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African press review 11 August 2014

In Nigeria, the church is adopting measures to fight Ebola. This is in this morning's Vanguard. According to the paper, the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja decided on a new set of procedures at masses in order to counter the spread of the Ebola virus. So far, the virus has killed two people in the country. 


One of the changes is the administration of the communion on the palm instead of placing it on the tongue. Another one is to stop the hand shake by worshippers done during consecration as sign of peace.

In Uganda, the anti-gay law is not dead yet.

You might remember the anti-gay bill that was struck down by the country's constitutional on a legal technicality last week. Well, it seems that the Ugandan's Members of Parliament are not giving up on it just yet. This morning's papers explains that the NRM, Uganda's main political party, will convener today to find a way forward on the fate of the bill.

The caucus comes as the number of MPs in favour of re-introducing the bill has grown to 208.

And according to the newspaper, the widely condemned bill around the world is so important that MPs are hoping to put on hold discussions on the Budget.

The Parliament Speaker was also requested to suspend the House rules of procedure to allow the Bill to be passed without going through all phases.

According to the The Herald the Zibabwean government is pushing for an increase in cigarette manufacturing capability to 10 billion sticks from the current two billion.

And the country’s largest cigarette manufacturer BAT Zimbabwe is already making plans to ramp up capacity.

The government wants to help the private sector with tax breaks incentives.

The new plan is not a surprise -- tobacco is already a big market for Zimbabwe - it accounts for more than 50 percent of all agricultural exports receipt. In 2013, a total of 75,000 farmers delivered tobacco to auction floors.

But that might actually become a problem - by pushing the tobacco industry, Zimbabwe would loose the diversity of its agricultural market.

In South Africa, some Mandela sites could become world heritage sites.

That's in the country's Time. The National Heritage Council has applied to have part of Nelson Mandela's homestead in Qunu, Eastern Capeit declared a world heritage site.

According to the newspaper, the council has applied to have Mandela's grave site submitted to the Unesco - the UN cultural agency - for consideration as a world heritage site as well as Mqhekezweni, where Mandela was raised; Fort Hare University in Alice; and Groot Drakenstein prison in Western Cape, where he served the final years of his jail time.

But If Mandela's grave site is approved, the area would attract thousands of tourists explains Time. That would generate millions of rands for property owners. The Nelson Mandela Museum alone attracted 55,000 visitors since June last year

One of the biggest obstacles of this plan: the family of the late South African leader. His ex-wife and other families disagree on the matter.

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