As Long As Ransoms Are Paid, Kidnappings Will Continue

[Daily Maverick] By August 2017, two long-term AQIM hostages, Stephen McGowan (August 2017) and Johan Gustafsson (June 2017), were released. Given that each had been held for six years, the investment AQIM had in keeping them alive and well was so vest…

[Daily Maverick] By August 2017, two long-term AQIM hostages, Stephen McGowan (August 2017) and Johan Gustafsson (June 2017), were released. Given that each had been held for six years, the investment AQIM had in keeping them alive and well was so vested, the assumption of either of them being released without a ransom payment seems out of the question. By JASMINE OPPERMAN.

source: AllAfrica News: Mali

Have Your Say On Marine Protected Areas Expansion

[SAnews.gov.za] The public can now submit representations or comments on the draft Notices and Regulations for the expansion and re-zonation of the Betty’s Bay, the Robberg and Goukamma Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

[SAnews.gov.za] The public can now submit representations or comments on the draft Notices and Regulations for the expansion and re-zonation of the Betty's Bay, the Robberg and Goukamma Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

‘Fierce’ Critic of President Lungu Arrested

[News24Wire] Zambian authorities have reportedly arrested yet another opposition leader, who is a fierce critic of President Edgar Lungu, in the latest sign of a crackdown on dissent.

[News24Wire] Zambian authorities have reportedly arrested yet another opposition leader, who is a fierce critic of President Edgar Lungu, in the latest sign of a crackdown on dissent.

source: AllAfrica News: Zambia

You Strike the Woman, You (Still) Strike the Rock

[Daily Maverick] In the midst of political factions and disunity among the ANC we must never lose sight of the history of the women who fought so hard for the freedoms we take for granted today.

[Daily Maverick] In the midst of political factions and disunity among the ANC we must never lose sight of the history of the women who fought so hard for the freedoms we take for granted today.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

NGO Unaware of Reported U.S.$4 Million Ransom Paid to Free Mali Hostage

[News24Wire] The Gift of the Givers humanitarian aid organisation says it knows nothing about a ransom of more than R50m that was allegedly paid for the release of Stephen McGown, Netwerk24 reported on Friday.

[News24Wire] The Gift of the Givers humanitarian aid organisation says it knows nothing about a ransom of more than R50m that was allegedly paid for the release of Stephen McGown, Netwerk24 reported on Friday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

WFP Resumes Food Assistance to HIV Positive People With Acute Malnutrition

[Iwacu] The World Food Program (WFP) has resumed its project to provide food assistance to people living with HIV / AIDS since July. In a statement issued on 2 August, WFP declared that the assistance is for HIV affected patients who started antiretrov…

[Iwacu] The World Food Program (WFP) has resumed its project to provide food assistance to people living with HIV / AIDS since July. In a statement issued on 2 August, WFP declared that the assistance is for HIV affected patients who started antiretroviral therapy, for children and women under the prevention of mother-to-child transmission protocol (PMTCT). It also said that the project concerns orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC).

source: AllAfrica News: Burundi