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South Africa:Key Eskom Witnesses Fail to Appear At Koko’s Disciplinary Hearing

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After some initial delays, the disciplinary hearing of suspended head of generation and former acting CEO at Eskom, Matshela Koko, got off to a rocky start at about 5pm on Wednesday 18 October 2017 in the Franklin Auditorium at Eskom Megawatt Park, Johannesburg. By CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor, EE Publishers.

The disciplinary hearing relates to widely reported allegations of nepotism and conflict-of-interest levelled against Koko.

Koko is charged, amongst other allegations of misconduct, with failure to declare accurately and in a timely manner that his stepdaughter, Koketso Choma (who resided with Koko), was a director of and had a financial interest in a company that was doing business with Eskom Generation at a time when Koko was head of generation and subsequently acting CEO at Eskom.

The company, Impulse International, established in 2006, is said to have received contracts from Eskom generation totalling over R1-billion while Choma, 26, was a director and beneficial shareholder of Impulse International.

At the commencement of the disciplinary hearing, Koko refuted the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all six charges of misconduct levelled against him in the charge sheet, copies of which were distributed to the media attending the hearing, together with Koko’s responding…

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Marburg Fever Kills Two

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Dr Diana Atwine, the health ministry’s permanent secretary

By Emmanuel Ainebyoona & Joyce Chemitai

Kampala — Government epidemiologists have confirmed an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever case in the eastern district of Kween.

The acting district health officer, Mr Godfrey Chemos, said in a phone interview yesterday that tests of blood samples from two people, who died early this week, turned positive.

The deceased from the sub-counties of Kamwam and Moyok, had been admitted to Kaproron Health Centre IV between October and September.

Mr Chemos said a team from the Ministry of Health had arrived in the district to sensitise residents about the disease and prevent its spread.

Dr Diana Atwine, the Health Ministry’s permanent secretary, yesterday said a team of epidemiologists and laboratory technologists led by the acting director general of health services, had been sent to the district.

Marburg affects both humans and non-human primates, and manifests with symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, gum bleeding and vomiting blood.

Today, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Aceng, is expected to issue a statement at the Uganda Media Centre.

Symptoms

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around the fifth day after the onset of symptoms, a maculopapular rash, most prominent on the trunk (chest, back, stomach), may occur.

Other symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, chest pain, a sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea. Symptoms become increasingly severe and can include jaundice, inflammation of the pancreas, severe weight loss, delirium, shock, liver failure, massive bleeding and multi-organ dysfunction.

Marburg has symptoms that are similar to other infectious diseases such as malaria or typhoid fever and clinical diagnosis of the disease can be difficult, especially if only a single case is involved.

Prevention

Preventive measures against Marburg virus infection are not well defined, as transmission from wildlife to humans remains an area of ongoing research.

If a patient is either suspected or confirmed to have Marburg haemorrhagic fever, barrier nursing techniques should be used to prevent direct physical contact with the patient, according to CDC.

The precautions include wearing of protective gowns, gloves, and masks; placing the infected individual in strict isolation; and sterilisation or proper disposal of needles, equipment, and patient excretions.

The country has taken about three years without reporting any outbreak of a viral haemorrhagic fever. The last confirmed outbreak in the country happened in September 2014 when a 30-year old man died after testing positive of the Marburg virus.

South Africa:Transport and the National Taxi Alliance On the Planned Protest March

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Joint Statement by the Department of Transport and the National Taxi Alliance on the planned protest march read by the acting Director-General of the Department of Transport, Mr Mathabatha Mokonyama and Mr Alpheus Mlalazi, the General Secretary of NTA.

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and members of the media. Welcome to our media briefing today on matters relating to one of the most critical public transport modes and industries in the country, the taxi industry. We have called you today as per the directive of the Minister of Transport, Mr Joe Maswanganyi to convey the message emanating from the two meetings he held with the leadership of the National Taxi Alliance (NTA).

As indicated, the Minister, accompanied by the top management, met the leadership of NTA, led by its President, Ntate Masitsa on Thursday, 12 October and again on Monday, 16 October 2017 to discuss among others, the letters written to the Minister and in particular the last one that came in the form of a notice of an intention to embark on a protest march this coming Thursday (19 October 2017). The purpose of the march was to present a memorandum of grievances in relation to issues and challenges affecting the taxi industry, including but not limited to:

Some provisions of the National Land Transport Act, the NLTA,

Matters related to operations,

Integrated Public Transport Network, IPTN’s/ BRT system,

Compensation for an operator surrendering an Operating License,

Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, and

Public Transport subsidy,

The most important to note is that, the time it took the Department to address these issues gave an impression that nothing is being done, including the assertion created that there is no willingness to engage, hence the decision to march. I will come to these two points later.

