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South African Weather Service Doubles Compute and Triples Storage Capacity of Cray System

South Africa has made headlines in recent years for its commitment to HPC leadership in Africa – and now, Cray has announced another major South African HPC expansion.

Cray has been awarded contracts with Eclipse Holdings Ltd. to upgrade the supercomputing system operated by the South African Weather Service (SAWS). SAWS has been using a Cray XC30 supercomputer and Lustre file system to perform its operational weather forecasting and related analyses since 2014. 

SAWS fields requests from government agencies, aviation operators, and other industries. Over the last few years, South Africa has faced a number of extreme weather events, including droughts, floods and storms. The ensuing requests for impact analysis and higher-resolution forecasts effectively doubled the burden on SAWS’…

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Caribbean urged to focus on improving planning, implementation capacity amid climate change

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Tao Zhang

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 14, CMC – Caribbean countries have been told they need to focus their efforts on improving project planning and implementation capacity in light of the risks posed by natural disasters and the intensification of climate change.

Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Tao Zhang, said grant financing, “remains small compared to the needs” of the region. He said that the focus of donors should also shift from supporting recovery to supporting preparedness.

Zhang, who arrived here as part of a visit to the Caribbean, said preparing for a disaster can make a huge difference” since it is more effective than responding after the event.

“Preparation not only reduces the immediate impact. Our research shows that,…

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Caribbean urged to focus on improving planning & implementation capacity

Caribbean countries have been told they need to focus their efforts on improving project planning and implementation capacity in light the risks posed …
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The Africa Capacity Report 2019

The Africa Capacity Report 2019 (ACR 2019), with Foreword authored by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and chair of the African Union until this January 2019, provides a snapshot of leadership capacity in Africa based on independent survey data from over 46 African countries. ACR 2019 addresses the capacity dimensions of transformative leadership both in public and private sectors. It looks at the major elements of transformative leadership in Africa, highlights the leadership capacity gaps related to achieving sustainable development on the continent, and identifies strategies for addressing them.

Most importantly, ACR 2019 offers concrete recommendations for improving performance, combining both technical elements and the mindset changes that are necessary for success. Finally, the Report…

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African Group builds capacity for effective Deep Seabed governance

Africa Group delegation in seabed mining on Wednesday attended a workshop in Accra to discuss how to enrich the Deep Seabed Mining Policy for effective governance.

Deliberations at the workshop, organised by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), would imput into the first part of the 25th Session of the ISA, scheduled for August 2019, which would focus on the draft Exploitation Regulations.

The workshop will ensure the African delegations are equipped to develop legal instruments for the governance of all aspects of deep seabed mining.It is being co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Algeria and Ghana to the United Nations in collaboration with the African Mineral Development Centre, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the…

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Tackling the research capacity challenge in Africa: An overview of African-led approaches to strengthen research ca…


Background: Improved capacity for research is a valuable and sustainable means of advancing health and development in Africa. Local leadership in research capacity strengthening is important for developing contextually appropriate programs that increase locally-driven research, and improve Africa’s ability to adapt and use scientific knowledge. This study provides an overview of African organisations that aim to strengthen research capacity in Africa, and the major initiatives or approaches being used for this purpose.
Methods: A desk review of grey and published literature on research capacity strengthening in Africa was conducted, in addition to panel discussions on the determinants of research capacity in Africa. Data was analysed through thematic analysis and a framework developed…

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