Marc Mcilhone

Marc Mcilhone is AfricanBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how African innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to:

SA’s top researchers honoured


By – Pretoria – South Africa’s top researchers were celebrated for their continued pioneering work in advancing knowledge creation and innovation at the 2015 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Thursday acknowledged the recipients at a ceremony held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The Awards recognised the significance and impact of their recent research outputs ...

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WorldVentures Foundation Plants Seeds of Hope in Zimbabwe

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As the world mourned Cecil the Lion and debated the humanity of hunting big game in Zimbabwe, a baby found abandoned in a pit latrine was being loved back to life nearby. How she got there, no one knows, but her plight fuelled purpose for those who joined WorldVentures Foundation™ (WVF) ( in August for Volunteer Days at the Rose ...

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IMF Staff Completes 2015 Article IV Mission to Angola


An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Ricardo Velloso, visited Luanda from August 12-25, 2015, to conduct discussions for the 2015 Article IV consultation. The mission met with Vice-President Manuel Vicente, Finance Minister Armando Manuel, Planning and Territorial Development Minister Job Graça, Economy Minister Abrahão Gourgel, Construction Minister Waldemar Pires Alexandre, Petroleum Minister Botelho Vasconcelos, Public Administration, Labor, and ...

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ECAir, the national airline of the Republic of Congo, signs a partnership agreement with the WHO


Fatima Beyina-Moussa, Director General of ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines (, the national airline of the Republic of Congo, and also President of the Association of African Airlines (AFRAA), hosted a press conference this Wednesday, 26 August 2015 at ECAir House, the headquarters of ECAir, with Dr Fatoumata Binta Diallo, representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Congo. ECAir and ...

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IMF Mission Concludes the 2015 Article IV Discussions and Announces Staff-Level Agreement with Tunisia on the Sixth Review under the Stand-By Arrangement


Mr. Amine Mati, IMF Mission Chief for Tunisia, issued the following statement today in Washington: “IMF staff reached staff-level understandings with the Tunisian authorities on the sixth review under the SBA. These understandings are subject to approval by IMF management and the Executive Board, which is tentatively scheduled to consider the review in late September. Upon completion of this review, ...

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DHL invests about 47 Million Euro in Sub-Saharan Africa

Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group

Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group visited Africa and emphasized overall importance of emerging markets for the Group. Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group (, visited South Africa and Nigeria this week. The visit demonstrated the overall importance of emerging markets in the Group’s Strategy 2020: Focus.Connect.Grow., and in specific the encouraging development of ...

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WATG Helps Fund Innovative Program Aimed at Assisting Ethiopian Agriculture

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Donation to SDSU’s Zahn Innovation Center supports development for unique teff thresher equipment. As an award-winning, visionary design firm, WATG has enjoyed great success over the years in creating internationally acclaimed destinations. With a track record of “designing experiences that lift the spirit” now spanning 70 years and 160 countries, WATG strives to design destinations that reflect both the environmental ...

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Japan to train SA youth


By – Pretoria – Japan’s commitment to support South Africa’s developmental trajectory has been welcomed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking in Tokyo at the conclusion of his official visit to Japan, on Tuesday, the Deputy President said South Africa sees Japan as a friend, as a country that does not only invest, but a country that also supports development. ...

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Hope 4 Kids Announces Plan for Foster Care System in South Africa

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Help the many South Africans in need. These children need food, medicine, and blankets. Hope 4 Kids, a successful licensed foster care and adoption agency in Southern California for over twenty years, hopes to take their experience and expertise to South Africa. They would like to help set up a foster care and adoption system so that the children that ...

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Consultative meeting between AUC and PAP Committee on Education


The African Union Commission held a consultative meeting with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Committee on Education. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the proposed Continental Education Strategy (2016-2025). The discussion included the involvement of PAP in the implementation of the strategy. The Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology, H.E Dr Martial De-Paul Ikounga, pointed out that ...

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