People in Southern Africa

  • Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe, new UNICEF study shows

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 Children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own and do not initially intend to go to Europe. For the majority the systematic trauma and abuse they witnessed or suffered in Libya caused them to flee to Europe and take the terrifying Central Mediterranean sea route, according to a new study commissioned by UNICEF and carried out by REACH.
  • 'Family Planning is Not Only Life-Saving, But Empowering'

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 "Contraceptives empower women. And empowered women ... well, they transform societies" Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known", philanthropist Melinda Gates said on Tuesday, calling for family planning to be a world priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by allowing women to earn an gain and leads to smaller families with additional resources to spend on children's health and education, Gates said.
  • This is how South Africa’s billionaires invest their money

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/10 AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth have released a new statement on the wealth management space in Africa, detailing how the South Africa and the continents wealthy individuals invest their money. “Wealth management” is defined as the provision of banking services to wealthy individuals (HNWIs) and their families. It generally involves: financial planning, inheritance planning and the allocation of client funds. According to the statement, African wealth management market is valued at US$132 billion (R1.7 trillion) (as of December 2016). Around US$76 billion (R1 trillion) of this is held in South Africa.
  • Africa population growth key at AU summit

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  • Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/02 Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesn’t opt for market-based development, according to statement by Tony Blair’s Institute Parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the world economy, new research has found. The statement predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake up call” for governments across much of the continent, inclunding international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for World Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed.
  • Africa’s demographics are driving global population growth

    AFRICA, 2013/09/15 Sewage spilling into the streets, shacks for homes and shanty towns stretching into the horizon. This is New York in the late 1800s, its grim scenes famously captured by local reporter Jacob Riis, who took chance of newly-invented flash photography to portray the city’s hard scrabble life The same was authentic of London, its own miserable conditions captured by the pen of Charles Dickens. The images conjured are little different to what one finds today across a lot of developing cities, whether Mumbai or Jakarta. And the experience of the New Yorks and Londons shows that a lot of of today’s most liveable cities were once anything but. So, how do cluttered urban sprawls become cities? And how do Africa’s people trends compare to other regions?
  • 'Nelson Mandela continues to show improvement'

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2013/07/31 Former South African President Nelson Mandela's health condition has continued to improve, even though he remains in a 'critical but stable' condition in hospital in Pretoria, the presidency said Tuesday. The update on the health of the world icon was the initial by the South African presidency since his 95th birthday was marked globally 18 July. The former President has been in hospital since 8 June over a recurring lung infection.
  • The father of the nation, Nelson Mandela

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2013/03/31 It has become an ominously frequent ritual. Officials announce that Nelson Mandela, 94, is in hospital; their statements are hungrily dissected for subtexts and hints between the lines; the president\'s spokesman is bombarded with calls and fails to give satisfaction; TV crews gather outside a hospital on a best guess of where Mandela is being treated; editors polish obituaries and supplements; Twitter fills with prayers and unfounded rumours; and millions of South Africans are on edge, pondering: what happens next Mandela?
  • Diocese of Botswana Celebrates 40 Years of Existence

    BOTSWANA, 2013/03/07 Anglicans from the Diocese of Botswana on Sunday celebrated the diocese 40th anniversary and bade farewell to their bishop in a appropriate thanksgiving service held at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Botswana capital Gaborone. Thousands of jubilant Christians and a lot of high level dignitaries inclunding the president of Botswana His Excellency Lt General Ian Khama Seretse Khama and the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu attended the event.
  • President Mugabe Celebrates 89th Birthday

    ZIMBABWE, 2013/02/24 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 89th birthday on Thursday. He remains Africa’s eldest statesman and one of the continents best and brightest leaders. He is as well the third longest serving leader in Africa. At an event hosted by his office on Wednesday, President Mugabe said he had been tasked by God to lead the county and would not backtrack on the “divine task.”