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Sunday 22 January 2017

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of China to ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching," Sebunya said in a statement issued in Nairobi The Chinese authority in December 2016 announced the...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Pastor Gabriel Baptiste of the Pentecostal "Bread of Life" church in the Angolan capital Luanda preaches in a premises that used to be a busy barber's shop. The change of function is one example how the country's reversal in economic fortunes has seen empty and underused properties rented out to fulfil the booming demand from evangelical churches. "The refusal of the state to allocate space for us generates all kinds of situations like this one," Baptiste told AFP. "But we will continue -- the important thing is the word of God, even if preached in a store." Baptiste preaches to about 70 people, four times a week, in a large
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted...
(International Business Times 01/11/17)
Nigeria may have just reclaimed its position as Africa’s top oil producer beating Angola. Angola had led the African oil producing countries with its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria's 1.5 million barrels per day, in September 2016, for seven straight months. According to the December 2016 Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) of the OPEC, crude oil production from Nigeria went a notch above that of Angola even before the start of 2017 as per...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Iraq's oil minister called Tuesday for Angolan energy firm Sonangol to resume work at fields south of Mosul where the Islamic State group had set wells alight, sparking months-long infernos. Iraqi forces recaptured the Qayyarah and Najmah fields last year, but oil wells have burned long after IS was pushed back, blanketing areas for miles around in a haze of smoke. Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi "called on Angolan company Sonangol to resume work in developing the Qayyarah and Najmah fields...
(AfricaNews 01/10/17)
Angolan state oil company Sonangol has cut output by 78,000 barrels per day to (bpd) to 1.673 million bpd as part of an OPEC agreement to lower supply from Jan. 1. The announcement by Sonangol follows a deal reached by OPEC members to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day from January in a bid to reverse a slump in global oil prices. The deal comes into effect despite Angola’s dire economic straits caused by a slump in crude...
(Eye Witness News 01/10/17)
Angola’s department of hygiene says a French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with Zika two months ago. Angolan health officials say they have recorded the country’s first two cases of Zika in a French tourist and a resident in the capital of Luanda. In November, the World Health Organisation announced the virus no longer posed a global public health emergency after the outbreak in 2015. Angola’s Department of Hygiene says the French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Angolan health officials said Monday they had recorded the country's first two cases of the Zika virus, a French tourist and a resident in the capital Luanda. The World Health Organization in November announced that the Zika virus no longer posed a global public health emergency after an outbreak centred on Brazil erupted in 2015. The French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with Zika two months ago, said Eusebio Manuel, head of the department of hygiene, without further details...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman. The country, which has been on the frontline of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa, is pushing for an agreement with Niger and a renewed deal with Tunisia to facilitate returns. "We have saved many lives but we cannot accept rule-breaking. We need to speed up deportations," Foreign Minister...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/03/17)
The ruling party has tapped the current defense minister to succeed José Eduardo dos Santos. This upmarket new suburb on the edge of Angola’s capital stands as a ghostly monument to the challenges facing one of Africa’s biggest oil producers as it braces for its first political transition in almost four decades. Dozens of gated communities sit mostly empty, gathering dust. They were built during the first half of this decade for a middle class that never materialized and a...
(Macauhub 01/03/17)
The national currencies of Angola and Mozambique are among the ten most depreciated currencies over 2016, with the kwanza falling almost 20% and the metical losing more than 30%, according to financial news agency Bloomberg. The currencies of Angola and Mozambique, the two largest Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa are among the ten worst, only surpassed by the currencies of Nigeria, Venezuela, Suriname and Egypt, in the case of Mozambique, which experienced a devaluation of 33.2%. Angola, whose kwanza depreciated by...
