Africa bound grain shipped from Ukraine

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by TINTSWALO BALOYI
Executive Editor
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE first maritime shipment of Ukrainian wheat grain set for humanitarian operations in Africa has left Ukraine.

This is a breakthrough in efforts to get much-needed Ukrainian grain out of the conflict-hit country, back into global markets, and to countries worst affected by the global food crisis.

The shipment of 23 000 metric tons of wheat grain will go to the World Food Programme’s (WFP’s) humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa where the threat of famine is escalating.

“Getting the Black Sea Ports open is the single most important thing we can do right now to help the world’s hungry,” said WFP Executive Director, David Beasley.

“It will take more than grain ships out of Ukraine to stop world hunger, but with Ukrainian grain back on global markets we have a chance to stop this global food crisis from spiraling even further,” Beasley said.

East Africa is among the regions worst afflicted by food crises.

Globally, a record 345 million people in 82 countries are now facing acute food insecurity.

Up to 50 million people in 45 countries are right on the edge of famine and risk being tipped over without humanitarian support.

– CAJ News

 

Eswatini’s Reed Dance 2022 confirmed

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from SAMBULO DLAMINI in Mbabane, Eswatini
Swaziland Bureau
MBABANE, (CAJ News) – A HIVE of colourful activity will soon descend upon Eswatini when the Kingdom hosts its biggest cultural event.

The Eswatini Tourism Authority confirmed the “Umhlanga” or Reed Dance will start on August 30.

The main day will be September 5.

During the main ceremony, King Mswati III attends, signalling a public holiday in Eswatini.

King Mswati III leads royal family

King Mswati III leads royal family

Umhlanga is a centuries-old tradition where the Kingdom’s unmarried and childless females present their newly cut reed to the Queen Mother to protect her residence.

On the main day arrives, young women from all over Eswatini and beyond its borders converge on the royal residence in Ludzidzini.

Maidens gather in groups and head out along riverbanks to cut and collect tall reeds, bind them and return to Ludzidzini, the Royal Homestead in Lobamba.

By tradition, the king reigns along with his mother, the Ndlovukati (she-elephant).

Eswatini Festival for reed dance

Eswatini Festival for reed dance

The popularity of the festival among locals and tourists is hailed for defying the apparent decline of traditional cultures elsewhere in Africa.

It is the second time the Umhlanga will be held in the era of the COVID-19.

The 2020 edition was cancelled because of the pandemic.

– CAJ News

 

 

 

African leaders hail Ruto’s Kenya presidential win

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from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya Bureau
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – LEADERS from the continent have congratulated Dr William Ruto on his election as Kenya’s next president.

He was on Monday announced the winner of the poll held last Tuesday.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, was among the first to acknowledge Ruto’s election.

“I wish him a successful inauguration and tenure in office, while also looking forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between Nigeria and Kenya,” Buhari said.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy, is also an economic powerhouse.

Barring legal challenges, he is to be sworn in on August 30 as Kenya’s fifth president. Ruto defeated three other candidates, including veteran Raila Odinga.

In his congratulatory message, Burundi President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, urged all the parties to preserve peace and for disputes be resolved by existing competent legal mechanisms.

“Idumu jumuiya yetu (Long live our community),” Ndayishimiye stated.

Ndayishimiye, also the Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC), lauded the people of the Republic of Kenya for holding free, fair and peaceful elections.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe also congratulated Ruto.

“I have no doubt he (Ruto) will serve his country (Kenya), his people and our continent (Africa) with distinction,” Mnangagwa stated.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said a prosperous and united Kenya was an important prerequisite for and contributor to a prosperous and peaceful continent.

South Africa is the most advanced economy in Africa and wields political clout.

“We look forward to working with you (Ruto and Kenya) in pursuit of #TheAfricaWeWant,” Ramaphosa stated.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of neighbouring Somalia, stated to Ruto, “I look forward to closely working with you to advance our partnership in all areas of mutual benefit.”

Ruto (55) was until his election the deputy to Uhuru Kenyatta, who was ineligible to participate after serving two five-year terms.

Rigathi Gachagua is to serve as Ruto’s deputy.

– CAJ News

 

KZN must rebuild and bring back tourists

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from NJABULO BUTHELEZI in Durban
KwaZulu Natal Bureau
DURBAN, (CAJ News) – THE reshuffled cabinet of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province faces an uphill task to revive confidence in the tourism sector.

The sector has suffered massive setbacks over the past two years.

Potential tourists have expressed concern about safety and security in South Africa, and KZN in particular.

The recent devastating floods experienced in the province damaged road infrastructure, tourism sites and hospitality establishments.

This cost the tourism industry millions in revenue and hundreds of jobs were lost, in addition to the death of more than 400 people.

Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu, said work must be done to rebuild the sector and bring visitors back to the popular destination.

She welcomed the appointment of Siboniso Duma as the Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Economic Development, Tourism and Environment.

“I look forward to working with MEC Duma to stabilise and support sustainable tourism and the economy of the province as we reform and grow this critical industry,” Sisulu said.

KZN, South Africa’s second largest regional economy after Gauteng, is world famous for its beaches, mountains and savannah.

– CAJ News

 

 

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