archives : November 2009


South africa - International
The vuvuzela, a South African horn used by football fans, will certainly whip up a big hue and cry come the 2010 World Cup in June. The Japanese team has already expressed its opposition to the use of the instrument. Many were those who threw tantrums over the defeaning vuvuzela sound during the Confederations Cup, last June. Nevertheless, the noisy horn is a matter of national pride, and Sepp Blatter, FIFA president has chosen not to have it banned. Die-hard critics have turned to persiflage indicating that the vuvuzela is South Africa’s only chance to make its presence felt, at a time when Bafana Bafana, the national team, is at its lowest level in the history of South African soccer. - Tuesday 24 November 2009

Veterans of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle have come out boldly to declare that President Mugabe is a “gift from God” and would rally behind him till eternity. - Tuesday 24 November 2009


Africa’s brain drain has been a real problem. The flood of professionals leaving to seek their fortune in Europe and America has hurt the continent’s economy.

But is that all about to change? A growing number of professionals are returning home.

Ex-Olympic runner Reks Brobby used to live in Los Angeles but has gone back to Accra, Ghana where he runs a presitigious new nightclub.

- Tuesday 24 November 2009

Voter registration and the election date in Sudan have been extended slightly to accommodate delays incurred in the process in some areas of the vast country, the National Elections Commission said. - Tuesday 24 November 2009

A number of former child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are currently receiving help from various centres in Uganda. The rehabilitation centres have resorted to using not only formal education techniques but also art to help them overcome the horrifying trauma they were forced to undergo during the war. - Tuesday 24 November 2009


Negotiators of Zimbabwe’s major political parties are expected to meet in Harare on Sunday for formal discussions aimed at ironing out sticking points around the implementation of the Global Political Agreement, The Sunday Mail reported.

The meeting follows the lapse of the 15-day timeframe set by the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Co-operation for commencement of the talks.

Mugabe’s Zanu-PF co-negotiator Nicholas Goche said his party and the two MDC formations failed to meet within the stipulated time-frame because MDC negotiators, Professor Welsham Ncube and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, were out of the country on ministerial business.

- Monday 23 November 2009

Ghana - Namibia

Air Namibia-Ghana, has commenced direct flights from Accra to Johannesburg, South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia.

The flights, the first of which commenced on Saturday, November 21, 2009, would fly five times a week.

Dedicating a town office for Air Namibia in Accra on Sunday, Mr Joseph Shipepe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airline, said a study conducted by the airline revealed great potential in the Accra-Johannesburg route.

"We look at it not only in terms of business but also, re-visiting the long standing friendship between Ghana and Namibia," he said.

He said flights also served as a means of integrating the West African and South African regions.

- Monday 23 November 2009

Uganda - United States

Stumbled across this blurb over on the Atlantic (which stumbled across it on The Independent Gay Forum). Writer Jamie Kirchick doesn’t think aid money should be given to Uganda, a nation with an entirely contentious relationship with its homosexual citizenry, even going so far as to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death.

"When a government actively encourages homophobia, the effect reverberates throughout society. Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, has accused European gays of coming to his country to "recruit" people into homosexuality. Ugandan newspapers and bloggers have seized on the proposed law to launch their own broadsides against gays, posting the names and photographs of individuals in Wild West-style "wanted" posters in print and online. A major tabloid, the Red Pepper, trumpeted an expose headlined "Top Homos in Uganda Named" as "a killer dossier, a heat-pounding and sensational masterpiece that largely exposes Uganda’s shameless men and unabashed women that have deliberately exported the Western evils to our dear and sacred society."

- Monday 23 November 2009


Thierry Henry considered ending his international career, reported French sports daily L’Equipe on Monday, following the uproar after the striker’s blatant handball in a France-Ireland match on Nov. 18 that gave France their ticket to South Africa.

"Oh yes," the France captain was quoted in Monday’s French sports daily L’Equipe as saying when asked whether retiring from international soccer had crossed his mind.

"Friday, when it all went too far, I was very worked up."

- Monday 23 November 2009


The health ministry in Kenya has launched a three-week campaign to encourage up to one million people to take an Aids test.

Ministry officials will go door-to-door in a bid to more than double the number of people checked since voluntary testing clinics were set up in 2004.

The latest drive has already met public resistance, in a country where taking a test can be equated to promiscuity.

- Monday 23 November 2009

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