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)

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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. 

Further to its announcement of 27 April 2018 in respect of freezing orders filed against Mutanda Mining Sarl (“Mutanda”) and Kamoto Copper Company SA (“KCC”), subsidiaries of Glencore plc, by Ventora Development Sasu (“Ventora”), a company affiliated with Mr. Dan Gertler,  Glencore has carefully considered its legal and commercial options in connection with its dispute with Ventora and Africa Horizons Investments Limited (“AHIL”), also a company affiliated with Mr Dan Gertler, and its obligations to its various stakeholders, including its shareholders, customers and the communities in which it operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”).  


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[Daily News] Ms Neema Lugangira has emerged one of five Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) winners to be awarded and receive an investment capital to the tune of 3,500 euros in the first edition of Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition.

Violent people are often the product of violent surroundings. But genetics can play a role, too. Traumatic experience can be passed down from generation to generation — and manifest itself in violent outbreaks.

[Premium Times] Nigerian healthcare professionals who lived and worked abroad but are back have urged their colleagues still in the diaspora to come back and develop the nation's health sector.

[New Zimbabwe] ZBC editor in chief, Tazzen Mandizvidza Wednesday piled more misery on under-fire news anchor Oscar Pambuka as he distanced the national broadcaster from the newscaster's ill-fated deals with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC).

[WHO] South Sudan has successfully conducted its first ever laboratory test for Ebola using the emergency management and laboratory infrastructure developed with support from WHO as part of emergency preparedness.

[The Herald] Government has tightened enrolment requirements for individuals intending to train as nurses and only aspiring candidates people below the age of 30 with five Ordinary Levels from one sitting are eligible.

[The Herald] CHAMPION Tinotenda Ryan Gumbo is confident that he will successfully defend his title at the Givemore Marume Classic men's physique category at Zimbabwe College of Music tomorrow. Gumbo will take to the podium along with several athletes for the second edition of the Classic which is organised by veteran body-builder Givemore Marume.

[Vanguard] Seun Kuti, afro-beat singer and one of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's sons, has explained what the annual Felabrationmusic festival, usually held at the New Afrika Shrine to celebrate the life and times of the late afro-beat maverick, means to the entire Anikulapo family.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Musician-turned-MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has slammed controversial rapper Kanye West's decision to meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

[The Herald] In a bid to broaden her horizons and capture a new market, United States-based gospel musician and worship leader Shingisai Suluma is only working on English songs for her upcoming project. Suluma, who rose to stardom in the late 90's, said all was not rosy in the foreign land.

[The Herald] Gospel musician Sabastian Magacha's six-year marriage is on the rocks after his wife filed for divorce citing loss of love and affection.

[Zimbabwe Standard] One of Zimbabwe's brightest gospel music prospects Best Masinire's latest album Mashoko/Words, which also contains the hit song Rooted in the Word of God, generated excitement at its launch with the young artiste's musical prowess being equated to one of Africa's greatest gospel musicians, Frank Edwards.

[Foroyaa] The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it will transfer to participating elementary schools and early childhood development centres an initial amount of more than US$ 370,000 (D 18.5 million) to provide daily meals for up to 60,000 young students.

[Monitor] Kampala -Science teachers whose salary was increased to Shs2m have been asked to refund the money on account that the payment was made in error.

[Ghanaian Times] Ho -THE three teachers of Sokode Senior High Technical School, who reportedly beat up a female student and left her with swollen knees, have admitted the offence in their caution statements to the police.

[SAnews.gov.za] Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu will today unveil a specialised computer centre in Port Elizabeth to address the educational needs of learners with disabilities.

[SNA] Khartoum -President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir is due to receive, at the Republican Palace Monday, the Talented Student of the Sudanese Secondary School Certificate, 2018, in the presence of the Minister of Education Mashaer Al-Dawalab and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Al-Sadig Al-Hadi AL-Mahadi.

[The Conversation Africa] The curriculum is not just the "stuff" that students must learn to be knowledgeable and skilled in a particular discipline. It's about more than just content.

[Guardian] To improve the travel culture within the country, encourage local tourism to boost Internally generated revenue (IGR), the Nigeria Travel Week is set for its second edition taking place on November 23 and 24, at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria island, Lagos.

[SNA] Khartoum -The regualr news forum of Sudan News Agency (SUNA) will to host on Tuesday noon the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities to cast light on the 14th session of the Khartoum international Book Fair.

[New Zimbabwe] ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Karikoga Kaseke is stepping down after 13 years at the helm of the organisation in a development that comes at a time when government is reforming largely insolvent state enterprises.

