Zim tries to save wildlife from drought – biggest relocation planned

Zimparks

In order to save the country’s wild animals, ZimParks are planning the biggest ever long-distance relocation in Zimbabwe. So far 200 elephants had already died due to lack of food and water due to an El Nino-induced drought. Natural animal habitats are gone and half of the population is in need of food aid. Zimparks and private partners are planning to move 600 elephants, giraffe, lions, buffalo, antelope and spotted wild dogs, from the Save Valley Conservancy in southern Zimbabwe to three other national parks over distances of 1000km. The…

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Fitch upgrades Moz long-term default rating

Logo Fitch rating Agency

The upgrade of Mozambique’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR reflects the curing of the restricted default following the completed restructuring of its sole Eurobond (MOZAM – USD726.5 million, 10.5%, maturing in 2023), which had been in default since January 2017. On 30 October 2019, the bondholders exchanged MOZAM for a new USD900 million bond, covering arrears on principal and interest of the previous bond. The terms also include a maturity extension to 2031, a coupon of 5% until 2023 and then of 9% until maturity. In addition to the new bond, Mozambique…

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SA investors invited to invest in Mozambique

Port in Beira Mozambique

Mozambiques Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, had invited South African potential investors to familiarise themselves with the country’s development projects and to invest. Rosario had addressed the African Investment Forum (AIF) in Gauteng yesterday. The AIF provides opportunities for heads of state to discuss continental politics and investment opportunities. This is the second annual meeting to be held. Rosario told attendees that the country’s main goal was to uplift its residents and improve their quality of life. He highlighted Mozambique”s development plans for the next few years. This would…

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Magazine launched to celebrate woman leaders and entrepreneurs across Africa

To mark the 5th anniversary of its high-profile annual conference, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has recently launched a prestigious publication, AWIEF Insights, celebrating and acknowledging the contribution made by women leaders, businesswomen, and entrepreneurs across the Pan-African continent. AWIEF Insights is a glossy, magazine-style publication where leading women in Africa share their journeys, provide insight into their challenges and give advice to young women at the start of their careers. The women who are involved  in this initiative include H.E. Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of…

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Lesotho to host Southern African regional sports forum

Maseru, capitol of Lesotho

Lesotho would host the inaugural joint Regional Sports Forum for Southern Africa. The theme would be Towards a collective vision and harmony in sport. It would take place in the capital Maseru on November 13 & 14. The Forum had been jointly organised by the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Confederation of Southern African National Olympic Committees (COSANOC). It is aimed at promoting harmony among all sports agencies to create goal congruence, stimulating the sustainable development of sport. International, regional and local…

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#Waterscarcity – Please do what you can to save consumption asks government

Drought in SA

Tumelo waga Dibakwane Main photo: Withered vines mean no wine harvest   Despite the fact that Mpumalanga, the entire country and across-border neighbours, would apparently not see El Nino this summer, drought is already taking its toll. Dam levels are falling and the government is calling for water restrictions. Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe are in an even worse position than South Africa (SA) with the Kariba Dam only 17% full as opposed to 2018’s 74%. The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), which manages the dam, had not updated levels since end…

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SA Editors Forum shocked at Gwede Mantashe’s admittance of paying journalists to bury a story

bribes in south africa

Press statement The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) was shocked to learn that Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, Gwede Mantashe’s relationship with student, Lerato Habiba Makgatho. According to the Sunday World, Mantashe paid the journalists R70 000 to “destroy evidence” backing the story. Mantashe has not revealed the names of the journalists. The minister admitted this over the weekend. SANEF believes that “paid for” or what is known as “brown envelope” journalism is completely counter to journalism ethics. Section 2 of the Press Council Code deals with “Independence…

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UN Refugee Agency High Commissioner called SA visit a success

United Nations High Commissioner

Masoka Dube The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, visited South Africa (SA). He met with state authorities, business leaders, UN and NGO partners. Grandi also met with refugee representatives and asylum seekers. Safety of foreigners in the country was high on the agenda. “I told them the UNHCR will continue to develop its dialogue with them and that I will also discuss their concerns with the authorities during my visit in the country”, said Grandi. He encouraged refugees to express their concerns in a peaceful manner.…

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Global road deaths on increase – no good news for Christmas holidays in SA

PHOTO FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY   The Christmas holidays are around the corner and already the death toll on South African roads is rising. Seven people were killed and multiple others injured following a three-vehicle collision in Mpumalanga. The accident occurred on the N4 highway between Van Dyksdrift and Samora Machel street in the town last week. In Gauteng, two were killed and eight more people injured in a taxi crash in Midrand. KwaZulu-Natal has lately seen a spate of horrific car accidents. Even in the Cape Province, shocking photos…

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