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Malawi: Community Told to Be Responsible

By Wallen Kanyenda

Lilongwe — A non-governmental organisation (NGO) Chisomo Idea Community has advised people residing around Chinsapo clinic that it is high time that members of the community take responsibility of government built infrastructures that are given to them as their own.

Speaking during a cleaning exercise at Chinsapo clinic in Lilongwe, Community Coordinator for the organisation, Vanwick Maseko said it is the responsibility of every citizen residing around the clinic to see that sanitation at the health centre is achieved in order to reduce water and air borne diseases which can be spread around the area.

“As a charity organisation, the message that we brought to this community was to encourage the people to be responsible citizens who can take action when things are going wrong and that is why we set an example by cleaning the whole health centre,” he said.

One of the workers at the clinic, Lorent Chalesi hailed Chisomo Idea Community for work performed at the hospital and called upon other organisations to emulate the good gesture portrayed by Chisomo Idea Community as part of their social responsibility.

Doreen Kasiya a resident of Chinsapo area commended Chisomo Idea Community for the cleaning exercise saying this will encourage the community not to litter around the health centre.

Chisapo clinic serves a population of about 6,000 people with the services of Under 5 clinic, antenatal, HIV testing and other first treatment exercises.

Chisomo Idea Community is a charity based organisation works in Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Blantyre and Thyolo districts with emphasis on education, health, women empowerment, mobile clinics just to mention but a few.

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Zimbabwe: Mining Giant Revenue 16% Up

Mining giant, RioZim is expecting to profitably utilize its chrome assets following government’s decision to lift ban chrome exports with the company now resuscitating its various projects in the country.

In its half year ending 30 June 2017 financial results, RioZim realised a 16% growth in revenue from US$32.6 million in the comparative period last year to US$37.8 million in 2017.

According to group chairperson, Lovemore Chihota, the growth was achieved notwithstanding the incessant rains, power outages and flooding experienced in the first quarter of 2017.

“Operationally, the incessant rains that were experienced in the first quarter affected mining operations nationwide including our own operations.

“These rains were also accompanied by frequent power outages and pit flooding and therefore created an environment that hampered mining activities. This was coupled with equipment challenges at the newly commissioned Cam & Motor plant in some critical sections of the new plant,” noted Chihota.

RioZim’s growth was largely as a result of the acquisition of Dalny Mine which was concluded in the second quarter and the commissioning of Cam & Motor Mine.

“I am also pleased to advise that during this period, Murowa Diamonds reverted to profitability and contributed a share of profit in the sum of US$583 thousand, compared to the share of loss from associate of US$199 thousand recorded in the comparative 2016 period,” said Chihota.

The Group recorded a profit before tax of US$2.9 million against a loss before tax of US$403 000 recorded in the same period last year.

According to Chihota, global economic trends remained subdued with the gold price going up by a marginal 1.4% from an average price of US$ 1 221/oz in 2016 to US$ 1 238/oz in 2017.

“Gold prices also remained volatile as a result of global geopolitical uncertainties. Base metal prices on the other hand remained flat throughout the reporting period.

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Lady Jay Dee Ditches Alikiba’s Recording Label

Photo: Lady Jay Dee/Instagram

Lady Jay Dee.

Veteran bongo flava musician Lady Jay Dee has ditched Alikiba’s recording label Rockstar 4000 Music Entertainment, just two months after another top artiste Baraka Da Prince left the stable.

After working under Rockstar 4000 Management for six years, Alikiba, the Seduce Me hit maker, was in July confirmed as one of the co-owners of the label.

The management also appointed him as the director of music and talents, meaning he was in charge of supervision of all artistes signed under the Rockstar label.

His appointment to the position in the label seemed not to have gone down so well with a few artistes, with Baraka Da Prince, who was once his close ally, becoming the first to exit.

A close source to the Siku Hazigandi composer has confirmed that Lady Jay Dee who sometime back collaborated on a hit song with Alikiba Single Boy/Gal has indeed left the recording label.

CONTRACTUAL ISSUES

It is understood that Lady Jay Dee left due to contractual issues.

