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Perry: Fossil fuels help prevent sexual assault in Africa – Politico

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South Africa recommended as 2023 Rugby World Cup host by technical review group – RTE.ie

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Africa needs its citizens abroad to be among the solutions – New Vision

You see specialised teams deployed to help teach Africans how to build toilets and a lot more. But from the look of things, these are clearly challenges whose solutions we have.

Simon Mone is a civil engineer

By Simon Mone

African citizens have by far the biggest beneficiaries of academic since the turn of independence. And every area of technical specialisation has been awarded scholarships.

And looking around, there should be a sense of satisfaction with the education that citizens of Africa have attained over the last 50 years or so. You tend to think that Africa’s kids are now endowed with the requisite skills to be in good stead to fix our prevailing challenges independently.

Or at least tackle problems at hand with minimum assistance. In the thematic areas of science and humanity for instance, we should be comfortable that Africa has had its fair share of support. And we ought to be saying that our technical capacity is not wanting. But many times, you read about a drive for foreign personnel to come to the aid of Africa, to solve its problems. Even in the area of basic sanitation.

You see specialised teams deployed to help teach Africans how to build toilets and a lot more. But from the look of things, these are clearly challenges whose solutions we have.

In terms of personnel and also funding, we can independently find answers to these problems. For a many years, African scholars have gabbed scholarships to go and get top-of-the-range education abroad. The trend has always been easier for the African kids to continue their learning in a country of a former colony. And former colonies have been generous enough with their financial and human resources to help uplift the education of Africa.

Others have indeed chosen to build capacity of universities inside Africa to ensure sustainability. And be able to offer the skills necessary for the African men and women to sustainably provide answers to their day-today problems.

African scholars on the move have come through the most prestigious universities in the world. A majority, by a mile have been moving across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Many others have chosen to fly above the Atlantic to the United States and Canada.

More yet went to Latin America. Quite a number have chosen to do studies in Asia Pacific. But the question to ask of all of these is; where are these sons and daughters of Africa, the beneficiaries of the generosity of our colonial masters? The answer looks obvious!

Most of them upon qualifying from these esteemed schools, colleges and universities, get absorbed by the labour markets abroad. They excel so highly that forces the envy of their sponsors to get back their return on investment. These guys find it easier to stay back and continue with their intellectual developments abroad because back home, it is a ‘cocktail’ of deliberate challenges.

The seamlessness of systems, of governance that the colonial masters left us with have just hurried to the dogs. Today, the guys administering Africa simply cannot let technocrats do their thing without meddling in it. They frustrate and make sure such intellectuals run away. But with all these notwithstanding, the answers still lie in our experts coming back home to help be among the solutions to our challenges.

I look forward to a time when the sons and daughters of Africa living abroad can look back, collect their owning and take the flight home to become part of our solutions.

It begins with African governments choosing to do the right things right. We cannot say the money is not available. The money is in fact available. Only thing is that it is lined up in greedy pockets - no more hints. Africa should have no problems calling for foreign expert assistance to clean up our toilets, since nobody in this world is a custodian of knowledge. But to what extent can we invite for help?

It is about the right time we demonstrated that we can stand up to be counted. Let’s yell for assistance only if our expert limitations have arrived. Sons and daughters of Africa, please arrive to be seen to give back to your roots.

The writer is a civil engineer

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Why Africa Needs Economic Freedom – Competitive Enterprise Institute (blog)

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Pro14: Cheetahs and Kings – the view from South Africa – RTE.ie

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Final Marikana dockets handed over to the NPA – IPID – Politicsweb

Cape Town – The final outstanding dockets investigating the 72 police officers involved in the killing of 34 miners during the Marikana Massacre was resubmitted to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Tuesday, a spokesperson said.

IPID investigations into August 16 killings were handed over to the NPA in April, but was sent back to IPID “with queries,” the police watch dog unit's spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

“The matter is now in the hands of the NPA, which will decide whether or not anyone should be charged and if so, what charges should be brought against those implicated.”

On Thursday, News24 reported not one of the 72 police officers have faced legal prosecution for their actions, five years after the massacre occurred.

At the time, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told News24 that the authority was still awaiting dockets from IPID.

He said investigations surrounding the two miners killed on August 13 are at an “advanced stage”.

“Prosecutors will decide in due course whether any person(s) should be prosecuted in respect of the matter.”

In total, 47 people died in the violent protest at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana, including four security guards and two police officers.

Miners demanded that their pay be increased to R12 500 per month, a near tripling of their salaries at the time.

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Hundreds confess to eating human flesh in South Africa – New York Post

Hundreds of people allegedly confessed to eating human flesh given to them by one of four men facing cannibalism charges in South Africa, reports say.

The four accused cannibals — Nino Mbatha, 32; Lindokuhle Masondo, 32; Sthembiso Sithole, 31, and 30-year-old Lungisani Magubane — appeared in court on Monday in Estcourt to face charges of murder and conspiracy for allegedly raping, killing, mutilating and then eating the body of a woman, The Witness reports.

One of the suspects allegedly walked into a police station in the central South African town on Friday while holding human body parts, including a leg and a hand, and confessed to being “tired of eating human flesh,” according to the newspaper.

Police found more body parts at a home in the Rensburgdrift section of Estcourt, a town in the country’s KwaZulu-Natal province.

Col. Thembeka Mbhele, a police spokesman, said Mbatha — one of the accused cannibals who also acts as a traditional healer known as a “nyanga” – was arrested in Amangwe, where more body parts were found.

Meanwhile, ward councilor Mthembeni Majola, who held a community meeting Monday after the suspects appeared in court, said roughly 300 residents confessed to visiting Mbatha and knowingly eating human flesh.

Majola said the practice was not limited to Estcourt and that Mbatha had links across Uthukela, one of the 11 districts of the larger KwaZulu-Natal province.

Mbatha had apparently worked as a practicing healer in Ladysmith before fleeing to Rensburgdrift earlier this year after another nyanga was reportedly attacked and killed, Majola said, although that killing has not be confirmed.

“We don’t know what to do or who to trust,” Majola told the newspaper.  “This has happened within our community. Families, people we know and live with, have now confessed to eating this woman.”

Some residents even confessed to personally digging up graves at Mbatha’s direction before giving him the recovered remains.

Villagers said during the meeting that Mbatha told them that exhuming the graves would protect them from harm, make them stronger and bring them wealth if they handed them over to the nyanga.

The provincial Occult-Related Crime Unit is now investigating the claims, Mbhele said.

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