South African airways strike enters day 2


South African Airways (SAA) and unions on Saturday met for talks on the troubled state-run carrier; which hopes to bring an end to a crippling strike that it says could push it to collapse. Unions representing more than half of SAA’s workforce called the strike from Friday, forcing SAA to cancel hundreds of flights. According to the protesters they would continue until their demands were met. The airline said the action would cost it 50 million rand ($3.36 million) per day. The talks will be mediated by dispute resolution body ;The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The unions’ demands include an 8% wage increase, and they also object to SAA’s plan to cut over 900 jobs. SAA, which hasn’t made a profit since 2011, needs to cut costs to turn around – a mammoth task complicated by the huge sensitivity of job cuts in a country where unemployment is already close to 30%. Phakamile Hlubi Majola, spokeswoman for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), one of the unions that called the strike, said they also want SAA to commit to bringing costly outsourced services back in house, which are blowing a substantial hole in SAA’s budget. SAA’s woes have left it reliant on state bailouts to survive, becoming a source of frustration for taxpayers who have forked out more than 30 billion rand since 2012 as well as for a cash-strapped government already propping up other ailing state firms.

Namibia: ICT Assessment for Rural Women Parliamentarians


[New Era] Windhoek -The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) recently conducted an ICT assessment of rural women parliamentarians with male as partners as a means to identify the basic needs of information technologies.

Ethiopia: Icao's Endeavor in Ensuring Aviation Safety in Africa


[Reporter] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency that regulates the global aviation industry. Ethiopia is one of the founding members of ICAO. Headquartered in Montreal Canada, ICAO provides capacity building programs for African civil aviation authorities. The organization is striving to ensure safe air transport and environmental protection regulations all over the world. Through its regional offices the organization is closely working with African civil aviation authoritie

Ethiopia: Launching Digital Agro-Climate Advisory Platform in Ethiopia


[Reporter] There was a time when traditional ecological knowledge was enough. When ancestral wisdom guided communities to sense the moods of the rains, the temperaments of the winds, the hidden messages of the clouds. Through these interpretations of nature, farming communities could foretell times of planting, times of abundance and times of harvest.

South Africa: Khwezi's Mother, Beauty Kuzwayo, Dies


[News24Wire] She stood by her daughter through one of South Africa's most notorious rape trials, followed her into exile when she was cast out by those sympathetic to the accused, and returned home to fight for justice for other rape survivors.

Seychelles: Hearing-Impaired Community in Seychelles Gets Its First Sign Language Dictionary


[Seychelles News Agency] The hearing-impaired community in Seychelles has its own sign language dictionary for the first time.

Angola's main opposition party elects new leader


Angola’s main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) has elected lawmaker, Adalberto Costa Junior as its new leader. His election on Friday follows the resignation of Isaias Samakuva, 73, who resigned the position on Wednesday November 13 after 16 years as leader. Costa Junior, 57, who currently heads the opposition parliamentary group, won the most votes at the party’s 3- day congress which ended in Luanda on Friday. The former rebel group has lost all elections since it was turned into a political party in 2002. Angola’ next presidential election are scheduled for 2022. AFP

Kenya: Al-Shabaab Now Prefers Kenyans With Criminal Skills - UN Report


[Nation] Three Kenyan nationals and two Somalis linked to the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya carried out Al-Shabaab's January attack on the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi, according to a report by United Nations experts.

Southern Africa: SADC Winning Battle Against Malaria


[New Era] Windhoek -Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has recorded success in the battle against cases and deaths related to malaria, thanks to interventions by member states. This has resulted in a substantial reduction of mortality attributed to the infectious disease.

Rwanda: Global Robotics Firm Inches Closer to Launch in Rwanda


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Nigeria: Fake News More Dangerous Than Boko Haram - Abubakar


[Vanguard] A human rights activist, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar, has raised the alarm over the rise in fake news in the country, describing it as a "higher threat than terrorism".

Congolese President says Ebola should be eradicated by end of year


Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has said the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo should be eradicated by the end of the year. Tshisekedi said this during a visit to Berlin on Friday. “We can say with satisfaction that it has been eradicated in northern and southern Kivu. There are still a few isolated cases in Ituri (province) but we think that by the end of the year we can completely stop the disease”, he said. The Congolese President allayed fears of people returning from the Ebola epicentre. “Let me end by saying that no one should be afraid of the people returning from the region, from Beni or from Goma, thinking that they might be carrying the disease. Simply put, there is a facility in Congo and in the region which means all individuals, no matter who they are, pass a rapid test the moment they cross a border. So there really is no risk to have any cases here”, Tshisekedi assured. The German Chancellor promised a new chapter with the DR Congo. “We want to be a partner to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We know how important that is, if you just take a look at the country and how many neighbours it has. With our available means we want to support the president’s efforts to take up contact again with the neighbours and to solve conflicts”, Merkel said. According to government’s data, the rate of new Ebola cases has fallen substantially in recent weeks. The epidemic in Congo was declared in August 2018. So far, it has killed nearly 2,200 people, becoming the second-worst outbreak of the virus on record. Reuters

