Tuesday 20 February 2018
(CNN 10/14/13)
(CNN) -- An investigation into appalling conditions in school hostels has won two South African journalists the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. Msindisi Fengu and Yandisa Monakali shared the top honor of CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year for their series "School hostels of shame," which appeared in South African newspaper Daily Dispatch. The series investigated appalling conditions experienced by thousands of pupils in South Africa's Eastern Cape, uncovering hygiene and safety risks in school hostels and lifting the lid on corruption within the education department. Their winning entry was chosen from 1387 submissions from 42 nations across the continent. "It's a huge honor to win," the pair said in a statement. "It means all...
(AL Jazeera 10/14/13)
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is set to launch the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) and announce if there is a winner this year of the world's biggest prize for good leadership. Both the IIAG, which assesses the level of governance of each country on the African continent and the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, will be announced on Monday. According to the Foundation, the index provides a framework for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of goods and services, and policy outcomes, across every country on the continent. Most observers are curious about whether the Foundation will announce a winner for the prize, which has only found a recipient three times since being...
(AFP 10/12/13)
ADDIS ABABA, October 12, 2013 (AFP) - African heads of state on Saturday opened a special summit on relations with the International Criminal Court. The African Union meeting is being held to urge the ICC not to prosecute sitting heads of state and defer the trials of Kenya's leadership and Sudan's president. The meeting at the AU headquarters comes amid mounting tensions with the ICC, which has been accused of acting like a neo-colonialist institution that has singled out Africans since being set up as the world's first permanent court to try genocide and war crimes. "The UN security council and the ICC should work with us to enable the elected leadership of Kenya to fulfil their constitutional obligations by...
(Bloomberg 10/11/13)
Workers returned to Anglo American Platinum Ltd. (AMS)’s South African operations after the world’s biggest producer of the metal and the largest union reached a compromise over plans to cut jobs, ending a strike. The company will reopen applications for voluntary severance packages for seven days, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union President Joseph Mathunjwa said yesterday in Rustenburg, 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Johannesburg. The AMCU estimates that the total number of job cuts will be brought down by 1,336 through reopening the process after previous applications weren’t granted, he said. “The way we see it, there will be no forced retrenchments,” Mathunjwa said. “If we had gone to the Labour Court, we wouldn’t have achieved this.” Before...
(Dw-World 10/11/13)
South African President Jacob Zuma vows to transform the economy by involving more black business people sidelined for years by the oppressive apartheid regime that ended in 1994. Speaking at a two day Broad-based Economic Empowerment (BEE) summit in Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma said his country is ready to further boost its economy, this time by opening the doors to more black industrialists. Zuma said his government is planning to provide mentorship programs and financial assistance to previously disadvantaged black businesses. Addressing delegates at the BEE, President Zuma also said the current BEE Act has been amended to ensure that black businesses have the same opportunities as their white counterparts. The Act, which dates back to 2003, aims to redress...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG | (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum said on Thursday it had clinched a deal with a South African union to end a nearly two-week strike over job cuts that hit production at the world's top platinum producer. Amplats, as the unit of global miner Anglo American is known, said in a statement it would grant "voluntary separation" packages to 3,300 employees it had previously sought to lay off. The news lifted Amplats' share price by 4 percent, but in the longer run investors may take a dim view of the situation as the company had already rowed back from an initial target of 14,000 job cuts under intense government and union pressure and still has to complete a tough...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/13)
ADDIS ABABA | Fri Oct 11, 2013 (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a "political instrument", Ethiopia's foreign minister said on Friday, opening a meeting at which Africa will review its ties with the Hague-based war crimes tribunal. Friday's ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) and a summit on Saturday were called to cast a critical eye over the relationship following ICC cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. Both deny charges that they organized a killing spree after Kenya's disputed 2007 election. Last month, an AU official said the organization would consider a mass withdrawal by the continent's 34 signatories to the court's Rome Statute, though ministers and others have since...
(Bloomberg 10/11/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure boom will probably draw increased interest from investment banks and commercial lenders, underpinning growth in syndicated loans, the Loan Market Association said. The annual amount of credit in the region organized by groups of lenders grew to $17.7 billion last year from $11.2 billion in 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Syndicated loans total $19.6 billion in the year to date, the data show. African nations are spending $45 billion annually upgrading roads, ports, electricity plants and other infrastructure, according to the African Development Bank. The continent needs to spend $93 billion a year help accelerate economic growth, leaving a financing gap of about $50 billion, the Tunis-based lender said in May. “There is a lot...
(The Associated Press 10/11/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – An African Union official has urged African foreign ministers meeting in Ethiopia not to allow the International Criminal Court to continue treating the continent and "Africans in a condescending manner." The chairman of the Executive Council of the African Union and Ethiopia's Foreign Minister. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. said Friday that far from promoting justice and peace, the ICC has become a political tool used to target Africans. Foreign ministers have gathered at AU headquarters in Ethiopia to deliberate the continent's relationship with the ICC. The ministers' recommendations may be endorsed by African heads of state meeting Saturday. The ICC has come under strong criticism from some African leaders who say it disproportionately targets Africans. The international...
(Dw-World 10/11/13)
If Kenya were to leave the ICC, the consequences could be dramatic. African heads of state and government meet in Addis Ababa for two days of deliberations over future ties with the court. Kenya's presidential spokesman, Manoah Esipisu, displays his diplomatic skills when talking about his country and the Hague-based International Criminal Court. There had been no attempt to win support for his country ahead of the special African Union summit being held in Addis Ababa this Friday and Saturday (11/12. 10.2013), he said. But Kenya was happy to have the opportunity to discuss a matter of such importance for the African continent. This is something of an understatement. In the days leading up to the summit, the Kenyan government...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/13)
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 10 (Reuters) - South Africa's cabinet on Thursday proposed new regulations to govern exploration for shale gas, an important step in opening up an industry that could provide new energy supplies for Africa's largest economy. South Africa last year lifted a moratorium on shale gas exploration in its Karoo region, where fracking might tap what is believed to be some of the world's biggest reserves of the energy source. The sparsely populated Karoo is renowned for its rugged scenery and is home to species such as the mountain zebra and riverine rabbit, one of the rarest mammals in the world. The government signaled on Thursday it was keen to start exploiting the resource. "Not only does the potential...
