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Bayer commits to the fight against Malaria in southern Africa

Johannesburg, – Bayer has committed to the fight against Malaria in southern Africa as it announced the establishment of a partnership with Goodbye Malaria. The partnership will see Bayer supporting Goodbye Malaria in Ending Malaria for Good, specifically in the Southern African countries. According to figures published in the 2016 WHO malaria report, malaria cases have fallen by 21% between 2010 and 2015 with malaria death rates decreasing by 29% over the same period, providing the impetus for more action to accelerate malaria elimination. In the last 15 years alone, vector-control has been responsible for preventing almost 80% of...

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Renewed malaria outbreaks in Kavango

Op-ed by Hon Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, Elimination 8 Chair and Minister of Health of Swaziland, and Dr. Richard Nchabi Kamwi, Elimination 8 Ambassador, Champion of the African Union’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and former Minister of Health and Social Services of Namibia. Six southern African countries have recorded a significant increase in malaria cases, with some countries citing a four-fold increase in cases from the same period last year. In Botswana and South Africa, cases of malaria are being reported in areas that had previously eliminated the disease, and outbreaks have been officially declared in parts of Botswana,...

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Top class PR goes continental with African SABRE awards

Burson-Marsteller Africa, a continental public relations and communications firm, has walked away with the highest number of accolades of any agency network at the first African SABRE awards. The inaugural awards ceremony will be held as part of the African Public Relations Association’s annual conference in Morocco on 11 May 2017. Robyn de Villiers, Chairman and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Africa commented, “We are thrilled to have won four Gold Awards and six Certificates of Excellence, and to have one Platinum finalist nomination. I am very proud of these world-class, results-driven campaigns that have been executed by the Burson-Marsteller Africa...

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SADC to prioritize learner and worker free movement between states

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will formally launch the SADC Qualifications Framework ( (SADCQF) on 19 April to re-commit to making the movement of learners and workers across the region a reality. The Framework is a regional framework consisting of 10 levels, which are based on learning outcomes and as they increase, their level of complexity also increases. In a statement issued by Joe Samuels, the Chairperson of SADC’s Technical Committee on Certification and Accreditation (TCCA) on Wednesday, it said the framework enables member states to reference their National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) or national education system, in countries...

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Tourism sector blooms at World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town

World Travel Market (WTM) Africa is the only travel trade event in southern Africa that caters for both the inbound and outbound sectors of the travel and tourism industry. The fourth World Travel Market takes place in Cape Town next week from 19 to 21 April 2017. Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager of Africa Travel Week, which incorporates ibtm africa, said: “We are proud, not only to share what promises to be an impelling programme on 20 and 21 April, but a panel of speakers that will provide insights and impart knowledge that can further develop this industry in the...

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Replacing a ship’s bow no problem for EBH

An oil tanker that had its nosecone damaged in a collision left Walvis Bay this week after local ship repair company, Elgin Brown and Hamer (EBH), fit a new bow in two ticks. The Huascar had to have its bulbous bow repaired and looked no further than the company with the proven track record, and capability, EBH Namibia. The vessel owners sent an initial enquiry to EBH in 2016 after which a proposal for repairs was submitted. But later it transpired the damage was more extensive than first impressions and EBH had to go for an alternative solution. A...

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Massive boost for Angolan retail in Xyami shopping complex

Angola’s Cochan Group announced on Tuesday it has opened the largest shopping centre in Luanda, Angola. Xyami Shopping Kilamba constitutes an investment of over US$ 60 million and the creation of 1,000 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs. The shopping complex offers a gross lettable area of 27,000 m2, 65 shops and an outdoor car park with 1,100 spaces. The investment represents Cochan Group’s commitment to retail and real estate development in Angola. Zahara Imobiliária, a company belonging to the Zahara Group, of which Cochan is the main shareholder, is the complex developer. This is the brand’s fifth asset,...

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Hedge real estate funding through dual currency transactions

Funding commercial property developments with a mix of hard and local currency provides a workable mechanism for Africa’s commercial real estate sector, to hedge against currency volatility and liquidity risk. Head of Real Estate Finance at Standard Bank South Africa, Gerhard Zeelie said the banking group, through its exposure in twenty African jurisdictions, knows how high the risk is of markets running out of hard currency. “This is no more apparent than in Africa’s rapidly growing real estate sector where shortages of hard currency remain a real and persistent operational challenge” he warned. Whether operating in volatile commodity-tacked markets,...

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