< em > Nafikiria kaamua tu kuacha kufanya kazi na Seven, wewe mwenyewe unaona wasanii wote wa Rockstar au hata wa WCB au artist yoyote anaposaini contract huwa anaonyesha kwenye media. Kwa Jaydee hiko kilikuwa hakijafanyika, ni kwamba walikuwa wanafanya kazi tu yeye na Seven. Pia ilikuwa in process kwamba wanapimana kuwa baadaye Jaydee ataingia kwenye Rockstar lakini nafikiria haikufikia muafaka wa yeye kuingia may be. Nasema may be inaweza ikawa hawakufikia malengo ya pamoja kwamba artist anakuwa na malengo yake kwa meneja lakini hakufikisha au msanii hakufikisha malengo ya meneja ambayo alikuwa anayafikiria, hizo ni issue zote zinazowezekana, the source said.

Interestingly, it is the same issues that Baraka raised when he ditched the label stating that he felt some things were not in order in the contract that Rockstar presented to him. / p >

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Uganda: Uganda Sets Tougher Rules for Oil, Gas PSAs

By Halima Abdallah

Uganda has set tougher terms for new entrants in its oil and gas sector, where profits and losses will be shared in line with prevailing oil prices.

The new terms also restrict investors from recouping more than 65 per cent of their production costs in a year.

In the latest Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) signed last week, between Uganda and Armour Energy Ltd, the government will also be approving the company’s annual budget and expenditure.

The Australian Securities Exchange-listed company has been given an exploration licence for the Kanywataba block.

Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum International Ltd will also get an exploration licence and PSA for the shallow and deep plays in the Ngassa area.

The two companies met the financial, technical health, safety and environment management requirements for the licences.

Uganda does not have capital to invest in its oil and gas industry, so it enters into PSAs with companies. These firms inject money for exploration, field development plans and oil production.

However, their expenditure is recoverable at the start of actual oil production for an agreed ratio.

“We have agreed that when production begins, the companies can recover 65 per cent of its production costs every year instead of full expenditure incurred for that year and the balance will be shared as profits.

But, if expenditures are high and revenues low, then we shall have zero consumption,” Permanent Secretary at the energy ministry, Robert Kassande told The EastAfrican.

Fundamental shift

This is a fundamental shift from the previously signed PSAs, where the companies’ recoverable costs took precedence while high ratios and profits were based on daily crude oil produced. The old practice also saw companies first spend money and then the Auditor-General came in later.

“The model we are using means that when oil prices are high we get good money. The previous agreements did not provide for this,” said Mr Kassande.

The issuance of the exploration rights signals that the country is on a steady path to increase its oil and gas resource base and attract additional investments in the sector. This is expected to plug petroleum products supply gap in the medium and long-term.

While the 26-month long bidding process has seen the government get $2.4 million for data development, successful companies are paying additional fees, which will be kept at the petroleum fund held at Bank of Uganda.

For example, Armour Energy paid $316,000 annual rent in addition to $990,000 for performance guarantee. Royalties agreed on will range between 8.5 per cent and 21 per cent.

Armour Energy intends to immediately start its operations to keep pace with the two-year timeline the company has been given to sink at least one well.

For the first 12 months, Armour group CEO, Roger Cressey, said the firm will be involved in research and in the second 12 months the company will carry out seismic studies.

“Our budget aligns with our commitments and we have secured $1.98 billion to carry out the work,” said Mr Cressey.

Armour energy was until recently, an exploration company. It has however included oil and gas production in its operations.

Mozambique: Number of Patients Abandoned in Hospitals Increasing

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Doctor’s stethoscope (file photo).

Maputo — 67 patients were abandoned by their families in Maputo hospitals in the first half of this year, according to a report on the independent television station, STV.

Of the 67 patients, 17 were infants, and many of the others were elderly. Hospital staff told STV that when people bring their sick relatives to hospital, but have no intention of returning for them, they often give false names and addresses.

There has been a 19 per cent increase in the number of abandoned patients, compared with 2016. Looking after people who should have gone home has additional costs for the health service. The Maputo city chief doctor, Sheila Lobo, told STV that last year such cases cost 1.3 million meticais (about 21,300 US dollars).

Of the 67 people abandoned between January and June, it was eventually possible to fund relatives to look after 40 of them. The other 27 had to be sent to state institutions such as orphanages and old people’s homes.

A staff member with the social services, Emilia Nhambire, said poverty was often the excuse for abandonment. “The families say they have no money, and so they opt to abandon their relatives”, he said.

In one case last year, a new-born infant was abandoned in hospital by her mother and grandmother. This case went to court, and the judge decided to send the child to the state-run 1st May orphanage, where she was later adopted.

