14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA Youth cannot depend on governments to rebuild Africa - singer Akon Ismail Akwei Kigali, Rwanda Senegalese singer, songwriter and businessperson, Akon, has called on African youth to play an active role in rebuilding the continent and not depend on their governments. The American-born music star was addressing over 2,000 youth from all over Africa in Rwanda’s capital Kigali during the final day of the maiden YouthConnekt Africa Summit organised to shape the future of the continent’s youth. “We have to be the driving force to rebuild Africa. We cannot depend on governments to do it for us. Their job is to lay down the law and make sure that there’s accountability for the things that we do,” he was quoted by local media The New Times. “When I was growing Encouraging youth… Senegalese singer, songwriter and businessperson, Akon, has called on African youth to play an active role in rebuilding the continent and not depend on their governments. as an entertainer, I said to myself I don’t want to be remembered for just singing and dancing. Ultimately, I had to figure out what I can do that will help create a legacy. It hit me in the middle of the first song when the power just went off,” he said, while making reference to his 1 billion dollar solar project aimed at providing electricity to some 600 million Africans. Akon, real name Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, is the co-founder of the Akon Lighting Africa project which primarily targets rural communities that are not connected to electricity and also seeks to find ways to bring costs down to make power supply more affordable. He called on Africans in the diaspora to join hands and change the narrative about the continent while they help fast-track its economic development. “On the internet you will only see historical images and animals, as if Africa was a big jungle. Africans never get full credit in any way. Entertainers, filmmakers and producers, the press and anyone that creates content should take part in redefining this continent,” he added. The three-day YouthConnekt Africa summit opened last Wednesday under the theme: “Realizing Africa’s Youth Potential.” It focused on establishing a policy, programmes and partnerships to guide the continent to its goals of creating at least 54 million jobs that will absorb the growing labour force. Among the participants were government officials and special guests including Rwandan president Paul Kagame, Jack Ma, founder and executive chairperson of Alibaba Group, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, secretary-general of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and most importantly successful entrepreneurs, artists and youth opinion leaders from across the continent. – Africa.com Next generation African leaders announced JOHANNESBURG Ten teams of 21 budding African social entrepreneurs have been selected as winners of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge at the Baobab Summit in Johannesburg. Winning teams earn a fellowship that includes seed funding, mentorship and access to a network of young global change makers to pursue impactful projects in their communities. A collaboration between the Mastercard Foundation and The Resolution Project, the Resolution Social Venture Challenge, provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change that matters in their communities. “Giving back to your community is an important part of the Scholars Programme, yet few young leaders have the opportunity to make an impact at a young age,” explains Ashley Collier, manager of the Scholars Community. “The Social Venture Challenge equips these young leaders with the tools, resources, mentorship and capital they need to ensure that their venture is successful, and to maximize their impact.” “Winning the Challenge is an important milestone that will allow me to address problems faced by tea farmers in my community,” explains John Wanjiku, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Pretoria. “With my project Ukulima Halisi, I hope to improve the tea collection process, both reducing the costs associated with spoiled tea leaves, and cutting down on the time Kenyan farmers spend waiting for tea collection. By shortening this process, Ukulima Halisi will provide farmers with additional time to engage in other economic activities that could increase their income, as well as preventing illnesses that occur when farmers spend long hours waiting for tea collection.” “Winning the Social Venture Challenge will help us achieve our goals, communicating to our community in Baringo County, the huge potential in honey production,” says Sylvia Mwangi, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar from the University of Toronto. “With the mentorship offered to winners of the Challenge, we will design capacity-building workshops in beekeeping that will change how women spend their days, and we will develop sales channels that will reduce the exploitation by middlemen.” In 2016, the Mastercard Foundation first partnered with The Resolution Project, offering 16 scholars on five competing teams the opportunity to pursue their aspirations and increase their appetite for leadership and impact. Winning projects address a wide range of challenges scholars observed first-hand in their communities, including food security, access to sanitation, and young women’s access to reproductive health education. The 2017 cohort of Social Venture Challenge winners include projects based in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana Uganda, Rwanda, and the United States: * AgriMatters - Clive Matsika - Arizona State University With his AgriMatters initiative, Clive will partner with local fertiliser companies in Zimbabwe, harnessing nanotechnology to manufacture Greenfert, a rich, environmentally friendly fertilizer that can be sold to farmers at a reduced cost. * Baringo Asali - Sylvia Mwangi - University of Toronto By working closely with marginalised communities in Baringo, Kenya, Sylvia aims to increase local revenue generated from honey production. Through partnerships with local and international apiaries, Sylvia will roll out training in advanced beekeeping techniques and local community skills training. * Dash for Girls - Frances Aanyu, Agatha Akello and Lisa Anenocan - Makerere University