Government’s political will is to ensure the tough enforcement of the implementation of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Former Congolese President Joseph Kabila wanted his successor, Felix Tshisekedi, to appoint Albert Yuma, a Kabila ally and chairman of state mining company Gecamines, as prime minister, but Tshisekedi refused, sources familiar with the matter said.

President George Manneh Weah. (Photo: Executive Mansion)

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LIBERIA - The President, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, has signed into law two major legal instruments, the Kamara Abdullah Kamara (KAK) Act of Press Freedom and the Act to name certain Roads and Bridges within the Republic of Liberia.

The eCommerce Africa Conference and Exhibition, delivered by DHL, is hosted by South African conferencing company, Kinetic
SOUTH AFRICA –  DHL Express (www.DHL.com) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has announced that the company has once again signed on as lead sponsor for the 2019 DHL eCommerce Africa Conference and Exhibition, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Center on the 19thand 20thof March 2019. 

 

The Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Manuel Sager presented Water Management at the agency's annual press conference held recently as the agency's priority for 2019 and its main focus on international cooperation for 2021–2024.

NIGERIA – The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu recently warned compliance officers in banks against colluding with politicians who are repatriating stolen funds for general elections.

Through the Safe Savings (SaVa) Project a number of street children will be given a new lease of life secure means to collect and bank their hard-earned income

TOGO – Ecobank, the pan-African bank, is partnering with leading international children rights NGO Terre des Hommes to offer digital financial services to some of the most vulnerable children in Togo – those under the age of 18 who work or live on the streets.

 

Togo’s government has set up a ministerial department that will be in charge of promoting local consumption through products “made in Togo”. The portfolio was assigned to Kodjo Adedze, the newly appointed minister of trade according to Togo First report.


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[Monitor] Kampala -The Ministry of Heath yesterday said the government needs at least 779 health specialists in all regional referral hospitals across the country for quality health service delivery.

[Ghana Presidency] The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mamahudu Bawumia, on Wednesday, 24th April 2019 launched the first ever medical drone delivery service in Ghana, and the largest such drone delivery network in the world, at Omenako, near Suhum, in the Eastern Region.

[263Chat] Manicaland province has recorded an upsurge in Malaria cases this year largely due to the Cyclone Idai which left behind an increased number of pools with stagnant water- a conducive breeding environment for mosquito.

[The Point] Inter-States Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), last Friday completed a two-day forum on monitoring system of food and nutrition security policies and strategies in The Gambia.

[Nairobi News] Two of the Cuban doctors who were recalled from the border counties due to insecurities have been transferred to the Kiambu County.

[East African] Dr Richard Idro, a Ugandan consulting paediatrician and paediatric neurologist at Mulago Hospital, has received the inaugural Greenwood Africa Award 2019 in recognition of his outstanding research on the nodding disease syndrome and malaria.

[Namibian] Ma/gaisa king Phura Duwe has died.

[Namibian] Namibians will join the rest of the world in celebrating International Jazz Day on 25 and 26 April.

[The Herald] The heavens seem to be smiling on rising afro-fusion artiste Ashton "Mbeu" Nyahora and his band the Mhodzi Tribe as they travel to South Africa for yet another regional show.

[Namibian] Local singer and songwriter Ruusa Ndapewa Munalye, better known as Blossom, is back in the country after a stint in Asia.

[263Chat] Hard work complimented by good networking with other renowned artists could best sum up Afro Contemporary music sensation Diana Samkange's fifth album launched on the independence eve in the capital, Harare.

[Observer] At the end of a recent State House meeting in Entebbe with President Yoweri Museveni, the attention of members of the Uganda Music Promoters and Venue Owners Network was drawn to a list of conditions, which they had to fulfill if they wanted to continue pursuing their music careers and business.

[New Era] Windhoek -Southern Business School of Namibia recently celebrated the success of their Diplomandi and Graduandi when they were conferred with their qualifications on April 05, 2019. With so many graduates, there were several days set aside so the students and their loved ones were truly able to enjoy their moment in the sun. A total of 548 students of different programmes and degrees were honoured and rewarded as a result of their hard work. This shows a steady increase in the number of students graduating each year

[Nation] Police have assured safety of the 91,000 teachers being trained on the new curriculum, following several attacks by some union leaders.

[Monitor] ALEBTONG/KOLE- At least 5,000 pupils in Alebtong District are studying under trees after a hailstorm destroyed their classrooms last week.

