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By Rachel Mabala

Kampala — The UK Department for International Development (DfID) has committed an additional $37m (about Shs133.7b) to address malnutrition concerns in the Karamoja Sub-region.

The funding was announced by DfID's advisor in Uganda, Mr Ben Cattermoul, during a review of Karamoja Integrated Development Plan (KIDP) at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

KIDP is a medium-term development framework tailored towards addressing development-related challenges in Karamoja. It is part of the Peace, Recovery and Development Programme.

Mr Cattermoul said the UK government has since 2013 worked towards alleviating poverty through a $70m (Shs250b) programme that has supported 290,000 people with treatment of malnutrition, and another 170,000 to ease access to safe water. He said the programme also had two million head of livestock vaccinated and supported the development of early warning systems against drought.

"It is the right time to invest in efforts to prevent malnutrition. Moving from malnutrition treatment to malnutrition prevention will reduce the number of very expensive treatment interventions in favour of wider efforts to strengthen health systems and test approaches to prevent malnutrition," he said.

The new Shs133.7b funding will be injected into fighting acute malnutrition; strengthening health service planning and delivery; improving access to supplements that prevent deficiencies for mothers and children; and testing and scaling innovative malnutrition prevention initiatives - including through crop security.


The British High Commission, in a statement, said the programme will have a strong focus on sustainability - moving from treatment to prevention of malnutrition and is expected to improve nutrition for more than 450,000 children and mothers, including 100,000 people accessing newly introduced bio-fortified crops; and another 270,000 accessing nutrition supplements while more than 15,000 people will benefit from access to clean water at health facilities.

Currently, nearly 74 per cent of the population in Karamoja is said to live below the poverty line and suffer acute malnutrition.

Men who go bald on the crown of the head also have their risk of heart disease increased by a half, say scientists.

Those with the classic bald spot, which has afflicted a lot of middle-aged men in recent times) were 52 per cent more likely to have coronary artery disease than those with a full head of hair, they found.

Their study, involving almost 40,000 men, showed that those whose hairlines were only receding were 22 per cent more at risk of heart disease--a level the researchers said was not statistically significant.

Men with both receding hairlines and crown-top baldness were 69 per cent more likely to suffer coronary artery disease than those who had kept all their hair. The findings came in a review of six studies by scientists from Tokyo University, published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Doctors do not yet fully understand the link between baldness and coronary artery disease. Experts believe men with high levels of testosterone are more likely to lose their hair, especially if baldness already runs in the family, and testosterone is also linked to heart disease. The hormone can damage hair follicles.

By Tinomuda Chakanyuka and Mirirai Nsingo

The Ministry of Health and Child Care, with the support of The Global Fund, has acquired 100 HIV point of care (POC) machines worth over $5 million as part of efforts to decentralise HIV services and increase access of the same to people in remote areas.

The machines will allow health care workers to test for HIV, counsel and initiate patients on treatment on the same day at one health care facility, without any referrals.

The state-of-the-art machines, which can carry out viral load testing and Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) of HIV, are expected to help accelerate the country's drive towards the 2020 targets to end Aids. Known as SAMBA 1 and 2, the machines were acquired from Diagnostics for the Real World, (DRW), a research institute based at Cambridge University in the UK.

Point of Care refers to availability of prompt diagnosis and prompt treatment at a health facility, as opposed to the widely used centralised system, which has a longer turnaround period between diagnosis and intervention.

An additional consignment worth about $1 million has also been acquired by the National Aids Council (NAC). In an interview on Wednesday, head of the TB and Aids unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Owen Mugurungi said the machines would be distributed to 25 selected sites across the country's 10 provinces.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Dr Mugurungi said by reducing the turnaround time between diagnosis and intervention, the machines would help reduce loss-to-follow-up case, where patients get tested, but do not come back to collect their results.

"Ideally these machines have been identified for the Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) programme, where we have prioritised the issue of knowing the status of those exposed babies or babies that are born of HIV positive mothers," he said.

