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APO Group Supports Iconic Mandela Day through the 67 Logos Designathon Initiative

APO Group Supports Iconic Mandela Day through the 67 Logos Designathon Initiative

AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, South Africa, WORLD
If you cannot read that message click here.APO Group content is copyright free and can be republished at will.Egalement disponible en FrançaisPRESS RELEASEAPO Group Supports Iconic Mandela Day through the 67 Logos Designathon Initiative67 Logos is an Over The Rainbow (OTR) initiative launched in 2018 with the aim to design 67 logos for 67 businesses in one dayAccess Multimedia ContentJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 23, 2021/ -- In celebrating the Madiba spirit and honouring the iconic leader for Mandela Day, APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African communications and press release distribution service, was honoured to participate alongside 66 other businesses and respected creative designers in the South African 67 Logos Designathon in order to as...
MTN Uganda Launches New Digital Home of sports

MTN Uganda Launches New Digital Home of sports

Business, DIGITAL, EAST AFRICA, Football, MTN, South Africa, Sports, UGANDA
The “MTN Sports” Website This follows MTN’s active engagement in Ugandan sports over the years. The MTN Sports Website is an online hub to showcase the best and most promising and prolific talent that Ugandan sport s has to offer. Visit sports.mtn.co.ug ug to catch the latest from your Ugandan sports heroes and discover the most up-to-date information including the Upcoming Olympics. Somdev Sen the MTN Chief Marketing Officer Friday 23rd July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda has launched a dedicated online home of UG sports dubbed “MTN Sports” to give Ugandan sports enthusiasts a one-stop point for all sports related news, analysis and updates. This innovation is hinged on MTN’s vision of delivering the benefits of a digital world to its customers. Since it opened shop ...
Press Release – MTN Uganda to Award the Best SUPL Football Club, Players, Coaches as chosen by the fans.

Press Release – MTN Uganda to Award the Best SUPL Football Club, Players, Coaches as chosen by the fans.

Business, EAST AFRICA, FIFA, FIFA, Football, FUFA, MTN, South Africa, Sports, UGANDA
Dubbed the MTN SUPL Fans Awards, the initiative follows the completion of the 2020-2021 SUPL season that involved fans voting for their best performing players, coaches, and clubs, The awards follow the successful five-months online engagement spearheaded by MTN to keep the football passion alive amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. The awards are in favour of the club and personalities solely chosen by the SUPL football fans. Up to three fans with the highest online engagements shall also win cash. Fans can vote (from the monthly winners’ shortlist) for their favourite footballer, coach, and club on the MTN website sports.mtn.co.ug/fansawards and via the Sanyuka TV Facebook page. Thursday, 21st July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda, the number one supporter of football in Uganda an...
New Ways of Working in Africa

New Ways of Working in Africa

AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 21, 2021/ -- Pan-African human capital advisory firm, Africa People Advisory Group (www.AfricaPeopleAdvisory.com) has released the findings from a recent Pan-African study into “New Ways of Working”. The goal of the study was to understand organisational responses to the impacts of COVID-19 whilst at the same time understanding how organisations are responding to the continued impact of 4IR and technology. What makes the study and the findings unique is that the study gathered responses from multiple countries and industries across Africa, and represents a true African view, unlike so many studies of this nature. Says Deon de Swardt, Managing Partner at Africa People Advisory Group, “This was a very exciting undertaking for us, not many firms ...
Petroleum Bill to Boost Nigeria: African Energy Week in Cape Town Committed to Driving Collaboration, Investment, and Deal-Making in Nigeria’s Energy Sector

Petroleum Bill to Boost Nigeria: African Energy Week in Cape Town Committed to Driving Collaboration, Investment, and Deal-Making in Nigeria’s Energy Sector

AFRICA, Nigeria, Petroleum, South Africa
During a recent visit to Nigeria, AEC Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk met with industry leaders, national oil companies and private sector executives to discuss how the upcoming African Energy Week 2021 will promote Nigeria as the premier destination for investment in 2021 and beyondAccess Multimedia ContentJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 20, 2021/ -- NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber’s (AEC) (www.EnergyChamber.org) recently conducted a working visit to Nigeria with a sole mandate to expand cooperation, reaffirm critical energy partnerships, and promote the country as a premier investment destination, backed by the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Decade of Gas initiative. By reiterating the value of the Cape Town-hosted African Energy Week (A...
V&A Waterfront Endorses African Energy Week 2021, Contributes to Tourism Recovery

V&A Waterfront Endorses African Energy Week 2021, Contributes to Tourism Recovery

AFRICA, Business, ENERGY, South Africa
Official endorsement by the country’s leading tourism destination reaffirms the value of events in a post-COVID-19 context Access Multimedia ContentCAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 20, 2021/ -- The African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) is proud to announce that the V&A Waterfront, the country’s leading tourism destination, as official host partner of the upcoming African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November 2021; Representing the first and only in-person Africa-focused energy event taking place in Africa in 2021, AEW 2021 is expected to have significant impacts on Cape Town’s event industry, driving revenue and tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic; Endorsement and support by the V&A Waterfront furthers AEW 2021’s agenda of ...
MTN Uganda Recognizes the Power of The Youth

