November 2015

Mass panic as Kenyan university stages 'terror' drill

A security drill at a Nairobi university has caused mass panic among staff and students after security forces used what many thought was live ammunition to stage a pretend attack on the school.

Social media went into overdrive on Monday afternoon as security forces simulated an attack against Strathmore University's Madaraka campus in the Kenyan capital - with many believing the incident was real.

A number of students from Strathmore were injured on Monday when they attempted to flee from the school - with the Kenyan Red Cross confirming that at least two patients were hospitalised.

Their condition is unknown, but the AFP news agency reported that at least one of the wounded was in critical condition.

Local media reported that some people jumped from the third storey of a building to flee what they thought was an attack on the campus, while photographs showed others perched on the ledges of a building.

The drill comes just months after the al-Shabab armed group staged an attack against Garissa University in Kenya's east, killing at least 147 students.

Students reported hearing a number of gunshots during the incident, but it is not known whether the gunshots were from live ammunition, or blanks.

In a statement provided to Al Jazeera, the university said that prior training had been provided to teams of security marshals, comprising students and staff.

"This simulation was aimed at testing the preparedness of the university community and emergency team in the event of an attack," the statement said.

"Unfortunately some students and staff panicked and got injured. The university has assured all the students, parents and stakeholders that the situation is under control and normal operations have resumed."

The statement added that the university started an "intensive assessment of key lessons learned during this simulation" and said that the medical expenses of those injured would be catered for.

Cape Town vows to assist fire victims rebuild shacks

Mpho Raborife, News24

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is doing everything in its power to ensure that the debris left behind by a blaze which claimed the lives of two people and destroyed 800 shacks at an informal settlement near Fish Hoek at the weekend is cleared, Human Settlements Member of the Mayoral Committee Benedicta van Minnen said on Monday.

She had visited the site of the fire on Monday and said the clearing of the site was a matter of urgency so that affected residents could begin to reconstruct their homes.

However, Van Minnen warned that there would be specific areas where residents would be permitted to build the structures.

"A survey was also done this morning to determine the exact extent of the fire so that the layout for the rebuilding of the structures can be done in a manner that will group the structures together and leave space to ensure that emergency services can access the area and that fire breaks are established and maintained."

She said no structure should be erected in the area's fire breaks.

"This partially re-blocked layout, will require affected households to construct their structures in demarcated blocks."
Officials were still on-site clearing the debris, she said.

The City would provide affected residents with enhanced emergency kits, to assist them in rebuilding their homes.

Those affected by the fire were currently being accommodated in the Masiphumelele Community Hall.

Those wanting to make donations could make them directly to the South African Red Cross Society or Living Hope Church along Kommetjie Main Road.

Non-perishable goods, toiletries, baby food, baby items and clothing for adults and children would be appreciated, Van Minnen said.


Seattle Company Unveils Commercial Food Waste-to-Energy System

A newly minted portable food waste digester hopes to revolutionize small-to-medium scale kitchen operations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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Can Cities Feed Their Inhabitants?

There are three dominant trends to which cities and national governments must respond in order to secure food supplies for their people. First, between 1980 and 2011 the global population not dependent on agriculture doubled to 4.4 billion, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization this population is growing at a rate about five times that of the agriculturally dependent population.

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Can Goodluck Jonathan successfully become an elder statesman?

At the age of 58, Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is on his way to becoming one of the youngest statesmen to emerge from the oil rich country. His ascension to the highest office came as a surprise to many as he was always second fiddle to the men who held the real power. He was deputy governor to the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa state and vice president to the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua before emerging president.

During his presidency, Goodluck Jonathan was blamed for almost if not all the challenges Nigeria went through as a country ranging from corruption to terrorism and economic upheaval, critics felt there was nothing Jonathan could do right.

Many have linked Jonathan’s downfall to Boko Haram’s rising insurgency. Early in his tenure, Jonathan confirmed his helplessness over the situation during  an outburst on January 8, 2012, in which he alleged that Boko Haram had infiltrated his government by planting loyalists in security outfits and government agencies. This led Nigerians to perceive Jonathan as a powerless politician unable to bring Boko Haram loyalists to justice. Jonathan’s tenure was also marred by persistent allegations of corruption.

Six months after stepping down as Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan is gradually distancing himself from the Nigerian political terrain and attempting to assume the mantel of a global icon for democracy.

