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João Lourenço to be sworn in as Angola’s third president in 42 years

By Danai Majaha “Mission accomplished. We will produce a better future for the country and the people” said Angolan President-elect João Lourenço said this soon after the Electoral Commission announced that the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) had won the 23 August general elections. According to final results released by the commission, the MPLA secured 61.1% of the total vote compared to 26.7% by the main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). A coalition of four other parties secured 9.45% of the vote. The MPLA won 150 seats in...

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Journey of young Africans into violent extremism marked by poverty and deprivation: UNDP

Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment presents the results of a...

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Bannerman chief executive sees uranium bull market emerge fast – Etango ready to go

The top man of Australian uranium developer, Bannerman Resources has high hopes for their Etango project in Namibia once the current uranium bear market sheds the shackles holding it. “The uranium sector’s current pricing doldrums are destined to mother a bull market in the near to short term” Munro said on the second day of the Paydirt 2017 Africa Downunder conference in Perth. The current decade-low uranium price around US$20 per pound is unsustainable, according to Munro. “While all commodity markets are cyclical – and it is said that the best remedy for low prices is low prices –...

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To succeed, Africa’s agricultural revolution needs to be very different to those seen in the rest of world

The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than US$1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food made in Africa. This is the main conclusion from the latest Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) launched at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Cote d’Ivoire. According to the report, agriculture will be Africa’s quiet revolution, with a focus on SMEs and smallholder farmers creating the high productivity...

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The dangers of E-Cigarettes/Vaping

By Rolf Hansen Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Association of Namibia The tobacco industry remains pursuant in finding “grey areas” to infiltrate the market with “smart” and “healthier” ways to sell their products and promote smoking. An electronic cigarette/ E-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that tries to create the feeling of tobacco smoking. It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, commonly called a “vapour” that the user inhales. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called vaping. The liquid in the e-cigarette is usually made of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavourings. Most E-cigarettes contain zero tobacco...

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UN adopts draft resolution for South South Cooperation conference in 2019

Edited excerpts from original South Centre article by Adriano José Timossi “The United Nations General Assembly adopted on 28 August 2017 a draft resolution calling for the organization of the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation to be held in Argentina in 2019” stated the South Centre this week when announcing the landmark resolution. The Conference will mark the 40th anniversary of the first UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries also held in Buenos Aires almost forty years ago, a milestone event in the history of the UN and multilateralism. The draft UN resolution titled...

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Completed Annasruh feedlot projected to accommodate 12,000 cattle

By Jethro Kwenani The Annasruh feedlot that is situated in the Omaheke Region, 10 km west of Gobabis, once fully completed, will have the capacity to accommodate  12 000 animals with fully functional facilities, a weighbridge, integration of space, feed, water, waste management and handling facilities. In a newsletter this week, Meatco said the first phase of the feedlot has been completed and offloading of the first animals using the offloading ramp was done during the last week of August. Meatco said approximately 800 animals were offloaded in the first week through the new offloading ramp and sorting station, with...

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Facebook and Instagram help put African tourism on the social media map

Facebook and Instagram representatives were in Kigali this week to discuss and explore ways in which social media can be used to effectively drive tourism growth across the continent, as reported by news agency, APO. The representatives where attending the Annual World Tourism Conference in Rwanda, were they showcased how both platforms can be used as a tool to creatively help change the narrative of Africa as a tourist destination. Th team also took part in a live panel discussion exploring the ‘Evolution of Online Travel and Lifestyle Tourism: Leveraging Africa’s Diversity’. The event, developed by the Rwanda Development...

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