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Zimbabwe: Facility for Locals to Buy Brainworks Shares On JSE

By Happiness Zengeni Business Editor

Brainworks Capital is working on a facility with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, which will allow Zimbabwean investors to buy shares of the company when it lists on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, without the need to source for foreign currency.

Brainworks, which is set to become the first Zimbabwean company to have a primary listing on the JSE next week has interests in hospitality, logistics, real estate and financial services. The institutional offering of 27 523 396 ordinary shares at an offer price of R11,50 per share opened last week Thursday and will close on Monday October 9. Results of the offer will be released on or about Wednesday October 11, 2017 while the company will list on Friday, October 13.

Brainworks chief executive Bretts Child said that talks were ongoing with the RBZ to give an opportunity to local investors to buy the company’s shares on the JSE without having to source for elusive foreign currency.

“We expect this to be rolled out in the coming weeks. We believe it’s important to give an opportunity to local investors to participate on the JSE.’

Mr Child said overall, after having gone on road shows in the United Kingdom and South Africa, there was interest and “huge empathy for Zimbabwe at the moment” adding that: “all we have to do is provide the right channel.

“A lot of investors will watch this JSE listing keenly and make their decision about investing in the country. There is interest, no doubt.”

The listing and consequent capital raise of $25 million will support future strategic acquisitions, enable access to cheaper funding and provide investors with an opportunity to invest, and participate in, the future growth of Brainworks. Mr Child said the group will remain Zimbabwean focussed as there were still a lot of opportunities in the country.

“We want to be in front of the queue when the economy turns. The view is to become Zimbabwe’s foremost hospitality player and build a sustainable and profitable property development business.”

In the long-term, the group may consider expanding the current investment base by seeking potential acquisitions in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) space. Mr Child said the business strategy is to build or selectively identify and acquire control of strategic equity stakes in attractive companies active in growth sectors with proven business models primarily operating in Zimbabwe.

“The businesses are required to demonstrate strong potential to generate cash, attain sustainable profitability and possess strong brands in order to attract reputable international operating partners who will invest alongside or partner with Brainworks to facilitate the unlocking of shareholder value and enhance profitability.”

Recently, Brainworks was recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as one of the “Companies to Inspire Africa”. Brainworks’ profile was featured alongside other growing, outstanding companies from Africa as part of the LSEG’s Companies to Inspire Africa publication. Brainworks has consolidated gross assets in excess of $151 million and a total net asset value of $87 million as at December 31, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Group reported total revenue of $48 million and a normalised EBITDA of $7,3 million.

Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe: Grain Marketing Board Ordered to Open Satellite Depots

By Elita Chikwati

Cabinet has warned Grain Marketing Board (GMB) staff conniving with unlicensed grain merchants to prejudice farmers that they will face punitive action. This follows concerns raised over GMB officials who are allegedly ill-treating farmers, while some depots were reportedly refusing to accept other crops, especially small grains.

There were also concerns that unscrupulous businesspeople were discouraging farmers from delivering their crop to GMB by peddling falsehoods that the parastatal was no longer accepting grain because its silos were full. In a statement issued after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe said Cabinet was concerned with the ill-treatment of farmers delivering grain to GMB.

“Cabinet has warned the GMB against ill-treating farmers who deliver their grain as corrective measures will be taken. GMB should receive and accept all grain delivered to its depots across the country in an open and transparent manner. It should urgently set up satellite depots at rural districts and service centres in order to cut down on transport costs and boost grain deliveries,” he said.

Dr Mushohwe urged GMB to ensure that all grain delivered to its depots is paid for sequentially, on a first-come-first-served basis and without bias or self interest.

“Cabinet wishes to advise that any GMB or public officials found and or believed to be conniving or colluding with unlicensed grain merchants to prejudice farmers and the State will be dealt with resolutely in terms of the country’s laws. To this end, farmers and the public at large should expose and report all malpractices by public officials and bogus grain buyers and sellers to the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development and the Police for prompt corrective action.”

GMB recently urged farmers to continue delivering grain as there was still space. Farmers have delivered over one million tonnes of maize and substantial amounts of small grains such as sorghum, pearl millet, rapoko and soyabeans, signalling the success of the 2016-17 summer cropping season in terms of food security.

