The Botswana Rugby Union Leagues ( kick-off this weekend in three separate venues. Super Rugby sees Canon Jaguars being pitted against new boys in the Super Rugby league Ryders after they were crowned champions of the President Cup last season gaining promotion to play amongst the big boys. The game kicks off at 0800hrs, a first in a long time if not ever. AdvertisementAlso in the same division we see Falcons taking on BIUST, both teams played tens rugby last season and it is going to be an interesting game as old rivalries continue at a different level. Download the fixtures for the week-end Round 1: by APO Group on behalf of Botswana Rugby Union (BRU).

February 21, 2018 12:56 UTC

Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), one of Morocco’s three biggest lenders, continues its expansion in Africa with the acquisition of Banque des Mascareigne in Madagascar and the opening of a subsidiary in Mauritius, thus becoming the first Moroccan bank to operate in the island. With this acquisition, BCP reinforces footprint in the Indian Ocean as part of the group’s expansion strategy, said a BCP statement. BCP group, along with Attijariwafa Bank and Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur (BMCE) are the three largest banks in Morocco, holding about two-thirds of total bank assets. Moroccan banks are operating in 23 African countries and around 17 per cent of their foreign activity is on the continent. The financial expansion of Moroccan banks in the continent went in parallel with increasing trade flows and the expansion of Moroccan companies operating in the sectors of telecommunications, public works, housing, insurance etc.

February 21, 2018 12:11 UTC

His Stanbic Mwamba team mate Billy Odhiambo makes also the cut for his first appearance of the season after missing the opening four rounds recovering from a shoulder injury. The duo replace Kabras Sugar’s Brian Tanga and Menengai Cream Homeboyz’ Augustine Lugonzo who were part of the squad in Sydney and Hamilton. AdvertisementCommenting on their inclusion, Simiyu said, “Collins Injera brings a wealth of experience in the team and an added advantage in terms of motivation. We also have Billy Odhiambo who is a powerful runner and we managed to work with him during the pre-season. We’re quite interested to see how he will play…this being his first outing this season.”Shujaa have been grouped in Pool A with Fiji, France and Russia for the USA Sevens in Las Vegas from 2nd to 4th March.

February 21, 2018 11:15 UTC

South Africa is well ahead of its continental neighbours in regards to LTE deployments. Behind South Africa, we generally see North African states next in terms of LTE progress. In Sub-Saharan Africa, most operators are either still in the early stages of their LTE rollouts or haven't yet rolled out LTE at all," says Fitchard. In Africa, South Africa and North Africa are leading in LTE deployments," says Fitchard. For the last several 'State of LTE' reports, OpenSignal found that in the fastest countries, average LTE download speeds have stalled at just over 45Mbps.

February 21, 2018 09:33 UTC

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) – through which companies create and issue their own digital tokens in order to raise funding, are all the rage globally. How big a contribution can ICOs really have in terms of African tech startups fundraising, however? Speaking at last week’s Africa Tech Summit Kigali on a panel that discussed the opportunities and possible outcomes for blockchain and digital currencies in Africa, Toro Orero, managing partner for VC firm DraperDarkFlow in Africa, said his company was aware of the potential of blockchain in generally but was currently wary of investing through an ICO. That is the beauty of the blockchain,” Orero said. An African company acquiring a European company, and not the other way around.

February 21, 2018 09:22 UTC

Expereo has announced a major data center expansion into the growing African market. Numerous strategically located, carrier-neutral data centers are planned to launch across 2018 in pivotal pan-African locations. A Johannesburg, South Africa hub recently opened, with more locations to follow in East, West and North Africa throughout 2018. Major SaaS providers such as Microsoft and AWS are already opening cloud data centers in South Africa to meet this demand. Expereo hubs list:North America: Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Ashburn, New York, Chicago, TorontoSouth America: Sao PauloEurope: London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, MilanAfrica: Johannesburg, East Africa (2018), West Africa (2018), North Africa (2018)Asia-Pacific: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, SydneyData center selectionExpereo partners with data center providers on a case-by-case basis.

February 21, 2018 06:45 UTC

Two aid workers killed, one kidnapped in DRCFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRCKINSHASA, (CAJ News) – UNIDENTIFIED assailants have killed two aid workers and abducted another in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The incident has occured near a village in the territory of Rutshuru in the province of North Kivu. “This is an opportunity to make clear that humanitarian workers should never be targeted. This attack represents a serious violation of international humanitarian law and standards of emergency aid,” Edoumou said. Edoumou said without security, humanitarian workers would have their operations severely limited.

February 21, 2018 05:15 UTC

Sudan releases dozens of political prisonersFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, SudanKHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – THE European Union (EU) has welcomed the release of more than 80 political prisoners in Sudan. An EU delegation and the resident EU Heads of Mission in the East African country nonetheless called on the government of President Omar al-Bashir to promptly release the remaining political detainees. “The EU remains committed to supporting Sudan on the way towards national reconciliation and long-lasting peace in the country for the sake of all Sudanese people,” EU stated. Aide Abdelrahman El Mahdi, the presidential aide, said al-Bashir ordered the release of the political detainees from the Kober Prison in Khartoum North. The activists have been arrested in recent months in the wake of widespread protests against the rising cost of basic consumer goods.

