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South Africa: President Zuma Awaits Parliament to Finalise Mineral Resources Bill

[] President Jacob Zuma is still waiting for Parliament to finalise the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment (MPRDA) Bill. (

Rwanda: Rwanda Hosts a Global Conference On Poultry Industry Development

[Rwanda Govt] Global actors in poultry industry are meeting in Kigali to discuss on the industry development on the African continent. Themed "Poultry Africa 2017," the 2-day event has brought together over 1000 key players in poultry industry mainly from Europe, North -America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, to discuss the development of the poultry industry in Africa. (

South Africa: Brett Herron Explains Cape Town's Big Housing Policy Shift

[GroundUp] The way development takes place needs to change if we're to have a more equitable city, says councillor (

South Africa: Explosion Rocks East London Industrial Development Zone

[News24Wire] Eleven factory workers were injured in an explosion at one of the factories at the East London Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday evening, with the explosion heard as far away as Cove Rock. (

South Africa: Western Cape Social Development Commemorates Human Trafficking Awareness Week

[Govt of SA] Human Trafficking Awareness Week: Department to continue fight against scourge (

West Africa: West Africa's Fear of Facebook, Parliamentary Brawls, the Right to Information and SDGs - September in Africa

[IFEX] September saw protests and internet disruptions in Togo and Cameroon, an initiative to increase gender diversity in Nigeria's tech and media community, and an access to information report that could help countries work towards UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (

South Africa: South Africa's National Development Plan Can Be Resuscitated - Here's How

[The Conversation Africa] Something is surely wrong when many influential people endorse or reject a document none of them have read. The document is South Africa's National Development Plan, which was adopted by Parliament five years ago and is the product of a National Planning Commission which was led by former finance minister Trevor Manuel and current deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. (

South Africa: Parastatals Note Suspension From Business Development Service

[] Transnet and Eskom have noted their suspension from Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). (

Sudan: President of the Republic Receives Director-General of Saudi Development Bank

[SNA] Khartoum -President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir received in the Guest House, Wednesday evening, the Director-General of the Saudi Development Bank and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, Engineer Yousif Bin Ibrahim Al-Bassam. (

Africa: Govt Actions, Not Religion, 'Tipping Point' for African Youths Joining Violent Extremism

[IPS] United Nations -Government action, rather than religious ideology, is a stronger predictor for radicalization in Africa, according to a two-year landmark study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). (

Africa: Africa Moves Towards Third Industrial Development Decade

[IPS] United Nations -Since the turn of the century, much of Africa has achieved impressive economic growth. Sixteen African countries were among the world's top 30 fastest growing nations. Last year, the 10 fastest growing African economies posted GDP growth rates exceeding 5 per cent. (

South Africa: Western Social Development On Child Probation Services Workshop

[Govt of SA] Child Probation Services Workshop: Department to establish child justice Task Team (

South Africa: Science and Technology On Indigenous Knowledge for Future Research, Development and Innovation

[Govt of SA] South Africa is home to almost 10% of the world's known plant species and 15% of all known coastal marine species. The country's rich biodiversity has given it a scientific competitive edge in the sphere of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS). (

Africa: UNDP Praises HM the King's Personal Commitment to Africa's Development

[MAP] The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has praised the personal commitment of HM King Mohammed VI to the development of Africa and has signalled its interest to work in a joint program of actions with Morocco targeting the African continent. (

South Africa: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu - Human Settlements Development Summit

[Govt of SA] Speech by LN Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements on the occasion of the 2017 Human Settlements Development Summit, Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg (

Africa prefers India’s non-interfering development model over China

Several media reports in Africa have criticised Chinese business houses for exploiting African workers and local resources. (

South Africa: Zuma Appoints Two New Members to Embattled MDDA Board

[News24Wire] President Jacob Zuma has appointed two people to the board of the embattled Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). (

South Africa: Urban Development, Integration Tops Summit Agenda

[] Urban development and integration are at the top of the agenda of the Human Settlements Development Summit which kicks off today. (

Africa: At UN, Central European Leaders Spotlight Development, Countering Terrorism and Securing Peace

[UN News] Sustainable development, ensuring peace and security and protecting human rights are the basic goals of the international community and the foundations of the United Nations system, Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, told the General Assembly today. (

Africa: AfDB, Brazil to Train African Youth in Cassava Processing

[Observer] The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) - an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer, contributing to local capacity development. (

Africa: What KPMG's Gupta Imbroglio Says About Corruption in South Africa

[The Conversation Africa] As far as corporate accountability goes, the recent announcement that the CEO and seven senior executives at auditing and consultancy firm KMPG in South Africa have resigned is a welcome development. (

South Africa: State Owned Enterprises Shouldn't Be Used As Pawns in South African Politics

[The Conversation Africa] State owned enterprises are vital to many economies, but are particularly vital to those seeking economic development. (

Africa: James Shikwati - 'Africa's Development Has to Come From Inside of Africa'

[Deutsche Welle] Aid money does more harm than good, believes Kenyan economics expert, James Shikwati. He says instead Africans have to tap into their biggest resource - the continent's 1.2 billion people and their skill as traders. (

Ansip: In digital, we are equal partners with Africa

Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip debriefed following a recent meeting of the EU ministers responsible for development in Tallinn, where “Digital for development” was one of the agenda items. (

Identifying plants used as natural pesticides in Africa

In response to growing demands in both North and South to reduce pesticide use, a new project, Knomana, set out to identify plants that are already used for their pesticidal effects in Africa. The results are intended to support the development of organic farming in Africa, and to pinpoint the economic development potential of using such plants in the countries concerned. Knomana is being conducted under the umbrella of the INRA-CIRAD Glofoods metaprogramme.


South Africa: Orion Minerals Lists On the JSE

[CAJ News] Johannesburg -Orion Minerals, an Australian base metals firm, has listed on the Main Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). With an active exploration and development programme in South Africa, it has listed in the Gold Mining sector, becoming the 13th firm to list on the bourse this year. (

South Africa: Coega Economic Zone Exceeds Mid-Year Targets

[CAJ News] Johannesburg -The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is anticipating new investors to contribute R343, 4 million (US$26 million) into the Eastern Cape economy. (

Nigeria: Govt Urged to Adjust Electricity Tariffs

[Leadership] Lagos -The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) a pan-African multilateral development finance institution saddled to bridge Africa's infrastructure investment gap through the provision of debt and equity finance has urged federal government to ensure be an adjustments in electricity tariffs to attract investments into the power sector. (

Africa: Taking Stock of SDG Actions On UN's Development Agenda

[IPS] United Nations -Taken together, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, provide humanity with a masterplan for a sustainable way of life on this planet. (

Africa: Belgian Support for Innovative Agricultural Research

[PR Newswire] Brussels -Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo makes ten million euro available over the next four years for innovative agricultural research conducted by the 'Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)', a worldwide network of research centers contributing to enhanced productivity, food security and sustainability in the agriculture. The funding will support, among others, the further development of the banana genebank of the KU Leuven. (

West Africa: RDB Moves to Tap Into W.Africa's Tourism Market

[New Times] Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is seeking to attract more tourists and investors from West Africa. (