CÔTE D’IVOIRE – On the 26 October, during Seedstars Abidjan, REMA won the Cameroon round of Seedstars World and will represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. The event took place at Seedspace Abidjan, and 11 selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.

The organisers of the 2018 edition of  African Development and Investment Convention (ADIC) holding on October 25-26th in Zurich, Switzerland has released its final agenda, and called for last minute registration to fill the remaining few spaces.

Michal Kotzé (PwC)

Africa Link Reports

SOUTH AFRICA – The 2018 financial year proved to be a challenging year for South African mining companies. Globally, the financial performance of the mining industry improved considerably from the previous year. That position was largely mirrored by South African bulk commodity producers with iron ore, coal, manganese and chrome performing well.

 

The African Development Institute of the African Development Bank has announced the implementation of the Next African Global IT Leaders Program under the aegis of the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP).

Events are being held around Switzerland on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 'Read and Write association, whose courses have helped 25,000 adults. September 8 is also International Literacy Day.

 

DR Congo’s lead production increased by 7.9% on a year-to-year basis to stand at 597,249 tons during H1, 2018, the country’s central bank revealed on 30, August 2018. According to figures reported by Reuters, cobalt and gold production has also risen by 37.6% to 52,941 tons and 15.8% to 17,948 KG respectively during the period under review.  

Sectorial experts from Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have called for the development of national policies for the popularization of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which will increase the access to modern energy such as electric services and modern cooking fuels in the region.

The Directorate of Studies and Financial Forcasts in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, represented by its Director, Mr. Mounssif Aderkaoui, took part in the 10th plenary session of the OECD initiative on global value chains, held in Paris from June 26 to 27 2018. 


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[Namibian] FOR months it had been a subject of whisper and spoken about in hushed tones. Hepatitis E was other people's reality, and Alfeaus Sheefeni never thought the deadly virus would touch him or his family.

[CAJ News] Pretoria -HUMAN, refugee and children's rights groups have rejected proposals by the South African government to discontinue the issuing of birth certificates to foreign children.

[Leadership] November 14, every year, is recognised by the international community as World Diabetes Day. In marking the day, campaigners against the deadly but preventable and treatable disease seek to generate, primarily, global awareness with focus on diabetes mellitus as it is believed that more than 400 million people live with it worldwide, and the prevalence is predicted to continue rising if current trends persist. It was the seventh leading cause of death in 2016.

[Nyasa Times] A project unveiled by Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi to construct a specialised bone and nerve surgeries clinic within the Kamuzu Central Hospital complex in Lilongwe has been welcome as positive news as people will have services free courtesy of a K17 billion (about $24million) grant.

[This is Africa] Dr. Nolubabalo Nqebelele has attained a PhD in Nephrology, making her a specialist in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Her achievement makes her the first Black woman to earn a PhD in Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, a top South African college.

[Monitor] Kampala -The Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has run out of essential drugs and cancer patients have been told to wait a little longer for treatment.

[263Chat] Military Touch Music (MTM) in house producer, Tamuka Makulini popularly known as DJ Tamuka has extended a piece of advice to local artists to develop good relationships with their producers in order to make banger tracks.

[This Day] Ever been on a beach of an exquisite African resort with a mojito in hand and the beautiful waves sweeping your feet?

[263Chat] Talk of being caught between a rock and a hard place or shooting yourself in the foot, that can best sum up contemporary musician Mukudzei Mukombe popularly known as Jah Prayzah situation right now.

[Leadership] It has been an eventful year for Tiwa Savage particularly in terms of her music with the success of singles like 'Tiwa's Vibe', 'Lova Lova' and winning the award for the 'Best African Act' at the recently held MTV EMA's in Bilbao, Spain.

[Vanguard] XCHANGE, a consortium of spectacular event promoters has unveiled six mega shows that will definitely light up both the Christmas and the new year seasons, with Wizkid headlining two of the shows.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Nairobi is set to host about 5,000 visitors and delegates from at least 50 countries for the second Music in Africa Conference for Collaboration, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) from 15th to 17th November 2018 at the Kenya National Theatre.

[Daily Maverick] The Gauteng Department of Education has published for public comment new feeder zones - a criteria that public schools use when determining whether to admit a pupil - that expands the existing 5km radius to 30km.

[Monitor] President Museveni has launched a bursary scheme for over 600 learners in the oil rich Albertine region where beneficiaries will study petroleum-related courses.

[Government of Mauritius] Digital equipment, to ensure the provision of high-quality teaching of Mandarin across 15 primary schools in Mauritius, and, ultimately help in further promoting the Chinese culture, were presented, yesterday, by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, during a ceremony at MITD House in Phoenix.

[Ghanaian Times] The Ministry of Education(MOE), has directed the Ghana Education Service(GES) to stop the compulsory deduction of GH¢10 from teachers' salaries which is being paid to the State Insurance Company (SIC) as a group insurance policy.

[Monitor] Mpigi -Teachers and students in all learning centers countrywide and across the continent, have been urged to always embrace African culture by following, teaching, learning and understanding customs, practices, places, objects, expressions, values and skills of a given community.