Although the meetings did not go into finer details regarding challenges facing the taxi industry, Minister Maswanganyi committed to a follow-up meeting where these concerns will be discussed and a comprehensive way forward determined as part of broader interventions to resolving challenges raised by the NTA.

Based on this commitment, the leadership of NTA agreed to suspend the proposed protest march, planned for Thursday 19 October 2017, to give the engagement a chance.

The Transport Minister would like to express gratitude to the leadership of the NTA for resolving to suspend the protest march and allow an engagement process to unfold in order to attend to the challenges facing the industry. There is no doubt that the planned march would have had a negative impact to the commuters, in particular and the entire country at large.

The Minister would like to assure the taxi industry and the public that the Department is fully committed to the provision of a safe, secure, reliable and quality public transport system.

Taxis are by far the biggest mode of choice among the majority of South African commuter. The mode accounts for over 68% of passengers transported daily. This makes it the most important mode used mainly by the poor. The ability to provide a door to door service makes taxis more attractive and easily accessible. It is for these and related reasons that government sees the need to nurture and develop the taxi industry.

On the other hand, the taxi industry contributes R40bn to the national economy each year and produce more than 300 000 direct and indirect jobs. This, taking into consideration where the industry comes from and how it was conceived, is a significant contribution. The country needs these jobs to grow the economy.

As a result, the Department will make all efforts to attend to current challenges facing the entire public transport sector and in particular the taxi industry.

As indicated the majority of the issues involve matters that are responsibilities of Provinces and Municipalities and as such a follow-up meeting will have to include the relevant MEC’s and representatives of SALGA.

I thank you.

Issued by: Department of Transport

Senegal:Worldremit Partners With Wari To Offer Instant Money Transfers To Senegal

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New service available through Wari’s extended network of 27,000 cash pick up locations

Dakar and London, 16 October 2017 – Senegal’sWari Group and leading digital money transfer companyWorldRemithave joined forces to launch instant money transfers to Senegal.

The new service will let WorldRemit customers in over 50 countries transfer money as easily as sending an instant message, using the app or website. A list of the Wari locations in Senegal can be found here.

Wari has revolutionised the development of and access to financial services across West Africa, particularly in Senegal. The group handles over a million transactions daily through its direct and partner networks, with over 500,000 agents spread across 60 countries.

WorldRemit’s mobile-first, digital model on the send side improves security and compliance standards. Importantly, senders no longer need to visit a bricks and mortar agent, which can be inconvenient and time consuming.

Senegal has a diverse diaspora population, with top migration destinations including France, Italy and Spain. Remittances play an important role in its economy. The World Bank estimates that in 2015 over $1.6 billion dollars was received in overseas remittances.

Catherine Wines, co-founder at WorldRemit, comments: “Our partnership with Wari will enable the half a million-strong Senegalese diaspora to send money instantly from over 50 countries to thousands of locations.

“We want to give people the power to share money instantly, anytime and anywhere, further supporting the transition from costly offline remittances sent from bricks and mortar agents to safer, faster and lower cost online transfer methods.”

Kabirou Mbodje, Wari’s Founder and CEO added: “The digital industry is a game changer in offering global solutions to simplify daily transactions. Partnering with WorldRemit will reinforce our global network and support our ambition to facilitate transactions for everyone.“

In June WorldRemit announced a global integration with Google’s Android Pay, followed by a partnership with Huawei’s mobile money platform across Africa. WorldRemit customers now complete 750,000 transfers every month from over 50 send countries to over 140 receiving destinations.

For more information on how to send money to Senegal, clickhere.

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ABOUT WARI

Incorporated in 2008, Wari is a digital platform offering value added financial and non-financial services to customers, businesses, Institutions and merchants. Its innovative platform, leader in West Africa, available in more than 60 countries 500,000 outlets worldwide and 45,000 paying points in Africa, provides a wide range of products and services.

Financial services: Remittance, Wari account, Wari payment card, insurances

Day to day services: water and electricity bill payment, pensions, scholarships and salary payments, TV subscription, airtime, lotteries, Warishopping, Wari Taxi).

