SOUTH AFRICA – The 2nd edition Black Industrialists Energy Summit ( will be held in Cape Town from 11-12 December at the Westin Cape Town Hotel as part of the International Gas Cooperation Summit ( and the Southern Africa Renewable Energy Summit (

SWITZERLAND – Asylum seekers at the Mexican border fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims in the United States to obtain sanctuary there, U.N. agencies said in a fresh attempt to shield migrants from tough U.S. immigration policies.

The inaugural Africa Link Annual Symposium was held on 8 September 2018 together with the 5th edition of Africa Link Solidarity Awards. The topics of the symposium were Corruption and Migration blended with a presentation on the importance of Entrepreneurship for the growth of Africa’s economy.


The recipients of Africa Link Solidarity Awards 2018 from R – L: Next to Ambassador Osman Abufatima Mohammed is Mr. Matthias Meier Director Aiducation International Kenya, Mrs. Chantal Ebana representing Ambassador Léonard Henri Bindzi, Hellen Kahuga-Wakapa representing Ms. Sophia Bekele, VP Fepafrika Mr. Ueli Haller, Ambassador Claudinah Ramosepele, Mr. Augusto Moutinho representing Ambassador Osvaldo dos Santos Varela, next to him Ambassador Baba Madugu, and Johnson Oduwaiye, President / Editor-in-chief Africa Link

By Abdel Rahmane DIOP

Associate Migration Officer, Office of the Director General, Global Compact for Migration, Geneva Team, International Organization for Migration

 Keynote address by:  Ambassador Osman Abufatima Adam Mohammed

 Deputy head of Mission at the Permanent Mission of Sudan-Geneva

 At the 2018 Africa Link Symposium and Solidarity Awards Event - 8 September 2018, Bern

Yima Sen*

Discussion notes at the Africa Link Awards and Symposium, Berne, Switzerland, 8 September, 2018


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[The Herald] The Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe has called on Government to capacitate Natpharm and CAPS and to avail more foreign currency to deal with drug shortages. They also called for a consistent supply of foreign currency to enable them to import critical drugs and ensure patients have access to affordable medicines.

[Daily News] THE Cancer Prevention and Awareness Camp (PrevAcamp) has expanded its scope having this time pitched a camp at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) at the weekend.

[Nation] When the government launched the multibillion shilling medical equipment leasing plan in 2013, it was billed as an answer to the country's health challenges.

[Africa Renewal] Lack of key nutrients in food impedes growth

[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Action Aidis facilitating the establishment of community sputum collection points (CSSPs) in the country as an intervention to reduce morbidity and mortality from Tuberculosis (TB).

[Seychelles News Agency] People with hearing impairment in Seychelles will have adequate space to conduct their activities in a new centre that will be established next year, said a member of the local association.

[The Herald] It was a glitz and glamour affair as songstress Rachel J unveiled her single, "Makwikwi" at Rainbow Towers Hotel on Saturday.

[The Herald] Popular gospel musician Munyaradzi Munodawafa is scouting for disabled artistes. This is a move to make sure the disabled are empowered to take care of themselves. Speaking on the sidelines of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities recently held at Isheanesu Multi-Purpose Centre in Glen View, Munodawafa said he will scout for talent though his newly found organisation.

[The Herald] Sungura artiste Lucky Kumene is set to launch his third album, "Ngoda YaMwari" tomorrow at Eastpoint (formerly Jazz 105).

[The Herald] Chief Shumba of the "ED Pfee" hit song is back with a new song titled "Mushana paJecha." Chief Shumba, born Admire Sibanda, co-wrote the song with prominent young farmer from the Midlands Province Cde John Muchenje, a beneficiary of the successful Land Reform Programme and Command Agriculture Programme.

[263Chat] Grammy award winning music family, Morgan Heritage and reggae maestro Lutan Fyah will on the 21st of December give Zimbabwean reggae lovers a dose of reggae recipe in what is promising to be a deserving cap to an eventful year on the music scene.

[263Chat] Acapella music lovers will be in for a treat on the 15th of December as seasoned gospel group, Shower Power invades Avondale's 7 Arts Theatre for what has been dubbed an exclusive marathon of the group's best songs.

[News24Wire] Counselling services have been made available to pupils at the Mitchell's Plain School of Skills following a double murder that took place outside of their matric dance venue on Friday.

