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South Africa Ready To Help Insurgency-Hit Mozambique, If Asked

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South Africa Ready To Help Insurgency-Hit Mozambique, If Asked

South Africa says it is ready to help insurgency-hit Mozambique if a request for support is made.  Insurgents with links to Islamic state have stepped up attacks in Mozambique this year, alarming energy majors developing huge natural gas deposits there and governments elsewhere in southern Africa.

South African foreign minister Naledi Pandor told a parliamentary committee that southern African regional body, SADC, had asked Mozambique to provide a roadmap on the assistance it might need, which would then be deliberated upon before a course of action was chosen.

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Pandor says South Africa can support Mozambique with its intelligence or military services, but its neighbour would first need to request for that help.

She said, South Africa stands ready but must have that indication from the government of Mozambique, whether it is more intelligence support, if it is the South African navy patrolling the coast or assistance from its defence force.

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Attacks began in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado in 2017 but have gathered pace this year, with insurgents seizing key towns for brief periods and increasingly hitting military or strategic targets.

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Regional bloc, SADC, is concerned that the emergence of conflict in Mozambique points to a reversal of the peace that has existed for many years.

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Botswana Authorities Identify Cause Of Mysterious Elephant Deaths

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An investigation into the deaths of more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year has revealed that toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria caused the deaths of the elephants.

Officials in the country said the deaths in the Okavango Delta which had baffled and alarmed conservationists the cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil.

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Speaking at a news conference, the deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Cyril Taolo said the number of elephant carcasses found since deaths were first reported around early May had risen to 330, from 281 in July.

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According to report by Reuters news agency Taolo said “what we just know at this point is that it’s a toxin caused by cyanobacteria,” adding that the specific type of neurotoxin had yet to be established.

Also, the department’s principal veterinary officer Mmadi Reuben told the same news conference that questions remained as to why only elephants had been affected.

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Other animals in the Okavango Panhandle region appeared unharmed.

The southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated at 130,000.

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

Mauritania is experiencing floods following heavy rains on Sunday. Residents of several neighborhoods in the nation`s capital, Nouakchott, found their feet in the water after a rare rain.

Some residents were stuck in their neighborhood as streets and houses were submerged. Driving was impossible in some neighborhoods whose level is one meter below that of the sea. Pumps were activated during the night to empty the streets.

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Authorities say, Mauritania has accumulated a rainfall above average for a rainy season- or wintering this year.

Twelve days ago, president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani visited two cities in far southeast, where people had been badly affected by floods that destroyed homes.

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The president said he was setting up an emergency response unit, promised to repair the protective barrier of the city of Bassiknou and the construction of a road to open up Addel Begrou.

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Several west African countries are currently been affected by floods, including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and some part of Nigeria. Dozens of deaths have been recorded.

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Uganda Receives Machines To Boost HIV Testing In Infants

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The Uganda ministry of health says it has received more than one thousand Abbott M-Pima point of care machines for the national scale-up of, early infant HIV diagnosis and viral load testing. Health authorities say, the number of babies born with HIV has reduced, over the last 10 years.

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The machines donated by Abbott rapid diagnostics Uganda were received by the permanent secretary of ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine together with other development partner’s dignitaries and implementing partners.

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The permanent secretary noted that the entire country had only 32 machines in diagnosing new-born babies that are born with infections.

The Abbott point care machines will enforce and strengthen timely testing of HIV in infants across the country and eliminate, transmission of mother to child infections.

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