South African company to roll out affordable ventilators for sale to African countries

The company deliberately kept the design very basic to reduce costs and ensure that it can be made from materials and machines currently available in most African countries.

“The whole ventilator can be cut from a perspex plate … and then you basically have to add the electronic component to that and then it will work,” he says.

This will help many African countries in the fight against coronavirus.

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Mandela’s Nephew Who Is A King Arrested After Alleged ‘Axe Rampage’ – BBC News

A South African king, a nephew of the late Nelson Mandela, has been arrested after allegedly going on the rampage with an axe in the palace.

Even though South Africa is a republic, it has 8 recognised traditional kingdoms. Mandela’s nephew is the king of one of them, the Thembu. Mandela was actually a Thembu prince.

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Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Appointed Into South African Presidential Council

Our own Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has just been appointed into the South African Presidential Economic Council.

The woman is a brilliant achiever, just like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. They both keep adding international feathers to their caps, or is it wearing many caps.

The Yorubas say when a child washes his hands well they will eat with elders.

Wait o. Both of them are named Ngozi, which means blessing in Igbo language. Are you guys thinking what I’m thinking?


Coronavirus: Wife Of South Africa’s First Patient Contracts It

South Africa’s Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has today Sunday confirmed the third case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in his country.

The third patient is reported to be the wife of the country’s first coronavirus patient.


4 Reasons Why Nigerians Shouldn’t Celebrate Yet As Its Economy Overtakes South Africa’s

Bloomberg has reported that Nigeria’s economy has overtaken that of South Africa.

That’s good news from Nigeria’s perspective. But if you compare Nigeria’s current economy to that of Rwanda, you will find large sad gaps.

1. Insecurity Of Life And Property

Nigeria’s economy is plagued by insecurity. Violence has forced farmers out of their farms; has displaced many from their homes; has made people avoid important business trips that would have oiled the cogs of the economy; has made property rights a joke in many parts of the country.

Compare that to Kigali, capital of Rwanda, where women can walk safely on the streets even at night. Government needs to do more to make the country more secure. The buck stops clearly in front of Government.

2. Over-dependence on crude oil

This means that the next slump in the price of oil could send the economy crashing back down to the debts of recession. The Government needs to induce economic expansion through areas like export of beef and dairy products, cars, Aba-made apparels, solid minerals and other exportables. Otherwise, Nigeria’s economic fortunes will remain at the mercy of the price of one commodity.

3. Corruption

Corruption is another bottleneck. Take the housing deficit in the country for instance: often when Government attempts to solve it by building cheap housing, the scheme is hijacked by rich politicians who buy up the cheap houses and then sell same to people at break neck prices. Their needs to be stricter enforcement of anti-corruption laws.

4. Not Enough Social Welfare Packages

The monies collected from successful anti-corruption efforts are not being used to stimulate the economy in the areas of social welfare. Unless that is done, the money held by the average Nigerian may remain just enough to eat the next meal, and not to build capital needed for opening and expanding business enterprises.

Nigeria, might be Africa’s biggest economy. But most Nigerians are not feeling the impact, and the economy remains terribly stunted.