Daily Archives: January 14, 2018

French Dairy Recalls Infant Milk from 83 Countries

More than 12 million boxes of French baby milk products are being recalled from 83 countries for suspected salmonella contamination.

The recall includes Lactalis’ Picot, Milumel and Taranis brands.

The head of the French dairy Lactalis on Sunday confirmed that its products are being recalled from countries across Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia after salmonella was discovered at one of its plants last month. The United States, Britain and Australia were not affected.

Emmanuel Besnier told weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that his family company, one of the world’s biggest dairies, would pay damages to “every family which has suffered a prejudice.”

The paper said 35 babies were diagnosed with salmonella in France, one in Spain and a possible case in Greece.

Salmonella can cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting and severe dehydration. It can be life-threatening, especially in young children.

Lactalis officials have said they believe the contamination was caused by renovation work at their Celia factory in Craon, in northwest France.

France’s agriculture minister said products from the factory will be banned indefinitely during the investigation.

Source: Voice of America

Deputy President Ramaphosa to deliver the eulogy at Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile’s Special Official Funeral service – 16 January 2018

Johannesburg – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at the Special Official Funeral of late Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at the Marks Park Sport Club in Emmerentia, Johannesburg.

Professor Kgositsile’s funeral was declared a Special Official Funeral by President Jacob Zuma.

The renowned professor, who was a veteran activist and a giant of the liberation struggle, passed away on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

Professor Kgositsile was a recipient of the National Order of Ikamanga for his contribution to the field of literature and was inaugurated in 2006 as South Africa’s second National Poet Laureate.

He taught literature at various institutions across the world such as the University of California in Los Angeles, North Carolina University, State University of New York, University of Denver, University of Nairobi, University of Botswana and the University Of Fort Hare.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

IRENA, ABU DHABI PROVIDE 25 MILLION USD FOR GREEN ENERGY IN AFRICA

DUBAI, United Arab Emirate, UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), announced, 25 million dollars for two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Mauritius and Rwanda.

The investment will be injected in loans by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and IRENA, the global platform for international cooperation on renewable energy, said a statement by ADFD.

Announced at the 8th Session of the IRENA Assembly which took place on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, both projects are being financed through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, said the two entities.

Established in 2013, this facility offers 350 million dollars in concessional loans to help developing countries access low-cost capital for renewable energy projects.

The projects have the potential to significantly improve the lives of over 2.5 million people and alleviate poverty by bringing affordable energy.

The loans cover up to 50 percent of project costs, leveraging additional funding from other sources. Since 2014, ADFD has allocated 214 million dollars to 21 projects, attracting over 420 million dollars in additional co-financing from governments and development funds.

“For developing countries, renewable energy is a triple win: it provides a cost-effective means of providing electricity to families, fuels economic growth, and supports energy independence and security,” said IRENA Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin.

However, many developing countries have trouble accessing financing for renewable energy investment, he added. “We are delighted that our continued partnership with ADFD will provide a stable, low-cost source of financing, to help Mauritius and Rwanda achieve a sustainable energy future.”

In Mauritius, the ADFD loan of 10 million dollars will help install PV systems on rooftops of 10,000 households.

In Rwanda, the ADFD loan of 15 million dollars will contribute to the installation of 500,000 off-grid PV home systems across the country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICAN PROTESTERS RANSACK H and M STORES OVER ‘RACIST’ AD

JOHANNESBURG, Protesters angered by a “racist” H and M advertisement ransacked several of the Swedish fashion group’s South African stores on Saturday.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) protesters targeted six H and M stores in the Gauteng province, where South Africa’s economic hub of Johannesburg is located, tearing down shop displays and throwing clothes around, police said.

In one instance, officers fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters, the police added.

H and M earlier this week issued an apology for the widely criticised ad, which featured a black child modelling a sweatshirt with the slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle”, and said it had removed it from all its marketing.

But Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, spokesman for the ultra-left EFF, said that was too little, too late.

“The time of apologies for racism are over; there must be consequences to anti-black racism, period!” Ndlozi wrote on Twitter, posting pictures of a vandalised H and M store and video footage of chanting EFF supporters.

H and M South Africa did not respond to a request for comment, but its local website carried an apology for the advertisement.

“Our position is simple, we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry,” the apology read.

Police said they were monitoring the protests, but that they had made no arrests so far.

Protests over perceived corporate wrongdoing have a history of turning violent in South Africa, where some drivers for ride-hailing service Uber have had their vehicles torched over the past year by regular taxi operators.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

South Africa’s ANC Leader: Zuma to Be Dealt with Over Time

JOHANNESBURG The new leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said the question of whether President Jacob Zuma should step down would be addressed “as time goes on.”

There has been widespread speculation that Ramaphosa and his allies are lobbying ANC members to oust Zuma as head of state in the coming weeks, but he made no mention of Zuma’s future in a closely watched speech on Saturday.

Ramaphosa won the race to succeed Zuma as ANC leader last month, narrowly defeating former Cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma’s ex-wife, in a bitter leadership contest that had threatened to split the 106-year-old ANC.

In the interview to South Africa’s eNCA television station, Ramaphosa said the issue of whether the ANC would push for Zuma to step down as president “will be dealt with, you know, as time goes on.”

In a statement issued in response to the interview, South Africa’s presidency said Zuma and Ramaphosa had agreed to hold regular meetings “to ensure synergy between the governing party and government.”

Ramaphosa said Zuma was a “deployee of the ANC” and that the ANC “dictates to all of us.” He added that he knew South African people were impatient for change but that “we should not humiliate President Zuma.”

Zuma, who orchestrated the removal of former president Thabo Mbeki in 2008 after succeeding Mbeki as ANC leader, no longer holds a top ANC post.

Zuma’s presidency, tainted by corruption accusations which he denies, has tarnished the image of Africa’s oldest liberation movement and seen the economy slow to a near-standstill.

Markets have rallied since Ramaphosa’s election as ANC leader in December, as investors have warmed to his promises to root out corruption and kick-start economic growth.

Any sign that Zuma could step down before his second presidential term ends in 2019 has tended to lift South African assets, including the rand currency.

Ramaphosa faces a difficult balancing act as he struggles to unite a party which has been beset by bitter infighting for the past year. A faction within the ANC opposed his bid for party leader and is more closely aligned with Zuma.

Source: Voice of America