Senegal’s President Macky Sall says eleven newborn babies died following a hospital fire. Residents in Tivaouane and across Senegal are mourning the death of eleven newborn babies who died in a hospital fire in the neo-natal section of a regional hospital.VOA’s Paul Ndiho has the details.
Kenyan sisters Faith and Linda are making their mark in the innovation and tech space. Their award-winning automated tailored machine ATM – dubbed DIAL A PAD, dispenses sanitary pads at a low cost, making Pads accessible to school-going girls. Could this innovation be a game-changer? I spoke to Faith Mutindi, co-founder of Dial A Pad based in Nairobi, Kenya.
More than one hundred people are breathing a sigh of relief after being rescued off the Northwest coast of Libya as they attempt to make their way across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.
Libyan coast guard officials say boats carrying more than 100 people after being rescued off the coast of the Libyan city of Garabulli on Monday. The migrants are from many countries, including Egypt, Eritrea, and Bangladesh. For many migrants, Libya evokes painful memories of abuse, torture, and trafficking.
“We commonly see stab wounds, bullets wounds, burns even; we’ve seen evidence of electrocution, lots of beatings with whips, hoses, things like that.” So said Mohammed Fadlalla, MSF doctor.
Libya is a significant transit point for Africans seeking to make the arduous journey to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.
“I entered Libya; traffickers coached me. The traffickers beat me and used electricity. Look at my face, my hands.”
Libya is being singled out as a dangerous country for migrants, and a United Nations report revealed that “crimes against humanity” are being inflicted on the most vulnerable people.
The dangers are all too familiar for some aboard the Geo Barents ship run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders.
“In Libya, there is so much human violence. Like capturing people from their main camps, taking them to the prison, and trying to ask them for money. So it’s difficult.”
Hoping for a better life, some migrants reach their destinations; some are rescued, but others often die during their journey to Europe.
Prembertech, a South African-based startup, is working to reduce the gender digital divide. It empowers women and the youth in the suburbs of Johannesburg with computer skills training, boot camps, mentorship, internships, and, perhaps more importantly, job placement. For more insight, I spoke to Precious Nyarambi, a social entrepreneur and founder of Prembertech.
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Air transport across Africa is critical in facilitating business, international trade, and tourism. In 2022, most regional airlines were expecting their revenue to increase. Still, those hopes appear to be shrinking as airlines are halting international and domestic flights due to the high cost of fuel.
The international air transport association says the aviation industry is struggling due to the high fuel cost – and African airlines are no exception. South African Airways HAS NOT been profitable. The airline has lost billions of dollars in the last seven years. The troubled air carrier announced Tuesday that it was canceling 14 flights affecting over three-thousand passengers. The Airports Company of South Africa says it is working to rectify the fuel shortage at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The airport receives its fuel supply via rail, and the rail system has sustained significant damage due to recent flooding — and it has just over three days of fuel left. Several Nigerian airlines are halting domestic flights until further notice due to rising fuel costs. A scarcity of fuel since March has caused some African airlines to cancel and delay operations. Global jet fuel prices have soared after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a surge in the crude oil market, hitting airlines and passengers with steep increases. Airline passengers in Nigeria pay for fares in the naira, which has weakened sharply due to devaluations. Suppliers are paying for fuel in U.S. dollars, a scarce currency in Nigeria. Nigeria’s aviation ministry says it is concerned about the difficulties and the spiraling airfares due to jet fuel costs. Still, it appealed to the airlines to consider the effects of a shutdown on travelers at home and abroad. Kenya Airways expects to see a 20 percent rise in revenue this year after being revived two years ago. But, Uganda airlines is not profitable — and it’s heavily subsidized. Air Tanzania has bounced back; purchasing a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner package valued at $224 million is costly to maintain and could cost Tanzanian taxpayers millions of dollars. Rwandair, the state-owned flagship carrier of Rwanda, operates domestic and international flights – and may be too optimistic with its financial expectations and is running on
Jumia, dubbed Amazon of Africa, operates in eleven African countries; it started with the belief that technology has the potential to transform everyday life in Africa.
Over the years, Jumia has grown exponentially, employing over 4,000 employees. From Lagos, Nigeria, I am joined via Skype by Juliet Anammah, Jumia’s Chief sustainability officer, to discuss a sustainable report released earlier today.
Burnt bodies litter the ground after an explosion at an illegal Nigerian oil refinery in a forest at Abaezi Ohaji-Egbema, between the southern oil states of Rivers and Imo, some 30 km away from the Imo state capital Owerri. Emergency services say the death toll has risen to 110 as more people die from injuries. Paul Ndiho has more.
Journalists in Uganda face intimidation and violence on a nearly daily basis. They are regularly targeted by the security services, the leading perpetrators of attacks against journalists. As we celebrate press Freedom Day.
Are you one of those people that are very passionate about the Audio Video entertainment system in a home? Well, Audio Visual Connect -Automation Solutions, a new startup, could be your ultimate solution for a luxury home. They offer intelligent automation that allows you to transform every space at the push of a button or single voice command. I spoke to Lungile Ntuli – Bobo Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Audio Visual Connect |Automation Solutions in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Twitter agreed to sell to Tesla chief executive Elon Musk on Monday in a deal that ends the social media platform’s run as a public company since its 2013 initial public offering. But some wonder what free speech on Elon Musk’s Twitter will look like? Paul Ndiho has more.