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Chimata Gold Corp in Process of Completing a NI 43-101 Technical Report with Zimbabwe Lithium Company Limited for the Kamativi Lithium Tailings Deposit in Zimbabwe

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chimata Gold Corp. (TSX.V:CAT) (“Chimata” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it is in the process of completing a NI 43-101 Technical Report (the “Provisional Report”) with Zimbabwe Lithium Company (Mauritius) Limited (“ZIM”), the completion of such satisfactory technical report being a condition precedent to the entering into a Definitive Agreement with ZIM, as provided in the Company’s previous press release dated February 14, 2018. ZIM, includes in its definition its wholly owned subsidiary, Jimbata (Private) Limited, a company operational in Zimbabwe as the local transacting company for the Kamativi Tailings Dump Project (the “Project”).

The Provisional Report reveals an exploration target with a volume range of 14,800,000 to 15,080,000 cubic meters and a tonnage range of between 23,000,000 to 25,000,000 metric tonnes of tailings material, the Kamativi Tailings Dump (“KTD”) at a grade range of 0.29 % to 1.13 % Li2O with 70% being Spodumene. The potential tonnage and grade is conceptual in nature as there is insufficient exploration data to define a Mineral Resource, as this term is defined in NI 43-101 Respecting Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The Company cautions that further exploration may not result in the delineation of a Mineral Resource estimate.

The Provisional Report reveals that a total of 28 grab samples have been extracted from the KTD, at a grade of between 0.29% to 1.13% Li2O. Early stage Mineralogy and Heavy Liquid Separation has been completed on the grab samples by ZIM, through SGS Randfontein South Africa, and indicates that 70% of the lithium mineralisation, of the sample tested, is spodumene. As the Kamativi Tin Mine was historically operational, significant infrastructure for the site is still in place. This includes power, water and a road network, all near to the mine and/or on site. Chimata sees this Project as a Brownfield project with a clear and quick path to production.

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Richard Groome
Chairman and Interim President and CEO

Further information regarding the Company can be found on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com

Steve Cozine

South African Universities Join Forces To Expand The Continent’s Paediatric Workforce

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Since 2008, the University of Cape Town has trained 151 paediatricians, paediatric sub-specialists and paediatric nurses, from across Africa through the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP). The addition of the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal to APFP will enable 150 more paediatric specialists to be trained in the next three years,doubling the number of doctors and nurses trained to date.

Since 2008, The African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) has trained 151 paediatricians, paediatric sub-specialists and paediatric nurses, from across Africa.

APFP is the preeminent program dedicated to training African paediatric doctors and post- graduate nurses. Prof. Ashraf Coovadia, Dept. Head, Paediatrics & Child Health at Wits states, “There’s a critical shortage of child-health providers in Africa. Without an adequate number of trained experts, it’s difficult to make a significant difference in the way a country’s health care system can respond to the needs of infants and children.”

There is less than one paediatrician per 100,000 children in Africa, compared to an estimated 99 paediatricians per 100,000 children in the United States. With support from APFP, these numbers have changed significantly. There were four paediatricians in Malawi in 2009; eight years later, there are now 15 paediatricians, including the country’s first Neonatologist and 94 qualified specialist children’s nurses,

APFP works closely with Ministries of Health and 33 partner universities from 13 African countries, who select candidates for the program, pay their salaries while in training and ensure there are positions available to them upon completion. APFP fellows are primarily returning to the public health system, where the need for child health professionals is the greatest. This collaboration has resulted in 98% of graduates remaining in their home country, leading the delivery of high-quality child health services, training and research.

APFP fellow Dr. Joyce Balagadde-Kambugu of Uganda’s Cancer Institute adds, “The African Paediatric Fellowship Programme changed my life and changed the outlook for childhood cancer in Uganda. The training I received through APFP equipped me with the knowledge and skills I needed to start the first dedicated paediatric oncology service in Uganda, where today we see approximately 450 children per year.”