Mugabe lashes out at ‘miserly’ West in climate change talks


President Robert Mugabe

PRESIDENT  Robert Mugabe lashed out at “miserly” developed nations at the UN climate summit Monday, accusing them of trying to shift the burden for curbing carbon emissions onto poor countries.

The elderly firebrand, who has a notoriously sour relationship with the West, said the developed nations were historically responsible for the “precarious climate environment we currently live in.”

“It is unconscionable that not only are developed countries miserly in providing the means” for developing countries, “but also want inordinately to burden us with cleaning up the mess they themselves have created,” he told the gathering.

Mugabe was among 150-plus heads of state and government attending the opening one-day summit of a two-week conference tasked with crafting the first-ever truly universal climate pact.

A key disagreement between rich and developing nations at the talks revolves around who should be doing what to curb climate-altering emissions from burning fossil fuels, and who should pay.

Mugabe said African countries were not to blame for climate change and had more at risk, as they did not have the money for shoring up defences against impacts such as droughts and rising seas.

“We cannot and we will not assume more obligations,” he said. “Doing so will dent our development aspirations, and in particular our efforts to eradicate poverty.” AFP

Chinamasa announces new IPEC board

Afrasia Bank CEO Lynn Mukonoweshuro

Lynn Mukonoweshuro

GOVERNMENT has raised the minimum capital requirements for short-term insurers and life assures, with the newly appointed Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) board expected to enforce them during the first quarter next year, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Monday.

Presenting the 2016 budget last week Chinamasa announced that government increased minimum capital requirements for short-term insurers from US$1,5 million to US$2,5 million and that of life assurers from US$2 million to US$5 million while funeral assurers will now be required to have a minimum of US$2,5 million from US$1,5 million.

“Given the dynamic nature of the financial services sector and the need for adequate capital that is commensurate with risks involved as well as assumed in the insurance business, the IPEC Board is expected to implement proposed minimum capital requirements for short term and life insurers, as well as review the qualifying assets for minimum capital requirements to improve asset quality in the first quarter of 2016,” Chinamasa told journalists on Monday while introducing the new IPEC board.

The board will be chaired by former chief executive of the collapsed AfrAsia Holdings Zimbabwe Lynn Mukonoweshuro who will be deputized by economist George Mazhunde.

EL-Rufai was wrong, Here’s how much Nigeria spent on Independence Celebrations over 5 years

On the 12th of October 2015, the Finance and Accounts department of Nigeria’s presidency sent Nigeria’s expenses of Independence Day celebrations from 2010 till 2015 to Oluseun Onigbinde. Onigbinde is the team lead and Co-founder of BudgIT, a civic organization, which aims to simplify government’s finance data for easy understanding. Surprisingly the total sum amounted to N2.24 billion ($11.26 million) as opposed to the inflated figures released by the Governor of Kano State Nasir El-Rufai. The document released to BudgIT suggests that El -Rufai’s accusation is perhaps another attempt to mock the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nasir El Rufai

The sum of N1.7 billion ($8.53 million) was spent for the Golden Jubilee anniversary, representing the highest amount spent during the period under review while the lowest amount spent was N45 million ($225,847)  during the country’s 53rd Independence Anniversary.  It is worthy to note that the 50th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd  and 54th independence celebrations took place under the administration of Former President Goodluck Jonathan while the 55th independence took place during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first year in office.

This is how Nigerians feel about the current fuel scarcity, in tweets

Queues. Traffic. Jerry Cans. That’s just a glimpse of the picture Nigeria’s seemingly perennial fuel scarcity saga paints. Earlier this year, the Nigerian economy almost came to a crippling halt as a result of an extreme fuel crisis, a crisis that has been tagged the worst in years. Petrol stations were littered with long queues, banks, radio stations and local television houses could only keep their offices open for half a business day, and telecommunications companies announced that the crisis might affect the quality of service.

Six months down the line, Nigeria is back on its knees as the queues have reappeared across the country. Again, the crisis is connected to the controversial subsidy payments that have been on the forefront since the January 2012 Occupy Nigeria mass protests.

Predictably, the persistence of fuel scarcity across the country is sparking a debate and outrage on social media.

Joburg to become a megacity by 2030, but will it be smart?

Cape Town – Johannesburg will become a megacity by 2030, meaning the city will have to adapt to accommodate over 10 million residents, with the internet key to its nervous system.

A report by Allianz entitled The Megacity State explains that in 1950, there were just two of these conurbations of at least 10 million people: New York and Tokyo. In 2015 there are 29, 16 of them in Asia. By 2030, there will be 41, including Johannesburg.

Megacities punch above their weight, the report shows. In 2010, 6.7% of the global population lived in these cities.

“Their thirst for energy, measured in terms of global consumption, was just as high,” it said. “They used 3% of global freshwater and generated 14.6% of global GDP. The most powerful megacities – New York, London, Tokyo and Paris – have bigger economies than most other countries.”

Megacities concentrate opportunities, talent and investment. A large portion of the estimated $100trn assets under their management by 2020 is likely to be traded in the growth regions.

In Asian and African megacities, children younger than 15 years make up at least a quarter of the population. In these places basic sanitation, energy, healthcare, education and transport services will be critical to enable young people to become productive citizens and thereby allow societies to fully exploit their demographic dividend, said Allianz.

Many researchers view the city of the future above all as a compact entity characterised by short distances.

“The ideal city will be made up of many autonomous centres,” said Thomas Liesch of Allianz Climate Solutions.

“People will live and work in their respective districts, which will in turn save them a lot of time and energy.

“Fewer cars mean more space for pedestrians and a network of green spaces will connect the individual neighbourhoods.

“This sort of development would improve the climate and leave more space for leisure activities and food production.”

Mozambique to expand gas pipeline to SA

Siseko Njobeni

Johannesburg - The Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco), a joint venture between Sasol, Companhia Mocambiçana de Gasoduto and South African Gas Development Company (iGas), plans to expand the 865km gas pipeline that transports gas from Mozambique to South Africa.

The US$210m expansion entails the installation of a pipeline parallel to the existing one from scraper station 1 (STS1), which is about 128km from the Central Processing Facility (CPF) at Temane, Mozambique, over a length of 127km where it connects back into the main pipeline at scraper station 2, Sasol said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

The expansion project will increase Rompco’s gas transmission capacity. Planned to come into operation early in 2017, it will initially transport gas to South Africa, but will be able to serve additional markets in Mozambique and South Africa, as gas becomes available, Sasol said.

Rompco owns the pipeline through which the gas purchased from Mozambique is transported to South Africa and to Ressano Garcia in Mozambique. During the construction phase, the project will create employment opportunities for approximately 700 Mozambicans, largely from communities in close proximity to the project.

“As we continue to invest in Mozambique, this project further deepens our commitment to skills development, while creating employment opportunities through our activities,” Rompco General Manager Louis Bosch said.

Rompco said the expansion of the pipeline was an indication of its commitment to investing in the development of Mozambique’s infrastructure and using local suppliers. These projects are aimed at addressing the increasing energy demands of the rapidly expanding Mozambican economy – one of the fastest growing on the African continent – which is seeing electricity demand growing by approximately 14% annually, it said.

Labour Department to address bridge collapse, Tongaat Mall

Kaveel Singh, News24

Durban – A labour department official has said the M1 bridge collapse in Johannesburg and the Tongaat Mall collapse near Durban would be addressed by December 8.

Speaking to News24 on Monday, department spokesperson Mokgadi Pela said a media briefing would be held in Pretoria to discuss the bridge collapse.

"The media will be given an opportunity to address the Tongaat Mall issue at this event as well."

When asked if the department would be releasing the mall report at the briefing, Pela said: "All queries will be addressed at the briefing."

After the mall collapse on November 19 2013, the department appointed a commission of inquiry, headed by Labour Department Occupational Health and Safety Manager Phumudzo Maphaha, to investigate the reasons.

It emerged the eThekwini Municipality never approved the development plans.

Durban businessman Jay Singh, whose company Gralio Precast was building the mall, said at the time the collapse was caused by its poor design, which was drawn up by structural engineer Andre Ballack.

The development has since been sold.

Murray & Roberts, responsible for constructing the temporary bridge at the M1 highway in Grayston that collapsed in October, said at the time it was probing the incident.

Company spokesperson Ed Jardim said they did not immediately have all the details of the incident, but they had sent people to the scene.

One person was killed in the incident with several others sustaining serious injuries.


Why James Faleke will not be the first minority governor of Kogi state

A rift seems to be brewing within the ranks of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party  in Kogi state. Following the death of Abubakar Audu, APC’s candidate in the gubernatorial elections, the APC have struggled to agree on a candidate to replace him. Audu’s running mate, James Faleke, thought he would be the obvious choice, while Audu’s campaign team and residents of Kogi state have suggested Audu’s son, Mohammed Audu, as a candidate to replace his father. This is also amidst Lotanna Igwe’s disturbing accusations against the Audu family, where she accuses Mohammed of being within earshot while his younger brother Mustapha and his friends repeatedly gang raped her. APC Kogi state chapter also announced Yahaya Bello, who came second to Abubakar Audu in the primaries, as its new governorship candidate.