MTN Uganda Recognizes the Power of The Youth

Business, EAST AFRICA, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, Youth
It is often said that the Youths are the Vanguards of the Future. This inevitably presupposes that there is an immense need to guide, empower and prepare them for the imminent future. As a company that envisions delivering the benefits of a modern connected world, MTN has taken a strong position on harnessing the infinite power held by the youth to make this vision a reality not only for the leaders of today, but also for the leaders of Tomorrow. Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, tells us how the company is engaging the youth. What does Uganda having such a young population mean to MTN? A young population presents massive opportunities for both the youth and the MTN brand. At MTN, we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected world, so for ...
SOUTH AFRICA: From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021

SOUTH AFRICA: From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRESS CONFERENCE, South Africa
Dear Fellow South African,Yesterday, we joined with people across the world in marking Nelson Mandela Day through acts of service and generosity.But this Nelson Mandela Day was different to previous years. It took place in the aftermath of a week in which parts of our country were gripped by violence and mayhem.It was a week in which we were confronted by deeply unsettling images of desolate owners standing outside the shells of what was once a thriving business; of looted shops and warehouses; of burning trucks and buildings and streets strewn with debris; of anxious citizens barricading their communities; and of snaking queues of people lining up to buy food.Despite this, we observed Nelson Mandela Day not as country on its knees, but as a people who collectively embody the spirit of Ne...
SA Defence Minister Rejects President Ramaphosa’s Coup Claims

SA Defence Minister Rejects President Ramaphosa’s Coup Claims

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, Security, South Africa
SA Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula South Africa’s Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula contradicted President Cyril Ramaphosa on the nature of the recent civil unrest that engulfed Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces. Ramaphosa had said South Africa had just defeated an “insurgency” bent on undermining the country’s democratic order, but Mapisa-Nqakula on Sunday said the riots and looting were simply the work of “criminal counter-revolutionaries”. Said Mapisa-Nqakula: We are not seeing signs of a coup or insurgency, but rather a counter-revolution creeping in, in the form of criminality and thuggery. This was designed to sow the seeds of division in the country. Well, this is a terrible look for Ramaphosa and the African National Congress (ANC) government as a who...
Riots in SA: Alleged instigators to appear in court on Monday

Riots in SA: Alleged instigators to appear in court on Monday

AFRICA, LAW, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
Three people are alleged to have had a hand in the riots in KZN and Gauteng, which started out as pro-Jacob Zuma demonstrations Two of the suspects arrested in connection the unrest that took place in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are expected to appear in court on Monday, 19 July 2021. One of the suspects will be at the Randfontein magistrate’s court while the other will appear at the Westonaria magistrate’s court. A third suspect who was also handcuffed is only expected in the dock on Tuesday. SA UNREST: MORE DETAILS ON RIOT INSTIGATORS The arrests of the suspects was confirmed by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Sunday in KZN, and could not reveal their identities. Police also detailed the arrests of the three people. “Police in the West Rand distri...
MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Health Workers, Ministry Of Health, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Mbale,Uganda:Before 2018, Busiu Health Centre IV in Mbale district received about 60 women delivering at the facility every month.  The health centre which at the time had very limited beds tried to house the mothers for at least 24 hours for purposes of medical review in vain.    “Initially we would tell the mother to stay around for 24 hours but when there was no room for the mother to sleep, she would go away,” Dr Maumbe Bernard the in-charge Busiu Health Centre IV narrates.  MTN Foundation led by MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte handed over 10 beds, mattresses, bedsheets and mosquito nets to the district health officer Dr Jonathan Wangisi. The early departure of the mothers from the health centre was one of the reasons why some of the newly born babies died ...
South Africa Unrest: Former Top Spy Released Without A Charge

South Africa Unrest: Former Top Spy Released Without A Charge

AFRICA, LAW, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa
Thulani Dlomo A former high ranking member of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA), Thulani Dlomo, has been released from police custody without being charged. Dlomo had handed himself over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, 16 July. An alleged close colleague of former President Jacob Zuma, Dlomo was identified by the media as one of the 12 individuals wanted by the government for allegedly instigating the violence in KZN and Gauteng. According to SABC News, Dlomo went to the Durban Central Police Station late on Friday and surrendered himself to the custody of the authorities. Speaking outside the police station, Dlomo’s lawyer, Phumlani Shangase, who accompanied him to the police, said his client is a free man for no...
At Least 210 People Killed in Riots in South Africa as President Says Unrest Was ‘Instigated’

At Least 210 People Killed in Riots in South Africa as President Says Unrest Was ‘Instigated’

