Zimbabwean billionaire pays striking doctors to return to work

Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)

Striking medics in Zimbabwe have agreed to go back to work after billionaire Strive Masiyiwa offered a US$6.25m fellowship to help ease doctors’ welfare in the country.

Junior doctors in the country’s public hospitals downed tools in September to protest poor wages which had been worsened by the Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.

Two months later, the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) joined their colleagues, saying they could no longer cope with the poor working conditions and the dire state of health facilities in the country.

Monthly allowances

Masiyiwa’s fellowship through his family’s HigherLife Foundation has brought an end the wage impasse between the striking unions and the government, at least for now.

The HigherLife Foundation Medical Doctors Fellowship will give monthly allowances to doctors working in the nation’s public hospitals for the next six months, the foundation said in a statement released to CNN.
It also includes free transport vouchers for beneficiaries during working days and on-call duties.

Masimba Ndoro from the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, which represents 600 doctors working at 1,600 government-run hospitals and clinics across the country, said half of its members have already enrolled for the fellowship.

However, nothing has changed, he said.

“Nothing really has changed based on the fact that the tools of trade and drugs are still inadequate, and remuneration still is inadequate,” Ndoro told CNN.

“Putting the patient first, we are furthering our commitment to supporting our healthcare system and enabling more people to receive the critical care they need and deserve,” HigherLife said.

The doctors union had described the deplorable state of health hospitals as a “silent genocide.”

They complained that they lacked basics like bandages, syringes, and medicines to carry out their duties.

The doctor’s association said it would continue to engage the government for a long-lasting solution to the dispute.

First Vice President of South Sudan H.E. Taban Deng Gai Calls for More Cooperation with Russia

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Source: EIN Presswire

The First President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Taban Deng Gai, is leading this week a South Sudanese delegation to the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, where he talked about investment opportunities and the need for a stronger cooperation between Russia and South Sudan.

“With the resumption of peace and security, the government of the Republic of South Sudan has been especially active in attracting investment to the country. These efforts are proving successful: we have recently signed a second Exploration & Production Sharing Agreement for our biggest oil block last month, and are proud to have welcomed sizeable new entrants into our oil licenses over the past few years. We are proud to count Rosneft and other Russian energy companies as the partners of the rebuilding of South Sudan’s economy and oil industry,” he said.

H.E. the First Vice President notably insisted on the importance of the Russian support to South Sudan’s political stability and economic prosperity. He welcomed Russia’s various initiatives to strengthen its dialogue with Africa this year, and invited more Russian companies to come and do business in South Sudan. “We have committed to a long-lasting peace, prosperity and security for our people, and have emerged as a true African and global frontier of opportunity where everything is possible and the prospect of building a new world has become a reality,” he added.

Talking about the importance of South Sudan’s cooperation with Russia when it comes to energy and oil & gas, H.E. Taban Deng Gai notably highlighted the numerous investment opportunities offered to foreign investors within South Sudan’s oil industry. These include blocks B1, A1 to A6, E1 and E2, but also opportunities in pipeline infrastructure to the Indian Ocean, and in downstream infrastructure with the Safinat Refinery. “Our energy relations with Russia go beyond that of investments,” he explained. “We welcomed Russia’s support and engagement in South Sudan across the value chain, including when it comes to sharing experiences on local content and developing capacity building programs for our engineers.” H.E the First Vice President was accompagnied by Minister of Petroleum, H.E. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, who invited Russian companies and investors to participate in the upcoming South Sudan Oil & Power Conference in Juba on October 28-30, 2019.

The Republic of South Sudan has been successful in bringing back damaged and oilfields into production. The national oil production has been steadily increasing to reach a current state of over 180,000 bopd. As efforts continue to develop the sector, pre-independence production levels of 350,000 bopd should be reached by 2020. The government has been reforming the business climate to attract investments across South Sudan’s economy and welcomes all foreign investors to come and make business in the country.

Source: Distributed by APO Group on behalf of South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum.

South Sudan launches first international gateway to boost telecom sector

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South Sudan has launched its first international gateway to ease call rates and boost internet services offered by its two telecom companies. Michael Makuei Lueth, minister of information and broadcasting, said the country will benefit from quality international communication for voice and data besides improving on the hitherto slow internet connectivity in the nation, which is seeking recovery from more than five years of conflict.

He said the new gateway is a public-private partnership with international partners experienced in telecommunication, with a shared revenue agreement with government.

MTN and Zain are still trading in South Sudan after Lebanese-owned telecom Vivacell was forced to shut down in a licence row with authorities. Martin Keller, director of MGI Company, which developed the gateway, said it will enable the transfer of knowledge, and help in capacity building and boosting revenue generation for the country.

