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India helps Mozambique to boost rail transport
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita

Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita

Mozambique will acquire five new locomotives, 90 carriages, 300 wagons and five railcars valued at about US $ 95 million in an investment to be made in partnership with the Government of India.

The good news was announced on Tuesday by Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita, who said that the purchase will be made gradually by the end of May 2020, with the expectation that it will improve the transportation situation in the south and center of the country.

“The locomotives and wagons will bring additional capacity for the transportation of iron ores and others that move between the Ressano Garcia border and Maputo Port, with the aim of transferring more cargo from the highway to the railroad in order to avoid congestion and road accidents on the roads,” said Mesquita.

The purchase of the equipment will be carried out through an Indian government credit line.

The carriages, as indicated by Carlos Mesquita, will be distributed equally in the South and Center areas, and in the South the beneficiaries will be the corridors of Goba, Ressano Garcia and Chicualacuala, while in the Center will be Beira-Marromeu and Beira-Moatize.

“The northern region of the country has not been forgotten. It turns out that the northern logistics corridor has a private operation whose concession agreement also contemplates the transportation of passengers, so that whenever it is necessary the operator increases the capacity in the sections Nampula-Cuamba, Cuamba-Lichinga and Cuamba-Interlagos “, he explained.

The acquisition and management of the new equipment, carriages, wagons and railcars will be carried out by the state-owned company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique.

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ICAEW appoints Zimbabwe national to Africa members advisory board
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Tinashe Rwodzi

Tinashe Rwodzi

ICAEW – the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – has announced the appointment of Tinashe Rwodzi to its Africa Members Advisory Board. Rwodzi, who is the Zimbabwe and Malawi country manager at PwC, specialising in Financial Services, Energy and Mining.

Speaking during the announcement of Rwodzi’s appointment to the Advisory Board, Michael Armstrong, ICAEW’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said that his understanding of the Central and Southern Africa region would prove to be an advantage for the ICAEW.

“Having a large global footprint is key for our organisation as we strive to create and develop a strong global network of financial professionals. We are that confident that Tinashe’s experience will aid us greatly in our activities in Africa,” said Mr. Armstrong

The ICAEW Africa Members Advisory Board (MAB) is a volunteer advisory board, whose primary aim is to advise, guide and support the ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) Regional Director and Africa team to implement ICAEW’s international strategy.

There are over 1.8m chartered accountants and students around the world, and African chartered accountants make up a considerable portion of the ICAEW’s membership. ICAEW trains, develops and supports each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

“Tinashe joins us at a significant time as we continue to drive our strategy across the continent and build deeper relationships with our members and partners to leverage the globalisation of our profession for the continent’s economic growth,” he added.

Zimbabwe’s financial sector is relatively sophisticated, consisting of a Reserve Bank, discount houses, commercial banks, merchant banks, finance houses, building societies, the Post Office Savings Bank, numerous insurance companies and pension funds and a stock exchange. This, coupled with the presence of a well-educated population provides Zimbabwe with the platform to be an economic powerhouse on the continent.

Rwodzi, who is based in Zimbabwe, has been with PwC for his entire career. He serves as an audit partner and also sits on the PwC Southern Africa Governing Board.

“I look forward to making a great impact during my time on the Members Advisory Board. The team at the ICAEW recognise the importance of strong global networks to the development of our profession and I am excited to be taking up a strategic role at the firm to help shape and enhance that network,” said Mr. Rwodzi.

Rwodzi is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and currently serves as Chairman of the Examination Board of ICAZ.

 

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Voith introduces efficient asset and workforce management software for the hydropower industry
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
  • OnCare.Asset offers reliable planning and monitoring of asset and workforce data
  • Plant operators significantly reduce administrative effort as well as maintenance and operating costs with the software
  • Holistic system provider approach by Voith offers high consistency and extensible app-based modules

HEIDENHEIM, Germany. Voith’s asset and workforce management software OnCare.Asset is now available for the hydropower industry. The app-based software solution enables customers to efficiently track and store their asset and workforce data. The application is backed by Voith’s high expertise resulting from decades of technical experience in the hydropower market and deep domain know-how, including the evaluation and interpretation of technical and digital data.