[The Herald] Masvingo -Appointments of senior officials at colleges and universities will soon be standardised in accordance with the Corporate Governance Act as part of a new thrust by Government to conform to global education trends, a Cabinet Minister has said.

[Radio Dabanga] Nyala -The South Darfur Teachers Committee, which is allied to the Sudanese Professionals Association, has decided to take over the teachers' union headquarters in the state capital Nyala, and form new offices in a consensual and transparent manner, as well as to promote all the functions of the union after reviewing its assets and funds.

[New Era] Windhoek -Johnny Bradly Davids, an inmate at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, has defied all odds and accomplished what very few people do, regardless of whether they be free or incarcerated in prison.

[Monitor] Victoria University has offered scholarship to all the 25 Miss Curvy contestants ahead of the grand finale tomorrow (Friday April 26, 2019).

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[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -A move by government to exempt the supply of aircraft insurance amid efforts to revive the National Airline has upset Members of Parliament.

[East African] Rugs, handmade Swahili-style furniture, elaborate rooms, and two swimming pools make up Majlis, a boutique luxury resort that was once a family retreat.

[New Era] Windhoek -The Namibian High Commission in Nigeria has resolved to open a Namibian Visa Processing desk in Lagos. The initiative is being implemented in partnership with Air Namibia as over 60 percent of travellers to Namibia reside in Lagos and surrounding states.

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe Tourism Authority's (ZTA) acting chief executive, Rita Likukuma has urged the business sector to seriously consider extending offering travel incentives in a bid to intensify business growth in the country.

One of the most famous books in literary history is 300 years old. Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" may no longer be required reading, but the story continues to inspire filmmakers to this very day.

Following Rammstein's incendiary "Deutschland" video, the band is back with another single — and more ingenious promotion — as the song "Radio" is screened for the first time on a Berlin building.

[RFI] Cover of the first novel from Nnamdi Ehirin, published in English in April 2019 Counterpoint Press

[East African] Yvonne Owuor's second novel, The Dragonfly Sea, is as much a love letter to Pate Island as it is a coming of age story. Owuor creates a rich image of an island that Ayaana, the novel's main character, says doesn't appear on the map. You will smell the sea, be swayed by its currents and feel the texture of the place with every flip of the page. You'll want to read it while enjoying a cup of spiced tea or coffee.

Think German beer and you might think of lager and the "Purity Law," which was enacted 503 years ago on April 23, 1516. But there's a lot more to German brew than barley, hops and water!

How big is the world's smallest book? And which novel has been read the most? For UNESCO's World Book Day on April 23, we take a look at some quirky and impressive literary achievements.

[Nairobi News] Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris on Monday night engaged Kibra men in a candid discussion on violence against women at a popular bar in the area.

[Kubatana.net] Women's Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (WALPE), notes with concern the retrogressive statements uttered by Norton Constituency Member of Parliament (Independent), Hon. Temba Mliswa to the effect that women MPs under proportional representation (PR) come to Parliament "to sit and do nothing."

[RFI] Six women, the Throttle Queens, are traveling across East Africa on motorbikes to raise awareness of road safety issues in the region.

[This Day] Dare to Inspire (DTI), an initiative set up to empower, enlighten and elevate young Muslim women in the digital inclusion drive for women, will next month, present its third annual mentoring session.

[Daily Maverick] Stellenbosch University expresses its concern over 'the pain and anger' that a recent research paper has solicited within the academic community and broader society. The university says that as an institution it is opposed to racism, including intellectual racism or attributing cognitive capacities such as intelligence in terms of race, and reaffirms its support for academic freedom and critical debate.

[Guardian] Abuja -Stakeholders have said that one of the growing concerns about democracy is the exclusion of women and other disadvantaged groups from structures of representation and decision-making.

Germany's two largest lenders have called off any further discussions about a merger. Berlin had promoted the idea of creating a banking "champion" capable of supporting Germany's export-orientated economy.

A Tesla Model 3 has a worse life-cycle carbon footprint than a similar-sized Mercedes diesel car, the renowned German think tank has found. It warns that electric vehicles are "no panacea" against climate change.

Following a series of racist incidents across European football, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has demanded points deductions for clubs. But Germany's "fan projects" believe there is a better way.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is participating in the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing amid reports that the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is not really moving forward.

Although it's a breakthrough, the first ever malaria vaccination only provides partial protection. But researchers are optimistic that a different vaccination currently in the works could be even more effective.

It may be worth letting a dog sniff your socks. According to a British study, the method could be used to detect malaria earlier.