[News24Wire] Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is hoping that new feeder zones for public ordinary schools will be inclusive of all South African learners irrespective of race, background or creed.

[Seychelles News Agency] Silhouette island, the fifth-largest of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago, lies 20 kilometres north of Mahe - the main island. Ninety-three percent of the island is a national park, and the waters surrounding Silhouette are protected as a marine park.

[The Point] Tourism minister Hamat Bah has disclosed that his ministry will provide over 20,000 jobs in the country in 2019 through either music or culture.

[Daily News] THE arrival of about 10,000 tourists from China is expected in Tanzania next year, thanks to an agreement inked between the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and Touchroad International Group of China which will organise the tours through chartered flights.

[Cameroon Tribune] A bill is before parliament to authorise the President of the Republic to ratify a February 16, 2006 agreement between the US and Cameroon.

[East African] National Carrier Kenya Airways is set to launch direct flights from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday.

[Daily News] A CHINA'S multinational business, Touchroad International has signed an agreement with Tanzania Tourism Board to bring in 10,000 tourists next year.

When it began in 1985, the soap opera "Lindenstrasse" got miserable reviews and many predicted a short life for the series. Fans now mourn the near end of a three-decade-old tradition. Here's why Germans love it.

There are less women than men working as directors and behind the camera in the German film industry. They receive smaller budgets and less financial assistance. To change that, would a gender quota be fair?

Every year, Germany's dictionary giant Langenscheidt selects the German Youth Word of the Year. In 2018, ''Ehrenmann/Ehrenfrau" was singled out. Take a look at previous winners, as well as some of this year's candidates.

Dictators are afraid of people with a voice speaking uncomfortable truths, says Ralf Nestmeyer, the coordinator of PEN Germany's Writers in Prison Committee.

A long-lost Walt Disney cartoon featuring a character that led to the creation of Mickey Mouse was found in Japan, nearly 70 years after it was bought by a high school student.

A painting by British artist David Hockney easily broke the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Selling for over $90 million, Hockney's painting easily eclipsed the previous record set by Jeff Koons.

[Government of Mauritius] Women entrepreneurs make a substantial contribution to the national economy through their participation in start-ups and their growth in small and medium businesses. Women entrepreneurship is therefore a sector which must be exploited to its full potential through the expansion of existing activities, diversification and enhancement of products.

[New Era] WINDHOEK - Between May and October this year, a total of 1 798 GBV cases - ranging from psychosocial, physical and sexual abuse for both men and women - were reported in Khomas Region.

[Addis Fortune] The United States mid-term elections saw the greatest proportion of women become legislators in the nation's history. This is in keeping with a growing trend around the world, including Ethiopia. Given the long history of humankind where many governments have come and gone, that including women has been realized so late is hard to digest. At least we can find comfort in the understanding that it is better late than never, and that there is a conscious effort to ensure that this is a trend that will not be

[Addis Fortune] Dagmawit Moges, minister of Transport, and Ergoge Tesfaye (PhD), minister of Labour & Social Affairs, were at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Africa on November 5, 2018, for the official launch of the Ethiopian Women's Peace Conference and Jegnit Program.

[News24Wire] Two South African advocacy groups say they are concerned with "what seems to be an endemic culture of sexual harassment" within national broadcaster, the SABC.

[This Day] The Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF) has gone live with the SAP People Connect 365 Mobile Service, as part of efforts to digitally combat sexual violence, rape and human trafficking of girls and women across Nigeria.

From November 17, important original works from ancient Pergamon and a 360-degree panorama will be shown in a temporary building. The restored Telephos frieze of the Pergamon Altar can also be seen again in Berlin.

Every year, Germany's dictionary giant Langenscheidt selects the German Youth Word of the Year. In 2018, ''Ehrenmann/Ehrenfrau" was singled out. Take a look at previous winners, as well as some of this year's candidates.

Poor productivity, low investment levels and rising wealth inequality: One leading British think tank is offering £150,000 in prize money for radical ideas to address the UK's "toxic cocktail" of economic problems.

A poisonous cloud is hovering over the Chilean coastal town of Quintero, and residents are complaining of respiratory problems, dizziness and vomiting. Yet those responsible are driving economic growth in the country.

By giving refuge to former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Orban is making a mockery of his government's position. More importantly, he's ridiculing everything the EU stands for, writes Boris Georgievski.

Since launching the Berlin version of its platform to denounce teachers who oppose its politics, the far-right Alternative for Germany says it's received thousands of complaints. DW's Tamsin Walker has one of her own.

[263Chat] The opposition MDC President Nelson Chamisa has dismissed allegations made by witnesses among them military generals and the police before the Commission of Inquiry into the 1st of August violence who accused his party of being a terrorist grouping.

[News24Wire] The National Assembly has approved the signing and ratification of an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which could see the Gupta brothers brought to book for state capture allegations.

[263Chat] MDC leader Nelson Chamisa today took a swipe at protesters who demonstrated on the 1st of August calling for the immediate release of presidential election results.

