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Nigeria: Seandovi Decries Companies’ Slow Pace to Cyber Defence

By Peter Oluka

Seandovi Security, a cyber security firm, has expressed worry over the increase in cyber security threats to companies in Nigeria, especially those that go undetected.

The Firm referred to a recent report released by Check Point Software Technologies Limited, which listed Nigeria and four other African countries among the world’s highest risk countries in the latest Global Threat Impact Index released for May 2017.

According to the report the Check Point’s report, Zambia has the highest risk profile, with Nigeria in second position. Uganda, Malawi and South African were ranked 7th, 8th and 9th respectively.

The report stated that South Africa in particular, demonstrated a significant jump in ranking, having moved up from 22nd position since last month.To assist organizations tackle the challenge, Seandovi Security disclosed plans to hold a cyber security training in Lagos from 13th to 17th November 2017.

The training, Mr. Edmond Onwuje, the founder of the Company told newsmen, will focus on the latest threats affecting enterprise, ranging from zero day attacks and how to deal will this kind of attack.

“This training,” said Onwuje who will lead the training session, it will also teach trainees how to defend their networks. Students will learn from proven experts on how to perform defensive cybersecurity”.

“This intensive course immerses students in a simulated lab environment, students will also learn how to perform bug bounty hunting and fuzzing their application for vulnerabilities; Such as Buffer overflows and other vulnerabilities affecting today’s software”.

“This training will cover all phases of Red teaming and blue teaming with more concentration on blue team. The training will take place at New Horizons Center Lekki, just for a training fee of seventy five thousand”.

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Ethiopia: Ethio Pay to Push Visa Cards Out

Eth Switch S.C, the consortium of private banks, is to implement electronic cards belonging to the same brand- Ethio Pay, in all the banks of the country.

Eth Switch, established by the 17 commercial banks to integrate Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (PoS), has already implemented Ethio Pay cards in five commercial banks so far, whereas the remaining are still use visa cards.

Until now, the banks have been paying a lot of money for using the trademark of the VISA cards. The utilisation of Ethio Pay branded electronic cards will harness the hard currency payment to foreign companies, according to the company’s management.

Currently, over six million people are using ATM Visa cards. Founded in 2011, with a capital of 80 million Br, Eth-Switch facilitated transactions worth 2.9 bllion Br in the past fiscal year.

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South Africa: Durban Clubs Stalling R35 Billion Development

The Durban Point Development Company (DPDC) says a R35bn project to upgrade the area close to the harbour mouth is being delayed – at a potential cost of up to R100 000 a day – because two water sports clubs are refusing to vacate their clubhouses overlooking Vetch’s Beach.

The company, in its urgent application before the Durban High Court today, is seeking immediate eviction orders against the Point Yacht Club and the Durban Paddle-Ski Club.

But the clubs are fighting back, accusing the company of reneging on agreements and placing their sports in jeopardy.

The dispute has a long history which has been brought to a head by today’s application.

But it is unlikely that a victor will emerge any time soon with the clubs raising legal points and the yacht club seeking to join the MEC of economic development and tourism in the action.

To further complicate matters, the two clubs are involved in an acrimonious dispute with the other two affected clubs, the Durban Undersea Club (DUC) and the Durban Ski Boat Club (DSBC), both of which have agreed to move to a “glass fronted” temporary facility which, the company says, it has built at a cost of R2.5m.

Umbrella body

They also have a controlling vote in an “umbrella body”. Point Water Sports Club – refused to be recognised by other clubs – has been negotiating with the developer, which is half owned by the city and half by a Malaysian consortium.

Project manager Soban Gangaraju insists in his affidavit that the clubs have no right to stay.

“The heart of our case is that we are the owner[s] of the property,” he said.

“The company intends to construct an extension to the current promenade, extending it from uShaka Marine World to the harbour entrance. It is a massive undertaking, with construction on reclaimed land which requires specialised techniques. The total budget is about R370m.

“We intend to sign with the successful tenderer within weeks. The promenade development will include accommodation for the Point Water Sports Club.”

Gangaraju said any delays would cost R37m a year – or about R100 000 a day. On top of that, the roll-out of the entire 15-year R35bn project would be delayed, eroding investor confidence.

He said this would also affect 11 000 jobs, surrounding property values and impact on potential rates income of R200m a year, and tax revenue of R1.7bn.

