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

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

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

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

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1) Pollution driven by huge increase in mask sales

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

Dr. John Nkengasong and Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil

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

Tamer Farouk  

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

Achare Takor

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

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

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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[Ghanaian Times] Two specialised clinics in the country have been granted SafeCare Level Four accreditation, making them internationally qualified to provide standardised quality healthcare to Ghanaians.

[Ghanaian Times] The Director General (DG) of the West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) DrJoëlAïssi Melchior, has congratulated the new President of ECOWAS RCCE Network, Dr Da Costa Aboagye, and charges him to use his position to facilitate experience sharing, advocacy, learning and promotion of better health through building stronger risk communication systems in the fifteen ECOWAS member states.

[VOA] Abuja, Nigeria -- In 2020, Aisha Ali and her husband decided she would take a birth control injection after having nine children.

[Dabanga] Port Sudan -- More than 25 people in eastern Red Sea state are infected with unidentified fevers. Three of them died. Sudan is currently witnessing its worst outbreak of dengue fever in over a decade.

[VOA] Dadaab Refugee Camp -- Raho Ali has just arrived from Somalia with four of her children at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) transit area in Kenya's northern border town of Dadaab.

[Govt of SA] The Department of Health is on the right track with efforts to ensure the priority hospitals are excluded from loadshedding as part of plans to minimise the disruptions on the provision of essential health services during power outages.

[Afropop] Afropop Worldwide's executive producer, Sean Barlow, recently interviewed Yusuf Mahmoud, the creator and director of Zanzibar's acclaimed Sauti za Busara (Swahili Sounds of Wisdom) Festival, East Africa's premier music festival. Yusuf invited readers to join him for a special celebration for the upcoming 20th anniversary of the festival set for Feb. 10-12 in the open air Old Fort--a UNESCO World Heritage site--in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Yusuf is fond of saying "The best place to

[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angolan Musician Gelson Caio Manuel Mendes, also known as Nagrelha, member of the musical group Os Lambas, will be buried on Tuesday (22), at 11:00 am in the Santa Ana cemetery in Luanda Province, said the vice governor of Luanda for Political and Social sector, Manuel Gonçalves.

[New Times] Last week, musician Uncle Austin accused some DJs of not playing Rwandan music, calling them 'ambassadors of foreign music' because their playlists are dominated by songs of foreign musicians.

[Ghanaian Times] Kasoa -- Getty and Friends, a gospel artiste in collaboration with Heavenly Praize, a duet, on Sunday held a musical outreach programme at the Central Baptist Church, Kasoa in the Central Region.

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Oromo singer Damiso Mosissa has gone missing after spending more than a year in police custody, a family member told Addis Standard, adding that his families were unofficially informed by a member of Oromia police that the singer was killed. They accuse Oromia security forces of extrajudicially killing him, the family member added.

[SAnews.gov.za] The management of the South African Police (SAPS) has congratulated Warrant Officer, Thapelo Molomo, for being crowned the Idols Season 18 winner.

[Ghanaian Times] A teacher at the Association International School in Accra, Seth Abakah, has won the Instill Education Social Media Competition.

[Ghanaian Times] The Chief of Kazigu, in the Kassina Nankana West District of the Upper East region, Kazigupe Asangchera Aluah has called for action on effective girl child education saying it is pivotal in the development of the traditional area.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has deployed two choppers to distribute KCPE and KPSEA papers in four sub-counties of Garissa County due impassable roads accessioned by the floods from the recent rains.

[Capital FM] Kajiado -- The government has put in place stringent measures to safeguard the integrity of national examinations.

[Ghanaian Times] Kumasi -- The government has introduced a programme for non-science students from the Senior High Schools(SHS) in the country who want to pursue engineering at the tertiary level.

[Ghanaian Times] Absa Bank's commitment to STEM education has received great commendation at the Sustainability and Social Investment (SSI) Awards, held in Accra recently.

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[The Herald] Zimbabwe and Malawi yesterday concluded the Third Joint Tourism Technical Committee (JTTC) meeting meant to assess progress on the areas of cooperation agreed to by the two governments.

