Humanitarian

Madiba’s final rest

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The late former President Nelson Mandela has been placed in his final resting place, alongside his other family members, in a family grave. Traditional rituals were performed to ensure the Father of the Nation is received by his ancestors. Madiba was laid to rest a short while ago at the Mandela family farm in rural Qunu. It brings to a ...

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Switzerland steps up its commitment to the fight against malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis

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The Federal Council has approved a contribution of CHF 60 million for the 2014-2016 period for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). Switzerland was one of the founders of the Geneva-based fund in 2002 and has been one of its key partners since the beginning. Malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis remain the leading causes of death in ...

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SA lines up to see Madiba

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South Africans have come out in their tens of thousands to queue at the Fountains Valley park- and-ride facility in Pretoria in the hope of getting a chance to view the late former President Nelson Mandela’s body. Young and old, black and white, are standing in queues which stretch for kilometres, for buses to ferry them to the Union Buildings ...

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Nation salutes Madiba

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Salutes and tears formed part of the gestures made by South Africans as they passed the body of former President Nelson Mandela while he lies in state at the Union Buildings. People held the South African flag in their hands, while others wore it in their hair as they filed past. The mood on day two of the lying in ...

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Nelson Mandela: Amphitheatre opened to the public

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The viewing of the late former Nelson Mandela’s mortal remains at the amphitheatre at the Union Buildings has been opened to the public. The viewing of the struggle icon was opened a few minutes after midday. Members of the public, who are not allowed to take photos of the casket, are now able to file past the body which is ...

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Innovating from within – challenges and opportunities in rural community development in Cameroon

Nelly Yonga sitting by a micro-credit recipient in Beau, Cameroon

By Francis Ikome Africa’s economic growth and potential are widening the prospects of technological innovation. Across the continent, many entrepreneurs are identifying ways to increase financial inclusion, improve the efficiency of remittances, provide sustainable energy solutions, and enhance health infrastructure. While these efforts offer great reason for optimism, many individuals in rural communities have to quickly adapt to these changes, ...

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Statement by the president of the ECOWAS comission on the death of former president Nelson Mandela

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The ECOWAS Commission has learnt with a deep sense of loss and devastation, the passing on of former South African President Dr. Nelson Mandela. The Commission notes that Dr. Mandela as a charismatic World leader and international icon of peace and reconciliation guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy. In spite of his imprisonment for 27 ...

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Madiba memorial: A send-off like no other

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Presidents – past and present – global leaders, royals and A-list celebrities have started to arrive at FNB Stadium to pay their last respects at an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers. At least 91 Heads of State and Government will put aside world politics for four hours and unite as they recall, reflect, honour and bid farewell ...

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Samsung Volunteers build homes in Zambia

Samsung Electronics employees  building a house in Ndola, Zambia

A team of 24 Samsung Electronics volunteers from the company’s headquarters in South Korea arrived in Ndola, Zambia last week on a life-changing mission of building four houses for vulnerable families at Chipulukusu. The week-long initiative, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Zambia, was part of Samsung’s Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP), an initiative that encourages employees to contribute to communities ...

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The international community continues to mourn today the passing of Nelson Mandela

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By Marshall Comins and Dominykas Broga The international community continues to mourn today the passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president and an international symbol of peace, who ushered the continent into a new era of increased awareness and equality. Inspiring millions around the world who witnessed the power of one man’s will to achieve the greater good ...

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