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.


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.

Carly Beischer


When Carly Beischer, Director of Sales and Partnerships for Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), first started attending university, she had a clear career path in mind – and it didn’t have anything to do with fashion. Instead, she studied history and had planned on building a career around law.

Dr. John Nkengasong and Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil



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  


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

Achare Takor


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 President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Eddinia Michaela Swallow, recently took part in a roundtable discussion on the abolition of the death penalty in Sierra Leone, held at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Freetown, Simon Mustard.

South Africa: Tests conducted: 11,010,999; Positive cases identified: 1,605,252; Total recoveries: 1,519,734; Total deaths: 55,012; New cases: 3,221.

The Federal Office of Public Health in lieu of the steadily declined in the number of new infections with the corona virus in recent weeks plans to re- open the lockdown on 1 March.

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in its release announced personnel changes for several Swiss representations abroad and at its head office in Bern for 2020/2021.


Grid List

[Vanguard] Malam Shehu Mohammed, author of the book on sickle cell anaemia titled "I am a survivor," has called on Nigerians to create more awareness and sensitisation exercise to the sickle cell disease.

[Daily News] The government yesterday warned of a possible eruption of the third wave of Covid-19 infections, calling on citizens to stick to guidelines and all advised preventive measures.

[Premium Times] These staggering statistics, according to health experts, has ranked Nigeria as a black sheep among the comity of nations.

[Monitor] Adjumani Central Police Station (CPS) has confirmed that they are holding a radio Aulogo FM station manager and a talk show host- together along with their panellists over inciting the public against the presidential directives on preventing further spreading of Covid-19.

[Nation] The Ministry of Health procured ventilators at double the price, cannot account for millions spent on airtime and millions of shillings were transferred to individuals with the same name in a cash programme as the country battled the Covid-19 pandemic last year, a special audit shows.

[Nation] Kenya on Sunday recorded 283 more Covid-19 cases, following the analysis of 3,452 samples in 24 hours, raising its number of confirmed infections to 179,075.

[Vanguard] Nigerian Afrobeat queen, Tiwa Savage has revealed why she left the international music scene to come back to Nigeria to continue her music career.

[New Zimbabwe] Fast rising hip-hop sensation, Holy Ten has taken a jab at Zimdancehall musician, Enzo Ishall in his latest track, 'Violence'.

[Zimbabwe Standard] Congratulations go to top local dancehall artiste, Winky D on winning the Jamaican International Reggae and World Music Award (IRWA) last month.

[The Herald] Children of music legends are usually expected to take over and carry the baton of the legacy into the future in the event of their parents' death or retirement.

[CAJ News] Victoria Falls -- BROUGHT together by a common passion, amid these uncertain times exacerbated by the pandemic, some enterprising Zimbabwean youths have killed two birds with one stone!

[This Day] US-based Nigerian musician and peace activist, Prince Ayo Ajesibutu, who recently called for a 30-day global prayer for Nigeria, has received support from the former Mayor of the city of Oakland, California, United States, Elihu Harris.

[Daily News] THE government has clarified that there is no copy and paste in the responsibilities between Teachers Profession Board (TPB) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), saying the two organs were established under separate laws.

[Leadership] The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has commenced the conduct of 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which is expected to run till July 3 nationwide.

[Premium Times] ASUU accuses the accountant-general of disobeying President Buhari's directive.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Liberia's Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah as announced that despite the increase in COVID-19 cases, schools and other public areas will remain open, but with a caveat to observe all existing health protocols.

[This Day] Katsina -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has lamented that the mass abduction of school children, particularly girls in Nigeria, was posing a serious threat to the future of children and development of education in the country.

[Ethiopian Herald] United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has applauded Ethiopia's efforts to ensure education opportunities and the much number of refugee children at school in the country.

[The Herald] Fungi Kwaramba -- Political Editor

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- The Swiss company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC Cruises) will be back in Tunisia after 7 years of absence and will reschedule the Tunisian destination as from 2022, through the holding of 27 cruises onboard its ship "MSC" towards the port of La Goulette, its Executive President Pierfrancesco Vago announced.

[Egypt Online] Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouli said Thursday 17/6/2021 the government is highly concerned with developing maritime transport as it directly impacts Egyptian exports in terms of providing regular navigation lines and activating exportation especially with the African states.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- The Swiss company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC Cruises) will be back to Tunisia after 7 years of absence and will reschedule the Tunisian destination as from 2022, through 27 cruises onboard its ship "MSC" to the port of La Goulette, its Executive President Pierfrancesco Vago announced.

