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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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.

Preliminary findings of two Marburg virus cases have prompted Ghana to prepare for a potential outbreak of the disease. If confirmed, these would the first such infections recorded in the country, and only the second in West Africa. Marburg is a highly infectious viral haemorrhagic fever in the same family as the more well-known Ebola virus disease. 

Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami (pictured), announced that the government is working to launch a program to train 1 million developers in the country over the next 18 months.

 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.


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[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- The All Africa Leprosy and Rehabilitation Training Center (ALERT) Hospital has opened doors to a dedicated children's Operating Room with the support from global charities Smile Train and Kids Operating Room (KidsOR).

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- As the world breastfeeding week, from August 1 to 7, has been observed throughout the globe, Fenny Louise Taylor, a Feminist and Reproductive and Sexual Health Right Advocate could not cease to share her experience about the impact of breastfeeding in every young child's life.

[This Day] Asaba -- As part of activities for this year's World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), the Delta State Government has reiterated the invaluable benefits of exclusive breastfeeding practice to nursing mothers and infants.

[IPS] Washington DC -- In Nigeria, women play key roles in food and nutrition security through their contributions to agricultural production, their influence on how to allocate household income, and their efforts to ensure proper nutrition for all household members.

[Premium Times] Mrs Obinwanne said neonatal mortality statistics in Nigeria is alarming and that the company's efforts are targeted at contributing to reducing the menace.

[Ghanaian Times] Winneba -- The Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has been commended for his role in the fight against Hepatitis B disease through the Mumbies Foundation Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Winneba in the Central Region.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Liberia's RNB, Afropop and Afrobeat artist, Lourell Andymark George alias Stunna has appeared as the second Liberian to be featured on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 1Xtra show with DJ Edu the Afroboss after releasing his new single, "Green light".

[Daily Maverick] Two music producers who worked on the global hit song, 'Jerusalema', are taking Master KG and his record label to court over alleged copyright infringement.

[Premium Times] By her nomination, Tems will be going against some of hip hop's heavyweights like Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj.

[The Conversation Africa] Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu was born in 1991 in Port Harcourt, the largest city in Rivers State in Nigeria. He would become known as Burna Boy, a singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to stardom in 2012 after releasing Like to Party, the lead single from L.I.F.E., his debut studio album.

[Daily Trust] Nigerian music star Tems has been credited as one of the songwriters in the forthcoming album of American superstar, Beyonce.

[Premium Times] Legends never die, instead the new generations learn from them, as the steps they took will give them the proper guide for advancement."

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Bonga University, located in Bonga city, the capital of Keffa Zone of the Southern Nations Nationalities and People's (SNNP) regional state, has reportedly expelled 54 Oromo students for unspecified reasons. Some of the expelled students who spoke with Addis Standard said that they have left the campus and returned to their families, after being expelled for "unknown reasons." They also claimed that they suffered serious injuries in a scuffle last week inside the university campus and demanded clarificatio

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- In an effort to build a more prosperous society as the country and the world at large battle to heightening economic difficulties, a Liberian educator has urged government authorities and parents, and stakeholders to place key emphasis on education at different levels.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Liberia Returnee Network (LRN) Vocational Training Program, a vocational institution training program established by a group of Liberian professional volunteers who returned from exile (refugee camps) has graduated 178 students, three male, from its cycle 9th training program.

[Ghanaian Times] Jema -- The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) is urging government to consider the option of decentralising the procurement process of food supply to the various Senior High Schools (SHS) in the implementation of the free SHS policy in the country.

[Vanguard] Students Union Government, SUG presidents in all public universities in the country have demanded immediate sack of ministers of labour and employment,Chris Ngige and education,Malam Adamu Adamu.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Forty-five student journalists from at least four tertiary institutions in Liberia are set to benefit from a training organized by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) CJID, formerly known as the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), is a West African media innovation and development think (and do) tank.

[Leadership] President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged full support for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November this year, saying they are opportunities to showcase the nation's rich heritage in culture, arts, tourism and entertainment as well as advancements on media freedom.

