Why April 27 in 1994 Marked a Point of No Return for South Africa

[The Conversation Africa] Every year most states celebrate something special. Their independence day, monarch’s birthday (Thailand, Japan, Oman or the Netherlands), patron saint day (Ireland), beginning of a revolution (Iran, France or Egypt) or their …

[The Conversation Africa] Every year most states celebrate something special. Their independence day, monarch's birthday (Thailand, Japan, Oman or the Netherlands), patron saint day (Ireland), beginning of a revolution (Iran, France or Egypt) or their constitution (Norway and Poland). In South Africa Freedom Day, celebrated on April 27, is one of them. It marks the first day on which all the country's citizens cast their vote for a democratic government 24 years ago.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Advert: Unilever Zambia supports Presidential Campaign to Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy

26 April Lusaka – President of the Republic, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu has called on Zambians to launch The Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy Campaign. This event is being organized by Lifebuoy and Domestos brands today so that … Continued

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26 April Lusaka – President of the Republic, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu has called on Zambians to launch The Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy Campaign. This event is being organized by Lifebuoy and Domestos brands today so that Unilever Zambia staff could take practical action to help eradicate cholera and improve hygiene and sanitation. “We are proud as Unilever Zambia to be able to support the President in his drive to Keep Zambia, Clean, Green and Healthy,†said Shamiel Randeree, Southern Africa Marketing Director at Unilever, “Our great brands like Lifebuoy and Domestos were designed with public health in mind and all of us here at Unilever Zambia want to do our bit to help the countryâ€. Unilever Zambia is working with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Local Government using its Lifebuoy and Domestos brands to improve handwashing and sanitation in Soweto Market and Chisokone Market clean ups this April and May. Lifebuoy is the world’s best selling germ protection soap and Domestos kills all known germs and is the only household cleaner accredited by the UK Royal Society for Public Health. This action comes on top of January’s donation of 29, 000 bars of Lifebuoy soap, 4000 bottles of Domestos and 600 bottles of liquid hand wash worth over 175,000 Kwacha. Unilever also partnered with Choppies stores in Cholera affected areas to help customers wash their hands through the company’s internationally renowned handwashing and hygiene education methods. Domestos has also refurbished toilets at the Intercity bus terminal in Lusaka and works with Lifebuoy in schools and clinics and Schools to promote handwashing with soap and improve hygiene. The post Advert: Unilever Zambia supports Presidential Campaign to Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Congo’s Problems Are Our Problems, Says Paul Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame says the imminent political unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo affects all its nine neigbhours and the African continent at large. Kagame made the comments during a discussion with Mo Ibrahim in Kigali at the … Continued

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame says the imminent political unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo affects all its nine neigbhours and the African continent at large. Kagame made the comments during a discussion with Mo Ibrahim in Kigali at the weekend. The African Union head says Congo’s neigbhours had sufficient interest to be concerned with the situation in the vast central African nation. Kagame says an internal agreement leading to the end of incumbent Jospeh Kabila seems to have lost ground after other parties raised doubt. “I think there have been efforts to bring the Congolese…different groups together in order to agree how to move forward. “I think they have secured some kind of agreement as to how they move forward. Now the problem has shifted to being, is this agreement going to be implemented? Because there are signs that yes, people have reasons to be doubtful. “So what the African Union wants is to pursue that route where the internal situation… their leaders continue to talk. The international community has already been engaged,” he said. Kagame says Congo’s neigbours were watching the situation with keen interest. “It’s a big problem we don’t know how it will be addressed but maybe as we discuss the leaders of Congo are listening. They should be thinking what we need to do. “Also maybe let people know where they can help to resolve that problem because Congo’s problems are not just Congo’s problems. They affect us as well, as neigbours,” he said. Kagame adds, “Congo has nine neigbhours. Each one of us is affected by what is happening in Congo. There is no question about that; some [neigbhours are affected] more than others but everybody is affected. “That’s why neigbhours have legitimacy to do something or say something about it. And if we can figure out as neigbours how to help in the transition in Congo to happen without affecting us or affecting them so badly then that’s what we should be looking at.” Popular Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi also attended the Mo Ibrahim Foundation event and when he was called upon to discuss the situation, he said, “I think I don’t have anything to add at the moment. I think the President has said everything.” Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Sudan, Central African Republic and South Sudan all border the DRC. WATCH KAGAME TALK THE CONGO SITUATION The post Congo’s Problems Are Our Problems, Says Paul Kagame appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Blantyre, Zomba Stage Peaceful Demonstrations

[Malawi News Agency] Authorities at Blantyre District Council have assured organizers of the April 27 nationwide demonstrations in the southern region that they would deliver their petition to the State President as demanded.

[Malawi News Agency] Authorities at Blantyre District Council have assured organizers of the April 27 nationwide demonstrations in the southern region that they would deliver their petition to the State President as demanded.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi

Traders Frustrated With April 27 Demos – ‘Economic Loss for Malawi’

[Nyasa Times] Some businesspeople in Malawi have expressed dismay with the April 27 nationwide demonstrations, saying the closure of shops during the protests resulted in them losing billions of kwacha in cash.

[Nyasa Times] Some businesspeople in Malawi have expressed dismay with the April 27 nationwide demonstrations, saying the closure of shops during the protests resulted in them losing billions of kwacha in cash.

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Joyce Banda Arrives Home After Four Years

[Nyasa Times] Hundreds of opposition People’s Party (PP) supporters on Saturday turned out to welcome Malawi’s former president, Joyce Banda, who has been abroad for four years.

[Nyasa Times] Hundreds of opposition People's Party (PP) supporters on Saturday turned out to welcome Malawi's former president, Joyce Banda, who has been abroad for four years.

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Mtambo Barks At Malawi Police for Attempting to Block Protesters’ Way to Capital Hill

[Nyasa Times] A seemingly furious and emotional Timothy Mtambo–executive director for Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR)–took to the microphone and snubbed armed members of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) as they tried to block protest…

[Nyasa Times] A seemingly furious and emotional Timothy Mtambo--executive director for Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR)--took to the microphone and snubbed armed members of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) as they tried to block protesters' way to Capital Hill at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC).

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Malawi Army Patrols Capital Hill As CSOs March to Deliver Petition

[Nyasa Times] Malawi soldiers and police who first blocked thousands of protesters as they tried to march on to Capital Hill, the seat of government, to present their 10-point demand petition, later cleared the protestors to enter.

[Nyasa Times] Malawi soldiers and police who first blocked thousands of protesters as they tried to march on to Capital Hill, the seat of government, to present their 10-point demand petition, later cleared the protestors to enter.

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DPP Take to the Streets Against CSOs ‘March of No Confidence’

[Nyasa Times] The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has mobilised its supporters in the commercial capital Blantyre to be in the streets and protest against plans of some civil society organisations (CSOs) to hold nationwide demonstrations on F…

[Nyasa Times] The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has mobilised its supporters in the commercial capital Blantyre to be in the streets and protest against plans of some civil society organisations (CSOs) to hold nationwide demonstrations on Friday, April 27 in protest against what they consider lack of transparency and accountability in government.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi