South Africa: Fourth Wave of Covid-19 Infections among Children Under 5

South Africa: Fourth Wave of Covid-19 Infections among Children Under 5

The fourth wave of hospital admissions for children younger than five years has sparked an uptake in these admissions, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. In a briefing led by Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, the NICD’s Dr Waasila Jassat said there has been a rise in children who are in hospital for…

Africa: Africa CDC Calls For Calm amid Surge in Covid Infections

Africa: Africa CDC Calls For Calm amid Surge in Covid Infections

Nairobi — Concerns about the omicron COVID-19 variant are growing in Africa but health experts say vaccination can help reduce infections in the population. This week saw a rise in coronavirus infections in Africa because of the new omicron strain. The continent reported 52,000 cases for the week, and 31,000 were reported in South Africa.…

Namibia: More than 150,000 Vaccines To Be Dismantled

Namibia: More than 150,000 Vaccines To Be Dismantled

The minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula, said 154 595 doses of Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Sputnik component 1 will be destroyed because they are unfit for use. Shangula made the announcement yesterday, as the Khomas region recorded a spike in cases, with 66 new infections recorded out of 1 818 samples on Wednesday.…

Namibia: Pohamba Evictions, Greed, and Indifference

Namibia: Pohamba Evictions, Greed, and Indifference

Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba seemingly did everything by the book to evict, and dump in the middle of nowhere, 78-year-old Amanda Keirises, her frail 88-year-old husband, Alfred, and their family members. But, the old statesman failed to reach the highest level of humanity or leadership. This shows how indifferent members of the ruling class have…

Namibia: Dunn appointed Second Deputy Central Bank Governor

Namibia: Dunn appointed Second Deputy Central Bank Governor

History will soon be available. Two deputy governors will be appointed to the Bank of Namibia. President Hage Geingob has named Leonie Dunn, head of the Financial Intelligence Centre, as the second deputy Governor of the Bank of Namibia. He also appointed the current governor Johannes!Gawaxab (65) to a term of five years, stated Alfredo…

Zimbabwe: Priorities for Changing Food Loss Prevention

Zimbabwe: Priorities for Changing Food Loss Prevention

Unpredictable rain patterns and heatwaves are starting to influence the priorities of developing countries to focus more attention and resources on reducing food loss. For a long time food losses were not receiving enough resources, and everyone seemed obsessed with production. National agricultural budgets have primarily focused on providing inputs. This has been the focus…

Zimbabwe: Harare Strives to Raaise 50 Million from Illegal Stands

Zimbabwe: Harare Strives to Raaise 50 Million from Illegal Stands

Harare City Council wants to raise at least US$50 million through the regularisation of more than 25 000 illegally developed residential stands in the capital, drawing the ire of some residents who feel this could encourage more people to flout laid down procedures when acquiring properties. Some people feel that this is a scheme by…

Namibia: The Central Bank launches a Three-Year Strategic Plan

Namibia: The Central Bank launches a Three-Year Strategic Plan

The Bank of Namibia launched this week a three-year strategic planning plan. This provides a solid foundation for the bank’s ability to pursue financial stability and conduct monetary policies. It also helps drive sustainable economic growth. Following a six-month exercise led by the Bank’s Management Committee and the Board, the strategic plan was launched on…

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Gives Wife Key Politburo Position

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Gives Wife Key Politburo Position

ZANU PF’s first secretary, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has elected his wife, Auxillia, to the politburo as surprise reshuffle. She replaces expelled Prisca Mufumira as the new secretary of Zanu-PF for Environment and Tourism. Outspoken war veteran association chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa has been appointed secretary for information & publicity to replace Simon Khaya Moyo, a national…

AFRICA NEWS: Mali: On Being Knighted By Mali

AFRICA NEWS: Mali: On Being Knighted By Mali

Washington DC — I was shocked and honored when Ambassador Mahamadou Nimaga informed me that Vivian Lowery Derryck and Chic Dambach were being knighted by Mali’s government a few months ago. A mere week later, the government of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had been overthrown. I honestly didn’t believe that the award would be given following…

AFRICA NEWS: Uganda: Police Arrest Mastermind of Swift Bus Explosion, Bomb Making Materials Recovered

