Passenger demand drives increase in flydubai’s frequency to Tanzania

  • Kilimanjaro becomes 3rd point in Tanzania and the 12th point on the flydubai African network
  • The new service increases the total number of flights to Tanzania to 14 flights a week
  • Direct flights to Zanzibar to more than double from 29 October 2017

Dubai-based flydubai (www.flydubai.com) today announced the start of flights to Kilimanjaro from 29 October. The relaunched service to the carrier’s third point in Tanzania, along with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, will see flydubai’s network in Africa expand to 12 destinations.

flydubai began operations to Tanzania in 2014 and has seen a steady growth in passenger numbers. Kilimanjaro will be served with six flights a week three of which are via a stop in the capital, Dar es Salaam. In addition, the carrier will increase direct flights to Zanzibar from three to eight flights a week.

Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “With the addition of the service to Kilimanjaro and more direct flights to Zanzibar, flydubai will operate 14 flights a week, marking a 133% increase in capacity to the market compared to the previous year. This is a healthy indication of the rising popularity of Tanzania as a preferred tourist destination and we are happy to be connecting the market to Dubai.”

Kilimanjaro International Airport is located between the regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Northern Tanzania. The airport is the major gateway to the Kilimanjaro region, a main international tourism destination that includes Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Only a few international carriers operate to Kilimanjaro and flydubai will be the first airline to provide direct air links from the UAE.

“We are committed to opening up underserved markets and flydubai’s service to Kilimanjaro will introduce more options for travel with a Business and Economy Class service, together with added cargo capacity available through our Cargo Division. We expect to see healthy flows of trade and tourism on this route from the GCC and Eastern Europe via our hub in Dubai,” said Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa).

flydubai has seen a 3.5% increase in passengers numbers travelling between the UAE and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015, a positive record for this emerging market.

flydubai has built up a comprehensive network in Africa with flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. The 12 points will be served with more than 80 weekly flights for the summer period.

For the full timetable and fares, visit: www.flydubai.com/en/plan/timetable.

Distributed by APO on behalf of flydubai.

For further information, please contact:
Houda Al Kaissi, Public Relations Specialist
(+971) 56 6830336
Houda.AlKaissi@flydubai.com

About flydubai:
Dubai-based flydubai (www.flydubai.com) strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:
• Created a network of 94 destinations in 44 countries.
• Operates a single fleet type of 58 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will take delivery of more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023.
• Opened up 63 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.
For the latest flydubai news, please visit: https://news.flydubai.com. Latest flydubai news for Tanzania: http://APO.af/8HIB5S.

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Winners Announced for Private Equity Africa Awards 2017

Private Equity Africa (PEA) (www.PrivateEquityAfrica.com) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 GP & Advisor Awards.

The awards saw 22 firms collect much coveted accolades at the 6th Annual PEA Awards Gala Dinner hosted at London’s prestigious Savoy hotel on 1st June, which attracted about 250 industry professionals.

The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Leadership Award was Ziad Oueslati, co-founding Partner at AfricInvest, for his contributions to the growth of the industry. This is the only award given to an individual and voted on by industry peers.

One of the evening’s highlights was the LP Award that went to CDC for its work in developing the private equity industry in Africa. This is the first time an LP Investor has been recognised at the awards.

The much coveted Sub-Saharan Africa House of the Year was picked up by Development Partners International (DPI) – which also had a win in the Portfolio Company category, for its social impact in HomeChoice, a consumer retailer based in South Africa.

In the house category Investec Asset Management held on to its crown as Credit Investor of the Year, also taking the Credit Deal of the Year for IHS Nigeria.

Helios continued its reign as lead dealer in the transactions category, walking away with the Large Cap Deal of the Year for Oando Gas & Power. The Mid Cap Deal of the Year went to 8 Miles for Beloxxi, while Apis Partners took Small Cap Deal of the Year for Direct Pay Online. This is the first time Apis wins a PEA award.

In the Advisory category, Clifford Chance continued to reign as king in the legal space, winning the much contested Overall Legal Advisor of the Year, covering aggregated advisor work across funds and deals. Clifford Chance also scooped the Deals Legal Advisor of the Year, while Funds Legal Advisor of the Year went to Webber Wentzel.

KPMG won special recognition with Global Financial Advisor of the Year, while, Abax Securities was awarded Fund Administrator of the Year, a first-time win for the firm.

Of special note was the newly introduced Venture Philanthropy Africa Award that went to Helios Investment Partners for its corporate social work in the continent.

(Please see full list of winners here: http://APO.af/Qt3LhH).

The 2017 PEA Awards winners were chosen by an independent panel of leading industry participants with representation from CDC, HarbourVest, IFC, LPEQ, Hamilton Lane, Rede Partners, Aon Hewitt, Swedfund, Sarona Asset Management and Cebile Capital.

The 6th Annual PEA Awards attracted over 120 self-entries, complemented by recommendations from the PEA editorial team and supported by industry data. Award shortlists were compiled in partnership with the London Business School Private Equity Institute.

Commenting on the awards, Gail Mwamba, the Awards Chair and Managing Editor at Private Equity Africa, said:

“The 2017 Awards reflect the continuing dynamism of the private equity market in Africa, showcasing some of the continent’s most transformative private equity investment deals and advisory work over the past year. We were hugely impressed by the calibre of all the entries this year, a remarkable achievement against challenging conditions across the continent.”

“Congratulations to the winners. The awards were a fitting sequel to the LP-GP Summit, a day of debate and discussion around what lies ahead for the next decade in Africa. We can certainly look forward to gathering again next year.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of Private Equity Africa (PEA).