Africa Top10 Lifestyle & Travel News


South Africa’s Golden Girl Bonang Matheba’s US Invasion Following her win as the first  African Influencer at the “E! People’s Choice Awards” in Santa Monica, California, the Queen B headed over to New York City where she had an open and honest conversation with DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God. In the interview, Matheba talked …

Fear grips South Sudan after church attack


Four people were kidnapped after thousands of displaced civilians fled their homes during an attack on a church compound in South Sudan last Thursday. Homes of civilians were torched and property destroyed by unknown assailants in Rimenze, in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region. “Up to now people are still sleeping in the bush, because there is no security. Even they had come to the church and there is no security in the church. There is no information about the government tackling the security here’‘, said Reverend Father Peter Babetimo of the Rimenze Catholic Church. Charles Jacob Mbaro is one of Rimenze’s internally displaced persons. “They removed grass, set my tukul (hut) on fire. Then they entered my neighbour’s tukul, looted their bicycle, motorbike and some money about 30,000 South Sudanese pounds (300 US dollars) then they left”, Mbaro said. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) dispatched a joint assessment mission to the area. The team arrived on Thursday. “We really have not been able to attribute it to anyone but still civilians should enjoy their security and we will take this and advocate with the state authorities – to have at least a police post in Rimenze, so that we are able to detect some of the incidents that affect the civilians in this area”, said Human rights officer, Antonina Okuta. Rimenze has been used as a battlefield in the fight between the government and armed rebel groups since 2016. The formation of South Sudan’s unity government, which was extended for 100 days on November 12, has left civilians frustrated. They are unsure of whether it is safe to return to the camp. AP

Uganda: Africa’s Top Bird Watching Destination


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5 Ways To Spend A Romantic Day in Cape Town


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Ethiopian plane crash victims buried


The last remains of 157 people killed aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane in March were interred at the crash site this week, farmers and families told Reuters, but some relatives were upset they had been unable to take part in the ceremony.Nadia Milleron, whose daughter Samya Stumo was killed, said an email was sent to some families — but not all — notifying them of the burial just two days before it happened. “By the time the burial took place I was just wiped out; I was just glad they were doing it. I was tired of it not being done,” said Milleron. “But a lot of people didn’t feel like that. They hadn’t been aware of what was happening.” Ethiopian Airlines did not return calls seeking comment about why some families were not told in advance. Families have been begging the airline to fill in the crater left by the March 10 crash, which still contained remains too small to be recovered. Milleron said on Saturday that locals had been burying remains exposed by rains in small mounds of earth. She herself found a bone at the site when she visited Ethiopia to collect her daughter’s remains in October, which she told the airline about in an email. The force of the impact meant no complete bodies were recovered; partial remains were tested for DNA and finally returned to families last month. As the burial took place on Thursday, a U.S. embassy representative present kept Milleron updated by text: “Now they’re laying the coffins down, now they’re putting earth on them …” “I became a blubbering mess,” she said. Milleron said the lack of notice of the burial ceremony had raised tensions between the families and Ethiopian Airlines. Representatives of the airline and of Boeing and some embassy employees were there. The Boeing representatives were on a prearranged trip to discuss community projects, Milleron said. Boeing manufactured the 737 MAX 8 plane, which nosedived shortly after take-off. A preliminary investigation pointed to a malfunctioning anti-stall system known as MCAS, which was also implicated in the crash of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia five months earlier. All 189 people onboard that flight were killed. Tesfaye Mulatu, a farmer near the crash site, said he had seen a helicopter arrive and cars bring caskets on Thursday. The crater left by the impact has been filled in, he said. “Now, the area looks a football field,” he told Reuters by telephone.Some bereaved families have formed associations and hope to use funds from Boeing to build a memorial. The manufacturer will make $100 million available, with half going to families and half to projects in local communities. “We continue to offer our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 and we are committed to helping those affected by these tragedies,” Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers said.

2021 Africa Cup of Nations: Tanzania grab late win

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Tanzania come from behind with a late goal to beat Equatorial Guinea in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday


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Africa Top10 Business News


Counting the Africa Investment Forum’s Kitty The Africa Investment Forum declared it had secured $40.1 billion in investment – an increase on last year – after days of talking and intense boardroom negotiations at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Hundreds of delegates from scores of countries around the world got together to try to …

African refugees ejected from U.N. premises in South Africa


Africans seeking asylum at a United Nations office in South Africa have been forcibly removed by police stating that their action amounted to tresspassing. On Wednesday, a court order was granted instructing the 300 refugees camping there since 7 October, to vacate the area within three days, local media outlets reported. Hundreds of asylum seekers had been camping for weeks now in makeshift structures in front of the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the capital Pretoria. Many came into SA fleeing life threatening situations of war, epidemics and violence from the DRC and other neighbouring southern countries and say the South African authorities have been delaying the regularization process for their status. Most of them say they no longer feel safe after the last wave of xenophobic violence that killed at least 12 people in September. In Cape Town (south-west), they organized the same operation, but were expelled manu militari at the end of October. In Pretoria, justice ordered them Wednesday to evacuate the place under 72 hours.

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