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MPs, Senators Retreat for Induction Before Work Starts

Senators have been urged to play their oversight role in accordance with the law and avoid witch hunt and victimisation of governors.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka while opening an induction workshop for senators at Simba lodge, Naivasha, on Monday, said members of the previous House abused their positions and engaged in all manner of allegations against county bosses.

Mr Lusaka said the first Senate was characterised by supremacy battles between senators and some governors who were accused of mismanaging county funds.

OVERSIGHT ROLE

The Speaker called on members to ensure that Senate clearly and strictly demarcates the boundaries of its oversight role and the county assemblies’ over the county executives.

“In the past, we have had some audit queries that are supposed to be dealt with at the county assembly brought to the Senate.

“Overlapping and duplication of roles serves no purpose, but simply creates confusion and wastage of public funds,” Mr Lusaka said.

The senators will be at the workshop for whole week.

INTEGRITY

According to the Speaker, most members of the first Senate lost objectivity in their oversight role because they were eyeing governorship seats.

The onerous duty, Mr Lusaka said, was to dispel what he termed as a negative notion by the Kenyans that the Senate had little significance or relevance, and should be scrapped.

Meanwhile, in a similar induction for National Assembly members, Speaker Justin Muturi warned MPs against engaging in acts that may bring the honour of Parliament into disrepute and ridicule.

DUTY

Mr Muturi, speaking at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, said public expectations and demands will continue to rise and told the lawmakers that the future of a better Kenya depends on how they perform in the House.

“The success of the House to bring forth progress, transformation and better times for the people of Kenya depends on you. You are required to bring confidence and honour in the office you hold,” he said.

The training is crucial as it equips the lawmakers in terms of House rules and procedures as they execute all their mandates including budget making.

Reported by Macharia Mwangi, Eric Matara and David Mwere

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Media Bosses Meet in Belt and Road Initiative

By Daily News Reporter in Dunhuang

THE 2017 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road opened in China’s ancient town of Dunhuang yesterday brought together more than 250 media managers and practitioners from various countries across the world.

Organised by China’s state newspaper, the People’s Daily, the forum seeks to solicit media’s support in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

According to the event organisers, yesterday’s forum provided an avenue for dialogue between major Chinese enterprises, local and international media as well as opens a window for the world to better understand the Belt and Road Initiative.

The topics that were expected to be discussed include global coordination, the roles of governments and enterprises, smart manufacturing, the health care industry, the digital economy and cultural tourism industry. Highlights of the forum include influential think tanks seminars, themed speeches, high-end dialogues and media tours.

This will be the fourth media forum since 2014 when the annual event was held for the first time. Last year, the forum was attended by 212 delegates from 101 countries. This year’s forum has delegates from about 130 countries.

The Belt and Road Initiative which is China’s development strategy focusing on connectivity and cooperation, is expected to be one of the world’s largest infrastructure development projects. It seeks to revive the ancient Silk Roads and boost connectivity among trading partners throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Apart from roads and sea lanes, the initiative which will also include high speed railways, bridges and ports provides the potential for electricity grid connectivity and increased renewable energy development.

BRI plans to build increased transport routes out of China, by the land and sea, down into South East Asia via the sea into Horn of Africa, as well as multiple routes via land into Middle Eas, Europe and Eurasia.

About 70 countries including Tanzania, are part of the ambitious initiative on which China is set to commit not less than 150 billion dollars a year.

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Bugesera in Final Preps Ahead of League Start

By Peter Kamasa

Bugesera FC’s newly appointed head coach Ally Bizimungu has intensified last minute preparations ahead of the 2017/18 season scheduled to get underway on September 29. The new coach has lined up several friendly games to improve the team level.

Bizimungu took charge of his first game on Sunday against second division side Isonga FC at FERWAFA ground, and today will face newly promoted Miroplast FC before facing SC Kiyovu on Friday in the final pre-season friendly.

Bugesera will play their national league opener against Amagaju FC on October 1.

“We need to play many warm-up games against teams that can help us to improve; it is a must that we improve our levels before the start of the season. I am working under pressure to make sure the team is ready for the first match,” Bizimungu said.

He noted that, “I started work a bit late because I was appointed just last week, but I’m doing all I can to make up for the lost time. The goal is to prepare a strong team for the new season.”

