CAPE TOWN, South AfricaFour South African referees, Quinton Immelman, Cwengile Jadezweni, Rasta Rasivhenge and Egon Seconds, have been nominated to take charge of the forthcoming Africa Gold Cup Test matches. The four South African match officials will referee in the nine Tests between Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe from 16 June to 18 August. The matches will be played in Windhoek, Harare, Nairobi and Kampala. Jadezweni has also been appointed to referee the Elgon Cup Test between Uganda and Kenya on Saturday, 26 May in Kampala. Furthermore, four of South Africa’s best up-and-coming referees will be involved in two Sevens tournaments in the coming months. Lusanda Mtiya and Ashleigh Murray will officiate in the Africa Women’s Sevens tournament in Ga
DUBLIN, Ireland The 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which doubles as a Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification tournament, has launched a new trophy and brand at the AIPS congress in Brussels. The Rugby Africa Gold Cup will be played across seven match days between 16 June and 18 August 2018 and features Africa’s top teams that have not already qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2019 – Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Morocco and Tunisia. The action will get under way on 16 June at Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia and the tournament will reach its exciting conclusion when the final is played on 18 August. The winner of the competition will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan as Africa 1, joining reigning champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage wi
GENEVA, SwitzerlandInternational medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is highly concerned about the fate of around 800 migrants and refugees held in a dangerously overcrowded detention center in the port city of Zuwara, rougly 100 kilometres west of Tripoli. Some of the men, women and children inside have been detained in inhumane conditions for more than five months without adequate food or water. Since the start of the MSF emergency team’s intervention on 18 April, there have been more than 500 people newly detained in a facility that was already overcrowded. At present the Zuwara detention center is four times over capacity with floor space so limited that it is barely possible for people to lie down. With
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of AmericaThe United States strongly condemns today’s ISIS-claimed attack on the Libyan High National Elections Commission in Tripoli. "We offer condolences to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery for those injured. We stand with all Libyans in the fight against terrorism and remain committed to working with the Government of National Accord to deny ISIS any safe haven in their country." remarks the US Government This terrorist attack against a key pillar of Libya’s fragile democracy only deepens the United States’ commitment to support all Libyans as they prepare for credible and secure elections.
MOGADISHU, Somalia Somalia's Mayor and Governor H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman has launched theTaakulo campaign for the month of Ramadan in order to support vulnerable people in society in the capital city of Mogadishu. Mayor Eng. Yarisow said “According to the Islamic teachings, it is mandatory among Muslim communities to help one another by giving assistance for those in need of help. With the holy month of Ramadan, expected to start in three weeks, it is imperative to get our souls ready also to plan to deliver aid and assistance to citizens in need who cannot afford to get breakfast food." Several agencies have come up to partner with various stakeholders to help the needy in the society, these among them Banadir regional administrations; Somali ordinary citizens in all 17 districts of
TUNIS, Tunisia In most of Libya's cities, the continued use of war explosives especially by the armed conflict has lead to to devastating humanitarian consequences, causing injury, death and massive displacement of civilians across Libya. With limited resources, Libyan Security Institutions such as the National Safety Authority and Military Engineers carry out the critical and risky clearance work to reduce the impact of explosive remnants of war on civilians’ lives. In a bid to enhance the Libyan capacity in ridding the country of explosive remnants of war, The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), thanks to a EUR 500,000 contribution from the Government of Austria, delivered 12 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) kits to the Libyan Military Engineers and the Nationa
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo The World Health Organization in the African Region, in collaboration with UNICEF, African Union and other partners, has launched the eighth African Vaccination Week (AVW).The week long campaign from 23 to 29 April 2018 under the theme: ’Vaccines work, Do your part!,’ will raise awareness of the need and right of everyone, particularly children and women, to be protected from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. It will also draw attention to the progress that has been made to ensure access to basic life-saving vaccinations across the continent. “The African Region has made commendable progress towards improving access to vaccines. African Heads of State and Government committed to investing more in immunization services and ensurin
TUNIS, Tunisia The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private sector (ICD) and Afriland First Group, Banque Islamique du Senegal, EBID, BSIC Mali and Coris Bank Mali have signed a Line of financing agreements for a Euro 45 million, Euro 50 Million, Euro 25 Million, Euro 9 Million and Euro 6 Million respectively. The small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have a crucial role to play in a country’s growth and development, and ICD has big plans for them The Euro 135 Million Line of financing facility will be extended by the above Banks to the SMEs covering various sectors such as industrial, communication, technology, health, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors, in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and other ICD member countries in Africa. In thi