African Development Bank strongly supports Nigerian Government’s economic recovery efforts

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) wishes to categorically refute the statement that it has “called off loans to Nigeria”, as reported in Reuters and credited to AfDB Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Amadou Hott.

The African Development Bank is highly encouraged by the economic recovery of Nigeria from recession and salutes the Government’s efforts towards diversification of the economy. The Bank also strongly supports the Economic and Growth Recovery Plan of the Government and efforts to stem corruption and strengthen fiscal consolidation and efficiency.

In November 2016, the Board of the African Development Bank approved a $600-million loan to support Nigeria’s efforts to cope with macroeconomic and fiscal shocks that arose from the massive decline in price of crude oil. An additional $400 million in support could be considered, if requested and approved by the Board, as part of a larger coordinated effort with other development partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The African Development Bank is in consultations with the Government on how best to continue its support for its laudable Economic and Growth Recovery Plan through investment projects that will help address existing structural challenges, including infrastructure, power, agriculture and support to boost private sector and job creation.

The Bank assures the Nigerian Government of its full support for its continued reforms to diversify the economy and boost economic growth and development.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Contact:
Dr. Victor Oladokun, Director, Communication and External Relations, T: +225 20 26 20 24, M: +225 75 75 06 40, V.Oladokun@AfDB.org

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Malaria alert in South Africa

High numbers of malaria cases are being reported in the malaria transmission areas (Vhembe and Mopani districts) in Limpopo (including some cases in farms along the Lephalale River, Waterberg) and in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga province. Compared to previous years, a modest increase in cases in the Kruger National Park and private reserves in the area has been confirmed. This follows a very busy 2017 malaria season in the entire southern African region, which peaked in April and May and extended into June. High rainfall, humidity and ambient temperatures provided ideal conditions for malaria mosquito breeding and contributed to an increase in malaria cases. Unusually mild winter temperatures in malaria areas have allowed for ongoing mosquito and parasite development and led to an early and busy malaria season which started already in August 2017.

The key prevention strategy of the malaria control programmes in endemic areas is spraying of households with long acting residual insecticides (IRS) which target indoor feeding mosquitos. This IRS programme is in progress in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga and is planned to target a larger area than in 2016. Early treatment of malaria cases is a key strategy. The antimalarial drug, Coartem remains highly effective in the treatment of uncomplicated malaria, provided there is early diagnosis and urgent commencement of treatment.

Travellers from, or residents of malaria transmission areas in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and the far northern KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia who present with fever and ‘flu-like’ illness must have an urgent blood test and malaria treated as a medical emergency. Misdiagnosis of malaria as influenza is not uncommon with disastrous consequences in a number of persons.

The Department of Health in South Africa is ensuring universal coverage of key interventions. This includes Indoor Residual Spraying, effective case management and ensuring that health promotion messages reach communities at risk of contracting the disease. All travellers to malaria risk areas must take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and medication to prevent malaria should be highly considered.

  • Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes, which generally bite at night.
  • Malaria is preventable, treatable and curable.
  • Travelers from non-endemic areas to malaria endemic areas and countries are vulnerable to the disease and need to take reventative measures.
  • Malaria symptoms appear within 10-15 days after the infective mosquito bite.
  • The symptoms include, fever, headache, chills and vomiting.
  • Early malaria diagnosis and treatment reduces disease severity and prevents deaths.
  • If people suspect that they have having malaria, they should immediately consult their health service provider to be tested and treated.
  • If not treated within 24 hours, malaria can progress to severe illness and death. Individuals are therefore advised to take personal protection methods when visiting malaria endemic areas within and outside South Africa.
  • Everyone is at risk of contracting malaria in malarious areas (see attached malaria risk map for south Africa), but there are some higher risk groups including, children under five years of age, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, travellers from non-endemic areas and immigrant workers.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Peace and Security in the Sahel

“The United States supports the G5 countries’ initiative to develop a joint force and deepen cooperation, which has the potential to improve security and complement the efforts of the peacekeeping mission in Mali. Toward that end, the United States will continue its longstanding bilateral support to the G5 members’ security forces. We will also continue to work closely with our partners to help the G5 force be effective and well-coordinated with other counterterror efforts in the region. The United States is committed to stabilizing the Sahel region. We are proud to announce today that we plan to provide up to $60 million in bilateral assistance, which we will work with our Congress to identify, to help stand up the joint force.”

“We understand the force will need ongoing support and are eager for opportunities to work closely with our partners to make this effort a successful one. But we believe that the G5 force must be, first and foremost, owned by the countries of the region themselves. We expect that the G5 countries will take on full regional ownership of the force within a period of three to six years, with continued U.S. engagement. This is the approach that will be most effective, in the end, in freeing the region from terror.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Regional Media Hub.

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Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to conduct the first provincial launch of the cyber security awareness portal in Polokwane, Limpopo

The Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, will on the 3rd November 2017, conduct the first provincial launch of the Cybersecurity Awareness Portal in Polokwane, Limpopo.

International Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of Cybersecurity; and is globally recognised annually in October. South Africa has adopted a National Cybersecurity Policy Framework which mandates the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and the Cybersecurity Hub to develop and implement Cybersecurity Awareness programs.

These awareness programs are geared at educating citizens around threats and vulnerabilities that exist in cyberspace; and in so doing, instil a sense of confidence in the citizen’s ability to transact and interact in Cyberspace. To this end, the two stakeholders have initialised the Cybersecurity Awareness Portal, which is a repository for all Cybersecurity Awareness material and programs.

Recognising that Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, the department intends to partner with both public and private organisations to jointly run programs that will spread the cybersecurity messages to the people of our country.

Thus far the South African Banking and Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) has joined as the inaugural partner and it is envisaged that all organisations which provide awareness material will see the value of using the Portal as a platform to reach every citizen in every corner of the country.

Furthermore, in building an informed citizenry, the awareness programs will be produced in all languages. The department has kick-started various interventions to ensure that this is accomplished within the shortest possible time.

The Limpopo launch is therefore the first of the national roadshows which will be conducted across all provinces to inform and educate public representatives, private sector and communities about the Cybersecurity Awareness Portal. This will invariably ensure that citizens are capacitated to be able to deal with cyber threats, cybercrimes and cyberbullying; amongst many others.

The two-part program will comprise of a technical workshop and launch dinner. The purpose of the technical workshop which will be attended by provincial and local business, is to engage on the emerging policy and legislative framework; and to highlight the collective obligations of business in ensuring a safe cyberspace. The dinner aims to raise awareness and forge partnerships with the provincial leadership around the issues of cybersecurity and cybersecurity awareness programs. It will be attended by the provincial and local leaders, business and academia; led by Limpopo Finance MEC.

Members of the media are hereby invited to the provincial launch which will take place as follows:

Date: Friday, 3 November 2017

Time: 10h00 – 13h00 (Technical Workshop); 18h00 – 21h00 (Launch Dinner)

Venue: Protea Hotel Ranch Resort (25 km south of Polokwane on the N1, R101, Farm Hollands Drift)

Journalists will be afforded interviews and photo opportunities.

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