The APC held a meeting yesterday that continued and ended today, to try to find a common candidate, and they have- Yahaya Bello. Faleke was chosen as his deputy, a post he rejected. He further told the APC that he would seek “a redress in the court of law.”

Why Africa needs to pay attention to the feminist democracy in ISIS’ backyard

“Fighting is ugly. But fighting for this is beautiful. Fear is for your Western women in their kitchens.”

The New York Times Magazine piece on Rojava, also known as “land where the sun sets”, north of Syria, where women are front and centre of a radical plan to establish an autonomous state, mainly populated by Kurdish refugees that fled the ongoing terror in the Islamic State, is riveting to say the least. The article, written by Wes Enzinna, who is a deputy editor at Vice Media tells the writer’s experience of teaching students at a college in Rojava, but strikes a chord in problematising a disturbing reality. Rather than seeing Rojava as worthy of global attention, we focus on ISIS, disinterested in underscoring the truth- there is no such thing as a singular Middle East. There are rather different perspectives on how to govern, live and be. So why is Rojava still a mostly unknown revolution?

This revolution, which began with the vision of leftist Abdullah Ocalan in the 1978, sees women as protectors and leaders of the state, both in political and military capacities.

Nigeria needs more flyovers than roundabouts – Jim Ovia

Founder and Chairman, Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia who was present at Fine and Country’s Refined Investor Series last Friday, spoke on various issues including how investment can drive growth in Nigeria’s real estate sector. According to him, the sector needs financing, which will in turn drive more growth especially for the low income earners.

While addressing the state of housing deficit in Nigeria, Mr. Ovia said the issue is mostly related to housing for the low income earners in Nigeria which make up the bulk of country’s population. He indicated that regardless of the many commercial and residential properties in places like Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island, several of them are still empty due to the high cost, with many low income earners living and working in an already saturated Lagos mainland.

According to him, in developed cities, there are provisions made for the low income earners that are suitable for their own pockets, citing that there are owner occupier 20-year mortgages for drivers, messengers and others in 20 to 40 storey buildings. He advocated that the structure of the nation’s economy needs to be reorganized so that low income earners can have their own skyscrapers consisting one-bedroom spaces which will be affordable for them.

"My only thought was: I don't want to die"

Nolufefe Mhlangeni lost her home and possessions in Sunday morning's fire in Masiphumelele. Photo by Thembela Ntongana.

"It was the 7th of December 2013 when my mom and daughter died in a fire. And now I’ve lost my home,” Mhlangeni told GroundUp today.

When the fire started, a few houses away from her one-room shack, the only thing she could think about was running for her life.

Who is responsible for Blikkiesdorp?

Blikkiesdorp was built to house people for six months, but some people have lived there for seven years. Photo by Ashleigh Furlong.

A quick recap - Blikkiesdorp is located 30km from Cape Town on the N2. It is a temporary relocation area created by the City of Cape Town in 2007 as a temporary solution for people with housing problems.

Church building collapse: TB Joshua, others to be prosecuted

Lagos – The trustees of TB Joshua’s Church of all Nations (SCOAN) were on Monday reportedly set to be charged over a building collapse that killed at least 116 people on September 12, 2014.

According to Premium Times, the trustees, of whom TB Joshua is one, would be arraigned before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.

They would be prosecuted alongside the engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey building, the report said.

A Vanguard report said Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had dismissed suits filed by the engineers - Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun - to stop their planned trial.

The engineers had filed two separate suits before Justice Buba seeking an order restraining the police from inviting, arresting or prosecuting them over the victims’ death, the report said.

An inquest called earlier this year to determine the circumstances and causes of the collapse attributed it to structural failures and said the church should be prosecuted as the guesthouse did not have planning permission.

However, the engineers described the coroner’s verdict as "unreasonable, one-sided and biased".

Reports indicate in July Joshua also blasted the coroner’s ruling, saying it was biased.

Most of the victims of the collapse were South African.


Bereaved Khayelitsha family wins insurance battle

Vuyisile and Nomveliso Rululu are pleased after being paid out a disputed insurance policy. Photo by Siyavuya Khaya.

