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- South Africa: Tygerberg Hospital Working to Restore Water Supply February 5, 2016[News24Wire] Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town hopes to have its water back by the end of Friday, after a burst water main caused serious shortages this week.
- Liberia: Public Works to Make Safe Drinking Water Affordable February 5, 2016[NEWS] The Ministry of Public Works has launched a one-year nationwide campaign to make safe drinking water affordable to the people of Liberia.
- Zimbabwe: Typhoid - No Lessons Learnt From the Past February 5, 2016[The Herald] Zimbabwe should not be having to deal with yet another diarrhoeal outbreak. After the cholera outbreak of 2008 which killed so many people, we should have learnt our lessons. Yet the typhoid cases that seem to be spreading in a number of Harare suburbs appear to prove otherwise.
- Ethiopia: Farmers Need to Practice Water Catchment Development - Ministry February 5, 2016[Ethiopian Herald] The government would undertake additional irrigation projects utilizing surface and ground water especially in Afar and Somali States and planned to develop 2.68 million hectares of land through irrigation.
- Namibia: Urban Drift Worsens Sanitation February 5, 2016[Namibia Economist] The target period for improved access to water and sanitation which is expected to increase from the current 34% to 70% coverage by 2017 has been dismally missed. The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa said this at the 9th Water and Sanitation Sector Joint Annual Review in Windhoek last week where the pre-eminent de […]
- South Africa: Operation Hydrate to Deliver 1.2m Litres of Water February 5, 2016[News24Wire] Thirty-one trucks left the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday morning to deliver 1.2 million litres of water to drought-stricken areas in South Africa.
- Gambia: Gambia Waste Management Bill Revised February 5, 2016[The Point] The National Environment Agency (NEA) in collaboration with relevant stakeholders is on the verge of finalising revision of the waste management bill 2007, with experts tabling the draft bill for review at a workshop held recently at the Jenoi Agricultural Research Training Centre in the Lower River Region.
- Malawi: Rainwater Harvesting Technologies Reduce Water Scarcity February 5, 2016[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -The Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi (RHAM) says adoption of rainwater harvesting technologies would help reduce water scarcity at household level.
- Namibia: Grootfontein Informal Settlers to Pay for Water February 5, 2016[New Era] The municipality of Grootfotein will introduce a prepaid water system that would compel residents at the informal settlement town to pay for water which is currently not the case as the inhabitants of these dwellings have enjoyed free water over the past several years.
- Angola: Repaired Water Distribution Centres in Luanda Start Functioning This Year February 5, 2016[ANGOP] Luanda -Two water distribution centres in Luanda Province, namely in the localities of Marçal and Cazenga, which have been receiving repair works, are scheduled to start functioning this year, guaranteed last Thursday the secretary of State for Water, Luís Filipe da Silva.
- South Africa: Tygerberg Hospital Working to Restore Water Supply February 5, 2016
- Argentina and United Arab Emirates Open New Stage in Bilateral Relations February 5, 2016With United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to Argentina, the two countries launched a new stage in bilateral relations, kicked off by high-level meetings and a package of accords. On Friday, Feb. 5 Al Nahyan and his host, Argentina’s foreign minister Susana Malcorra, signed five agreements on taxation, trade […] […]Fabiana Frayssinet
- Extremism Threatens Press Freedom February 5, 2016Pakistan continues to remain one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, where frequent attempts to restrict press freedom are commonplace and challenges to expanding media diversity and access to information abound. Tense and uncertain security conditions, looming risks of terrorism and extremism-related activities, rampant political influence and […]Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
- Press Crackdown Is Likely to Worsen February 5, 2016On October 2015, the day that Ugandan journalist Enoch Matovu, 25, was allegedly shot by the police for simply “doing my job”, the police had “run out of tear gas”, he claimed. “So they had to use live bullets,” this journalist for broadcaster NTV Uganda told IPS. Matovu was injured in the head while covering […]Amy Fallon
- IPS joins in the call to enforce international law to protect journalists February 5, 2016While our goal at Inter Press Service is to provide information – a precious global public good – we naturally applaud all efforts to foster and promote the safety of journalists, and so applaud UNESCO’s international conference in Paris on Friday, February 5, 2016 with media executives and member states to discuss just that. The […]Farhana Haque Rahman
- Women of Haitian Descent Bear the Brunt of Dominican Migration Policy February 5, 2016A middle-aged woman arranges bouquets of yellow roses in a street market in Little Haiti, a slum neighbourhood in the capital of the Dominican Republic. “I don’t want to talk, don’t take photos,” she tells IPS, standing next to a little girl who appears to be her daughter. Other vendors at the stalls in the […]Ivet Gonzalez
