Source: U.S. Embassy in Zambia |

U.S. Government Strengthens Zambian Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement

Youth Lead builds civic engagement and leadership skills through a training program, which utilizes a positive youth development approach to help participants reach their full potential

On November 18, the final group of 44 youth leaders graduated from the Youth Lead program supported by the U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Arts. The USAID Youth Lead program provided leadership…

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    • L-R: Burger King Area Franchise Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa, Almu Miguel-Romero; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila; with Burger King General Manager for UK, Middle East, and Africa, Robert Lu; during the grand opening of Burger King flagship outlet in Nigeria
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Source: U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria |

U.S.-Nigeria Commercial Ties Deepen as Burger King Celebrates Nigeria Expansion

Burger King partnered with local firm Allied Food & Confectionary Services Limited to make the long-awaited market entry

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria hails growing U.S.-Nigeria commercial ties as American brands and franchises expand to Nigeria, bringing jobs and investment. Delivering remarks during the grand opening of Burger King’s first outlet in Nigeria, U.S. Mission Commercial Counselor Jennifer Woods welcomed the arrival of the iconic U.S. brand in…

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    • An innovative new programme to promote social cohesion between politically divided communities and to pave the way for recovery across the region. It's designed to help communities in Yei, Lainya, Morobo and Kajo-Keji reconcile and end violence, bring stability to where they live, and create new incentives to sustain peaceful coexistence. It is funded by donations from the governments of Norway, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Canada through the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Reconciliation, Stabilization, and Resilience in South Sudan (RSRTF), a joint initiative of the UN Mission in South Sudan and the UN Country Team. Photo by Jale Richard/IOM.
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New project to drive stability and peace in Central Equatoria launched by trust fund partners

More than 50 government, religious, civil society, UN, and Non-Governmental Organization representatives came together in Yei for the official launch

Local solutions are the best solutions. The problems in South Sudan are ours and we have the ability and capacity to solve them and take this country forward.” Yei River County Commissioner, Aggrey Cyrus Kanyi, is a passionate advocate for grassroots-driven solutions to the myriad of complex problems confronting communities…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Basic Education Committee comfortable that DBE ready for 2022 academic year

The committee heard that the DBE has over the years conducted school readiness monitoring (SRM) to identify any challenges that may impact on effective teaching and learning at the beginning of each year

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education expressed its ease with the Department of Basic Education’s (DBEs’) state of preparedness for the 2022 academic year. The committee today received a briefing from DBE on the matter. Committee Chairperson Ms Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba said in her concluding remarks that the committee is pleased…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO advice for international traffic in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (B.1.1.529)

WHO commends South Africa and Botswana for the speed and transparency with which they notified and shared information on Omicron

WHO has issued advice to countries on travel, given the circulation of Omicron variant. WHO commends South Africa and Botswana for the speed and transparency with which they notified and shared information on Omicron, allowing other countries to rapidly adjust their response.      While scientific research is underway to…

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MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2021 Presses On, Ensures Participant Safety

The MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2021 Conference and Exhibition ensures the safety of its attendees and exercises the utmost precaution for international travelers

Energy Capital & Power (ECP) (https://EnergyCapitalPower.com/) is proud to announce that, despite the alarm being raised by scientists about the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2021 Conference and Exhibition will still take place on 16-17 December at the Center International de Conference Abdou DIOUF (CICAD), in…

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    • USAID Mission Director Anne Patterson (third right) and Minister for Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen (second right) are briefed on the new USAID-supported OVC Situation Room in the Ministry from Evans Ondura (second left), Deputy Chief of Party with the USAID Data.FI activity
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Source: U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria |

USAID, Ministry of Women Affairs Commission ‘Situation Room’ To Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children

The new Situation Room will harmonize OVC program reporting and optimize the National OVC Management Information System and harness the power of data to help case managers respond effectively

On November 30, 2021, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Anne E. Patterson joined Federal Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen to launch a new National Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Situation Room at the Ministry. USAID works closely with the Ministry to deliver multi-sectoral services –…

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) |

UNESCO Workshop Strengthens Media Diversity and Cultural Pluralism in Eastern Africa

The training targeted 35 media and cultural stakeholders, national experts and government officers from the region

In the framework of the project “Reshaping Cultural Policies for the Promotion of Fundamental Freedoms and the Diversity of Cultural Expressions,” UNESCO organized a series of hybrid (physical and online) knowledge transfer workshops from 15 to 25 November 2021 on media diversity and cultural pluralism in four Eastern African countries…

Source: Republic of South Africa, Department of Health |

Health Director General Buthelezi back at work

This follows the release of the Special Investigating Unit Report into the Digital Vibes contract in which a number of officials were implicated, including Dr Buthelezi

The Ministry of Health would like to announce the reinstatement of the Director General, Dr Sandile Buthelezi back to his role as the Accounting Officer of the National Department of Health with effect from Monday, 29 November 2021. This follows the release of the Special Investigating Unit Report into the…

Source: National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa (NICD) |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission by avoiding super spreader events

The number of new COVID-19 cases and the percent positivity continue to increase, likely due to spread of the Omicron variant

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to monitor developments around the newly emerged Omicron variant. “The number of new COVID-19 cases and the percent positivity continue to increase, likely due to spread of the Omicron variant. At this stage, scientists…