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Africa aims to grow its film industry
15 September 2017, 4:30 PM

Africa has set up an ambitious program to grow the continent’s film industry from 5 billion US dollars to 20 billion US dollars, with the potential to create at least twenty million jobs, according to the African Union (AU).

The AU is in the final stages of setting up the African Audio Visual and Cinema Commission (AACC) aimed at opening up the potential of the continent’s film industry. At a meeting held in Nairobi this week, African ministers of youth, culture and sports agreed on modalities of ensuring the commission is up and running by 2018.

Africa’s top film talent has already made its mark on the global stage, the continent itself is a go to location for film makers, but experts say its full potential has not been exploited.

This is the reason why African film makers and leaders met in Nairobi to see how the continent can use the industry to spur economic growth.

“What we have is a lot. We need to have harmonised policies on these issues; we need to have a commission to guide to regulate the relations to promote what we have and we need centres of excellence so that we have quality productions,” says AU Commissioner of Social Affairs Amira Elfaldil.

Friday 15 September 2017 16:30

In June this year, the commission set up the African Audio Visual and Cinema Commission

Deputy Minister of Youth Development in South Africa Buti Manamela says the project will create jobs.

“If we put together resources under one commission I think that will go a long way in creating jobs for young people, support emerging film makers and help us preserve our heritage,” says Manamela.

In June 2017, the commission set up the African Audio Visual and Cinema Commission. The commission will now help Africa’s film makers create jobs, grow economies and tell the African story through African eyes.

“Today, if you are watching a Kenyan movie, Ghanaian movie, South African movie it brings a sense of identity and dignity,” says Ghana Ambassador William Kanyirige.

AU Commissioner Sarah Mbi says, “If you have a talent and you can go out there and you can sell yourself big then you are already employed.”

Manamela says the stories will be told with a united voice.

“We are starting. We are on a track, and we are hoping to start tell our stories much more coherently and with a united voice.”

The AU is now aiming for five regional centres of excellence in film making in each of the regional economic blocs. These will help facilitate the export of African film products and services to international markets.

Sarah Kimani

SADC to hold a double Troika in Pretoria
14 September 2017, 9:38 PM

The Southern African Development Community, SADC, will convene a Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria on Friday. This comes after recent political and security development in Lesotho. President Jacob Zuma will chair the summit.

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane,says numerous attempts have been made to halt the political instability in the country ahead of the summit. “My coalition government partners and myself have sat, looked back at what has been the source of political conflict in our country… To rescue Lesotho from the downward spiral of lawlessness, conflict, political instability and the stagnation and degradation of democracy.”

Despite this, the Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, Lt General Motsomotso was assassinated and three other officers killed, creating cause for concern for the region and especially Lesotho Nationals.

The summit is yet another attempt to create an atmosphere of tolerance and peace.

Rogue elements identified in the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry report will brief the summit on the Ministerial Fact Finding Mission to Lesotho.

President Zuma is expected to be joined by Heads of State and Government from the Kingdom of Swaziland, Republic of Angola, Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Namibia.

Thursday 14 September 2017 21:38

Lehana Tsotetsi

Lesotho officials appear in court on various charges
14 September 2017, 5:03 PM

Former Lesotho minister Minister of Finance Dr Mamphono Khaketla appeared briefly in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on Thursday with her co-accused Thabo Napo. They are charged with soliciting a R4 Million bribe from a fleet service Lebelonyane which was to supply government with a vehicle while still Finance Minister.

Meanwhile, there’s been a breakthrough following the appearance of a suspect in court accused of the assassination of Lesotho Army Commander Khoantle Motsomotso. The court also had to deal with the case of former Defence minister Tselisos Mokhosi who along with four other policemen are accused of the death of deceased policeman Mokalekale Khetheng.

Tseliso was released on bail but skipped the country in fear of his life.

The developments in Lesotho come as the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) prepares for urgent Troika meeting in Pretoria on Friday, to which Lesotho is expected to top the agenda. The summit is held as a result of the recent political development in Lesotho.

Thursday 14 September 2017 17:03

SABC TV Desk

EU calls for improved presidential polls in Kenya
14 September 2017, 3:53 PM

The European Union (EU) has urged the Kenyan electoral commission to conduct to provide for successful presidential polls next month.

The EU has recommended that the commission develop more transparent procedures for counting, tallying and results transmissions. Kenya is preparing for fresh presidential elections next month after the Supreme Court nullified the August polls.

The European Union termed this month’s Supreme Court ruling as a display of the judiciary’s independence and called on all sides of the political divide to respect the ruling and the country’s independent institutions.

Ahead of the fresh polls, the EU, which last month said it had not seen evidence of manipulation of electoral systems during the August polls, has made 18 recommendations ahead of the fresh polls set for October 17th.

It recommends reforms in the counting, tallying and transmission of results including testing of procedures well ahead of the polls. The EU says the reforms will help Kenyans rebuild their confidence in elections.

The mission also recommended the opening of investigations into the conduct of officials during the polls with the aim of ensuring individual accountability for misdeeds that led to the nullification of the polls.

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Thursday 14 September 2017 15:53

Sarah Kimani

AU pushes for lasting peace in Libya
10 September 2017, 1:04 PM

The AU High Level Committee has welcomed the interest shown by the Libyan people to resolve the current political conflict in their country.

The meeting of the six-member panel that includes President Jacob Zuma, ended in Congo-Brazzavile on Saturday night.

The one-day meeting was called to find lasting solutions to the Libyan crisis.

War has been raging in that country since the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi six years ago.

But the AU Panel says parties to the conflict are now committed to find peace.

After a marathon meeting on the Libyan crisis, the AU High Level Committee on Libya led by five presidents says peace is on the horizon in the North African country.

For the first time in six years, warring parties in the Libyan crisis including the House of Representatives and High State Council gathered under one roof to sort out their differences.

President Zuma who is part of the negotiating team, commended Libyans insisting that an inclusive political dialogue is the only viable means to achieve durable peace in that country.

Speaking through an interpreter, Chairperson of the AU High Level Committee and Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso says the solution to the Libyan crisis rests with Libyans themselves.

And peace efforts in Libya also got a blessing from the United Nations.

The UN representative to Libya, Ghassen Salani, says they will work with the AU to ensure lasting peace and stability in the North African country.

Salani says the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly starting in New York later this month, will come up with a strategy for peace in Libya.

The three-page communiqué painted a positive picture of the solution to the Libyan crisis as Congolese Foreign Minister Jean Claude Gakosso elaborates.

With the hope of peace now in the offing in Tripoli, the AU High Level Committee now says there is an urgent need to convene the National Reconciliation Conference in Libya to help take the country to lasting peace and stability.

Sunday 10 September 2017 13:04

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