The Wari platform is linked to more than 152 Banks and 800 Micro Finance Institutions.

Wari services are available everywhere and onMyWari (Web and mobile App).

Wari’s objective is to promote financial and social inclusion for all, and to be the leader of the new global digital economy.

ABOUT WORLDREMIT

WorldRemit is changing the way people send money.

It’s easy – just open the app or visit the website – no more agents.

Transfers to most countries are instant – send money like an instant message.
More ways to receive (mobile money, bank transfer, cash pickup, and mobile airtime top-up).
Available in over 50 send countries and over 140 destinations.
Backed by Accel Partners and TCV – investors in Facebook, Spotify, Netflix and Slack.

WorldRemit’s global headquarters are in London, UK with regional offices in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Wari Grouppr@wari.com
WorldRemit – Tom Solleveld – tsolleveld@worldremit.com

Africa:The Traditional Vegetable and Sweet Potato Research That’s Revolutionising the Way We Build Food and Nutrition Security in Africa

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Johannesburg — Research focusing on traditional crops that are often ignored and known as “orphan crops” shows they contain minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body and are mostly consumed by rural African people. Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research among these crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance.

This is because there is need to urgently match Africa’s booming population with adequate food systems because if people are well nourished they become healthy and productive which is good for development. As the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) puts it “good nutrition begins with food and agriculture”.

The continent is the second most populous after Asia with about 2, 1 billion people. One in three people suffer from some form of malnutrition according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report. Societal costs of malnutrition have resulted in 11 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) being lost every year in Africa. Whereas the levels of stunting are generally on a decline over the past decade statistics are still unacceptably high with over 58 million of Africa’s children stunted. Beyond the social cost, FAO notes that the cost to the global economy caused by malnutrition, as a result of lost productivity and direct health care costs, could account for as much as 5 percent of GDP equivalent to US$3.5 trillion per year or US$500 per person.

At the Graça Machel Trust we believe that good nutrition must start at an early stage, for example, the first 1000 days from conception to birth are very critical. We work with key regional partners to increase capacity and build up the institutional establishment of national civil society nutrition networks. Strengthening these national civil society nutrition networks helps to keep nutrition advocacy in Africa on the global agenda.

Innovation Now new research is looking at innovative ways to boost agricultural production to feed the continent’s booming population by focusing on the orphaned crops that have been used for many years by Africa’s poor to relieve famine. Agricultural research is mainly concerned at increasing yields, adding of essential nutrients otherwise known as crop Bio- fortification, and control and lowering of diseases. Research has particularly been targeted at traditional vegetables because there are highly nutritious. The Water Research Commission has identified three inter-related challenges in sub-Saharan Africa which are water scarcity, population growth, and food and nutritional insecurity of essential micronutrients one of it is vitamin A. This also means agricultural production needs to increase against a backdrop of issues such as climate change (extreme weather, flooding, and droughts), soil fertility depletion, and land degradation. The majority of Africa’s population live in areas with poor soil fertility, and in addition, there are problems of access to capital and agricultural inputs and farming methods used by most Africans, which affects yields.

Traditional vegetables are capable of providing more than 50 percent of the recommended daily requirements of vitamins such as iron, zinc and beta carotene and they are also drought tolerant. Some of these vegetables are Chinese cabbage, pumpkin and water melon leaves, cowpea leaves and spider flower, which are widely eaten by mostly rural Africans in combination with thick maize meal porridge. These species often grow in the wild or as weeds, and collected for consumption as vegetables by African people. There are equally nutritious with iron, zinc and vitamins A and C and are also drought resistant.

The Water Research commission says: “The use of wild food forms part of the safety net that rural people use to cope with poverty, disaster and livelihood stress.” And for many years researchers and policy makers have ignored these types of leafy vegetables, but during the past two decades this has changed, particularly in countries like Zambia, Malawi and South Africa. The Agricultural Research Council of South Africa, for example, is making an effort to promote the cultivation and utilization of these vegetables by farmers, especially women and other vulnerable groups to mitigate malnutrition, effects of climate change and create wealth for all participants along the entire value chain.

Researchers are also focusing on the sweet potato crop because it is the seventh most produced food crop in the world after maize, rice, wheat, potato, cassava and barley. That’s according to FAO. And as a tuber crop it is the third most important after potato and cassava. It is a staple food in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It is also a common crop among poor farmers because it grows in marginal conditions with limited agricultural inputs and low labour requirements. And again, efforts are research is underway to improve sweet potato yield and make it more disease tolerant.

