The story of your NESCAFÉ begins long before it reaches your cup. The tiny coffee bean, which is dried, roasted and ground into the powder that you brew for your coffee, is deeply rooted in West Africa, touching many lives.

 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Thursday apologised to the Nigerian government after a spate of deadly xenophobic attacks in the country.

(Ecofin Agency) - The government of Benin adopted this week its Finance Act for 2020. The new budget of 1,986.9 billion CFA Francs ($3.3 billion) is 5.8% higher than the 1,877 billion CFA Francs ($3.1 billion) adopted in 2019.

 

(Ecofin Agency) - Optical fiber Internet provider Angola Cables and TM Global, the wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, entered into a partnership to connect Asia to South America via a submarine optical fiber.

 

(Ecofin Agency) - The Sierra Leonean microfinance institution A Call to Business Savings and Loans (ACTB) will receive $1.5 million from the Dutch Development Finance Fund (FMO) as the Fund’s first commitment to the West African country’s financial sector.

(Ecofin Agency) -Maroc Telecom announced on August 26 it has signed an investment deal with the government for MAD10 billion (about a billion dollars). Funds, disbursed by the incumbent operator, will be pumped into the development and strengthening of telecommunications infrastructure, broadband and very high speed (mobile and fixed) deployment across the country.

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(Ecofin Agency) - Exchange between Africa and Russia last year reached a total of $20 billion, we learnt. While the black continent imported $17.4 billion worth of goods, it sold only $3 billion to Russia, making a $14.5 billion for Vladimir Putin’s country.

(Ecofin Agency) - Some Chinese companies committed to invest $1.4 billion in energy and mining projects in Africa. They expressed their intention during the visit to Beijing of the African Chamber of Energy (CAE), an organization bringing together government actors and companies involved in the development of the African energy sector.


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[New Dawn] Population Services International (PSI) -Liberia has confirmed here that 200 sex-workers living with the HIV/AIDS disease have fled their treatment center located on 16th Street, Sinkor due to a recent attack on the facility by individuals believed to be drug addicts or "zogoes".

[Ghanaian Times] About 328 childhood cancer cases have been recorded at the Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi respectively between January and October this year.

[Ghanaian Times] The American Diabetes Association (ADA) standards of medical care is a document I refer to from time to time. The document covers so many areas in diabetes care. Going through the document gives you the far-reaching consequences of diabetes. The ADA notes that diabetes is associated with a significantlyincreased risk, and rate, of cognitivedecline and with increased risk ofdementia. In a 15-year prospectivestudy of community-dwelling peopleover the age of 60 years, thepresence of diabetes at baseline signi

[Ghanaian Times] Lambussie -Two persons have been confirmed dead following an outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in the Lambussie District of the Upper West Region (UWR).

[Ghanaian Times] The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has kicked against government's decision to export the services of trained nurses to Barbados.

[UN News] Violent attacks by extremists "almost every day" in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -All those who were looking forward to see Burna Boy perform in Mzansi are left with a heavy heart.

[Premium Times] Nigerian musician, Burna Boy, has made the nomination list of the 2020 edition of the Grammy Awards.

[Vanguard] David Adeleke, AKA Davido, has finally released the front cover art work of his long awaited "album of the century." The artwork, which was released on his Instagram page, has photos of several people that have been in Davido's live in the last 7 years; he wrote an emotional tribute to these people who he says are very important to him.

[New Dawn] On November 16, Liberian music was celebrated at the 2019 MTN Liberia Music Awards (MLMA). Music superstars, Bucky Raw, Jaredo and ChristophThe Change emerged as the night's biggest winners with two awards each in major categories.Bucky Raw took home the Artist of the Year and Video of the Year ('Thank You') awards. ChristophThe Change won the awards for Hipco/Trapco Artist of the Year and Album of the Year ('Bonnie Dust') while Jaredo won Collaboration of the Year and Afro Pop Artist of the Year.

[The Herald] Gemma Griffiths is expected to headline events at the Permican Gospel Awards to be held on Friday at City Sports Centre in Harare.

[Observer] Bucky Raw shakes hands with fan during his performance

[SNA] Khartoum -Member of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Professor Siddiq Tawer, has affirmed the government support to Al-Nelein University's Department of Medical Physics to carry out its full role.

[News24Wire] A total of 267 611 pupils have been granted space to learn in Gauteng schools next year, while more than 14 000 are still waiting to be placed.

[Nation] Lafey in Mandera County is mostly remembered for terror attacks by Al-Shabaab.

[Observer] ... Senator Gueh recommends to gov't.

[This Day] Abuja -The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has stated that the federal government's N-Power Scheme is not suitable for the strengthening of the capacity of early child education and does not conform with best practises for a holistic and functional development of the child.

[News24Wire] Lobby group AfriForum is expected to announce a "comprehensive campaign" aimed at applying pressure on Gauteng Premier David Makhura to dismiss the province's education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, on Wednesday.