He said in terms of a Memorandum of Agreement signed in 2008, it was always contemplated that the umbrella body would negotiate on behalf of the clubs and it was “well within its rights” to conclude the lease agreements for a temporary site and the final clubhouse to be built under a new promenade.

Gangaraju conceded that the original agreement had provided for the clubs to purchase the site for about R873 000 and erect their own building, but said things had changed and the deal was now that they would lease the property.

“The said agreement fell away for the simple practical reason that the clubs were unable to raise sufficient funds to finance the purchase of vacant land and the construction of a clubhouse building,” he claimed.

Not the original agreement

But Craig Millar, former yacht commodore, has denied this.

In his affidavit, he said the question of funds had never been raised. “It is bizarre to suggest that between all the clubs members – about 8 000 – money could not be raised to purchase the land and erect the joint clubhouse.”

He said his club was only interested in promoting sailing and not “running a restaurant”, which was the only way the new lease agreement would make financial sense.

He said his club had never waived its rights regarding the 2008 memorandum and what was now offered “doesn’t come close” to the original agreement.

“We do not want to be obstructive and we are not opposed to development…all that is required to resolve this dispute is for the company to talk to us to conclude an amendment, to ensure we are afforded a clubhouse on terms and conditions not inconsistent with the spirit of the memorandum which, at the same time, do not conflict with the proposed development.

“That should not be impossible.”

The Paddle Ski Club has submitted a provisional affidavit aligning itself with the yacht club’s submissions.

An ‘evolved’ plan

On side with the company is Cuane Hall, who is the chairperson of the Durban Undersea Club and also the chairperson of newly created Durban Point Watersports Club.

However, he disagrees with the company’s explanation for the change in the deal from freehold to leasehold.

He said this was because the plan had “evolved significantly”, which entailed the clubhouse would be a multi-level building with a small footprint set back from the beach.

“The company decided that the land under the promenade [with direct access to the beach] would be made available and, together with the clubhouse, would be leased at a highly favourable rate, substantially less than the anticipated market rental.”

Hall proposed an alternative to the “stalemate”, saying the parties should put aside their differences.

The matter is expected to be adjourned for the filing of further papers.

Source: News24

Sudan: White Sesame Leads Global Prices

Khartoum — The Sudanese white sesame has gained top on sesame global prices. According to the Sudanese Trade Point bulletin, Thursday, the price of the Sudanese white sesame is 1130 dollars / ton.

While the Ethiopian sesame has recorded 1050 dollars / ton, the price of the Tanzania sesame reached 950 dollars / ton, the price of the Nigerian mixed sesame was 960 dollars / ton while the price of the Indian sesame was 989 dollars / metric ton.

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Gambia: Gambia Energy Minister Reacts to African Petroleum’s Litigation Threat

Fafa Sanyang, minister of energy and petroleum, has reacted to African Petroleum’s decision to take its dispute with the Gambia Government to court.

According to reports, African Petroleum Corp, a Norwegian-listed company, said on Monday that it “plans to go to court to resolve its dispute with Gambia” government, after the government “stripped it of its rights” to explore for oil in two offshore areas.

Speaking yesterday in an interview with The Point, Energy minister Fafa Sanyang said this is the second time the petroleum company had threatened to sue The Gambia to court for extending their licence.

The first threat to do so was in 2013, according to the minister.

“Our position is very clear: they did not fulfil their work obligation as agreed; their licence expired in September last year, and they asked for an extension which was not approved,” the minister explained.

“It was agreed if they did not drill the blocks and there was no exploration their licence would not be renewed, and that was the case,” he added.

“We are not afraid about their threat to take us to court; we are on the right track,” he concluded.

Gambia

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Liberia: LEC Summersaults – Apologizes to Mamba Point Hotel for Wrongful Accusation Over Power Theft Featured

The Management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has tendered its apologies to the entire staff of the Mamba Point Hotel and the General Manager Chawki Bsaibes over an allegation of power theft.

The LEC release states Chawki Bsaibes’ Mamba Point Hotel was raided in January this year during a robust power theft exercise during which Mr. Bsaibes was handcuffed.

In this regard, a LEC statement said, the Liberia National Police (LNP), in January 2017 arrested several customers and alleged customers of the LEC, on suspicion of theft of electricity, including the Mamba Point Hotel and its General Manager, Mr. Chawki Bsaibes.

