The organisers of the 2018 edition of  African Development and Investment Convention (ADIC) holding on October 25-26th in Zurich, Switzerland has released its final agenda, and called for last minute registration to fill the remaining few spaces.

Michal Kotzé (PwC)

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SOUTH AFRICA – The 2018 financial year proved to be a challenging year for South African mining companies. Globally, the financial performance of the mining industry improved considerably from the previous year. That position was largely mirrored by South African bulk commodity producers with iron ore, coal, manganese and chrome performing well.

 

The African Development Institute of the African Development Bank has announced the implementation of the Next African Global IT Leaders Program under the aegis of the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP).

Events are being held around Switzerland on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 'Read and Write association, whose courses have helped 25,000 adults. September 8 is also International Literacy Day.

 

DR Congo’s lead production increased by 7.9% on a year-to-year basis to stand at 597,249 tons during H1, 2018, the country’s central bank revealed on 30, August 2018. According to figures reported by Reuters, cobalt and gold production has also risen by 37.6% to 52,941 tons and 15.8% to 17,948 KG respectively during the period under review.  

Sectorial experts from Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have called for the development of national policies for the popularization of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which will increase the access to modern energy such as electric services and modern cooking fuels in the region.

The Directorate of Studies and Financial Forcasts in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, represented by its Director, Mr. Mounssif Aderkaoui, took part in the 10th plenary session of the OECD initiative on global value chains, held in Paris from June 26 to 27 2018. 

Further to its announcement of 27 April 2018 in respect of freezing orders filed against Mutanda Mining Sarl (“Mutanda”) and Kamoto Copper Company SA (“KCC”), subsidiaries of Glencore plc, by Ventora Development Sasu (“Ventora”), a company affiliated with Mr. Dan Gertler,  Glencore has carefully considered its legal and commercial options in connection with its dispute with Ventora and Africa Horizons Investments Limited (“AHIL”), also a company affiliated with Mr Dan Gertler, and its obligations to its various stakeholders, including its shareholders, customers and the communities in which it operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”).  


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Violent people are often the product of violent surroundings. But genetics can play a role, too. Traumatic experience can be passed down from generation to generation — and manifest itself in violent outbreaks.

[Premium Times] Nigerian healthcare professionals who lived and worked abroad but are back have urged their colleagues still in the diaspora to come back and develop the nation's health sector.

[New Zimbabwe] ZBC editor in chief, Tazzen Mandizvidza Wednesday piled more misery on under-fire news anchor Oscar Pambuka as he distanced the national broadcaster from the newscaster's ill-fated deals with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC).

[WHO] South Sudan has successfully conducted its first ever laboratory test for Ebola using the emergency management and laboratory infrastructure developed with support from WHO as part of emergency preparedness.

[The Herald] Government has tightened enrolment requirements for individuals intending to train as nurses and only aspiring candidates people below the age of 30 with five Ordinary Levels from one sitting are eligible.

[The Herald] The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has introduced a medical aid scheme for farmers to ensure their well-being given their strategic importance to the nation.

[The Herald] CHAMPION Tinotenda Ryan Gumbo is confident that he will successfully defend his title at the Givemore Marume Classic men's physique category at Zimbabwe College of Music tomorrow. Gumbo will take to the podium along with several athletes for the second edition of the Classic which is organised by veteran body-builder Givemore Marume.

[Vanguard] Seun Kuti, afro-beat singer and one of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's sons, has explained what the annual Felabrationmusic festival, usually held at the New Afrika Shrine to celebrate the life and times of the late afro-beat maverick, means to the entire Anikulapo family.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Musician-turned-MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has slammed controversial rapper Kanye West's decision to meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

[The Herald] In a bid to broaden her horizons and capture a new market, United States-based gospel musician and worship leader Shingisai Suluma is only working on English songs for her upcoming project. Suluma, who rose to stardom in the late 90's, said all was not rosy in the foreign land.

[The Herald] Gospel musician Sabastian Magacha's six-year marriage is on the rocks after his wife filed for divorce citing loss of love and affection.

[Zimbabwe Standard] One of Zimbabwe's brightest gospel music prospects Best Masinire's latest album Mashoko/Words, which also contains the hit song Rooted in the Word of God, generated excitement at its launch with the young artiste's musical prowess being equated to one of Africa's greatest gospel musicians, Frank Edwards.

[Foroyaa] The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it will transfer to participating elementary schools and early childhood development centres an initial amount of more than US$ 370,000 (D 18.5 million) to provide daily meals for up to 60,000 young students.

[Monitor] Kampala -Science teachers whose salary was increased to Shs2m have been asked to refund the money on account that the payment was made in error.

[Ghanaian Times] Ho -THE three teachers of Sokode Senior High Technical School, who reportedly beat up a female student and left her with swollen knees, have admitted the offence in their caution statements to the police.

[SAnews.gov.za] Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu will today unveil a specialised computer centre in Port Elizabeth to address the educational needs of learners with disabilities.

[SNA] Khartoum -President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir is due to receive, at the Republican Palace Monday, the Talented Student of the Sudanese Secondary School Certificate, 2018, in the presence of the Minister of Education Mashaer Al-Dawalab and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Al-Sadig Al-Hadi AL-Mahadi.

