Ugandan inventor Philip Mukoza Mpaata has become the country’s first pharmacist to hold a patent for a drug dosing device. Mpaata’s safety dispenser for liquid medicines was early this year patented in the UK. The patent for Syringe Operated System (SYROPS) was granted by the UK patent office on January 26, 2016 with subsequent publication in the UK Patents Journal on February 24, 2016.
Today Africa joins the world in observing World Aids Day. We stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from Aids-related illnesses around the world. World Aids Day also reminds us that more work needs to be done. The day recognises the efforts of governments, civic organizations, corporates and individuals involved in the fight against Aids.
Cuba was Nelson Mandela’s first trip after his release from prison. Mandela was inspired by Fidel Castro, and the Cuban Revolution and during his first visit to Cuba he said in his speech, “We have come here today recognizing our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behavior as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?”
Today we congratulate and celebrate the historic achievements of South African athletes Wayde van Niekerk who was crowned sportsman of the year and Caster Semenya who clinched the sportswoman of the year award at the SA Sports Awards on Sunday. A hearty congratulations to van Niekerk, Semenya and all the winners in other categories.
The world mourns the passing of a larger than life character, Cuban revolutionary Commandante Fidel Castro who passed away at the age of 90. As tributes continue to pour in, and as the world mourns the loss of a political titan, we remember Castro through 10 of his most profound quotes.
The world is mourning the loss of a colossus political figure, Cuban revolutionary Commandante Fidel Castro who passed away at the age of 90. Castro passed away last week Friday, having been unwell for sometime. As tributes continue to pour in, and as the world mourns the loss of a remarkable, but divisive political figure, we look at some important moments in Castro’s political life captured on camera.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa, has achieved yet another remarkable feat, winning the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth year in a row. The award was presented by AFRAA during its 48th Annual General Assembly held earlier this week, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A hearty congratulations on the historic accomplishment.
Violence against women and girls is still a global pandemic. Around the world, one in three women have experienced some form of violence, either sexual or physical violence. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites everyone across the world to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence (16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence).
A Facebook post by a Ugandan student, Joaninne Nanyange, which chronicles how she was stopped from entering the Law Development Centre by two women because she was inappropriately dressed [knee length skirt] has stirred a debate on the platform. The post has divided opinion over what constitutes “appropriate dressing”, and several questions have been raised on Facebook. Questions such as how should a “proper” dress code be defined and measured, Who (should) define the decency and appropriateness of how women dress (formally and informally)? What informs institutional rules of professional attire?