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Young South African Entrepreneur Develops ‘Waterless Bath’

Ludwig Marishane.

Marishane, a young South African entrepreneur has developed a product that allows   people who have limited access to water to maintain their standards of hygiene. He invented a water-less bathing lotion. His product, called ‘DryBath’, is a clear germicidal and moisturising gel. It has the same effect as anti-bacterial cleanser, but it’s odorless and creates a biodegradable film that cleans and moisturizes the skin.

Marishane jokes about coming up with the idea because he didn’t want to take a bath. This idea earned Marishane the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, with a US$10 000 (about R86 000) prize to boot. Five years later, it’s now available on the market

The product has positive implications for millions of people in Africa and other parts of the developing world where lack of regular access to clean water leads to reduced basic hygiene and a lower quality of life…. read more.

Ethiopia’s Golden Girl, Tirunesh Dibaba

(CNN) — It could be the spartan living environment, or perhaps growing up in the thin air nearly 3,000 meters above sea level — or maybe it’s the influence of a legendary local coach.

Whatever its secret, a remote mountain town in Ethiopia has produced a string of world-beating distance runners.

Three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba is the current cream of a crop that has helped put Bekoji on the map. Like many from her area, she was clearly born to run.

“Running is for me my job, but also my source of entertainment,” the 27-year-old told CNN’s Human to Hero series.

“It’s because of running that I am well known around the world. For me, it’s the ultimate thing.”

Her elder sister Ejegayehu was an Olympic silver medalist in 2004, while younger sister Genzebe was the 2009 world junior cross country champion and a younger brother Dejene is a promising 800m runner.

Sporting excellence flows through the family genes: Dibaba is the cousin of double Olympic 10,000m champion Derartu Tulu, while she was also inspired by another cousin — Bekelu, who she often calls her sister, and was an international distance runner.

They all hail from Bekoji, a town of fewer than 20,000 people set high in the mountains of the Arsi province, but with a freakish record for track and field success.

“Bekoji has produced so many great athletes starting from Derartu. In Beijing, Kenenisa (Bekele) and I brought home two gold medals each,” Dibaba said.

“Bekoji has strong runners. Bekoji is great and can produce even greater athletes.”

It has echoes of Jamaica’s Trelawny district, another rugged rural setting which has produced a string of sprint champions, including six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt.

Before Dibaba, the great Kenenisa Bekele — a three-time Olympic champion and double world record-holder in the 5,000 and 10,000m — was the most famous product of the area. Both were coached by Sentayehu Eshetu in their important formative years.

Inspiring coach

“Sentayehu knew that my cousin Derartu Tulu ran, he knows that my sisters ran too. That’s why he encouraged me to start running and used to tell me that I would be a great runner, he knew I would be a fast runner,” Dibaba said. read more.

South Sudan: rich gold reserves, eyes copper, uranium

 (Reuters) – South Sudan is rich in gold and has probably also reserves in other minerals such as copper, uranium and clay which it hopes to exploit with the help of investors, a senior mining official said.

South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011, wants to attract mining investment to kickstart development in the African republic, one of the world’s least developed countries after decades of civil war with Khartoum ended in 2005.

Juba is trying to diversify the economy away from oil which used to make up 98 percent of the budget until South Sudan shut down its output of 350,000 barrels per day a year ago during a row with Sudan over export fees.

Both countries agreed in September to resume cross-border flows but they still have to secure their disputed border first. read more.

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