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South Africa: Talks Underway to Address Debt of National Carrier

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says any funds that are being considered to help address South African Airways (SAA) maturing debt will have to be appropriated through a special appropriations bill that will be introduced to Parliament.

He also said that SAA was in talks with its lenders in a bid to find ways to get an extension.

The Deputy President was responding to questions at the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday.

“[The] SAA debt of approximately R6.8 billion which matures on 30th September 2017 will be resolved through a two-pronged approach.

“Firstly, any funds being considered will have to be appropriated through the special appropriation Bill which will in part assist the airline’s working capital and repay some of the maturing debt.

“SAA is also negotiating with its lenders to extend maturing debt beyond September 2017.

“The precise make-up of the quantum of extension of debt and repayment of part of SAA’s maturing debt will be announced by the Minister of Finance and the SAA Board at an appropriate time,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy President said at this stage, there was no need to invoke Section 16 of the Public Finance Management Act to support SAA on the matter of monies owed to it by the Angolan government.

“The position is that the new government in Angola has indicated that it will settle this debt,” he said.

IMC on SEOs looking into SAA challenges

Meanwhile, the Deputy President said an Inter-Ministerial Committee on SOEs was looking into strengthening SOEs that need support, including SAA, in order to return to their profitability.

He said the challenges faced by SAA were quite complex.

“SAA is a 100% owned state company and it is operating in a very difficult market. Airlines around the world are not your most profitable entities.

“The sector is a very competitive one and many have faced headwinds and difficulties in terms of becoming profitable and getting out of the difficult situations that they are in.

“Right now, SAA is right there facing headwinds and difficulties from an operational and profitability point of view. In the past, it operated well and made profits and right now, it is facing great difficulties and needs the bail outs that only the government can give it.

“From the IMC point of view, we have been looking at processes and policies that can enable our state owned enterprises to operate better.

“First thing that we looked at, which is covered by another question which I can address now, is how best the boards can operate and how best management can operate and how the financial stability of these entities can be upheld,” he said.

The Deputy President said it was government’s belief that once the boards of SOEs can be repositioned and empowered with good management, they can be run in a manner that they can be in a much better position.

“… this is precisely what we are doing right across the various state owned enterprises. Having set out the policy, we are also looking at how the balance sheets of these companies can be better managed and how the financing can be better structured so that they are not driven into bankruptcy,” he said.

Sudan: Medical Corps to Provide Services in Darfur’s Jebel Marra

Khartoum — The International Medical Corps (IMC) has received approval from the Sudanese authorities to provide health and nutrition services in Jebel Marra. The people who fled the violence in Jebel Marra last year and sought refuge in various places in North Darfur continue to receive aid. CARE International-Switzerland (CIS) is supporting access to clean water for refugees, displaced, and host communities in four East Darfur localities. More than 131,000 South Sudanese refugees fled to Sudan in 2016.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reports in its third weekly bulletin of this year that the IMC, working in Darfur since 2004, has received approval from the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) to start health and nutrition activities in Golo, Boori, and Jokosti in Jebel Marra.

IMC as well obtained permission to start health and nutrition services in Katti and Kurifal in western Jebel Marra.

The activities are funded by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

Continued support for Jebel Marra displaced in North Darfur

The number of people who fled Jebel Marra in 2016 and took refuge in North Darfur remains unchanged at 53,000: in Sortony (21,553), Tawila, (25,283), Kabkabiya town (2,909) and Shaddad camp (3,184).

In Sortony, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society distributed January and February food rations from the World Food Programme to the 21,500 displaced taking refuge in the area. A total of 245,000 litres of water is provided every day.

In Tawila, Médecins Sans Frontières-España started an Outpatient Feeding Therapeutic Programme (OTP) in Rwanda camp for the displaced and rehabilitated the OTP in Tawila Hospital. In addition, the national NGO Balsam will start three nutrition centres in the areas of Dali and Tabit.

The International Organization for Migration distributed 235 emergency shelters to 1,175 vulnerable displaced from Jebel Marra in Shangil Tobaya.

In Kabkabiya, the national NGO KSCS distributed emergency household supplies to 509 people with special needs in January.

