Weekly news headlines: June 6, 2014

Focus on female leadership in Dakar. More than 200 West African elected officials and civil society leaders have converged on Dakar this week for a conference on female leadership.  As parity laws bring more and more women into local and national governments, experts say it isn’t translating into improved policies on so-called women’s issues like health, women’s rights and development. – Voice of America.

Coastal erosion jeopardizes communities in Monrovia. Scores of residents of the Borough of New Kru Town in Monrovia have been made homeless and properties worth thousands of dollars lost in the aftermath of strong waves that hit the area at the weekend. The erosion is now threatening the lives of the people, who mostly depend on the sea for survival. – Heritage.

Musical messages of hope from Rabat. The 13th edition of the Mawazine World Rhythms Festival kicked off Friday (May 30th) with performances by American pop star Justin Timberlake and Palestinian singer Mohamed Assaf. The Rabat event, which runs through June 7th, also featured Arabic music performed by Moroccan singer Mourad Bouriki, Syrian Nassif Zeytoun and some local artists. – Magharebia.

Cholera hits Juba. Health officials are warning that a cholera outbreak in South Sudan‘s capital, Juba, which has left 23 people dead and forced more than 670 others to seek treatment, could be getting worse. Laboratory tests have confirmed that at least one person living in a Juba displacement camp has contracted cholera and there are fears the disease could spread rapidly within the crowded site. – The Guardian.

Kampala prepares for LaBa street art festival. The two-day festival organised under the theme The City is our Space, will have its first stopover at Kisementi parking lot on Saturday. This will attract the participation of the surrounding bars and restaurants’ artists, exhibiting their works in relation to the city. – The Observer.

Maputo faces sea level rise. Sea level rise is a harsh reality in the Bay of Maputo, with coastal erosion eating away at the Xefina archipelago, reports Thursday’s issue of the independent daily “O Pais”. – allAfrica.

Taps to run dry in Nairobi. Water supplies in several parts of Nairobi will be interrupted as the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company conducts repairs. The areas affected include Lang’ata and its environs, Riverside, Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Karen, Lavington, Kangemi, Mountain View, Uthiru and Riruta. – The Star.

Gaborone’s sex workers go an extra mile. Zimbabwean women in Gaborone travelled southwards to take on the oldest profession – prostitution – when Zimbabwe’s economy got rough some years ago. The capital Gaborone has more than 1,200 Zimbabwean sex workers while 300 operate in Francistown near the Plumtree border post. The resort town, Kasane, has 100 Zimbabwean sex workers and others are scattered in various urban areas in Botswana. – Africa Review.

Cape Town‘s evicted Lwandle residents to move to new SANRAL-owned land. Hundreds of Lwandle residents whose homes were demolished earlier this week will be moved to new SANRAL-owned land next week.This comes as Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu yesterday announced that a ministerial task team has been established in a bid to resolve the matter.SANRAL has also offered to purchase another piece of land where residents will be relocated permanently to in several months time. – GroundUp.

Dar and Kinshasa strengthen trade ties. Transit cargo to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the Dar es Salaam port has been increasing ten times annually over the last 10 years, it was revealed over the weekend. DRC is the second largest transit user of the port of Dar es Salaam accounting for 25 percent of the total transit traffic. – Daily News.

More public transport buses for Kigali. Officials at Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura), say the city public transport operators are meeting their expectation and delays at bus stops could end soon. The contract required bringing in more buses and reducing waiting time for passengers to a maximum of five minutes during peak hours and fifteen minutes at off-peak hours. – The New Times.

Algiers to strengthen economic ties with the USA.  The 47th Algiers International Fair (FIA) wrapped up on Monday (June 2), where the United States was the guest of honour. Some 80 American companies in the pharmaceutical, transport, technology and agricultural sectors participated in the trade fair. – Magharebia.





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