Reliable planning and monitoring of asset and workforce data
OnCare.Asset facilitates the maintenance management of hydropower plants – from planning, servicing and documentation through cost control to spare parts management. The service and software solution offers reliable planning and monitoring of key performance indicators and ultimately secures the timely initiation of maintenance activities. The software application was developed by maintenance specialists and offers an easy-to-operate user interface, clear functions and a high usability.

Reduction of administrative effort and maintenance costs 
Lack of maintenance data and data transparency can lead to inefficient maintenance processes, extensive administrative efforts and diminishing availability of hydropower plants. The asset and workforce management software from Voith enables customers to collect and process data in a centralized software solution whereby high administrative efforts are avoided, and data transparency is secured. “With OnCare.Asset, customers achieve a high level of system availability while substantially reducing maintenance and operating costs. When introducing intelligent digital solutions including an asset management software like OnCare.Asset, plant operators can reduce maintenance costs by at least 10 percent,” states Felix Lippold, Global Product Manager Voith Hydro.

Software based on IIoT platform OnCumulus
OnCare.Asset is based on Voith’s IIoT platform OnCumulus. Hence it can easily connect with other applications on the platform, such as OnCare.Acoustic or OnCare.Health Hydro. The digital service and software portfolio from Voith aims to provide hydropower plant operators with intelligent solutions that help them to master the challenges they are facing to-day. Voith’s IIot platform OnCumulus is based on open-source and highly standardized technologies and provides fast, reliable and secure access to data from local machines and systems in the cloud, as well as fast provisioning for value creation. The platform is scalable, flexible and extensible at any time.

For more information please visit: www.voith.com/oncare.asset

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide, and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

Voith Hydro Division is part of the Voith Group and a leading full-line sup-plier and reliable partner for hydropower plant equipment. Voith develops customized long-term solutions and services for large and small hydro-power plants all over the world. Its range of products and services covers the entire life cycle and all the main components for large and small hydro-power plants, from generators, turbines, pumps and automation systems to spare parts, maintenance and training services and digital solutions for intelligent hydropower.

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Oil Executives Join African Energy Chamber in visit to the Famous Slave Hub of Goree Island, Senegal
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Islamic Development Bank secures $ 99.7 million for Temane-Maputo line
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

The Islamic Development Bank approved this month the concessional financing of US $ 99.7 million to support the development of the Temane – Maputo Transmission Line project, a source told Pan African Visions in Mozambique.

Thus, they are almost segured the US $ 550 million needed to implement the 400 kV high-voltage power transmission project between Temane, in the Inhambane province, and Maputo, south of Mozambique.

A portion of the value, about US $ 420 million, is World Bank financing and US $ 30 million from the Kingdom of Norway in the form of donations.

A source told Pan African Visions that the African Development Bank and the South African Development Bank are expected to participate for the same project with funding of $ 33 million and $ 50 million respectively.

Together these operations are expected to strengthen the production and transmission of energy in Mozambique and Southern Africa.

The project will allow a private investment of $ 750 million in production alone, in a total investment estimated at USD 1 300 billion.

The project is an integral part of the Southern African Power Pool’s efforts to increase production capacity and expand the regional transmission network, create conditions to provide access to millions of people in the region who live without electricity and reduce the carbon content of systems of Southern Africa.

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Kenya to host first purchasing and supply summit
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Kenya will host the next International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) summit.

The four day event will run from September 10 to 13 in the Kenya’s second capital city, Mombasa. 250, 000 delegates across the global are expected to attend.

The summit will impart knowledge on participants on how to advance performance of both individual practitioners and organisations within the supply chains.

It is also set to help Kenya on how to develop procurement and supply chain at a global level during the event that will take place in Africa for the first time.