[The Conversation Africa] The curriculum is not just the "stuff" that students must learn to be knowledgeable and skilled in a particular discipline. It's about more than just content.

[SNA] Khartoum -The regualr news forum of Sudan News Agency (SUNA) will to host on Tuesday noon the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities to cast light on the 14th session of the Khartoum international Book Fair.

[New Zimbabwe] ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Karikoga Kaseke is stepping down after 13 years at the helm of the organisation in a development that comes at a time when government is reforming largely insolvent state enterprises.

[New Era] WALVIS BAY - The stern, no-nonsense approach embraced by the magistrates' courts in Erongo Region has set the tone for swift convictions of criminals, particularly those targeting tourists.

[Nation] The inaugural direct flight between Kenya and the United States is 10 days away, but the vibe around it has warmed US travellers who, according to the New York Times, have made Kenya a hot-ticket destination rivalling Mexico, Italy and Europe, generally.

[New Era] KEETMANSHOOP - Keetmanshoop Municipality spokesperson Dawn Kruger says the town is working hard to ensure its roads are well maintained and in good condition as this is crucial for tourism and investors.

[Ghanaian Times] Ghana must shift its focus from exporting oil and other raw materials to China and rather initiate measures to attract more Chinese tourist to the country to attract more foreign exchange, Managing Director of Stanbic Ghana, Alhassan Andani has said.

Best known for his fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, the Danish storyteller also created hundreds of paper silhouettes. An exhibition in Bremen shows his remaining visual works.

The German drama series Deutschland 83, which gained a global cult following, returns for a new season set three years later. Undercover spy Martin Rauch, who's been banished to Africa, is called back to the field.

The renowned street artist Banksy has released a video suggesting that the shredding of "Balloon Girl" didn't go as planned. The canvas wasn't totally cut into strips — and the artwork's value likely went up.

Netflix's most-watched original series, set in an American women's prison, is to end its run in 2019. The groundbreaking show centers around a woman jailed for a drugs offense a decade after the crime took place.

What's in a name? Based on a French box office hit, a new German comedy plays on the fact that "Adolf" still isn't something you can take lightly. But some comedians have successfully managed to do so.

Along with the French comic series, Bell was the award-winning translator behind the English version of German literature classics, including works by Kafka, W.G. Sebald, Stefan Zweig and Siegfried Lenz.

[Daily Maverick] The Glass Ceilings 2018 findings show the challenge today is not about the numbers game, with almost equal numbers of women and men in the media, but sexism is alive and well in South African newsrooms, and taking ugly forms in the digital era.

[Gender Links] A presstitute, a whore, a harridan, an animal and a quisling: these are just a few of the misogynous labels that one of South Africa's best known black women editors has endured in cyber space as she has stood up boldly against state capture.

[Gender Links] Gender Links (GL) and the South Africa National Editors Forum (SANEF) will on 19 October, SA Freedom Day, launch the latest Glass Ceiling: Women in South African media houses research at Emoyeni Conference Centre in Johnnesburg, at 4.30 pm.

[Nyasa Times] ActionAid Malawi says is embracing in promoting the education standards of the girls in the country in older for them to be self reliant and responsible citizens of the country in the future.

[Citizen] When President John Magufuli encouraged Tanzanians to have many more children so as to create manpower, some worrywarts didn't like his idea.

[Premium Times] The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday approved a $50 million credit to Fidelity Bank Plc to support small and medium sized, and women-owned enterprises in Nigeria.

Best known for his fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, the Danish storyteller also created hundreds of paper silhouettes. An exhibition in Bremen shows his remaining visual works.

Police have issued further information on an incident in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Officers were responding to a case of domestic violence and killed a suspect who was threatening a family member.

The German drama series Deutschland 83, which gained a global cult following, returns for a new season set three years later. Undercover spy Martin Rauch, who's been banished to Africa, is called back to the field.

China's top financial officials have moved to reassure investors amid a sharp fall in Chinese stocks. In rare joint statements, they described the recent rout as "abnormal" and vowed to take steps to curb the sell-off.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuked the "America First" approach to free trade of US President Donald Trump. Meeting in Brussels, European and Asian leaders have pledged to create "win-win" situations.

From the outset, the German response to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault was noted for its quiet. Tamsin Walker asks how that has changed a year on from its arrival.

[SudaNow] Former field marshal and president of Sudan Abdulrahman Suwar Al-Dahab, 83, died Thursday in Riyadh Military Hospital, Saudi Arabia.

[Vanguard] President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night reassured that the brutal activities of the Boko Haram sect would soon become history.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The government of Liberia on Thursday October 18, 2018 announced that the new system of Mobile Money Payment being rolled out to spending entities is to intended to reduce cost in getting salary across the country to employees.

[GroundUp] With only three mobile clinics to serve 93 places in Intsika Yethu, weekly visits are not possible

[AIM] Maputo -The Election Observation platform "Votar Mocambique", set up by some of the most credible Mozambican civil society groups, warned on Wednesday that last week's municipal elections were neither free, fair nor transparent.

