Archive | maggio, 2014

AFRICAN VOICES WEBTV, SI COMINCIA !

30 Mag

Ecco,  ci siamo…

Dopo due anni di pensieri, sogni e progetti, il 1 Giugno 2014 parte AFRICAN VOICES WEBTV, un progetto bello e ambizioso che vuole portare sui desktop di computer, tablet e smartphone di tutto il mondo l’informazione dall’Africana attraverso giornalisti, blogger, scrittori, musicisti africani e dalla disapora.

La WebTv di African Voice proporrà storie degli africani attraverso le interviste e i racconti dei giornalisti africani. Ma non solo storie quotidiane, porteremo sullo schermo le storie delle minoranze, i diritti umani, i diritti delle donne e dei bambini. Vedremo inchieste che raccontano storie di situazioni illegali che spesso vedono i più giovani sprecare la loro vita e molti altri temi. Vogliamo portare l’informazione anche a quella parte di persone che spesso ignora l’esistenza di certe situazioni. I nostri giornalisti scaveranno nella cultura africana fino all’Africa moderna.

I video saranno trasmessi sul sito di African Voices, sul Blog, la pagina Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr e molti altri canali attrverso amici e simpatizzantiti di African Voices.

I giornalisti, blogger e collaboratori di African Voices sono:
Aboubakar Sidick Mounchili, Cameroon – Daniel Addeh, Togo – Alessandro Parodi, South Africa – MWL Deo Kisandu, Tanzania – Freddy Mata Matundu, DR Congo – Eagan J. Bright, Liberia – Ogure Joshua, Kenya – Sébastien Lokossou, Benin – Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza , South Africa – Marvis Mugarura, Uganda – Philemon Ndayizigiye, Burundi – Jean-robert Nchekoua Tchoumba, Cameroon – Winnie Kamau, Kenya – Jasmine Baraem, Egitto – Lamin Ndour, Senegal/Italia – Elisabetta Demartis, Italia – Clarissa Maracci, Kenya – Gahié Kuidé Bosow (nickname), Costa d’Avorio – Flavien Tchamdjeu, Cameroon/Italia – Jean- Claude Mbede, Ethiopia/Italia – Longo Issiya, DR Congo/Italia.

Il nostro obiettivo è quello di portare l’Africa e l’informazione africana  in Italia e nel mondo.
African Voices e i suoi giornalisti lo faranno com passione e dedizione di chi ama il suo Paese
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Marco Pugliese
Redazione di African Voices
e-mail: redazione@africanvoices.it

 

STARTING LINE TO AFRICAN VOICES WEBTV!

30 Mag

After two years of thoughts, dreams and projects, 1th June, 2014 starting AFRICAN VOICES WEBTV , beautiful and ambitious journalistic project who wanna to bring news and African stories on your desktop computers , tablets and smartphones of world from African journalists, bloggers, writers, musicians and from diaspora

The African Voice WebTV propose Africans stories through interviews and stories of African journalists. But not just daily stories, we try to bring to the screen the minorities issues, human rights, women’s rights, children rights and those of illegal situations that often see younger people wasting their lives and a lot other themes.
We want to bring the information also in that part of the world which often ignores the existence of certain situations. Our reporters will dig in African culture up to modern Africa.

The videos will be broadcast on the African Voices site, on the Blog , Facebook page , Twitter, Tumblr and many other channels through friends and sympathizers of African Voices.

Journalists , bloggers, and contributors to African Voices are:
Aboubakar Sidick Mounchili, Cameroon – Daniel Addeh, Togo – Alessandro Parodi, South Africa – MWL Deo Kisandu, Tanzania – Freddy Mata Matundu, DR Congo – Eagan J. Bright, Liberia – Ogure Joshua, Kenya – Sébastien Lokossou, Benin – Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza , South Africa – Marvis Mugarura, Uganda – Philemon Ndayizigiye, Burundi – Jean Robert Nchekoua Tchoumba, Cameroon – Winnie Kamau, Kenya – Jasmine Baraem, Egitto – Lamin Ndour, Senegal/Italia – Elisabetta Demartis, Italy – Clarissa Maracci, Kenya – Gahié Kuidé Bosow, Ivory Coast – Flavien Tchamdjeu, Cameroon/Italy – Jean- Claude Mbede, Ethiopia/Italy – Longo Issiya, DR Congo/Italy.

Our goal is to bring Africa and African news in Italy and in the world.
African Voices journalists will do it with passion and dedication of those who loves his country.

 

Marco Pugliese
African Voices editor
e-mail: redazione@africanvoices.it

The Africa Day. 26th May, the freedom day in South Africa

30 Mag

On 26th May 2014 South Africa joined the continent in commemorating Africa. The twenty year old country joined the continent celebration a day later after the official global known date 25th of May. Africa Day was officially launched by Organisation of African Unity which is now known as the African Union (AU) back in 1963. The concept of Africa Day was a resolution by 32 African countries governments. Later other countries joined. South Africa is the lasted African country to join AU on 23 May 1994.

