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South Africa’s battle to resuscitate cancer care
June 25, 2018

South African electrician Phiwankosi Mkhize was diagnosed with lung cancer in May last year and told by the hospital to come back for a scan in 15 months.

But after just 12 months he died, before having the chance to receive treatment.

The 66-year-old’s fate is far from unique in southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province, the country’s second most populous.

Hundreds of patients have died in the region over the past three years as cancer services come under acute pressure following a decision by the provincial government to cut costs and stop recruiting or replacing doctors, say rights activists and doctors.

'Patients who have cancer survive after going for chemotherapy, but for my dad it was too late,' Mkhize’s daughter, Londiwe, told AFP, days after his death on May 7.

South Africa’s human rights commission says patients at publicly-funded hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal wait between five"...


June 25, 2018

Honourable Minister of Tourism, South Africa; Derek Andre Hanekom, has declared that his country is working towards modernizing systems to ease visa burdens via e-visa regime. Hanekom, who was visiting Nigeria for the first time, attended the 61st Regional Tourism Conference of The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), which held at Abuja, Nigeria,from 4th – 5th June 2018 with 20 Ministers and 500 delegates from 34 countries in attendance. Following his introductory"...

June 25, 2018

National Assembly’s Energy Committee is now probing the manner in which Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) secured a Sh35 billion loan for the new Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline expected to cost in excess of Sh50 billion. The pipeline, which is now a subject of investigation by multiple agencies, is the country’s second largest project in cost after the Standard Gauge Railway. ALSO READ: Kenyan MPs push to increase their salaries again Conflict of interests The parliamentary"...

June 25, 2018

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has outlined plans to attract private investments, ensure sustainable development and spur growth in the nation’s Oil and Gas Industry.

Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this while speaking on the theme “Investment in the Oil and Gas Industry” at the 7th International Seminar of the Organisation"...

June 25, 2018

AquaVenture Holdings Limited, a leader in Water-as-a-Service™ solutions, has entered into an agreement with Abengoa Water Nungua, S.L.U. to extend the long-stop date to September 30, 2018 on its pending acquisition of a majority interest in a desalination plant in Accra, Ghana.

The long-stop date was previously June 30, 2018.

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June 25, 2018

TTS Group ASA has secured a new contract for design and delivery of a 15.000 ton Syncrolift® in Algeria. The total order value is approximately MNOK 170.

The contract has been signed with Portuguese civils contractor Texeira Duarte.

Deliveries are expected to take place in first quarter of 2020.

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June 25, 2018

Visiting Director General of the Algerian news agency APS Abdelhamid Kacha conferred on Sunday with IRNA chief on expansion of media cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, the two sides underlined more recognition from both nations on various issues and called for expansion of media cooperation between the two sides.

APS director general leading a delegation visited various"...