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.

President Vladimir Putin

Africa Link Reports

(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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[Nation] Rising cases of oesophagus and stomach cancer among men in Nyeri has raised concerns among health experts as they push for a government-funded research in the county.

[Nation] More than 500 health workers, who were sacked by the county government of Vihiga over irregular recruitment, have protested the decision saying they were being targeted unfairly.

[Namibia Economist] Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NamBTS) this week said it is in dire need of blood supplies and is appealing to all eligible blood donors to donate before the holiday season kicks off.

[Daily News] TREATMENT to HIV patients has recorded a tremendous milestone, with the new Anti-Retroviral (ARV) drug proving to be able to suppress viral load within six months, with fewer or no side effects at all.

[Daily News] THE quality and safety of medicines in the country have improved by more than 96 per cent over the past four years, according to Medicine and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) Acting Director-General Mr Adam Fimbo.

[Daily News] THE Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) has introduced stricter mechanisms targeting to provide cost effective, efficient and quality services to patients in the Lake Zone.

[Vanguard] Beautiful Araola Olumuyiwa Akape, otherwise known as Ara, no doubt, deals in a craft that singles her out in the entertainment industry. But when Celebrity Diary chatted her up on WhatsApp, last Tuesday, she could not hide her joy when the issue of Burna Boys' nomination came up.

[Vanguard] After weeks of excitement and anxiety it all goes down tonight at the first edition of the Livespot X Festival where American female rapper and Grammy awards-winning star, Cardi B will be the headliner alongside Nigeria's finest superstar singers. Perhaps, the biggest imagination running wild has been the prospect of having Nigeria's hottest, sexiest, female showstopper, Tiwa Savage and the American ex stripper strutt their stuff on the same stage.

[Vanguard] As part of the launch of an all-new Star, which spots a new label and an improved taste, STAR Lager has launched an exciting campaign with Burna Boy starring in its key visual.

[Premium Times] YouTube on Thursday released 'YouTube Rewind', which celebrates the biggest moments on YouTube from 2019.

[Vanguard] With an already groundbreaking lineup of acts on the bill for Flytime Music Festival 2019, Flytime Promotions has just announced the one and only African Giant and Grammy-nominated, BURNA BOY as the HEADLINING artist for #Day5 of its five-day music festival.

[News24Wire] Johannesburg -A steady stream of tweets have continued to pour in for gospel star Neyi Zimu who died in hospital on Wednesday following a long illness.

[Nation] The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has skipped an awards ceremony at the Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (Kepsha) conference in Mombasa County.

[Nation] Teachers with university degrees, whom the TSC has employed as interns, are earning less than some non-teaching staff at the schools where they serve, union officials have said and called for higher pay.

[News24Wire] The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal has said it will not rebuild a school that was reportedly set alight by some pupils this week.

[New Times] The ministry of education has implored faith-based organisations to introduce a pre-primary school programme at all schools they run in an effort to address the low enrolment of children in pre-primary schools.

[New Times] The assembly ground of Mount Kenya University Rwanda was on Friday morning teeming with graduands in gowns, suits and dresses as friends and families gathered to celebrate the Kenya-based University's 17th graduation.

[Cameroon Tribune] Bernard Okalia Bilai chaired a joint meeting with stakeholders of secondary and higher education yesterday.

[Daily News] THE Minister for Finance and Planning, Mr Mohamed Ramia Abdiwawa, says the government had been prompted to reallocate funds to ensure the ongoing construction of Terminal III at the Zanzibar airport was complete.

[Nation] Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the ongoing Magical Kenya Ladies Open presented by M-Pesa will boost Kenya's tourism prospects among global audiences who will be following the tournament on live TV.

[Seychelles News Agency] Have you ever dreamt of being on a beach....not just any beach but one of the best, enjoying crystal clear sea, white powdery sand, a pristine green environment and an abundance of sunshine?

[Daily News] Minister for Information, Culture, Art and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe has lauded organisers of the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon for promoting sports tourism in the country and called on other local marathons to follow suit.