Access to clean water for 89,000 people in East Darfur

CARE International-Switzerland (CIS) is rehabilitating 11 water yards in Assalaya, Yassin and Bahr El Arab localities in East Darfur, benefiting about 89,000 refugees, displaced, and their host communities.

The project is funded by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

According to the 2014 Sudan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), 45.1 percent of households in East Darfur State have access to improved water sources, comparing with 68.1 percent of households overall in Sudan.

Over 131,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan in 2016

More than 131,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan in 2016 – 44 percent of the 297,000 who have arrived in Sudan since mid-December 2013, the highest number of registered new arrivals in a single year, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The refugees have primarily settled in areas where there are few aid organisations and resources are extremely limited. Humanitarian organisations are concerned about the protection of refugee children, making up over 67 percent of the refugee population. Assisting unaccompanied and separated children remains a key priority in the response to the South Sudanese influx.

AFC Leopards Elections Postponed Indefinitely

By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — The AFC Leopards electoral board has indefinitely postponed the club’s elections initially set for July 3 after failing to acquire proper voter’s register from the Interim Management Committee (IMC).

Consequently, the Sports Disputes Tribunal has extended the IMC’s tenure which was set to expire at the end of this month to July 30.

According to a statement from the electoral board, the IMC failed to meet an earlier deadline of June 6 to forward a compiled voter register to the electoral board inaugurated on April 28.

“At the time of the communication of the said deadline by the board, the IMC had also issued a similar communication to the club membership setting the deadline for the closure of membership registration on 15th June 2016. As a result, the June 6 deadline was not met,” the electoral board said in a statement.

The period of operation of the IMC was set to lapse June 30 and the postponement of the elections would throw the club into a leadership vacuum hence the extension of their tenure to the end of July.

The club has up to Monday, June 20 to hand over the final voter register to the board.

After that, they will review and analyze the register and publish it for scrutiny before announcing a final calendar for the eagerly anticipated elections.

“The IMC will stand disbanded by July 30 whether or not the elections are held. The tribunal’s extension of the term of the IMC means the club elections must be held before July 30,” the electoral board offered.

This comes even as the club’s fans protested the way the club was being run by the IMC and now want both co chairmen Dan Mule and Mathews Opwora to quit the club.

“I was also of the opinion that the elections be held by July 3 and I had said I would resign if they are not held. But now, it is because of unforeseen reasons that we can’t hold them. But I want to promise the fans that we will have the elections before July 30.

We have already had a provisional list which we have prepared and by Monday we will forward the final list to the IMC. It is within our interest to hold these elections because the more they delay, the more we have squabbles in the team,” Dan Mule, one of the co chairmen told Capital Sport.

The club members expressed fear the two who have already declared interest in going for the top seat during the elections might doctor the list of members in a bid to rig the election.

Leadership squabbles at the club in January led Sports Disputes Tribunal led by John Ohaga to form an interim committee to take charge of the club prior to organizing a free and fair election process.

A lover of sports who seeks to tell the African story in an African way. Top ten finalist of the Abu Dhabi Sports Media Pearl Awards. Be it on the pitch, court, track, pool or course, the story will be told. On twitter @KakaTimm

Kenya

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South Africa: Communications Minister to Engage Tshino Community

Pretoria — Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will on Monday engage with the community in Tshino village, Vuwani in Limpopo, as part of the activities of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Vuwani.

The IMC, headed by Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, was established by President Jacob Zuma after an unprecedented outbreak of violence that saw the torching of 24 schools, as well as other acts of intimidation and violence.

The violence followed the ruling by the Limpopo High Court to affirm the decision of the Municipal Demarcation Board, to amalgamate Vuwani with parts of the Malamulele municipality.

The communication information session seeks to address the flow of information about matters affecting the community in and around Tshino village and to further promote social cohesion and nation building.

Minister Muthambi will be joined by her colleagues in the IMC, the Nesangani Working Committee, the Executive Mayor of the Vhembe District Municipality and Mayor of Makhado Municipality.

“In this information session the community will be afforded an opportunity to engage directly with the leaders, including the Moral Regeneration Movement and religious leaders, as well as other stakeholders.

“Community members will be afforded an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas,” said Minister Muthambi.

