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Women drive SADC integration agenda

By Nyarai Kampilipili and Kizito Sikuka Southern African News Features The event had nothing to do with the annual Women’s Month that is celebrated here in South Africa every August to remember the sacrifices and contribution of women to the struggle for social equality. Rather, the sight of Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax addressing the media ahead of the 37th SADC Summit in South Africa was a clear affirmation that women continue to make a positive contribution towards deepening regional integration and sustainable development in southern Africa. Nkoana-Mashabane is the incoming chairperson of the SADC Council of...

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Cementing the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit trade with southern Africa

By Lord Price, Minister of State for Trade Policy at the UK Department for International Trade Throughout my visit to South Africa and Namibia last month, I was struck by the bonds that link the UK and the Southern African region. Our historical, commercial, educational and Commonwealth links all help underpin our longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship For me this relationship has a personal significance. Over nearly two decades during my career at British supermarket chain Waitrose I made regular visits to South Africa, visiting suppliers who exported excellent food and wine. I was there to support the work...

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There is no such thing as a dumb question

The Informative Mommy Chat Groups by Geni Dee It’s a rite of passage. As soon as you become a mother you are allowed to join mommy chat groups on WhatsApp and Facebook. You can’t just join by yourself, you have to be invited. It’s quite exclusive. I have been fortunate to be able to join such groups. It’s a gold-mine of information, where you can literally ask any baby/child related question and you will have eager responses from other mothers within minutes of posting. It is a safe and encouraging environment, even if the answer to the question seems...

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Far-reaching implications for a Single Telecoms Gateway for internet access

The Namibia Media Trust (NMT) urges the Namibian Government and the Minister of Information, Mr Tjekero Tweya in particular, to abandon the initiative currently underway to launch a Single Telecoms Gateway (also known as Single Internet Gateway, SIG) in Namibia. In the view of the NMT, Government has failed to motivate any good or transparent reasons for a step which would, if implemented, have negative consequences in a number of sectors. 1. LEGAL CONCERNS The proposal for SIG is both unconstitutional and in conflict with the Communications Act. The step would conceivably deal a death blow to a competitive...

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Tech Guru unveils new battery to challenge Lithium-Ion

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com The rise of electric vehicles and the quest to find solutions to energy storage for the renewables industry have created a breeding ground for tech experts to develop battery technologies. Last week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design that they claim would be cheaper and safer than the lithium-ion battery. “What people didn’t really realise is that alkaline batteries could be made rechargeable,” Joy told Bloomberg in a phone interview last week. “I think people had given up,” Joy noted. The...

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Installation of first direct subsea link between Africa and South America begins in Angola

LUANDA, (APO) — Angola Cables took a step closer to completion of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) at an official launch in Sangano, Angola on Wednesday. The SACS is the first direct link between Africa and South America and is set to cater for the two Portuguese speaking nations, Angola and Brazil. The installation of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) – a subsea cable with 40 Tbps of capacity that will extend more than 6,500 km to Fortaleza, Brazil – began on the Angolan coast in the municipality of Quissama. The SACS system is being constructed by NEC...

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Nothing can ever prepare you for motherhood

Working Mamma by Geni Dee You can read every book on the planet about the subject, but nothing will ever prepare you for becoming a parent for the first time. I was completely overwhelmed. I was happy, but I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. When the fog from continued sleep deprivation finally started to lift and I felt like I was getting a handle on things, my maternity leave was over and I had to go back to work. I was only just figuring out motherhood, how was I supposed to manage my full-time...

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Young African leaders convene in Washington to collaborate on leadership and skill building

WASHINGTON – One thousand young African leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. Representing 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the diverse group of young leaders immersed themselves in activities to strengthen their leadership skills and to build connections with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Held from 31 July to 2 August, the event was hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with support from IREX, the Summit marked the culmination of the Fellows’ six-week Academic and Leadership Institutes at...

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