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CABI tackles invasive species in Africa

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Invasive species threaten both natural biological riches of the earth and the wellbeing of people

The spread of invasive species is now recognised as one of the greatest threats to the wellbeing of the continent and the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals.

Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Patrick Ralotsia said this Wednesday at Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)’s African Regional Consultation and Invasive Policy summit held under the theme; ‘Working in Partnership for a sustainable future. The summit ends tomorrow (Thursday) at Cresta Lodge.

Different African members of CABI met to discuss issues related to improving Agriculture in Africa. Ralotsia said the issue of invasive species is creating complex and far-reaching challenges that threaten both natural biological riches of the earth and the wellbeing of the people. “Direct and indirect health effects are seriously increasing and the damage to native biodiversity is often irreversible,” he said. The effects may also be exacerbated by climate change.

“It is expected that CABI will do the good work of assisting member states to formulate policies and research initiatives that are meant to minimise losses to Agricultural production thereby realising and attaining food security,” said Ralotsia.

He said by 2050, Agriculture will need to produce almost 50 percent more food, feed and biofuel than it did in 2012 just to meet demand. Head of Division, Agriculture and Food Security Division at African Union Commission (AUC), Dr Simplice Nouala Fonkou, also said that the rapid growth of African population will suddenly lead to food demand in the future therefore a lot has to be done.

“Africa is facing a rapidly growing population. It is projected that Africa’s present population of about 1.3 billion will increase to about 2.5 billion by 2050. This development will in turn lead to a rapid escalation of food demand,” said Dr Fonkou.

He said that Africa would then have to increase its food production by 70 percent by 2050 to be able to feed its population. “Because invasive species are transboundary in nature, there is need to strengthen partnership and regional coordination and collaboration in order for the effective management and control of invasive species,” said Dr Fonkou.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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