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Africa’s Leading Architects Revealed!

Africa’s Leading Architects Revealed!

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa At a gala awards ceremony held on the rooftop of the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, the inaugural Grand Prix and Category Winners of the Africa Architecture Awards (AfricaArchitectureAwards.com) were announced on the evening of Thursday, 28 September 2017. Over 130 VIP guests were in attendance at this glittering event, including the Consul-General of France in Cape Town, Mr Laurent Amar, the Chairman of the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philip Geromont, and Claude van Wyk of the Kingdom of The Netherlands Consulate General in Cape Town. The shortlisted finalists were flown into South Africa from across the continent and the world, and hosted by awards founder and sponsor Saint-Gobain (Saint-Gobain-Africa.com). The much-anticipa...

PwC SA Mine report

AFRICA, BUSINESS
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 2017 was another challenging year for South Africa’s mining industry in light of a decrease in dividends and market capitalisation, various retrenchments across the industry, and marginal increases in taxes paid. However, spot price increases for bulk commodities supported the industry and resulted in a return to profitability after the first substantial increase in revenues in five years. These are some of the highlights from PwC’s ninth edition of SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry released by PwC (PwC.com) today. Michal Kotzé, PwC Africa Energy Utilities & Resources Leader, says: "The 2017 year can be described as a year of policy uncertainty and real questions over the lo
Siemens signs MoU with Madagascar to accelerate country’s power generation

Siemens signs MoU with Madagascar to accelerate country’s power generation

TECHNOLOGY
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Increase capacity by up to 300MW by 2019 through short, medium and long-term initiatives Partner with TSK to investigate options to improve efficiency, operation and sustainability of the electricity sector Commit to local training and job opportunities to create additional benefits for society Siemens (Siemens.com) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Madagascar to cooperate and identify measures to fast track power generation in the country and work towards increasing capacity by an additional 300MW by 2019. The agreement was signed together with project partners TSK (APO.af/yMNsZQ) and in the presence of Günter Nooke, the German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa and the German
New AGCO agribusiness qualification set to develop skills to drive African agricultural prosperity

New AGCO agribusiness qualification set to develop skills to drive African agricultural prosperity

AFRICA
LUSAKA, Zambia AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, is a lead partner in a brand-new training program being established to develop the talent to fill vital junior management roles in African agriculture and the supply chain – currently a major gap in the continent’s skills’ resource. The Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 25 September to inaugurate this important new agribusiness course, known as the AGCO Agribusiness Program (AAP), with partners Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Kenya, Harper Adams University in the UK and Kenya-based The Bridge Africa which runs programs to prepare graduates for employment. The demand for agriculture to produce more food from less is driv
Witness Says Kony Had LRA Members Spy on Each Other

Witness Says Kony Had LRA Members Spy on Each Other

INTERNATIONAL
Dubai, U.A.E A former long-serving member of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) told the International Criminal Court (ICC) the group’s leader, Joseph Kony, may have deployed two senior members to keep an eye on Dominic Ongwen so that he would not escape the LRA. Ray Apire made the observation on Wednesday, adding that something similar happened to him, as it did to senior LRA commanders. Apire said this while responding to questions that Thomas Obhof, one of Ongwen’s lawyers, asked him. Ongwen has been charged with 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in attacks on camps for internally displaced people, sex crimes, and conscripting child soldiers. On Wednesday, Obhof asked Apire about a telephone conversation with Ongwen that he testifie
Portugal’s Stephen Ferreira wins Uganda Open Professional Category.

Portugal’s Stephen Ferreira wins Uganda Open Professional Category.

EUROPE, SPORTS
 Kampala,Uganda Portugal's Stephen Ferreira s shocked many  African Players including Ugandans when he  won the  Uganda Open Professional Category  last evening. “Uganda has been good to me and I am happy to win this title,” said Ferreira, moments after receiving his trophy from Uganda Golf Union President Johnson Omolo, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ongom Ocitti and Uganda Professional Golfers Association (UPGA) chairman Sam Ssejjaka in front of a packed par-72  at the Prize giving Ceremony. It was tricky towards the end but the most important thing was to finish top,” said Ferreira. He said this during the 12th edition of the Tusker Malt Uganda Professionals Open at Kitante on Saturday evening. Below are his scores: Day 1-72 Day2-71 Day3-66 Day4-72
MISA Malawi’s new website promotes the right to information and free speech

MISA Malawi’s new website promotes the right to information and free speech

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
LILONGWE, Malawi   MISA Malawi (Malawi.Misa.org) has launched a new website making it easier to keep up with freedom of expression and access to information developments in Malawi and across southern Africa. The completely revamped website (Malawi.Misa.org) provides in-depth analysis and commentary, as well as the latest developments in the media and information sectors. Importantly, it holds an extensive collection of papers, publications and legislation in the website's Resource Centre (APO.af/u6VDDg). MISA Malawi publishes alerts documenting media violations and victories directly to its website. This way, stakeholders can easily track the state of media freedom (APO.af/1jhpLn) and freedom of expression in Malawi. The website also includes a comprehensive Me

Sanctions may be imposed on actors impeding the peace process

EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL
BRUSSELS, Belgium The Council has transposed into legal acts the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 2374 (2017), which allows sanctions to be imposed on those actively stymieing progress in implementing the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, signed in 2015. The targeted individuals and entities will be designated, where appropriate, by the United Nations Security Council or Sanctions Committee as being responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability of Mali. In particular, that may cover engaging in hostilities in violation of the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali or in attacks against the Malian institutions and security and defence forces as well as against internat
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