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Gobeshona Global Conference – Communities Must Be At the Centre of Climate Adaptation Solutions, Says African Development Bank

The African Development Bank hosted a session on locally led climate adaptation at the Virtual Gobeshona Global Conference on January 21, with a focus on agricultural solutions such as solar-powered irrigation pumps and turning farm waste into organic fertilizer. The session brought together policy makers, financiers, private sector and local project beneficiaries to discuss lessons […]

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African Development Bank-Cif Climate Resilient Project in Zambia Wins Water Changemaker Award

A climate resilient project in Zambia supported by the African Development Bank and Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has won the Water ChangeMaker People’s Choice Award-Africa, it was announced at the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 on 25 January. The Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-basin Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (SCRiKA), beat two other finalists […]

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Lesotho: Covid-19 – 28 Die in One Week in Motimposo

MOTIMPOSO in Maseru, is in mourning after 28 people died of Covid-19 related complications in just a week, the constituency’s legislator, Thabang Mafojane, said yesterday. The constituency is said to be home to about 22 000 people. It has over the years gained a reputation for high crime rates but of late, Covid-19 appears to […]

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Lesotho: Govt Denies Nacosec Overspending

THE government has denied overshooting the Covid-19 budget, saying by December 2020, it had only spent about M341 million of the initial M698 million set aside to fight the pandemic. Addressing the media yesterday, Dr Majoro’s press attaché, Mosito Moqhekoana, said the Ministry of Finance had released only about M403 million to the Office of […]

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Namibia: Presidential Families Feast On Tunacor

SOME Tunacor shareholders were allegedly shocked to learn that president Hage Geingob’s children were co-owners of a fishing company with close ties to political power. Tunacor issued a statement yesterday denying any wrongdoing after being questioned on how it roped in children and family members of two Namibian presidents – Geingob and former president Hifikepunye […]

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Namibia: Govt Won’t Buy Farms If Economy Does Not Improve

The acquisition of agricultural land from previously advantaged groups for more equal redistribution could be halted if the economy does not grow and allow more funds for purchasing land. This has raised questions on whether the government would meet its target of acquiring five million hectares of land, given the country’s turbulent economy since 2017 […]

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Lesotho: Jail Terms, Hefty Fines for Covid Violators

ANYONE who flies in and out of the country in violation of the current ban on international travel will be fined M50 000 or be jailed for three years, Health Minister, Motlatsi Maqelepo, has said. The fines and jail terms are among new measures published by Mr Maqelepo as the government seeks to clamp down […]

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Namibia: Education Officials in the Dock

A FORMER accountant at the //Karas education regional directorate, Enid Deku (41), implicated in the embezzlement of funds amounting to N$250 000, appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Monday. She was joined in the dock by Thomas Ndambonde (36), a teacher at Suiderlig Secondary School at Keetmanshoop, and Madelaine Swartbooi (33), a teacher at […]

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Mozambique Suffers Worst Day Yet in Pandemic

Maputo — Mozambique on Tuesday suffered its worst day yet in the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, over the previous 24 hours, 1,274 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. This is the highest figure so far for a single 24 hour period, surpassing the previous […]

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Mozambique: British Aid for Victims of Cyclone Eloise

Maputo — The British government has announced that it is providing up to one million pounds (about 1.4 million US dollars) in emergency aid, to assist Mozambicans affected by Cyclone Eloise, which hit the central provinces on Saturday. According to the British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, cited in a press release from the British […]

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Mozambique: Special Economic Zone for Agribusiness Set Up

Maputo — The Mozambican government announced on Tuesday the creation of the country’s first special economic zone for agribusiness. The “Limpopo agribusiness special economic zone” is located in the Limpopo Development Corridor in the southern province of Gaza. Speaking to reporters at the end of the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet), the […]

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Mozambique: Police Commander Sacks Frontier Police Leaders

Maputo — The General Commander of the Mozambican Police, Bernadino Rafael, announced on Wednesday that he has removed the entire command of the First Regiment of the Frontier Police, stationed at Namaacha, on the border between Mozambique and Eswatini. He added that all members of the frontier police stationed a few kilometres away at Macuacua […]

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Lesotho: 1980s Coup Leader Lekhanya Dies

MAJOR General Metsing Lekhanya, who led the 1986 coup against then Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan, died yesterday at the age of 83. The former army commander who later traded his military fatigues for civilian attire after assuming control of the Basotho National Party (BNP), died ironically on the 35th anniversary of his coup. At the […]

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Zimbabwe: Ex-Zanu-PF ‘Terror Group’ Leader’s Freedom Bid Postponed

High Court judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi has postponed the bail hearing of former Zanu PF youth league leader Jim Kunaka to Thursday for further arguments after the state applied for postponement saying the record was not complete. Kunaka was first arrested on charges of incitement to participate in a gathering with intent to promote public […]

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Zimbabwe: Zim Covid-19 Deaths Rise to 1,103

Zimbabwe has now recorded 1 103 Covid-19 deaths after 28 more were recorded yesterday. Harare recorded 13 deaths, Bulawayo 2, Manicaland 1, Mashonaland Central 2, Mashonaland East 1, Mashonaland West 3, Midlands 2, Masvingo 1, and Matabeleland South 3. This comes as the country recorded 358 new cases yesterday, with of them being local transmissions. […]

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Zimbabwe: Covid-19 a Ruthless Juggernaut – Chiwenga

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has urged the citizens to remain cautious and observe laid down protocols on curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which he described as a brutal disease that leaves a trail of misery and fear. Speaking at the triple burial of the late Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo, Transport Minister Joel […]

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Lesotho: High-Profile Trials in Danger of Collapsing

The high-profile trials of politicians, serving and former members of security agencies accused of a litany of crimes are in danger of collapsing because contracts of foreign judges recruited to preside over the cases will expire next month. Some of the trials include that of former army commander Lieutenant General (Lt-Gen) Tlali Kamoli who stands […]

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Namibia: Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Namibia

NAMIBIA is still battling to eliminate the high prevalence of HIV among pregnant women, despite 95% of them receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Statistics of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV-AIDS (UNAIDS) for 2019 show that about 12 522 pregnant women received antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), while 11 000 are still in […]