(Macauhub 01/03/17)
Angola’s Viana Industrial Development Hub in 2016 received more than US$300 million in investments in the construction, expansion, modernisation and equipping of industrial infrastructure, according to data compiled by news agency Angop. The agency added that the beverage industry, engineering units and for production of food and construction materials, as well as fish farming, were sub-sectors that attracted the most investment. Beverage company Refriango, for example, invested US$50 million in building a “Tigra” brand brewery, with an initial production capacity...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of China to ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching," Sebunya said in a statement issued in Nairobi The Chinese authority in December 2016 announced the...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Pastor Gabriel Baptiste of the Pentecostal "Bread of Life" church in the Angolan capital Luanda preaches in a premises that used to be a busy barber's shop. The change of function is one example how the country's reversal in economic fortunes has seen empty and underused properties rented out to fulfil the booming demand from evangelical churches. "The refusal of the state to allocate space for us generates all kinds of situations like this one," Baptiste told AFP. "But we will continue -- the important thing is the word of God, even if preached in a store." Baptiste preaches to about 70 people, four times a week, in a large
(Eye Witness News 01/10/17)
Angola’s department of hygiene says a French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with Zika two months ago. Angolan health officials say they have recorded the country’s first two cases of Zika in a French tourist and a resident in the capital of Luanda. In November, the World Health Organisation announced the virus no longer posed a global public health emergency after the outbreak in 2015. Angola’s Department of Hygiene says the French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Angolan health officials said Monday they had recorded the country's first two cases of the Zika virus, a French tourist and a resident in the capital Luanda. The World Health Organization in November announced that the Zika virus no longer posed a global public health emergency after an outbreak centred on Brazil erupted in 2015. The French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with Zika two months ago, said Eusebio Manuel, head of the department of hygiene, without further details...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman. The country, which has been on the frontline of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa, is pushing for an agreement with Niger and a renewed deal with Tunisia to facilitate returns. "We have saved many lives but we cannot accept rule-breaking. We need to speed up deportations," Foreign Minister...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
French border police intercepted 45 African migrants who were trying to enter the country from Italy and arrested the two smugglers involved, local prosecutors said Wednesday. Travelling in two vans, 25 migrants in the first vehicle were stopped while 20 in the second breached a checkpoint at Montgenevre in southeastern France, before later being found. According to the prosecutor's office, the migrants were returned to the border and the two smugglers are to be tried in Italy.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/24/16)
A record 5,000 migrants are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea this year, following two shipwrecks on Thursday in which some 100 people, mainly West Africans, were feared dead, aid agencies said on Friday. Two overcrowded inflatable dinghies capsized in the Strait of Sicily after leaving Libya for Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said. "Those two incidents together appear to be the numbers that would bring this year's total up...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/16)
Selma saunters on her stilt-like legs, batting thick lashes as she extends a blackish tongue -- as long as an arm -- to grab pellets offered by an awed tourist. The giraffe is after all, eating for two. Her pregnancy is good news for one of the rarest giraffe species, protected at the Giraffe Centre in the Kenyan capital, but experts warn the outlook for the rest of the world's tallest land mammals is far gloomier. While it is hoped...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day,...
(Angola Press(En) 12/15/16)
Luanda - Angolan government reaffirmed Thursday in Luanda its commitment to promotion of policies that ensure the civil, political, economic and social rights of Angolan families. The commitment was renewed by Minister of Family and Women Promotion, Filomena Delgado, when speaking at the end of activities that marked the Day of the Family Right, started Tuesday in Luanda. In order to strengthen her view, the official quoted the president José Eduardo dos Santos’ statement. It is not enough to consider...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA...
(AFP (eng) 12/02/16)
An Angolan court was on Friday shown automatic weapons allegedly used in a coup attempt against long-ruling President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in January. The 35 accused men, said to be former fighters from the UNITA opposition group, appeared in court dressed in brown uniform on the first day of their trial in Luanda. Two other men are still being sought by police. An indictment read out by judge Joao Carlos Eduardo Agostinho said the men were arrested on January...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
Southern African leaders paid glowing tributes to the late revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, but if one country will forever be heavily indebted to his leadership of Cuba, it is Angola. Castro sent tens of thousands of troops when oil-giant Angola became embroiled in a proxy war between the United States and Russia who were vying for Cold War supremacy. Having gained independence from Portuguese colonial rule in 1975, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) government faced a...

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(International Business Times 01/11/17)
Nigeria may have just reclaimed its position as Africa’s top oil producer beating Angola. Angola had led the African oil producing countries with its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria's 1.5 million barrels per day, in September 2016, for seven straight months. According to the December 2016 Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) of the OPEC, crude oil production from Nigeria went a notch above that of Angola even before the start of 2017 as per the planned production cut agreed by OPEC and non-OPEC producers. Angola would be expected to cut about 78,000 barrels per day of its production in the agreement that was sealed at the end of 2016...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Iraq's oil minister called Tuesday for Angolan energy firm Sonangol to resume work at fields south of Mosul where the Islamic State group had set wells alight, sparking months-long infernos. Iraqi forces recaptured the Qayyarah and Najmah fields last year, but oil wells have burned long after IS was pushed back, blanketing areas for miles around in a haze of smoke. Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi "called on Angolan company Sonangol to resume work in developing the Qayyarah and Najmah fields in Nineveh province," the oil ministry said in a statement. Luaibi made the call during a meeting with Sonangol executive administrator Edson dos Santos, and requested that work be resumed at the two fields by the end of next month,...
(AfricaNews 01/10/17)
Angolan state oil company Sonangol has cut output by 78,000 barrels per day to (bpd) to 1.673 million bpd as part of an OPEC agreement to lower supply from Jan. 1. The announcement by Sonangol follows a deal reached by OPEC members to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day from January in a bid to reverse a slump in global oil prices. The deal comes into effect despite Angola’s dire economic straits caused by a slump in crude...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/03/17)
The ruling party has tapped the current defense minister to succeed José Eduardo dos Santos. This upmarket new suburb on the edge of Angola’s capital stands as a ghostly monument to the challenges facing one of Africa’s biggest oil producers as it braces for its first political transition in almost four decades. Dozens of gated communities sit mostly empty, gathering dust. They were built during the first half of this decade for a middle class that never materialized and a...
