The story of your NESCAFÉ begins long before it reaches your cup. The tiny coffee bean, which is dried, roasted and ground into the powder that you brew for your coffee, is deeply rooted in West Africa, touching many lives.

 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Thursday apologised to the Nigerian government after a spate of deadly xenophobic attacks in the country.

(Ecofin Agency) - The government of Benin adopted this week its Finance Act for 2020. The new budget of 1,986.9 billion CFA Francs ($3.3 billion) is 5.8% higher than the 1,877 billion CFA Francs ($3.1 billion) adopted in 2019.

 

(Ecofin Agency) - Optical fiber Internet provider Angola Cables and TM Global, the wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, entered into a partnership to connect Asia to South America via a submarine optical fiber.

 

(Ecofin Agency) - The Sierra Leonean microfinance institution A Call to Business Savings and Loans (ACTB) will receive $1.5 million from the Dutch Development Finance Fund (FMO) as the Fund’s first commitment to the West African country’s financial sector.

(Ecofin Agency) -Maroc Telecom announced on August 26 it has signed an investment deal with the government for MAD10 billion (about a billion dollars). Funds, disbursed by the incumbent operator, will be pumped into the development and strengthening of telecommunications infrastructure, broadband and very high speed (mobile and fixed) deployment across the country.

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(Ecofin Agency) - Exchange between Africa and Russia last year reached a total of $20 billion, we learnt. While the black continent imported $17.4 billion worth of goods, it sold only $3 billion to Russia, making a $14.5 billion for Vladimir Putin’s country.

(Ecofin Agency) - Some Chinese companies committed to invest $1.4 billion in energy and mining projects in Africa. They expressed their intention during the visit to Beijing of the African Chamber of Energy (CAE), an organization bringing together government actors and companies involved in the development of the African energy sector.


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[New Era] Windhoek -Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has recorded success in the battle against cases and deaths related to malaria, thanks to interventions by member states. This has resulted in a substantial reduction of mortality attributed to the infectious disease.

[Seychelles News Agency] The hearing-impaired community in Seychelles has its own sign language dictionary for the first time.

[WHO] Juba, 15 November 2019 - To mitigate the risk of cholera outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and MedAir are immunizing 144 033 people against cholera in Renk, a county bordering Blue Nile state in Sudan.

[WHO] Children in 19 Northern states to be vaccinated in largescale campaign implemented by the Government of Nigeria and WHO with Gavi support

[Nation] The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is once again on the spot over fictitious claims.

[Nation] Disagreements continued to rock the controversy-ridden International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) forum in Nairobi Thursday.

[Observer] -- As organizers set ticket price from US$15, for economy class, US$25, for Standard and US$50 for VIP

[Nation] Tahir Butt is taking on a challenge that most adults, leave alone a sixteen-year-old, would be wary of. He is raising awareness and fundraising to support cancer treatment for children at Kenyatta National Hospital through a cultural concert.

[The Herald] Moses Bhekilanga Kabubi, who died on November 2, 2019 in Harare and was buried on Monday, November 4 at Granville Cemetery, dominated a great deal of my jazz listening and love for this genre.

[The Herald] Zvishavane-based gospel singer, Gracious Sithole hopes to reach greater heights with the release of an album she is working on, which is set for release early next month.

[The Herald] WHILE the entertainment sector has over the years witnessed the entry of various music genres and instruments, traditional dance has stood the test of time.

[The Herald] After completing her Advanced Level education and attaining good results, she applied for a place to train as a schoolteacher at one of the tertiary institutions in Manicaland province.

[Nation] The Turkana branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has called for Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha's resignation over use of a toxic chemical in KCSE's Chemistry practical.

[Vanguard] The Computer-Based Test Centres Proprietors' Association of Nigeria (CPAN), has alleged that the 2019 UTME was marred by both biometric and browser failures.

[GroundUp] Jamiatul Ulama KZN gives Mcoseleli Secondary and the Maqongqo community a new borehole

[Nation] A Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) high school certificate is important.

[Daily Trust] Gombe -Time and time again, governments, at all levels, speak about the good intensions they have about improving rural education. This promise has continued to elude the people at the rural areas because Nigerian elections, sadly, have remained a contest of lies. Towards every election, politicians promise to provide basic amenities like potable water, electricity, good roads, security, and most importantly, education which many believe to be the key to navigating the modern world.

[Nation] The Lamu County Assembly has unanimously passed a motion seeking to provide special care for children with autism in the county.

[News24Wire] Several international passengers landing at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg say they had no idea that SAA had scrapped all domestic and regional flights and some international flights on Friday and Saturday.

[Seychelles News Agency] Authorities in Seychelles will take steps to prevent people without a permit from renting out material for beach-goers like umbrellas and sun loungers, said a top official.

[Addis Standard] This year, a number of Ethiopian tour and travel operators were provided space at stand AF645

[South African Airways] South African Airways (SAA) regrets to advise all customers that we been served with notification by the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association (SACAA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) of their intention to embark on a strike effective Friday, 15 November 2019.