[Foroyaa] Stakeholders in the tourism industry on Monday urged the Gambia Government to invest in tourism, a sector that is among the highest contributors to the country's gross domestic product.

[Addis Fortune] Bahir Dar, capital of the Amahara Regional State, will be getting a Radisson Blu Hotel Group branded hotel. The hotel will be the fourth hotel under the Group's brand in Ethiopia.

[This Day] The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has threatened to shut down Arik Air's operations nationwide for sacking its staff members in Uyo station without due process.

[Premium Times] The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has unveiled Nigeria's plans to digitise tourist visa before the end of the year.

[VOA] Ethiopian Airlines and Kenyan Airlines are threatening to halt service to Juba International Airport because too many customers' bags are being stolen.

[Daily News] THRILL. Adrenalin rush. Acclimatization. Conquest. There are many adjectives that the 'wizards of adventure' have used to describe the arduous but delightful escapade of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The Prado Museum opened its doors on November 19, 1819. Today, the museum is a mecca for art lovers in the heart of Madrid.

Austria's government has struggled for years to decide what to do with the house where Adolf Hitler was born, including considering tearing it down. The building will now house a police station to deter neo-Nazi tourism.

On November 22, the International Music Award ceremony will be held in Berlin. Pianist and entertainer Chilly Gonzales is one of its jurors. He spoke with DW about prizes and his way of supporting fellow musicians.

The German edition of "Rolling Stone" has initiated a new music award. The prize aims to honor artists with innovative ideas and couragous stances.

After winning the reality talent competition, Claudia Emmanuela Santoso has big plans for the future. DW spoke with the talented singer before her tour around Germany.

[New Frame] By giving us a glimpse into the remarkable life of anti-apartheid activist Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, journalist and Tiro's nephew Gaongalelwe Tiro memorialises the young firebrand's life.

[Daily News] PRESIDENT Dr Ali Mohamed Shein yesterday presided over Women Trade Fair that was organised in Zanzibar to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of the East African Community (EAC), with a call on public servants and youth to engage in entrepreneur work.

[IWPR] IWPR's work with women-led NGOs highlighted at embassy event.

[Daily News] A NON-Governmental Organisation, Reaching the Unreachable Tanzanian (RUT), has launched a project against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Dodoma Region, a crucial initiative which has so far reached out to at least 963 people since its inception in July this year.

[Namibia Economist] Namibia will join the rest of the international community and commemorate and observe the 16 Days of Activism campaign against Gender Violence (GBV).

[Observer] -- Urges graduates to utilize what they have acquired

[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has used its Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to champion the human rights of women in situations of armed conflict.

The Prado Museum opened its doors on November 19, 1819. Today, the museum is a mecca for art lovers in the heart of Madrid.

The German edition of "Rolling Stone" has initiated a new music award. The prize aims to honor artists with innovative ideas and couragous stances.

Production of coal, oil and gas is set to outstrip carbon budgets required to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.

The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child 30 years ago. How is the convention being implemented in Germany? DW visits children who know their rights — and have to fight for them.

Germany will not be challenging to lift the European Championship trophy in 2020, and that's fine given the team's new development cycle. The current squad lacks in two key areas, writes DW's Jonathan Harding.

Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro loves to speak of his hatred for the US. It makes his warm words for the enemy's currency a little puzzling. Dollarization is a reality in Venezuela but the benefits are dubious.

[Lesotho Times] The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) paid M10 000 to the family of Lisebo Tang, who was gunned by soldiers guarding the Ha-Leqele residence of then army commander, Tlali Kamoli, on 9 May 2014.

[News24Wire] The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is ready to prosecute those implicated in the controversial Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm project, according to media reports.

[Lesotho Times] Opposition legislators have refused to adopt a parliamentary report recommending salary increments for members of parliament and officials in charge of the parastatals.

[The Herald] Ms Esther Zinyoro of Mbare, Harare, also known as Mbuya Gwena, has become an overnight sensation due to the assistance she has been rendering to expecting mothers, most of whom were stranded after council nurses went on strike citing incapacitation.

[Lesotho Times] Tempers flared in parliament this week when outspoken Thaba-Bosiu Principal Chief, Khoabane Theko, accused Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his coalition partners of prioritising their entertainment in lavish foreign trips instead of driving the crucial multi-sector reforms process which has hitherto proceeded at a snail's pace.

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa should have cleared out the hierarchy of the country's security establishment following the White City bombing that nearly claimed the life of the national leader, a month before last year's elections.

Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro loves to speak of his hatred for the US. It makes his warm words for the enemy's currency a little puzzling. Dollarization is a reality in Venezuela but the benefits are dubious.

Amid outright confrontation between the European Union and Turkey about Ankara's drilling program in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus is moving on with its gas export plans. Could it be a bumpy ride?

[Lesotho Times] The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) is investigating former Standard Lesotho Bank (SLB) Chief Executive Officer, Mpho Vumbukani, for allegedly breaching the bank's procurement policies in connection with his purchase of a house from the bank.

