On Wednesday night, a provincial media officer confirmed that the North West Finance MEC, Wendy Nelson, is to act as premier in his absence. — Samkele Maseko (@samkelemaseko) May 9, 2018#SupraMahumapelo Dantjie:There is no reason for the Premier to step down now, Premier Supra Mahumapelo must take leave and an Acting Premier must be appointed. — Samkele Maseko (@samkelemaseko) May 9, 2018#BREAKING ANC PEC says that the Premier #SupraMahumapelo must take leave and an Acting Premier must be appointed. — Samkele Maseko (@samkelemaseko) May 9, 2018Mahumapelo's about-turn on his resignation has been described as the last kicks of a dying horse. — Samkele Maseko (@samkelemaseko) May 9, 2018A public policy specialist from the North West University, Kagiso Pooe, says Mahumapelo is still in charge in North West.
May 09, 2018 12:50 UTC
Economy Kenya receives Sh2.6bn World Bank grant for water projectsWater CS Samson Chelugui, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and other officials at Baricho Water stand on one of the 11 boreholes that were destroyed by floods from River Sabaki. PHOTO| CHARLES LWANGA| NMGKenya has received $25.8 million (Sh2.6 billion) financing from World Bank's International Development Agency to boost water and irrigation projects. The grant to the Water and Sanitation ministry will address water security challenges in the country, through the Kenya Water Security and Climate Resilience Project (KWSCRP). The Athi Basin is one of the targeted regions, with more than 10 million people depending on it for water. He said water security and basin management are part of a larger government strategy to construct at least 57 mega dams such as the Thwake Multipurpose Dam in Makueni County.
May 09, 2018 11:48 UTC
Colne housing association’s chief executive Sara Thakkar was part of a 15-strong group which summited North Africa’s tallest peak to help children with cancer in developing countries. “With the money the group raised, we calculate we have positively affected 150 children’s lives for a year, be that helping them live or supporting them to die in better circumstances.”The team took on the four day sponsored trek in aid of World Child Cancer. “The return journey was equally tough in a different way, clambering downhill for many hours, hips and knees straining all the way.”The charity supports children with cancer in developing countries around the world. So far Sara, 52, who lives in Braiswick, has raised nearly £4,000 for World Child Cancer. You can still support Sara at atlas2018.everydayhero.com/uk/sara.
May 09, 2018 11:03 UTC
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May 09, 2018 09:56 UTC
WASHINGTON — The general in charge of United States Special Operations forces in Africa has ordered American troops under his watch to “plan missions to stay out of direct combat or do not go,” according to two military officials familiar with the new guidance. The order, issued by Maj. Gen. J. Marcus Hicks, is among several new directives for the commandos in Africa after an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger that killed four American soldiers, including two Green Berets. The series of directives, dated May 2, May 4 and May 5, were issued just days before the Pentagon is expected to release the results of an investigation into the soldiers’ deaths outside the western Nigerien village of Tongo Tongo. Already, military officials from the United States Africa Command have begun briefing Congress and family members of those soldiers on the lengthy report, which is expected to outline some of the changes to operations. A Senate Republican official who has read the Pentagon findings said they leave the decision to pursue disciplinary action to senior officials at Special Operations Command and the Department of the Army.
May 09, 2018 09:00 UTC
RABAT, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), one of Morocco's largest banking groups, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed Tuesday in Casablanca a 100 million U.S. dollars agreement to promote intra-african trade. Under this agreement, BCP and AfDB will provide 100 million U.S. dollars as an issuance to accompany the Moroccan companies aiming to trade with other African nations. Statistics from the Africa Union show that currently Africa trades far less within itself than it does with the rest of the world. Morocco has one of the strongest financial institutions in Africa. Moroccan banks are operating in over 20 African countries and generating growing amount of their earnings from their foreign activity on the continent.
May 08, 2018 15:56 UTC
Morocco has the second biggest mining sector in the Middle East and North Africa, BMI, a Fitch Group company, said in a recent study. BMI’s Risk Reward Index showed that Morocco came second with a score of 56.3 out of 100 preceded by Saudi Arabia ranking first with a score of 59.5. The study explained Morocco’s performance by its phosphates sector as well as gold, silver, zinc, copper and cobalt mining activity. The Mining sector contributes 21% of the value of export remittances and employs about 39,225 people. Globally, Morocco is the world’s second largest producer of phosphates, harboring about 75% of the world’s estimated reserves.