[The Conversation Africa] Over the past few decades, South Africa has seen a dramatic conversion from livestock or crop farming to wildlife ranching - known locally as game farming. The result has been a rapid rise in areas enclosed by game fences and a high demand for wildlife. Animals are increasingly being traded privately and at wildlife auctions.

[South African Airways] Johannesburg -South African Airways (SAA) has asked passengers who had been booked to travel on all its domestic, regional and international flights on Friday and Saturday not to turn up at airports, but instead follow the airline's travel policy to exercise their rights following the cancellation of flights because of industrial action.

Salt crystalized by historic floodwaters poses a great threat to Venice's many wall paintings and frescoes. German art conservator Sven Taubert says good planning is key to preserving the historic works of art.

On November 15 every year, PEN International observes the Day of the Imprisoned Writer by highlighting five representative cases of authors who are persecuted for their work. Many more are on the association's radar.

On her way to Berlin, the Pussy Riot activist's boyfriend was arrested for an action in support of political prisoners. Alyokhina told DW about how the movement is attracting unlikely candidates, and revealed new plans.

As misinformation about women’s bodies abounds, how we speak about reproductive organs matters more than ever. Enter the Vagina Museum in London.

Venice is in danger of losing its UNESCO World Heritage status after this week's extreme flooding, according to the body's director, Mechtild Rössler. At the same time, she offered the lagoon city immediate aid.

[Daily News] DEMAND of memoirs of former President Benjamin Mkapa titled 'My Life, My Purpose: Tanzanian President Remembers' is everywhere, with the publisher of the book, Mkuki na Nyota, revealing that the book has broken the record since the company was established 30 years ago.

[Daily News] UN Women have expressed commitment to working with the government to ensure protocols, treaties and agreements are translated into policies to attain the needed benchmarks in gender equality.

[News24Wire] The family of slain student Uyinene Mrwetyana on Friday welcomed the three life terms handed down to her rapist and killer Luyanda Botha, saying they did not believe his confession meant he was remorseful.

[SAnews.gov.za] The man accused of raping and murdering UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana has been sentenced to three life terms in prison.

[Shabait] Excellences: In 1994, when ICPD was held in Cairo, Eritrea crafted its National Charter while celebrating its 1st de jure independence. In that Charter, it was clearly stated that; "issue of women is a major social issue and society that doesn't respect the rights and equality of women, can't be truly considered liberated". Hence, it funneled its finance, including the international support, to achieve these noble objectives.

[This is Africa] Despite ugly smear campaigns to discredit them, violent threats and racist comments 23-year-olds Safiya Khalid and Nadia Mohamed who are both former refugees still managed to secure historic victories by becoming the first Somali-Americans elected to the city council of Lewiston, Maine and St Louis Park, Minnesota respectively.

[East African] The United Nations has stepped up efforts to secure peace and advance gender equality in the Horn of Africa.

Serbia's president, Aleksandar Vucic, is in stable condition after being hospitalized with a heart condition. Though he holds a ceremonial position in the Serbian government, he is Serbia's most powerful politician.

Beijing is furious after Sweden's culture minister ignored warnings not to attend a ceremony honoring Chinese-born Gui Minhai, who is detained in the communist country. But Sweden says it won't be pushed around.

Clashes broke out between protesters and police on the streets of Paris as demonstrators marked the one-year anniversary of France's yellow vest movement. Tear gas canisters were deployed and scores of arrests made.

As the Netherlands celebrates the arrival of Sinterklaas, it's the man who follows him who is again receiving close attention. Many question the place of blackface and bigoted costumes in Europe in the 21st century.

The UK's Prince Andrew rarely discusses his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Speaking out, he sought to squash allegations against him and went into detail about his relationship with Epstein.

Kiez Döner in Halle has reopened for the first time after a 20-year-old man was shot in the fast-food outlet during a far-right terror attack. The two brothers who were working at the time have taken on ownership.

[Monitor] The average age of President Museveni's Cabinet is 65 years, while that of Ugandans is 16 years.

[Zimbabwe Standard] The Zimbabwean government declared October 25 a national holiday.On that date, the country came to virtual standstill.

[Deutsche Welle] Ethiopian press freedom gained a much-needed push thanks to reforms by prime minister Abiy Ahmed. But already the push back is occurring.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Retired President Benjamin Mkapa says in his memoir My Life, My Purpose: Tanzania President Remembers that free media is one of the cornerstones of good governance.

[New Zimbabwe] Embattled former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, has taken his freedom battle to Constitutional Court two years after his arrest and placement on remand arguing the State has no authority to prosecute him.

[New Zimbabwe] Independent Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has slammed South African opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on suspicion that he is meddling in Zimbabwean factional wars.

Saudi Arabia has formally launched the initial public offering of stock in state-owned oil giant Aramco. The long-awaited IPO is part of plans to move the kingdom away from oil dependency.

[New Era] Windhoek -The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) recently conducted an ICT assessment of rural women parliamentarians with male as partners as a means to identify the basic needs of information technologies.