The South African the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Government Communication and Information also share some views on the continent economic front “The continent’s focus has changed from liberation to development, integration and socio-economic growth. Africa’s economic growth is on track and has in many cases surpassed the global average.

One very common view in all the Africa Day celebrations in South Africa was the need for the country to step forward to help drive the continent economic transformation. Most South Africans say, the twenty year old democratic country leadership believe that their country’s colonial independence was largely won through the efforts of other African country. So it then make sense that SA must give back to their continent.

Lots of commemoration events took place throughout the country. The government marked the day by the appointment of the new cabinet. Again the immediate release of the 276 abducted schoolgirls by Boko Haram dominated the dialogues at almost all the events and debates on the 25th of May.

Seven years ago in 2008 Africa Day was shamefully marked by rampage of xenophobia motivated attacks left 62 people dead motivated.

Political activists Nkwame Cedile said “Africa Day means the beginning of the time when African leaders got together to pledge continental solidarity with all Africans in the continent. The African dream should united, the continent must arise.” On other side Youth teacher Lusindiso Rubhen Cekiso.”This day is a day that reminds us as young African where this continent of ours has been through and how we have survived the pain, hunger, war and it reminds me to embrace the past so that we can forward as one nd fight for each other.

Williams said”South Africa congratulates our African counterparts for rising up to the challenges of the 21st century with vigour and determination so that a better life can be created for all the people of the continent.”She went on to say”All Africans should be rightly proud of the strides that have been made since the formation of the Organisation of African Unity 51 years ago.

 

by Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza
African Voices , Johannersburg South Africa.

SUDAN, NATA IN CARCERE FIGLIA DI MERIAM, CRISTIANA CONDANNATA A MORTE PER APOSTAZIA

27 Mag

“E’ nata la bimba di Meriam, la donna confdannata a morte in Sudan per apostazia. Stanno benne entrambe. Purtroppo non hanno potuto lasciare la prigione a Khartoum. Ma la sua nascita è speranza”.

Lo scrive su Twitter Antonella Napoli, giornalista e presidente di Italians for Darfur, l’associazione che ha promosso un appello per chiedere la liberazione della donna, in carcere con il figlio di 20 mesi.
Mamma e piccola sono ora nell’ala ospedaliera del carcere – si legge sulla pagina Facebook di Italians for Darfur – Gli avvocati hanno chiesto che sia permesso a un dottore difiducia della famiglia di visitarla. E’ escluso, al momento, che possano lasciare la prigione. E’ per questo che la nostra battaglia continua. E non si fermerà fino a quando Meriam e i suoi bambini potranno tornare a casa“.

Italians for Darfur
Roma, 27 maggio 2014

SUDAN: MERIAM, AMBASCIATA SUDAN CONFERMA REVISIONE PROCESSO. IFD: SEGNALE POSITIVO

23 Mag

“Ci sono ragionevoli possibilità di revisione della sentenza sul caso di Meriam Yahia Ibrahim che ha sollevato
un intenso e serio dibattito in Sudan sull’applicabilità dei reati di apostasia e adulterio sul caso”.

Così l’ambasciatrice sudanese in Italia, Amira Daoud Gornass, in una nota inviata ad Italians for Darfur in risposta all’appello per la donna cristiana, incinta all’ottavo mese, condannata a morte in Sudan.
“L’ambasciatrice ha tenuto a sottolineare che, in accordo con le leggi sudanesi, il verdetto della corte di prima istanza, basatasi sulla sharia, sarà reso esecutivo solo dopo che saranno esaurite tutte le possibilità di appello disponibili – si legge in una nota – Ma il sistema giudiziario è indipendente da qualsiasi forma di influenza o di interferenza da parte del governo del Sudan“.

sudan embassy

 

Anche se l’ambasciata parla di ‘giudizio avviato in seguito alla denuncia di esponenti della famiglia della giovane, e non per iniziativa della Procura o del governo – evidenzia Antonella Napoli, presidente di Italians for Darfur – giustificando in qualche modo la decisione del giudice e precisando che riguardo questa vicenda ci sia stata  disinformazione ‘al fine di orchestrare una campagna contro la magistratura sudanese’, questa risposta è estremamente positiva. Soprattutto quando si rileva che il verdetto ha innescato un dibattito nell’opinione pubblica sudanese che ritiene, in gran maggioranza, che la sentenza sia ingiusta“.
 

 

Infatti la nota si conclude con l’assicurazione dell’ambasciata che ‘l’iter processuale si svolgerà in conformità con la Costituzione ad interim del Sudan e le leggi vigenti del paese’.

