Nigeria: How Nigeria Was Schemed Out of €15 Million EU-Funded Fisheries Project


[This Day] There are insinuations that Nigeria may have been schemed out of ?15 million (N6 billion) European Union (EU)-funded project designed for the development and improvement of fisheries activities in the West African sub-region by the francophone countries.

Zimbabwe: Central Bank to Inject More Bond Notes, Coins to Ease Cash Shortages


[263Chat] The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) will be issuing more bond notes and coins into the market to alleviate worsening cash shortages, amid high prevalence of cash premiums on electronic money, the Central Bank Governor, Dr John Mangudya said in the latest mid-term monetary policy statement.

Ansu Fati: Who is Barcelona 16-year-old with 100m euro release clause?

BBC News Africa  

Ansu Fati was selected ahead of Luis Suarez for Barcelona on Saturday and in two hours of senior football has scored twice and added an assist. Is he destined for greatness?

Africa: Can South Africa Repair Its Image Damaged By Xenophobia?


[ISS] Televised footage last week showed hundreds of Nigerians queuing in Johannesburg to be evacuated to their home country. It illustrated the impact of the latest wave of xenophobic attacks targeting African foreign nationals in South Africa - on victims and on the country's relations with the rest of Africa.

Kenya: Kenya Steps Up Vote Hunt for UN Security Council Seat


[Nation] Kenya is on Monday launching its bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, banking on its diplomats across the globe to do the promotions, amid tighter budgetary cuts.

Vote count now underway in Tunisia [The Morning Call]


Polling booths have closed in Tunisia in what is the country’s second free presidential poll since the 2011 uprising that toppled ex-president Ben Ali. In the election were twenty-six candidates, including two women. Out of an estimated 7 million voters, exit polls suggest turn out was at 45%. And something else comes as surprise, two independent outsiders seem to have done well in the first round of votes and may have made it to the runoff. Preliminary results are expected however on Tuesday. In the meantime, EU observers have given a pass mark to the conduct of the election.

South Africa: a new narrative could tackle anti-migrant crisis

This Is Africa  

Faced with the same problem, South Africa is turning to the familiar toolkit to explain a recurrent problem.

Kenya: Cohen's Murder - Wairimu to be Held for 10 More Days


[Nation] The High Court has directed that Sarah Wairimu, the estranged wife of murdered Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen, will plead to charges on September 26.

Water roller invention is big relief for Kenyan women


This water roller invention has come in handy for Kenyan women. Hitherto, they had to carry water on their heads or backs for their daily chores. This is thanks to 70-year old African-American inventor and businessman, Herman Bigham. ‘‘Rolling Springs’ is the name of the invention, system that we put together to be able to relieve women and children and the elderly from carrying water on their backs. I became very clear about the level of strain and physical handicap and injuries caused by doing this. And also, Kenya and Africa is so advanced now in so many ways and at the same time we still have women and children carrying water on their backs for 10, 20 kilometres”, said Herman Bigham, inventor of “Tosheka Rolling Springs” water roller:. Esther Muindi is a 26-year-old mother of two. She said the ‘Tosheka Rolling Springs’ has brought her badly needed relief. “Carrying water on my back is usually a heavy burden especially when I am pregnant. I sometimes need a lot of water, approximately 10 jerry cans; yet the water source is 2 kilometres away. ‘Tosheka Rolling Springs’ enables me to transport 15 jerry cans with ease whilst carrying my child on my back”, Muindi said. The water roller are made in Kenya. The rollers are made from a combination of recycled materials like old tyres and local wood. “It has a lot of advantages even though it is low tech. It’s advantages are, the water container never comes in touch with the ground, therefore it’s preserved, it doesn’t become contaminated and it’s also extremely easy to transport, makes it easy to transport the water, whereas some of the systems, they carry more water, have a lot of problems with the containers being busted by the very rough terrain over which one has to travel”, Bigham added. The roller currently retails for $60 and this is far beyond what many women here can afford. But the inventor says he plans to make it cheaper through the manufacturing process of moulding. The World Health Organization said 263 million people the world over spend over 30 minutes per trip collecting water. AP

South Africa to face New Zealand in first Rugby world cup game


South African Rugby team is already in Tokyo for the World Cup.The Springboks is busy training to face off the All Blacks… and they have made sure to remind the French referee to be impartial in their game with New Zealand. The South African assistant coach said at a press conference. “I hope, as I said, that officials will treat all teams equally, and that they will respect the game and the fans,“Mzwandile Stick, Springbok Assistant Coach. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been accused on several occasions of playing at the limit in open scrums and of successfully influencing the referees to whistle in his favour. The referees must be all the more consistent in the way they apply the rules to the different teams as the gap between New Zealand and its main opponents has narrowed. South Africa and New Zealand will face each other in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup Pool B on Saturday.