[Vanguard] Since November 5, 2018 when the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, embarked on a nationwide strike, the experiences for students, parents and business concerns have not been palatable. Reports have it that all the meetings held so far with the Minister of Education are yet to resolve any of the demands of ASUU. ASUU predicated its strike on the need to revitalise the comatose public varsity education, unpaid accumulated earned academic allowances, failure to release NUMPENCO license, and other iss

[Nairobi News] A Nakuru-based lobby group has renewed calls for the reintroduction of mandatory training of high school leavers at the National Youth Service.

[Daily News] PRIVATE schools have been reminded to abide by guidelines and the national curriculum with focus on science and technology.

[Vanguard] The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Lagos, UNILAG chapter, yesterday, warned of imminent anarchy in the institution over the Pro-Chancellor's alleged autocratic handling of the school.

[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -Malawi's graft fighting body, Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) has disclosed it is considering partnering with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to include corruption education in school syllabus beginning from Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

[Premium Times] Passengers on board an Emirates airline from Dubai to Lagos in the early hours of Sunday protested as the scheduled flight developed fault just as it was about leaving the Dubai airport.

[Premium Times] A second attempt at flying passengers to Lagos by Emirates Airlines was aborted Sunday morning as another pilot opted out of using the aircraft for the journey.

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Domestic and foreign airfares in Sudan have increased by up to 60 per cent; the third increase of this year alone.

[East African] Africa has made significant progress towards safer skies, but governments need to show more commitment to reform if the gains are to be sustained.

[East African] Uganda Airlines does not see any imminent risk in its choice of Bombardier's CRJ as the mainstay of its regional fleet, as questions mount over the Canadian aircraft manufacturer's future in the global aerospace industry.

[Gov.UK] Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in major cities.

With an extremely rare gift for improvisation, the Venezuelan pianist has wowed audiences for decades. The de facto implosion of her homeland has made her an advocate for her people.

Members of Belgium's African diaspora are critical of the newly reopened Africa Museum, saying it reinforces colonial cultural norms despite a five-year rehabilitation. Other Belgians say it's a step to reconciliation.

Love, murder and conspiracy: The story of the 16th-century Scottish Queen has retained its intrigue and appeal through the ages. "Mary Queen of Scots," a new film by Josie Rourke, adds a darker tone to Stuart's legacy.

Though Noam Chomsky has made his name as arguably the foremost political dissident of the last half a century, his intellectual legacy is firstly as a linguist. At the age of 90, he continues to talk the talk.

As garment workers toil under exploitative working conditions, FEMNET works toward greater transparency in the fashion industry. Ahead of the German Sustainability Award, the NGO's director tells DW what must change.

Professional and amateur filmmakers submitted films in various categories again this year, vying for the renowned German Human rights film prize. The awards ceremony is on Saturday.

[Nairobi News] A group of barbers and hair dressers in Thika have rejected equipment loaned to them by Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni wa Muchomba.

[The Herald] Eight Heads of Missions in Zimbabwe, the Charge d' Affaires of the British Embassy, the resident Coordinator of the United Nations and the Regional Director for UNESCO Southern Africa joined on December 5 the HeForShe global movement for gender equality. The Heads of Missions included the Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, the European Union, India, Japan, South Africa, the United States of America and Zambia.

[Africa Renewal] Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Women at work places are experiencing sexual corruption, a vice which has caused majority of them to abandon their jobs.

[Namibian] MORE than 200 arrests were made during the Namibian Police Force's women's network's five-day 'Operation Basadi'.

[Africa In Fact] Tireless cultural activism has seen women artists from Africa rival their male counterparts on the world stage

With an extremely rare gift for improvisation, the Venezuelan pianist has wowed audiences for decades. The de facto implosion of her homeland has made her an advocate for her people.

Christmas has come early to the streets of the Spanish capital in the form of thousands of Santa Clauses. But these Saint Nicks were unusually athletic — and weren't out and about delivering presents.

Residents of Thiemannstrasse, in the German capital's Neukölln district, are concerned their homes will be turned into luxury apartments. Europe's fifth-largest pension fund has been on a spending spree in Germany.

The world is talking about the migration compact, but the UN says its refugee pact is just as important. The agreement is up for a vote this week at a conference in Marrakech. Can it win over the United States?

After many years of silence, hundreds of survivors of sexual violence during the Kosovo war have decided to come forward. Researchers argue that this crime was a weapon of "ethnic cleansing."

Deaths were reported in Togo after security forces moved against protesters across the West African state. Opposition leaders accused "regime soldiers" of opening fire and urged their supporters to continue street demos.

[New Times] Zambia's Constitutional Court on Friday declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the 2021 presidential election.