The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management, a national body for professionals in the practice of procurement and supplies management, the host, is already preparing for the historic event.

IFPSM is a global body of institutions engaged in procurement and supply chain management. It has 45 member countries with four being African.

 

 

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Zimbabwe Invests in Young People through UNFPA..
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Nevson  Mpofu

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Harare-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to support the International Conference on Population and Development goals through the support of UNFPA to young people in the country. He said initiatives that improve life like what UNFPA does can -not be ignored or looked down upon.

On Thursday 11 July on World Population Day, the President officially opened a clinic in Harare South at a severely poverty stricken community called Hopley , 10 kilometres outside the city  centre of Harare .

‘’My Government renews its commitments to the International Conference on Population and Development Agenda. We support initiatives that improve the quality of life of our young people.

‘’The quality of life of any individual is undoubtedly important. There-fore the work of the UNFPA is important as we address concerns of young people World-Wide today.

‘’At ICPD in Cairo , 179 countries adopted a forward looking 20 year programme of action that continues to serve as a comprehensive guide to people centred development program .

The Clinic comes to official launch together with the youth centre in the community. The area has a total of 200,000 people of which 65,000 of them are young people. The clinic and youth centre was built by the City of Harare with much support from UNFPA. A local company Lafarge provided cement at the site.

The centre provides Industry skills to young people. Among them at most is cobble stone technology, brick laying, electrical work and plumbing. Out of the total number of those empowered 56% of them are young women. Young women train on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights.

‘’We have like always given full financial support. The core main reason is that we are into these issues. We need to see to it and get assured that young people explore for better opportunities especially young girls in terms of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights. They later in life explore better Health Life-Lines for better communities.’’

‘’Youth Friendly Health Services will serve many young people in the area in line with Health issues related to HIV and AIDS , STIs and elimination of Reproductive Tract Infections like those related to cervical cancers . It meant a lot about eliminating HIV and AIDS.’’ says Esther Muia , UNFPA Zimbabwe Country Representative .

Sweden is a strong advocate to the above mentioned issues.  Martin Johnrud  Charge d Affairs at  Swedish  Embassy in Harare said services at the centre will reduce unwanted pregnancies , sexual transmitted diseases , HIV and some communicable illnesses .

‘’This clinic goes a long way in achieving development goals of the United Nations. It is interesting that we address thorny Health problems at a time we move to eliminate HIV and AIDS,.

‘’I am impressed as this comes at a time the World is looking at Sustainable Development Goals. Today as we also commemorate World Population Day, the message is sent everywhere’’, he said

 

 

 

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SABABU SAFARIS OFFERS YOGA & HEALING RETREAT IN TANZANIA
July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Guests to Engage in Yoga Renewal and Cultural Exchange

Highlights:
  • Sababu Safaris Yoga & Healing Retreat to be held November 9-16, 2019
  • Guests contribute to social projects while on retreat
  • Professional yoga instruction