Frances, Agatha and Lisa are working to empower the girl child in Karamoja, Uganda, by providing access to correct and accurate information about the dangers of teenage pregnancy so as to help them make informed decisions. * ECO Sanitation Services - Kwabena Adu-Darkwa, Abraham Addy and Justice Nyamadi - Ashesi University College Kwabena, Abraham and Justice are working together to tackle the problem of the 2.4 billion people worldwide who lack access to safe toilets. Eco Sanitation Services (ECOSaS) provides environmentally friendly and affordable micro-flush toilets to low-income earners, supporting them with a flexible payment system. * Prawji-Mama Food Bank - Pauline Nalumansi and Ephrance Kalungi - Arizona State University With Prawji-Mama Food Bank, Pauline and Ephrance are working to develop a sustainable food bank system supported by youth entrepreneurship and technology to overcome hunger in rural communities. * Rwanda Youth Initiative for Agricultural Transformation - Annet Mukamurenzi, Gerard Ndayishimiye and Yvette Abizeyimana - EARTH University By working with vulnerable farming communities across Rwanda, Annet, Gerard and Yvette are committed to improving food security. They will equip smallholder farmers with modern farming skills, strategies and technologies to grow sustainable food security solutions and protect the environment. * Sparky Thermal Dehydrator - Kayiza Isma and Nsubuga Thomas - Makerere University To address post-harvest losses, a leading cause of food insecurity in Uganda, Kayiza and Nsubuga will introduce the Sparky thermal dehydrator. Sparky, which operates using bio-fuels as a source of energy, is a low-cost, efficient device that dries farm produce 10 times faster than the conventional sun drying methods. * Strong Women, Strong Love - Ritah Arishaba and Alpha Ngwenya - Arizona State University From Uganda to America, Ritah and Alpha are providing health education and feminine hygiene products to homeless and economically disadvantaged women. In Uganda, the pair will be teaching young women and girls to make their own sanitary products. * Ukulima Halisi - John Wanjiku - University of Pretoria Most tea farmers in Kangema, Kenya, spend a lot of time waiting for their tea leaves to be collected. But, John believes, if farmers had access to tea leaves collection schedules, farmers would have more time to devote to other farming activities and improve their incomes. * ZAZI Growers’ Network - Thabu Mugala, Tanyaradzwa Chinyukwi and Martinho Tembo - EARTH University Thabu, Tanyaradzwa and Martinho are committed to empowering and connecting women farmers in rural Zimuto, Zimbabwe. ZAZI Growers’ Network will provide women farmers with technical agricultural training and mentorship to help them improve their crop yields and enhance the community’s development. – African Media Agency (AMA)
Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA ADVERT 15 //Kharas Regional Council //Kharas update Private Bag 2184, Wheeler Street, Education Building, Keetmanshoop, Namibia Tel: +264-63-221 900 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org July Edition Official Monthly Newsletter of the //Kharas Regional Council A day in Aroab Fire Station: The Aroab Village Council fire station was inaugurated in June this year. Social housing: The neatly built social housing constructed by the village council are one of the indications of excellent management. CEO: Having started of assistant accountant at the village council, Elsa Laubscher, is now the proud chief executive officer of Aroab Village Council. She is currently serving her third term. Aroab village is situated about 170 kilometres east of Keetmanshoop, approximately 38 km from Rietfontein border post in close proximity to the Kgalagadi frontier park located in South Africa and Botswana. The town is frequently visited by tourists and travellers, making it an ideal for investment area for hospitality. The town is further surrounded by commercial farms which employ a lot of people, increasing the evident need of supermarkets in the area that currently only has one supermarket. The village boasts a primary health facility, police station, a government school from grade 1-10, private school from grade 1-7, fire station, campsite, guest house and recently upgraded roads within the village from gravel to bitumen standard. Aroab is one of the well managed village Councils as demonstrated by winning certificates of Gender links in 2013/2014; an award from ALAN for the best performing Local Authority in 2016 and a certificate from Marce South Africa (Firefighting Technology ) for the best maintenance truck out of 23 other Local Authorities. Employees of the village council attributed the success to strong management and a dedicated workforce. According to the chief executive officer (CEO), Elsa Laubscher, the secret behind the success of the village council is that it does not only rely on government subsidy but collects additional revenue from its farm, brick making project, garden, campsite, guesthouse, transport business, swimming pool and SME stalls. “These projects bring in much needed revenue and at the same time create employment”, said Laubscher. She further called on investors to invest in the village as there are plenty of business erven available. Vocational education especially is one of the untapped business areas, which could decrease the high unemployment rate and equally curb drug and alcohol abuse, one of the significant challenges the village is faced with. In conclusion, Laubscher advised other local authorities not to only rely on government subsidy but come up with initiatives to meet the government halfway. Garden: Gardening is one of the projects that the council uses to generate revenue. Sunset in //Kharas region I Logistics cares for the vulnerable The Luderitz Rotary Club through I Logistics earlier this month donated blankets to the vulnerable community members of Aus. Pictured here (front left to right) are representatives of I Logistics Susan Kaulinge; Lilly Rubenheimer; Jan Scholtz, Chairperson of ||Kharas Regional Council; Bert Kessler of I Logistics and Queeny Koopman, Control Administrative Officer of Aus Settlement office, with some of the beneficiaries. Aus is one of the coldest areas in ||Kharas Region with temperatures dropping as low as -3 degrees Celsius. The donation is valued at about N 000.