[New Times] Rwanda and French Football club Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Wednesday announced a three-year sponsorship deal. This was Rwanda's second partnership deal with a football club following on a three year deal with Arsenal FC last year.

[The Exchange] Kenya's low cost carrier Jambojet on Monday made its first trip to Kigali International Airport as it launched scheduled flights between the Rwanda's capital and Nairobi, bringing competition to RwandAir.

Now that flooding in Venice has subsided, the city is dealing with the aftermath, from damaged buildings to mountains of trash. Estimating the cost of damages is a difficult business, and many Venetians are frustrated.

Awarded this year's International Beethoven Prize, Igor Levit is among the world's most renowned pianists and an impassioned advocate on Twitter for climate action and against rightist extremism.

A German art-activist collective has apologized after a public outcry over a "tasteless" memorial it erected in Berlin that claims to contain the ashes of Nazi victims. "We made mistakes," the group said.

The Bavarian State Library has returned over 200 books stolen from Freemasons by the Nazis over 80 years ago. The library said it is facing up to the responsibility of its cooperation with the Nazi party.

Another piece of the infamous Gurlitt trove is being returned to its original home. An early 20th-century work by German expressionist Christian Rohlfs is headed back to the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony travels around the world through a documentary: It's among the series of special projects Deutsche Welle is offering for the year dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

[SAPS] Members from Hartswater Visible Policing unit, Family Violence (FCS), Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit, Public Service Act members, Safety Volunteers and Department of Health embarked on a Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Awareness Campaign at Jerry Botha Clinic in Hartswater. Capt Letlamoreng Ferrelson from FCS encouraged community members to report criminal offences immediately or within 72 hours. He also reiterated that the community should not unnecessary withdraw domestic violence relate

[Daily News] CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs) have said more focus on public education is needed for members of the public to be aware of the introduced national plan of action (NPA-VAWC) to end violence against women and children.

[Daily News] FIVE girls who were sheltered at Hope for Girls and Women Tanz ania (HGWT) centre in Serengeti District for two years, after escaping from the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) ritual have finally rejoined their families.

[Nation] A son of a cane cutter, Mr Kefline Wanyama, was among the 24 outstanding teachers in the country who won trophies and cash prizes amounting to Sh1.2 million.

[Namibian] NAMIBIA leads the continental pack on gender equality, the recently launched Africa Gender Index (AGI) report shows.

[Government of Mauritius] Several experts and professionals were convened yesterday at a consultative workshop held in presence of the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, Mrs Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah, at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre-Bornes. The primary objective was to identify and discuss the main issues and concerns pertaining to the Information, Education and Communication Strategy and Costed Action (IEC) Plan of the Ministry.

An American graduate student detained in Iran will soon be reunited with his family, while an Iranian scientist has been released by the US in return, Iran said. Trump thanked Tehran for "very fair" negotiations.

All aboard the Duschbus! A Hamburg city bus has been rebuilt into a mobile shower unit to help homeless people clean up and get back on their feet.

The "deoxygenation" of oceans is having disastrous consequences for sea life. It will "affect hundreds of millions of people," environmental experts warn.

Mexico had asked the US not to label cartels as terrorist groups due to concerns over sovereignty. The issue came to the fore after nine US-Mexican citizens were killed by cartel members in early November.

Nigerian students attending a sports tournament in Croatia were looking forward to a relaxing and carefree trip, with plenty of sun, sea and other young people. In the end, it was anything but.

Belorussians have been demonstrating against warmer relations with Moscow. The presidents of the respective nations have met in Sochi over economic agreements as Belarus eyes closer integration.

[New Times] Burera District Council on Friday elected Marie-Chantal Uwanyirigira as the new mayor, replacing Florence Uwambajemariya, who was recently appointed as executive secretary of Western Province.

[Nyasa Times] The Human Rights Defender Coalition (HRDC) has said it wants Malawi's pro-democrcay hero Chakufwa Tom Chihana to be honoured with statue.

[New Times] AS KIGALI were supposed to be one of the main challengers for the Rwanda Premier League title this season, with most pundits suggesting that they looked like a side that would finally halt the dominance of APR and Rayon Sports.