[New Era] WALVIS BAY - The stern, no-nonsense approach embraced by the magistrates' courts in Erongo Region has set the tone for swift convictions of criminals, particularly those targeting tourists.

[Nation] The inaugural direct flight between Kenya and the United States is 10 days away, but the vibe around it has warmed US travellers who, according to the New York Times, have made Kenya a hot-ticket destination rivalling Mexico, Italy and Europe, generally.

[New Era] KEETMANSHOOP - Keetmanshoop Municipality spokesperson Dawn Kruger says the town is working hard to ensure its roads are well maintained and in good condition as this is crucial for tourism and investors.

Best known for his fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, the Danish storyteller also created hundreds of paper silhouettes. An exhibition in Bremen shows his remaining visual works.

The German drama series Deutschland 83, which gained a global cult following, returns for a new season set three years later. Undercover spy Martin Rauch, who's been banished to Africa, is called back to the field.

The renowned street artist Banksy has released a video suggesting that the shredding of "Balloon Girl" didn't go as planned. The canvas wasn't totally cut into strips — and the artwork's value likely went up.

Netflix's most-watched original series, set in an American women's prison, is to end its run in 2019. The groundbreaking show centers around a woman jailed for a drugs offense a decade after the crime took place.

What's in a name? Based on a French box office hit, a new German comedy plays on the fact that "Adolf" still isn't something you can take lightly. But some comedians have successfully managed to do so.

Along with the French comic series, Bell was the award-winning translator behind the English version of German literature classics, including works by Kafka, W.G. Sebald, Stefan Zweig and Siegfried Lenz.

[Guardian] October is known as "art month" in London, and fortunately there is a significant amount of African talent being represented in the city during this period. With 1-54 and Frieze having just taken place, as well as world-renowned auction houses Bonhams and Sotheby's holding their Modern & Contemporary African Art sales, it's hard not to notice that there is an ever-growing movement recognising Nigeria in particular as a leader in this sector.

[Daily Maverick] The Glass Ceilings 2018 findings show the challenge today is not about the numbers game, with almost equal numbers of women and men in the media, but sexism is alive and well in South African newsrooms, and taking ugly forms in the digital era.

[Gender Links] A presstitute, a whore, a harridan, an animal and a quisling: these are just a few of the misogynous labels that one of South Africa's best known black women editors has endured in cyber space as she has stood up boldly against state capture.

[Gender Links] Gender Links (GL) and the South Africa National Editors Forum (SANEF) will on 19 October, SA Freedom Day, launch the latest Glass Ceiling: Women in South African media houses research at Emoyeni Conference Centre in Johnnesburg, at 4.30 pm.

[Nyasa Times] ActionAid Malawi says is embracing in promoting the education standards of the girls in the country in older for them to be self reliant and responsible citizens of the country in the future.

[Citizen] When President John Magufuli encouraged Tanzanians to have many more children so as to create manpower, some worrywarts didn't like his idea.

Organizers claimed 700,000 turned out in London, calling for a vote on the terms of the Brexit deal. Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly ruled out another referendum.

Afghanistan's first parliamentary election since 2010 has been hit by violence and chaos, with several attacks killing at least 36 people. Authorities faced outrage over poor organization and technical glitches.

Violent people are often the product of violent surroundings. But genetics can play a role, too. Traumatic experience can be passed down from generation to generation — and manifest itself in violent outbreaks.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said the time for joking around was over. French officials said the procedure of returning asylum-seekers was routine, but Salvini demanded answers from French President Emmanuel Macron.

Since October 2017, the country's Cabo Delgado province has been plagued by a series of anonymous attacks that have left 90 people dead. Suspects are in custody, but what is known about the perpetrators remains murky.

Despite numerous obstacles and no guarantees of success, thousands of Honduran men and women escaping grinding poverty and violence at home have set off on foot for the US in search of a better life.

[Nation] ODM leader Raila Odinga says the Constitution should be changed to improve the conduct of members of county assemblies and boost services to the people.

[Premium Times] The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has accused the state government of planning to mobilise the youth to embark on a street protest against President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government.

[Vanguard] The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant Presidential pardon to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi KANU and other Biafra agitators in the country.

[Daily Trust] Maiduguri -Belief in fate, President Muhammadu Buhari's phone call, and Governor Kashim Shettima's condolence visit assuaged the grief of the father of Boko Haram-slain humanitarian health worker, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 25. But there's one thing he wishes was possible.

[New Zimbabwe] THE main opposition MDC party has condemned government attempts to impose price controls saying this will not address inflationary pressures.

