Dec 18, 2017 Last Updated 11:51 AM, Dec 14, 2017

Zimbabwe's broadcaster cuts 300 jobs

ABN – Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster ZBC has terminated 300 employee contracts in response to a landmark ruling by the country’s Supreme Court.

The ruling permits employers to terminate workers’ employment contracts simly by giving them three months’ notice, without fear of rebuttal.

It is thought that more than 20,000 people across Zimbabwe have already lost their jobs as a result of the ruling.

Employees dismissed by ZBC include newsreader Evermore Sandati, business journalist Lennon Mutseura and reporter Fletcher Ndhlovu.

Just last week the broadcaster fired its CEO Happison Muchechetere and three other executives who had been suspended for financial imprudence.


Major airlines ban ‘Big Five’ trophies

ABN – Following the outrage over Cecil the lion’s murder, many major airlines worldwide have banned the transport of endangered animal trophies via their aircraft.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines were the first US-based airlines to ban the practice, despite Delta announcing their support for hunters earlier in the year.

American Airlines has specifically ruled out transporting any dead animals from the African Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Air Canada has stated that it will not transport lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo trophies, however it still allows the transportation of animals killed in Canada such as black and grizzly bears.

South African Airways initially banned big game trophy transport in April, but reversed its decision in July in response to pressure from pro-hunting organisation Safari Club International (SCI) based in Arizona, US.

SCI claims that British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Iberia Airways, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Qantas, Emirates, Etihad and Lufthansa have also ruled out transporting big-game trophies.

However, hunters still have options available: one of them being UPS, which in a statement said it would not bow to controversy.


President Obama arrives in Kenya

ABN – There is excitement throughout Kenya today as US President Barack Obama arrives to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, taking place outside Nairobi until Sunday.

It will be his first visit to his father’s home country since July 2009 and his fourth visit to Africa as US President.

Prior to leaving the US, Obama signed a 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), further demonstrating his commitment to strengthening trade and investment ties with the continent.

He said at the signing: “Despite its many challenges – and we have to be clear-eyed about all the challenges that the continent still faces – Africa is a place of incredible dynamism, some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, extraordinary people, extraordinary resilience.”

Obama is widely seen as a hero in Kenya, with two schools in his father’s home town Kogelo named after him and much merchandise featuring his face sold there.

Residents of Kogelo, including his grandmother Sarah Obama, desperately want him to visit the area but it seems unlikely he’ll have time.


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