[New Times] For anyone wanting to understand the reasons behind a conflict, a war, a standoff and the like, usually the first question to ask is: Who started it?

[Daily News] THE 2020 Africa Rally Championship (ARC) has been confirmed; maintaining a seven rounds calendar for next season with Tanzania Rally will wind the season later in September.

[This Day] Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa

[Nation] Travellers were forced to spend the night on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway following a huge traffic snarl-up at Gilgil.

[Nation] Tough times lie ahead for over 2,000 private security firms that fail to pay taxes and remit statutory deductions after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i yesterday ordered a compliance audit.

[Nation] Motorists who have no choice but to park in Nairobi's central business district must be relieved that the High Court suspended the new parking fees structure imposed by the city government.

[Vanguard] ... As OPEC cuts output by 500, 000 bpd

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -A government move to borrow 2.4 trillion shillings from Stanbic Bank and Trade and Development Bank to plug the budget deficit, has evoked mixed feelings from economists and observers.

The collapse of East Germany in 1989 and its transition to a market economy in a reunited country left deep scars that are still visible in the form of industrial ruins. Some of them stubbornly refuse to disappear.

Bundesliga upstarts Borussia Mönchengladbach looked set to suffer a sobering admonishment at the hands of a dominant Bayern Munich. But Marco Rose’s team rediscovered their qualities to produce a stirring comeback.

In recent seasons, the Bundesliga has struggled to deliver a title-race as Bayern Munich have run away with the title year after year. The 2019-20 season is already quite different, and that is worth celebrating.

[Nation] IN HAWAII, US

[Nation] Kenyan football will mark 37 years since Harambee Stars went to hostile Uganda and retained the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup in 1982.

[Nation] Pamela Masaisai has pulled out of the national women's volleyball team ahead of next month's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers in Cameroon due to a shoulder injury.

League leaders Mönchengladbach are set to host champions Bayern Munich, looking to extend their lead over the Bavarians to seven points. Bayern will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat under Hansi Flick.

[Nation] A campaign that seeks to save a herbal plant believed to enhance sexual drive when chewed has been launched in Kakamega Forest.

[Nation] The recent Cabinet decision to extend the ban on logging for another year received few headlines. It was largely met by a collective shrug by many, except those directly affected by the ruling.

[The New Humanitarian] Beira/Cabo Delgado/Maputo -'Farmers have started to faint in the fields... they subsist on a tomato soup diet.'

[New Times] This process involves teams of 20 permanent workers and more than 100 casual workers who work in shifts 24 hours a day to make sure two tonnes of dry organic pineapples reach their customers in France.

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -In the "Let it rain" challenge, farmers can take to their mobile phones to predict what day the rainy season will start

[Ghanaian Times] At least 65 women including professional midwives, the youth, children and housewives graduated at Denu in the Ketu South Constituency, after a two- year intensive skill training in beadscraft, fashion designing and housewifery.

[Government of Mauritius] A workshop on Infusing innovation in the cooperative sector aiming at promoting innovative skills and know-how, and technological strategies for cooperative societies, was launched, yesterday, by the Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, at the National Cooperative College, Bois Marchand Road, Terre Rouge.

[The Herald] A young Zimbabwean software engineer, Hope Ndhlovu has won the 2019 World Bank Youth Summit award for developing an application that seeks to make public transport cheaper, more accessible and predictable for commuters across Africa.

[East African] East Africans bagged eight out of the 16 slots in this year's shortlist for the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

[Government of Mauritius] SME Mauritius and the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) signed on 26 November 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for new avenues of cooperation in the fields of Research, development and innovation; Entrepreneurship development; Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises engagement; and Intellectual Property Rights.

[PR Newswire] Chicago -Supporting WeCare, Sims Recycling Solutions shares a common vision of improving student learning in South Africa

[Addis Fortune] Two events that happened last week need to get more attention, as they may point a way out of Ethiopia's predicament. Both have to do with innovation and entrepreneurship.

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