AFRICA, ARMY, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
TEHRAN (FNA)- The death toll from riots in the South African provinces KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has increased to 212, Kumbudzo Ntshaveni, the acting minister under the President of South Africa, stated. "We received reports of six more deaths. The total death toll in Gauteng province was 32, and 137 more people were detained. In total, 862 people were detained in Gauteng. ... In the province [of KwaZulu-Natal] 89 more victims are reported, total the death toll is 180. In total, 1,692 detentions were made in the province," Ntshaveni noted at a briefing broadcast by the SABC News TV channel. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the weeklong looting and deadly unrest that have rocked the country were “planned". “It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and l...
Prioritize emotional well-being of staff during lockdown – MTN GM HR Michael Kawesa Sekadde

Prioritize emotional well-being of staff during lockdown – MTN GM HR Michael Kawesa Sekadde

Business, MTN, South Africa, Telecom, UGANDA
Kampala,Uganda: It is overwhelming how much sad news is flying over different social media platforms, once a home of laughter and comedic memes. The second wave of the virus has taken a toll on everyone forcing the country back to lockdown in a bid to mitigate spread of the virus. HR Michael Sekadde Whereas lockdown might block out the virus, it has affected people mentally. A report by Uganda Bureau of Statistics indicates that 5 per cent of the respondents were clinically depressed. The incidence was found majorly in elderly respondents around 65 years of age and above. A significant number of respondents between the age of 44 and 54 years were also found to be clinically depressed on account of their employment status and negative changes in business incomes. Centers for di...
South Africa: Latest Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

South Africa: Latest Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

COVID-19, HEALTH, South Africa
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response. Today the institute reports 16 435 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 253 240. This increase represents a 29.9% positivity rate. Although the number of positive cases appears to be decreasing, testing is critical for understanding the spread of COVID-19 infection. It’s crucial to remember that the testing data is representative of those who came forward for testing, not necessarily a reflection of current community transmission in South Africa. Testing dat...
Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa unrest was ‘instigated’

Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa unrest was ‘instigated’

ARMY, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
In his first visit to an area affected by weeklong unrest, the South African president says ‘anarchy and mayhem’ will not be allowed to unfold in the country. Hundreds of businesses were destroyed during the weeklong unrest [Rogan Ward/Reuters] The deadly violence and looting that have rocked South Africa for the past week were planned, President Cyril Ramaphosa has alleged, during his first visit to areas affected by the worst unrest in the country’s post-apartheid era. “It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated, there were people who planned it and coordinated it,” he said on Friday. Ramaphosa made the remarks when he visited Ethikwini Municipality, which includes the port city Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, one of the worst-hit area...
South Africa riots: Mother throws daughter from burning building after looters start blaze

South Africa riots: Mother throws daughter from burning building after looters start blaze

AFRICA, CHILDREN, EMERGENCY, PROTESTS, RESCUE, RIOT, South Africa, WOMEN
Woman trusted neighbours to catch her toddler as she let go https://www.youtube.com/embed/gphvVGgrim0 A mother threw her toddler from her burning home which had been set alight by looters in South Africa. Naledi Manyoni hurled the girl from the first floor into the arms of neighbours waiting below as smoke surrounded them, trusting they would catch the girl and keep her safe. Violence and rioting have erupted in South Africa after the jailing last week of the former president Jacob Zuma. It’s thought 72 people have been killed as looters ransacked shops, warehouses and other businesses, and started fires. Ms Manyoni and other residents were trapped by a blaze that spread from the ground floor to the second floor and higher of their apartment block in the central busine...
South Africa’s Zulu king says violence brings shame, calls for peace

South Africa’s Zulu king says violence brings shame, calls for peace

AFRICA, KING, KINGDOM, PAN AFRICA, PROTESTS, South Africa, ZULU
The king of South Africa's Zulu community, the country's largest ethnic group, on Wednesday called for an end to unrest after six days of looting left scores of dead and battered the economy. "I call for peace," Misuzulu Zulu said on state television. The violence "has brought great shame on all of us," he said, adding "this chaos is destroying the economy, and it is the poor who will suffer the most."
South Africa to increase troop deployment to 25,000 as unrest grows

South Africa to increase troop deployment to 25,000 as unrest grows

AFRICA, ARMY, PROTESTS, South Africa, VIOLANCE
Fear of running out of gasoline and food has gripped South Africans on the sixth day of violence that has already left 72 people dead, against a backdrop of endemic unemployment and new anti-Covid restrictions. At dawn, queues stretched out in front of petrol stations and food stores, particularly in Durban, in Kwazulu-Natal (east). The day before, the country's largest refinery closed its plant in the region, which supplies about a third of the fuel consumed in the country. Our correspondent said the military had doubled the number of troops deployed to quell the violence. "The initial forces on the ground, from the military, were 2500 troops. That number has now been increased to 5000," said Mark Roughton in Cape Town. On Wednesday morning, at least 72 deaths had been...
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