[VOA] Three members of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council have resigned, but their resignations are yet to be accepted, the TMC said late Wednesday.

[The Herald] Vice President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday lashed out at corporates dipping their hands in underhand parallel market exchange dealings and equated such behaviour to "financial terrorism".

[Govt of SA] Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the bestowal of the 2019 National Orders, Sefako Makgatho Guest House, Tshwane

[Daily News] AS Tanzania joins the rest of the world to commemorate the World Malaria Day today, the government says it has procured 60,000 litres of biolarvacides-the latest and effective pesticide to deal with malaria vectors.

[allAfrica] I recently received a desperate call in the middle of the night from a doctor under my supervision at a hospital where I practice, informing me that a patient's uterus had ruptured (torn apart) during birth. The mother was referred to us because the hospital where she had delivered -- about 100 km away -- did not have blood for a transfusion.  She had lost so much blood. The doctor calling me was desperate because the patient needed an emergency operation to remove her uterus. But our hospital also ha

[This is Africa] It is not only the president of Nigeria who continues to disappoint and even embarrass his countrymen and subjects. His Ministers often follow suit.

Germany's two largest lenders have called off any further discussions about a merger. Berlin had promoted the idea of creating a banking "champion" capable of supporting Germany's export-orientated economy.

A Tesla Model 3 has a worse life-cycle carbon footprint than a similar-sized Mercedes diesel car, the renowned German think tank has found. It warns that electric vehicles are "no panacea" against climate change.

The national banking champion the German finance minister had been eager to get is not coming. DW's Henrik Böhme believes both Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank should brace for even more turbulent times.

China has launched a resolute defense of its signature foreign policy - the Belt and Road global infrastructure project. Beijing denied that it is trapping developing countries in unsustainable debt.

Facebook's latest financial figures have excited analysts. But cyberactivists like Markus Beckedahl say the company must do much more to combat the spread of fake news.

When Poland turned the taps off on contaminated Russian oil this week, fears of price hikes were felt in Germany and Poland. But for Belarus, the issue could have deeper ramifications in its relations with Moscow.

Following a series of racist incidents across European football, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has demanded points deductions for clubs. But Germany's "fan projects" believe there is a better way.

Raheem Sterling is right: Football is not doing enough to stop racism in stadiums. Deducting points and games behind closed doors are tough, but necessary measures to stop racist discrimination writes DW's Joscha Weber.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has called for teams to have points deducted for racial abuse perpetrated by their fans. But such draconian measures are not the way to go, writes DW's Tobias Oelmaier.

Even during a shocking season for Schalke, Saturday's Revierderby remains a real threat to Dortmund's title challenge. Which battles will decide the day and how might Schalke thwart their rivals?

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe football agent Kudzanai Shaba has been slapped with a life ban from all football activities by the world football governing body FIFA for his alleged involvement in match fixing activities.

[New Zimbabwe] Dynamos chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa has ruled the struggling Harare giants out of the race for the 2019 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title season despite the appointment of Tonderai Ndiraya as the club's new coach on Wednesday.

[The New Humanitarian] Yaoundé -'I can't sleep. I am constantly worried about the future.'

[Namibian] FINANCE minister Calle Schlettwein has said he is working on a new timber export tax regime to punish and discourage the shipping out of Namibia's rare wood.

[WHO] Ayuba Gufwan, 46, spent his childhood crawling on his hands and knees in a remote village in Nigeria's Plateau State.

[New Dawn] The City Government of Monrovia calls on Liberians to see peace as a gateway to national development, while seeking collective effort in its drive towards a systematic waste management in the city.

[New Dawn] Bong County -The Technical Team Manager of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) has commended the government of Liberia and SEIDA through the World Bank for the provision of a US$3.5million grant as support to the Youth opportunity Projects in Liberia.

[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -Deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that are key catalysts to climate change.

[This Day] The PoS Innovation Summit has been scheduled to hold next month in Lagos.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Shell Exploration and Production Tanzania Limited seeks to promote innovation for young Tanzanians.

[South African Radio Astronomy Observatory] The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) congratulates the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Consortium on capturing the first image of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of the distant galaxy Messier 87.

[News24Wire] University of Pretoria astrophysicist, Professor Roger Deane, was part of an international group of scientists who made history by capturing the first ever image of a black hole.

[News24Wire] Protea Heights Academy in Cape Town will be the first school in the Western Cape to have solar power installed, with no upfront or ongoing operational costs, the Western Cape Education Department announced on Wednesday.

[Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which will assist government in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution.

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