President/CEO and NEF Chair and Hon. Dr. Amina Mohamed, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Education

Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President/CEO and NEF Chair and Hon. Dr. Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education

NAIROBI, Kenya, 1 September 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Today, the Government of Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) to host the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi in March 2020. The NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

“The Third NEF Global Gathering will be taking place at a time when Kenya has embarked on an aggressive programme of enhancing the uptake of science subjects at all levels of education, through the roll-out of STEM model schools in all 47 Counties. We recognize that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are the key drivers of industrial growth. We are therefore focused on nurturing a young crop of innovators, engineers and scientists who will drive our industrialization Agenda forward” said Hon. Dr. Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education.
“We are excited to begin the countdown to the NEF Global Gathering 2020 that will be held in Nairobi. The NEF Global Gathering 2018 was the largest scientific event held in Africa with over 1500 people attending from 91 countries. We expect 2500 delegates for the 2020 edition in Kenya. We will host special events such as the NEF Innovation Salon where start-ups from all over Africa, and the world, will showcase their solutions, the Gender Summit Africa and an exciting Arts and Science Festival for all ages,” said Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President/CEO and NEF Chair.
NEF Global Gatherings include exciting sessions such as NEF Fellow Spotlight Sessions – TED like events where Africa’s top scientists share their research and innovations – live online discussions with special guests, discovery sessions that unpack ground breaking discoveries, an exclusive Ministerial Meeting and the NEF’s signature continental innovation competition.
“Kenya is a strategic country for us because it provides an ideal environment for the intersection of academia and innovation. A strong innovation ecosystem requires a strong link between academia and the private sector. In this regard, Kenya is ahead of the curve and we look forward to incorporating the ecosystem approach in our program and inviting the world of science to Africa,” said Mr. Zomahoun. The preliminary program will be available in March 2019 after a meeting of the NEF’s Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) in Nairobi that will discuss the inclusion of some of Kenya’s leading Scientists into the SPC.
Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The NEF is a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world – with the goal to leverage science for human development globally.
The NEF believes that Africa’s contributions to the global scientific community are critical for global progress. At the centre of NEF efforts are Africa’s young people, the driving force for Africa’s scientific renaissance. The NEF is a unique youth-driven forum. At our headline biennial scientific events, 50% of participants are 42 or younger. Far from being an ordinary science forum, the NEF Global Gatherings position science at the centre of global development efforts.
The next NEF Global Gathering will be held in March 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, through our Community of Scientists, we showcase the contributions of Africa’s brilliant youth to Africa’s scientific emergence through its class of NEF Fellows, who are Africa’s top scientists and technologists under the age of 42, and NEF Ambassadors, who are the NEF’s 54 science and technology ambassadors on the ground.
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As 2019 ticks: APC adopt direct primaries for Presidency
August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

* suggest indirect primaries for others

By Olayinka Ajayi with Agency reports

File photo of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and President Muhammadu Buhari

File photo of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress APC has finally adopted direct primaries to choose its presidential candidate ahead of the 2019 election.

Speaking after party’s National Eexecutive Commitee NEC meeting in Abuja, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong‎ the party first adopted direct primaries in choosing its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, for the forthcoming Osun State elections.

While President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to pick the party’s presidential ticket for the 2019 elections as he has no major challenger.

The APC, however, declined to adopt direct primaries for other positions.

Direct primaries involves the participation of all party members in the selection of party candidates while indirect primaries involves use of delegates, often party leaders at local levels, political appointees as well as elected officials, to elect party candidates.

Mr Lalong said the party executives discussed issues around “guidelines of the election, mode of election, funding and the necessity for unity within the party after the scale of defection here and there.

STATES DIFFERENT RULES

On the mode of primaries, the governor said the party left a window for states to adopt indirect primaries with the condition that the states write the national executive.

“The issue of mode of election, we all decided that for the (presidential) election, we are going into a direct primaries; but for other elections, there are two options.

“But the general option is that we go in for direct option but any state that has a problem and will want to deviate is at liberty to write and following the normal process, with a resolution from the state executive to the national exco.

“The constitution of the party provides for either direct, indirect or consensus but for the presidential election we all agreed that we will adopt direct primaries for the presidential election.

“Also a recommendation was made by the NWC that the other states should adopt the indirect mode; but there may be situations that this might be difficult in the state looking at their peculiarities. So if there are such difficulties they can apply following the process.”

The decision to allow states adopt indirect primaries may anger some of the party’s senators, some of whom have said they would leave if such decision is taken. Many senators fear governors who control the party structure in their states would determine eventual candidates if indirect primary method is adopted.

