UN Body Predicts Growth of Tourism in Africa

The United Nations (UN) top tourism body, UN World Tourism Organisation, predicts that tourists visiting Africa will triple by 2030.

The agency points out that the current tourists’ arrivals on the continent stand at 52 million per year, far below potential.

The body is holding its 20th general assembly in the resort area Victoria Falls on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border where rural tourism is making an impact.

NGO Comments on the ‘Spy Tapes’ Saga

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) downplaying of a court order to hand over President Jacob Zuma ‘spy tapes’ is another sign of the lack of a permanent head of the NPA.

CASAC’s Lawson Naidoo, who argues that a proper head who is beyond political influence is very important, points out that, “…there is a sense of foot-dragging taking place and this calls into question the integrity of the NPA and whether they are acting out their constitutional mandate.”

SADC to Push for Universal HIV Testing

Several leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), speaking at the organisation's summit in Lilongwe, called on member states to adopt the principle of universal testing for HIV, rather than leaving it up to each citizen to decide whether to take an HIV test or not.

Among those who called for universal testing were the Presidents of Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Robert Mugabe and Joseph Kabila, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

OUTA Questions SANRAL for Entering Political Frey

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has noted with suspicion the press statement of 21 August 2013, where South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) spokesperson, Vusi Mona, attacks the Democratic Alliance (DA) use of e-Tolls for political gain. Mona is reported to have said the following: "The DA is using e-tolling as an electioneering strategy and is continuously misrepresenting the facts to win votes in next year's elections and SANRAL is not going to entertain politics."

Cry, the Beloved Country; Cry, the Beloved Federation

As the anniversary of the Marikana massacre dawns, this week has also seen the anniversary of one of the watershed moments in the resistance movement during the 1980s – also led by the workers. One can only hope that this latest watershed can be managed by extraordinary leadership that can guide us to much-needed development in our country, without further bloodshed.

Two events, separated by two-and-a-half decades, define our journey to democracy.

NGO Warns Malawi on Subsidy Programme

A strong advice has gone out to Malawi government authorities to deploy more people to monitor the implementation of subsidy programme to curb corruption, favouritism and bias that have soiled the implementation of the programme since its inception. 

Executive director of the local NGO, Future Planning for the Child, Douglas Ng’oma gave the advice during Kalondolondo meeting in Malawi’ northern district of Karonga, where he accused Ministry of Agriculture of failing its work in monitoring the programme.

China, Africa, Cooperate on Health

Dozens of African health ministers and Chinese health officials this month gathered at the Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Development in Beijing, China, to map out new efforts to support Africa’s long-term health progress and shape the future of China-Africa health cooperation.

This was the first-ever meeting of health ministers under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) since it was established in 2000, demonstrating the highest level of political commitment to tackle Africa’s most pressing health challenges together.

Ibrahim Criticises Africa's Ageing Leaders

Sudanese-born billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, has castigated Africa's ageing leaders for crowding out young blood.

The philanthropist, who also founded the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, argues that the average age of leaders on the African continent is around 60 years, yet half of the population was under the age of 19.

Speaking at a lecture in honour of Nelson Mandela, the businessman drew comparisons between African and American leaders, where President Barack Obama became president at the 47 whereas former President, Bill Clinton, became president when he was 46.

Call for UN to Boycott UNWTO in Zimbabwe

An international non-governmental organisation that monitors the performance of the United Nations (UN), UN Watch, has called for a boycott of the upcoming UN tourism meeting being hosted by Zimbabwe this month.

UN Watch monitoring group, which has called for a high level boycott of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly begins on 26 August 2013, with Zimbabwe and Zambia co-hosting the globally significant event.


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