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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[Monitor] Health Ministers and senior immigration officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the nine neighboring countries to DRC have resolved and committed their governments to establish the African Ebola Coordination Task Force (AfECT) to undertake cooperation and collaboration for Ebola preparedness and response.

[Nation] The long-awaited launch of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is expected to take place in Mombasa Friday.

[The Herald] Zimpapers, the country's largest diversified media group, will hold its annual Cancer Power Walk on November 9, in partnership with Island Hospice and Healthcare.

[Capital FM] Mombasa -Kenya has rolled out a key vaccine Human Papillomavirus (HPV) to help protect young women against cervical cancer.

[New Times] Rwanda has been named the recipient of the 2019 Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Security.

[New Dawn] --Deputy Speaker admonishes traditional midwives

[Observer] Kitgum district security committee has banned renowned People Power musician William Otim alias Bosmic Otim from henceforth holding any concert within the district.

[This Day] Dunsin Oyekan is a Nigerian contemporary Christian, a worshipper, singer-songwriter, producer, multi- instrumentalist and recording artist popularly referred to as 'The Eagle'. Oyekan, who is the convener of the Code Red Worship Experience started playing the bass guitar at age 10. His love for music and song-writing can be attributed to his late father who also loved music and encouraged him to learn the guitar. Generally described as an erudite and prophetic worship minister, his lyrics and music are bor

[This Day] Following a successful show in London, Nigerian UK-based singer and song writer, Josephine Emotan Shine, recently hosted fans and music enthusiasts to a listening party in Lagos where she unveiled her singles.

[This Day] It was his first time in Nigeria but the Ugandan singer-cum-activist Bobi Wine has amassed quite a number of fans here. When he was first introduced by the host at the Fela Debates -- the annual symposium that kicks off the week-long festivity of Felabration -- the NECA Event Hall where the event held erupted in cheers.

[Nairobi News] Nigerian Afro-pop diva Yemi Alade on Tuesday night held an exclusive party in Nairobi in celebration of her recently released fourth studio album Woman of Steel and the short film Home.

[The Herald] Afro-Jazz musician Dereck Mpofu has put a new flavour in his music after he roped in Jiti musician, Baba Harare and raunchy dancer-cum-singer Beverly "Bev" Sibanda on his forthcoming project set for release on October 23.

[Foroyaa] In his latest routine visits to institutions within his constituency, Hon. Ousman Sillah, National Assembly Member (NAM) for Banjul North, on Friday, 18th October, 2019, launched a formal campaign for support to revitalise and enhance the services of the Gambia National Library in Banjul.

[Daily Maverick] We don't have to understand the legal complexities of Kanya Cekeshe having pleaded guilty; what we understand is that a young man with so much potential is wasting away in prison because he chose to be part of those who said, 'Fees must fall'.

[SNA] Damazine -Member of Sovereign Council, Dr Siddiq Tawer announced during his current visit to Blue Nile State package of development projects in areas of education, water, road, and production for the State.

[Concord] A press release from the University of Sierra Leone (USL) has informed the public that three lecturers from the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) has summarily been dismissed for alleged examination malpractice.

[This Day] Ado-Ekiti -Former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday described sound and qualitative education as good weapon that could deliver a country from poverty and ignorance.

[Concord] Twenty five (25) Sierra Leoneans university students and twenty-two (22) Secondary School pupils have benefited from Chinese Ambassador Scholarship grants.

[New Times] The City of Kigali this week made it to the Forbes' list of the 20 best places to visit in 2020.

[Daily News] BURUNGE Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Tanzania's wildlife-rich northern tourist circuit has registered huge success, collecting 2.3bn/- in the 2018/19 fiscal year.

[East African] We approached Mt Kilimanjaro from Marangu Gate, where hikers start their five to seven days of climbing to reach Uhuru Peak, the summit on Kibo's crater. A different way to enjoy the mountain is from the bottom.

[Ghanaian Times] Beijing -PA 20-member delegation from Ghana are in the Chinese capital, Beijing, to participate in a training programme on Regional Aviation Management aimed at enhancing Ghana's quest to become an aviation hub in the West Africa sub-region.

[Citizen] Kenya Airways pilots are seeking a government-appointed mediator to arbitrate over their ongoing dispute with the airline's management, saying that failure to resolve the labour standoff will lead to a halt in operations.

