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Safaricom best employer in Africa



Safaricom has been named as the best employer in Africa and 67th in the world by Forbes business magazine that ranked 500 publicly-traded companies from 60 countries.

The annual Forbes Global 2000 list, now in its 16th edition, puts second best employer in Africa Naspers at position 224 globally followed by First Rand (432) and Sanlam (457) all from South Africa.

The ranking was based on analysis of more than 430,000 global recommendations in which employees were asked to rate their own employer and the likelihood they would recommend the company to a friend or family member.

Forbes also asked employees to recommend other employers they admired.

Being at position sixty seven in a list that was dominated by 185 firms from US means that many of the potential and current employees like the working environment at Safaricom.

According to Safaricom’s annual report, the telco had 6,130 staff members averaging 27 years as at end of March 2018. Of this, half are women.

The telco says that it has 460 line managers who have been trained to be life coaches.

“The aim is to support employee wellness, performance management and leadership development,” says Safaricom

According to CEO Bob Collymore, the telco wants to create more opportunities for more women to transition into leadership positions so that by 2020 the proportion of women in senior management improves from the current 32 per cent to match that of men.

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Safaricom has so far employed 96 members of staff with various disabilities and supports them through enhanced medical cover, assistive devices and special emergency response equipment.

The featured 500 firms together accounted for $39.1 trillion in sales, $3.2 trillion in profit, $189 trillion in assets and $56.8 trillion in market value.

Top on the list was Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple, Walt Disney and Amazon, all from US.

Last year, Remgro, a South African-based investment holding company with a portfolio across more than 30 companies, was the only African company on the list.

Safaricom’s recognition by Forbes comes barely two months after American multinational business magazine, Fortune, ranked it 19th on the ‘Change the World’ list which rates companies based on how they use profits to help address social challenges.

Fortune said that M-pesa service which Safaricom and Vodafone launched in 2007 now serves more than 30 million customers in 10 countries, mostly in remote areas far from banks.

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Plane with 17 passengers on board crashes in DRC



A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing several people, the provincial governor’s office said.

The plane, operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement.

The number of fatalities was not yet clear.Busy Bee was not available for comment.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. \All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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Why school kept news of student’s family members’ death a secret for 22 days



A school in Tanzania decided not to inform a 16-year-old girl that her entire family of five had been wiped out by flash floods last month to enable her complete her examinations.

Anna Zambi’s parents and siblings were on their way to visit her in school for prayer day ahead of her final secondary school examinations when they met their death.


A private car in which they were travelling in was swept away in floods following incessant rains in Handeni District, Tanga Region.

According Tanzanian daily, The Citizen, the school chose to keep the tragic incident a secret to enable Zambi complete her exams in peace.

The incident happened just two days before the start of the examinations.

The head teacher of Mother Teresa of Calcuta Girls Secondary School revealed how he managed to ensure the student was kept in the dark over the tragedy that took the lives of her parents and three other siblings on October 26.


In breaking communication at the school, he said, all students were no longer allowed to watch TV on the pretext that it was examination time and that they must always be busy with their books.

On Monday, almost a month after the incident, she traveled back home to be with her family after finishing the exams, only to learn that her parents and siblings were no more.

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It was not until Saturday, November 16, when a wave of grief and deep sorrow rolled through relatives and mourners who had gathered for hours to receive Zambi and take her to the graveyards of her parents and three siblings.

At the same time, the Tanzanian government has pledged to support the bereaved teenager, saying that it would pay for her psychological rehabilitation and education.


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Invitation to the African Girls Hope Foundation Annual Gala happening this Saturday in Atlanta




African Girls Hope Foundation (AGHF) annual Gala is happening this Saturday at the Kenyan American Community Church in Marietta, Georgia, USA. AGHF  is a non-profit founded by Grace Faraja, a former refugee from the 1990s civil war that ravaged the DRC. She started the foundation to help educate girls in rural Congo caught in the ongoing civil unrest, poverty and disease.

As a former beneficiary of a full scholarship that changed her life, Grace believes providing an education to orphaned and less privileged girls can open a world of opportunities to them and help then end the cycle of poverty and early marriages.

This year, AGHF’s aim is to provide full-year scholarships to 120 girls at a cost of $29 per month per girl. We are seeking your help to raise funds to meet the overall goal of $34,000 for the year 2019-2020.

We ask you to help us meet this goal by donating on our website at

We prayerfully desire to support the education of 120 girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. With hope that God will open doors to other African countries in the near future. We have partnered with a local pastor running a school in the village of Mulenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Our partner has identified numerous girls in the village who are orphans of father and mother. Girls selected as AGHF beneficiaries are 65% of orphans of both parents.

Atlanta residents, please join us for our Annual Fundraising Gala dinner, to be held on November 9th at the Kenyan American Community Church KICC in Marietta, Georgia. Dinner and parking will be provided.

Below are some of the girls who need our help:


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