The former Rayon Sports, Mukura and SC Kiyovu trainer was appointed last week as Bugesera FC head coach to replace Gilbert ‘Yaoundé’ Kanyankore, who was sacked over insubordination allegations.

Bugesera, who started pre-season training last week on Monday at FERWAFA ground in Remera, will use Kicukiro Stadium to host their home matches as their Nyamata ground is currently under construction.

Bizimungu signed a one-year contract until end of the 2017/18 season, and was given the task to finish in the top six in the league.

Last season, Bugesera finished 5th in the 16-team league table standing with 50 points from 13 wins, 11 draws and six defeats.

Bizimungu spent one season (2015/2016) with the Nyamata-based outfit and guided them to finish in 7th position with 37 points on their league debut.

This season, Bugesera have been one of the busiest team in the transfer market.

They have signed several new players including; centre-back Omar Musa from Atletico of Burundi, midfielders Steven Nzigamasabo and Emery Nimubona from Vital’O, forwards Fabrice Ninahazwe from APR FC and Bertin Dusenge from Marines as well as right-back Yannick Bukebuke from Sunrise FC.

Others are; Allain Pekeyake Tuyisenge from AS Kigali, Patrick Ntijyinama from Gicumbi FC, Robert Ndatima from Police FC, Jean Dieu Nsabimana from Pepiniere FC and Rwanda international striker Bernabe Mubumbyi from AS Kigali.

Pre-season friendlies

Tuesday

Bugesera FC Vs Miroplast

Friday

Bugesera FC Vs SC Kiyovu

Sunday

Bugesera FC Vs Isonga FC

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South Africa: Airports Company Pleased With Debt Reduction, Passenger Growth

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) reported revenue growth of 3.4% to R8.6bn in the year ended 31 March 2017.

Its profit increased by 10.8% to R2bn.

Return on equity was 11.3% compared to 11.5% in the previous period. Capital expenditure decreased by 31.3% to R893m.

Acting chief financial officer Dirk Kunz told Fin24 on Monday that Acsa has managed to significantly reduce its debt levels. He said reducing debt levels has been a deliberate strategy of the company over the last few years. It has also applied to the regulator for a reduction in tariffs.

“We have adapted this debt reduction strategy early and used every potential opportunity to achieve this goal. The real impact was to have strengthened our balance sheet so that, if further infrastructure investments are needed, we will have the capacity to fund those,” Kunz told Fin24.

Despite delays in tariff decisions, Acsa is still going through the process of further tariff applications in the hope of obtaining tariff certainty through to 2023.

According to Kunz, Acsa’s overall financial position remains healthy despite regulatory uncertainty and difficult economic conditions.

“In spite of the economic climate, we have seen growth in revenues, especially from international passengers. On the back of that we could get increased turnover. We are proud of our performance,” he told Fin24.

Ask how SA’s airport taxes compare to others in the world, Kunz said there have not been any recent cost comparisons.

“Airports that contribute to these kinds of studies are mostly European airports where there have not been significant infrastructure investments for a while. We, however, are still in a developmental phase, so a lot of our tariffs are still because of infrastructure investments,” he explained.

Kunz said Acsa will also continue to aim at improving its ability to spend as closely to what it anticipates as possible, from a planning and execution point of view.

Debt

Acsa has managed to significantly reduce its debt levels over the past five years. Debt, primarily in the form of bond issues, stood at R9bn at the end of the period, down from R17bn in 2012. As a result, Acsa’s gearing ratio has reduced from 59% in 2012 to 25% in the 2017 financial year.

Aeronautical revenue contributed 63% to total revenue but the company remains committed to continue to grow the non-aeronautical revenue contribution. Non-aeronautical revenue is derived from sources such as retail space, advertising, office rental, parking and car hire.

“The overall financial position of the Company therefore remains healthy despite regulatory uncertainty and difficult economic conditions,” said Maseko.

“Operationally, we are adapting well to a new tariff regime from the regulator which required a 35.5% reduction for the 2018 financial year with increases in the following two years of 5.8% and 7.4%.”

Passenger growth

During the financial year, Acsa had a total of 20.0 million (compared to 19.4 million in 2016) departing passengers from the nine airports it owns and operates.

Domestic passenger growth was subdued at 2.2%, while international departing passengers grew by 6.1%.

For the first time, Cape Town International Airport reported a total of more than 10 million arriving and departing passengers, with King Shaka International Airport reporting a total of more than five million passengers for the first time.

