While strides have been made to ensure gender equality over the years, work is continuing to accelerate these actions. “In terms of the landscape, I can proudly say that South African women have been as a result of democracy, taking part in decision making processes and structures. We have women ministers; we have women in top management and women who own businesses. I think in 1994, this was not imaginable. The advent of democracy has made it possible for us to thrive,” says Charlotte Lobe.

African authors are not too well known in Switzerland especially the female authors as I have learned, even by the people who have a general interest in Africa or business in/with Africa.

To circumvent liquidation, proactive engagement with creditors at the early stages of financial distress is imperative
It is well documented that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on businesses. Commerce in most sectors is fighting to keep their doors open, grappling with creditors to avoid winding up proceedings and its far-reaching implications.

The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment soars, but UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the amount of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated.

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1) Pollution driven by huge increase in mask sales

The promotion of mask wearing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19 has led to an extraordinary increase in the production of disposable masks: the UN trade body, UNCTAD, estimates that global sales will total some $166 billion this year, up from around $800 million in 2019.

Dr. John Nkengasong and Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil

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Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other factors, Africa has been spared the worst of the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on other parts of the globe and was predicted to do here too.

Tamer Farouk  

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As the pandemic continues to influence how organisations operate and behave, African businesses need to adapt its workforce and technology considerations

Achare Takor

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In response the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Cameroon decided on a number of fiscal measures to support Cameroonian businesses and households

With every industrial revolution comes shifts to social, economic, environmental and political systems, paving the way for transformative changes in the way we live and work.

 The Universal Postal Congress has re-elected Switzerland to the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council of the Universal Postal Union. Delegates confirmed their confidence in Switzerland in the elections at the 27th World Postal Congress in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Universal Postal Union will be headed by Masahiko Metoki from Japan beginning from 2022.

(Ecofin Agency) - Authorities in Senegal are exploring ways to boost the cotton industry after the sector delivered poor performances in recent years. The Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA) unit based in Tambacounda announced it is currently developing new varieties to improve both the productivity and the quality of the fiber.

 (Ecofin Agency) - After the first investment in Morocco’s irrigation sector in March, Amethis Mena Fund II plans new investments in North Africa.

(Ecofin Agency) - As part of initiatives to help Africa catch up with the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, France and Germany announced they are giving the continent 80 million shots of vaccines.  


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[New Zimbabwe] THE ministry of Health and Child Care has dismissed claims that there is a Covid-19 outbreak at Nashville High School in Gweru saying all pupils returned negative test results.

[allAfrica] As of October 24, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  8,462,381 while over 106,010,059 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.

From advances that will change our lives to offbeat oddities, Science unscripted keeps you abreast of developments in the realm of European science and technology news.

[Vanguard] As part of activities to mark this year's World Diabetes Day, the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation has reeled out plans to screen 10 million Nigerians for diabetes.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- A hundred small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the tourism sector in Tunisia and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will receive financial support through the "Tourism Recovery Programme", said the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) in Tunisia.

[Capital FM] Kisumu -- Kisumu County has increased COVID 19 vaccination centers across the county to reach more residents especially those due for the second dose.

[New Zimbabwe] POPULAR urban grooves artist Nox, born Enock Guni, also known as the Zaka Prince is set to release a new album titled "African Royalty" on the 10th of November this year.

[RFI] Alemu Aga is an Ethiopian musician, singer, and master of 'begena'. This multi-secular ten-stringed lyre has a special place for the Orthodox Christian Ahmaras, who live in the capital Addis Ababa.

[This Day] Born on the 12th of August 1998 in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nwite Odinaka John better known as Bobby is a fast rising artist who is already creating a lot of buzz across the Nigerian music airwaves.

[This Day] Afro music is now a pre-eminent force in the music business intercontinental and has even greater prospects the more its evolution persists. Over recent years, there's been a notable difference in the dynamic of the industry here in Nigeria that has stirred up a certain hunger for improving the quality of sound in the minds of creators.

[263Chat] Popular Zimdancehall chanter, Seh Calaz has announced plans for the release of his latest Extended Play (Ep) titled Bvopfiro Pariro before the end of year.

[Ghanaian Times] Mona Faiz Montrage, stage name mona4reall has set a record in the Ghana music industry barely 2years after she entered the music scene.

[Radio Dabanga] Kounongou Refugee Camp, Chad -- Sudanese refugee youths in Chad who have obtained a Chadian secondary certificate, have renewed their demand to expand study opportunities in Chadian higher education institutions and any other educational institutions outside Chad.

[Citizen] Shortage of qualified lecturers in our higher learning institutions is cause for concern - and for which a lasting solution must be found soonest.