February 21, 2018 05:03 UTC

The Creative Assembly's Rome 2 empire expands into North Africa and Arabia with next month's DLC, The Desert Kingdoms. The culture pack adds four playable factions: "the Kingdoms of Kush, Saba and Nabatea fall under the African/Arabian subculture, while the Masaesyli are of Numidian origin." The DLC also places heavy emphasis on adding playable female leaders to the game, including Cleopatra of Egypt and Teuta of Illyria, while important female characters have been added to all campaigns and across all factions. The Desert Kingdoms releases on March 8 for US$11.49.

February 20, 2018 23:48 UTC

The first edition of the World Merit Councils Summit, bringing together change-makers from around the world, opened Tuesday at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Ben Guerir, near Marrakech, to discuss inclusive opportunities and ways to empower youth to build a better future. Debates will focus on local and global actions made to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World Merit, which has a program dedicated to SDGs, is a global community of millennials, taking actions to make a positive difference both locally and across the world. Together with the United Nations, World Merit focuses on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, aiming to end extreme poverty, fix climate change and get rid of inequality. Each month, this NGO sets a number of different challenges that enable World merit members to develop their skills whilst making a positive impact.

February 20, 2018 23:15 UTC

Middle East & North African entrepreneurs announced as finalists for the 2018 Cartier Women's Initiative AwardsEgypt’s Noha Khater, Jordan’s Hanan Khader and Lebanon’s Siroun Shamigian have been announced as Finalists representing the Middle East and North Africa for the 2018 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. Designed to support women entrepreneurs, the Cartier Women's Initiative awards were established in 2006 by Cartier, the INSEAD business school and McKinsey & Company. With 18 finalists across the following regions: Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, and Asia-Pacific, the awards promote female-led and socially responsible startup companies. Inspired by her own career, Hanan launched an online learning platform that teaches computer programming to children and adolescents across the Middle East. Beirut-based Siroun runs an online platform that uses artificial intelligence and data analytics to help learn and teach Arabic to school-age children.

February 20, 2018 21:44 UTC

Today, the official handover ceremony of “The Project for the Improvement of Learning Outcomes through Upgrading Learning Facilities in Six Primary Schools in Laikipia North Sub-County”, a GGP project, was held at Mukogodo East, Laikipia North Sub-County, Laikipia County. The project received a grant amounting to USD 92,945 (approximately Kshs 9.4 Million) for the construction, renovation, provision of sanitation facilities and purchase of classroom furniture. This project was implemented by Africa Educational Trust (AET) on behalf of six beneficiary primary schools in Laikipia North Sub-County, namely Chumvi, Doldol, Kurum, Kimanjo, Olkinyei and Ilmotiok primary schools. Through its work in Laikipia North, AET was able to identify the needs of these six primary schools in the sub-county. John Mwaniki (Deputy Governor, County of Laikipia)Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of Japan in Kenya.

February 20, 2018 17:15 UTC

King Mohammed VI reiterated his call for the elaboration of a new development model conducive to achieving social justice and addressing the problem of social and inter-regional disparities. In a message to the third parliamentary forum on social justice, which opened Monday in Rabat, under the theme “The challenges of social and spatial justice and the components of the new development model,” the Moroccan monarch highlighted the need to rethink Morocco’s development model in order to overcome obstacles hindering its development and address weaknesses and gaps revealed by past experience. “I firmly believe that the success of any vision hinges upon a change in mentalities. The third pillar consists in reforming public administration to discharge its mission properly in terms of serving the citizen and promoting investments and spurring the development of regions, underscored the King. The Monarch noted that achieving social justice requires addressing an array of challenges including social and inter-regional disparities and the link with the constraints weighing on the management of tax and social security systems.

February 20, 2018 17:15 UTC

Morocco has recently added China’s guided MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) to its arsenal in a bid to bolster its ground to air deterrence capabilities. Morocco has acquired four batteries of the long-range Chinese missile system, local media reported. Each battery of this advanced artillery system is equipped with 6 launchers for 400mm rockets. Each rocket can be equipped with various warheads, including anti-personnel, anti-armor or fuel air explosive. Morocco and Egypt are among the few countries to have bought such a system with high strategic value.

February 20, 2018 15:33 UTC

The construction sector in Morocco is experiencing a sharp growth on the back of government investments that seek to meet the needs of a rising population, according to the “Morocco Construction Market Outlook” report. Today, there are over 200 active construction projects with a combined estimated value of USD 49.8 billion”, revealed event director for The Big 5 Construct North Africa, Muhammed Kazi. He continued: “Like the construction sector in Morocco, The Big 5 Construct North Africa exhibition is expanding. Almost 3,000 Moroccan construction professionals visited the launch event in 2017, sourcing innovative construction products from 24 exhibiting countries. The Big 5 Construct North Africa, organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, is part of The Big 5 portfolio of construction events, the largest in the Middle East.

February 20, 2018 12:11 UTC