[The Herald] The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Financial Intelligence Unit is investigating the Ecobank Zimbabwe customer pictured with the $15 000 in new notes that he had withdrawn from the bank, to establish if the money was sold on the parallel market or paid to dairy farmers as he promised the bank he would do.

[New Zimbabwe] While South Africa and other countries in the region are ready to help, only Zimbabweans have the solutions to the country's problems, a Cabinet Minister in President Cyril Ramaphosa's government has said.

[The Herald] Government will engage the Chinese Embassy in Harare to establish a common accounting position on how much Harare received from Beijing as development partner support for 2019.

Germany will not be challenging to lift the European Championship trophy in 2020, and that's fine given the team's new development cycle. The current squad lacks in two key areas, writes DW's Jonathan Harding.

UEFA is usually keen to preach that football and politics should remain separate. But even European football's governing body makes exceptions in some cases. There's a fair chance they will have to do so at Euro 2020.

[Nation] Harambee Starlets on Tuesday stormed the semi finals of the Cecafa (Council of East and Central African Football Association) Women's Championship after thrashing minnows Djibouti 12-0 at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

[SNA] Khartoum -Minister of Youth and Sports Wala'a Issam Al-Boushi met on Wednesday with Qatar's Ambassador to Sudan, ambassador Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Kubaisi.

[The Herald] One of Zimbabwe's top junior motocross riders Emmanuel Bako continued with his winning ways on the South African circuit.

[The Herald] As the costs of funding sport continue to soar, Glow Petroleum, the principal sponsors of the Rainbow Amateur League, have revealed that they have sunk in half a million dollars this season.

[New Era] Windhoek -Namibia is among the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries expected to receive high rainfall, this is according the consensus forecast produced by the 23rd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) that met in Luanda, Angola, on 28-30 August.

[Ghanaian Times] The Chairman of the National Development Planning Committee (NDPC), Professor Stephen Adei, has called on Ghanaians to be productive in order to build the nation.

[Ghanaian Times] Kumasi -Nestle Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give opportunity to students for practical skill development.

[Namibia Economist] The 25th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held on 12 to 14 November in Kenya, , where Lucia Iipumbu, Namibia's Head of Delegation reaffirmed her commitment to the implementation of the SDGs and elements of the ICPD Programme of Action that are consistent with local National Statutes and development priorities.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -The project for the sustainable management of Eastern Ecosystems in Tunisia will be proposed for funding at the next COP 25 conference of parties to be held from December 2 to 13 in Madrid, said on Tuesday Basma Jbali, Secretary of State for Local Affairs and Environment.

[Ghanaian Times] Two business startups, AiScarecrow Technologies and ProSect Feed Limited have emerged winners of this year's Kosmos Innovation Centre (KIC)'s AgriTech Challenge which ended recently in Accra.

[New Era] Windhoek -As eligible Namibians go to the polls on 27 November 2019 to elect a state president and National Assembly members for the next five years, the Anglican Bishop of Namibia, Right Reverend Luke Lungile Pato, has called for peaceful elections.

[Zimbabwe Independent] WHEN the churches issued a statement calling for a seven-year sabbath on national elections, there was an overflow of criticism. People of Zimbabwe, with our well-known polarisation, saw many things in that call. Some called it an attack on "democracy". While other "democrats" felt the church must not be involved.

[News24Wire] While the EFF wants to halt "academicism" - a trend which, it says, places more value on theory instead of the organisation, it also wants those who want to serve in its highest structures to have tertiary qualifications.

[News24Wire] DA parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen appointed Natasha Mazzone as his chief whip at the party's caucus meeting on Thursday morning.

[News24Wire] The Cabinet will consider the minority report of the presidential panel of experts on land reform and agriculture, President Cyril Ramaphosa assured the National Assembly on Thursday.

[News24Wire] The problem in the DA was one of leadership, not race, and the party had to get that right, newly elected federal council chairperson Helen Zille has told the Cape Town Press Club.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -Tunis will play host to the 2nd edition of the National Invention Competition and the 1st Fair of Mediterranean Inventors on the occasion of the 2nd edition of Smart Industry (February 19-20, 2020), said the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII) on its website.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -Four new startups created by young graduates will soon be installed at the Monastir remote work centre, after obtaining the approval of the regional commission in charge of studying the application forms.

[VOA] Ghana is regarded as a West African hub of invention, with growing numbers of young people looking at local solutions to local problems.  In December, Ghana is hosting two conferences on innovation and technology.

[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.

[New Times] Fabrice Goffin, the Belgian owner of a company specialising in new robotics solutions, on Friday gave The New Times a demonstration of what service robots, "humanoid looking" creations with machine intelligence cable of detecting and talking with humans, can do to make our lives easier.

[Citizen] Arusha -The East African Community (EAC) says member states have not been investing enough in innovation and skills development.

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