New York, NY – July 9, 2019 — Today, Sababu Safaris, a boutique safari company that customizes the African experience for travelers to Tanzania, is pleased to announce that it is offering a Yoga & Safari Healing Retreat in Tanzania, November 9-16, 2019. In addition, it has just added private yoga safari retreats upon request. The retreats include daily yoga sessions and meditation.
At the same time, guests will explore the country’s breathtaking lands and wildlife, and immerse themselves in all manner of local culture in a purposeful way, which ranges from time at a school to giving the gift of light to remote villages. This special combination of personal yoga and social giving is an expression of the fundamental philosophy of Sababu Safaris—traveling in an intentional and meaningful way can transform lives and create lasting change in the world.
“In a world seeking connections but pressured for time, finding the space to connect with oneself at a yoga and safari healing retreat can create lasting bonds across continents,” said Denise Brown, co-founder of Sababu Safaris. “Tanzania is a truly special refuge for mindfulness and deep reflection.”
Both group and individual retreats will be led by Tanzanian resident and professional yoga teacher Marissa Lipovsky. The practice of yoga in Tanzania’s Great Plains is an immersive experience. Daily practices are aimed at expanding awareness, awakening one’s true nature, and thus healing wounds. Meals are cultivated from the fertile land of the Kilimanjaro region. Time is also taken away from yoga to mindfully engage with the community—not consuming their culture—but learning deeply what it means to live there.
“We will experience travel in a completely different way,” said Lipovsky. “We will do so from a fully embodied perspective as our reflective practices will clear the lens through which we see the world and ourselves. It will bring visitors to a place of true understanding, a deep peace with which they can return to their home countries.”
Sababu Safaris’ wellness adventures embed the wisdom of the Maasai elders whose lineage includes some of the region’s most important healing traditions. The Maasai have a deep and cultural knowledge of natural medicines and remedies and will show participants how herbs are prepared and administered.
For media interviews and additional information, contact:
  • Denise Brown, Co-Founder, denise@sababu-safaris.com, (914) 207-4426
  • Linda Purpura, Publicist, linda@lp-communications.com, (646) 470-1690
  • About Us
    Sababu Safaris is an owner-run boutique safari operator committed to creating unique journeys to Tanzania that change hearts and minds, and leave a long-lasting impact on both guests and local communities alike. The company even gives guests the opportunity to make a difference themselves. All safari itineraries are crafted and tailored to the guests’ individual travel style, preferences and interests. Their all-inclusive, private, transformational luxury safaris take guests deep into the isolated wilderness and connect them with the people that call Tanzania home.
    For more information about Sababu Safaris’ group and individual Yoga & Safari retreats, visit www.sababu-safaris.com.
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​​​Malawi: Civil society leaders targeted in post-election clampdown
July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
Opposition protesters in Malawi

Opposition protesters in Malawi

In response to the arbitrary arrest on allegations of fraud of two of the key figures involved in organizing post-election demonstrations in Malawi, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa said:

“These charges are a ploy to harass and intimidate the two activists and force them to end the ongoing post-election demonstrations.

“Malawian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release them and stop clamping down on the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

“Organizing and participating in peaceful protests is not a crime. Authorities must stop targeting dissenting voices and using politically motivated charges to suppress differing views. The rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association must be fully respected, protected, promoted and fulfilled in Malawi.”

Background

Police arrested Gift Trapence – Vice Chairman of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition – and McDonald Sembereka – a coalition member – on 9 July following days of demonstrations after the disputed election which were held on 21 May.

The demonstrators are calling for the resignation of the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Jane Ansah, accusing her of mishandling the election.

Major cities such as Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Rumphi have been the scenes of post-election protests since the disputed election results in May. President Peter Mutharika has dismissed the protesters as nothing but people hellbent on making Malawi a “lawless state”.

*Amnesty

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Namibia: Andjamba is the new minister education minister
July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
Newly appointed Minister of Presidential Affairs, Martin Andjamba

Newly appointed Minister of Presidential Affairs, Martin Andjamba

Windhoek – Namibia President Hage Geingob has on Wednesday appointed Martin Andjamba, the minister of presidential affairs as an acting minister in the portfolio of education, arts and culture.

Andjamba was appointed to the Cabinet portfolio after follow the resignation of the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Tuesday, after she was convicted of corruption this week.

Andjamba’s appointment is in terms of section 4 of the Assignment of Powers Act, 1990, says Presidential press secretary Dr Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari.

“With seven months left before the end of the term of the current Government, coupled with the rights of Hon. Hanse-Himarwa under Article 47(2)(a) of the Namibian Constitution, President Geingob has decided not to appoint a new Minister in the education, arts and culture portfolio,” said Hengari.

Hengari emphasized that Andjaba will assume all statutory functions of the minister of education, arts and culture in terms of Article 37 of the Namibian Constitution and will be deputized by Anna Nghipondoka.

