Tuesday, 28 March 2017

True Love: The universal rule of humankind

True Gospel with SAVIOUS-PARKER KWINIKA IF you have let ignorance get the better of you and led you out of Johovah God’s undying and ceaseless love, I beg you to come back. Every step taken away from the love of God is a step in the wrong direction. It is a sin against Jehovah God […]

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Dates confirmed for Africa’s new home on the web

by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE launch plan and dates for dotAfrica (.africa) domain have been confirmed. This follows the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approving the launch for dotAfrica, The approval by ICANN has triggered a final countdown process starting on April 4. It will take dotAfrica to general […]

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Kruger new Ford Sub-Saharan Africa MD

By MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FORD Motor Company has announced the appointment of Casper Kruger as Managing Director of Sub-Saharan Africa region, effective April 1. Kruger will join Ford’s Southern Africa leadership team and assist in overseeing Ford’s business operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Africa. He will assume the position of managing […]

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Sanlam announces executive changes

By GIFT NDOLWANE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SANLAM has announced Chief Executive Officer of its personal finance entity (SPF), Hubert Brody, will step down on May 31. Jurie Strydom, currently the joint Deputy CEO of SPF, has been appointed CEO of the entity. With effect from April 1, Temba Mvusi, the Chief Executive of Group […]

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Africa a priority market for Oracle

By TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – IN a significant move to drive digital transformation and encourage the adoption of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions, thousands of participants have simultaneously taken part at digital day events in 25 African countries. Oracle, the multinational computer technology corporation, organised the events. Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior […]

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International exhibitors increase in Zambia farming expo

From ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – THE upcoming Agritech Expo Zambia will feature a record number of six international pavilions from countries hailed as leaders in farming. Among these are Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. For four years now the German Agricultural Society has been involved in […]

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Ground breaking M-PESA celebrates decade milestone

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE Kenyan Diaspora has emerged the biggest sender of digital remittances to mobile accounts as Kenyans maintain the lead in adopting innovative technology. This is among the findings by WorldRemit to mark the tenth anniversary of ground-breaking mobile money service M-PESA. Transfers to mobile money […]

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Anger over reports of Shell ‘Armageddon’ in Nigeria

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN communities affected by pollution blamed on oil spills by global energy firm, Shell, are outraged at allegations the company concealed data on the level of pollution in Ogoniland. Kay Holtzmann, the German geologist hired by Shell, made the allegations. “We are getting more revelation […]

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Business directed to Adapt or die

Brian Timperley, Managing Director, MICROmega Group company Turrito Networks The evolution of technology has meant that small to medium enterprises (SMEs) no longer need to be responsible for IT in the traditional sense. In fact, they have surpassed their larger counterparts as early adopters of the latest cloud-based services. The SME’s requirements are clear: compute, […]

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War vets hit back at ‘dictator’ Mugabe

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN veterans of the 1970s liberation struggle have continued their public spat with President Robert Mugabe, lashing at the veteran leader for claiming only he was capable of leading the country. During an indaba held in Harare, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), […]

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Aid workers death toll surges in Sudan

From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) -– REBEL groups have killed six aid workers in South Sudan in what is the highest number of humanitarian workers killed in a single incident since the raging conflict began three years ago. The weekend killing following an ambush by militants as the workers were travelling […]

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Fear over UN experts’ whereabouts in DRC

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THERE is no word on United Nations experts and their assistants that disappeared more than two weeks ago while investigating widespread human rights abuses in a region beset by clashes between government forces and militia in Democratic Republic of Congo. The experts, Michael Sharp, an […]

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Al-Bashir risks arrest in Jordan

From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) -– JORDAN is under pressure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he enters the country for top Arab summit this week. He has been invited for the 28th Summit of the Arab League despite two warrants of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) […]

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Monday, 27 March 2017

March planned to protest against xenophobia

by TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOME human rights groups, civil society organisations, community leaders, political leaders and concerned South Africans are planning a march in Johannesburg to protest xenophobic violence and racism. The solidarity march by the Coalition against Xenophobia is scheduled for Johannesburg on Tuesday. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) is organising […]

