Large Egyptian Aid Convoy Heads for Gaza Strip

[Egypt Online] A large Egyptian aid convoy carrying medicines and food supplies crossed the borders on its way to the Gaza Strip upon instructions by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as part of efforts to ease the sufferings of the brotherly Palestinian …

[Egypt Online] A large Egyptian aid convoy carrying medicines and food supplies crossed the borders on its way to the Gaza Strip upon instructions by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as part of efforts to ease the sufferings of the brotherly Palestinian people in the restive beleaguered enclave.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

High Risk of Ebola Spreading in DR Congo and Across Its Borders

[Deutsche Welle] As Ebola makes its way from the countryside to the city in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the WHO warns of a high risk of spreading, the central African country’s neighbors act fast to prevent a deadly epidemic.

[Deutsche Welle] As Ebola makes its way from the countryside to the city in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the WHO warns of a high risk of spreading, the central African country's neighbors act fast to prevent a deadly epidemic.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Limit President to Two Five-Year Terms, Says Burundi’s Former Leader

[Deutsche Welle] A five-year term — renewable once — is enough, Burundi’s former president Sylvestre Ntibantunganya says in a DW interview as Burundi decides on presidential terms in a constitutional referendum.

[Deutsche Welle] A five-year term -- renewable once -- is enough, Burundi's former president Sylvestre Ntibantunganya says in a DW interview as Burundi decides on presidential terms in a constitutional referendum.

source: AllAfrica News: Burundi

ANC Must Give Direction On Expropriation Without Compensation – Ramaphosa

[News24Wire] The ANC must explore all options in order to bring about meaningful restitution, redistribution and tenure reform in South Africa. This is the task laid out by President Cyril Ramaphosa to party members as he opened its inaugural land summ…

[News24Wire] The ANC must explore all options in order to bring about meaningful restitution, redistribution and tenure reform in South Africa. This is the task laid out by President Cyril Ramaphosa to party members as he opened its inaugural land summit on Saturday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

AfCFTA an important step towards building a competitive Africa, says Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

[Economic Commission for Africa] Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 18, 2018 (ECA) — The African Continental Trade Area (AfCFTA) should be shaped and implemented to enable Africa to create opportunities for its citizens; spur the continent’s industrialization…

[Economic Commission for Africa] Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 18, 2018 (ECA) -- The African Continental Trade Area (AfCFTA) should be shaped and implemented to enable Africa to create opportunities for its citizens; spur the continent's industrialization agenda; and ensure inclusive growth, says Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Billions invested in renewable energy to address SA power deficit

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Pofadder, Northern Cape POFADDER, (CAJ News) – GOVERNMENT and the private sector are investing billions of rands as South Africa makes the most of its abundance in renewable sources of energy and ultimately address erratic power supplies that are partly to blame for prevailing economic challenges. The country has vast clean energy sources as […]

Solar energy storage plant, picture by Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Pofadder, Northern Cape
POFADDER, (CAJ News) GOVERNMENT and the private sector are investing billions of

Billions invested in renewable energy to address SA power deficit

Lizeka Matsheka, IDC Divisional Executive for Agro, Infrastructure and New Industry, photo by Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

rands as South Africa makes the most of its abundance in renewable sources of energy and ultimately address erratic power supplies that are partly to blame for prevailing economic challenges.

Billions invested in renewable energy to address SA power deficit

Dominic Jose Goncalves, Vice President for Business Development at Abengoa, photo by Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

The country has vast clean energy sources as sunlight, wind, biomass and geothermal heat but a lack of investment over the years has seen the country fail to exploit these.

Things are anticipated to change following a multibillion-rand investment by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Public Investment Corporation (PIC) 100 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Pofadder, some 230km west of Upington, Northern Cape Province.

The facility, said to become the African continent’s largest renewable source of energy, ahead of solar photovoltaic project in Jasper, also in the Northern Cape, feeds directly into Eskom’s national power grid.

The plant in Pofadder is one of more than 20 projects nationwide, worth R14 billion, with the financing set to result in creating thousands of the much needed job opportunities and ensuring surplus electricity supplies.

Such projects contribute to South Africa´s goals of achieving up to 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, and reducing dependence on oil and natural gas.

Lizeka Matsheka, IDC Divisional Executive for Agro, Infrastructure and New Industry, said South Africa required reliable sources of energy to attract more investment and create much-needed jobs.

“There is no economy that can prosper without electricity. We can’t afford to ration energy industrially and residentially,” Matsheka told CAJ News Africa in Pofadder.

She said the electricity load shedding that peaked in 2014 highlighted the consequences of failure to invest in renewable energy.

“IDC facilitates creation of jobs through projects such as this one (renewable energy investment),” Matsheka said of the latest facility.

Jeff Radebe, the energy minister, who officially commissioned the power plant, said the country, through its 2030 vision, planned to invest $10,8 billion (about R130 billion) in renewable energy, a development that would drive the spiraling costs of electricity down.

He said the government, in partnership with private companies such as Abengoa Solar would ensure Eskom adequately supplied the nation without concerns of load shedding.

“Lack of energy contributed to low growth of South African economy. Past energy shortfalls taught us to increase power generation. South Africa is rich in renewable energy,” Radebe said.

He added renewable energy had the added advantage of reducing carbon emissions.

Dominic Jose Goncalves, Vice President for Business Development at Abengoa, which installed the 300 hectare solar thermal plant, said some 95 000 households were now benefitting from solar energy.

Goncalves said 1 300 jobs had been created.

Local communities are also set to benefit through the transfer of skills.

Abengoa Solar built the plant and carries out its operation and maintenance. IDC, South Africa´s largest development finance institution, holds 29 percent. The local KaXu Community Trust holds 20 percent.

Sylvia Lucas, the Northern Cape Premier, hailed the Pofadder project as a “game changer” in electricity generation.

She however bemoaned the poor state of roads in the province as a drawback to economic growth.

“This challenge is limiting economic growth,” Lucas said.

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source: CAJ News Africa » Engineering

Palestine Wants Ethiopia, African Union to Mediate Peace Talks With Israel Instead of U.S.

[Reporter] The Palestinian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nasri Abujaish (PhD), called on Ethiopia and the African Union to engage in peace talks with Israel, as his country will no longer accept the US as a neutral negotiator after the US Embassy opening in …

[Reporter] The Palestinian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nasri Abujaish (PhD), called on Ethiopia and the African Union to engage in peace talks with Israel, as his country will no longer accept the US as a neutral negotiator after the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins in Yola

[Daily Trust] Yola -A team of surgeons led by the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, Professor Auwal Abubakar, has successfully separated four-month-old conjoined female twins.

[Daily Trust] Yola -A team of surgeons led by the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, Professor Auwal Abubakar, has successfully separated four-month-old conjoined female twins.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

East Africa ‘On High Alert’ Over Ebola

[Monitor] World agencies and neighbouring countries on Friday hiked their response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toll from the notorious disease mounted.

[Monitor] World agencies and neighbouring countries on Friday hiked their response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toll from the notorious disease mounted.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

African Nations Should Change Their World Cup Story

[Monitor] Even if football’s greatest showpiece kicks off in just under three weeks, I feel the story of Africa is already told. We have this self-destruct button that we always reach for every four years. And our failures are always about money, hardl…

[Monitor] Even if football's greatest showpiece kicks off in just under three weeks, I feel the story of Africa is already told. We have this self-destruct button that we always reach for every four years. And our failures are always about money, hardly about football.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda