Our focus is to build homes for the elderly in Southern Africa especially those who have to take care of AIDS orphans, to restore their dignity and elevate their standard of living,” Ugokwe explains.
Raised by her grandparents Ugokwe is fully aware of the impact elders have in our lives. “They are a rich source of knowledge fully backed by vast experience. We could benefit from them, but unfortunately we dub them as ‘old fashioned’ and neglect them.”
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Our natural heritage is important to consider, especially as issues like industrial pollution and environmental degradation are threatening the status of some of our most treasured national resources- places like Mapungubwe.
Mapungubwe is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and extends into the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. This culturally sacred place therefore has significance not only for us South Africans, but also for our neighbours across the border in Zimbabwe and Botswana.
This timelapse video was created to encapsulate so much of what is so special about Mapungubwe, the wide-open spaces, the pristine environment and the culturally important landmarks that have held significance for countless generations before us.
It is therefore important that these resources are maintained for all of us to share, and that places like Mapungubwe are preserved for future generations- because the granting of a coal mining license will not only affect the nature of our national park but also the future of our national heritage.
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There are more PhDs at the IBM Research lab than you can throw a hat at. And we learnt that they were working on all the big things that would change Africa – financial inclusion, health, traffic, education, name it. When we were driving home, I wondered whether collectively, or individually, African countries have a group of people working together on future solutions as the IBM Research lab is doing.
In the years to come, this will have implications on how our lives play out in the rest of 21st Century Africa. I see a shift in how power will be exercised in the years to come. It will not come from owning the largest fleet of jet fighters or the largest army.
I think the people with power in Africa will be those who provide learning solutions to the continent’s exploding population; the chaps who find new ways of eking out more grain yields from tired overcrowded soils; the companies that build smart networks; those that develop cost-effective treatments for all the diseases that are whacking us now as we grow richer; the people who will have the technologies to provide water in times when it is running out.
KAMPALA, Uganda - Women involved in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), are seemingly unaware of the various business opportunities available to them. This is despite the existence of the Common Market which provides for free movement of goods and services across the East African Community (EAC).
Experts say this is because they lack information and powers of interpretation, even as the region is fast integrating economically. Uganda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde last week said, some women doing cross-border trade still use panya routes to avoid taxes which were long ago scrapped with the coming of the Customs Union and Common Market.
The minister said such uninformed women are part of the 52% who make up the 11 million economically active Ugandan population. She said they are mostly in the SME sector which regional governments incresingly see as the engine of future rapid economic growth.
“Let’s sensitize them (women) about opportunities in East Africa. We need to disseminate this information to actual entrepreneurs. Let us simplify our form of communication. We are not at the same level of internalizing information,” Kyambadde said.
In the last decade, the EAC has undergone rapid changes as regards to economic integration and harmonization of key policies intended to make it more business friendly. These include the implementation of a customs union, common market and recent signing of a monetary union to accumulate in a single currency in 10 years. However women, especially those carrying out cross-border trade find it difficult to interpret the protocols and governments have not been overly helpful.
A consultative meeting in Kampala recently organised by TradeMark East Africa in partnership with the iCON Enterprise Foundation, East African Business Council and East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP) and attracted several leading women entrepreneurs.
Chief scientist Uyi Stewart has returned from the diaspora to lead IBM’s first African lab.
The trade, traditionally plied by women, is essential to preserve the seafood, which is sold on to consumers inland. But today they will not be able to buy a single crate of fish. Some say there are times when they have no work for a whole month.
The situation has deteriorated significantly since Chinese, Korean and Russian factories started springing up along the coast, producing meal for fish farming and stock breeding in Europe and Asia. Over the past three years, 11 plants have been built near the beaches where local fishermen land their catch, between Kayar, north of the capital, and Joal, which accounts for about a third of the country’s coastline.
AFRICANGLOBE - Zimbabwean telecom tycoon (and the country’s only billionaire) Strive Masiyiwa has been called a “global business influential,” a “face of New Africa,” and the “Bill Gates of Africa.” He continues to live up to the reputation with a new venture that’s as bold as they come.