May 08, 2018 14:15 UTC
Set up in 1991 to help former Soviet states transition to free-market capitalism, the EBRD now operates in more than 30 countries from north Africa to central and eastern Asia. The new expansion plan would promote moving deeper into Africa and into more countries in the north of the continent, such as Algeria, or in the Middle East. That could lead to more phased approach, where it first increases lending in existing countries from the start of next year. Then it would carry out feasibility work regarding Algeria, Libya and then sub-Saharan Africa. New EBRD economic forecasts will also be published and are expected to see another overall upgrade thanks to faster global growth.
May 08, 2018 13:41 UTC
Countries of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region face numerous common challenges to achieving improved food security, nutrition, and inclusive agricultural development. “Building resilience and sustaining peace is key to attain zero hunger and improve people’s well-being in the NENA region. Without this, the region cannot end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, which is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In the presence of hunger, every other human need falls through,” said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the NENA. NENA Regional Initiatives“FAO has stayed and delivered in countries riddled by conflicts.
May 08, 2018 10:07 UTC
Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has told the provincial legislature that he will hand over a letter to the speaker on Friday. Quoting late president Nelson Mandela, Mahumapelo said: "The time for healing of the wounds has come. Hawks' raidThe deadline for the task team to report back to the Presidency on the state of governance in the province is May 9. The North West has been rocked by violent protests calling on Mahumapelo to step down. These include a mobile clinic contract awarded by the North West Department of Health to Gupta-linked Mediosa, and a R1.5m gift of cattle to former president Jacob Zuma.
May 08, 2018 09:33 UTC
The ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab youth survey, published Tuesday, revealed that 55 percent of young Arabs believe their region has moved in the wrong direction, compared to 40 percent that felt it had gone in the right direction. In comparison, only 34 percent of respondents in Gulf countries and 49 percent from North Africa believed that the region was going in the wrong direction. The survey didn't allow respondents to specify exactly how the region had gone in the wrong direction, but asked what changes were necessary for the Arab world to move in the right direction over the next 10 years. The ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab youth survey was launched in 2008 and is the largest survey of its kind of the Middle East's largest demographic, a region notable for its predominantly young population. Arab Spring seen negativelyThe Arab youth interviewed said that militant group Islamic State and the Arab Spring (of late 2010/2011) had had the biggest impact on the region in the last decade and both were seen as being a negative.
May 08, 2018 09:22 UTC
The Iranian regime pursues a “settlement” project that it believes is supported by God. Thus any diplomatic activity, be it cultural, religious or military, between Iran and any other state only serves Iran’s expansionist project and is in agreement with its constitution. Iran only uses the states it signs any agreements with or exchanges any kind of relations with, as a step and a bridge for its expansionist Persian project. However, as stated above Iran is not a normal state as it has an expansionist project and has well thought out plans pushing in that direction. Its relation with Algeria or some parties in Tunisia or Morocco is based on the extent to which these parties serve Iranian agenda to extend its power in North Africa.
May 08, 2018 08:26 UTC
SDX Energy makes further gas discovery in MoroccoTuesday, 08 May 2018 06:48The new gas discovery is in line with Morocco’s aims to boost new oil and gas potential in the country. This is the second gas discovery by SDX within a period of one month in the North African country. In April 2018, SDX Energy announced a conventional natural gas discovery at its LNB-1 exploration well in Morocco. Recently, the company announced to make a new gas discovery at its Ibn Yunus-IX exploration well at South Disouq, Egypt. In 2017, the company was awarded gas discovery at KSR-14 and KSR-15 well on the Sebou area in Morocco.
May 08, 2018 06:45 UTC
And alongside the thousands of local and international products and the extensive conference programme, Africa’s Big 7 – like all dmg events’ shows – offers entertainment too. The Food Leaders Forum runs for three days covering key issues facing the food industry – from the effects of climate change and water shortages through to the latest food flavourings and ingredients. Learn more about Africa’s Big 7 and The Food Leaders Forum at www.africabig7.comPress informationAfrica’s Big 7 2018 runs from June 24-26 at The Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. www.africabig7.com/IHOST/www.Africahospitalityweek.comdmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT). Headquartered in Dubai, UAE and with satellite offices in India, South Africa and the UK, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa organises more than 50 events across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and Europe.
May 08, 2018 06:00 UTC
Bahraini’s Gulf Air will launch five weekly flights on the Casablanca air route on June 11, the airlines said. Gulf Air said it will operate its newly acquired Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on the Casablanca-Manama air route. The new destination is part of an expansion plan of the Bahraini carrier, which aspires to emulate the success of its Gulf neighbor’s mighty fleets. Gulf Air will take delivery of four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo this year. The airlines set the aim of serving 49 cities in 26 countries by the end of 2018.
May 07, 2018 23:03 UTC