Most farmers who produced maize under the Special Maize Import Substitution Programme (Command Agriculture) have finished harvesting their crop and the GMB is now receiving deliveries from small scale farmers and those who benefited from the Presidential Well Wishers Agriculture Inputs Scheme that have surplus.

GMB was ordered to open satellite depots to enable farmers to deliver their crop without challenges and to protect it from the rains. The satellite depots will also be used for collection of inputs under the Presidential Well Wishers Agriculture Input Scheme. GMB is buying maize, red sorghum, white sorghum, rapoko and millet at a uniform price of $390 per tonne.

The parastatal has storage facilities to cater for four million tonnes of grain. The cylindrical silos have a capacity of 700 000 tonnes while hard stands cater for 3,3 million tonnes of grain.

This year, Government expects to receive four million tonnes made up of different crops such as maize, soyabeans and small grains.

Zimbabwe

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Gambia: Austrian Journalist Visits Gambia to Promote Tourism

By Njie Baldeh

An Austrian journalist is currently in The Gambia to see the country’s tourism attraction areas to report about it back home as the preparations for the 2017/2018 Gambia tourism season is in high gear.

The journalist, Wolfgang Weitlaner, has been received by the Gambia Tourism Board (GTBoard) as part of their efforts to promote tourism in the country to the world.

In an interview with The Point on Monday at the GTBoard head office, Mr Weitlaner said he had been writing for almost 20 years in Austria and had travelled to over 100 countries where he is needed to do some promotions for tourism.

He said his main focus would be first to write more articles about what people can expect when they come over to The Gambia for holidays.

“I would also like to enhance people to do more than just sitting on the beach to enjoy the sun and the ocean,” he said.

“Holidaymakers should also get to the heritage and the culture of this country and its beautiful people.”

The Austrian journalist said he was very much interested in Banjul as the capital of The Gambia but also the coastline.

“And what I like most here is that the people are interconnected to each other,” he said. “When I go back to my country what I will write most is the biggest sensation of the people and the nature though I do not know more about the River Gambia, I think this is one of the absolute highlights of what I have seen, including the birds and beautiful wildlife.”

Ousman Kebbeh, product manager at the Gambia Tourism Board, said: “We are very fortunate to have the journalist from Austria.”

He said the Austrian has been taken on a conducted tour to visit some parts of The Gambia for him to have adequate and enough information to sell the destination.

Gambia

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Zambia: Levy Mwanawasa Hospital Under Probe for Negligence

By George Mwenya

Following the death of Zambia Daily Mail employee, Sithembile Zulu, the government has instituted investigations into circumstances surrounding the entire episode and the general increase of maternal deaths at Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.

There are reports of excessive negligence which have resulted in premature deaths of pregnant women and in some case babies.

BELOW IS THE STATEMENT

Press Statement for immediate release

With a profound sense of regret, the Minister of Health Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya has bemoaned the maternal death recorded at Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital on the 10th of September 2017.

Dr Chilufya is profoundly shocked by this turn of events, as he holds that even one maternal death is too many.

The Minister has, however, ordered for a thorough maternal death case review, as well as a postmortem to determine the cause of death.

Dr Chilufya said all procedures should be done on the deceased and scrutinised to ascertain the possible events that could have led to her death.

MoH Spokesperson Dr Maximilian Bweupe has explained that the deceased, 29 years old, in her 2nd pregnancy underwent a caesarian section due to fetal distress on the 8th September 2017.

Fetal distress is when the fetus does not receive adequate amounts of oxygen during pregnancy or labour. It is oftentimes detected through an abnormal fetal heart rate.

The deceased became breathless after taking a bath yesterday in morning, after, which the condition rapidly deteriorated before she

passed on despite efforts to resuscitate her.

Meanwhile, the Minister has offered utmost condolences to the bereaved family, friends, and the media fraternity.

May her soul rest in eternal peace

Issued by Stanslous Ngosa

MoH Head Communications and External Relations

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Zambia

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Kenya Misses 800m Medal As Semenya Rule

Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters Media Express
By Alex Isaboke

Nairobi — Kenya’s Margaret Wambui Nyairera missed a medal after finishing fourth in the women’s 800m as Caster Semenya won a third world title on the last day of the London IAAF World Championships on Sunday.

