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16
APR
12pm

“Members of Africa's new free trade area should complete their tariff reduction schedules”

The Trade Law Centre or Tralac says members of Africa's new free trade area should complete their tariff reduction schedules and finalise essential rules of origin by July 2021 to start trading.
Tralac further points out that state parties need to update their tariff book with the codes and descriptions of the products on offer. It says trade is only possible once the rules of origin have been agreed upon. Tralac was hosting a virtual update on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.
16
APR
12pm

Fabulous Women Awards

The 9th Annual Fabulous Women Awards will again shine the spotlight on South Africa's outstanding women later this year. The awards, which are the brainchild of award-winning businesswoman and philanthropist Pontsho Manzi started in 2013 through her Fabulous Girls Foundation. Manzi's foundation has been helping and inspiring young people, particularly girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to dream beyond their current circumstances. For more on what to expect from this year's awards on the 7th of August, here is Senamile Mhlongo, Fabulous Woman Awards spokesperson.
16
APR
12pm

Statelessness crisis traps hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans in limbo

A new research by Amnesty International lays bare the devastating consequences of statelessness in Zimbabwe, where hundreds of thousands hoped to live in a country where they are treated equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ethnicity.
The organization interviewed descendants of migrant workers who settled in Zimbabwe pre-independence, as well as survivors of the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s. The two groups have been locked out of citizenship by a cruel combination of discrimination and bureaucracy. For more on their plight, here is researcher at Amnesty, Lloyd Kuveya
16
APR
12pm

Malawi ruling Party calls on President Chakwera's election to be declared null and void

Malawi's once ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP, has called on President Lazarus Chakwera's election to be declared null and void after the country’s Electoral Commissioners were removed from office.
Chakwera this week fired Malawi's two Electoral Commissioners-Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje, on the basis that they had been declared incompetent by the Constitutional Court. The Court had blasted the commissioners for their handling of elections that were first held in 2019. The judges scrapped the vote and ordered a re-run which was then won by Chakwera. The DPP contends that Chakwera has ceased to be a legitimately elected president because the election that elected him into office was presided over by an unconstitutional body. But according to Malawian Political expert Ernest Thindwa, the opposition's argument does not hold water...
14
APR
6pm

Millions of women do not own theirs bodies, says UN report

Almost half of women in some 57 countries do not have the power to make choices over their healthcare, contraception, or sex lives. This is according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), released on Wednesday. The report highlighted that addressing the appalling situation requires much more than a disconnected series of projects or services, stressing that real, sustained progress largely depends on uprooting gender inequality and all forms of discrimination. Jane Rabothata reports...
UN State of World Population report
12
APR
2pm

Djibouti elections 2021

Djibouti's veteran ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh has been re-elected for a fifth term as president with more than 98 percent of the vote. This is according to provisional results announced early on Saturday, after the election in the tiny but strategically important country was boycotted by the main opposition. About 215,000 citizens were registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen as posing scant threat to the strongman, who has been in power since 1999. For more on this, Channel Africa's Zikhona Miso spoke to Hafsa Halawa, Political Adviser and Analyst on the Horn of Africa.
12
APR
2pm

SADC Troika Summit

The Southern African Development Community - SADC, has held a two-day extraordinary troika Summit in Maputo, Mozambique to deliberate on measures to address terrorism in the host country. The meeting came after Islamic State-linked insurgents late last month attacked the strategic town of Palma. The country has seen continued terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado Province over the past few weeks, leaving many people dead or injured. For more on this, Channel Africa’s Lulu Gaboo spoke to Piers Pigou, Crisis Group's Senior Consultant for Southern Africa.
09
APR
3pm

UNICEF report on global debt repayment crisis

Around 1 in 8 countries globally spends more on debt repayment than on education, health and social protection combined. This is according to a new report by the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. The child agency is concerned about children living in countries with high debt burdens and limited resources for social services, arguing that they are unlikely to ever break free from poverty and deprivation. For more on the report here's Mathew Cummins, UNICEF's Regional Advisor for Social Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa.
09
APR
2pm

South Sudan COVID-19 vaccination

South Sudan kicked off its vaccination drive on Tuesday with health workers getting their first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine at Juba Teaching Hospital. The first person in the country to be vaccinated against the virus was the Minister of Health Elizabeth Achuei. Over several months, partners of the global COVID-19 vaccine facility, COVAX have supported governments, particularly in low-income countries including South Sudan, to prepare for the vaccination roll-out. For more on South Sudan's national vaccination drive, Channel Africa's Samora Mangesi spoke to Helen Ryeng, spokesperson for the United Nations Children's Fund.
09
APR
11am

UNICEF calls for steady flow of vaccines to defeat COVID

The UN child agency, UNICEF is calling for speed and simplicity to remove barriers to the acquisition, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally. UNICEF is concerned that at the current rate, there is simply not enough vaccine supply to meet demand. While some nations have secured enough doses to vaccinate their populations several times, other countries have yet to receive even their first batch. For more on this issue Channel Africa's Lulu Gaboo spoke to UNICEF's senior spokesperson, James Elder.
02
APR
11am

Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition 2021

he Jack Ma Foundation's flagship philanthropic program spotlighting and celebrating Africa's entrepreneurs has launched its third annual edition, opening applications to all aspiring participants in 2021. The Africa's Business Heroes (ABH) prize competition identifies, supports, and inspires the continent's outstanding entrepreneurs across all sectors making a difference in their local communities. Participants will go through several rounds of evaluation panels, leading up to the Grand Finale, for a chance to win a share of the one-point-five million US Dollar grant funding. For more on the competition, Tracey Boomgaard spoke to Zahra Baitie, Head of Partnerships & Programs, for the ABH Prize Competition.
23
MAR
7pm

Taking African women seriously in business

If women were taken more seriously, they could add 10% to Africa's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025. This is according to a 2019 report on gender inequality in Africa, produced by management consulting company, McKensy. Although issues around women empowerment were on the spotlight on International Women's Day, conversations should be ongoing. With this in mind Channel Africa's Lulu Gaboo spoke to Lerato Thahane, partner at legal firm Bowmans South Africa, about the role of female lawyers in the workplace.

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