[Daily Maverick] 'We cannot have a Home Affairs department that is corrupt,' declared President Cyril Ramaphosa in early October - while Barbara Dale-Jones was experiencing exactly that while travelling to Zimbabwe. As Ramaphosa visited the department's head office in Pretoria, engaging staff and senior management on strategies to speed up visas and make it easier for visitors to enter the country, hundreds of Zimbabweans and South Africans experienced only frustration, corruption and prejudice at the hands of Home Affairs

The Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing, who died in 2013 at the age of 94, would have been 100 on October 22. The prolific writer and reluctant feminist icon was one of the 20th century's great storytellers.

Author, journalist and actor Theodor Wonja Michael, who has died at the age 94, survived the 20th century in Germany working in human zoos, as a film extra during the Nazi era, and as a spy during the Cold War.

DW asked Egyptologist Ludwig Morenz what we can expect to discover from the 30 ancient coffins recently found in Luxor — the first such find since the end of the 19th century.

Archaeologists in the United Arab Emirates have discovered an 8,000-year-old pearl in a Stone Age settlement. Emirati experts believe pearls were traded in ancient Mesopotamia and perhaps worn as jewelry.

After US President Trump told Turkish counterpart Erdogan in a letter "not to be a fool" or a "tough guy" on Syria, Hillary Clinton mocked Trump by tweeting a fake diplomatic missive by J. F. Kennedy.

Some literary purists say the trend is superficial, but book lovers on Instagram believe they are getting the conversation going and encouraging people to read. Here's how they share their passion.

[Namibian] Saints clinched the Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Women's Premier League title for the second year in a row despite not being in action over the weekend.

[Moroccan American Center] Over the years, I have met many Moroccan professionals committed to becoming the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and role models in their country, even if that means going abroad to take advantage of opportunities that have not yet matured in Morocco. I recently met with Najwa El-Iraki, the founder and managing partner of AfricaDevConsulting, a business development and advisory firm building networks of companies in Africa. She is also Managing Director in North West Africa for Opportunity Netwo

[Concord] Aminata F. Kanneh, a young Agro-Fish Farm innovator, based in Bo City,Southern Sierra Leone, last Wednesday, 16th October, emerged as the winner of the Orange Telecom Social Venture Prize.

[Dalsan Radio] The Media Association Of Puntland (MAP), Is Pleased To Announce The Launching Of The Free Press Unlimited (FPU) Supported Puntland Media Gender Policy (PMGP). The PMGP Policy Is The First Of Its Kind In The History Of The Somali Media Fraternity.

[News24Wire] Cape Town -Lauren Agenbag wrote a new chapter in Cricket South Africa's (CSA) drive for gender equality this past week when she became the first female umpire to stand in a men's first-class match in South Africa.

[Observer] -- They seek empowerment in agriculture

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party could see its first defeat at the polls since independence in 1966. What would a changeover of power mean for Africa's model democracy?

The Maldives is considered a dream holiday destination for many. But construction is threatening its fragile coral reefs and azure blue lagoons. Some locals are taking a stand against the building boom.

The Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing, who died in 2013 at the age of 94, would have been 100 on October 22. The prolific writer and reluctant feminist icon was one of the 20th century's great storytellers.

The Lonely Planet travel guide has placed Germany's former capital, Bonn, among its top 10 cities to visit in 2020. Austria's second city, Salzburg, topped the list, ahead of Washington, DC.

Whether a doctor believes in a cure can influence how effective it is for the patient, a new study shows. The findings could affect the way doctors and patients communicate.

Three years of talks concerning Britain's exit from the EU meant Brussels was less able to focus on "improving citizens' lives," according to Jean-Claude Juncker. He added that he will "always regret" the UK's decision.

[Botswana Daily News] Kanye -Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) official in Kanye, Ms Ndio Gaopotlake, says the commission is prepared for the general elections tomorrow.

[The Herald] The Zimbabwe National Army will not hesitate to deal decisively with rogue members who bring its image and reputation into disrepute, a senior army officer has said.

[Namibian] Mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo says Namibia is still faced with the challenge of corruption, despite achieving favourable rankings in regional and international indices.

[The Herald] Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Dr John Mangudya yesterday testified as the last State witness in the case where Kwekwe businessman Shepherd Tundiya is alleged to have coerced the director of JR Goddard Contracting (Pvt) Ltd to withdraw a criminal abuse of office report he had made against four members of the National Assembly.

[New Zimbabwe] Opposition MDC activists Makomborero Haruzivishe and Ward 16 Councilor Denford Ngadziore were Monday arrested by police at the Harare Magistrate Courts.

