Uganda President commission the 51-kilometer Kampala- Entebbe Expressway

Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni commissioned the 51-kilometer Kampala- Entebbe Expressway, the country’s first that  will act as a bypass for through-traffic that wishes to avoid the current Kampala–Entebbe road.

It will also serve as a distributor of traffic to/from the Kampala CBD, Entebbe International Airport and Entebbe Town.

The four lane carriage express highway will also link with the proposed Kampala Southern bypass project which will contribute to dispersion of traffic to the areas south of the Kampala Central Business District.

The highway consists of a 1.5km Nambigirwa bridge which is the longest in bridge in East Africa.

Kampala- Entebbe Expressway was built with a loan Chinese development partners, and constructed by China Communications Construction Company Ltd

Refugee women use their voices through digital storytelling

Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Storytelling is innate to humans. For millennia, ever since cave paintings were used to record practices, storytelling in all its different forms and genres has contributed to rich cultural traditions from one generation to the next.

Like people themselves, storytelling methods have changed over time. Digital storytelling is one such approach. Digital storytelling was originally used in community development, or more broadly for artistic and therapeutic purposes. More recently, it has been adapted as an arts-based research approach due to the creative potential of using digital means to create and share stories to audiences including decision makers. Its most common form is a three to five minute movie with images, sounds, music and voice-over narration of a person’s story.

Wider access to technology has increased possibilities to share stories via digital means. Digital storytelling is an excellent method to “co-create” research, where narrators participate in a process that has more meaning to them.

I used digital storytelling in my research with women who had arrived in Australia on Woman-at-risk visas within the previous year. This visa category was introduced in 1989 to address the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ concerns about the vulnerable situation of refugee women and children. Continue reading Refugee women use their voices through digital storytelling

Masisi says to seek more investors

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has announced that his administration intends to lure more foreign direct investment into the country.

Addressing members of the country’s apex trade and industry body, Business Botswana, on Thursday at the 44th meeting of High Level Consultative Council (HLCC) in the capital Gaborone, Masisi said Botswana intends to establish consolidated boards of investment to ensure all requirements of investors are effectively met.

Masisi said the government institutions charged with attracting FDI are expected to work in cohesion.

Botswana has recently launched a Botswana One Stop Service Centre (BOSSC) in a drive to improve the country’s ease of doing business.

“We also wish to build on the recent success of the Botswana One Stop Service Centre and provide it with the requisite resources including all the seconded staff required from relevant ministries so that it may service investors with high levels of effectiveness and efficiency,” said Masisi.

In the 2018 report by the World Bank, Botswana’s ranking in the ease of doing business declined from position 71 to position 81 out of 190 countries. 

SOUTH AFRICA’S “BLACK TAX” RESPONSIBILITY

SOUTH AFRICA: As a country with a complicated and difficult past, many parents, families and even communities have sacrificed much to give their children the best chance at getting a decent education and a start at realising their dreams.
Although these efforts continue to benefit individuals and communities, Kanyisa Ncemane, General Manager: Customer Solutions at Old Mutual Personal Finance, points out that they also inadvertently create a cycle of financial responsibility.
Findings of the 2017 Old Mutual Savings and Investment Monitor support this, citing that 70% of working metro South Africans are currently supporting, or foresee that they will have to support older family members in the future.

Continue reading SOUTH AFRICA’S “BLACK TAX” RESPONSIBILITY