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Donates Border Enforcement Equipment to South African Revenue Service

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa’s office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) donated border enforcement equipment and tools to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) at their K-9 facility in Kempton Park today. The equipment will be utilized in support SARS’ efforts to safeguard the borders in South Africa. The donation, valuing more than $105,000, includes vehicle GPS units, field binoculars, night vision goggles, handheld thermal imagers, radiation detector/pagers, and contraband detection kits.

The donation is a part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s longstanding partnership with the government of South Africa to support border security, trade facilitation and combat wildlife trafficking. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn said, “Following South Africa’s success in hosting the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016, we are delighted to support your continued efforts. This equipment will be used to help conserve your incredibly diverse wildlife species, promote economic development, and combat the multi-billion dollar illicit wildlife trade within your borders, across our borders, and globally. I am proud of the great work our South African and American teams have done together on these issues. Together, we are making a difference.”

Mohamed Ally, Executive for Customs at SARS said, “from the South African perspective, we acknowledge and receive these ‘tools of the trade’ from the United States with gratitude. This donation will strengthen our long-lasting relationship with the United States, which has been assisting us since the 1990s. Our work together has helped us improve our fight against the illicit economy.”

With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity. The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly six tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa.

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‘Day of the African Child’ an opportunity to raise awareness on pediatric AIDS

More than 600 people are scheduled to gather in Nairobi, Kenya on 16 June, the Day of the African Child, with the goal of speaking out for ending the AIDS epidemic among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.

The event commemorating the Day of the African Child will call for support by religious leaders, from the grassroots to around the globe, to make sure that all children and adolescents living with HIV and TB have access to life-saving medications. The event will start with a procession at 7:00 a.m. at All Saints Cathedral to Ufungamano House, where an interfaith prayer meeting will be held featuring speeches, children and adolescents’ performances and a ceremony.

The World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC-EAA) in partnership with the Kenya chapter of the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+ Kenya), along with many other organizations, is coordinating the event as a way to highlight country-led action that is backed by global support.

Participants will launch a global call to action for religious leaders on treatment for HIV and TB among children and adolescents. Holding the launch on the Day of the African Child highlights that the majority of children living with HIV are from Africa.

HIV testing and counseling services will be offered at the event to the adolescents and young people present, as well as religious leaders. The tests will not only serve as a diagnostic tool but will also enhance dialogue between children, adolescents, young people, religious leaders and the government of Kenya on HIV, TB, and stigma and discrimination.

“The purpose of the event is to add momentum locally to a global faith movement for action and change for children and adolescents living with HIV,” said Francesca Merico, WCC-EAA HIV campaign coordinator. “For some, this will spark some new thinking. For others, this will reinforce and build upon their already effective efforts to end AIDS.”

Faith communities are a vital link to the lives of those most vulnerable, noted Rev. Amy Gopp, vice president for external relations for IMA World Health. “If we are to end the scourge of HIV, our communities of faith must equip leaders to address HIV in their own, unique contexts,” she said. “IMA World Health is honored to join the WCC in the effort to engage and support faith leaders as we work together to promote testing, treatment and access to services for all God’s children.”

IMA will be releasing Sermon & Khutuba guides in coordination with the event to support religious leaders with theological resources relating to pediatric HIV and TB.

Religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV also play a leading role in ending HIV and TB pandemics in Kenya, said Jane Ng’ang’a, national coordinator of INERELA+ Kenya.

“Collectively, we have made great achievements in the treatment and care of people living with and affected by HIV,” she said. “We are committed to ensure that we end stigma and discrimination in our faith communities by making our congregations a place of hope and refuge for all. We are further committed to ensure that the voice of every person living with or personally affected by HIV and TB is heard and supported without judgment or prejudice, including children, adolescents and young people.”

Ng’ang’a continued: “We will continue to initiate programs that will go a long way in supporting families that are infected and affected by HIV and TB across the country.”

The Day of the African Child event in Nairobi is part of a broader faith advocacy project on pediatric AIDS and treatment for adolescents led at global level by the WCC-EAA. The initiative is mobilizing faith communities and leaders to maximize the implementation of the “Start Free, Stay Free and AIDs Free” framework and reach the ambitious UN pediatric AIDS treatment targets: to provide 1.6 million children (ages 0-14 years) and 1.2 million adolescents (ages 15-19) living with HIV with antiretroviral therapy by 2018 and that children, adolescents and adults living with HIV know their status and are immediately offered and sustained on affordable and accessible quality treatment to ensure viral load suppression.

Facts about children and HIV in Kenya

In Kenya, there were 26,453 children living with HIV who were not receiving treatment, representing 73 percent coverage, and only 44 percent of HIV-exposed infants received early infant diagnosis in 2015.

In 2015, Kenya reported nearly 7,000 cases of TB in infants and children, with those under age five at greatest risk of having severe forms of TB and dying from the disease.

Facts about children and HIV globally

In 2015, there were globally 1.8 million children ages 0-14 living with HIV. Only 872,500 (48%) of them were accessing treatment. There were also 1.8 million adolescents ages 10-19 living with HIV.

In 2015, some 110,000 children (ages 0-14) and 21,000 adolescents (ages 15-19) died of AIDS-related causes. Eighty-six percent of these deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the same period, 150,000 children and 250,000 adolescents were newly infected with HIV. There were also 160,000 new infections among adolescent girls (ages 10-19), 77% of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2015 only 47 percent of HIV-exposed infants globally received early infant diagnostic services within the first two months of life as recommended.

The Day of the African Child was first established by the Organization of African Unity in 1991 to honor students who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 and to highlight the continuing need for action and education to meet the challenges facing children in Africa.

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