Daily Archives: June 11, 2018


BEIJING– CHINA has pledged to reinforce its health co-operation with Africa through sending more medical teams, conducting short-term free consultations and strengthening its sister hospitals projects with African countries.

In an interview here over the weekend, the Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Co-operation in the National Health Commission, Yong Feng, said China was also determined to push forward for pharmaceutical co-operation to improve the health well-being of Chinese and Africans.

Tanzania is one of the African countries which benefit from Chinese medical assistance in terms of free medical consultations, sister hospitals projects and malaria control and prevention programmes.

Last November, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s hospital ship, Peace Ark, was in Dar-es-Salaam for a humanitarian mission and during its eight-day stay here, Chinese doctors on the Peace Ark treated more than 6,000 patients.

President John Magufuli also visited the Peace Ark, commending the move by the Chinese government to send the hospital ship to Tanzania as one deliberate effort to improve relations between the two countries.

According to Yong, the Chinese government had supported several health initiatives in Tanzania, including he Malaria Control and Prevention Project through the China-United Kingdom-Tanzania Trilateral Co-operation and a Schistosomiasis Prevention and Control project in Zanzibar through the China-WHO-Zanzibar Trilateral Co-operation.

The deputy director further noted that Tanzania was among 15 African countries under sister hospitals project. Other countries are Ethiopia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Guinea, Sierra Lion, Cape Verde, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Gambia, South Sudan, Algeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He said that since 1963, China has cumulatively dispatched over 20,000 medics to 50 African countries, providing medical services to approximately 210 million patients.



NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has held talks with his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, focused on deepening bilateral and trade relations and agreed to hold a bilateral investment conference in Nairobi in the last quarter of the year to promote intra-Africa investment in general, and specifically investment into South Africa and into Kenya.

At their meeting in Quebec City in Canada on Sunday, after attending the Outreach meeting of the G and Summit at the weekend, the two leaders resolved to strengthen bilateral relations, including to work on immigration facilitation where some progress has been made.

They also agreed that President Kenyatta will make a State Visit to South Africa as soon as possible. The President was accompanied at the meeting by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Dr Monica Juma and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy and Policy, Ruth Kagia.

In Quebec, President Kenyatta also met World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristina Georgiera and discussed the Bank’s infrastructure projects in Kenya. President Kenyatta pitched for the Bank’s emergency fund to help in the repair of Nairobi roads damaged by rains.

President Kenyatta Kenyatta and the World Bank CEO also discussed the re-aligning of the Bank’s funding to Kenya reflect the government’s “Big Four Agenda” involving Universal Healthcare, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Food Security.

President Kenyatta also held talks with President Macky Sall of Senegal and Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica. During the talks with President Sall, it was agreed that Kenya will open its first embassy in Francophone countries in Dakar, Senegal, within four months.

President Kenyatta said that the opening of the embassy in Dakar will be a big step in raising the level of engagement with that part of the world. He said Kenya sees Senegal as an important entry point in its quest to expand trade in terms of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

At the meeting with Prime Minister Holness of Jamaica, the leaders agreed to get tangible bilateral relations moving between their two countries. They discussed a wide range of areas of cooperation including exploring quick wins like code share for airlines with Kenya Airways due to start non-stop flights from Nairobi to New York in October. Connection to Kingston, Jamaica, is 3 hours from New York.



ALGIERS– The Algerian women’s football team has qualified for the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations tournament to be held in Ghana after beating Ethiopia 3-2 in a match played in Addis Ababa Sunday.

The goals were scored by Naima Bouhenni (19th minute), Fatima Sekouane (45th minute) and Meryam Benlazar (54th) while Ethiopian Geinor Loza Abers managed to score two goals (65th and 73rd minutes).

In the first leg played Wednesday at the 5 July Stadium in Algiers, the Algerian football team beat the Ethiopian team (3-1).

This is Algeria’s fifth qualification for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations tournament following their participation in 2004 (South Africa), 2006 (Nigeria), 2010 (South Africa) and 2014 (Namibia).

The 13th Africa Women’s Cup of Nations is scheduled for Nov 17 to Dec 1, in Ghana.



CAPE TOWN– South Africa’s Western Cape Province remains in the grips of the worst drought in living memory but it seems there is some hope as good rainfall has been seen in most parts of the province over the last few weeks resulting in an increase in dam levels.

It will, however, take several good rainy seasons for the province to fully recover and meanwhile, the strict water restrictions remain firmly in place.

In February, this year the Theewaterskloof Dam was critically low at only 11 per cent of capacity. As the largest dam in the province and one of the main water sources for the city of Cape Town, the country’s second largest urban conurbation, the Department of Water and Sanitation conducted emergency work to extract the little water which remained.

Now, after the first winter rainfalls, things look slightly better. At 20 per cent of capacity, it’s still severely low, but a vast improvement from three months ago.

The Du Toit River is flowing and run-off from the mountains are helping, which is a welcome sight. The combined dam levels for the province sits at 24 per cent compared with around 18 per cent at the same time last year.

James-Brent Styan, the pokesperson for the Wesern cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, said Sunday: We have seen ground water being used around the province quite a lot. So a lot of the rain around the province is going towards replenishing that and also the aquifers beside that replacing the surface water and increasing the dams so there’s always hope. We’ve been working hard over the past three years to ensure that no area in the province ran out of drinking water.

However, the drought is a long way from over and Level 6b water restrictions remain in place in Cape Town.

This action limits consumers to 50 litres of water per person per day.

It’s a long way from being over and we need to continue to ask people to use as little water as possible, we have to allow our system to recover as much as possible over this winter period. The winter is when we normally get our rain so this rain isn’t strange so we have to allow the system to recover ahead of the coming summer months, said Styan.

Water savings remain key. But every cloud moving in and above the province brings hope that more, and good downpours will come.



PRETORIA– The Department of Public Service and Administration has declared the South African Public Servants Association (PSA) strike action set to begin Monday as unprocedural.

The PSA is set to go ahead with its strike on Monday, although other public sector unions, representing more than 65 per cent of the workers, have signed the wage deal with the government.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu),South Africa’s largest public sector union with about 235,000 members, the South African Medical Association (SAMA), the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa), Public and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Pawusa), Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) accepted the government’s offer of a 7,0 per cent wage increase on Friday.

Sadtu General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke has complained of the role of global ratings agencies.

We would like to put on record that these negotiations were the most challenging. The Government auctioned the power to negotiate to the rating agencies who seem to influence indirectly the negotiations towards a particular outcome through threats of downgrades, as higher-than-expected wage settlements could add to the (nation’s ) debt burden.