DEFECTIONS

On defection, Mr Lalong said the party “unanimously agreed that it has not affected us much and has even tightened the party the more.”

He said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party will deliberate and bring up a sequence for elections within the party.

Mr Lalong added that the party has set up a committee to look into the issue of funding while the NWC decides on the cost of nomination forms. He said the NEC will be consulted to ratify any cost proposed.

“On the issue of funding a standing committee was set up to look at funding generally for the party,” he said.

He said the issue of automatic ticket was not discussed during the meeting.

“In respect to automatic ticket we didn’t discuss the issue of automatic ticket. But we discussed that yes patriotic and loyal members should be rewarded but not necessarily with automatic ticket. We are saying some senators, our senators who are patriotic, who are supposed to be taken away were all kept in the party. So all states should look at and then we will find ways of rewarding them. But election is giving option to everybody to contest election.”

When asked how the party will cope with the issue of logistics on membership registration as it affects direct primaries, which the party has chosen for its presidential election, Mr Lalong said the party has been assured of hitch-free registration.

“We were assured by those doing the exercise. We have started an online registration in the different states now and we now have assurance that in the next two weeks we should be able to have all the people concluding and of course a register.

“The party gave assurance they will do their best to meet up with the deadline. But in any case if there are difficulties the options are still given to the party, to the NWC, to come back and say it is difficult for us to do and then they may come back to another mode of election.”

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who addressed the press alongside Mr Lalong, said the party will reward loyal party members and will follow its internal democracy in choosing candidates.

“People refer to issue of automatic ticket to governors and legislators. In our party we have reward system. You surely not throw away a loyal party man. You will not punish a loyal party man,” he said

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Africans Rising announces finalists for 2018 anti-corruption champion contest
August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

After weeks of deliberation, the four finalists for the 2018 Africans Rising Anti-Corruption Champion Contest have been announced .The finalists are :

Lala Touray,The Gambia

20 years old Lala is an award-winning Gambian Poet and CEO of Kids Community Library Foundation. In 2017, Lala started the “Gambia in-depth” project which she has used as a platform to sensitize and raise awareness about corruption, unemployment, poor education system,poverty, the culture of silence, and bad governance in The Gambia. In 2018, in her pursuit to fight corruption she created a viral video which brought to life all the problems The Gambians as a people and a country battling corruption in leadership and institutions.

Nelson Komba,Kenya

Nelson is a consultant and author of a book focused on corruption titled, 24 Hours of Equality. In the book, he gave a critical look at  corruption and how it can be tackled for economic development of Africa. He also gave highlights on how corruptions cut across Africa and proposed the formation of integrity clubs in schools which will serve as a project to train and transform leaders about the ethics in leadership. His book is currently being used to develop anti-corruption policies in Kenya by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption  Commission.

Moustapha Issifou Diallo,Niger
As a Legal consultant, Moustapha’s project is titled, “STOP CORRUPTION  ON THE MIGRATORY PATH” and is intended to denounce corruption practices he has noticed on the Niamey-Ouagadougou-Niamey &Niamey-TAHOUA-AGADEZ blocs. In his project, he is intending to break all practices on these traveling routes where screening officers engage in unhealthy practices by stripping passengers and travelers, both national and international of their possessions and documents required for their trips. He has purposed the project to discourage these practices and create a corruption free environment.

Kamuntu Ben,DRC Congo
Kamuntu is an activist with the LUCHA Movement and a slam artist from the Democratic Republic of Togo. He also uses Poetry to fight the Democratic Republic of Togo. He also uses Poetry to fight corruption. In his project, he wrote a poem of 40 verses in French which denounced the institutionalisation of corruption by African leaders. He used his words to speak about tax fraud, the corruption of justice and the clientelism in the delivery of public markets.

Voting Instructions:

The final winner of the contest will be selected through public voting. The candidate with the highest number of votes will become our 2018 Anti-Corruption Champion. The win will have an opportunity to join other inspiring young Activists in our 2018 Activists In Residence Program in Arusha, Tanzania.To help select the winner; public voting is opened via: https://www.africans-rising.org/portfolio/anti-corruption-champion/
Deadline for voting:

Voting is opened till September 10th, 2018 at 11.59 GMT

 

 

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African health ministers commit to ending cholera outbreaks by 2030
August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

 African Health Ministers have pledged to implement key strategies for ending cholera outbreaks in the African region by 2030.

Forty-seven African countries adopted the Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control (28 August) at the 68th session of the World Health Organization’s Regional Committee  for Africa, which is taking place in Dakar, Senegal.

