Osinbajo Inaugurates Abia Tele-Health Initiative

[Premium Times] Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday inaugurated the Abia Tele-health initiative, otherwise known as “Dial-a-doctor,” describing it as commendable effort in the healthcare delivery system in the state.

[Premium Times] Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday inaugurated the Abia Tele-health initiative, otherwise known as "Dial-a-doctor," describing it as commendable effort in the healthcare delivery system in the state.

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UN Migration Agency and Partners Reach More Than 140,000 People With Vaccination Campaigns

[UN News] The United Nations migration agency and its partners are set to begin a second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Malakal and Wau, South Sudan, after the initial round reached more than 60,400 people in March of this year.

[UN News] The United Nations migration agency and its partners are set to begin a second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Malakal and Wau, South Sudan, after the initial round reached more than 60,400 people in March of this year.

source: AllAfrica News: South Sudan

Early Election Campaigning Illegal

[Swazi Media] Swaziland’s Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC) says that would-be members of parliament are breaking the law by campaigning for votes before they have been given permission.

[Swazi Media] Swaziland's Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC) says that would-be members of parliament are breaking the law by campaigning for votes before they have been given permission.

source: AllAfrica News: Swaziland

Power meters to come to a standstill in 2024

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THERE are concerns South African utilities might leave it too late until about 7 million prepaid electricity meters become obsolete by 2024 when the system that runs credit tokens run out of numbers. The Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) has thus embarked on an awareness programme to inform […]

Electricity pre-paid reader

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) THERE are concerns South African utilities might leave it too late until about 7 million prepaid electricity meters become obsolete by 2024 when the system that runs credit tokens run out of numbers.

The Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) has thus embarked on an awareness programme to inform the utilities to upgrade their vending systems and the need to reset meters before November of that year.

All 7 million existing meters will stop accepting credit tokens and must be upgraded to Standard Technical Specification (STS) 600 . STSA estimates the number of prepayment meters could still grow to approximately eight million by 2024.

Approximately 50 million meters are currently installed globally.

Don Taylor, director of the STSA, the South African metering standards industry body, explained the token identifier (TID) is calculated as the number of minutes that have elapsed since a defined base date of 1993 up to the time of creating the token.

The TID has a limited range and will run out in November 2024, at which point all existing prepayment meters will stop accepting credit tokens, Taylor further explained.

“In order to circumvent this issue, the memory of each meter needs to be cleared of all stored TIDs and its cryptographic key needs to be changed before 2024.”

Utilities or the end customer should clear the memory and change the meter keys before November 2024.

The new range of TIDs will then start from a new base date of 2014 and run out in 2045.

“There is thus a six-year window within which the utilities have to complete this programme,” said Taylor.

He expressed concern utilities might leave this too late, hence the standards body was embarking on an awareness programme. It is reaching out to all STS users and providing a platform to facilitate technical support and guidance to users during the implementation of the TID rollover programme.

STSA aims to establish a website where users can interact on related issues.

In addition, it is embarking on a communication effort with users by making use of media channels and conference events to raise awareness of the 2024 TID rollover.

STSA was created in in 1993 as an industry standard to support the Eskom’s electrification programme to connect 10 million households to the grid.

It is a returning industry partner association and exhibitor at the African Utility Week exhibition and conference scheduled for Cape Town in May.

– CAJ News

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Growing Fear Among Activists

[HRW] The Mozambican authorities’ failure to credibly investigate recent killings and assaults of prominent critics of the government has created an environment of fear among the country’s activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The abduction and bea…

[HRW] The Mozambican authorities' failure to credibly investigate recent killings and assaults of prominent critics of the government has created an environment of fear among the country's activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The abduction and beating of a journalist and human rights lawyer, Ericino de Salema, in Maputo on March 27, 2018, was followed by reports from activists of intimidation and threats by alleged security force members.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Police Welcome Life Sentence for Mother Who Protected Her Baby’s Rapist

[News24Wire] The life sentence imposed on a Gauteng woman who shielded her baby’s rapist from authorities was welcomed by national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khehla Sitole on Friday.

[News24Wire] The life sentence imposed on a Gauteng woman who shielded her baby's rapist from authorities was welcomed by national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khehla Sitole on Friday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Uproar in Senate Over Buhari Blaming Gadaffi for Killings

[Guardian] There was uproar in the Senate yesterday over President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that the herdsmen, who have killed hundreds of Nigerians, particularly since the inception of his administration, were trained and armed by the late Libyan Pres…

[Guardian] There was uproar in the Senate yesterday over President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that the herdsmen, who have killed hundreds of Nigerians, particularly since the inception of his administration, were trained and armed by the late Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.

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Tanzanian Fishermen in Indian Ocean Reminded On Kenyan Laws

[Citizen] Dodoma -Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation on Friday April 13 called on Tanzanian fishermen carrying out their fishing activities in the Indian Ocean along the coastlines of Kenya, to abide by the laws of the East Africa…

[Citizen] Dodoma -Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation on Friday April 13 called on Tanzanian fishermen carrying out their fishing activities in the Indian Ocean along the coastlines of Kenya, to abide by the laws of the East African country.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Rural North West School Gets Green Electricity

[News24Wire] Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will on Friday launch a renewable energy system at a school in the North West province to demonstrate the reliability and scalability of renewable energy.

[News24Wire] Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will on Friday launch a renewable energy system at a school in the North West province to demonstrate the reliability and scalability of renewable energy.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Buhari Confirms Loot 10 Years After Defending Thieving Abacha

[Guardian] Ten years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari, who served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the late former military Head of State, Gen. Sanni Abacha denied that his former boss looted the treasury, but his government on Tu…

[Guardian] Ten years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari, who served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the late former military Head of State, Gen. Sanni Abacha denied that his former boss looted the treasury, but his government on Tuesday confirmed the repatriation of Abacha loot.

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