APFP relies on donor funding to cover tuition, professional fees and living expenses for the fellows during their training. Funders to date include The ELMA Foundation, Harry Crossley Foundation, Vitol Foundation and The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust. For more information or to support APFP please visit www.TheAPFP.org.

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Les universités sud-africaines unissent leurs forces pour augmenter les effectifs pédiatriques du continent

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 6 mars 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Depuis 2008, l’Université du Cap a formé 151 pédiatres, sous-spécialistes en pédiatrie et infirmières pédiatriques, venus de toute l’Afrique, grâce au Programme de bourses en pédiatrie africain (APFP, ou African Paediatric Fellowship Programme). L’adhésion de l’Université du Witwatersrand (Wits) et de l’Université du KwaZulu-Natal à l’APFP, permettra de former 150 autres spécialistes en pédiatrie au cours des trois prochaines années, ce qui multipliera par deux le nombre de médecins et d’infirmières formés à ce jour.

Since 2008, The African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) has trained 151 paediatricians, paediatric sub-specialists and paediatric nurses, from across Africa.

L’APFP est le programme phare en matière de formation d’infirmières postuniversitaires et de médecins pédiatres africains. Le professeur Ashraf Coovadia, Chef de service en pédiatrie et santé infantile à la Wits, a déclaré : « Il y a pénurie grave de prestataires de soins de santé infantile en Afrique. Sans un nombre suffisant d’experts formés, il est difficile de marquer une différence dans la façon dont le système de santé d’un pays peut satisfaire les besoins des nourrissons et des enfants. »

Il y a moins d’un pédiatre pour 100 000 enfants en Afrique, par rapport à 99 pédiatres environ pour 100 000 enfants aux États-Unis. Avec l’aide de l’APFP, ces chiffres ont changé de façon notable. Il y avait quatre pédiatres au Malawi en 2009 ; huit ans plus tard, ils sont désormais 15, dont le premier néonatologiste du pays et 94 infirmières pédiatriques spécialisées.

L’APFP collabore étroitement avec les ministères de la santé et 33 universités partenaires, de 13 pays africains, qui choisissent les candidats au programme, assurent leur salaire pendant leur formation et veillent à ce qu’ils aient un poste une fois le programme terminé. Les titulaires de bourse de l’APFP retournent principalement dans le système de santé publique, où les besoins en professionnels de santé infantile sont les plus importants. Cette collaboration a permis que 98 % des diplômés restent dans leur pays d’origine, assurant des prestations de services, de formation et de recherche de grande qualité en matière de santé infantile.

Une boursière de l’APFP, le Dr Joyce Balagadde-Kambugu, de l’Uganda Cancer Institute, a ajouté : « Le Programme de bourses en pédiatrie africain a changé ma vie et les perspectives en matière de cancer infantile en Ouganda. La formation que j’ai reçue grâce à l’APFP m’a apporté les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour mettre sur pied le premier service d’oncologie pédiatrique en Ouganda, où nous voyons aujourd’hui environ 450 enfants par an. »

L’APFP dépend du financement des donateurs pour couvrir les frais de scolarité, les honoraires professionnels et les frais de pension des boursiers pendant leur formation. Parmi les bailleurs de fonds actuels, citons la ELMA Foundation, la Harry Crossley Foundation, la Vitol Foundation et le Children’s Hospital Trust de la Croix-Rouge. Pour de plus amples informations ou pour soutenir l’APFP, rendez-vous sur www.TheAPFP.org.

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AMISOM Warns of Increased Al-Shabab Ambushes

Al-Shabab attacks against African Union peacekeepers and Somali government forces could worsen as troops try to reopen Somalia’s main supply roads, currently cut off by the militants, a spokesman for the peacekeepers warns.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilson Rono said the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops and Somali National Army forces are trying to reopen the highway linking the capital, Mogadishu, to Baidoa, 240 kilometers (150 miles) to the west. It’s one of three main roads linking Mogadishu the south, southwest and central regions.

Rono spoke to VOA’s Somali service this week after al-Shabab militants ambushed an AMISOM supply convoy about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 10 soldiers and destroying most of the 20 trucks. It was the latest of many deadly attacks the militant group has waged against the AU forces.

Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 and in following years lost control of almost all the country’s major towns. It had to resort to difficult guerrilla tactics, Rono said.

Rono said AMISOM soldiers repulsed another al-Shabab ambush Friday near the town of Fafahdhun in Somalia’s Gedo region.

He said the soldiers killed 23 Al-Shabab fighters. Mohamed Hussein al-Qadi, the district’s deputy governor, put the Shabab death toll at five.

We learn from each incident, Rono said. But the nature of the asymmetrical warfare and fighting of insurgency makes you certain that this kind of thing will happen again.

Bal’ad ambush

The deadly attack Friday occurred near the town of Bal’ad. At least five armored AMISOM vehicles were escorting a convoy transporting supplies to Jowhar, the main headquarters of the Burundian peacekeepers operating in the Middle Shabelle region.

Rono said the militants were hiding in thick vegetation along the road when they detonated explosives then attacked the convoy with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire.

Just three weeks ago after an attack on a military checkpoint killed several Somali soldiers, AMISOM and Somali troops cleared vegetation along the road to improve visibility and remove possible militant hiding spots.

Al-Shabab claimed it killed 23 Burundian soldiers, a figure Rono disputes.

We lost three of our troops and six of them are injured and are here in Mogadishu, Rono said.

But other sources put the AU death toll higher. Burundi Vice President Gaston Sindimwo told VOA’s Central Africa Service that five of his country’s soldiers had died.

At least 10 AU peacekeepers were killed in the ambush on Friday, according to three separate Somali officials. If correct, that makes the ambush one of al-Shabab’s deadliest attacks on AMISOM since the AU mission arrived in Somalia 11 years ago.


AMISOM currently has over 20,000 peacekeepers in Somalia. Last year, the mission announced plans to gradually reduce its troop strength. The Mission says eventual withdrawal will be conditions-based, but has made it clear to Somali leaders it wants to see concrete progress in building a national force to take over security responsibilities.

Few soldiers have actually been withdrawn, on the grounds that Somalia’s army needs more time to strengthen and cohere in order to hold off al-Shabab.

Hussein Arab, former Somali defense minister and current head of the Parliamentary Defense Committee, welcomed the plan to rebuild Somali forces and improve their coordination with AMISOM.

The important thing is that we focus on our forces that will be taking over the security, he told VOA Somali.

Soon after his February 2017 election as Somalia’s president, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo vowed to build a capable Somali army within two years. Farmajo, a dual U.S.-Somali citizen, now has less than a year to meet that deadline.

Source: Voice of America


WINDHOEK– Namibia has suspended the importing of all processed meat products from South Africa following an outbreak of Listeriosis in that neighbouring country blamed on contaminated food produced by two leading food processing companies.

A media statement issued here Monday by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry said it had notified importers about the suspension of imports and in transit movement of ready-to-eat food from South Africa.

The banned food includes polony, frankfurters, viennas, all types of hams and salami produced by Rainbow Chickens Limited and Enterprise Food and their subsidiaries.

Ready-to-eat processed meat products from the two companies have been identified as sources of the deadly listeriosis outbreak in South Africa where more than 180 lives have been lost.

“All import permits and in-transit permits issued prior to the public notification are hereby cancelled and recalled. Retailers who might have imported these types of products from the branches are strongly advised to remove them from the shelves,” Chief Veterinary Officer in the Directorate of Veterinary Services Adrianatus Maseke said in the statement.

It added that listeriosis food poisoning is caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium, adding that the disease can be severe in pregnant women, young children and the elderly. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhoea, headache, stiff neck, confusion and loss of balance.