President learns of works on Ndúe, Calucuve dams

Angolan head of State João Lourenço assessed Friday the level of execution of the construction works on Ndúe and Calucuve dams in southern Cunene province.

The two structuring projects are part of the programme for fight against drought in the country’s southern region.

These are lots 03 and 05, which include the construction work on the Ndúe dams on the Caundo river and Calucuve dams on the Cuvelai river.

On the site, João Lourenço was briefed on the progress of works conducted and those still in progress.

The Secretary of State for Energy António da Costa put the physical execution of the Ndúe dam at 23% and financial 21.53%.

While Calucuve dam, the execution, both financial and physical, stands at around 16%.

Ndúe dam is expected to improve access, supply water to 55,000 inhabitants, 60,000 head of cattle, irrigate an area of 9,200 hectares and create 591 direct jobs, the official said.

In April 2022, the president João Lourenço inaugurated the Canal do Cafu.

The project cost 44.3 billion and benefiting an estimated population of 235,000 inhabitants, watering 250,000 animals and irrigating five thousand hectares of agricultural fields

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Fake news: There was no Ethiopian airline plane crash

The news spread like wildfire in the dry season, echoing far and wide that Ethiopian airline craft, Dreamliner Boeing 787 had gone missing.

Contrary to this, the aircraft landed in Douala around 11:16 AM on Friday August 11, 2023, before leaving for Equatorial Guinea 2 minutes away from 1PM.

Those who boarded the flight said they reached their final destination safely.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Seychelles’ President calls for buying books from Logos Hope for National Library

Seychelles’ President Wavel Ramkalawan has called on visitors to the largest floating book fair, Logos Hope, to buy books to enrich their knowledge as well as contribute some purchases to the National Library.

Ramkalawan made the request on Friday onboard the ship during a ceremony to officially opens the doors of Logos Hope to the public.

He explained that the former Mayor of Victoria, David Andre, had said that “they will be coming to select books that will be placed in the library. Why don’t we also as citizens, make a contribution by buying two books each and contributing them to the National Library? The First Lady, who encourages reading, has already made arrangements to be able to buy books for children between the age of 4 to 15 so as to have this little section,” said Ramkalawan.

He outlined that details are still being finalised but books that will go towards the library can be bought and kept on the ship, which will later be picked up.

From left: Ramkalawan, First Lady and Vice President cutting the ribbon in the ceremony to officially opens the doors of Logos Hope to the public on Friday. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

Logos Hope, which arrived in Port Victoria on August 10, has a selection of over 5,000 books of different genres for both adults and children. The vessel is expected to be in port until August 16.

On the first three days, Logos Hope will be open from 1 pm to 7.30 pm. From August 12 to 16, the doors will open at 9.30 am and close at 7.30 pm.

The vessel’s managing director, Edward David, outlined that Logos Hope has the vision to make a difference in the world, with a mission of advancing the well-being of people everywhere the over 300-member crew goes.

“This is achieved in several ways and by sharing knowledge. Acquiring knowledge plays a vital part in a person’s development and lays the foundation for opportunities and success in life. Whenever we have been here, we have been amazed to see the hunger for good books and we hope to see many coming to acquire a wide selection of books,” said David.

The acting Mayor of Victoria, Lydia Charlie, shared that when the Mayor’s Office learned that Logos Hope was coming it welcomed the idea.

Logos Hope is open to the public from August 12 to 16. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

“I think that it will benefit a lot of people in Seychelles because there are a lot of books on different subjects. We thank Logos Hope for bringing the fair to Victoria and at the same time I would like to encourage everyone to come – parents bring your children so that they can choose their books. Reading is good and through it, we get to enrich our knowledge,” said Charlie.

She added that “the shelves of the National Library, which is about to reopen its doors, are still empty, all organisations, individuals, and groups can make the most of the book fare being in port to make a contribution.”

During the official opening ceremony, SNA also got the chance to speak to two Seychellois, Heira and Freddy Bijoux, who are former crew members of Logos Hope.

Heira shared that with her husband and her son, her family had the chance to join as crew members in 2017.

“Of course, that was an unforgettable experience – for Seychelles to be recognised as part of the 68 different nationalities onboard and for us to also float our flag onboard and represent our country. During our time we were in the Caribbean and we got the chance to visit tropical countries similar to Seychelles, such as Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Aruba among others,” she said.

“Being back on the boat feels like coming back home. We feel very emotional. We are happy to welcome the boat to our country,” she added.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Seychelles Fair Trading Commission collected largest fine in 2022

The Seychelles Fair Trading Commission (FTC) has collected the largest amount of money in a fine since it has been established in its report for 2022, said a top official.

The Commission’s chief executive, Nathalie Edmond, made the statement to SNA on Wednesday.

“We managed to collect the largest fine since we have been established from Cable and Wireless which paid SCR 800,000 ($60,452),” said Edmond.

This fine was for the act of collusion, whereby the telecoms provider was found guilty of directly fixing a purchase or selling price.

The Fair Trading Commission was set up to promote efficiency and competitiveness and improve the standards of service, quality of goods distributed and services supplied by business enterprises and service providers over which it has jurisdiction.

It is also the entity responsible for advocating and enforcing consumer rights and obligations in Seychelles while fostering a fair and competitive business environment.

The report, which is a compilation of the work carried out over 2022, shows the areas of progress recorded for that year.

The three laws that governed the FTC merged into one and a tribunal has also been established to hear cases related to fair trading issues.

“I am happy to say that the tribunal is up and running and this is speeding up the process of listening to cases,” said Edmond.

Previously, the Fair Trading Commissioners would meet and take decisions on investigations carried out on complaints.

The new tribunal does not fall under the FTC but the judiciary helps speed up hearing the cases.

In 2021, FTC listened to and acted on 144 public complaints covering several sectors, although Edmond revealed that the sectors with the most complaints are from the construction sector and electronic appliances.

“We want to empower people with as much information on the Fair Trading Act so that they can make educated decisions,” said Edmond.

She added that FTC will be working more efficiently through the introduction of an app that will allow people to submit their complaints online thus speeding up the process.

Last week, the Commission handed over a copy of its annual report to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Roger Mancienne.

In the hand-over ceremony, Mancienne said the fact that the annual report is accessible to anyone who wants to read it “will encourage the public to come forward to inform FTC of discrepancies which will also encourage retailers and wholesalers to work equitably.”

Source: Seychelles News Agency