Thanda Safari, a place of wilderness and wildlife in KwaZulu Natal. South Africa.

My Thanda Safari article is in the new SA and Beyond printed magazine and online page 12-16, or below for your ease of reading. Thanda Safari, a place of wilderness and wildlife. Time in the bush offers a welcome reprieve from everyday life, a reconnect with nature and an opportunity to be reminded of the fragile cycle of nature, and the conservation teams set in place to protect it. Which meant that an invitation to spend a few nights at Thanda Safari in Kwa Zulu Natal was hastily accepted. Offering richly rewarding…

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Award-Winning Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Tours U.S. Cities with New, Best-Selling Novel “The Water Dancer”

“The Water Dancer” Author Ta-Nehisi Coates (photo via wikipedia.commons.org) by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson) Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates is currently touring and discussing his first novel, “The Water Dancer,” in venues across the country. Upcoming dates include the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago on Thursday, October 3, where Coates will be joined in conversation by renowned Chicago poet, Tara Betts, and October 17th at West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles, where Coates will be in conversation with Black Panther, Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. To register for Chicago, click…

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Zambia cancels licence of Vodafone franchise holder citing poor capacity

Zambia’s communications regulator said on Thursday it had cancelled the licence for Vodafone’s local franchise holder, citing a lack of technical and financial capacity. Vodafone in 2016 licenced Afrimax, a telecommunications service provider in sub-Saharan Africa to offer customers high speed 4G data services using the Vodafone Zambia brand. The company, registered as Mobile Broadband Ltd has lately been experiencing operational problems and issued a statement in July saying its shareholders had failed to recapitalise it. Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority said in a statement Vodafone Zambia would cease…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 27th September 2019

Nigeria needs 290,000 medical doctors to meet WHO standard –CMD. Minister urges Nigerians to tackle child nutrition. People, heal thyselves: Nigeria’s new mental illness approach. FG warns HMOs, demands operations review. Reps direct NHIS to pay debts to healthcare providers. Nigerian lawmakers call for free treatment of malaria in public hospitals. Using Nigeria as example, Bill Gates condemns uneven development, urges action. USAID pledges support for federal, state govts. in developing quality healthcare. Bill Gates opened my eyes to healthcare issues in Nigeria – Dangote. Nigeria needs N4.4billion to procure…

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Zimbabwe: Harare Residents Demand Water Prioritisation in the National Budget

Harare residents have called on government to prioritise water in its 2020 national budget and further declare the city’s water crisis a state of disaster in order pave way for a concerted approach to resolving the situation. At a press briefing in Harare on Thursday, Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) director Loreen Mupasiri Sani blamed central government for failure to ensure citizens had the necessity all the time. This comes after Harare’s perennial water challenges became worse early this week when city authorities shut down Morton Jaffray Water plant citing…

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Nigeria: UK Court Allows Nigeria to Appeal $9.6 Billion Judgment

The Commercial Court in London, United Kingdom, yesterday granted Nigeria’s request to stay execution of a judgment which favoured Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID) to seize Nigeria’s assets worth $9.6bn over a contract scandal. However, while granting permission to appeal the case, the UK Commercial Court asked the Nigerian Government to deposit $200m (N72.2bn) into the court’s account within 60 days for the stay of execution to take effect. Yesterday’s order effectively halted P&ID from enforcing an earlier judgment granted by the UK Arbitration Tribunal, a development that paved way…

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SA unions cancel banking strike after court ruling

South Africa’s banking strike, planned for Friday, is postponed after the Braamfontein Labour Court decided Thursday that the national finance-worker walkout was illegal. The South African Society of Bank Officials (SASBO), the union planning the strike to protest job losses, expected five marches in Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. “We will make sure that ATMs don’t operate. We will make sure that internet banking service is not working,” said union president Joe Kokela, who expected 40,000 finance workers to participate. Instead, the court said that SASBO and…

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