[New Dawn] Liberia's Integrity Icon, 19-year-old Emmanuel Tuloe, received a special reward from Lonestar Cell MTN on Thursday, 21 October 2021.

[Monitor] All students enrolling in Uganda to train as teachers effective 2021/2022 academic year will study for four years, instead of three, the Ministry of Education has said.

[This Day] Gombe State Government is set to construct one ultra-modern Tsangaya (Almajiri) Integrated Quranic Education Centre in all the eleven local government areas of the state.

[Ghanaian Times] Aflao -- The Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, Torgbui Amenya Fiti V, has asked the government to complete and put to good use the Aflao Community Day Senior High School (SHS) from the next academic year which starts in February.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Tanzania's Serengeti National Park is yet again on Cloud 9 after it was named best national park in Africa, beating six other national parks from the continent in the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2021.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Liberian government, through the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism has denied reports of revoking landing permit issued for a South African aircraft owned by Kwenyan &Associates Group of Companies which is headed by opposition figure Daniel E. Cassell.

[Ghanaian Times] Ho -- The Afadzato South District in the Volta Region is set to embark on a 5 million dollar tourism development and job creation programme as a matter of priority, according to the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Etornam Flolu.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- The Tanzanian passport has ranked 77 among the world's most powerful passports, according to the latest report which assesses the influence of global travel documents.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- Tozeur-Nefta airport saw its first domestic flight land Tuesday after a six-month shutdown for restoration. The airport started operating partly on October 18.

[The Herald] Real estate tourism can be developed by Government and the private sector to contribute more to the economy, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Permanent Secretary Mrs Virginia Mabiza said on Friday while officiating at the launch of the Real Estate Day in Harare.

As visitor numbers to Venice continue to pick up, the local population keeps declining. Venice is still struggling to get on top of its overtourism problem.

If you had the financial means, and chose to spend it on creating your ideal home, then which landscape would you choose to surround it? By the sea, in the desert, or in the forest? 

The pop star used the pandemic time indoors to record 16 songs. A range of artists, from Lil Nas X to Miley Cyrus appear on "The Lockdown Sessions."

Protest over far-right exhibitors at the Frankfurt Book Fair is justified, says DW's Stefan Dege. A history of racist violence in Germany makes the issue all the more pressing, he thinks.

Canadian author and artist Vivek Shraya speaks to DW about coming out as a trans woman and why there are no straight answers to the Queer question.

The Zimbabwean author and filmmaker receives the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She told DW about the issues affecting literature in her home country.

[Shabait] Asmara, 21 October 2021- Senior Eritrean women delegation led by Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael, President of the National Union of Eritrean Women, participated at the Third International Women's Conference held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 13 to 15 October under the theme "Strengthening Global Alliance and Economic Development".

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- The National Union of Tunisian Women (French: UNFT) outlined Thursday its five-year adult education strategy (2021/2026).

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Tunisia has launched a campaign to combat violence against women and girls, in cooperation with the Centre for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women (CREDIF) from October 20 to 27, it said in a statement Thursday.

[Nation] Kenya has outperformed the global average of female board directors after witnessing significant progress in board diversity and inclusion in the last nine years, a new report shows.

[This Day] Before the release of the visual to Simi's latest single 'Woman' on Friday, October 15, the soul singer -- born Simisola Bolatito -- championed the #NobodyLikeWoman challenge that highlights the nuanced inequalities and prejudices faced by the female gender in society.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- Minister of Women, Family and Elderly Affairs Amel Belhaj Moussa, on Wednesday, stressed the imperative to provide elderly people with the necessary protection.

It's been exactly four years since the Philippines government declared the end of a bloody siege in which over 1,000 people died. But the wounds are still raw for those whose loved ones disappeared amid the fighting.

Unvaccinated Austrians could face new restrictions if pressure on the country's intensive care beds worsens. Follow DW for more.

Matteo Salvini is accused of deprivation of liberty and abuse of authority. In 2019, he refused to let a rescue ship dock into Lampedusa, which carried dozens of migrants.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Germany has risen sharply in the past week, reaching the previous milestone of 100 cases per 100,000 people. This time around, though, it's the number of hospitalizations that count.

China has long considered imposing a property tax nationwide to control the country's property bubble and curb excessive housing speculation.

The move means 10 ambassadors — including those of Germany and the United States — are now just one step from expulsion after calling for the release of activist Osman Kavala.

[New Zimbabwe] THE Zanu PF Youth League national executive committee has proposed a constitutional amendment to extend President Emmerson Mnangagwa's stay in office beyond the permissible two five-year terms.