[CAJ News] Victoria Falls -- ZIMBABWE's newest airline has taken to the skies, marking a milestone in the aviation sector and the tourism industry.

[Egypt Online] Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar probed Thursday with presidents and representatives of EgyptAir, Air Cairo and private Egyptian airline companies means of boosting the tourism sector.

An exhibition is set to open in Berlin dedicated to the 14 million German refugees from World War II. The controversial project has had a tortuous birth.

The geometric painting by Wassily Kandinsky hadn't been seen in public for over 70 years before turning up in Germany. Its rediscovery has been dubbed an "art-historical sensation."

Prague's tourist sector is full of hope as it prepares to reopen following the pandemic. But as the Czech capital gets back to business, can it avoid the overtourism excesses with which it struggled ahead of lockdown?

The international art show founded in 1955 was self-styled as breaking with Nazi cultural policies. But one of its founders was actually a World War II criminal.

There are about 250,000 different types of flowers in the world. Some people prefer roses, others orchids, but poppies also have many fans. Euromaxx wants to know which is your favorite flower.

Aware of the controversy surrounding Enid Blyton's books, DW's Brenda Haas recalls how they were a form of escape during her childhood in a rubber plantation in Malaysia.

[UNFPA] If violence against women and girls is to end and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality is to be achieved on the African continent by 2030, robust interventions, sustained investments and political commitment need to be in place and supported by diverse partners working togethers. This was the conclusion of more than 100 gender equality experts, policymakers, activists and researchers, who met to identify and propose concrete actions towards these goals.

[VOA] Blantyre, Malawi -- Malawi's parliament has withdrawn an abortion bill from debate following opposition to the proposal to liberalize the country's law, which only allows abortions when the mother's life is at risk. Anti-abortion groups had urged the National Assembly not to discuss the measure, but activists who want abortion options expanded say they will fight on.

[Daily News] NMB bank is upbeat in realising Predident Samia Suluhu Hassan quest to liberate women economically by providing them with entrepreneurship education as well as capital to run their businesses.

[Vanguard] Wife of Akwa Ibom State governor, Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, has bagged the "Champion of Sustainable Development Goals" award of the United Nations, UN, conferred on her by the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres.

[Parliament of South Africa] Member states of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum's (SADC-PF's) Women's Parliamentary Caucus which advocates for women's rights and gender equality in the SADC-PF, met to share lessons and experiences that emanate from the gender-based violence (GBV) data that was gathered during the hard lockdown period.

[GroundUp] Over 100 mostly young people attended a Youth Day open-air music, drama and poetry event in front of a local tavern in Paballelo, Upington, where the entrance fee was R20 or the donation of a packet of sanitary pads.

Ebrahim Raisi's victory at the polls wasn't much of a surprise. The 60-year-old holds deeply conservative views on many social issues, and may well shape Iran's political landscape far beyond his presidency.

An exhibition is set to open in Berlin dedicated to the 14 million German refugees from World War II. The controversial project has had a tortuous birth.

The Taliban has promised to "accommodate all rights" of women and men, in line with Islamic and Afghan traditions. Concerns are rising that the militant group will roll back 20 years of progress on women's rights.

Technology has facilitated the sexual exploitation of thousands of women in Egypt. To save others from the same destiny, a young Egyptian man launched an online group dedicated to confronting extorters.

The Israeli government has strongly criticized the election of hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, saying that it should signal the end of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

The socialist Left party has adopted its policy platform for Germany's September general election. Internationally, it is calling for NATO to be replaced and an end to troop deployments.

[Vanguard] The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Alhaji Usman Baba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the bye-election for Sabon Gari Constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

[Vanguard] President Muhammadu Buhari virtually foreclosed the restructuring of Nigeria, Saturday, when he said there was nothing to restructure.

[Vanguard] STAKEHOLDERS of the Niger Delta are enthusiastically awaiting the end of this month (June) or latest July 5, which the Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, under pressure, promised ethnic nationalities of the region and ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, that the long-expected Board of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, would be inaugurated, when he visited the creek of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, early this month.

[Zimbabwe Standard] President Emmerson Mnangagwa was asked by MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora to consider scrapping pending by-elections when the two met under controversial circumstances at State House on June 11, The Standard has established.

[This Day] Ilorin -- A new political group, which many have described as a third force in the political equation of Kwara State, Saturday, emerged from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state due to the unresolved crisis rocking the party.