[Ghanaian Times] Ghana has recorded over 400,000 international arrivals for the first half of this year, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has said.

[Seychelles News Agency] Seychelles has become a popular destination in the Middle East and Europe and the Emirates Airline is bringing passengers across the world to the island nation, said a top official of the airline.

[Ghanaian Times] The beaches of Accra yesterday recorded low patronage as revellers failed to troop there in their numbers to have fun and relax as usually done on public holidays.

[GhanaToday] The Department of Urban Roads says from August 5, 2022, it will alter traffic flow from the flowerpot roundabout (Spintex Road) to the motorway to allow for the construction of an overpass.

[Ghanaian Times] The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has urged Ghanaian residents in the United States of America (USA) to champion the drive to increase international tourism to Ghana by promoting tourism attractions in Ghana.

From "The Graduate" to "Tootsie," he has tackled diverse roles — and he's still at it as he now turns 85. A look back at this charismatic actor's impressive career.

[The Conversation Africa] Mapungubwe is a world heritage site and national park located on the border between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. From about 1000 AD the settlement there developed into a major African state before being abandoned by the 1300s.

The Bayreuth Festival has long been regarded as an elitist classical music festival for the affluent set. That's about to change this year with free outdoor concerts.

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts, known for the Oscars, has for the first time elected an Asian-American woman as its president.

For two years, the world's biggest metal festival took a break due to coronavirus restrictions. Now 75,000 fans from all over the world are ready for a new Wacken experience.

"Batgirl," a high-profile, nearly finished movie, has been shelved by Warner Bros and won't be released or streamed.

[VOA] Nairobi -- Candidates in Kenya's August 9 presidential election are wrapping up their campaigns after parties spent heavily in often lavish displays of wealth.

[UNFPA] Johannesburg, South Africa -- UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, announces the launch of two Innovation Crowdsourcing HackLabs for young African innovators and youth-led hubs based in Africa.

[Vanguard] Akure -- THE Executive Director of Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre, WARDC, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, weekend, lamented that over 80 million women and girls are victims of gender-based violence, adding that domestic violence is common in all communities in Nigeria.

[Ghanaian Times] The Convener for the Affirmative Action (AA) Bill, Mrs Sheila Minkah-Premo, has advocated the urgent need for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Assistant Gender Minister for Administration Mamensie Fomba Kabba has called on parents and guardians to pay more attention to their children's education so as to give them a brighter future.

[Government of Mauritius] The National Women Entrepreneur Council resumed, today, its Regional Fairs for registered women entrepreneurs with a three-day sales exhibition at Emmanuel Anquetil Building in Port Louis.

As wildfires again burn out of control in the US and southern Europe this summer, strategies to repel and recover from these climate-fueled mega blazes are changing.

A worker has been injured in fresh shelling at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant, Europe's largest. Meanwhile, an official of the Russian-backed administration in Kherson died after being shot. Follow DW for the latest.

German consul Uwe H. was arrested by Brazilian police on suspicion of killing his husband and trying to cover up the alleged crime. Authorities said the victim, a Belgian national, had been severely beaten first.

Borussia Dortmund began their 2022/23 campaign with a hard-fought and fortunate win over Bayer Leverkusen. Expectations are always sky-high in Dortmund, but both club and fans are trying to keep their feet on the ground.

Ukrainian refugees in Germany can easily apply for a two-year residency permit.

Nuclear power has been celebrated, condemned and banned in Germany. Now it might be making a comeback. Here is a timeline.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Deputy President William Ruto has turned down an offer of a handshake after Tuesday's election by his closest rival and Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga.

[DW] Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on Saturday said he had offered a presidential pardon to former President Laurent Gbagbo.

[The Conversation Africa] Kenyan Muslims played a part in the push to repeal repressive political laws in the country in the early 1990s. But Muslims, who account for 11% of the population, have yet to enjoy the fruits of their activist labour.