[Malawi News Agency] President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Thursday brought exciting news to people of Kasungu when he announced a new hospital project to be done in the district.

[Zimbabwe Independent] For splurging £16 million (US$21 million) on pricey jewellery and vintage wines over a decade, a British woman became the first target of a law seeking to dissuade criminals from enjoying their ill-gotten wealth in the United Kingdom.

[The Herald] War Veterans in Mashonaland East Province have joined their Mashonaland West counterparts' quest to recall Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa on allegations of sowing divisions and undermining their patron, President Mnangagwa.

[Zimbabwe Independent] Merger talks between flag carrier Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) and the dodgy Zimbabwe Airways (ZimAirways) to create a merged state-run airline have collapsed after a nominee shareholder demanded to be paid US$2 million from government, it has emerged.

[News24Wire] National Treasury has released a bombshell report of more than 600 pages detailing the extent of rot at Transnet and Eskom over the last six years - and says Malusi Gigaba compromised the procurement process of controversial new Chinese locomotives.

[Nation] The Kenyan shilling Thursday continued its slide against the US dollar, touching a new mean of 103 -- the lowest rate since January.

[263Chat] A Chinese delegation currently in the country has told President Emmerson Mnangagwa of their government's commitment to explore investment opportunities in areas such as agriculture and processing, information technology, architecture and infrastructure, human resources among other key sectors.

[Zimbabwe Independent] A raft of austerity measures government is mulling, which will, among other outcomes, lead to massive retrenchment, will hit civil servants hard and is contrary to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's electoral campaign promise to create employment.

[263Chat] Schweppes Zimbabwe has revealed that it is working with its packaging suppliers and bankers to unlock imported raw materials components and ensure adequate supply of Mazoe and other beverages during the festive season.

Could the crop of youngsters breaking into the national team force a changing of the guard faster than Joachim Löw is planning? The game against Russia will have some of the veterans looking over their shoulders.

Almost one and a half years after being introduced in the Bundesliga, the video assistant referee system is set to be introduced in England's Premier League. How has it worked in Germany so far and how do fans like it?

Germany have been relegated from UEFA Nations League Group A after the Netherlands beat France 2-0 to stay in the top group. The result could mean a more difficult path to Euro 2020 for Joachim Löw's side.

[News24Wire] Cape Town -The leadership of Western Province Rugby has moved to distance themselves from reports of a 5% salary cut for all staff, management and players earning more than R20 000 a month.

[News24Wire] Edinburgh -The Springbok team for Saturday's third Test of the Outgoing Tour against Scotland in Edinburgh shows six changes, including two personnel changes and two positional switches in the starting lineup, in what promises to be another very tough encounter for the South Africans.

[News24Wire] Cape Town -South Africa will join the world of T20 leagues when the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League kicks off in Cape Town on Friday.

[Nyasa Times] Visually impaired Farmers in Chikhwawa district can now afford a smile as Malawi council for the handicapped (MACOHA) has constructed a K10.1 million Irrigation System at Ndakwera Resettlement Scheme.

[The Exchange] Nairobi -Kenya has moved a notch higher in efforts to protect its territorial waters with the formation of the Coast Guard Service unit.

[SAnews.gov.za] The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Mpumalanga has reminded social grant beneficiaries to immediately swap their old cards for the new gold cards.

[Government of Mauritius] The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, highlighted major achievements which have been realised during the past 105 years by the cooperative movement in Mauritius and expressed his firm determination to continue supporting cooperatives as valuable contributors to the socio-economic empowerment of the country.

[The Point] Vice President Ousainou Darboe has affirmed that in line with the national development policies, President Adama Barrow administration is willing to support all efforts geared towards reducing the impact of climate change.

[Foroyaa] This Column is meant to monitor and report on issues that concerns the people of rural communities in terms of how their development is hindered or facilitated.

[Vanguard] Scientists have warned that that food crisis may be imminent in Nigeria if the country fails to deploy innovation and technology into its food industry to boost productivity and sufficiency.

[Guardian] As part of efforts aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Nigeria's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, the Federal Government is seeking the sum of $500 million technology innovation fund from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

[New Times] The Kigali Innovation City is one of the major projects that Rwanda initiated to drive its ambitions of becoming a knowledge-based economy.

[Business Day] Kosmos Energy has announced the five agric-focused enterprises as winners of the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) AgriTech Challenge, a business competition where young entrepreneurs use innovation and information communication technology (ICT) to develop commercial solution to challenges within the agriculture sector.

[Digital Content Africa] There are now many African online celebrities and offline celebrities who've built a following. Digital savvy ad agencies are now buying access to their followers to get people to watch their brand's videos. Russell Southwood spoke to Odanga Madung, Odipo Dev about measuring their audience reach and engagement and what it costs to hire celebrity influencers in Kenya.

[This is Africa] The world's first bio-brick made using human urine was unveiled at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa recently. Researchers from UCT have been at the forefront of innovation in various areas including malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS, cardiology, and waste recycling.

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