"We want to know that if a woman is HIV positive and delivers a baby, within the period of the three days when they are at the clinic before they go home, we need to know if there was any transmission of the virus to the baby.

"If there was transmission, then the baby would be put on treatment immediately".

At present, testing for HIV in infants is done at six weeks and results come out after about 10 weeks, and in most remote areas where there are transport challenges, parents do not follow-up on the results, leading to delayed interventions.

A pilot project of the SAMBA machines was carried out at two health facilities - Rujeko Clinic in Dzivarasekwa suburb and Hatcliffe Clinic, both in Harare - where the results were reportedly remarkable. Principal laboratory scientist in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Mrs Sandra Chipuka, who oversaw the pilot project, shared some of the results during a symposium on the sidelines of ICASA, drawing interests from other countries represented at the conference.

Director of laboratory service Mr Douglas Mangwanya said the latest machines would complement the conventional viral load testing machines that were available at all district and provincial hospitals.

"We have viral load machines at all district and provincial hospitals and these point of care machines will be put on sites where patients cannot easily access provincial hospitals," he said.

Zimbabwe has been a torch bearer in the fight against HIV in Africa and will be the first country in the world to use the SAMBA point of care technology.

By Joan Mbabazi

"We sing songs that youth love and identify with specifically addressing risky behavior and at the end many of them commit to embrace behavior change. So far hundreds of young people have since given their lives to Jesus and committed to behavior change," said Moses Kayijuka, one of the choir members.

The campaign has been effective in mobilizing and enlightening, young people about the dire effects of substance abuse, sexual misconduct and other risky behaviors.

Annet Batamuliza, the director of King David Academy, one of the many schools visited, said the campaign was timely and thanked the group for addressing such critical issues affecting young people. She said the move would supplement the efforts aimed at forging a better future for young people.

Samuel Nkurunziza, the Headmaster of Kagarama S.S, said: "What you did today was so important, I had another community leaders meeting, but am grateful that I came before you left, thank you for joining this fight, thank you for supporting us in this fight for our young people."

"The doors will always be open for you whenever you want to come back, our students love you, and love the message that you share," he added.

Other schools visited include Nu-Vision High School and Kigali Independent University (ULK).

After a successful school campaign, the Ambassadors of Christ took the campaign to different churches around Kigali city including Kigali English Church and Francophone church among others.

The message was relayed through drama, testimonies and music performances. The choir is scheduled to roll out the campaign in different schools and churches across the country until December.

To climax this year's campaign, Ambassadors of Christ will hold a grand concert on December 17 at Kigali Exhibition and Innovation Village.

Entrance will be free and the choir will also launch the new song titled Solange whose message is about immoral issues affecting youths.

Music streaming services have had some success in Sub-Saharan Africa but it has tended to be in the larger country markets. This week we talk to Vodafone Zambia's B2B Director Hassan Abbas about how it has tackled music streaming and how it might adopt the same approach with VoD.

The latest video clip interviews from Smart Monkey TV can be found at the bottom of this e-letter

Afrimax - which runs Vodafone Zambia - was founded by mobile telephony entrepreneurs Jay Metcalfe (Chairman), Peter Langkilde (Chief Executive Officer) and Rob Philpott (Chief Financial Officer) who, for over twenty years, have been involved in telecoms start-ups, operations and financing in Africa and around the world including Millicom, Celtel and BellSouth.

In 2014 it signed a partner market agreement with Vodafone to use its branding and products and services. It has rolled out in four countries so far: Uganda (its first roll-out), Zambia, Cameroon and Ghana. In Zambia, it is primarily focused on offering an LTE data service.

The catalogue for Vodafone Zambia's app-based music products is 30 million songs and includes tracks from Warner, Sony and independent music distributors CD Baby and Tune Core. As Abbas told me:"We get content from an aggregator partner I worked with when I worked with Digicel in Jamaica".

"The way we're doing things here (in Zambia) is different to everywhere else, indeed it's different from how we did things at Digicel. It launched in nine countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and got penetration levels of less than 2%".