The statement said, “After a thorough investigation the Liberia National Police issued its report in which it concluded that the Mamba Point Hotel was registered with the LEC as a customer, paying for power usage but supplying the electricity services to its subsidiary under the sole name of “Mamba Point Hotel” instead of the subsidiary, Ocean View Residence.”

“LEC recognizes the consumption capacity of electricity services of Mamba Point Hotel and its subsidiary, together with all of its large power consumption customers, who are paying and have the capacity to make huge payments to the LEC, both of its operations and to provide affordable electricity to the consuming public,” the statement added.

In view of the findings of the LNP, the LEC said it regrets any inconvenience caused to the Mamba Point Hotel and its General Manager, growing out of the incident of the arrest and handcuffing of Mr. Chawki Bsaibes in January of 2017 and therefore encourages the Mamba Point Hotel, Mr. Bsaibes and all other large consuming and other potential consuming customers to continue to be engaged with the LEC for the appropriate registration and utilization of its services in order to maintain cordiality between the LEC and the consuming public”, the release states.

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Cape Town Gives Me Valuable Lessons On Life

Photo: The Observer

Sea Point as seen from my room at night.

analysisBy Samson Baranga

I have always been proud of my ability to fit in anywhere in the world.

And this ability to blend in was recently tested during my two- week stay in Cape Town, South Africa. It was my first time in the land of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Hugh Masekela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and other big names.

How would it go? Truth is, I did not know what to expect. So, I went in with an open mind and a plan to make the most of my stay, and make the most of it I did.

Not even the early morning setoff with Ethiopian Airlines and that three-hour transit at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport could dampen my mood. At around 2pm the following day, we touched down in Cape Town.

I was there for the Cape Town International Jazz festival. The immigration officer started to crack a few jokes about “the land of Museveni”, but I quickly assured him I was an arts journalist; so, politics and poli-tricks were not my thing.

Soon I was out of the airport, breathing the fresh air of the Mother City, as Cape Town is fondly known. First things first, I needed to get to my hotel. While hustling with a last-minute application, I had landed on a cheap Airbnb place and it was not until I talked to a cab driver at the airport that it dawned on me that Western Cape was a province, and not some nearby suburb of Cape Town.

A quick call confirmed my fears. I was going to stay approximately 50km from the airport. The cabbie said the minimum he could charge me was R500, equivalent to approximately Shs 130,000!

Traveling on a tight backpacker budget made me disregard advice to find another place within the central business district – I had already deposited on the Airbnb – and that decision laid foundation for my entire trip.

My plan was to arrive at my booked place of aboard and plan the next step from there. We set off for Kommetjie, a predominantly white neighbourhood overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Yes, words such as white, black and coloured are still used in South Africa. I think it is their way of facing their rainbow reality. I found it shocking in the beginning but I came around eventually.

The village is a perfect blend of beach, mountains, sea and nature, ideal for vacation but not for someone like me who had to commute to the CBD everyday, for two weeks.

On arrival, my host and his Zimbabwean helper welcomed me. Staying at Maxi’s place taught me to appreciate life as it is.

See, Maxi is paralysed from the neck down. He fell off a tree and broke his spine. He has been bedridden for 10 years. At 28, when he would be enjoying life, he cannot even move his fingers.

His laptop sits on some kind of rig close to his face so he can use his chin and a specialized device to type and play games. He seemed to have made peace with his situation and my chats with him as he sipped his beer through a straw from a glass held by Jimmy the helper, left me laughing hysterically.

Maxi’s great sense of humour and knowledge of current affairs are thanks to his spending 16 or so hours online everyday. I soon discovered that connecting to Cape Town was going to be tricky.

Jimmy was supposed to drop me at Ocean View from where I could board a taxi for R8 to Fish Hoek train station, where I would then take a one-hour train ride to Cape Town for R9.

The return trip was the same: by train to Fish Hoek, taxi to Ocean View and then pickup by Jimmy back to Kommitjie three kilometres away. It was such a village that in my Cape Town photojournalism class, even those that had come from Johannesburg had never heard of it; the Capetonians had never set foot there.

The commute provided challenges like having to be up early to catch the 8am train and making Jimmy pick and drop me off daily. But the biggest challenge came from people who kept assuring me of how Ocean View was dangerous.

“That’s a coloured people’s neighbourhood. It is very unsafe. Keep your phone away at all times,” I was told severally.

