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Moody’s: Chinese lending to Sub-Saharan Africa can support growth but brings risks

Moody’s: Chinese lending to Sub-Saharan Africa can support growth but brings risks

97 ViewsChina’s increased lending to governments in Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to support economic growth, but also amplifies credit risks for countries with already high debt burdens and deteriorating external positions, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report Wednesday. The report, “Sovereigns – Africa, China’s lending supports growth, exacerbates fiscal and external pressures in […]

World leaders respond to Global Citizens’ call to end extreme poverty

617 ViewsSeveral heads of state, heads of international organisations, leading development advocates and other eminent persons are set to attend and address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 on December 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa, International advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced today. And a mouthwatering lineup comprising some of the world’s biggest musical stars […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty’s highest honour

673 ViewsAmnesty International has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for. On 11 November, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her the organization is revoking the 2009 award. Half way through her term in office, […]

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Health Ministers agree strategy to help SADC become a region where SheDecides

760 ViewsSouthern African Development Community (SADC) Health Ministers on Thursday agreed a new sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) scorecard and strategy which charts a bold new direction in the region. These will assist countries to reach the ambitions and targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals, improving health, reducing mortality, and realising the […]

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Ministerial taskforce endorses action plan to drive youth development

639 ViewsThe Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Taskforce has endorsed key initiatives to create jobs for young people and prioritise youth in national development plans.  The Task Force is a panel of 10 ministers, with two representatives from each Commonwealth region, that provides advice on the design and delivery of youth programmes. Meeting in Malta, members underscored […]

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Saddam Hussein, he wanted to make history – Part 1

1,811 ViewsBy Brian Mulenga Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq for 34 years, 24 of them as President. Saddam Hussein was a big man standing 185 cm tall and weighing 100 kilograms. He only slept 4 to 5 hours a day waking up at 4 in the morning every day in order to swim and do his […]

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An open letter to all journalists

1,016 ViewsBy Arlene J. Schar and Dr. David R. Leffler Terrorism has taken a disturbing turn with the horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Apparently the intent of this murder was to send a message to all journalists dedicated to thoughtful criticism of government. Therefore, what would be the most appropriate journalistic response to such blatant censorship? […]

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Interview with Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos of Angola

1,884 ViewsMany people around the world are familiar with Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian who is often described as Africa’s richest man. But Isabel dos Santos, 45, an Angolan businesswoman, is Africa’s richest woman and the eldest child of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who was in power from 1979 to 2017. In 2013, […]

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Mozambican Journalists and activists face death threats and intimidation in post-election witch-hunt

639 ViewsJournalists, priests and civil society leaders are facing death threats and intimidation following local government elections at the weekend, Amnesty International has said. The organization knows of at least eight individuals who have been targeted with anonymous phone calls and text messages accusing them of contributing to the defeat of the ruling Mozambique Liberation […]

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Liquid Telecom appoints Wellington Makamure as new Regional CEO of Southern Africa

904 ViewsLeading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Wellington Makamure as the new Regional CEO of Southern Africa, placing him in charge of four key markets in the region. In his new role, Wellington will be directly responsible for the leadership, strategic and operational management of Liquid Telecom’s wholesale, enterprise and retail businesses throughout […]

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