[Shabelle] MOGADISHU [SMN] - Somalia's parliament voted to approve the newly cabinet recently appointed by the new prime minister Hamza Abdi Barre.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has urged Kenyans to vote wisely and not be influenced by leaders who do not preach peace during Tuesday's general election.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans to maintain peace during and after the general election slated for Tuesday.

[Premium Times] Mr Keyamo says the federal government would not borrow money to meet the demands of the striking lecturers.

[Balancing Act] London -- Several decades ago competition was introduced to the new African mobile markets. Competition was supposed to deliver three things: cheaper prices, better service and innovation. Several decades later Russell Southwood looks at how ideas of competition have stalled in key African markets.

[Premium Times] The governors were concerned about the deteriorating state of the economy and the ripple effect on the nation ahead of the 2023 general elections.

[VOA] U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Sunday, the first leg of his three-nation African tour.

[VOA] Nairobi -- The Democratic Republic of Congo opened an auction last week for drilling rights in 30 oil and gas blocks.

[New Times] The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has increased pump prices for gasoline and diesel, attributing the changes to instability of petroleum products on the global market.

Borussia Dortmund began their 2022/23 campaign with a hard-fought and fortunate win over Bayer Leverkusen. Expectations are always sky-high in Dortmund, but both club and fans are trying to keep their feet on the ground.

[Premium Times] Wrestling won its third gold medal through Miesinnei Genesis

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- With a cheeky dance to top it up, Mary Moraa blazed past World silver medalist and home girl Keeley Hodgkinson at the final 50m to storm into the Commonwealth Games title in Birmingham on Saturday night.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Nicholas Kimeli clinched silver while Jacob Krop earned bronze as Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo beat Kenyan opposition again, clinching the Commonwealth Games 5,000m title in Birmingham on Saturday night.

[Daily Maverick] The Springboks secured a 26-10 win over the All Blacks at Mbombela Stadium to underline their world champion credentials.

[Capital FM] Birmingham, United Kingdom -- Emily Wamusyi Ngii is at pains to change tact in a bid to make her presence felt more in her racewalk specialty.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- One in five youth in Liberia are users of narcotic substances, and many more are at risk of use and addiction.

[Ghanaian Times] The Design and Technology Institute (DTI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to help train and equip young people with precision fabrication skills.

[Ghanaian Times] Members of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) have been trained in personal development and soft skills to help increase their employability chances.

[Ghanaian Times] The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mobile Money (MoMo) Ghana Limited, Eli Hini, has advocated a stronger partnership between subscribers, regulators, and other stakeholders in the digital finance sector to maximise gains.

[The Point] Former United States president, John F. Kennedy in one of his famous inaugural addresses stated- "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

[Daily News] WORLD Food Programme (WFP) has launched a strategic food system plan aimed at supporting small scale farmers from farms in the value chain to market acquisition for their produce, especially sorghum, sunflower and soybeans.

[UCT] Geomagnetic currents fundi and University of Cape Town's (UCT) National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) graduate Dr Michael Heyns has been announced as one of the esteemed 2022 Schmidt Science Fellows by philanthropists Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

[Africa Renewal] -- Says Ismail Badjie, Founder & CEO of Innovarx Global Health

[UCT] Shooting aerosols into the stratosphere to reduce solar radiation and to cool the earth's surface; mining a mineral-rich asteroid belt in space to sustain our technologies; living on the moon ... This is what the future could look like amid the effects of climate change and depleting resources. However, there are possible risks that can come from manipulating the stratosphere to deflect radiation, and tree-planting without planning.

[The Herald] Sifelani Tsiko -- Farirai Masocha, a 21-year-old University of Zimbabwe Computer Science student has come up with a livestock tracking application that can work as a digital defence to help prevent stock theft and alert farmers to the condition of animals.

[The Conversation Africa] This past June, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a probe into Tesla's autopilot software. Data gathered from 16 crashes raised concerns over the possibility that Tesla's AI may be programmed to quit when a crash is imminent. This way, the car's driver, not the manufacturer, would be legally liable at the moment of impact.

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