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South Sudan launches first international gateway to boost telecom sector

South Sudan hails China’s support to health sector

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Source: Xinhua

Igga said Beijing has provided medical equipment, capacity building to health workers and financial aid to improve South Sudan’s health infrastructure.

The deputy president made the remarks on Wednesday during a visit to the China-aided project for the expansion and modernization of South Sudan’s main public health facility, the Juba Teaching Hospital, which is expected to be completed by September.

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South Sudan’s Deputy President James Wani Igga (C) addresses journalists during a visit to the Juba Teaching Hospital in Juba, capital of South Sudan, May 22, 2019. Phase one of the 33 million U.S. dollars medical assistance provided by the Chinese government to improve South Sudan’s health sector will be completed by September 2019. (Xinhua/Gale Julius)

Riek Gai Kok, South Sudan’s health minister, said the China-aided Kiir Mayardit Women’s Hospital in the central town of Rumbek will also be complete next month. He hailed the medical collaboration Juba and Beijing have had since 2011.

Hua Ning, Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan promised to channel more development support to South Sudan because of the prevailing peace.

“We hope that as peace finally comes to South Sudan, we will have more hospitals for the people of South Sudan,” Hua said.

South Sudan is already benefiting from a grant of about 33 million U.S. dollars provided by the Chinese government in 2013 to modernize and expand health facilities in the country that has greatly improved health care across South Sudan.

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Photo taken on April 16, 2019 shows a building under construction in Juba, South Sudan. The project is part of a 33 million U.S. dollar medical assistance provided by the Chinese government to improve South Sudan’s health sector. Phase one of the China-aided project which kicked off in November 2017 is nearing completion. (Xinhua/Gale Julius)

Let Jesus use you to save more souls

By Joe Babendreier

What are you doing with your boat? Maybe you have never had a boat, so you’re wondering what I’m talking about. I can only insist that it’s part of understanding the Gospel to ask: What are you doing with your boat? Will you let Jesus use it to help him save souls?

St Luke tells us that Jesus asked Simon Peter for his boat. There were so many people who wanted to listen to him talk about the kingdom of God that it was easier to preach to them from a boat. The people stood on the shore.

When Jesus finished, he told Peter it was time to go fishing. Peter obeyed, took his boat out into the lake and filled his nets. He caught so many fish that there wasn’t enough room in the boat. He had to call some friends to help him, and they filled both boats. Maybe now you get the idea.

The fish are a symbol for souls that need to be saved. The boat is a symbol for the work you do in the middle of the world. That’s what I had in mind when I asked: What are you doing with your boat? Will you let Jesus use it to help him save souls?


Maybe you’re still a bit puzzled. Maybe you never thought your ordinary work was something Jesus could use to save souls. We usually think of people saving souls by preaching.

Some preachers build a church and use it to gather people to listen to the word of God. Some preachers just go out into the street and start preaching to anyone who will listen. You may even remember how the apostles, on the day of Pentecost, started preaching the Gospel that way—right there in the middle of the city of Jerusalem. Preaching is important, but it’s not the whole story.

The comparison between Peter’s boat and your work has nothing to do with preaching and everything to do with fulfilling your ordinary duties. Maybe you work at home taking care of your family.

Maybe you’re a lorry driver. Maybe you do business, moving up and down all day long. Maybe you sit at a desk in an office “pushing paper”. It doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is that you tell Jesus: “Use my work in any way you want to spread the Gospel.”

I cannot tell you what will happen. But Jesus will be very happy that you’re ready for whatever he wants to do. Somehow—it’s up to the Holy Spirit—you will find yourself talking to others about God. I don’t mean that you’re going to preach to them. Not at all. It’s something simple, usually just answering questions that people will ask you because they see that you are trying to live a Christian life.



Overcoming porn, drug and betting addictions

Jesus once warned his disciples about the future destruction of Jerusalem: “When you see the disastrous abomination set up where it ought not to be, then those in Judea must escape to the mountains.”

Great social changes tend to take place slowly. Even the destruction of Jerusalem was a long, drawn-out affair that began with several attempts of the Jewish population to rid themselves of colonial rule, followed by years of siege by a Roman legion. The Romans finally broke through the city walls, reduced the Temple to dust and dispersed the Jews to the four winds.

Great social changes take place over a period of 20 or 30 years. As enormous as they are, they can pass unnoticed. They are introduced one bit here and another bit there. Three great changes in society have been introduced into daily life without anyone sounding an alarm.

Today’s sermon is less of an attempt to sound alarm, but more of an attempt to describe for the reader what you can do about a problem. Those three great changes are a flood of pornography, drugs and online betting. They tend to be highly addictive, both for the young and the not-so-young. They are addictive in two different ways.