[This Day] Abuja -- Eighteen political parties recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has mounted pressure on the commission to impress it on the National Assembly to pass the new electoral laws before the next general election in 2023.

The region was an exception in a year that saw foreign investments crash to greater depths than after the 2009 global financial crisis. The steep fall could have painful implications for Africa's industrialization bid.

[Daily Trust] Barely 48 hours after a gas tanker explosion that killed five people in Lagos, there was pandemonium yesterday when another tanker fully loaded with premium motor spirit overturned and spilled its content.

[Daily Trust] The United Arab Emirates has finally lifted travel ban on Nigeria, paving the way for the resumption of flights between two countries.

[Vanguard] RESIDENTS of Adeyan Street, GRA, Benin City, were thrown into confusion, following the alleged demolition of almost completed hotel by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

[Daily News] ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi has invited investors from East Africa to tap the huge investment opportunities that yearn for serious investors.

[New Zimbabwe] CHINHOYI, which is perennially facing acute water shortages, is reportedly losing an estimated 62, 5% of treated water due to obsolete infrastructure, and vandalism by local residents.

France could have punched a ticket to the knockout stages of Euro 2020. But a herculean performance by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, along with a surprise Attila Fiola strike, held the world champions in check.

After the Hungarian parliament passed new anti-LGBT+ legislation this week, Munich councilors have put forward a motion to light up the city's football arena in rainbow colors for Germany's match against Hungary.

Germany recovered from their defeat to France with a thrilling 4–2 comeback win against Portugal. The victory was a testament to the group but also one inspired by left wingback Robin Gosens.

After defeat to France, Joachim Löw had demanded more dynamism, speed and risk from his players against Portugal. What he got was an hour of organized chaos. DW's Matt Ford thinks it bodes well for Germany at Euro 2020.

Italy have finished top of Group A after a 1-0 win over Wales, who reach the last 16 nevertheless. Switzerland remain likely to go through as one of the best third-placed teams following victory over Turkey in Baku.

Manuel Neuer and the DFB will not face action after a UEFA investigation into the Germany captain's Pride armband. This follows insulting remarks about it by a far-right Alternative for Germany politician.

[Africa Renewal] Addressing IFFs requires tackling imbalance in the international financial and trade systems, and confronting weak institutions

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- The Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investments (APIA) and the Mediterranean Renewable Energy Center (MEDREC) signed, Thursday in Tunis, a framework partnership agreement, focusing on energy saving, sustainable development and fighting climate change.

[Seychelles News Agency] Developing policies, programmes and services that are better suited for the situations and needs of families in Seychelles is the goal of a profiling exercise that the Ministry for Youth, Sports and Family plans to undertake.

[Concord] Leading mobile network's money service Orange Mobile Finance SL Ltd has partnered with Microfinance institution, Empire Solutions to provide easy access to cash loans for Sierra Leoneans.

[Ethiopian Herald] The name Addis Ababa is not simply a capital city. It also represents a city that hosts all nations, nationalities and peoples. It is also a hub of several diplomatic communities that enjoy its natural gifts and inhales its pure oxygen. Above all, Addis represents political transformation and finger prints of political leaders who once had a political domain at the center.

[Government of Mauritius] The Partnership for Action on Green Recovery Fund project (PAGE) and the National Food System Dialogue in Mauritius were launched this morning, by the Attorney General, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Maneesh Gobin, at the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority, in Réduit.

[This Day] About 1,320 students from the 132 teams including student from all 104 Unity School in Nigeria, were among the over 500,000 children around the world who participated in the 2020/2021 LEGO League Challenge.

[New Times] Kigali has been named among the 50 finalist cities in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a global innovation competition that identifies and accelerates the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

[Vanguard] "Good afternoon wherever you are in this great country, this is Yemi Osinbajo, your always ready, always accurate traffic reporter, updating you on the traffic situation across the nation.

[The Herald] Herald Reporter

[spotlight] Around one in ten of the over seven million people living with HIV in South Africa are not aware that they have the virus in their bodies. One way to ensure more people are diagnosed quicker is to make HIV self-tests more widely available - particularly to people who may not otherwise opt to have an HIV test.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- A call for applications for participation in ISE & MWC / 4YFN Open Innovation Challenge 2021- a B2B international meetings event between all agents of the innovation ecosystem: corporations, investors and solution/technology providers- .was launched by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), in partnership with EEN-Tunisia.

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