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May 31, 2017

Android creator Andy Rubin launches Essential Phone

Andy Rubin, one the creators of Google’s Android software, has launched his own high-end smartphone.

Mr Rubin left Google in 2014 to create Playground, a technology investment company. Essential is one of the companies it funds – and the Essential Phone is its first product. The device runs the Android operating system and has gone on sale in the US for $699 (£540). However, it will be difficult to break into the huge market dominance of established brands. Samsung currently has the largest share of the smartphone market, with 21% of global sales, according to analyst firm Gartner. Apple enjoys 14%. Aside from Chinese giants offering subsidised devices, smaller [...]

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May 31, 2017

Nene appointed as Chairperson of new investment firm

Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has been appointed to the supervisory board of newly-formed Cape Town-based investment firm, Arise. He will assume the position of chairman of Arise from Thursday, 1 June. Nene said it gave him great pleasure to serve on the Arise board and to be a part of their business journey.

“With the support of its shareholders, Norfund, Rabobank and FMO, Arise is uniquely placed to advance the financial services sector on the African continent and I look forward to contributing to their success,” Nene said.

Nene was fired as finance minister by President Jacob Zuma in December 2015 with a promise of a position at the BRICS bank [...]

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May 30, 2017

Kenya unveils first new railway in a century

More than a century after a colonial railway gave birth to modern Kenya, the country is betting on a new Chinese-built route to cement its position as the gateway to East Africa.

The $3.2 billion (2.8 billion euro) railway linking Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa will Wednesday take its first passengers on the 472 kilometre (293 mile) journey, allowing them to skip a hair-raising drive on one of Kenya’s most dangerous highways.

The railway is the country’s biggest infrastructure project since independence, and while it has courted controversy, it is a key selling point for the ruling Jubilee party ahead of August elections. It is also part of a [...]

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May 30, 2017

KZN traditional healers trained to test and counsel HIV and TB patients

KWA-ZULU NATAL – Traditional healers in KwaZulu Natal have been trained by the provincial Department of Health (DoH) to counsel, examine and test their patients impacted by HIV/Aids and TB.

This is the result of a collaboration between the Department and an NGO that works in the field of health and HIV/Aids. iTEACH – the Integration of TB and Education and Care for HIV – together with the DoH, has trained over 400 traditional healers to recognize patients who have TB and HIV symptoms.

The training, carried out at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, now enables traditional healrs to do basic screening and confirmation tests and then refer the patient on to their [...]

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