Siphokazi Rululu died earlier this month and was buried in the Eastern Cape.

‘Refined Investor Series’ on real estate in Nigeria: Where do skyscrapers come from?

On Friday, the 27th of November, 2015, West Africa’s leading luxury real estate firm, Fine and Country held a Refined Investor Series, which specifically focused on how to improve real estate in Africa. CEO and Vice chairperson, Fine and Country, Mrs. Udo Okonjo described the event as a road-map for real estate investors or intending investors. “The main objective of the Refined Investor Series is to provide accurate and current real estate insight to investors at the emerging urban class to high end of the market”, she said.

The event which took place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos state, was packed with real estate developers, property enthusiasts, astute investors, industry leaders and economic influencers.

Mrs. Okonjo aptly described the importance of the event as crucial as it aims to provide a platform for key stakeholders especially top level investors to connect, discuss and provide strategies and projections for the future of the Nigerian prime real estate.

During the conference, properties like Civic Towers, Eko Atlantic City, Nestoil Tower and Orange Island, all located in Lagos state, were the major focus. Addressing the theme; Where do skyscrapers come from? Mrs. Okonjo said the idea was not just about tall buildings due to the fact that in Nigeria, building of skyscrapers were not really a culture in real estate. According to her, skyscrapers also mean any great ideas that speak of new solutions to Nigeria’s real estate industry.

MTR Online Records - Extension of deadline

SACAP advises that the MTR ONLINE SITE is currently not working due to a technical issue.

The deadline for the MTR Online submissions was Monday, 30 November 2015.

Due to the technical issues experienced SACAP has extended the deadline for submission until Friday, 04 December 2015.

We will advise as soon as the MTR ONLINE SITE is working again.


Nigeria: A new era of regulatory enforcement

The Nigerian government has certainly been feeling the pinch since the oil price slide began to hammer public finances. Against this backdrop, a recent wave of landmark fines issued against major commercial players signal as much a drive to source alternative revenues as to implement stricter regulatory compliance following years of relatively lax enforcement.

Recent fines imposed on companies include: the Financial Reporting Council’s N1bn/$5m fine against Stanbic IBTC; the Central Bank’s sanctions against three major commercial banks, First Bank (N1.9bn/$9.54m), UBA (N2.9bn/$14.57m) and Skye Bank (N4bn/$20m); the Food and Drug Control Agency’s N1bn/$5m penalty on Guinness; and the Communications Commission’s staggering N1.04trn/$5.2bn fine against communications giant MTN. Combined, these fines represent roughly 1.1% of forecast 2015 GDP and 12.5% of the proposed 2016 budget – and a whole lot of regulator activity in the space of just three months, adding to investor unease.

Xi pledges to consolidate ties with Zimbabwe, Africa ahead of visit


Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

IT remains a cornerstone of China’s foreign policy to consolidate relations with Zimbabwe and other African nations despite the constant profound and complex changes in the international landscape, said Chinese President Xi Jinping in an article published on local newspaper.

China will work with Zimbabwe and all other friendly African nations to pave a broader and more solid road of mutual benefit and common development for China and Africa, the president said in the signed piece carried by Zimbabwean leading newspaper The Herald on Saturday.

The article went public as Xi is scheduled to pay a state visit to Zimbabwe from Tuesday to Wednesday at the invitation of his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe.

The article was also carried by The Sunday Mail, a popular family newspaper on Sunday.

“I am very much looking forward to this first visit of mine to Zimbabwe,” Xi said. “Though I have not been to Zimbabwe, I am no stranger to this beautiful country and its people.”

China and Zimbabwe, in spite of the vast distance, have maintained a traditional friendship that is deep and firm, the president said, noting the Chinese people steadfastly stood behind the Zimbabwean people as comrades in arms during the national liberation struggle in Zimbabwe.

Safeguard Alarms introduces smart home technology to Zimbabwe


It is possible to use the smart phone to switch on and off electronic devices whether one is within the house, outside it or hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

SMART home technology enabling you to automate your home, using your smart phone to remotely control electronic devices, has arrived in Zimbabwe.

Safeguard Alarms has introduced smart home technology that makes it possible to remotely control alarms, security cameras, lights, air-conditioning, refrigerators, fans, electronic door locks and even the electric gate, using a smartphoneor tablet, all running on one platform.

Having separate remote controls for your alarm, CCTV and other household electronic gadgets is now a thing of the past.

It is possible to use the smart phone to switch on and off electronic devices whether one is within the house, outside it or hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Cameras can likewise be activated, making it possible to see and hear on one’s smart phone what is happening and to zoom in for a closer look.

All that is necessary, apart from the Safeguard Smart-Home package and app, is Wi-Fiinternet connectivity within the home.

Sino Hydro secures US$1,2bn for Hwange Power Station


Hwange Power Station expansion project would see the power station adding two more units to give a combined generation capacity of 600 megawatts by 2018

SINO Hydro Corporation, a Chinese contractor that won the right to expand the country’s largest coal-fired power plant, Hwange Power Station, has  achieved financial closure  and secured US$1,2 billion required for the power project.

The financial agreement for a long-term loan from China Export Import Bank (Eximbank), which has taken more than a year, is now expected to be signed this week.

Well placed government sources said the financial closure for the power project will be sealed when the Zimbabwean government and China Eximbank sign the loan agreement this week in Harare.

It is understood that the presidents of China Eximbank, Sino Hydro Corporation, will be in Harare on Tuesday accompanying the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, during his State visit.

“We expect the (Hwange Power Station expansion) loan agreement to be signed this week and work would start after ZPC meet the (loan) conditions that will be set by China Eximbank,” said a senior government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hwange Power Station expansion project would see the power station adding two more units to give a combined generation capacity of 600 megawatts (MW) by 2018, a development that would ease power outages.

Chinese drugs, donor funds help combat Malaria

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Discovered artemisinin … Chinese scientist and Nobel Prize winner Tu Youyou

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THE mere mention of malaria was enough to send a chill down the spine of Peter Shamu who had a nasty experience with the parasitic infectious disease three years ago.

“You feel like you are dying. And you certainly don’t want to experience it again,” said 49-year-old Shamu. “That’s why I always use mosquito nets and repellents.”

Staying with his family in Harare’s high-density suburb of Budiriro, Shamu said he contracted the disease after visiting his rural home.

After suffering a bout of nausea and diarrhoea while his knees felt weak and body temperature soared, he did not know what had hit him until he visited the local clinic where he was diagnosed with the disease.

But thanks to the availability of drugs, he was cured after a week and has lived to tell his tale.

Shamu is among the lucky ones who did not suffer drug resistance from malarial parasites. Many others suffered resistance to the old drugs and went on to lose their lives.

In the past five years, about 200 to 300 Zimbabweans died of malaria annually.

Thanks to a combination of Chinese medicine and donor funds, the death rate and the incident rate of malaria are dropping.

Stenprop boosts portfolio value by R274m

Stenprop, a property company with dual primary listings on the Bermuda Stock Exchange and the JSE’s Main Board, has acquired a number properties in Europe, boosting the value of its portfolio by R274m (€18 million).

Cosatu can learn from Corbyn to avoid slipping into irrelevance

Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour Party leadership by directly addressing the general public through town-hall meetings. Cosatu should do the same, argues Terry Bell. Photo by Wikipedia user "Li from London". (CC BY 2.0).

It came to us from the ancient Greeks who also provided the term, taken from demos (people) and kratos (power).

PIA commendation for Refilwe Project

We are proud of the small community project for the upgrade of the Refilwe urban area that was awarded for a Commendation by the PIA this year. A record number of 62 projects were entered to the PIA, with only 19 projects being awarded.

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At this Nigerian school, all they do is build robots

As an undergraduate, in 2011, Olaoluwa Balogun established the ACI Computer Education, an Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) based, non-profit organization that provides technology education for young Nigerians. Now an alumnus of OAU, Balogun launched Project 10,000 Kids a few months ago, with the aim to teach Nigerian schoolchildren to build robots.

With the ACI, Mr. Balogun hopes to push transformation within the Nigerian education sector by empowering young people to build useful technology, moulding them into tech enthusiasts and sound computer programmers in a few short years. Cramming or memorizing academic material and passing exams is the norm in the country’s education system today and it is not good enough as innovators and problem-solvers are rarely ever birthed that way.

The intention of the ACI is to champion the beginning of a shift in the way the country approaches teaching and education. “We want to expose our young students to real-world engineering challenges through hands-on, LEGO-based robotics projects. We want Nigerian kids to begin to think creatively and innovate like their international counterparts.”

Nigeria's future robotics engineers Credit - ACI Computer Education
Nigeria’s future robotics engineers
Credit – ACI Computer Education