But my backpack had my camera and laptop totaling about $2,000 (Shs 7m). How would hiding my $300 Samsung help?

I disregarded the warning as mere stereotype and resorted to my trick of always walking like I belonged here and knew where I was going. At the end of my stay, I confirmed we are all good people; maybe circumstances and stereotypes paint us in a different way.

Then the train stories of how passengers get mugged and why some prefer the first-class carriage, started. My budget could not allow me first-class luxury.

After doing the daily trip for a couple of days, I became a pro. What I did not attempt was sitting close to the taxi driver. Most taxis had no conductor; so, the passengers in the front seats bore the burden of making sure all the other 15 passengers paid and got their change.

In case you are thinking 16 passengers is on the high side for a normal-size kamunye like our 14-seaters, in Cape Town they pay for the ride, not the seat.

Whether that ride is made with you on kameeme or a proper seat, you pay the full fare. And remember to say “thank you, driver” as you close the door upon alighting.

SIPIWE IS BORN

The transport system in Cape Town is like no other city’s that I have been to. I walked, used the train, matatus, metered taxis, MyCiti bus, and the mobile-based Uber and Taxify. Getting around is easy.

That transport experience was amazing as opposed to being bussed around by the host; I got to meet and live with people, and hear real people stories.

I decided not to plug my ears with earphones in order to hear the click of Xhosa or the odd Kiswahili from Congolese immigrants. I even got a name – Sipiwe Makeleni!

All this would not have happened if I had stayed in an uptown hotel and allowed to be chauffeured to Artscape theatre daily. The days leading up to the jazz festival, I booked into another Airbnb place in Sea Point, because I had to leave the city late.

Sea Point is a beautiful area on the beach. There, I met a Ugandan woman and we used to chat till the wee hours of the morning. She taught me the importance of family with tears in her eyes. Something happened to her and she ended up overstaying her visa. But she is in the final process of rectifying her papers and after 11 years, she may finally come back home.

While I spent a lot of time in class and at festival gigs, I also got to do some touristy stuff. Top on my bucket list was Table Mountain and as luck would have it, I met Evelyn Mahlaba at Cape Sun.

Evy, as many call her, is the regional director, Africa, at South African Tourism. I knew I was sorted. The following day I was on my way to Table Mountain with the NBS TV crew.

They had a prior arrangement with Wahida Parker, the managing director of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, and that is how we managed to beat the queues of hundreds of tourists to ascend one of the ‘new world seven wonders of nature’.

If you are afraid of heights, there is an option of hiking; otherwise, it is not easy to know you are hanging on a man-made car hanging by cable 3,563 feet above sea level.

The cable rotates as you ascend, giving those inside a 360-degree view. Once at the top, I could not wait to jump out and explore. It is a whole different world up there.

Not even the biting cold could stop me from soaking it all in. There are shops selling souvenirs, a restaurant and a live band playing!

As a family man, I could not help thinking about those I had left back home and wishing they were with me to enjoy God’s creation from this point. Tourists teetered on cliff edges to take selfies. One couple requested me to take a picture of them and I agreed on condition that they stepped away from the cliff.

I did not want to be the one to record their final moments on earth. As we descended from Table Mountain, I reflected on the awesome time I had had in Cape Town.

The wonderful people always ready to give directions, the amazing food at the Eastern Food Bazaar, the Cape Town International Jazz festival and to crown it all, Ethiopian Airlines upgraded me to their business class called Cloud 9 on my return leg. Thank you, guys!

Mzansi, I will be back someday with my family for another Cloud 9 experience. And this time I will have saved and not be on a backpacker’s budget.

Namibia: Ebank Goes From Retail to Real Banking

FNB Namibia Holdings recently announced the intention to purchase PointBreak Holdings, which includes the EBank solution for financial inclusion and transactional convenience via retailers, and investment management expertise and wealth management via the well known PointBreak team.

While the sale is currently subject to various regulatory approvals with final outcomes due only early next year, individuals from either side of the deal have expressed excitement at the expanded opportunities for both customers and employees of the intended end-to-end financial offering the deal presents.

FNB Namibia’s Executive Officer Points of Presence, Steve Coetzee, is ultimately responsible for integrating PointBreak into the FNB behemoth. He is no stranger to acquisitions as he was closely involved with the 2003 take-over of Swabou by FNB.