“Cholera is a symbol of inequity,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa. “It’s an ancient disease, which has been eliminated in many parts of the world. Every death from cholera is preventable. We have the know-how and today countries have shown that they have the will to do whatever it takes to end cholera outbreaks by 2030.“

Cholera is a major global public health problem, but the burden and impact of the waterborne disease is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017, more than 150 000 cholera cases, including more than 3 000 deaths, were reported in 17 countries Africa. This year, there has been a spike in cholera cases across Africa, with eight countries currently battling outbreaks.

The region is vulnerable to cholera for a range of reasons. Ninety-two million people in Africa still drink water from unsafe sources. In rural areas, piped water is often unavailable and people practice open defecation. Humanitarian crises, climate change, rapid urbanization and population growth are also increasing the risk of cholera spreading.

In adopting the Regional Framework, countries pledged to reduce by 90% the magnitude of cholera outbreaks particularly among vulnerable populations and in humanitarian crises. They agreed to take evidence-based actions, which include enhancing epidemiological and laboratory surveillance, mapping cholera hotspots, improving access to timely treatment, strengthening cross-border surveillance, promoting community engagement and the use of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) as well as increasinginvestments in clean water and sanitation for the most vulnerable communities.

“WHO is working hand in hand with countries, providing key technical expertise and guidance,” said Dr Moeti. “The Oral cholera vaccine has been shown to be highly effective and WHO has facilitated the vaccination of millions of people across Africa. We must continue to expand use of this new strategy.”

From 2013 to 2017, WHO supported 65 cholera vaccination campaigns and supplied more than 16 million doses of vaccines to 18 countries globally, including 11 in Africa. Many of the campaigns in Africa have taken place in the context of a humanitarian crisis or natural disaster.

Many of the risk factors for cholera such as poor sanitation and rapid urbanization lie outside of the health sector and so WHO is working with a broad coalition of partners to engage with all relevant sectors to build a comprehensive and sustainable response throughout the region.

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African health ministers endorse five-year plan to improve access to medicines
August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Ministers of Health from the WHO African Region have endorsed proposals aimed at addressing the shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines. The Roadmap for access 2019-2023 – Comprehensive support for access to medicines and vaccines, sets out critical policies, actions and key deliverables to support countries improve access to health products over the next five years.

Access to medicines is at the core of universal health coverage (UHC), one of WHO’s main priorities, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Despite progress in access to treatment and prevention for some diseases in recent years, many countries are still struggling to provide full access to the health products their populations need.  In addition, the rise in non-communicable diseases (such as cancer and diabetes), under-resourced health systems and the high cost of new medical products are undermining governments’ commitments to reduce out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure on medicines and other health services.

““The high cost of medicines means that people cannot afford the medicines they need to stay alive and healthy, We will only achieve universal health coverage if we can ensure affordable access to quality medical products for our populations,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “This will require an integrated and sustained effort based on stronger pharmaceutical policies, better quality oversight of medical products and greater community participation so that we can ensure we are meeting the needs of people.  The roadmap provides us with a strong basis to start this work.”

Delegates at the meeting agreed to strengthen collaboration on health products procurement to reduce prices, on collaborative approaches to assessing medical products so as to cut costs, and on promoting medical research and development that responds to the public health needs of low- and middle-income countries. The roadmap also highlights more responsible use of medicines, especially of antimicrobials, and better monitoring of access to medicines.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president of Zimbabwe
August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
Fanuel JONGWE and Reagan MASHAVAVE*
Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in the July 30 Zimbabwe polls was challenged by the main opposition (AFP Photo/Jekesai NJIKIZANA)

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 Zimbabwe polls was challenged by the main opposition (AFP Photo/Jekesai NJIKIZANA)

Harare (AFP) – Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Sunday after winning a bitterly-contested election which was the country’s first since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa, whose victory in the July 30 polls was challenged by the main opposition, pledged to “protect and promote the rights of Zimbabweans” at an inauguration ceremony attended by thousands of supporters at a stadium in Harare.

“I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as president of the republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe (and) will obey uphold and defend the constitution of Zimbabwe,” he said to thunderous applause from a crowd that also included several African heads of state.

“We must now focus on addressing the economic challenges facing our nation,” he said. “We are all Zimbabweans, what unites us is greater than what could ever divide us.

Since independence from Britain in 1980, Zimbabwe has known only two presidents — Mugabe, who ruled with an iron fist for 37 years, and his erstwhile right-hand man Mnangagwa.

Nicknamed “The Crocodile”, Mnangagwa was appointed after Mugabe was forced out by the military in November last year.

