JUBA, South SudanUp to 150 peacekeepers are being rapidly redeployed to the Unity region to boost the UN Mission’s efforts to protect civilians being deliberately targeted by warring parties. “What we are witnessing on the ground is the deliberate killing of civilians as well as the sexual violation and abduction of women and children. Homes and livelihoods are being systematically destroyed in a way that prevents families returning to their homes and being able to support themselves,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer. He added “Our fresh deployment will enable peacekeeping troops to patrol deeper to reach remote villages where the worst atrocities are taking place to create a protective presence
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of Power Africa has developed a geospatial tool to guide the advancement of the Zambia energy sector. The USAID Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP) collaborated with the Zambia Ministry of Energy and the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to produce the tool, which identifies areas without power and presents the lowest-cost electrification options (grid extension, developing mini-grids or installing solar home systems). The tool demonstrates the importance of off-grid solutions in a country such as Zambia, where 27 percent of rural residents have access to power. The government of Zambia has set an ambitious goal to increase that 27 percent to 66 perc...
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of CongoOne new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ministry of Health of the DRC announced the finding, after laboratory tests conducted by the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) confirmed one specimen as positive for EVD. Until now, all the confirmed Ebola cases were reported from Bikoro health zone, which is also in Equateur Province, but at a distance of nearly 150 km from Mbandaka. The health facilities in Bikoro have very limited functionality and the affected areas are difficult to reach, particularly during the current rainy season,
JOHANNESBURG, South AfricaSiemens wins the Digital Solutions of the year award for its Siemens South Africa Head Quarters Micro Grid Project at the Africa Utility Week Industry Awards evening which took place in Cape Town last night. Why Microgrids are the future of Energy Management Siemens is the traditional power grid that provides reliable power most of the time. But when natural disasters or security breaches threaten the grid, the ensuring blackouts can be catastrophic and costly. It is for this reason that organisations and utilities are working together to build resilient, flexible power systems called microgrids. Operating either as part of traditional grid or independently (or both), mircogrids are revolutionizing the way we manage our energy resources. Why do ...
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaThe Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, is deeply disturbed by the brazen murder of a Meadowlands Station Commander, which took place yesterday evening. The continuing shameless maiming of our police officers cannot continue unabated as it represents a direct attack on the rule of law The committee extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the slain officer. “The continuing shameless maiming of our police officers cannot continue unabated as it represents a direct attack on the rule of law. Also, the devastating effects it has on families is often untold, but life changing,” Mr Beukman said. Similarly, the proliferation of arms used in such attacks remains a matter of concern, both
NAIROBI, KenyaGulf Energy,the developer of the 1050Mw Lamu Coal Power Plant (Amu Power), the largest private sector led infrastructure project in East and Central Africa, has today entered into a Clean Coal Technology agreement with General Electric (GE) that will see the plant use GE’s Ultra-Supercritical Clean Coal Technology making it one of the most technologically advanced coal fired power plants in the world. Amu Power is the special purpose company that will own and operate the 1,050 MW coal fired power plant in Lamu County, Kenya, under the Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) framework. The agreement was signed at Nairobi, Ministry of Energy offices in Nyayo House in the presence of Hon. Charles Keter, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy (MoE), Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoro
LILONGWE, MalawiThe Government of Malawi has received education infrastructures worth £11.09 million (circa MWK11 billion) from the UK, aimed at improving the learning environment in primary and secondary schools so as to support children, especially girls to attend school regularly and succeed in their learning. The UK handed over 158 classrooms, 52 teacher houses powered by solar energy, 21 administration blocks, 312 latrines and 46 urinals and six digital learning centres in 28 of the most remote and disadvantaged primary schools in Malawi. The symbolic handover took place at Maro Primary School in Karonga, one of the schools that benefited. At Ngerenge CDSS in the same district another symbolic handover of sanitation infrastructure built by UNICEF through UK Aid support
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of AmericaAhead of a constitutional referendum in Burundi that would extend presidential terms to seven years from five and allow President Pierre Nkurunziza in power since 2005 – to serve two additional terms, Freedom House issued the following statement: President Nkurunziza, who already evaded term limits in Burundi’s last elections, seems determined to maintain power regardless of the consequences for the people of Burundi “President Nkurunziza, who already evaded term limits in Burundi’s last elections, seems determined to maintain power regardless of the consequences for the people of Burundi,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “Amid widespread intimidation by the state and ruling party loyalists, the referendum