Nyairera, the Olympic bronze medallist finished fourth in 1:57.54 as South African Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, dominated the race in a World Lead of 1:55.16.

Burundian Francine Niyonsaba came second in 1:55.92 ahead of American Ajee Wilson who claimed bronze in 1:56.65.

Wilson made a move with 250 metres to run, Kenya’s Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Wambui immediately falling off pace.

Hitting the home straight, Wilson and Niyonsaba were neck and neck before Semenya, the the defending Olympic champion and also world champion in 2009 and 2011, moved smoothly outside the lead duo and motored through the line for a convincing victory.

Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals.

The 26-year-old South African was one of a number of women taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels.

Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m on Monday in the opening race of her ambitious bid for a distance double.

Semenya, who stands to be awarded the 2012 Olympic gold medal after Russian winner Mariya Savinova was disqualified for doping, now has to await further meetings between the IAAF and CAS to discover if she again has to take testosterone suppressing medication.

@alexisaboke is a Sports Journalist with Capital FM who commands over eight years of journalism experience in electronic and print media. Find him on the pitch, track, court, course, pool…

Kenya

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Kenya’s Tanui Bags Bronze As Farah Signs Off in Style in London

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Athletics track.

By Alex Isaboke

Nairobi — Kenya’s tactic to dethrone star Mo Farah at his own backyard was dashed as Paul Tanui settled for bronze in a race that saw the home grown favourite successfully defend the men’s 10,000m and light up the Olympic Stadium on the opening day of the IAAF London World Championships on Friday night.

Farah, who now has bagged 10 back-to-back world titles in both 10,000m and 5,000m, once again proved to be the best in the globe as he produced a last lap kick to outshine the Kenyan trio that included two-time World Cross Champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Olympic silver medallist Tanui and Bedan Karoki to win in 26:49.51.

Ugandan 20-year old Joshua Cheptegei, who did the donkey work of setting the pace early, grabbed silver in a personal best of 26:49.94 while Tanui collected bronze in a seasonal best of 26:50.60 to see the Kenyan remain consistent in ensuring a podium finish, having come in the same position in Beijing 2015 and in Moscow 2013 editions.

Other Kenyans in the race Karoki came fourth in 26:52.12 ahead of Ethiopian Jemal Yimer who clocked 26:56.11 to finish fifth while Kamworor who was tipped to bring down Farah faded to finish sixth in 26:57.77.

The 34-year-old, who will bid to add a third successive world double in the 5000m later in the championships, had a narrow escape from disaster on the final lap when he was clipped twice but somehow kept his balance to prevail.

“It makes me proud to be British. It’s been a long journey, it’s been incredible,” said Farah who was accompanied by his family on a lap of honour.

“It’s been hard but I’m just mentally strong I guess.”

The Ugandans and the Kenyans deployed their strategy of ‘surging’ with them alternating the lead pace so as not to allow Farah to get into a rhythm.

Kamworor took up the pace with over 21 laps to run — Farah was seventh from the back but looking comfortable.

Kamworor exchanged the lead with Cheptegei performing the same role as he had in the Olympic final in Rio.

Farah moved along in around 12th as Kamworor and compatriot Tanui injected more pace up front and the trio of Ethiopians loomed large on the scene.

However, Farah decided with 14 laps remaining to show them he was unaffected by their tactics accelerating down the finishing straight to briefly head the field.

The Kenyans resumed their control up front soon afterwards and upped the pace recording a lap of 61 seconds with the Ugandans tucked in behind them and Farah 11th.

However, each time they thought they had him on the ropes Farah also sped up although Kamworor deliberately slowed it down recording a lap of 67 seconds.

With nine laps to go the pace setting was taken up by young Eritrean Aron Kifle but despite the constant changing of pace Farah despite being elbowed looked comfortable.

With 2000m to the tape Cheptegei led the field but was then passed by the fastest man in the world this year Ethiopian Abadi Hadis, who looked in ominously good shape.