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Nigerians’ frantic efforts to repair soiled image

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – NIGERIANS living in South Africa are “sorry” to the parents of girls who have been drugged and abused by their fellow countrymen in the wake of the skirmishes in Rosettenville, northern Johannesburg, and have put in motion initiatives to encourage fellow nationals to desist from crime. In an […]

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Microsoft showcases classroom of the future

By TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – MICROSOFT South Africa has unveiled its Classroom of the Future, an exhibition that showcases the latest and greatest educational tools available to teachers. The facility has been opened in partnership with the Cape Town Science Centre. Zoaib Hoosen, Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa, says their mission is […]

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Panic as Zimbabweans lobby for SA permit extension

By SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – CIVIL society organisations representing the Zimbabwean community are lobbying the South African government to speedily determine the future of thousands of permit holders whose documents are expiring in December. Ahead of the December 31 expiry, panic has gripped the permit holders in the middle of fears the documents […]

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Blazing start to Sasol GTC Championships

By GIFT NDOLWANE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – DEFENDING champion Michael Stephen’s title defence has gotten off to a horror start as the new Sasol Global Touring Car Championship season came alive AT the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. Stephen (#1 Engen Audi A3 GTC) had a weekend to forget when his car’s engine broke in […]

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Toshiba renews focus for South African PC market

By MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – TOSHIBA, the Japanese multinational conglomerate, has renewed its strategy in South Africa to concentrate its efforts on government, higher education and wider public sector. Ronald Ravel, Director B2B (business-to-business) at Toshiba South Africa, says their renewed focus is to grow their presence in South Africa substantially, ensure they […]

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New CAF boss Ahmad’s reign begins

By TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – CONFEDERATION of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad, has assumed office following his recent election to the post. The Madagascan on Sunday chaired a meeting with staff of the organisation at the CAF Secretariat in Cairo, Egypt. “This house belongs to you. CAF is yours. Let’s protect our […]

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SA firms upbeat at West Africa investment potential

OKORO CHINEDU LAGOS, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African businesspeople who participated in a week-long trade and investment mission to Ghana and Nigeria are optimistic of tangible results in the near future. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led the mission which took place from last Monday to the Saturday. Olivia Fuka of GET Mining […]

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Church leaders flee DRC militia attacks

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – CATHOLIC priests have fled into the bushes following a reign of terror and victimisation by armed militants in the volatile Democratic Republic of the Congo. Priests from four dioceses in the south-central Kasai , which is worst affected by the combat between Armed Forces of […]

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Courts stop Zim First Lady’s eviction of villagers

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE High Court Judge has interdicted Zimbabwe government authorities from harassing villagers at a farm powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe wants to turn into a game park. Judge Justice Felistus Chatukuta ordered lands and resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora, home affairs minister, Ignatius Chombo, and police […]

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Drought triggers resource conflicts in Kenya

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – COMMUNAL clashes over resources made scarce by the worst drought in years have led to the closure of at least 45 schools and the displacement of thousands of pupils in Kenya. The conflicts are the latest in a series of a devastating impact of food […]

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Bafana beat weak Guinea Bissau 3-1

from NJABULO BUTHELEZI in Durban, KZN DURBAN, (CAJ News) – BAFANA Bafana beat visiting Guinea Bissau 3-1 in a dull international friendly played at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Saturday. The host nation grabbed their important goals through penalty spot kick by Kermit Erasmus, hard running Mamelodi Sundowns forward Percy Tau and Andile Jali […]

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Friday, 24 March 2017

French pharmaceutical firm expands to Africa

From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) - BIOGARAN, a French pharmaceutical company, has acquired Swipha, a Nigerian company that manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical products. This is seen as an important step forward in the internationalisation of the French company. Biogaran’s international expansion strategy is to create synergies by bringing its expertise and […]

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Incredible Connection expands national footprint

