Zimbabwe: Doctors Down Tools Over Low Salaries, Poor Working Conditions

Zimbabwe's state doctors at the country's major hospitals have downed tools over low salaries and poor working conditions, union leader said on Wednesday. "Our doctors did not go to work," said Edgar Munatsi, the president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) in a brief text message before sending a detailed statement later indicating an impasse over a labour dispute with the government over the welfare of state doctors. Full-blown strikeBut Munatsi insisted there was an impasse, saying the government had failed to address their major concerns. State doctors are currently earning $1.20 per hour as on call allowances but are demanding $720 per month with immediate effect. Union leaders expect a full-blown strike as the week's progresses unless the government gives in to their major demands.

February 16, 2017 04:07 UTC

Zimbabwe: Phelekezela Mphoko Court Case Latest

They are seeking an order blocking the Vice President from extending his farm's boundary into their land at Shilloh Farm, adjacent to Mphoko's Mzohluzo Farm. The villagers sought court intervention last month after Mphoko's farm manager informed them of the impending evictions. In papers filed by lawyer Josphat Tshuma of Webb, Low and Barry Legal Practitioners, the villagers are accusing the Vice President of straying into their territory. By yesterday Mphoko and Mombeshora were yet to respondto the villagers' court application after being served with summons on Tuesday this week. Investigations by the Financial Gazette indicate that the respondents were served their papers late because the villagers struggled to raise the US$82 that was required to have the papers served to the respondents.

February 16, 2017 02:48 UTC

Tunisia: North Africa’s new jihadi hotbed

He entered the ranks of the 6,000 Tunisian fighters who have joined the extremist groups fighting in Iraq and Syria. “But we’re not sure he actually went,” Fathi said. “We think he wants to return to Tunisia,” Fathi said. But ailing jihadi networks in Tunisia do not mean the European terror threat from Tunisians who fought abroad has diminished. “Not all of the Tunisian fighters in Syria will come back to Tunisia,” Prof. Allani said.

February 16, 2017 01:57 UTC

New rust strain threatens wheat crops in Europe and North Africa

A new, highly destructive strain of stem rust that battered wheat crops in Sicily last year could spread across the Mediterranean in 2017, threatening harvests and the livelihood of small farmers, experts warned Feb. 3. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urged countries in Europe and North Africa to be vigilant to prevent possible outbreaks from spiralling into epidemics that could cut food production. In 2016 thousands of hectares of wheat crops were damaged in Sicily in one of the biggest outbreaks of stem rust to hit Europe in more than 50 years, researchers said. Stem rust spores are spread by wind, and in 2017 the fungi could affect harvests in nearby countries like Greece, Albania, Libya and Tunisia, the researchers warned. An additional risk was posed by the recent appearance in some areas of Europe, Africa and Asia, of another two new strains of a different wheat infection, yellow rust, although their potential impact was not yet clear, he said.

February 15, 2017 20:14 UTC

Polisario’s Anxiety Growing with Morocco’s Return to AU & Arrival of New UNSG

The polisario separatists can no longer conceal their bitter disappointment and growing anxiety following Morocco’s return to the African Union, even if they tried to keep up their composure, saying it is “victory” for them. Sensing that their future in the African organization is in danger with the North African Kingdom retaking its legitimate seat within its African family, the secessionists seem to be in a complete loss and disoriented. According to Boukhari, the new UN Secretary-General must guarantee full respect of the organization, its institutions and its peacekeeping mission (MINURSO). It was only few months later that the North African Kingdom and the United Nations reached a deal for their return. The MINURSO was established in 1991 to monitor a cease-fire and organize a referendum on the status of the Saharan provinces.

February 15, 2017 19:18 UTC

Senegal-Mauritania: 2Stv Warned for Criticizing Nouakchott

The Senegalese private TV channel 2Stv has received a warning from the country’s authorities for airing a program calling for armed protest against Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, reports say. The program called “Grand Rendez-vous” was addressing the arrest of 53 Senegalese fishermen in Mauritanian waters. The Senegalese National Broadcasting Regulatory Council (CNRA) has slammed the channel for inciting armed revolution in Mauritania. The program nearly sparked another diplomatic tension between Dakar and Nouakchott and the Mauritanian leader complained to his counterpart Macky Sall. The Mauritanian President had, in a phone conversation, scolded Kaboré for letting “a gangster and a criminal” criticize him on the Burkina Faso’s state channel.

February 15, 2017 17:46 UTC

Q&A Yassmin Abdel-Magied went on taxpayer-funded book tour

A Muslim youth leader who clashed with Jacqui Lambie over Sharia law went on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East and North Africa to promote her book. The 25-year-old activist visited a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia where women are caned as punishment for adultery under Sharia Law. During her tour, Ms Abdel-Magied visited Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Sudan where most women are forced to undergo genital mutilation. But Ms Lambie interjected, shouting out: 'The fact is we have one law in this country and it is the Australian law. On Monday, Ms Abdel-Magied got into a heated dispute with Ms Lambie who called for all supporters of Sharia Law to be deported.

