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Africa

African press review 20 January 2015

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Treating ebola, a spat between Kenya and Tanzania, Africa's technological future - all in today's papers ...

South Africa's Times writes about "fearless nurses" this morning...

The paper writes about the first South African team to go to Sierra Leone to help combat the Ebola virus.

One doctor and 10 nurses are being sent to the West African country, where 3062 people died because of the Ebola deadly virus.

The Times spoke to some of the nurses and their comments are quite inspiring.

Billy Nyaku, says he is "never scared at all because he is a soldier".

350 health workers have died in the region, reminds the daily - but that doesn't stop Nyaku.

"This is a real opportunity for me to be part of the action because if I am not going there, I won't be part of history. I'm fearless" he says.

Neo Mokane, a 28-year-old nurse said she was certain their safety would come first.

She told the Times she's excited and not worried because people had been cured of Ebola and she wanted to make a difference.

The team has been training for the past few weeks and is expected to leave for Sierra Leone on Friday.

Additional training and recruitment to send more doctors, nurses and paramedics will also take place.

Kenya and Tanzania are fighting over their borders…but only when it comes to tourism.

You'll find that story in The Standard.

Apparently people in the tourist industry are worried about a dispute between Kenya and Tanzania over cross-border tourism.

The two countries have lately imposed restrictions against each other on access to airports and game parks.

According to the paper, the “cold war” between the two countries started last Christmas when Kenya introduced an order barring Tanzanian vehicles from either picking or dropping tourists at its airports.

What will Africa look like in 2030?

The Mail and Guardian is asking itself that question this morning.

The newspaper takes a look at the "most important, daring and disruptive technologies that could soon define Africa's future".

And things are moving faster than we thought, says the paper - "over the past 15 years, the number of mobile connections in Africa has grown by 44% a year".

Mobile phones will play a big part in Africa's tech future - there should be 34 million African Smartphone connections by 2017, maybe 30% of the continent’s population.

Drones - the biggest buzz in tech right now, as The Mail and Guardian puts it - could be roaming Africa by 2030.

The small machines could be a big help for the continent's police.

Finally, the newspaper thinks the continent's poor health infrastructure - Africa only has 3% of the world’s health workers - offers an opportunity for tech to bridge this gap.

For example, robotics could be used to assess an incoming patient without physically examining them.
 

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