- Over $10 Billion in Aid Pledges at Syria Donor Conference February 4, 2016More than $10 billion were pledged as humanitarian aid for war-ravaged Syria at the fourth international donor conference in London. In his opening remarks Thursday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was implicitly critical of the international community for its failure to end the Syrian conflict, which has entered its sixth year. Urging all participants to i […]Valentina Ieri
- After 20 Years, Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Still in Political Limbo February 4, 2016After nine years in office, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will step down in December perhaps without achieving one of his more ambitious and elusive political goals: ensuring the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). “This year marks 20 years since it has been open for signature,” he said last week, pointing out […]Thalif Deen
- Argentina and United Arab Emirates Open New Stage in Bilateral Relations February 5, 2016
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- Uganda: Promote Sanitation, Behavioural Change in Campaign Messages January 11, 2016OPINION By Bashir Hangi As political campaigns gather momentum at different levels in the country, we have heard candidates make promises on what they intend to do for the electorate. This is a good measure that gives citizens an opportunity to vote candidates who will deliver services they need most. Following the campaign promises by […]
- Polokwane experiencing severe water shortage – municipality January 11, 2016Johannesburg – Most of the reservoirs in Polokwane, Limpopo are empty and the water levels at the remaining few are running critically low, the municipality said on Saturday. “The shortage is caused by rapid increase in consumption during the heat wave,” spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene said. Since the early hours of Saturday morning the Lepelle Northern Water’s […]
- COP21: Why talking about the weather is important January 11, 2016IS, 10 December 2015 (IRIN) – As weather becomes more extreme and erratic, the scramble for a bigger and better set of tools to cope with the fallout is on. “Science is quite clear that we’re experiencing more frequent extremes. While we’re sure about some of the impacts and extremes, we’re also getting more surprises,” […]
- Old age home spreads generosity by sharing donated water January 11, 2016Bloemfontein – An old age home and some businesses in Senekal in the Free State have praised holidaymakers for bringing them liquid relief. And they are spreading the generosity by sharing their donations with hard-hit community members. A matron at Engo Aged Care Senekal, Bets Niewenhuis, told News24 on Thursday that people from other towns […]
- COP21: Climate change and conflict meet in Cameroon January 11, 2016KOUSSERI/DOUALA, 9 December 2015 (IRIN) – Nadine Wondje, a native of Manoka, an island off the coast of Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala, fears the sea will soon “swallow” her village. “Those poles and the other stakes you see is what remains of our homes that were once located there,” she told IRIN, pointing out to […]
- Uganda: Museveni Promises Safe Water, Tarmac for Isingiro January 11, 2016By Alfred Tumushabe Isingiro — President Museveni has promised to provide safe water sources to people of Bukanga Constituency in Isingiro District and tarmac Isingiro- Ntantamukyi- Rakai road to boost trade in the area. Bukanga is largely hilly and the terrain cannot allow sinking of boreholes and construction of valley dams. The inhabitants that can […] […]
- ‘We’ll run out of water soon’ November 9, 2015Pietermaritzburg – Those who think they will not be affected by water rationing are in for a stark reality check. On Wednesday, the uMgungundlovu District Municipality which supplies water to uMngeni (Howick), Umshwathi (Wartburg, Dalton and New Hanover), Richmond, Mkhambathini (Camperdown), Mpofana (Mooi River) and Impendle municipalities announced that […]
- Nigeria: Ekiti, World Bank to Spend U.S.$55 Million On Water Generation November 9, 2015Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Government and the World Bank are to rehabilitate water projects in the state with the sum of $55 million in the next six years. The projects would be under the Third Urban Water Sector Reform Project being led by the World Bank. The World Bank team led by […]
- Nigeria: Katsina to Establish Sanitation Courts in 2016 – Official November 9, 2015Katsina State Government says it will establish five mobile courts to deal with violators of the monthly environmental sanitation in the state. The Executive Secretary, State Environmental and Protection Agency, (SEPA), Alhaji Lawal Inusa, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina on Sunday. Inusa said that the […] […]
- South Africa: No Drop to Waste – Tackling South Africa’s Water Crisis November 9, 2015ANALYSIS Having long since fled KwaZulu Natal and the Free State, fat, passing clouds scatter a handful of raindrops over Gauteng like rich men throwing coins at the poor. As the reality of full-blown drought settles in across much of the country, attention has turned to what we can do to mitigate the damage: building […]
- Uganda: Promote Sanitation, Behavioural Change in Campaign Messages January 11, 2016
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