[Deutsche Welle] Deaths were reported in Togo after security forces moved against protesters across the West African state. Opposition leaders accused "regime soldiers" of opening fire and urged their supporters to continue street demos.

[Premium Times] A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied media reports (not PREMIUM TIMES) that he has decided not to support any candidate for next year's presidential election in Nigeria.

[The Herald] The 17th Zanu-PF Annual National People's Conference roars into life today with preparations for the event at Umzingwane High School, Esigodini, venue of the conference, ending today.

[Premium Times] A foremost human rights group, Amnesty International, on Monday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to urgently investigate the Nigerian government over alleged failures to sanction military commanders and terrorists suspected of grievous human rights abuses in the Boko Haram war.

[New Zimbabwe] Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly offered to mediate between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa in attempts to remedy a political impasse that has thrown the country's fragile economy into a fresh tailspin.

[Daily News] E XECUTION of Uganda-Tanzania crude oil project is progressing well and construction works will start soon after conclusion of the talks.

[VOA] Leading U.N. humanitarian agencies warn migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea will multiply with the end of sea and rescue operations by Doctors Without Borders and its partner SOS Mediterranee.

[The Conversation Africa] Online platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great organising potential, enhance political accountability and disrupt old media practices that tend to exclude less powerful voices from important social and political discussions.

[Daily News] THE government has assured investors from China that their investments in the country will be protected as the country's laws, rules, regulations and other legal frameworks guarantee such protection.

[East African] East Africa's plan to have a single currency by the year 2024 could be delayed if the recommendations by the region's Sectoral Council on Finance and Economic Affairs (SCFEA) is anything to go by.

[East African] Motorists in the region will have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for petrol, diesel and kerosene.

Schalke and Borussia Dortmund share one of the fiercest rivalries in Germany, but that went a step too far on Saturday. Schalke fans unfurled a banner supporting the man who attacked Dortmund's team bus in March 2017.

River Plate beat bitter Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors in the final of the Copa Libertadores. The historic game was played in Madrid after violence prevented the second leg from being played in Argentina.

While Bayern and Robert Lewandowski continue their revival, Dortmund are finding goals from all over. Nils Petersen was also on the scoresheet to complete a remarkable record while a new American made a fast start.

[VOA] In Malawi, bodybuilding and bodybuilding competitions have long been regarded as a male-only activity. But 33-year-old Doreen Kumbatira is changing that perception. Kumbatira is the only female bodybuilder in Malawi to be actively involved in competitions, and she has made a name for herself in fitness circles.

[Daily Trust] FILE PHOTO: Scorer of Super Falcons second goal, Francisca Ordega (2nd right) being congratulated by team mates. Super Falcons whipped the She-Polopolo of Zambia 4-0 recently in Cape Coast.

[Daily News] YOUNG Africans host Biashara United at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam today with an endeavour to dethrone Azam FC and recapture the Mainland Premier League's pilot seat.

[UNHCR] UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons applaud the ground-breaking adoption by Niger of a national law for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

[Ghanaian Times] Stanbic Bank Ghana, as part of its corporate social initiatives, has partnered with the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) to commemorate the 2018 World National Aids Day celebrations which was marked in Ho, the Volta Region.

[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -Blantyre District Health Office Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Gift Kawalazira on Tuesday confirmed having registered one cholera case in Blantyre.

[Seychelles News Agency] Representatives from Seychelles joined other marine managers and marine litter experts in the world's first workshop to focus on littering in UNESCO World Heritage marine sites.

[FrontPageAfrica] Katowice, Poland -Liberia is part of the world's delegations attending the United Nation Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland

[Addis Fortune] The Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) is set to build a national soil information system in a bid to collect, store, interpret and disseminate information about soil found in Ethiopia at an estimated cost of five million Br.

[AIM] Maputo -The rural development project "Sustenta", launched in February 2017 now involves about 500 small scale farmers in five districts in the central province of Zambezia (Gurue, Ile, Gile, Mocuba and Alto Molocue), according to the provincial governor, Abdul Razak.

[Cameroon Tribune] Minister Madeliene Tchuinte opened the 2018 Scientific Convocation December 5.

[Malawi News Agency] Zomba -Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism says it will continue to work hand in hand with Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) in a move to deal with anti competitive practices on the market.

[] The National Assembly has passed the iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI) Bill.

[Bhekisisa] How do you fix South Africa's sexual and reproductive health wrongs? Help people access their rights.

[News24Wire] The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has released a study it says is aimed at creating a more certain regulatory environment for government departments on matters relating to human genetics and the human genome.

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