Vodafone Zambia's main competitor on music streaming services is the MTN Play Zambia app which offers 230,000 tracks. Zambia has an estimated population of 16.45 million, of which over 3 million are MTN subscribers. The Google Play site shows that MTN Play Zambia has been 1-5,000 downloads.

Abbas says that Vodafone Zambia has 3,000 active subscribers, which is "close to 5% of our subscriber base." Obviously Vodafone Zambia has a smaller and probably more up-market subscriber base than MTN.

Its music streaming service comes in two flavours: the Premium Unlimited service (30 million songs and offline playlists) and the Top 40 service offers users 40 songs for free. With the latter, users can download any 5 selected tunes from their own personal playlist:"If you like Taylor Swift, you can play it as your favorite album."

If the user is on a plan that doesn't have the premium data service, it costs US$5 a month but otherwise it is packaged with the data service:"You can listen to up to 15 hours worth of music for free. But if you're on a premium data service (10GB for US$25), you don't pay for the service. The Top 40 service is free to any subscriber".

My Vodafone Zambia has between 100,000-500,000 downloads. The average music streaming session is 30 minutes:"It works and our customers are happy. They are consuming more data on the network even with free data. It impacts on lowering churn and consumer satisfaction."

Who is using the service?:"The intuitive answer would be youth. The biggest segment is 24-34, young professionals. They use it both at work and coming from and going home. The most used time for listening is between 10-6pm".

What about international vs local content? The answer is not quite as you might expect:"We have had to have local content. If you don't have local content, you just won't cut it. (The users) recognize it. At the time of launch, we looked at top Zambian content and signed up 80% of that content. Use is tilted to local content but only a relatively small percentage of our Top 100 is Zambian. We would assume 30-40% local content listening from surveys so people don't listen so much to local. We do a Top 40 curated list of Zambian artists and that may be good enough for them."

The app is now being pre-installed on phones:"When it's on the phone, people will activate the app and I don't see why (that increased level of activations) will not sustain itself."

What do the Zambian artists get out of it?:"We don't deal directly artists. The distributors we deal with - CD Baby and Tune Core - have their own terms and conditions that we follow when they sign up with them".

Vodafone Zambia is currently working on a VoD service that will follow the same model as its music streaming service. Abbas believes in using survey data and a cognitive analysis approach to pinpoint consumer behavior and the best pricing models:"I think VoD will work if there is the capacity secure good content, particularly regional and international TV series and kids content. If we're able to put it into our data plans without more data costs. We're able to put the content into our own data centre, we'll then be able to give a very good all you can eat deals and create plans based on users' needs".

Photo: The Herald

Sulumani Chimbetu and wife Linda Samuriwo (file photo).

By Tendai Rupapa

A Harare court yesterday halved to $400 the monthly maintenance fees paid by Orchestra Dendera Kings leader Sulumani Chimbetu towards the upkeep of two minors he sired with Marygold Mutemasango.

Through his lawyer Mr Arshiel Mugiya of Mugiya and Macharaga Law Chambers, Chimbetu successfully applied for the reduction of his contribution citing economic hardships and changed circumstances.

In his application, Chimbetu said the $800 he was paying was exorbitant and unsustainable, while, on the other hand, Mutemasango was saying her estranged husband had the capacity to pay. After hearing submissions from both parties, magistrate Mr Lazini Ncube concurred with Chimbetu and reduced the amount to $400.

"It is not a secret that the economic situation in Zimbabwe is on a downward spiral, yet the business that the applicant survives on derives directly from the public. Other companies are also struggling and are closing, this shows that the economic situation is bad," he said.

"Even though the applicant did not provide a solid basis as to how much he earns every month, the court will take what he said under oath and accepts that he earns $1 200 a month, therefore considering all the factors, the application for downwards variation is granted."

In his application, Sulu as Chimbetu is affectionately known, submitted that he was failing to make ends meet.

"The reason why I have pointed out my actual earnings is that the respondent seems to labour under an understanding that my income is unlimited and that I am literally swimming in gold. In her mind, when she notices a number of people at the shows, she thinks that whatever is receipted directly finds its way into my pockets without any deductions or expenses involved," he said.