[Namibian] Several political parties participating in the upcoming presidential and National Assembly elections have pledged to reduce the number of ministries, and abolish the positions of regional governors and their advisers in an attempt to reduce the bloated civil service.

Firms in the United Arab Emirates produce cigarettes worth billions of dollars annually. It's no doubt a lucrative business, but overseas smuggling has been causing rising tax losses elsewhere, as Stian Overdahl reports.

[News24Wire] Eskom wants Deloitte to pay back more than R207m for two tenders and other work the audit firm secured "improperly" during 2016.

[The Herald] Zimbabwe has planted its first legal hemp crop after it took steps in 2018 to decriminalise cannabis by adopting legalisation policies to tap into the opportunities that exist in this multi-billion dollar industry.

[Nation] Lawyer and ICT practitioner Adrian Kamotho has sued telecommunication operators for irregularly depriving consumers of their unused data bundles.

[New Zimbabwe] IT is not possible to spend a couple of hours touring the USS North Carolina (one of the most decorated battleships of World War II and a marvel of engineering built over 80 years ago) without being reminded of the achievement gap between us and other nations, and the radical transformation of mindsets needed to make any headway in the war on poverty in our own nation.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Metropolitan Police in London has released a composite image of a man believed to be a Kenyan, who died after falling off a Kenya Airways flight to Heathrow Airport on June 30.

After being excluded from Borussia Dortmund's squad on the weekend, Jadon Sancho now has a chance to step up. With big names missing the Champions League trip to Inter, expectations for the young Englishman are high.

Bayern Munich made it three wins from three in the Champions League but some familiar failings made it tough going. A Robert Lewandowski brace and a great Corentin Tolisso strike proved just enough against Olympiacos.

After the first three games of their group, Leverkusen are last with no wins. A fair amount of possession and talented players on the field have not stopped them being left empty handed. In Madrid, it was the same story.

[The Herald] Zimbabwe's sprinter Panashe Majuru is fancying his chances of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after wrapping up his season in the United Kingdom.

[News24Wire] Cape Town -Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says he is still committed to leading the side in Test cricket in what he refers to as a "transition" period.

[News24Wire] Pietermaritzburg -A fluent maiden CSA 4-Day Domestic Series century from Grant Roelofsen helped the Dolphins to 234 for four before bad light just after tea brought an early end to day one against the Cape Cobras in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

[Concord] The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) says a total of 28,538 extremely poor and vulnerable households in ten (10) districts benefited from cash transfers under the Social Safety Net project.

[Ghanaian Times] The Jospong Group of Companies, with the help of the Hungarian government, has secured a facility for various developmental projects in Ghana.

[The Point] Two Gambian women have joined other delegates in Rome, Italy, where they are attending IFAD gender events, thanks to the support availed to Gambian smallholder farmers, by the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema).

[The Point] Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Tuesday validated the off-grid solar market assessment report of The Gambia, as part of the preparatory phase of the Regional Off-grid Electrification Project (ROGEP).

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Sudan's Minister of Labour and Social Development has described the feasibility of direct financial support to poor and vulnerable people in the country during the transitional period as 'inadequate'. She also questioned the value of microfinance schemes launched by the former regime.

[New Dawn] The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection or (MGCSP) announces here it has begun disbursement of social cash to extremely poor citizens in Maryland and Grand Kru counties, southeast Liberia.

[This Day] Two agencies of Lagos State Government and four firms Thursday announced a partnership towards the construction of five innovation centres across the state, saying the initiatives were designed to ensure capacity building, competitiveness and ecosystem among start-ups and budding entrepreneurs.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Mr Bogolo Kenewendo, on Tuesday launched the first ever "smart green" Botswana Makeathon at the University of Botswana.

[Digital Content Africa] YouTube in Africa is creating a whole new generation of talent that doesn't have to go through the usual gatekeepers on TV and radio. Russell Southwood spoke to Mark Angel who runs the biggest YouTube channel in Nigeria about how he does what he does.

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Asutsuare, Ghana -Ephraim Kofi Kenney does not like to work in the fields scaring pests away. But today he must.

[SAnews.gov.za] Senior officials and experts have concluded the 6th Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa Partner Countries Meeting in Pretoria on Monday.

[Vanguard] Nigeria has emerged winner in the FutureStars challenge held at the ongoing GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, UAE.

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