Sweet potato roots produce more edible energy per hectare per day than wheat, rice or cassava and contains considerable amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fibre, pro-vitamin A, Vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. It has been proven in many countries that Orange fleshed sweet potato variety, for instance, can be used to combat and alleviate vitamin A deficiency. This explains why Crop bio- fortification of sweet potatoes is in progress in most Sub-Saharan Africa including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar and South Africa.

This article was compiled by Regional Coordinator Women in Media Network Millie Phiri with the assistance of the Graca Machel Trust scholarship PHD student Sonia Naidoo and alumni Nadia Ibraimo.

ABOUT:

The Graça Machel Trust The Graça Machel Trust is an advocacy organisation that works across the continent to drive positive change across women’s and children’s rights, as well as governance and leadership. Through our support of local initiatives and connecting key stakeholders at a regional, national and sub-national level, we help to catalyse action where it is needed. By using our convening power the Trust seeks to amplify the voices of women and children in Africa; influence governance; and promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic social and political development of Africa.

ABOUT: Women in Media Network (WIMN) The Women in Media Network (WIMN) is the Trust’s most recent network comprising 35 highly experienced journalists from 15 countries across Africa. A key focus of the network will be to challenge the current perceptions and mindsets about Africa’s women and children and how they are portrayed in the media. We believe that through balanced storytelling we will be able shape a new reality – one that reflects more nuanced stories, told in the way that women want and deserve their stories to be told.

Only Value in Age-Limit Committee Is That We Will Have Some Record

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President Yoweri Museveni

opinionBy Bernard Tabaire

The beating of MPs on September 27 was a signal moment in the current fight over moves to ensure a life presidency for President Museveni.

When in broad daylight, specially trained security operatives storm the belly of Parliament to kick, slap, place in a chokehold, and dump elected leaders into torture vans and speed into the unknown, you know the politics just got a lot braver. In a bad way.

The point of the craziness is this: I want a life presidency and I will get it, damn y’all. The MPs opposed to changing the Constitution to allow a life presidency were made an example of on that day. If MPs can be clobbered, anyone who loudly opposes the removal of the age-limit clause from the Constitution will suffer the same fate. Or worse.

There is clarity.

The one who commandeered the operations, police chief Kale Kayihura, gloats over the works of his hands and brains. Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga won’t apologise, can’t apologise for presiding over an epochal travesty. Both of them, the key enablers, and their boss the President, see nothing despicable in their actions. Only when their hubristic bubble bursts some day will they repent. But it may just be too late, as it often is with these things.

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With those brutal actions, debate was cut off. (Stop press! As this article was being written, news came through that the pliant NRM MPs had thrown their colleagues opposed to age limit removal out of a party caucus meeting in Kampala.) If debate must take place, it is of no consequence. Which is why MPs on the committee that is evaluating the age limit bill can proceed with their countrywide consultations knowing all they are doing is enjoy taxpayer shillings. They will come out of it with fatter bank balances, which is not bad for them and their families, and possibly friends.Their report will amount to nothing. Let’s assume, for argument, that the majority of submissions to the committee oppose the removal of the contentious clause from the Constitution. In that case, the committee would have to recommend accordingly to Parliament.Does anyone imagine that then the MPs, those brilliant and self-less people’s representatives belonging to NRM, will agree with the committee report and kill the life presidency mission? They will argue that they are not delegates in a constituent assembly, but MPs who are free to still make independent decisions based on their clear consciences and impeccable knowledge of what is best for Uganda.They will say that the views of their people are not binding but advisory. They will say that as leaders, they must provide leadership to their people, who in this case were mistaken to oppose the life presidency project. And on and on until the ultimate shameful deed is done. A few hundreds of millions of shillings into their bank accounts will nail it.Back to Wednesday, September 27. President Museveni threw down the gauntlet. He thumbed his nose at a country of 40 million. He did this drawing cynically on the country’s murderous political past. Armed mayhem was once the face of our politics. Terrible things perpetrated by the State happened to many good people. He is reminding us that the State he presides over can also do bad things to you if you stand in his way.The State apparatus exists for the comfort of the presidency, not the people. Political opponents are enemies for crushing. Decent behaviour is for political wimps and novices. Remember the Lubiri invasion and the military surrounding of the National Assembly to ensure a new Constitution is passed in the mid-1960s. Remember the disappearance of a chief justice in the early 1970s. Remember the raid on the High Court in 2005, and the storming of Parliament on September 27, 2017.This nightmare continues because Ugandans allow it. How we should stop it is an open question. However, once the life presidency project is enabled constitutionally, we may have to wait for the 2021 elections. If enough people vote wisely, we can overwhelm the system. There is a limit to how much rigging and intimidation can take place to overturn the will of a determined people.Mr Tabaire is the co-founder and director of programmes at African Centre for Media Excellence in Kampala.More on ThisElders Reject Age Limit Bill

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Nigeria: ‘Ignorance Responsible for High Cancer Mortality Rate’

By Christopher Isiguzo

Enugu — The Federal Government has said ignorance was mainly responsible for the high mortality rate for cancer patients in the country, insisting that adequate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer would improve the survival rate of patients with the disease.

The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole who spoke at the 1st Nationwide Go Pink Day ball and official flag off of breast cancer initiative and intervention fund by Breast Without Spot (BWS) in Enugu said so many cancer patients had lost their lives as a result of poor awareness.

Prof Adewole who was represented by the Cancer Control Coordinator of the ministry, Dr. David Atuwo however disclosed that the Federal Government was working hard to address the problem by increasing awareness on the management of cancer.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who was represented by the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu state, Chief Alex Ogbonna, Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Cecelia Ezeilo and the former minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo expressed delight with the launch of the BWS initiative, noting that early detection of the disease would save so many lives.

They extolled the activities of BWS led by Prof Ifeoma Okoye in driving the cancer project which according to them had a high cost implication in treatment and as well beyond the reach of most people.

Also speaking, the Media and Public Relations Manager of Pfizer, Ngozi Ushedo said the company would always support awareness programmes on cancer in order to reduce its mortality rate.

“This collaboration is aimed at providing increased awareness on breast cancer and reaching out to the government to take action against the disease. Pfizer will continue to support awareness programs on cancer as early detection and treatment can help in reducing the number of deaths. We are committed to fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer in our communities,” Ushedo said.

The founder, Breast Without Spot, (BWS) Prof. Okoye said the fear of being stigmatised and out of pocket payment continued to drive away early detected cases from the hospital and contributed to increasing deaths from the disease.

She said that many citizens suffer untold hardship due to late stage cancer and treatment failure.

“Illiteracy and ignorance about cancer are widespread in Nigeria and that is why it has the highest cancer death rate in Africa and one of the major drivers for the high morbidity is the unaffordable medical bills associated with late presentation.”

She said the fear that fuels the perception could only be buried if we could change the narrative, through improving survivorship and increase the number of people who were alive to share their stories.

“The intervention fund will be utilised to improve 25per cent and seek a marching grant of 75 per cent to complete the payment of people with the disease,” she said.

She regretted that 26 women die every day from breast cancer because of the refusal of the patients to identify and share their stories for fear of stigmatisation.

“Ensuring sustained awareness to improved compliance with healthy living and screening recommendations must mandatorily be complimented by providing and international fund to ensure those detected early are assured to access medical management across the continuum of care.”

She pledged that the foundation will continue to make determined efforts to ensure that the ravaging effects of breast cancer was controlled in the 17 local governments in the state and beyond.

Breast without spot is a Not-for-profit and non-governmental organization with the mission to reduce the burden of death due to late cancer detection and other communicable diseases through health education, screening vaccination, training and research on all cancers and communicable diseases.

Nigeria

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Africa: Africa’s Pay-TV Subscriptions Hit 23.7 Million

By Chike Onwuegbuchi

The total number of pay-TV subscribers in Africa has reached approximately 23.7 million.This is according to a report by market analyst firm Dataxis, which notes this represents quarter-on-quarter growth of 2%, and year-on-year growth of 18%, compared to the second quarter of 2016.

Among the subscribers, 70% receive television through satellite, said Dataxis. Direct-to-home is confirmed as the main mode of TV reception across the African continent, followed by digital terrestrial television (DTT) access with 24% of the market share. DTT is still being implemented and developed in several important African countries and Dataxis predicts this will allow DTT operators to gain new customers in the years to come.

Dataxis points out African pay-TV remains highly concentrated, with Naspers dominating both in terms of subscribers and revenues.However, it notes the arrival of Kwesé, a subsidiary of Econet Media, is expected to increase competition in Africa.