[Guardian] Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has assured flood victims in Bayelsa and Rivers States that the Federal Government is committed to alleviating their pains.

[News24Wire] The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Saturday said it was probing possible breaches in its editorial code regarding the coverage of the VBS Mutual Bank debacle by its newsroom in Polokwane.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania's billionaire-businessman Mohammed Dewji, 'Mo' who has been missing since October 11, 2018 when he was abducted by gunmen has been found and is safely back at home.

[Business Day] The Head of Research at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Dr Kwabena Nyarko Otoo has appealed to government not to introduce any new taxes in the 2019 budget.

[Guardian] Focusing on technologically enabled early stage startups in the stages of prototyping and building an actual product, Techpoint Africa is calling on these startups to participate in the Techpoint Build 2019 pitch storm where a startup will walk away with $10,000 equity-free.

[News24Wire] City Power has raised alarm bells about the sabotage and vandalism of state infrastructure in Lenasia South, Johannesburg.

[Guardian] Professor Toyin Falola, one of Nigeria's foremost Historians and currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin, United States (US), dissects various challenges confronting Nigeria and urges Nigerians to stop politicians from messing up their lives.

After a difficult few weeks, Bayern Munich are once again celebrating a win. Though they deserved victory over Wolfsburg, there are signs that a fair bit of work is needed to get back to where the club wants to be.

Two English teenagers were among the goals in the Bundesliga this weekend. While Jadon Sancho has made the headlines with Borussia Dortmund, Reiss Nelson's development at Hoffenheim has been no less impressive.

A brace from Robebrt Lewandowski and a nerve-settler from James Rodriguez secured Bayern's first win for a month. The champions weren't at their best but did more than enough despite being reduced to 10 men.

[New Zimbabwe] FORMER Warriors and Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa finally ended speculation surrounding his future after being unveiled as the new coach of Malawian topflight side Nyasa Big Bullets on a two and half month deal.

[News24Wire] Garth Mulroy fired in back-to-back birdies in the last three holes en route to winning the Vodacom Origins of Golf on a total of 10-under-par 206 at Parys Golf and Country Estate, on Saturday.

[News24Wire] Enoch Nkwe has opted to remain positive in the face of the indifferent 4-Day Domestic Series start made by the Highveld Lions as they prepare to take on the Knights i n Johannesburg from Monday.

[Ghanaian Times] Sekondi -The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Dr K.K Sarpong, has noted that the free Senior High School (SHS) programme is tailored to promote the sustainable development of the country.

[IPS] Kigali -In a move to achieve its green growth aspirations by 2050, Rwanda has placed a major focus on promoting project proposals that shift away from "business as usual" and have a significant impact on curbing climate change while attracting private investment.

[Ghanaian Times] The Head of Standard Bank Group in charge of Card and Emerging Payments, Lincoln Mali has advised customers of banks to consider their financial lifestyle or habit before acquiring a credit card.

[Government of Mauritius] The re-opening of octopus fishery was held yesterday at the Mahebourg Fish Landing station after a two-month ban from 15 August to 15 October, in the presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo.

[Observer] Pres. Weah inspects the ongoing road work in the Doe Community.

[UNEP] Ali Omar remembers a time when the practically bare patch of desert in northern Djibouti he calls home was a bustling seaside resort and the waters around it were teeming with fish. "Lots of people lived here and they had shops all along the seaside," says 75-year-old Omar, recalling his hometown Khor Angar's 1970s heyday, before it was hot year-round and the village had dwindled to just a few huts in the desert.

[Daily News] THE Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has signed a contract worth US 2.5 million dollars (about 5.5bn/-) with United States of America's Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) for installation of a weather radar at Mikindani area in Mtwara region.

[Botswana Daily News] Serowe -Department of Crop Production deputy director, Mr Barutwa Thebenala has assured the directors of OLHydro Veggie that government will support them.

[Government of Mauritius] The National Innovation Framework (NIF) 2018-2030, which aims at creating an ecosystem for innovation to facilitate the transition of Mauritius from a middle-income economy to a high-income innovation driven economy, was launched yesterday during a half-day workshop at Cyber Tower 1, in Ebène Cyber-city.

[Ghanaian Times] Koforidua -The President of the All Nations University College (ANUC), Dr Samuel H. Donkor, has urged the government to allocate the necessary financial resources for the promotion of technological innovation.

[Govt of SA] The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will host A Water and Sanitation Innovation and Technology Solutions Exhibition at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria on 19 October 2018,

[This Day] Nigeria, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is set to showcase the country's information and communication technology (ICT) innovation at this year's Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX 2018).

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