By GIFT NDOLWANE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – INCREDIBLE Connection, a specialist retailer focusing on consumer electronics and small business technology, has opened two new stores as it continues expanding its South African footprint. The facilities have been opened in Springs Mall and Ballito Junction in the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces respectively. “We have seen a […]

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Eskom Academy invests in entrepreneurs development

By MTHULISI SIBANDA in Cape Town CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – ESKOM, the South African power utility, has over the past decade invested R1,7 billion in skills development and job creation though its Contractor Academy. Company executives disclosed the figures at the capping of 18 Western Cape Contractor Academy graduates in Cape Town on Friday. […]

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Huawei rolls out experience stores in SA

By MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (CBG) will open further experience stores in the major cities of South Africa in the coming weeks. Such a facility has been opened in Johannesburg at the Mall of Africa. Further stores are in the pipeline in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. The experience […]

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Not-to-be-missed Saphila returns to Sun City

By SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – HUNDREDS of partners of German multinational software corporation,SAP, will converge in Sun City, South Africa in June for Saphila, the African SAP User Group (AFSUG) has announced. Touted as “ICT’s don’t-miss conference of 2017”, Saphila 2017 creates a platform for SAP users to connect, create and collaborate, through […]

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Envoy absolves South Africa of xenophobia

From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa is not xenophobic is committed to embracing foreign nationals, a South African envoy has said in Nigeria. South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said this while addressing a trade and investment seminar in Lagos, his sentiments coming weeks after attacks on Nigeria […]

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Namibia, Zim refugees apply for repatriation in Botswana

from Katlego Sibanda in Gaborone, Botswana GABORONE, (CAJ News) – FIFTEEN refugees from Zimbabwe and Namibia have applied for voluntary repatriation from Botswana, amid fleeing from their countries for fear of persecution. Shaw Kgathi, the Defence, Justice and Security Minister has applauded the voluntary decision, citing that it resonates with the country’s continued strive to […]

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Blood flows ahead of Kenya poll

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya NAIROBI -AN upsurge of criminal gangs, political thugs and militias has been noted in Kenya, raising fears of bloodshed in the forthcoming election. Politicians have been blamed for the ugly trend. This is carried in a 43-page report by the National Security Council (NSC), headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, ahead of […]

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Cybercriminals rob corporates millions

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) -On average a single cybersecurity incident now costs large businesses 11 million rands (US $861,000) while, small and medium businesses (SMBs) end up paying at least a million ($86,500). These are the main findings of Kaspersky Lab’s report “Measuring the Financial Impact of IT Security on Businesses” based on the […]

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Continent’s superpowers commit for a better Africa

TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH AFRICA  is committed to work with Nigeria for a better Africa in a better world. This was said by the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria Lulu Louis Mnguni. He was speaking at a welcoming session for the South African business delegation which arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday . […]

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High-octane action as premier racing resumes

By GIFT NDOLWANE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa’s premier circuit racing category is heading to Cape Town for its second season this week promising faster speeds than achieved at the inaugural edition last year. A grid of at least 16 cars will line up for Round 1 of the Sasol Global Touring Car (GTC) […]

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Modiba paves way for next Limpopo soccer star

By GIFT NDOLWANE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE search is on for the next South African football star to emerge from the Limpopo Province. The country’s northernmost province’s hopefuls will be the most inspired of the aspirants with the latest exciting star to grace topflight football after he was identified through the programme, Aubrey Modiba, […]

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Central bank upbeat at Nigeria recovery prospects

From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) looks likely to retain market rates in 2017 as Africa’s biggest economy shows signs of overcoming a decline. On Tuesday, the apex bank, in line with general expectations, retained the monetary policy rate at 14 percent. The threshold was […]

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Vox injects vital technical skills into ICT sector

By TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – INTEGRATED information and communications technology (ICT) provider, Vox, is bolstering its workforce and invest in talent development in South Africa’s industry. It has welcomed its first three graduates into its national call centre in Tshwane through the programme it initiated last year with CTU Training Solutions, an accredited […]