Said Coetzee “Acquisitions are a business decision and never taken lightly as they need to benefit the business, customers and employees and was the case with Swabou. After thr acquisition good positive growth was evident while employment opportunities were plentiful and there was scope for growth up the corporate ladder. For us acquisitions mean that we are able to offer the customers a wider range of products and services while employees will join a brand that is more than 100 years old and offers a myriad opportunities.”

Swabou, he said, had a very strong home loan book as well as savings and investments while FNB Namibia could offer even more banking options, including online banking, which was not the case with SWABOU at that point in time. “Of course the acquisition meant that we strengthened our home loan book tremendously, while being able to offer customers a wide variety of new products and services.

Any acquisition normally creates some fear and apprehension among customers and employees but if the process is open and transparent and looks after the needs of these important stakeholders, it becomes a win-win for all. “There is always a sense of the unknown and people’s understandable reaction is opposition” said Coetzee adding that the most important aspect of any acquisition is the people element and in this case the employees. “I firmly believe that while the systems, the price, products and services play a role, employees and how their needs are handled can make or break an acquisition. People are the backbone of any organization and we earned good experience from Swabou to ensure that we land people softly and comfortably in their new role. It is vitally important that they feel part and parcel of the new entity.”

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Triathlon Federation to Organize ‘Car-Free Day’ Event On Sunday

By Jejje Muhinde

Rwanda Triathlon Federation (RTF) will this weekend organize a one-day competition, dubbed “Car free day” slated on Sunday in Kigali.

The competition will comprise of two events-Duathlon one leg, which includes athletics covering a total distance of 7km followed by a cycling event covering 12km.

The participants will cover the areas around the Round Point Primature- Kabindi, KBC Kimihurura, Round Point Top Tower Hotel, then back to Rwanda Revenue Authority in Kimihurura.

According to Triathlon Federation president Alex Mbaraga, over 30 participants from four teams will compete in the inaugural event. The teams include; Team Kigali, Gisenyi Beach Triathlon Club, CBS Karongi Team and Rwamagana Triathlon Club.

Speaking to Saturday Sport, Mbaraga said, “The event will only involve athletics and cycling because in Kigali City we don’t have any water bodies like lakes or rivers for swimming part.”

He says the top three in Duathlon will be rewarded, “We wanted to reward the best ten but because of lack of logistics it is not possible. But the top three will walk away with Rwf100, 000, Rwf70, 000 and Rwf50, 000 respectively.”

Triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances.

In Rwanda, Triathlon as a sport was introduced in 2013 and the weekend event will be the fourth to be organized by RTF.

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Liberia: Liberia Cancer Society Announces First Annual Cycling

By Robin Dopoe, Jr. and David Yates

The Liberia Cancer Society in collaboration with the Filipino Community in Liberia has announced it first annual cycling event to create awareness on cancer.

In a statement, LCS president Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes said many women diagnosed with cancer in Liberia do not survive because they seek medical attention late due to the lack of awareness on the disease.

She added that stigmatization, discrimination and illiteracy also hamper women’s decision and ability to seek medical advice.

“But when adequate awareness is created, women can have the courage to seek early treatment or detection to save their lives. Frankly speaking, cancer is on the increase in Liberia looking at raw data collected two years ago; therefore we are seeking sponsors, bike riders, joggers and walkers to participate in our campaign to

raise awareness. Funds raised from the cycling event will go to creating more awareness about the disease in Liberia and also use some to underwrite the cost for medication for low income cancer patients,” Dr. Barnes said.

According to Dr. Barnes, pre-registration for the event will begin on Friday at Sajji House Restaurant which comes with a t-shirt at a cost of US$20 dollars.

Dr. Barnes revealed that the run will begin and end at the Hilton Van Ee School on Broad Street just below the Ducor Palace Hotel.

Meanwhile, Dr. Barnes said since breast cancer is the major cause of death among women, the organization is working to bring a mammogram machine in the country.

She further said that with a mammogram machine more lives will be saved as breast cancer will be detected early.

“Not only that, the organization intends to provide health workers with appropriate skills and attitude to tackle breast cancer patients, including teaching ordinary women about self-breast examination,” she said.

Founded in 1977 and reactivated in 2012, LCS aims to create more awareness on cancer as well as educating the public on prevention and

purchasing equipment and medication.

She added that cancer is like any sickness, therefore early detection, diagnosis and treatment can save a life only when people have the properly knowledge.

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