The newly-minted leader on Sunday hailed his victory as a new “dawn” for Zimbabwe after years of repression and economic mismanagement which left the country burdened by shattered public services, mass poverty and unemployment.

But his promises of reform and pledges to entice back investors were marred by the army opening fire on protesters, killing six shortly after the poll, as well as allegations of vote-rigging and a violent crackdown on opposition activists.

At the inauguration, Mnangagwa vowed to open a probe into the violence, which he called “regrettable and most unacceptable”.

Supporters, many wearing caps and T-shirts emblazoned with Mnangagwa’s image, filed into the stadium on Sunday under banners proclaiming “Celebrating a new Zimbabwe” and “Unity takes us forward, peace keeps us going.”

“We were stressed with what was happening with the court procedures but we are happy now because everything has been finalised and we want people to unite and work together,” said supporter Malvern Makoni of the opposition’s legal appeals over the vote.

Other supporters also expressed an appetite for reform.

“Our country is now going to develop with president Mnangagwa now in charge. Mnangagwa is the right man to lead Zimbabwe to prosperity,” said 41-year-old Blessing Muvirimi.

“We want Zimbabweans to work together.”

Mugabe did not attend the swearing-in but was represented by his daughter Bonu, who had previously called Mnangagwa a “traitor” after her father’s ousting.

– ‘Peace and unity’? –

Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF party won the election with 50.8 percent of the vote — just enough to meet the 50 percent threshold to avoid a run-off against his main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent.

International observers said the polls were largely free of the violence which characterised previous votes in Zimbabwe.

However, the European Union earlier expressed concern that Mnangagwa had benefited from heavy state media coverage.

Similarly, US monitors said Sunday that Zimbabwe had “not yet demonstrated that it has established a tolerant, democratic culture”.

The country’s top court on Friday dismissed Chamisa’s bid to have the results annulled on grounds they were rigged.

But the opposition leader has rejected that ruling and vowed to lead “peaceful protests”.

“I have a legitimate claim that I am supposed to lead the people of Zimbabwe,” Chamisa, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, said Saturday.

“The court’s decision is not the people’s decision. The people who voted do not believe in (Mnangagwa). We have got a clear majority.”

Mnangagwa has sought to turn the page on the issue, calling for “peace and unity” in a televised address after the court decision.

“Let us put whatever differences we might have behind us. It is time to build our nation and move forward together.”

*AFP

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Constitutional Court Declares Emmerson Mnangagwa The President Of Zimbabwe
August 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Constitutional Court HIGH COURT Judge Luke Malaba has declared Emmerson Dambidzo Mnangagwa as the winner of the 30 July 2018 Election. This election became tragic after MDC Alliance boycotted its perceived outcome that ZANU PF would be the ultimate winner.

This however led to political violence by MDC Alliance members who then threatened to burn Zimbabwe Electoral Commission before election announcement .According to the constitution, the results are announced in a period of 5 days after the last day of elections.

MDC Alliance boycotted this showing its lack of respect, dignity and integrity. The President Elect his Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa listened to the concerns of MDC Alliance after they sent their petition to Constitutional Court a few days after his election victory.

In his ruling after dismissing the petition filed by MDC Alliance , Judge Malaba cited that MDC Alliance had no Primary evidence but in-fact they had secondary evidence .

‘’The Complaint in this respect, MDC Alliance had secondary evidence not Primary evidence. We rely on primary evidence as Constitutional Court . Primary evidence gives full details in practice.

‘’In-fact in truth there is no evidence that the election was rigged. Its only that MDC Alliance was working on information picked up from the people who gave them what they heard as well .

High Court Judge Malaba also elucidated that it is not the duty of the accused person that is Emmerson Mnangagwa to produce evidence of the stolen election in respect to such cases .This has been the nag of MDC Alliance in their complaint.

‘’It is not the duty of the accused that is Emmerson Mnangagwa to produce evidence of the stolen election. The only sitting to do this is the court , he said

However, Judge Malaba urged people to remain calm and in the atmosphere of peace. He said the nation must go on as usual .European Union in its statement today said all the political stakeholders must sit down and talk on Electoral Reforms and best how the country must be run .

‘’As the European Union, we urge the people to remain calm in peace and traquility. We want all parties to be engaged for peace talks and move into the path of business.

‘’Democracy, social justice and peace must prevail in the country. Let us see to it that there is a new Zimbabwe built by people who have a piece of peace in mind. He said.

EU is still in the country. It is represented by France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania , Spain , Sweden and UK .

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