Italians For Darfur Onlus
Roma, 23 maggio 2014

Anche le donne togolesi alzano la voce contro Boko Haram, rivogliamo le nostre figlie!

16 Mag

Il Togo non voleva essere lasciato fuori in questo grande movimento di solidarietà,organizzato intorno Nigeria , dopo il rapimento delle 223 studentesse delle scuole superiori dalla setta islamista Boko Haram . Erano molte le donne del Togo durante la manifestazione per chiedere la liberazione di queste ragazze. Il primo a interveniente è stata Christelle Mensah, responsabile della comunicazione di GF2D/CRIFF che mobilitando le donne del Togo ha iniziato davanti al Oba Hotel per terminare presso l’Ambasciata della Nigeria in Togo federale. Hanno espresso la loro rabbia contro le autorità nigeriane per il ritardo nel prendere provvedimenti per salvare le giovani ragazze.  L’ Ambasciatore Matthew sunday Adoli, ha rassicurato che il governo della Nigeria è al lavoro per riportare a casa queste ragazze. Il seconda luogo della Nigeria al Togo è stata la buona notizia dell”annuncio dell’arresto dei leader dei due attacchi che si sono verificati questo mese in una stazione degli autobus a Abuja.

VIDEO: TOGO – MANIFESTATION BOKO HARAM 

L’evento è stato organizzato dai leader di diverse organizzazioni per la difesa dei diritti umani.

 

Daniel Addeh
African Voices, Lomé, Togo

Even the Togolese women raise their voices against Boko Haram

16 Mag

The Togo did not want to be left out of this great movement of solidarity, organized around  Nigeria, after the removal of the 223 high school students by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. They were several women of Togo to show that day to demand the release of these girls. The first intervener is Christelle Mensah / communication officer of GF2D/CRIFF mobilizing women of Togo began in front of the hotel oda oba to end at the Embassy of Nigeria in the Federal Togo. They have expressed their anger with the Nigerian authorities to the delay in taking action to save young girls. Ambassador reassure them that the Government of Nigeria was at work for unconditional these girls. The second speaker is Matthew Sunday Adoli,  Ambassador of Nigeria to Togo the good news of the event of the day is the announcement of the arrest of the leaders of the two attacks occurred this month in a bus station in Abuja. This event was organized by leaders of several defenses of human rights organizations.

VIDEO: TOGO – MANIFESTATION BOKO HARAM
Daniel ADDEH
African Voices, Lomé, Togo

2014’s annual International Tourism Indaba, The big African tourism industry in South Africa

13 Mag

One of the big dates in African tourism industry come and gone.

The continent’s largest tourism marketing events took place in South Africa’s Durban Convention Centre from Saturday 10 May to Monday 12 May.

The 2014’s annual International Tourism Indaba saw Round about 13,000 attended the event and of those 400 exhibitors from outside the African continent. The event with strong pan-African focus had high delegation diplomacy representatives from throughout continent.

Many people in South African tourism industry believe that events like Tourism Indaba just reinforce the already good unofficial bilateral terms between South Africa and other African countries. They are basing this claim from the fact that two-thirds of all tourists to South Africa came from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, followed by those from overseas at 28% and about 2% from other countries on the continent.

One of key African International Coalition of Tourism Partners founding member Seychelles was among the notable countries who’ve attended the inaugural Tourism Trade Fair Ministerial Session of Tourism Indaba on. This new invention event (under the theme “Africa: Open for Tourism Business.) soul purpose is to provide a mutaul dialogue platform for all the tourism stakeholders in the African continent. Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St.Ange. He called for more serious tourism collaboration among African countries.”It is high time for Africa to work with Africa,” said St.Ange.

The pleased Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism, Thulani Nzima expects to see more tourism growth and collaborations among African countries “We look forward to near-full African representation on the exhibition floor in the medium term.

While closing the event event the South Africa Minister of Tourism Marthinus Van Schalkwyk applauded the tourism industry’s immense economical contribution during South Africa’s twenty years of democracy. Minister Van Schalkwyk also praised fellow African country and the global community undivided persisted support and collaboration through tourism industry. He concluded by saying “This sector can only excel if we all value and understand the nature of the relationship between government and the private sector – and that includes big business as well as small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.”

Other African countries who attended the event include the likes of Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, the DRC, Kenya, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Réunion, the Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe etc.

Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza
African Voices,  South Africa
lwaziagain@gmail.com or lwazinongauza@yahoo.com

EMINENT MINING CRISES IN SOUTH AFRICA

11 Mag

The world largest suppliers of platinum suppliers in South Africa (Amplats, Impala Platinum and Lonmin) are seriously considering to shut their some plants in their mines in Rustenburg following the ongoing three months strike.