The former Namibian Ambassador to the United States was served as presidential affairs since April 2018.

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Mozambique: 5000 job opportunities for nationals in LNG projects
July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

The mozambican Oil & Gas regulator, Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP), plans to hire 5 000 national professionals and 12 000 foreigners, in a universe of 45 000 vacancies to be filled during the next 30 years for Anadarko’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) , in the Rovuma Basin, Cabo Delgado province.

According to Natalia CambaI, National Director of Local Content at INP, contracting for LNG projects, due to its specificity, requires skilled labor, with 5,000 jobs expected for Mozambicans in the construction and operation of the platform. This offer could be reduced up to 1,200 during the sustainable phase.

With regard to foreign labor, at the construction stage, there will be 10,000 jobs available for factory components and infrastructures. From the fifth year, at the stage of delivery of the platform, the project will undergo a change in contracting.

These data were revealed in Maputo after the launch of the Employment Portal during the 2nd Consultative Council of the National Employment Institute. The deputy minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security, Oswaldo Petersburg, said there was a need to register young people on the platform to keep aware of the vacancies.

“We have the challenge of massing, together with the companies, the service of labor intermediation between the demand and the digital offer. We want young people with professional profiles to be registered on the portal, ” Oswaldo Petersburg said.

The portal is launched almost a month after the US giant Anadarko and its partners formally took the Final Investment Decision on their 13 million tonnes per annum LNG project.

The $25 billion project is not only the largest direct foreign investment in Mozambique, but in “in the history of this continent,” Anadarko chief executive Al Walker told attendees of the cerimony. He said the project should ultimately double Mozambique’s GDP.

French oil major, Total, is expected to lead the Area 4 development from 2020 onward, after Anadarko accepted a takeover offer by fellow US independent Occidental Petroleum. Occidental plans to sell Anadarko’s sub-Saharan Africa upstream assets – including the Mozambique LNG project – to Total in an $8.8 billion deal.

 

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As Ghana bids to host AfCFTA secretariat, President Nana Addo pledges $10 million for its functionality
July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Ghana's President Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to donate some $10 million for the operationalization of the secretariat of the newly launched African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA.

This comes as Ghana gain the bid to host the secretariat of the Pan African trade deal.

The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, AU selected Ghana as the host country for the Secretariat of the African Continental (AfCFTA) Free Trade Area on Sunday July 7 2019, at the 12th AU Extraordinary Summit held in Niamey, e capital of Niger.

Aside Ghana, other countries including; Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar and Senegal were all vying to host the secretariat.

The core mandate of the Secretariat will be to implement the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, which has since been ratified by 27 member states.

In his acceptance speech, at the Summit, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, thanked the Assembly for the decision, stating that it is a privilege that, for the “first time in our nation’s history, we have the responsibility of hosting an important pan-African institution”.

“We have, taken very important steps towards working with a common voice and a common purpose to exploit the abundant wealth and resources of our great continent for the benefit of all our peoples.

“Ghana is ready to donate US $10 million to the African Union to support the operationalization of the Secretariat. I have set up an inter-Ministerial Committee of my government to work with the AU Commission towards this end,” he indicated.

President Akufo-Addo assured his colleague Heads of State that Ghana will put all the requisite facilities at the disposal of the Secretariat, so that it can run as a world-class organisation.

In addition, and pursuant to the Statutes of the AU Commission, he indicated that the Secretariat shall enjoy the privileges and immunities stipulated in the OAU General Convention on Privileges and Immunities, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities, and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and the Vienna Convention between States and International Organisations or between International Organisations.

“I am determined to do whatever I can to guarantee the smooth take-off of the Secretariat, and help make sure that it turns out to be a world-class institution, which will become the pride and joy of all Africans.”

“We owe it to generations unborn to ensure that the biggest trading bloc on the globe, whose outcomes will be rewarding to all, and which will assist in attaining the “Africa We Want”, does not falter.”

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