[New Times] When RwandAir started flying to London 5 or so years ago, I shared my excitement and optimism through this esteemed publication. I shared how people used to traverse many geographical territories to reach this beautiful land of ours. I wrote how I felt it would open up new opportunities, a new market for Rwandan products, new connections, new networking opportunities between Rwandans, the British people in particular and Europeans in general.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- On Saturday, December 10, 2022, Liberia tourism sector will come alive as the Country hosts LIBFEST, the first annual and national all-inclusive tourism festival celebrating Liberia's amazing beauty, sites, resources, events, and discoveries.

[Ghanaian Times] The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibra-him Mohammed Awal, has officially unveiled the endorsed events scheduled for the 2022 'December in GH' campaign.

[Independent (Kampala)] Mombasa -- With up to 60% of tourism arrivals in Uganda originating in Kenya, the country's Consulate General in Mombasa has called for new synergies to reap even more for the sector.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the world "cannot tolerate" the food crisis caused by Russia's war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukrainians vowed Russia "will pay" for the Soviet-era famine.

It was a hit 10 years ago and has now become a viral protest song that is climbing the charts again.

The move comes amid concerns over Twitter's ability to fight misinformation after the company fired more than half its staff, including those involved in content moderation.

Liubov Yarosh survived Soviet dispossession, the Holodomor famine and World War II. At 102, she is living through war once again, supporting Ukrainian troops in their fight against Russia's war of aggression.

The prodigious British director is still making bold, big budget, cult films like "Alien" and "Gladiator" that have marked his 45-year career.

4 million people were starved to death in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933. Stalin denied the famine ever happened. Why did the West turn a blind eye to it?

[GroundUp] "The government has failed me and so many other families" says mother of gang victim

[Ghanaian Times] Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on Friday handed over a 14-seater water closet toilet facility to the Dawhenya Methodist 'A' Basic school in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra region.

[This Day] The United Nations (UN), has scored Nigeria low in the the area of women participation in politics.

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has notoriously high levels of violence against women. The latest police figures show that 10,818 rape cases were reported in the first quarter of 2022. The country has among the highest rape incidence in the world.

[Ghanaian Times] CAMFED Ghana, a leading girls' education support and entrepreneurship empowerment organisation, on Thursday, held its National Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital on the theme: "The guide program: a vehicle for social change."

[Spotlight Initiative] Mogovolas -- With notebooks in her arms and a bright smile, Maria*, 16, is getting ready for another school day. She is in the 9th grade in Mogovolas district, Nampula province, Mozambique, and dreams of becoming a nurse.

Negotiators are meeting this week to start hammering out the details of a global agreement on plastic pollution. What's on the table?

The deal struck with QatarEnergy is set to go into effect in 2026 and last 15 years. Berlin is seeking to replace Russian gas, which used to cover over one half of Germany's annual supply.

The US has put forward draft rules that would cut emissions of natural gas. It's part of a broader global push to limit the powerful planet-heating gas. But experts say it still may not be enough.

Czech recycling companies and environmental activists claim that most of the country's plastic waste is being burned or buried. They're struggling to close the loop on Czechia's broken circular economy.

The striker question has long haunted Germany, but after Niclas Füllkrug's goal at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, an answer appears to have been delivered. But what does it mean for Thomas Müller?

London has stripped Chinese firm CGN of its stake in the nuclear plant. British lawmakers were visiting Taiwan and China's London ambassador was summoned over the alleged assault of a BBC reporter as tensions mount.

[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Home Affairs says it has granted Janusz Waluz permanent residence in South Africa for the period of his parole with conditions to be imposed by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has resurfaced on social media three years after his exit.

[ISS] Given the conflict's ethnic dimensions, the war coalitions established on both sides must be persuaded to back peace.

[Premium Times] Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi says there cannot be any meaningful development without adequate security.

[This Day] The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday congratulated the Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke on his inauguration as the sixth Executive Governor of Osun State, saying that the joy that pervades Osun State, the South-west and the country in general points to the coming victory of the PDP at all levels in the 2023 general elections.

[This Day] President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for more vigilance and tightening of security around borders of the six-member nations in the Lake Chad Basin.