The first is obvious. You start watching pornography, using drugs or betting online. After the initial thrill ends, you keep going back even though the thrill is gone and you know this activity is making you miserable. That is the very definition of addiction. You find it desperately difficult to stop even when you want to stop.

Making money from all the people who are addicted is itself a form of addiction. You don’t watch porn, use drugs or gamble, but you’re also trapped in the same cycle of destruction. Once you discover how easy it is to make piles of money by providing pornography, drugs or gambling, it’s difficult to walk away from it.

If you are one those suffering from addiction, turn to God and ask for help. If you have managed to keep your distance, remember two things: God wants us to help those who need help, and do what we can to turn the tide on this flood of pornography, drugs and gambling. How? Besides doing what you can personally, engage others who recognise how destructive addictions are. No matter how great the obstacles are initially, God will accompany you and show you the way.


Relationships: 5 Things That Tell You He’s Not The One

Cohesive and healthy relationships are what everyone dreams of.

You support one another, have each other’s back through thick and thin, and are able to bounce back from challenges because you BOTH want to be in one another’s lives.

Nonetheless, there are times when we get into relationships that are just downright bad for our health. Learn the five things that will let you know whether he is the one or if you should run far away – and fast!

Past traumas are presenting themselves in your present relationships

 Some people have had far more challenges in their lives than others.  Abuse or neglect may be part of their upbringing.  You can’t control what happens in your past, however, your previous experiences do not give you the right to mentally, physically, emotionally, or financially abuse another person. If you’re having trouble getting over incidents that have occurred and significantly affected you and you’re exhibiting those behaviors towards your partner, it’s time to stop, end the relationship, and heal. If you’re on the receiving end of toxic behavior – run and then heal.


You two are always fighting

Disagreements are normal and even expected as two individuals will not always agree on every topic that arises during their courtship.  Nevertheless, constant issues are a major red flag.  As Sue Kolod, a psychoanalyst in New York City reiterated to Reader’s Digest, “As couples get to know each other better, there should be a progression toward more understanding and less misunderstanding,” “Poor communication that never improves is toxic because, without communication, a relationship can never move forward.”


Neither or just one of you care for the other’s well-being

You should show some level of concern when your significant other expresses their pain, discomfort, or vice.  Completely disregarding their emotions is just a precursor for the things to come when bigger challenges arise.  You should feel comfortable voicing your opinion and if you don’t, it’s time to reevaluate why you’re choosing to spend time with your partner.


Extreme Jealousy

Jealousy is a natural human emotion that we all experience from time to time. However, the conundrum lies when your every move is being monitored and you have to account for every detail of your life.  Lesli Doares, a couple’s consultant and coach relayed to Prevention online, “Everything you do must not just include them, but revolve around them. You might find it easier to either lie—and, when your lies are uncovered, everything blows up anyway—or you choose to stop having a life, friends, and interests of your own because the price is too high.”


Narcissistic Personality Disorder

According to Self, individuals with Narcissistic Personality Disorder have a grandiose sense of self, require constant validation, take advantage of others for personal gain, are unwilling or do not have the ability to recognize or understand the emotions of others.  The difficult part about relationships with people that have NPD is their behavior may be ignored or dismissed due to the blinding feelings of love.  You or your actions never quite measure up because a narcissist will nitpick everything you do; which erodes your esteem and confidence. Narcissistic people often play mind games and use manipulation as a tool to control. Beware.The key to sustaining meaningful partnerships are to study the behaviors and patterns of your significant other after the “love” has faded.  All the infatuation you may feel initially can be extremely blinding.  Take your time, communicate your concerns, allow the relationship to grow at a respectable pace and guard your heart.  You’ll be able to be vulnerable with the right person and your emotions will be a great indicator.


This article first appeared on Africa.com

Lion Cubs Born Through Artificial Insemination A World First For South Africaf

A lioness at the Ukutula Conservation Center and Biobank in South Africa’s North West province has given birth to two cubs conceived via non-surgical artificial insemination, using fresh semen from an adult male lion at the same facility, in a world first achievement, the University of Pretoria (UP) has said.

The UP said the birth resulted from a research study by a team of scientists from the university on the reproductive physiology of the female African lion and the development of artificial insemination (AI) protocols for this species, which could be used as a baseline for other endangered large wild felids.

Although African lions normally breed well in captivity, the wild population is highly fragmented and suffers progressively from isolation and inbreeding.

Indiscriminate killing, habitat loss and prey depletion, epidemic diseases, poaching and trophy hunting threaten the extinction of these existing wild populations.