(Bloomberg 10/10/13)
South Africa’s government plans to take a 20 percent free stake in all new oil and gas ventures and reserve the right to buy a further 30 percent at market-related rates, Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu said. The state gave notice of its intention to take a share of all new energy projects when it published planned amendments to the 2002 Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act last year. At public hearings held in Parliament last month, companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) criticized the draft law for failing to specify what size stake will have to be ceded, and said a lack of certainty will deter investment. “The first 20 percent will be the...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/13)
JOHANNESBURG, October 10, 2013 (AFP) - South Africa has placed a prison run by a private British security firm under state supervision following two hostage takings in a year, officials said on Thursday. "The contractor has lost effective control of the facility," Prisons Commissioner Nontsikelelo Jolingana said in a statement after inspecting the Mangaung Correctional Centre near the central city of Bloemfontein. Jolingana said he was appointing an interim manager to oversee the running of the prison, which is currently operated by Britain's G4S security firm, citing a "a worrying deterioration of safety and security." The move came a week after four inmates at the facility held hostage a female employee for over 12 hours. The woman was reportedly an...
(Voice of America 10/10/13)
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s government has raised taxes on imported chicken - a move that directly affects millions in a nation where inequality and poverty still are rife. The government says the move will protect local chicken producers and save jobs, but consumers say the change is ruffling their feathers. The humble chicken is South Africa’s favorite meat. South Africans ate nearly 1.8 million tons of chicken last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A new tax on imported chicken, however, may peck away at the meat’s supremacy. In late September, the government imposed tariffs ranging from 30 percent to 82 percent on various imported chicken products. South Africa has been importing increasing amounts of chicken, and industry...
(24 Tanzania 10/10/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 10, 2013 – The African Union (AU) High Representative for the Operationalization of the African Standby Force (ASF), General Sékouba Konaté, today, IN Gaborone, opened the Main Planning Conference of the AMANI AFRICA II Field Training Exercise. (21)EGYPT-SHARM EL-SHEIKH-AU SUMMIT-ASSEMBLY-CLOSING CEREMONYThe three-day Main Planning Conference brings together planners from the AU Commission, the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs), the European Union (EU), the United Nations and other partners to strategize on the rollout of the remaining activities under the AMANI AFRICA cycle. The overall objective of the Exercise is to validate the capacity of the AU to mandate and employ a Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) of the African Standby Force...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/09/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Wed Oct 9, 2013 (Reuters) - One of Nelson Mandela's grandsons is being investigated on suspicion of pointing a gun at another man during an argument, South African police said on Wednesday. The grandson, Mandla Mandela, has not been arrested, police said in a statement, without releasing further details. Freddy Pilusa, a spokesman for Mandla, was quoted as telling financial daily Business Day that the incident never happened and the accusation was "pure fabrication". Anti-apartheid leader and former president Nelson Mandela, 95, spent nearly three months in hospital this year for a lung infection that left him in critical condition. He has been receiving care at his Johannesburg home since early September. Mandla Mandela, 39, hit the headlines...
(Voice of America 10/09/13)
A summit to determine the combat readiness of the African Union’s (AU) standby force will begin in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone Wednesday, says Major-General Samaila Iliya, the director of the AMANI Africa II exercise. “[It] is going to focus on rapid deployment capabilities, which is part and parcel of the African standby force,” said IlIya. “We are looking at the preparations [for the] field training exercise which is going to take place in October hopefully next year, [which] has to do with the African standby force.” Officials from the military, police and other civilian security experts and planners are scheduled to attend the Wednesday planning conference for the training exercise. Senior AU representatives say the standby force is expected to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/09/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday staunchly defended his decision to order commando raids in Libya and Somalia last weekend, saying the United States would keep targeting al Qaeda-linked groups in Africa but had no intention of going to war there. Speaking at a news conference, Obama said the United States was justified in seizing a senior al Qaeda figure in Tripoli and whisking him out of the country, and he made clear that it likely would not be the last operation of its kind. "Where you've got active plots and active networks, we're going to go after them," Obama said. "We're not going to farm out our defense." Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/13)
CAPE TOWN, October 9, 2013 (AFP) - South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned African leaders against leaving the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, saying it would leave the world a "more dangerous place". In an online petition titled "Who will stop the next genocide?", the 82-year-old anti-apartheid hero said that in his lifetime he had seen "great gains made that protect the weak from the strong". He cautioned that "in just two days time, African leaders could kill off a great institution, leaving the world a more dangerous place." The 54-member African Union will meet on Friday to debate a possible withdrawal from the war crimes court over claims that it targets the continent. Adding to growing cautions...
(AFP (eng) 10/08/13)
PRETORIA, October 8, 2013 (AFP) - South Africa on Tuesday skirted declaring its position on withdrawing from the International Criminal Court just days before African leaders debate the matter amid claims the tribunal targets the continent. President Jacob Zuma will this weekend attend an African Union summit which will discuss Africa's relationship with the world's first permanent court to try war crimes and crimes against humanity. But the country's foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane refused to be drawn on Pretoria's stand days ahead of the meeting in Addis Ababa. "South Africa is going to that meeting to participate, fully aware of the developments that have taken place, but having listened to genuine complaints," she told journalists. "We were there when the...

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