01 December 2022

Somalia: A bill on sexual offences to be introduced by Deputy Speaker Sadiya Yasin Haji Samatar looks like it will be rejected after lower house speaker Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur said he would reject any bill running counter to Islamic values. A “previous bill created controversy over sections dealing with sexual offences between married couples, and the minimum age of marriage” of 18 years in the country’s draft constitution.
BBC Africa Live 01 December 2022. 6:53

Nigeria: The new National Language Policy will introduce mother language instead of English teaching in the six years of primary school. Before the implementation begins, authorities will “first provide teaching materials and teachers” capable of teaching in local languages – there are over 600 in the country.
BBC Africa Live 01 December 2022. 4:36

Sahel/AU: Before any decision about sending troops to the Sahel for assisting the fighting of terrorism, the article argues, the AU and its Peace and Security Council “should thoroughly review its decade-long military and security strategies”. The article ponders developments in the Sahel, where there is no doubt that the situation is deteriorating and coastal countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin) have been targeted. Beyond that, spillover includes the terrorists’ funding and logistics activities, “covert networks and activities (which) constitute a supply chain of resources that fuel terrorism.” The AU should consider supporting the Nouakchott Process (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal) and collaborating with the Accra Initiative (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger).

HIV-Aids & PrEP: HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), first introduced in 2012, is highly effective and very safe. Ideal “for those who could not necessarily control when or how they had sex”. But there is one problem with it: it is very expensive, so many who would need it, for example in Africa, will not have access.

HIV-Aids & Public health: This short article serves to point to three The Conversation articles that deal with the role of inequalities for HIV-Aids, the vulnerability of women and girls (4,900 of whom are thought to contract HIV every week and prevalence for 15 to 24 year old women is twice as high as for 15 to 24 year old men) and barriers to treatment.

South Africa/Access to HIV treatment for migrant women: Covid “lockdowns significantly reduced access to and the provision of antiretroviral treatment services”, one study estimated a reduction of 46%. Amongst others, Covid reduced the support and counselling necessary after diagnosis. Migrant women on the move were amongst the most concerned. Part of the problem was that they were ill-informed – and for example thought that, to prevent mother-to-child transmission, they could stop treatment once their child was born.

30 November 2022

Kenya: For 8 million “struggling yet willing and capable Kenyans” who have no access to commercial loans, the government will put in place a “Hustler Fund” which “will give personal loans of between $4 and $400m through phones, with a repayment period of 14 days”, no assets as security needed. Interest to be paid will amount to 8% annually.
BBC Africa Live 30 November 2022. 15:30

South Africa/San Rock Painting: An exhibition celebrating San rock art has opened at Origins Centre (Johannesburg) on Monday called “ǃke e꞉ ǀxarra ǁke – People who are Different: Come Together”. The article lets the director of the Origins Centre explain about the San, their art and how “how South Africa’s coat of arms got to feature an ancient San painting” from the famous Linton Panel.

Koos Prinsloo/Short stories: The author, who died in 1994, had published four collections of short stories in Afrikaans between 1982 and 1993. Last month, Fourthwall Books (Jo’burg) published Place of Slaughter and Other Stories, the most comprehensive translation of his work into English which “upends the long-held Afrikaner myths of heterosexual male identity, and speaks bravely for alternative identities.”