He said people were no longer attending shows in their numbers as they used to in the past and he was now holding less shows owing to economic hardships.

Chimbetu said international shows were now hard to come by, a factor that has eroded their earnings as musicians. Chimbetu also pointed out piracy as a major blow to their earnings. He further added that he does not get income from some of his roles as brand ambassador.

Sulu also submitted that his wife used to help him in paying other bills, but now that she lost her job in August this year, the burden now solely lies on him.

Lomé, Togo — Cameroonian authorities detained Patrice Nganang, a Cameroonian-American academic and columnist, as he attempted to fly to Zimbabwe from Douala on December 6, according to his lawyer and media reports.

The lawyer, Emmanuel Simh, told CPJ that Nganang is being held in Yaoundé on accusations of offending the president in a Facebook post. Authorities confiscated the journalist's phone and he was not granted access to legal counsel until today, Simh said.

"The detention of Patrice Nganang is an outrage and Cameroonian authorities must immediately release him without charge and allow him to travel," said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal from South Africa. "Cameroon seems intent on violating the right to freedom of expression to silence critical voices, including in the press."

Nganang's arrest came a day after he published a critical column in the France-based news magazine Jeune Afrique, that criticized President Paul Biya's handling of unrest in Cameroon's Anglophone regions.

Nganang, a professor at the U.S. Stony Brook University and contributing columnist for Jeune Afrique, visited the regions affected by protests, according to a statement by the African Literature Association and media reports.

Photo: The Herald

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa presented Zimbabwe's 2018 Budget.

By Tichaona Zindoga

Government will spend $29 million equipping teachers and schools countrywide for the smooth implementation of the new curriculum, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavhima has said.

The funds are coming from two vehicles that are available to the Government and additional resources could be mobilised and channelled to the sector.

"For starters, we are going to roll out a programme to provide teaching and learning materials to a lot of our schools through a $9 million grant from the Education Development Fund (EDF), which is a fund put together by a number of development partners that we work with, but administered through a UN system under Unicef," Prof Mavhima told The Herald in an interview this week.

"Additionally, the same EDF has committed to continue to support us as we go. There is what is called Global Partnership For Education, there are applications that we are doing there for upwards of $20 million so that we can continue to put money into various programmes that support the implementation of the new curriculum.

"I know for sure that the training of teachers is going to be the priority, the continued improvement of the infrastructure to bring it to levels that are conducive to quality education is also going to be a priority under the our new curriculum.

"Additionally, we are using innovative ways to raise resources, for example, for infrastructure we are going to go to joint venture partnerships and we are at an advanced stage in terms of laying the legislative framework that will allow us to work with our joint venture partnerships to fund, especially infrastructure.

"By infrastructure we mean not only the buildings, but we also mean ICT structures. It's a big thing as far as this curriculum is concerned, it's connectivity, it's electricity -- all those have to come under the venture of partnerships in order to avail them in our various schools throughout the country."

In the 2018 National Budget statement presented by Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education received the second highest vote of $905 million up from last year's $800,3 million.

Prof Mavhima defended the contentious new curriculum, saying it was in keeping with modern education trends and made Zimbabwe's system globally competitive.

"Think of it this way, a choice that we have to make is between a curriculum of the 20th Century and that of the 21st Century," he said.

"It's between a curriculum that emphasised on rote learning to a curriculum that emphasises problem solving, critical thinking and innovation. It's really a difference between a curriculum that is status quo-oriented versus a curriculum that is futuristic in terms of its orientation.

"So, in terms of the overall orientation, we are not going to see a big change. What we are going to do is to refine, especially around the implementation of this new curriculum, we are going to review and be pragmatic in the implementation of this new curriculum.

"We have already started to see or to hear lots of complaints, especially around the specific syllabus regarding the scheduling and the availability of teaching and learning materials.

"All those issues have come to the attention of the ministry and, therefore, we are going to review the process and refine it so that there is smooth implementation of this new curriculum.