February 15, 2017 15:25 UTC

Canon Central And North Africa Partners NAFTI

As part of a three-year partnership agreement signed in 2016, between Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) and the National Film and Television Institute, Ghana (NAFTI), a second series of workshops, facilitated by experts from CCNA, is being organized at NAFTI from February 13-17, 2017 in Ghana. CCNA will work with NAFTI, the main film school in Ghana, in organising the workshops. Roman Troedhandl, Managing Director, Canon Central and North Africa, said: “Our partnership with National Film and Television Institute is aimed at supporting the nation’s goal of training the next generation of talent. It will cover key topics such as ‘Why use flash?’ ‘Flash Basics’, ‘Flash exposure metering systems’, ‘The effects of flash on exposure’ and ‘Wireless flash’. Canon Explorer, Eddie Keogh, a renowned sports photographer from the UK, will host an exclusive Sports photography short course’.

February 15, 2017 14:02 UTC

North Africa: Malawi Commits to Halve Maternal and Neonatal Deaths Over Next Five Years

Lilongwe — Malawi has joined eight other African countries in Africa and South East Asia to make a commitment to reduce by half maternal and new-born death as well as still-born births in the next five years. The Governments of Malawi and eight other countries from Africa and South East Asia have committed to halve maternal, new-born and stillborn births. The commitment came at a time when the nine countries launched the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, New-born and Child Health. According to the recent Demographic Health Survey, child mortality has gone down from 234 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1992 to 64 in 2015/16. WHO Representative in Malawi Dr Eugene Nyarko however noted that as under-five child death rates were falling, new-born deaths have increased as a share of overall child mortality.

February 15, 2017 12:22 UTC

South Africa: Slight Drop in Unemployment Rate

This led to an increase in the unemployment rate by 2.0 percentage points to 26.5%. The unemployment rate declined in four of the nine provinces, with North West registering the biggest decline of 4.0 percentage points. Other provinces which reported a decline in unemployment rates included Limpopo (2.6 percentage points), Western Cape (1.2 percentage points) and Gauteng (0.5 of a percentage point). However, the youth unemployment rate registered a decline of 1.1 percentage points q/q. On the other hand, the unemployment rate among graduates was 7.0% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

February 15, 2017 11:24 UTC

Southern Africa: Storm 'Dineo' to Make Landfall in Mozambique Tonight

Photo: Weather SADineo (top right of image) is expectd to make landfall in southern Mozambique coast. Pretoria — The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says severe tropical storm "Dineo" is quite likely to undergo a final surge of intensification, just before arriving over land in Mozambique this evening. On Thursday, Dineo is expected to migrate due west, still as a significant rain-bearing system but starting to weaken significantly. "The moment such systems move overland (as is the case with Dineo later today), they invariably undergo rapid structural weakening and decay," the weather service said. SAWS will continue to monitor any further developments relating to this weather system and will issue updates as required.

February 15, 2017 11:16 UTC

Play Your Part Cube makes its way to North West

Brand South Africa is inviting young and old in North West to engage with the Play Your Part Cube in the latest edition of its roadshow. Ray MaotaBrand South Africa will be hosting the North West leg of the Play Your Part (PYP) Roadshow at North West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom campus on Thursday, 16 February. Attendees are invited to interact with the PYP Cube and will be encouraged to participate in education and skills development within their communities. Corporates involvedPrivate enterprise has always been involved with the PYP Roadshow and the North West edition will not be any different. People can engage with the PYP Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on Twitter using #PYPCube during the session.

February 15, 2017 11:08 UTC

Cameroon: 17-Year-Old Beats Internet Ban to Win Coding Competition

A 17-year-old Cameroonian has won Google's annual coding award, despite the partial shutdown of internet in his country. The 17-year-old beat all odds, including the internet blackout imposed by the government, to emerge the winner. "They told us to know some basic things in computer science and some basics in computer science programming and how to use certain software. For the young winner, his victory is an inspiration to find solutions to problems like the current internet ban in his area. "I would like to study computer science at university.

February 15, 2017 10:57 UTC

Zimbabwe: Zimpf Implosion Not Our Doing

"They have serious problems in ZimPF, they might even take each other to the queen (the UK's Queen Elizabeth), but we do not care." Cde Chombo castigated party leaders in the constituency for engaging in corrupt activities. He was responding to reports that land hungry villagers were losing their livestock as payment to be resettled in the area. A group of doctors from Zimbabwe and South Korea will soon visit the constituency to offer free healthcare services to villagers. Cde Chombo and the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Huang Ping will on Thursday officially open one of the 10 schools built in the constituency.

February 15, 2017 10:38 UTC

'We are not going to wait until 2063'

'We are not going to wait until 2063'Egypt is hosting workshops on the benefits of smart learning technology in a bid to promote the adoption of e-learning by its neighbours in North Africa and the Middle East. The country's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is conducting the workshops through its Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) in parts of the region with the aim of laying a foundation for developing new models for smart learning. The first of these workshops where ITIDA presented the methods and technology of smart learning was held at Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) in Dubai. "It is our responsibility to share our extensive expertise and transfer our leading experiences in smart education to those who are involved in the development of education and learning in the Arab World. "We are not going to wait until 2063 (the deadline set by the AU for a transformed continent)," El Kady declared.

February 15, 2017 10:16 UTC

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