“The satellite operator MultiChoice, owned by Naspers, has been the key player in the Anglophone Africa pay-TV market since its launch. However, the new entrant of the year, Econet Media/Kwesé, along with in particular further deployments by StarTimes, will change this configuration,” says Pascal Orhan, chief analyst at Dataxis.

According to a recent report by Frost & Sullivan, the pay-TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and Internet Protocol television services market is growing rapidly as significant Internet penetration and smartphone adoption in Africa alter the manner in which consumers view content.

It points out that MultiChoice DStv and GOtv, and StarTimes are among the leading pan-African pay-TV operators, while IROKOtv, ShowMax and Netflix lead the VOD space. Despite DStv’s dominance, SA has the most developed pay-TV market, whereas triple-play services are more developed in Kenya.

Africa

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Africa:Africa’s Pay-TV Subscriptions Hit 23.7 Million

By Chike Onwuegbuchi

The total number of pay-TV subscribers in Africa has reached approximately 23.7 million.This is according to a report by market analyst firm Dataxis, which notes this represents quarter-on-quarter growth of 2%, and year-on-year growth of 18%, compared to the second quarter of 2016.

Among the subscribers, 70% receive television through satellite, said Dataxis. Direct-to-home is confirmed as the main mode of TV reception across the African continent, followed by digital terrestrial television (DTT) access with 24% of the market share. DTT is still being implemented and developed in several important African countries and Dataxis predicts this will allow DTT operators to gain new customers in the years to come.

Dataxis points out African pay-TV remains highly concentrated, with Naspers dominating both in terms of subscribers and revenues.However, it notes the arrival of Kwesé, a subsidiary of Econet Media, is expected to increase competition in Africa.

“The satellite operator MultiChoice, owned by Naspers, has been the key player in the Anglophone Africa pay-TV market since its launch. However, the new entrant of the year, Econet Media/Kwesé, along with in particular further deployments by StarTimes, will change this configuration,” says Pascal Orhan, chief analyst at Dataxis.

According to a recent report by Frost & Sullivan, the pay-TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and Internet Protocol television services market is growing rapidly as significant Internet penetration and smartphone adoption in Africa alter the manner in which consumers view content.

It points out that MultiChoice DStv and GOtv, and StarTimes are among the leading pan-African pay-TV operators, while IROKOtv, ShowMax and Netflix lead the VOD space. Despite DStv’s dominance, SA has the most developed pay-TV market, whereas triple-play services are more developed in Kenya.

Africa

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Impose Harsh Penalties On Defiler Teachers

editorialBy Editor

The media on Thursday reported a shocking incident that occurred in Toroma Sub-county in Katakwi District. Pupils of Okokorio Primary School raided their headmaster’s house to rescue their colleague whom they allege the school head was sexually abusing. Indeed, the reaction of the children is novel.

Speaking out against sexual crimes and taking such action by pupils should be commended. Communities, too, should be sensitised and encouraged to reject and report such cases to the relevant authorities so that drastic action is taken against the culprits.

In the police Biannual Report of 2015 (Jan-June), sex- related crimes reported numbered 10,163, a slight decrease from the numbers in 2014, which was 10,763. Defilement was the most overwhelming with 8,954 cases, with the previous year, 2014 being 9,551 cases.

However, many defilement cases remain unreported, especially in rural areas. Moreover, many of the reported cases are not persecuted despite some arrests being made.

According to the police spokesperson for Eastern Kyoga Region, Mr Michael Odongo, charges of aggravated defilement will be levied against the head teacher, Mr Julius Okwaput. The concern should be whether indeed he will be prosecuted, as many teachers in the past have been reported to have defiled their pupils yet justice for the victims is not delivered.

This case highlights the need to strengthen the regulations and policy as regards teacher – student relations. How far does the Ministry of Education go to ensure that proper guidelines are not only set, but that they are also followed through?

Early this year, a prominent educationist was accused of fathering children with his students. As a result, pressure was piled on the mother ministry to streamline teacher-student relationships.

Sex for marks crime has been reported to be happening at some universities. Why are teachers losing their moral campus that fast? What strategies being put in place by stakeholders in education sector to check this crime? The reality is that there are hundreds more of such incidences. While some parents may not be aware, others have their hands tied by their circumstances, including poverty.

Education institutions should be tasked to come clear on policies regarding teacher-student relations that often end up in teachers defiling the children they teach. Parents should demand for action. And like the pupils, be vigilant to stop this vice in our society. Let us not let our education system whither under the weight of sexual manipulation of pupils by teachers.

Uganda

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