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Cape Town startup selected for Silicon Valley programme

From DION HENRICK in Cape Town CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – HEPSTAR, the Cape Town based start-up, has been selected to participate in the world’s largest start-up accelerator programme, Plug and Play, which is the active investment organisation in Silicon Valley. Plug and Play has companies such as PayPal, Dropbox and Skytree in its prortfolio. […]

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'Heed President's Call On Inter-Trade'

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Sanlam expands East Africa footprint with Kenya acquisition

By MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE South African-headquartered Sanlam Group has announced the acquisition of a major stake in PineBridge Investments East Africa Limited (PIEAL) in Kenya. An agreement has been reached between the subsidiary Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM), with PineBridge Investments, a leading global multi-asset class asset manager. The transaction is subject […]

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Photo Of 'Scruffy' Dressed Mugabe Surfaces

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Ethnic clashes escalating out of control

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE communal violence engulfing southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo where over 370 000 people have been displaced is spiraling out of control and worsening the humanitarian situation. Scores have been killed in the ethnic clashes pitting Luba and Twa populations in the province of Tanganyika. Since July 2016, […]

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Xenophobic attacks blamed on global economic recession

From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) – A polling agency has attributed the recent violence against Nigerians in South Africa to the global economic recession. NOIPolls, the Nigerian-based surveying firm, said this was in line with projections by the United Nations. The company noted the UN had previously declared the global financial […]

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mauritius: Trade and Development Bank to Set Up a Regional Headquarters

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Godly Commandments sacrificed on the altar of money

True Gospel with SAVIOUS-PARKER KWINIKA JEHOVAH God has inspired me to preach about His Ten Commandments. The inspiration came on Sunday morning after three years of fear. As I now have the full authority and backing of Jehovah God to speak, may you therefore allow me to share with you why there is so much […]

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Successful Joburg golf tourney defies bad weather

By TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE just-ended Johannesburg Open Professional and Amateur tournament held at the Soweto Golf Country Club on Monday and Tuesday has been hailed as a resounding success. Mayor Herman Mashaba expresses encouragement at the support from the corporate world, business community, government and golfers themselves. “As an Executive Mayor […]

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Satellite deal expands content across Africa

By TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SENTECH, a leading broadcasting signal distributor in Africa, has extended and expanded its relationship with Intelsat to bolster delivery of media services in sub-Saharan Africa. Intelsat is the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone. Sentech has been leveraging Ku-band services from […]

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DRC families demand exhumation of mass grave

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – FAMILIES of over 400 victims the Democratic Republic of Congo forces reportedly killed and buried two years ago in a mass grave west of the country are demanding the exhumation of the bodies and investigations into the killings. They were secretly buried in the night […]

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Technology disrupting Africa’s financial sector

From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) – EXPERTS from around the continent will gather at Lagos, the economic hub of Nigeria to discuss the future of the financial services sector in the wake of a flurry of technologies rapidly transforming the sector. The event- the CashlessAfrica-has attracted more than 35 speakers from […]

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Zimbabwe villagers disabled after torture by police

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – COURTS have ordered Zimbabwean government officials to compensate some villagers left disabled after police assaulted them during a land ownership wrangle. Zimbabwe Republic Police members brutalized the six citizens in Chisumbanje in the eastern Manicaland Province two years ago following a dispute between ethanol producer, […]

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Diplomats see more than meets the eye in superpowers’ spat

By SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE old-age African adage highlighting that when two bulls fight, it is the grass that suffers, appears to be ringing true in the frosty relations characterising Nigeria and South Africa, as diplomats wade into the divisions afflicting the two continental superpowers. According to the envoys posted in Pretoria, […]

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FIFA bans biased Ghanaian referee for life

From RUSSEL ADADEVOH IN Accra, Ghana ACCRA, (CAJ News) – THE Disciplinary Committee of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has imposed a life ban on Ghanaian match official, Joseph Odartei Lamptey, for his controversial handling of a the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal in November. He has been […]