The African lion population is estimated to have decreased from 1.2 million individuals in 1800 to about 25,000 in 2016, and 18,000 in 2018, a reduction of more than 98 percent over 220 years and more than 60 percent in the last 25 years.

The African lion is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of threatened species, with the West African lion subpopulation considered critically endangered.

The research team now has novel data for the African lion’s reproduction physiology, said Dr Isabel Callealta, a qualified veterinarian from Spain and PhD candidate at UP.

“This, together with the success of the AI births of the lion cubs, not only celebrate a world first achievement but has laid the foundation for effective non-surgical AI protocols for this species, using both fresh and frozen-thawed sperm,” she said.

The researchers said the application of these new techniques could provide a faster and broader diversification and distribution of the genetics, and a reduction of disease transmission, as well as independence from animal’s translocation for breeding purposes.


Homemade juices that you can use to uplift your mood

By Christine Odeph

Feeling a little down and need a bit of an energy boost more so in this weather? The good news is that studies have found that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with fewer depressive symptoms.  This effect is the cumulative effort of the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables. Apparently, if you take more than 7 servings per day you are guaranteed of a happy mood.

One way you can increase your fruit and vegetables intake to uplift your mood and energy levels is by drinking delicious homemade juices.

Here are a few combinations for that much needed lift:

Green Juice


  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Medium apple
  • Kale
  • Peeled lemon
  • Combine in a juicer. Serve when ready.

What’s in this cup?

Lemon helps ease effects of cardiovascular problems, reduces mental stress and depression. Spinach is loaded with manganese and magnesium which are needed for the depression-healing process. Manganese also aids the body in absorbing fatty acids needed for proper functions of the nervous system in addition to the synthesis of B vitamins, amino acid formation and the prevention of mood swings caused by low blood sugar. Magnesium manufactures the enzymes that support healthy brain metabolism and could reduce serotonin levels.

Turmeric Juice


  • 1 thumb Ginger root
  • I peeled lemon
  • Medium sized pear
  • 6 thumbs turmeric root
  • 1 Medium apple
  • 1 Medium carrot
  • Celery
  • Combine in a juicer. Serve when ready.

What’s in this cup?

This healthy juice can warm you up during cold nights. It has been known to cure fever, and even help with high blood pressure and arthritis. Apples are loaded with beneficial vitamins and potassium which is known as a depression fighter.

Spinach and Apple Juice


  • 1 Medium apple
  • Celery
  • ¼ thumb ginger root
  • ½ unpeeled lemon
  • 1 peeled orange
  • Spinach
  • Combine in a juicer. Serve when ready.

What’s in this cup?

Enjoy fresh Vitamin C, other vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are great for the body. Oranges and citrus fruits prompt the body to produce dopamine, the feel good hormone. The juice also has flavonoids which are able to reduce symptoms of mild depression.

Red Cabbage Juice


  • Medium apple
  • ¼ head of red cabbage
  • 1 Medium carrot
  • 1 thumb Ginger root
  • I Lemon
  • Spinach
  • Combine in a juicer. Serve when ready.

What’s in this cup?

People who eat high amounts of folic acid experience a significant improvement in depression symptoms and cabbage is filled with folic acid. Cabbage is additionally rich in vitamins C and K, known for alleviating depression, preventing stress, infection, and heart disease.

Pineapple with beets


  • Beetroot
  • 2 leaves of red cabbage
  • 1 Medium carrot
  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 Orange
  • ¼ whole Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Combine in a juicer. Serve when ready.

What’s in this cup?

Beets have betaine -used in depression treatments. They also have trytophan – relaxes your mind and enhances the sense of well-being. Pineapple is a natural mood-lifter and joined with the other ingredients, this juice is the perfect way to elevate energy levels, prevent mood swings, and ease symptoms of depression.

Bonus Happiness Juice

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 peeled and chopped Mango
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach
  • 1/4 cup steeped and cooled chamomile, ginger and lemon balm tea.
  • Combine in a juicer. Serve when ready.

What’s in this cup?

Citrus fruits and lemon balm tea naturally brighten moods while mango fruits have a great long lasting and sustained energy boost. Ginger helps to stimulate the body from the inside out, increasing blood flow, digestion and mood while chamomile tea is known to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety.

First Published by hapa kenya


Mau Mau roles and struggles revisited in ‘Happy Birthday’ book


The launch of ‘Happy Birthday’ took place last Saturday at the All Saints Cathedral. The book explores the roles played by Mau Mau heroes and revolves around the struggle for Independence, hopelessness, unemployment, heroism and personal discipline. The book is authored by Njuguna Kimunya.

Among those who attended the launch were authors Muthoni Likimani, Prof Godwin Siundu who is also University of Nairobi literature lecturer and columnist and writer Tee Ngugi.