Minewhile Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union members (AMCU) came out guns blazing attacking the mine owners after yet another wage settlement breakdown in Platinum industry.

In a press statement released by AMCU. The union said it has “made several different proposals based on increases to the basic pay of the lowest paid workers…In spite of all our efforts we were faced with complete intransigence and games of smoke and mirrors.”

AMCU threatened that if the employer doesn’t take them seriously, they will look for more support from other mineworkers from all over the globe. “This will include solidarity actions and efforts with our brothers and sisters all over the world where these companies operate and market their metals.”

In response to AMCU utterances Implats Relations Group executive officer Johan Theron told African Voices the employers really want th long ongoing strike to come to an end sooner and as result of th they have invented different ways to resolve the issue. “We are communicating directly with our employees and encouraging them to mandate AMCU to accept our offer so that they can return to work

Theron dismissed AMCU’s claims that the employer isn’t negotiating in good faith are not true. “We have done all we can to secure a resolution as soon as possible, but cannot agree to pay wages that are not affordable and will result in job losses and shaft closures.”

While addressing the question about rumors that mine bosses are intended to shut down some mine, Theron said this is indeed the plan if the strike go. He also said “Impala has already closed our mine in February as a result of the strike, and will only open it again when a resolution is found.”

A young political and economical analyst Senzo Hlophe told African Voices that as much as mutual agreement is seemed to be impossible right now, a possible change to any side will also won’t be easy because few legislation considerations and amendments have to be done and that might take lot of time. Hlophe referred to Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002 and Minerals and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act of 2008 and NEDLAC Act as either major impediments or solution stepping stones solution of this problem. Those legislations deal with taxation of the industry and the industry being responsible for local development. Hlopbe said maybe also “politically, Zuma need to intervene strongly to this…with EFF in parliament they might wanna push this agenda (workers agenda) since it is in their manifesto

For now it is not yet clear how is the strike is going to be solved as both parties are adamant that their demands and offers are justifiable and they’re not willing to move an inch from their resolutions.

Round about 70,000 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members have down tools since 23 January 2014. One of the mineworkers demands is to get.  The workers are R12,500 a month basic wage for entry-level workers. On another hand the employer is still believe that AMCU affiliated workers aren’t realistic. Already in 2013 two mines were shut down while round about 7,500 workers lost their jobs in the process.

Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza
African Voice, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

South African Solidarity‏ #BringBackOurGirls

10 Mag

On Thursday, the 8th of May, dozens of outraged South African nationals called up Nigerian government and the world to rescue the 296 abducted schoolgirls by Boko Haram.

The incensed South African citizens marched to Nigerian consulate while another group demonstrated outside the Republic of South African Parliament in Cape Town. Under the banner Bring Back Our Girls made the protectors called for immediate release of the Chibok kidnapped boarding schoolgirls who were kidnapped on the April 14. They edged the like minded world community members to put more resources, attention and focus to release all the abducted girls unharmed. As the concerned demonstrators chanted “Shame on us all, bring back our girls!” as they were the streets.

While reading the list of demands, the protest coordinator Rosie Motene said a mouthful “We’re tired of the rest of the world being silent about such an important issue. When it happened in Congo, we didn’t step up to the plate. It’s important to understand that this isn’t just a Nigerian issue – it’s a terrorism issue. It could happen anywhere in the world. It happened to Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, who was shot in the head for pursuing an education, and now it’s happened in Nigeria. It’s also important to stress that Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation, not an Islamist one – this is NOT the way of Islam.

Africa Voices spoke to various South African civil society, youth formations, gender activists leader. They all agreed that the time for quiet diplomacy is over. All political and social leaders need not just to speak out about this issue but also work very hard to find a quick solution.

As usual African Voices went out to get South African citizens views. Lawrence George from Sandton said “Enough is enough. For how long will patriarch perpetrated crimes continue like this continue in Africa? It is now high time time that we as human race regardless of religion, class, and culture must find Goliath’s within us

Lesego Ramatiselo from Rosebank said “We have one continent and we are one people. So whatever happened to any African countries affects all of us. Its Nigeria now. Who is next?

Minewhile Mattew Harrison from Durban said “How can government be so quiet about this and only worry about World Economic Forum. We as South African have defeated Apartheid. If we can unite once again, we can surely can defeat this

Managing director of Active Citizenship Lydia Plaatjies coordinated the Cape Town picket to Parliament. She said “What happened in Nigeria can happen to anyone anywhere. As African, those girls need us, the African continent need us. Let’s reach out to save them“.

South African citizens might have done department of International Relations is the notable quiet voice in South Africa. Some who marchers accused the South African government disarray prioritizing. They say maybe the some South African government are only worried about the recent elections expected results.

Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza
African Voice, Johannesburg, South Africa
lwaziagain@gmail.com or lwazinongauza@yahoo.com