Czech recycling companies and environmental activists claim that most of the country's plastic waste is being burned or buried. They're struggling to close the loop on Czechia's broken circular economy.

The inflation rate in Europe's top economy dropped to 10% for November, preliminary data from Germany's federal statistics agency Destatis showed. This comes after hitting a record high in October.

[GroundUp] For years Madibeng Municipality has said it will fix Itireleng's main thoroughfare, but nothing has been done

[Govt of SA] Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa to the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit, Century City, Cape Town

[Leadership] Anonymous companies in Europe have been helping corrupt individuals to rob African nations of nearly $89 billion annually through illicit financial flows as civil organisations urged European Commission(EU) to open up beneficial ownership registers to the public.

[Leadership] The minister Of Transportation, Mu'azu Jaji Sambo has said that the security features on the Abuja-Kaduna train will guarantee maximum safety of passengers.

London's transport authority has banned Qatar tourism ads due to the Gulf state's anti-LGBTQ laws. A spokesperson for Qatar accused London's mayor of "virtue signaling" for political points during the World Cup.

The World Cup is seeing higher numbers of female fans inside stadiums than ever before. Arab women from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Morocco explain the joy of seeing their teams compete at the World Cup.

The United States are through to the last 16 of the World Cup. They secured a 1-0 win through forward Christian Pulisic, sending home an Iran team who have left a lasting impression on the tournament.

Iranian fans cheered even as the United States knocked them out of the World Cup. It brings to an end to a tumultuous tournament for Iran, played against the backdrop of protests and activism in Qatar and at home.

[Independent (Kampala)] Comment -- Former Aruu County Member of Parliament Odonga Otto claims that if he was made the sports minister, Uganda would have already qualified for the World Cup, and would be regulars at the soccer finals.

[Premium Times] Africa has seen better representation and going into matchday three, there are realistic chances Africa could get three teams into the round of 16

[Ghanaian Times] Yara Ghana, a leading fertilizer solutions provider in the country, has launched a programme to reward retailers of the company's products

[Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa will officially open and deliver the keynote address at the special-edition Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (SIDSSA) that will focus exclusively on Green Hydrogen.

[Ghanaian Times] Over 50 small scale business owners in the Upper West Region were on Friday, given hands on training on creating and effectively using social media and other digital platforms for business activities.

[Ghanaian Times] The Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana PLC, Mr. Olumide Olatunji has indicated that the Bank will be receiving funds from Development Bank of Ghana (DBG) for on-lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as long-term loans.

[Ghanaian Times] The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has expressed hope that the roll out of the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) project will address key socio-economic hurdles facing people in the northern part of Ghana.

[Ghanaian Times] A total of 15 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) from the Western and Ashanti regions have been allocated an amount of GH¢2. 3 million to expand and scale-up their businesses.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -- Construction of Amazon's Cape Town Headquarters Gets the Go-Ahead

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -- From November 22-24, the 4th edition of the annual Uganda Innovations Week (UIW) kicked off in Kampala, organized by Start-up Uganda, with hundreds of participants from the private sector, government, and other fields participating both physically and online.

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- UK Royal Academy for Engineering has announced that Ethiopian mechanical engineer and innovator, Fikru Gebre Dinkumbab, is among its shortlist of 15 African entrepreneurs for the 2023 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

[Premium Times] The three Nigerians are part of a group of 16 African innovators, spanning 10 countries, who will compete for the £25,000 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Three Startups have won the Sh1.1 million seed grant to kick-start their ideas into commercial projects during the South Rift Innovation Week Hackathon Challenge.

[African Union] 24 years old Kingsley Job Obasi (Nigerian), is the winner of the African Union Youth Essay Contest on "Industrialization and Innovation in Africa". His essay, titled "Manufacturing: The Key to Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Development in Africa," articulates how manufacturing can unlock the economic prosperity of the African continent to create a sustainable future for its people. He argues that when backed by policies that promote growth, manufacturing encourages economic development by providing op

[The Herald] PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday laid foundation stones for the construction of three transformative buildings at Gwanda State University (GSU) as the institution positions itself to champion development through research and innovation in agriculture and mining.

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