"But Zimbabweans should really bite the bullet and say, let's embrace a curriculum of the 21st Century and leave the curriculum that we have had for almost 90 years with the same kind of orientation."

By Abigail Mawonde

Higher Education Examination Council (HEXCO) results for October and November have been released.

The overall pass rate this year is 76 percent.

In a statement yesterday, the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development ministry advised all HEXCO centres to collect results from their regions as from Monday.

The ministry thanked everyone involved in the examinations process.

" . . . wish to thank the lecturers, the students, the examinations staff and all stakeholders involved in the national examination system and in the teaching and learning process," the statement said.

"Their contribution has resulted in the achievement of the 76 percent pass rate."

Last year's pass rate was 69 percent.

By Savious Kwinika

Johannesburg — ETHIOPIAN Airlines, rated Africa's largest and profitable airline group, will launch a new daily service to South Africa in 2018, which is set to be a pivotal year for the company. The third daily flight between Johannesburg and the bustling city of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, will be launched in April.

"(The launch is) a sure indication of the airline's success story in this part of the world," Abel Alemu, Ethopian Airlines Regional Manager, said in Johannesburg

"This is an indication yet again how successful Ethiopian Airlines has been in South Africa, having started with only one departure but going to two last year, one in the afternoon and one at midnight."

Recent routes in the pipeline include Buenos Aires (Argentina), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Nosy Be in Madagascar. Ethiopian is currently building a new airport in Addis to accommodate the growing capacity.

The facility will be fully functional by the end of 2018. It will have a Pay Lounge and hotel, owned by Ethiopian Airlines, which will also be fully functional by end of next year.

The airline is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan, Vision 2015, which will culminate in seven strategic business units. Ethiopian recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art Cargo Terminal ll handling a tonnage capacity of around 1 million per annum, along with the existing Terminal l.

This milestone will make Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services one of the world's largest cargo terminals, comparable with cargo terminals in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Singapore (Changi) or Hong Kong.

By Kebba Jeffang

President Adama Barrow departed the Gambia for Dakar on Wednesday evening December 6th, to attend the inauguration of the new Senegalese airport.

The inauguration is scheduled to take place on the 7th December. According to the statement from State House in Banjul, Barrow and several other Heads of States, will be attending the function. The airport is named 'Blaise Diagne International Airport' is situated at Diass, in the region of Thies, 50 Kilometers from away from the capital, Dakar.

Part of the President's delegation are the first lady Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow and cabinet ministers.

Massawa — The Tourism sector in the Northern Red Sea region is undertaking encouraging endeavor to identify historical and tourism attraction sites in the region.

Indicating that the region has over 550 km clean and unpolluted sea shore, the head of the Research and Resources Management in the region, Mr. Ibrahim Musa said that with the research conducted the Islands of Daheret, Dihl, Isratu, Durgam, Durgela, Andebir, Hatitaw, Ilatira, Tor, Bulisar, Ajuz, Dase, Umnamus, Dahlak Kebir, Shumaha, Desie and Madot have been found tourism attraction places.

He also said that there are many tourism attraction places in the Northern Red Sea region including the ancient port of Adulis, the Islands of Dajlak and Desie, the national park of Northern Sea, the port city of Massawa, the Nakfa trenches, Debrebizen Monastery and others that could contribute in the development of tourism industry in the country.

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Cover of The President's Keepers by Jacques Pauw.

While the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed to News24 on Friday that it has a docket in the case against investigative reporter Jacques Pauw - there is apparent confusion between the NPA and the Hawks over who currently has it in their possession.

Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw-Mjonondwane told News24 that they were in possession of a docket against Pauw.

"Yes, it [the docket] is in the process of being referred to the Hawks with a list of investigations," she told News24.

"The decision [to prosecute] will be taken after the investigations have been completed. They will bring back the docket for a decision," she said.

Louw-Mjonondwane did not divulge what was contained in the docket, but instead referred News24 to the Hawks.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said: "We are not aware of the docket that they want to refer back to us. We still have the docket, which we are not done with. We are still investigating. We don't know what she is talking about."