Nigeria: Female Youths Protest Killing of Women in Rivers Hotels


[This Day] Port Harcourt -Female youths yesterday marched through the streets of Port Harcourt to the State Police Command in protest against the serial killings of women in hotels in Rivers State for supposed rituals.

Kenya: Excitement As Rare 'Blacker' Zebra Spotted in Maasai Mara


[Nation] A photographer at a camp in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve was in for a surprise when he came across an incredibly rare, "blacker" newly born Zebra.

Mozambique: Cyclone Idai Aftermath - Children Face Worsening Food Insecurity


[Unicef] Nearly 1 million people, including 160,000 children under five, in northern Mozambique are facing food shortages and a nutrition crisis, with conditions expected to worsen over the coming months -- UNICEF said today. The dire situation is a direct result of the devastation wrought by Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which struck central and northern Mozambique in March and April this year. The two storms brought widespread flooding, the destruction of almost 780,000 hectares (7,800 sq kms) of agriculture cr

Election results in Tunisia start trickling in


Latest official preliminary results by the elections authority in Tunisia put Kais Saied on the lead for presidency with 19 percent of the vote. The first round of the presidential election results from Tunisia’s 24 counties with at least 45% participation is still trickling in. “In any case, we are waiting for the official results, but what has been announced so far shows that I am first and foremost. It is a huge responsibility to this country and this people,” said Kais saied, candidate, Presidential elections. There was Jubilation at Nabil Karoui’s headquarters. The supporters of the presidential candidate imprisoned since last month say he has qualified for the second round of elections. “Being in the top two of the presidential election, among 26 candidates, means that you were clear: no to oppression, no to poverty and no to marginalization. You said yes to the rule of law,” said Salwa Smaoui, Tunisian jailed presidential candidate’s wife. On the other hand, the Islamist party Ennahdha, they say they are waiting for the official results. “First, the only party responsible for announcing the official preliminary results is ISIE. We, at the head of Abdelfattah Mourou’s campaign, received the first results, whether from leaving the polling stations or from the results we receive as we go along, and we did not want to anticipate events,” said Samir Dilou, Abdelfattah Mourou’s campaign. The peaceful elections was overseen by thousands of observers, representing political parties and international institutions, whom have not reported any major violations .

South Africa: 'It's Just a Constant Rerape' - Bob Hewitt Victim On Parole Decision


[News24Wire] One of the rape victims of former tennis star Bob Hewitt says she was devastated and angry when she heard the news that he was set to be released on parole on September 23, without any consultation with her or other victims.

Zimbabwe: Doctors Vow Continued Strike Despite Union Leader's Disappearance


[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe's striking doctors have vowed to continue with their job action despite the abduction of union leader by suspected State agents on Saturday.

Zimbabwe: Govt to Establish Gold Centres to Increase Output


[New Zimbabwe] Government has tabled a plan to establish gold centres which will provide technical and financial assistance to Artisanal Small Scale Miners (ASM).

How AeroDelft is saving the skies

Design Indaba  

Student researchers from the Delft University of Technology are making aviation a little greener by trading in jet fuel for hydrogen-powered cells.

Zimbabwe: Thermal Coal to Produce 2 400 Megawatts of Electricity By 2023 - Govt


[New Zimbabwe] MINES and Mining Development Minister, Winston Chitando on Thursday said government was planning to work towards generating energy by taking advantage of thermal coal which has the potential to generate over 2 400 megawatts by 2023.

Zimbabwe: Companies Rake in Profits Despite Depressed Demand


[New Zimbabwe] Companies in Zimbabwe continue to rake in huge profits on the back of continued price increases despite operating in an environment characterised by reduced product demand and poor customer purchasing power.

Kenya: Kenyans Are Addicted to Smartphones - Survey


[Capital FM] Nairobi -Move over substances, Kenyans have a new source of addiction, and its name is 'Smartphone'.

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