In October last year, Rwanda became the first regional country to issue a complete ban on all single-use plastics. Retailers were given three months to clear their stocks and find alternatives, while industrial users and producers of single-use plastics were given a two-year deadline after which they will pay heavy fines. Also, the Meteorology Agency predicted that there is a minimal yet probable chance that desert locusts might break into Rwanda in a period of between ten to 14 days. How prepared are we? Journalist of the Newtimes Hudson Kuteesa joins CNBC Africa for more.
The government says it will start penalising wholesalers, retailers and consumers that still use single-use plastics with heavy fines following the expiration of a three month grace period. Director General at the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Coletha Ruhamya joins CNBC Africa for more.
S.A's retail sales for November 2016 were up by 3.8% mainly driven by Black Friday sales, according to data released by Stats SA.