With two laps to go Farah moved up to the shoulder of Hadis, passing him down the back straight, and as the bell rang he looked up at the big screen to see how his rivals were behind him.

Despite the two clippings Farah held his nerve and was able to repel one final challenge from the relentless Cheptegei to cross the line with fireworks going off to celebrate his feat.

Prior to the race Farah had come onto the track waving his arms in the air urging the spectators to up the volume.

Introduced as they lined up for the start to the crowd they responded with a deafening roar — but nothing compared to what greeted their champion as he crossed the line in glory half an hour later.

@alexisaboke is a Sports Journalist with Capital FM who commands over eight years of journalism experience in electronic and print media. Find him on the pitch, track, court, course, pool…

Martin Tyler Slammed On Twitter for Reaction to Wanyama’s Goal Against Utd

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Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama trains at the Ruaraka ground

By Alex Isaboke

Nairobi — Martin Tyler’s commentary on Sky Sports for Victor Wanyama’s powerful header against Manchester United has been slammed on twitter by Tottenham Hotspur fans.

Spur’s final season at White Hart Lane couldn’t have gone any better after Wanyama and Harry Kane scored a goal each in their 2-1 victory over United.

It took just six minutes for United’s goal to be breached. Ben Davies whipped in a cross that was headed in by Wanyama to send the home supporters giddy.

The lack of marking was immediately noticeable. The closest United player to Wanyama was Wayne Rooney, and even he wasn’t tight enough to the Kenyan.

Fortunately there were two more goals to come, for Tyler’s commentary on Sky Sports for Wanyama’s header was rather subdued to say the least.

Tyler is often called out when commentating on Man United games, often for showing a hint of bias towards the Red Devils. And he sounded ever so repressed when Spurs took the lead, saying: “Alderweireld and Dier are very good in the air… and so to is Victor Wanyama. Well it might not be the last goal at the Lane, but it’s an early one here.”

It’s even sweeter when man u gets punished by a Kenyan😎😎 #Wanyama #whitehartlane #kenyan anyway i still hate #Spurs 😂😂 #Arsenal #cyog pic.twitter.com/mdsZE4V266

— Liam swayez (@Liamswayez) May 14, 2017

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Twitter Uproar Over Kenyan Wanyama’s Goal Against Man Utd


Wanyama Scores As Spurs Sink Man Utd in Lane Farewell

Just seen the Wanyama goal and based on Martyn Tyler’s commentary you’d have thought there wasn’t a goal– Will (@WillieLetiss) May 14, 2017Martin Tyler unable to hide his complete and utter disdain for United conceding a goal or playing poorly gives me life. #TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/9ZPZqYa958– LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) May 14, 2017Poor Martin Tyler..he sounded positively gutted when the spuds scored lol– AJS (@bluematrix1955) May 14, 2017Could hear the disappointment in Martin Tyler’s voice when Spurs scored 😂– Jack (@Jrolt) May 14, 2017Notice how deflated Martin Tyler sounds when anyone scores against his beloved UTD 😂😂😂– Chris The Redeemer (@ItsChrisRussell) May 14, 2017If you listen close you can hear Martin Tyler heart breaking.– winger (@WINGWIZARD) May 14, 2017Victor one nil to spurs… Martin Tyler goes very quiet with that goal hmmm– Jason (@jasone1972) May 14, 2017Martin Tyler absolutely gutted that went in! What a twat cannot stand him. Have you EVER heard an opening goal being announced like that?– Sam (@bellamoir) May 14, 2017Martin Tyler is the worst commentator of all time. Not even a flicker of emotion unless Man Utd score– James (@JamesStarling1) May 14, 2017Thought it was offside or something, Martin Tyler don’t give a shit– Harry (@BamideIeHarry) May 14, 2017Spurs’ 2-1 win over Manchester United ensured they went the entire season unbeaten at home and said goodbye to their stadium in style.There were dramatic scenes at full-time as fans stormed onto the pitch. Of course, the season won’t end as Spurs want it to – by hoisting the Premier League trophy – but this was a fitting way to bow out of White Hart Lane.Goals from Wanyama and Kane gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a 2-0 lead. Wayne Rooney pegged a goal back for United but Tottenham held on for the win.Spurs’ victory means they will finish second in the table. It’s the first time they’ve secured a place in top two for 54 years.As for United, it’s now mathematically impossible for them to finish in the top four. Now, the Europa League final is their only shot at securing Champions League football for next season.-By GiveMeSport-@alexIsaboke is a Sports Journalist with Capital FM who hopes to inspire sportsmen achieve their dreams. Find him on the pitch, track, court, course….