[New Zimbabwe] THE MDC Alliance has challenged the police to bring to book Zanu PF activists believed to be behind recent violent attacks on its leader Nelson Chamisa.

[New Zimbabwe] PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa recently threatened fire State Security minister Owen Mudha Ncube following his involvement in devastating factional battles currently ravaging Zanu PF, highly placed sources in the ruling party said.

[This Day] Former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for the political tension that had set up demands by self-determination groups led by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to agitate for the secession of the South-east geo-political zone from the rest of the country.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua says his 2022 presidential ambition is still alive noting that he will not be distracted by what he terms as sideshows.

[The Herald] Victoria Falls -- The low levels of compliance by public entities is a serious cause for concern as it leaves gap for graft, while businesses should not look at making super profits, but should adhere to the laws that are meant to curb corruption, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has said.

The rates for electricity, gas and fuel are skyrocketing. German consumers are already rubbing their eyes in disbelief. And there's little to suggest it will improve anytime soon, writes DW's Henrik Böhme.

[Nation] Passengers flying Kenya Airways to the United Kingdom can now connect to 26 cities in the UK and Europe after the national carrier signed a code-share agreement with British Airways.

[Premium Times] Erratic internet connection is routine in Nigeria, with the country trailing in terms of broadband penetration and speed averages.

[New Zimbabwe] TRANSPORT minister, Felix Mhona has warned contractors who are rehabilitating roads across the country against poor workmanship, saying those who compromise quality will be compelled to redo the work.

[East African] Human rights and climate lobbies are putting the World Bank Group on the spot over what they term as a breach of its own policies to help companies insure the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project.

[This Day] After working with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for roughly three decades, the Group Managing Director of the national oil company, Mallam Mele Kyari, has disclosed that aside from President Muhammadu Buhari, other Nigerian political leaders in the past interfered in the corporation's operations.

[Nation] The burial ceremony for Kenya's 2015 World Cross Country champion Agnes Jebet Tirop is underway at her parents home in Kapnyamisa Village, Mosoriot in Nandi County.

[DW] Hundreds of people gathered to bid farewell to Agnes Tirop who was found dead 10 days ago. The athlete had represented her country in the Tokyo Olympics.

[Nation] The Kenyan leg of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour which will be held in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County in February next year will be named after the late Agnes Tirop.

It is possible that Bayern Munich will have to do without Lucas Hernandez for some time. The Frenchman is facing a possible prison sentence in Spain for violating a restraining order.

Germany's women remain perfect in World Cup qualifying, winning their first-ever match against Israel. The trip has a deeper significance, with German players and staff set to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Members of the women's national football team were moved by a visit to the world's biggest Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. It came a day after they had struggled to beat Israel in a World Cup qualifying match.

[Premium Times] By intentionally growing crops among trees in a way that each crop does not inhibit the growth of the other, farmers in the Nigerian capital promote sustainable ecosystems that support efficient biodiversity.

[The Point] A Senior Programme Officer (SPO) for Environmental Impact Assessment at the National Environment Agency (NEA) has outlined that water and sanitation are ranked sixth in the Sustainable Development Goals, which he said, are interlinked to global goals designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

[Namibian] THE United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has advised the world to transform agrifood systems and make them more resilient to the effects of climate change.

[OHCHR] New York -- "The only way to respond to the global plastics crisis is to transition towards a chemically-safe circular economy that addresses all stages of the plastics cycle," Marcos Orellana, UN Special Rapporteur on toxic substances and human rights, said in presenting a report to the UN General Assembly on the impact of plastics on human rights.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Safaricom has received honorary recognition from the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) East African Climate Action Awards. The telco was recognised for having a strategic approach towards managing its environmental impacts.

[Daily News] A MONTH after President Samia Suluhu Hassan took the campaign against the effects of climate change to the global audience; African countries have called for a climate finance tracker after donors fall short.

[spotlight] In 1997, the then reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost a six-game series to a chess-playing computer programme called Deep Blue. Deep Blue's victory was seen as emblematic of the growing power of computers to do things once thought primarily the domain of human brains.

[Citizen] Arusha -- Mansa digital platform will enable companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to trade confidently across Africa.

[DA] The City of Cape Town has become the first municipality to install a floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system with partners Floating Solar (Pty) Ltd, the Water Research Commission and the University of Cape Town.

[Monitor] By Benjamin Jumbe

[Daily News] TWO Tanzanian initiatives have topped an Africa-wide ICT challenge backed by the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New firms are harnessing AI to predict how climate change will affect land parcels, which could affect investments, loans and insurance - and make those with access to the data richer

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