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Practical skills training an imperative for SA IT leaders

By Gareth Hawkey CEO of redPanda Software IN a business environment that is now largely driven by innovative IT and software, there is massive demand for skilled and highly trained IT professionals. Sadly, as has been well documented, there is an increasingly dire shortage of these individuals in the local sphere. This lack in supply […]

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Mauritius: Mauritius Hosts First African Economic Platform

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Nigeria’s Dangote looks to increase cement exports

OKORO CHINEDU LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA has attained self-sufficiency in the production of cement and is now an exporter of the commodity. This has been attributed to the vast investments by the Dangote Cement Group Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who led a team of the federal government to the Dangote […]

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Modified Skills for Africa returns to Francophone region

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE second Francophone Africa leg of the internationally-recognised skills development and job creation initiative by global enterprise application software firm, SAP, has started in Morocco. Kicking off with the student orientation in the central Ben Guerir, it emphasises a strong case for case for diversity as female participation […]

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Cholera claims scores in Somalia

From SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – Crisis-laden Somalia has embarked on a massive oral vaccination exercise following the deadliest outbreak of cholera killing over 269 000 this year. The deaths from an epidemic with a case-fatality rate of 2,5% have been reported across the country. An oral vaccination campaign (OVC) is […]

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe in Mauritius for Economic Summit

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Zambia agri expo receives support

From ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – THE Agritech Expo Zambia set for the central town of Chisamba next month is receiving a positive response from the industry. AFGRI Corporation Ltd., the sole John Deere distributor in Zambia, is returning as platinum sponsors. “The annual Agritech Expo is very important for all […]

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Ster-Kinekor pledges more support to film industry

By GIFT NDOLWANE in Sun City SUN CITY, (CAJ News) – STER-KINEKOR, the cinema chain, has reiterated its commitment to support the local film industry and the development of exciting young talent therein. It sponsored the Young Achiever Award at the just-concluded South African Film and Television Awards ceremony at Sun City in the North […]

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Rebel group’s deadly havoc in CAR, DRC

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE resurgent Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is carrying out a campaign of deadly terror in the crisis-torn Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. Civilians and United Nations peacekeepers are bearing the brunt of the insurgency, exacerbated by the activities of smaller rebel movements. […]

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UN peacekeepers disappear without trace in crisis

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THERE is no trace of two United Nations experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and four support staff that disappeared last weekend in the volatile central African country. UN experts Michael Sharp (American) and Zaida Catal├ín (Swedish) are missing. They were last […]

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Torture, rape prevalent in Sudanese tribalism

From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – GOVERNMENT forces have raped at least six women, arrested and tortured over 40 men as operations to crush opposition support degenerate into genocide in South Sudan. This is the aftermath of heavy fighting between government and opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces […]

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Mozambicans remain skeptical of peace deal

From ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – A ceasefire agreement has failed to halt displacements in Mozambique and is exacerbating a dislodgment caused by El Nino drought and Tropical Cyclone Dineo. It had been anticipated the treaty between the ruling Freedom for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) and opposition Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) who radical elements […]

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Literacy centre to uplift deprived communities

By MTHULISI SIBANDA EASTERN CAPE, (CAJ News) – DISADVANTAGED communities are set to benefit from a literacy centre a leading vehicle manufacturer is establishing in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. Volkswagen, which has spent over R600 000 on the project, has opened the centre under its For Good charity in Ntlemeza Primary School in KwaNobuhle, […]

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Garmin, MTN partnership promotes healthy lifestyles

From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) – A PARTNERSHIP between a global leader in satellite navigation and the continent’s leading mobile operator has culminated in the introduction of a range of health and fitness devices to help boost fitness standards while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Garmin and MTN Nigeria have announced the partnership. Through […]

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South African food exporter eyes Nigeria market

From DION HENRICK in Cape Town CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – A SOUTH African company, Berfin, is discounting the frosty relations between the two countries in its mission to expand to Nigeria. The Cape Town-based food exporter will form part of a20-member strong delegation of South African companies the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) […]

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