[Reporter] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency that regulates the global aviation industry. Ethiopia is one of the founding members of ICAO. Headquartered in Montreal Canada, ICAO provides capacity building programs for African civil aviation authorities. The organization is striving to ensure safe air transport and environmental protection regulations all over the world. Through its regional offices the organization is closely working with African civil aviation authoritie

[Citizen] Black tax is a term that has its origins from the apartheid system in South Africa. It refers to the money that black professionals are expected to give every month to support their less fortunate family and extended families.

[News24Wire] The latest attempt to get President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit the community of Marikana has failed. The attempt came via a commitment by trade union federation Cosatu three months ago.

[The Conversation Africa] Often when companies take their operations abroad, a practice referred to as internationalisation, the main intention of the owners or managers is to increase corporate earnings. They achieve this by reaching new foreign customers. They may also get closer to sources of raw materials and thus reduce costs.

Germany were dominant from the first whistle and comfortably saw off the challenge of Belarus to qualify for EURO 2020. Matthias Ginter and Toni Kroos stole the show, but how did the rest of Joachim Löw’s charges fare?

Toni Kroos struck twice as Germany qualified for the European Championship with a 4-0 win over Belarus. Die Mannschaft's qualification was confirmed after Northern Ireland failed to beat the Netherlands in Belfast.

For the first time in the nation’s history, Finland’s national football team have qualified for a major tournament. The euphoria is limitless and the hopes of a bright future are huge, writes DW’s Thomas Klein.

After months of slow development, Germany finally took a visible step forward. While they met their expectations against Belarus, it was the emergence of Ginter, Goretzka and Gündogan that impressed the most.

[News24Wire] Sun City -Zander Lombard is on the verge of achieving a goal of many South African pro golfers as he leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge into the final round.

[News24Wire] Cape Town -Former Blue Bulls and Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan is now into his third season as head coach of Munster in the PRO14 and is eager to take the next step in both competitions that his team is involved in.

[Addis Fortune] The construction of the centre started two years ago

[Ghanaian Times] Bolgatanga -Lack of evidence-based development policies is one of the major challenges confronting Ghana's efforts in achieving inclusive and equitable development across the country, Dr Mamudu Akudugu, Deputy Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research and Consultancy Services (IIRaCS) at the University for Development Studies (UDS) has said.

[Ghanaian Times] Bolgatanga -Tax Justice Coalition (TJC), an advocacy organisation based in the Upper East Region, has called on government to take steps to review the current tax system to expand the tax net to rake in more revenue for national development.

[Ghanaian Times] In August this year, the Head of Local Government Service, Dr Nana Ato Arthur, was reported to have advised heads and staff of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to work towards eliminating the financial infractions captured by the Auditor-General's report of the previous year.

[Ghanaian Times] Ghana lost US$3 million in donor funding due to delays in Parliamentary approval of the Ghana Statistics Development Project (GSDP).

[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa is to host the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Durban.

[New Era] Windhoek -As eligible Namibians go to the polls on 27 November 2019 to elect a state president and National Assembly members for the next five years, the Anglican Bishop of Namibia, Right Reverend Luke Lungile Pato, has called for peaceful elections.

[Zimbabwe Independent] WHEN the churches issued a statement calling for a seven-year sabbath on national elections, there was an overflow of criticism. People of Zimbabwe, with our well-known polarisation, saw many things in that call. Some called it an attack on "democracy". While other "democrats" felt the church must not be involved.

[News24Wire] While the EFF wants to halt "academicism" - a trend which, it says, places more value on theory instead of the organisation, it also wants those who want to serve in its highest structures to have tertiary qualifications.

[News24Wire] DA parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen appointed Natasha Mazzone as his chief whip at the party's caucus meeting on Thursday morning.

[News24Wire] The Cabinet will consider the minority report of the presidential panel of experts on land reform and agriculture, President Cyril Ramaphosa assured the National Assembly on Thursday.

[News24Wire] The problem in the DA was one of leadership, not race, and the party had to get that right, newly elected federal council chairperson Helen Zille has told the Cape Town Press Club.

[Reporter] There was a time when traditional ecological knowledge was enough. When ancestral wisdom guided communities to sense the moods of the rains, the temperaments of the winds, the hidden messages of the clouds. Through these interpretations of nature, farming communities could foretell times of planting, times of abundance and times of harvest.

[New Times] Fabrice Goffin, the Belgian owner of a company specialising in new robotics solutions, on Friday gave The New Times a demonstration of what service robots, "humanoid looking" creations with machine intelligence cable of detecting and talking with humans, can do to make our lives easier.

[Citizen] Arusha -The East African Community (EAC) says member states have not been investing enough in innovation and skills development.

[Ghanaian Times] Headline sponsor of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards, MTN, has congratulated SWAG for adapting the use of technology in their elections.

[News24Wire] Ride-hailing service Uber is introducing a new safety feature which will check in if it detects any anomalies in your trip, such as an unexpected long stop or an unusual deviation.

[This Day] Following the success of the second edition in 2018, Mustardels Media, a Lagos-based digital marketing firm, is set to host the 2019 installment of the Lagos Digital Summit (LDS), a convergence of digital communication experts, professionals and enthusiasts for the development of their businesses and the attainment of their various aims and objectives.

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