[FrontPageAfrica] Morris Town, Bomi County -Watta Kanneh, 68, struggles to draw water from a creek next to towering palm trees, where she and other villagers make palm oil in two blackened drums sitting over huge fire hearths. Kanneh still suffers from wounds she received 16 years ago during the 2003 killings that became known as the Maher Massacre. Long scars on her back peek out from a sleeveless blouse. The tight scar tissue makes it difficult for her to lift the bucket.

[The Herald] The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has announced gross collections amounting to $1, 28 billion against a target of $1, 089 billion in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest quarterly revenue report. Net revenue collections for the third quarter improved by 22, 56 percent from the $967,76 million realised during the third quarter of 2017.

[Seychelles News Agency] A new survey to explore potential oil reserves is expected to begin in an area jointly managed by Seychelles and Mauritius.

[East African] Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni officially launched a 525-metre long bridge, dubbed The Source of the Nile Bridge, Wednesday in the southern town of Jinja.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -It is business as usual for firms affiliated to the Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (MeTL) Group headed by Mr Mohammed Dewji, who was abducted on October 11.

[The Herald] GOVERNMENT is working around the clock to resolve the supply shocks being felt in the economy due to panic buying, and availed an additional $17 million for the procurement of fuel, principally diesel, to ease shortages. This was revealed by Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Ncube in an exclusive interview with The Herald Business on the sidelines of a Youth Interface Forum in Harare yesterday.

[Innovation in Africa] Like it or not, Africa's mobile operators are central to the success of start-ups and for operators wanting to create "digital transformation", they need new products and services. But each side needing the other does not mean that mobile operators know any better than any other large corporate how to do innovation, either internally or externally. Russell Southwood looks at Kenya's dominant operator Safaricom and how it has struggled to innovate.

Three of Bayern Munich's most senior figures have launched extraordinary attacks against what they call 'outrageous' reporting. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the trio said the club won't stand for it anymore.

Eintracht Frankfurt scored seven goals against Fortuna Düsseldorf in matchday eight's opener in the Bundesliga, but the game was less about the scoreline and more about the man who scored five of the seven.

"Disrespectful, derogatory, outrageous." The Bayern Munich bosses pulled no punches in their scathing criticisms of the media on Friday. But DW's Matt Ford found their comments hypocritical, arrogant and dangerous.

[Guardian] The Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday dragged three finance officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to an FCT High Court at Maitama over an alleged fraud.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Botswana athletics coach, Mogomotsi Otsetswe is attending an International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme (ICECP) in the United States of America.

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe spinner Brandon Mavuta says he entered the Mzansi Super Legaue draft more out of hope than expectation and is in a state of shock after being picked up by the Durban Heat in the ninth round of the draft.

[Ghanaian Times] Sekondi -The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Dr K.K Sarpong, has noted that the free Senior High School (SHS) programme is tailored to promote the sustainable development of the country.

[IPS] Kigali -In a move to achieve its green growth aspirations by 2050, Rwanda has placed a major focus on promoting project proposals that shift away from "business as usual" and have a significant impact on curbing climate change while attracting private investment.

[Ghanaian Times] The Head of Standard Bank Group in charge of Card and Emerging Payments, Lincoln Mali has advised customers of banks to consider their financial lifestyle or habit before acquiring a credit card.

[Government of Mauritius] The re-opening of octopus fishery was held yesterday at the Mahebourg Fish Landing station after a two-month ban from 15 August to 15 October, in the presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo.

[Observer] Pres. Weah inspects the ongoing road work in the Doe Community.

[UNEP] Ali Omar remembers a time when the practically bare patch of desert in northern Djibouti he calls home was a bustling seaside resort and the waters around it were teeming with fish. "Lots of people lived here and they had shops all along the seaside," says 75-year-old Omar, recalling his hometown Khor Angar's 1970s heyday, before it was hot year-round and the village had dwindled to just a few huts in the desert.

[Botswana Daily News] Serowe -Department of Crop Production deputy director, Mr Barutwa Thebenala has assured the directors of OLHydro Veggie that government will support them.

[Government of Mauritius] The National Innovation Framework (NIF) 2018-2030, which aims at creating an ecosystem for innovation to facilitate the transition of Mauritius from a middle-income economy to a high-income innovation driven economy, was launched yesterday during a half-day workshop at Cyber Tower 1, in Ebène Cyber-city.

[Ghanaian Times] Koforidua -The President of the All Nations University College (ANUC), Dr Samuel H. Donkor, has urged the government to allocate the necessary financial resources for the promotion of technological innovation.

[Govt of SA] The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will host A Water and Sanitation Innovation and Technology Solutions Exhibition at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria on 19 October 2018,

[This Day] Nigeria, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is set to showcase the country's information and communication technology (ICT) innovation at this year's Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX 2018).

[Guardian] The need to innovatively mobilise multi-stakeholder, inter-generational resources, encourage collaboration as well as competence which will inversely accelerate the impact of interventions across the border, hence, achieve the sustainable development goals has been reiterated by stakeholders at a recently held high-level UN General Assembly [UNGA] side event in Newyork, USA.

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