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Ugandan government starts immunizing against measles, rubella and polio

Uganda has started immunizing more than eighteen million children against measles, rubella and polio as part of efforts to interrupt the circulation of the three diseases. The eastern African nation has experienced measles outbreaks across numerous districts in the past three years. At the same time, polio remains a daunting threat, given evidence of vaccine-derived strains circulating in neighbouring countries. More from Dr Emmaculate Lebo, the Measles and Rubella Focal point at the World Health Organization East and Southern Africa Regional Office…..

Commonwealth Trade

Trade ministers and senior officials from 53 Commonwealth countries met in London, to explore strategies for deepening trade and investment, while supporting a transparent, inclusive, fair, and open rules-based global trading system. The focus of the Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting, chaired by the UK, focussed on strengthening multilateral trade, fighting protectionism and progressing efforts to achieve 2 trillion dollars worth of trade within the Commonwealth by 2030. To find out more on this, Samora Mangesi spoke to Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland...

Transport Month

October is Transport Month in South Africa. During this month, the country's Department of Transport and its entities showcase transport infrastructure services in aviation; maritime; public transport and roads. This month will also be used to further advance the country's road safety initiatives, while also creating awareness of the economic benefits of the sector. For more on this, we spoke to Ayanda Allie-Paine, spokesperson for the Transport Department..

Polio re-emerges in the Philippines

Polio has reared its ugly head in the Philippines after officially being eradicated some nineteen years ago. This has prompted aid agencies to scale up efforts in an effort to help contain the virus. According to the World Health Organization, polio, which has no cure, can be prevented with multiple doses of a safe and effective vaccine. More than two billion children globally are protected against polio through these vaccinations. Chris Staines, Head of Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC says it is not yet known how the virus made an alarming come-back after all these years....

Haiti Protests

Haiti is bracing for fresh round of protests amid calls for President Jovenel Moïse to resign. Opposition leaders have called for a nationwide mass protests this week to paralyze the country's economy as they press for Moïse to give up power. Haitians are angry about what they say is public corruption, spiralling inflation as well as a dwindling supply of gasoline that has forced many gas stations in the capital to close as suppliers demand the cash-strapped government pay them more than $100 million owed.Police fired live rounds and tear gas as they clashed with protesters in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Friday.

For more on this, Channel Africa spoke to Etzer Emile, Haitian Economist.

Sudan Borders

Sudan's transitional government has ordered the immediate closure of the nation's borders with Libya and Central African Republic , the first such measure taken by the new Sudanese authorities since the demise of President Omar al-Bashir. The announcement followed a meeting between the transitional government and the government of South Darfur State, part of Sudan's western Darfur region that has suffered from violence since 2003 . The northeast African country has often complained about arms trafficked through its borders with the two countries.

For more on this, Channel Africa’s Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Mr Mohamed Hassan, Sudan's Ambassador to South Africa

Tunisia Vote Preview

Two political outsiders will compete in a run-off vote to become Tunisia's next president after they topped the first round of voting. Kais Saied, an independent candidate and law professor, won a shock victory with 18.4% of the vote. He was followed in second place by Nabil Karoui, who received 15.6% of the vote. Initially scheduled to take place in November, the vote was brought forward following the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi in late July.
For more on the significance of the vote, Channel Africa spoke Dr Mohamed Chtatou, an expert on North African Politics.

Pope Francis Visit

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to increase their zeal for evangelization, and to invite the young to be an active part of the Church as he wrapped up his Africa visit. The three- nation trip took him to Mozambique, Madagascar as well as Mauritius. Addressing the mass in the small island of Mauritius , Francis said despite the country's economic growth in the last few decades, many young people are still suffering from unemployment, which makes them uncertain about the future.

Channel Africa spoke to Reverend Father Patrick Rakeketsi, Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference associate Secretary General, about Pope Francis’ Africa visit and its significance.

MSC Cruises recently announced it will be bringing two ships to South Africa's shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season

Cruising is becoming a popular holiday destination and the industry continues to see growth. This as South Africa celebrates Tourism Month, an annual celebration held in September to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy. The month long campaign provides the tourism industry with the opportunity for a heightened focus on the importance of tourism to the local economy. It also serves as an opportunity to promote domestic tourism and create a culture of travel.MSC Cruises recently announced it will be bringing two ships to South Africa's shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season. More from Ross Volk, Managing Director for MSC Cruises South Africa..

The ASI Thought Laboratory hosts an anti corruption workshop

The ASI Thought Laboratory 2019 brought together 500 high-impact individuals from various industries in South Africa on Wednesday, to rise to the challenge of fighting corruption within the countries most important economic sectors. The event sought to take a bold step towards tabling a sustainable redress and launch an effective solution for this epidemic. It was held at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. For more on this, Nhlanhla Mahlangu spoke to Anthony Gove, CEO at Corporate Financial Advisory Firm ASI....

Kasi Food and Drink Festival

South Africa's biggest township Soweto last Friday played host to the annual Kasi food and drink festival at Soweto theatre. Now in its 5th year the South African food, drink, culture and lifestyle festival celebrates all things South African. It is a place for people to come together and enjoy the alchemy of culture and culinary delight with variety of food stalls, music art and crafts. More from Lance Nkwe, Business Leader of Emerging Markets at the Flight Centre Travel Group. and Mashoto Mokgethi, head of domestic tourism at South African Tourism supporters of the festival.

Outgoing Russia's former Ambassador to South Africa, Mikhail Petrakov talks to Jenine Coetzer

Russia's former Ambassador to South Africa, Mikhail Petrakov has recently completed his 7-year tenure in the country. Before packing his bags for his return to Moscow, he sat down with Channel Africa's Jenine Coetzer to talk about his experiences of South Africa and what he will remember the most in this part of the world. Petrakov also reflects on his diplomatic career starting as a student at the former Soviet Union's New Delhi Embassy in 1981, followed by foreign postings in India, Australia and Brussels, before taking up office in South Africa in 2012:

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