In November, the Hawks confirmed that they were investigating the leak of classified information that ended up being published in Pauw's book The President's Keepers.

'There is no case against Jacques Pauw'

Pauw has written on alleged corrupt relationships and dealings involving President Jacob Zuma.

The President's Keepers - launched in October - was not well received by the South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) and the State Security Agency (SSA), which wanted Pauw and the publishers to withdraw the book.

Mulaudzi told News24 at the time that they were investigating the "possible leakage of classified information as depicted by the National Strategic Intelligence Act".

He said the case was opened by the SSA and that the Hawks were tasked with investigating the source of the leak.

"There is no case against Jacques Pauw," Mulaudzi said

SSA spokesperson Brian Dube also told News24 at the time that the charges were not specifically against Pauw, but rather to investigate the whistleblowers who leaked sensitive and confidential information contained in the book.

On Thursday, Pauw and investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both written about alleged corrupt relationships involving Zuma, were summoned to a meeting at a police station, News24 reported.

'Your clients have failed to cooperate'

News24 has seen a letter to their lawyers in which the cluster detective coordinator of Ethekwini Outer North - a Colonel "R Govender" - stated that the pair had been uncooperative.

"The tone of your letter is indicative that you have no intention to cooperate with the police. In your previous emails to our office, you promised [to] tender your full cooperation to the police."

The letter to their lawyer was headlined "criminal investigations" and had the names of both journalists on it.

"Despite your undertakings to do so [cooperate with the investigation], your clients have failed to cooperate and I will have to resort to the necessary legal avenues, unless they present themselves to me at my offices at Durban North Police Station or a police station close to the airport in Johannesburg," the letter said.

On Tuesday, national police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo told News24 that no case had been opened against the two, but on Wednesday he said he wouldn't be able to discuss the matter "in the public domain" because of its "sensitive nature".

Source: News24

The South African National Editor's Forum (Sanef) has condemned a report that the police are looking into investigative journalists Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both reported extensively on President Jacob Zuma's alleged corrupt dealings.

Earlier on Wednesday, News24 reported that the SAPS were looking into the two reporters, yet police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo denied that the two were being investigated or that a case had been opened.

Sanef's deputy chairperson Katy Katopodis said on Wednesday that the organisation was deeply concerned by the reports.

"This is very very concerning for us as Sanef. We see this as an intimidation tactic," she said.

"Our message as Sanef is very clear: We're not going to stay silent... Journalism is not a crime," Katopodis said.

She said the organisation was monitoring the developments and would continue to speak out against any attempts to intimidate journalists.

Myburgh, an investigative journalist at News24, wrote the book The Republic of Gupta , and has reported on a number of stories regarding alleged corrupt relationships involving government officials. He also recently won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards as part of a team from News24, AmaBhungane and the Daily Maverick for their reporting on the controversial Gupta family.

Pauw has also faced a backlash from governmental organisations, including the State Security Agency and the South African Revenue Services, for his recent book The President's Keepers .

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird said the reports indicated the politicisation of the police, especially being used by certain people for their own agendas.

He too was "deeply concerned" by the reports.

Bird said it was a clear and present threat to media freedom, but also a clear attempt to undermine the credibility of the journalists.

"[Sanef] need to be making their voices heard about why this is a problem [and] journalists need to express support for their colleagues," he said.

Earlier, News24 editor Adriaan Basson said the police investigation amounted to attempted intimidation.

"It is outrageous that the cops are going after journalists when corrupt politicians and captured business people roam free," he said.

"We will oppose any attempts to bring criminal charges against Myburgh. This is a clear attempt to try and intimidate us from doing our jobs. We won't be deterred," Basson said earlier.

Source: News24

By Winnie Atieno

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Booksellers and Stationers Association have opposed a move by the government to directly supply textbooks to schools next year.

On Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i said this is a deliberate move to ensure funds meant for buying textbooks are used well and reduce corruption in procurement.

In the new guidelines, Form One students who report to school between January 9 and January 12 will be issued with six textbooks -- for maths, English, chemistry, physics, biology and Kiswahili.