Aircraft landing volumes were flat for domestic flights and up by 2.5% for international flights, indicating higher passenger utilisation of scheduled flights.

Acsa CEO Bongani Maseko told Fin24 he is pleased, for instance, with Cape Town International Airport for the first time reporting a total of more than 10 million arriving and departing passengers. King Shaka International Airport near Durban reported a total of more than five million passengers for the first time.

“Acsa continues to be resilient, despite sluggish SA economic growth. Domestic passenger growth was subdued, largely due to SA’s economic situation. Acsa was, therefore, fortunate to have growth in the first place,” said Maseko.

“Our international traffic is growing tremendously. Cape Town, under the guidance of Wesgro, has attracted more airlines. I still think SA is a value for money destination despite the current economic conditions. We are also working with SA Tourism to sell SA as a destination. The rand is in our favour in this regard. SA is still a value for money destination and our traffic numbers testify to that. Of course the yield we get from international traffic is, of course, higher than that of domestic.”

Transformation

According to Maseko, Acsa has refined and enhanced its transformation strategy to focus on seven sectors which account for the bulk of its procurement. These sectors are information technology, construction, property, retail, advertising, car rental and baggage handling.

“We appreciate that business and transformation dynamics are different across these sectors and we need different levers to advance change in each. Some have made more progress with transformation, while in others we have identified the need to support more actively the development of black-owned and managed enterprises,” said Maseko.

“However, there remain several critical issues to resolve with the regulator, and we plan to continue advocating for a tariff regime without large changes from year to year. In addition, we need to resolve matters relating to capital expenditure which is essential to maintaining efficient airports and developing infrastructure for the long term.”

He told Fin24 that the broad policy statement Acsa made was to do business with more transformed institutions.

“We then recognised we need to break down that policy into sector specific strategies. It largely stems from the board saying that we must not just trade with the same people. We had to construct something new so that ‘not just the usual suspects’ tender for our work,” he said.

“So, we have a developing strategy and we are happy with the progress in meeting our targets so far. We will increase our targets each year. We currently have tenders on retail and car rental, for instance.”

Court case

In answer to a question by Fin24 about the latest development regarding a court case brought against Acsa by two empowerment partners, Maseko said it is currently before the court and “still in the process of unfolding with both parties hoping for finalisation soon”.

Fin24 has reported in the past that African Harvest Strategic Investments (AHSI) and Up-Front Investments 65 took Acsa to court because they claim the parastatal is holding them “economically hostage”.

They allege Acsa had them purchase shares under false pretences in 1998 because the company planned to list on the stock exchange and would therefore be largely privatised.

Since then, Acsa embarked upon major upgrades at its nine airports throughout SA. They claim that, in the case of the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Acsa accumulated so much debt that it cannot afford to pay market-related dividends.

Source: Fin24

Induction of MPs, Senators Under Way in Nairobi and Naivasha

By David Mwere

Induction of members of the National Assembly and Senate is under way in Nairobi and Naivasha.

Members of the National Assembly are at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi while their Senate colleagues are at Simba Lodge in Naivasha.

National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai said all MPs had been invited and he expected 100 percent turnout.

The MPs are being taken through their constitutional duties such as the House Standing Orders, committee system, approval of appointments of State officers, the formulation of laws as well as legislative rules of procedure and budget oversight.

TOPICS

Topics on integrity, how to balance family life and legislative work and how to relate with ambassadors will also be taught.

The National Assembly has invited a wide range of speakers drawn from various fields of expertise to address the legislators on their roles that include, budget making, oversight, representation and law making.

The theme: “Setting the stage for the twelfth Parliament, preparing for a smooth take off’,” will guide the training for members of the National Assembly.

The training comes after President Kenyatta addressed the first sitting of the 12th Parliament on Tuesday last week.

SPEAKERS

Among those who will address the MPs include University of Nairobi don, Professor Okoth Okombo, on etiquette, decorum and public relations, Ethics and Antic-Corruption Commission Chairman Eliud Wabukala and Dr Julius Kipng’etich, the CEO of Uchumi Supermarkets.

Former long serving head of public service during President Moi’s regime, Dr Sally Kosgei will also address the MPs on foreign relations and diplomacy.

The 12th Parliament has 186 new members who will benefit from the induction course as they may have no background knowledge in legislation.

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