Gambia: Gambian Journalists React to World Press Freedom Day

By Arfang M.s. Camara

Gambian Journalists across the country have expressed delight in the manner they celebrated this year’s World Press Freedom Day in the country compared to the previous years.

In a Daily Observer interview on Tuesday at the celebration on the theme “Critical Minds for Critical Times”, Musa Sise, a member of The Gambia Press Union (GPU) described this year’s celebration as very significant in the annals of recent history and development in the Gambian media to have come up this age and freely celebrating World Press Freedom Day, noting that the need of this day cannot be overemphasized because this was unthinkable in recent years.

Sanna Camara, a journalist said that for the past 16 years of his journalist experienced, they (journalists) have never celebrated such a day like this.

Commenting on the way forward of the media, he said that the media has a lot of opportunity in the new found freedom but there would be some challenges along the way.

He expressed optimism that the new found freedom would be translated into lots of credible information going into the public to be absorbed, while taking example from some media institutions who are broadcasting or publishing very critical stories which they couldn’t feature before.

Camara went on to challenge the media and journalists to manage the new found freedom and also be responsible, adding they should use it to maximize information to the public.

Lamin Fatty, also a journalist described the day as very important day for him, as the new Gambia has signified that there would be a press freedom in the country.

“Gambia, we are hoping for a press freedom which can go a long way in developing our country,” he said.

According to him, the President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow has promised press freedom, which means a lot to the Gambian journalists and media at large, while also challenging journalists to be responsible in the new found freedom.

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South Africa: Bhekisisa Journalist Scoops Impactafrica Award

Reporter Pontsho Pilane has been recognised for her reporting on menstruation.

Bhekisisa health reporter Pontsho Pilane has won an impactAfrica award for her reporting on access to healthy, safe and dignified menstruation.

Pilane won the fourth round of the impactAfrica competition, which sought to award stories that shed light on the challenges women and girls face in accessing healthcare and health services. The award acknowledges a series of pieces by Pilane on menstruation that covered issues such as inequities in people’s access to sanitary pads or alternatives as well as pushes for the introduction of government-subsidised pads.

For Pilane, who was named Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year in 2016, this is the latest accolade recognising her deep commitment to covering gender issues.

She will also join Chris Roper, deputy director at Code for Africa and International Centre for Journalists Knight Fellow, on a panel at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers’ World News Media Congress in Durban in June.

Pilane has also been named as a finalist in this year’s Discovery Health Journalism awards alongside Bhekisisa news editor Laura Lopez Gonzalez and senior multimedia journalist Demelza Bush.

Former Bhekisisa journalist Ina Skosana is also a finalist in the features category and Mail & Guardian business journalist Lynley Donnelly is up for an award for best health economics reporting.

In a statement released this week, Discovery Health judges said the quality of entries this year was exceptional and noted that it was a challenge to identify the finalists. They commended reporters for improving knowledge and encouraging public interest in matters that shape health and healthcare.

Pilane will accompany fellow impactAfrica award-winner and M&G environmental reporter Sipho Kings on a study tour of the United States. Kings was also awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship this week and will attend Harvard University in August.

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Eritrea: Provision of Free Medical Service

Asmara — The Eritrean Medical Association in partnership with its Italian counterpart provided free medical service to citizens working in places exposed to pollutant gases. The medical service was provided to citizens who are working in environmental sanitation and infrastructure activities as well as at Medeber in the Central region.

The medical service which daily provided for a week treating 140 people per day included checkup of respiratory system. According to Prof. Marco Bruno, leader of the Italian medical team, similar medical service is also being provided to Eritrean cyclists. The beneficiaries commending the medical service they were provided called for its sustainability.

Eritrea

Family of Jailed Journalist Renews Calls for His Release

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