South Africa

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Sierra Leone: Draft Guidelines On Reporting Public Health Emergencies Validated

By Victoria Saffa

The Independent Media Commission (IMC), with support from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Wednesday validated the draft guidelines on reporting public health emergencies and other national disasters.

The guidelines were developed under a project titled ‘Popularization of Ebola Virus Disease reporting guidelines for journalists in Sierra Leone’, with an objective to develop a national reporting guidelines on Ebola that would enhance reporting by journalists across the country, as well as serving as a cornerstone for self-regulation.

The validation process brought together a twelve man committee, comprising representatives from Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Independent Radio Network (IRN), Guild of Editors, Health Alert, Ministry of Health, National HIV/AIDS Secretariat, Commissioners of the IMC, Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Office of the National Security, Sierra Leone Bar Association, and the Mass Communications Department at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

While presenting the draft reporting guidelines, Head of Department of Mass Communications at Fourah Bay College, Hindolo Tonya Musa stated that the draft document contains twelve guidelines.

He said media practitioners were cognisant of their rights to freedom of expression and of the press and that they also recognised the need to fulfill their responsibilities in society, which includes the media creating a platform to articulate and address issues of national concern like the emergence and spread of major outbreaks, diseases and national disasters.

He said media practitioners must be aware of international, regional, local protocols, as well as legal frameworks that shape and guide reporting on health emergencies and other national disaster situations, noting that they should know national laws relating to such coverage and reportage and should endeavour to learn and au fait with medical terminologies and protocols, restrictions, embargoes and clearance necessary for the safety and security of journalists in reporting outbreaks.

Mr. Musa maintained that journalists must understand vulnerability analysis before reporting on diseases and other disaster issues, noting that all stories aired by media practitioners on health emergencies and other national disaster situations must be presented with accuracy, truth and impartiality.

Sierra Leone

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Libya: Fear of Violence, Robbery Deters Libya’s Refugees From Seeking Healthcare

By Kieran Guilbert

Dakar — Many refugees and migrants in Libya are not seeking needed healthcare as they fear being caught up in conflict between warring factions or detained, robbed or kidnapped at official and fake checkpoints, an aid agency said on Wednesday.

Most of those who arrive in Libya lack identity documents – which they are required to show at checkpoints to get to health facilities – and are afraid of being sent to detention centres as a result, said the International Medical Corps (IMC).

Others have been trapped by fighting between armed groups supporting two rival governments, and Islamic State militants, or threatened by gunmen posing as security officials at fake checkpoints, according to the medical aid organisation.

“Life in Libya is so hard for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees… they face a lot of trouble and are terrified to travel,” said IMC Libya security manager Fabrice Faicel Ilahi.

“Armed men running fake checkpoints are benefiting from a lack of central authority and are subjecting these vulnerable people to extortion, robbery, abduction and even forced labour.”

There are some quarter of a million refugees and migrants in the North African country of 6.3 million people.

Many of them have fled Syria’s five-year-old civil war or travelled north through Africa’s Sahel region in the hope of crossing the Mediterranean to start new lives in Europe.

Syrian asylum seeker Saad Elmasri, who arrived in Libya in 2011, said his family suffered verbal abuse from Libyan soldiers in the streets because his wife’s passport had expired.

“We struggle to access healthcare due to the expired passport… we never think about moving during the night because of robberies and other acts at fake checkpoints,” the 60-year-old said by phone from the capital, Tripoli.

The IMC is carrying out medical consultations, providing healthcare for those held in detention centres, and distributing health kits which include medicine, blankets and heaters.

Libya could run out of life-saving medicine within a month, which would affect the lives of one million people, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Libya said on Tuesday.

The violence has taken a heavy toll on health facilities, with only two out of a dozen hospitals in the eastern city of Benghazi currently functioning, Ali Al-Za’tari said.

Around 2.4 million people in Libya – four in 10 of the population – need humanitarian aid, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Libya’s eastern parliament, which is internationally backed but opposed by a rival government in Tripoli, rejected an initial unity government last month, while Islamist fighters have exploited the security vacuum to expand their presence. (Reporting By Kieran Guilbert, editing by Tim Pearce. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit news.trust.org)

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