But Knut officials and the booksellers are calling for more consultations.

"Under International Labour Law recommendation number 60 on the intellectual right of teachers, one such right is to choose textbooks to use in class. No none should choose a textbook for you.

"Who is this through national procurement with capacity and intellect to choose one book for all classrooms in the republic of Kenya?" asked Mr Sossion, Knut secretary-general.

He termed the new directive a major scandal in the offing.

The nominated ODM lawmaker said the right to choose books should be reverted to teachers.

"Because of corruption at the Ministry of Education, we have got data and facts on literally everything. Give the teachers the list. The ministry cannot and can never procure. It is not their jurisdiction. To retain professionalism in the teacher it is my right to choose Oxford or KLB to teach my chemistry class," he said.

The booksellers' national vice chairman Patrick Matindi urged Dr Matiang'i to give them three years to sell their stock.

"This is witch-hunt. Booksellers are just like any other businessmen."

press release

As we approach the final days of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, continues with the Department of Community Safety's special safety outreaches.

This afternoon, Friday 8 December 2017, Minister Plato will take the awareness activities to Langa and conclude the campaign tomorrow morning, Saturday 9 December 2017, in Bonteheuwel (Kreefgat).

This year, the Department of Community Safety is encouraging those who are suffering from abuse and those who know of abuse taking place, to break the silence around violence and abuse in our communities with the theme:

Speak Out - Be The Voice Of Courage.

Safety is everyone's responsibility and starting tomorrow, the Department of Community Safety and Minister Plato will be taking its awareness outreaches into the hearts of communities across the greater Cape Town Metro.

Minister Plato and the Department is teaming up with local SAPS stations, the South African Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality, Community Policing Forums (CPFs), Neighbourhood Watches (NHWs), non-governmental organisations, the City of Cape Town councillors, other governmental departments, religious leaders and community members for this year's annual, internationally observed, 16 Days of Activism awareness campaign between 25 November 2017 and 10 December 2017.

If safety is important to you and you would like to know how you can help create safer environments for affected Women and Children in your community, Minister Plato invites you to join the 16 Days of Activism focussed safety outreach.

There will be an opportunity for photographs and interviews.

Issued by: Western Cape Community Safety

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Crimes against women and children have many different forms. Today, Mount Road Cluster joined thousands across the country in this awareness campaign of 16 Days of Activism of no crimes against women and children. This initiative seeks to highlight the scourge of violence against women and children and to mobilise us to move from word to action and to make our streets, homes and communities safer for all, especially for women and children. The event was held at the Boardwalk and was attended by more than 200 people from both SAPS, other government departments and the communities.

Based on the ongoing gang activities in the Northern areas, the SAPS decided to focus the awareness campaigns targeting the problems, trauma and abuse faced by innocent women and children in these areas. Guest speakers included authors from Cape Town's notorious Lavender Hill. These women have penned a book "Surviving Lavender Hill" about their survival, perseverance and courage while living in the gang territory.

Brigadier Bentley on behalf of the Cluster Commander, Major General Siganga had indicated in her welcoming address that 'It is our desire that when everyone leaves today, you would have taken the seeds of inspiration from Lavender Hill and go out and plant them within your communities and let's make a difference and break the silence of abuse of women and children."

press release

The communities of Motherwell Cluster have again been warned not to take the Law into their own hands. This follows after the body of 56 year old Nothemba Eunice Tsili was found outside her house at Tabata Street, New Brighton this morning at 04:45. She was stabbed multiple times to her upper body and neck. The community in the area immediately suspected her son, 18 year old Lindo Kuhle to be the murderer and set about searching for him. SAPS was unfortunately unable to find him before the crowd did.

At 09:40 a group of about 120 persons killed the son by burning him in the street, not far from where the body of his mother was found earlier.

Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie has expressed that "Revenge attacks, or mob justice, cannot be tolerated. One cannot right a wrong with another wrong. Murder stays murder, and killing out of revenge will face the same consequences with the Law as murder."

Both murders will get full SAPS investigation.

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