AFRICA NEWS: Uganda: Police Arrest Mastermind of Swift Bus Explosion, Bomb Making Materials Recovered

Police said that they had arrested the man behind the bomb blast targeting passengers on a Swift Safari bus traveling along the Kampala–Masaka highway. One person was left dead after a bomb blast in a Swift Safaris bus on October 25 at Lungala in Mpigi and according to security, the deceased was a suicide bomber.…

AFRICA NEWS: Namibia: There is still no way to verify U.S.$31.2 Million in military spending

AFRICA NEWS: Namibia: There is still no way to verify U.S.$31.2 Million in military spending

The Office of the Auditor General remains banned from entering military bases and is therefore still unable to verify whether the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs has spent an amount of N$506 million on military equipment. “Access was denied. The accounting officer (executive Director) responded, saying that access to military and operational bases for…

AFRICA NEWS: Namibia: Namibian Diplomat contracts Omicron Covid-19 Variant to Japan

AFRICA NEWS: Namibia: Namibian Diplomat contracts Omicron Covid-19 Variant to Japan

A Namibian diplomat (30) tested positive for the Omicron Covid-19 variant in Japan on Sunday. The diplomat is one of the two people the Ministry of Health and Social Services monitors after they test positive for the variant. The second case involves a Czech national (60) who visited Namibia. Yesterday, Kalumbi Shangula, the Minister of…

AFRICA NEWS: Uganda: Opposition MPs Demand Government to Explain Army Deployment In DR Congo

AFRICA NEWS: Uganda: Opposition MPs Demand Government to Explain Army Deployment In DR Congo

Opposition lawmakers in Parliament have asked government to explain to Parliament why the Uganda People’s Defence Forces were deployed in DR Congo, without authorisation. Yesterday, the army leadership confirmed that UPDF troops attacked the bases of rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (DR Congo). ” This morning, we launched joint air- and artillery strikes contre ADF…

AFRICA NEWS: Kenya: Top Scientist shares the joys and challenges of creating life-saving vaccines

AFRICA NEWS: Kenya: Top Scientist shares the joys and challenges of creating life-saving vaccines

Professor George Warimwe should become a household name here in Kenya. He is a world-renowned scientist who created a lifesaving vaccine against Rift Valley Fever. He also leads policy-changing work in Yellow Fever vaccines. Warimwe was awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize in recognition of his contributions to vaccine development and capacity building within Africa.…

AFRICA NEWS: Nigeria: Nigeria Confirms Omicron Variant, Steps Up Vigilance

AFRICA NEWS: Nigeria: Nigeria Confirms Omicron Variant, Steps Up Vigilance

The disease centre stated that the variant was discovered by “genomic sequencing”. ” Nigeria joined the growing list of countries that have reported the first Omicron variant cases, also known as B.1.1. 529 lineage. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC )) announced this Wednesday morning in a statement signed By Ifedayo Adetifa, the Director-General.…

AFRICA NEWS: Kenya: The Center of HIV Prevention Crisis in Kenya is experiencing a shortage of condoms

AFRICA NEWS: Kenya: The Center of HIV Prevention Crisis in Kenya is experiencing a shortage of condoms

Nairobi – The Ministry of Health warned of an acute shortage of condoms due to shrinking donor resources. This was highlighted in the Kenya National Condom Strategy 2018-2023 (KNCS) report, where it emerged that the country needs 455 million condoms annually against the 1.6 million provided by the government monthly. Experts blame the shortage on…

AFRICA NEWS: Malawi: President Chakwera will Stay Out of Sight

AFRICA NEWS: Malawi: President Chakwera will Stay Out of Sight

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera announced Tuesday that he has cancelled all public engagements in order to “attend to emerging national and regional matters”. President Chakwera is currently the chairperson of Southern African Development Community. He is under increasing domestic pressure for failing to turn around Malawi’s troubled economy. SADC has in recent days been slapped…

AFRICA NEWS: Nigeria: #EndSARS White Paper

AFRICA NEWS: Nigeria: #EndSARS White Paper

The government claims that the inconsistencies in and contradictions in Lekki Tollgate’s death report have made their conclusions and findings “totally unreliable” and thus, unacceptable. ” The Lagos State government has said the findings of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry that nine persons were killed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, last year, is…

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