(Macauhub 01/03/17)
The national currencies of Angola and Mozambique are among the ten most depreciated currencies over 2016, with the kwanza falling almost 20% and the metical losing more than 30%, according to financial news agency Bloomberg. The currencies of Angola and Mozambique, the two largest Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa are among the ten worst, only surpassed by the currencies of Nigeria, Venezuela, Suriname and Egypt, in the case of Mozambique, which experienced a devaluation of 33.2%. Angola, whose kwanza depreciated by...
(Macauhub 01/03/17)
Angola’s Viana Industrial Development Hub in 2016 received more than US$300 million in investments in the construction, expansion, modernisation and equipping of industrial infrastructure, according to data compiled by news agency Angop. The agency added that the beverage industry, engineering units and for production of food and construction materials, as well as fish farming, were sub-sectors that attracted the most investment. Beverage company Refriango, for example, invested US$50 million in building a “Tigra” brand brewery, with an initial production capacity...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Its lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa. The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin, environmentalists say. With financing coming from American, European and Asian agri-businesses, palm bunches are cultivated then cut from trees and sent to factories where oil is extracted by hot pressing. But the production...
(The Herald Online 12/27/16)
The end of 2016 provides an opportunity to take stock of Africa’s recent economic performance and future prospects. It’s been a tumultuous year for some African countries largely due to a commodities crisis and a global economic slowdown.Yet there were still pockets of good growth which displayed the huge potential of the African continent. And 2017 looks to be the year the countries hardest hit by the crisis seek to recover from the economic reversals of the past few years...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy...
(Bloomberg 12/17/16)
Deutsche Bank AG stopped providing dollar clearing in Angola, leaving one of Africa’s biggest oil-producing nations without a lender to supply the service, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The company ceased dollar clearing for Angola in mid-November, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the media. The Frankfurt-based lender was the only European bank providing clearing to banks in Angola, one person said. Angola is among the 20 most corrupt countries in the world as ranked by Transparency International, making it difficult for foreign lenders to comply
(Angola Press(En) 12/15/16)
Luanda: The Secretary of State for Economy, Laura Monteiro, on Wednesday highlighted in Luanda the key role played by the financing and the promotion of strategic investment in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, industry and other sectors, aiming for the economic and social development of the country. Speaking at the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Angolan Development Bank (BDA), the official said that focus must continue on financing and promoting investment in productive and priority sectors that generate...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat...
(Macauhub 12/14/16)
The Angolan beverage company Sociedade de Distribuição de Bebidas de Angola (Sodiba) announced the opening from January 2017 of a drinks factory, located in Bom Jesus, in Luanda, with a production capacity of 144 million litres per year. The chief executive of Sodiba, José Carlos Beato said the plant, with an area of ​​40 hectares, represents an investment of US$150 million. Jose Beato said that besides the production and distribution of beer the new plant will produce Sodiba bottled water,...
(Independent Online 12/13/16)
The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (Aaam) has entered into a partnership to assist Angola establish its own automotive industry. Jeff Nemeth, the chairman of Aaam and president and chief executive of the Ford Motor Company’s sub-Saharan Africa region, said that, similar to what the association had done in Kenya, it had offered during a recent trip to Angola to partner with the government in a consultative role. Nemeth said he told the Angolan government that Aaam, with General Motors,...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad,...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home,...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches...

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(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results in brackets with W denoting a win, D a draw and L a loss): FAVOURITES Egypt (WWW) Back among the elite and in good form. After winning three consecutive Cup of Nations titles, they failed...
(Angola Press(En) 12/15/16)
Luanda - Recreativo do Libolo eliminated on Wednesday 1º de Agosto out of the men's basketball African Champions League, after beating them by 83-78 in the quarter-finals of the competition taking place in Cairo, Egypt. At half-time, Libolo were already winning the game by 40-35. In the semi-finals, Recreativo do Libolo will play the winner of the game between Africain Club of Tunisia and AS Sale of Morocco. With this defeat, 1º de Agosto, eight times champions of this event, have no chance of at least equaling the fourth place of the previous edition held in Luanda. Petro de Luanda are the title holders of the competition.
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/16)
French petroleum giant Total signed an eight-year deal to become the new sponsor of African football and its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday. The sponsorship of the tournament will start at its next edition in Gabon from Jan 14 to Feb 5, 2017. "This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,"...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/16)
Angolan forward Djalma Campos has signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee with PAOK, the Greek Super League club announced Tuesday. Campos, 29, has been capped 36 times with the Angola national team and has scored four goals. On a club level he has played for Turkish teams Genclerbirligi and Konyaspor, and Portuguese sides Porto and Maritimo.
(APA 06/06/16)
A supporter of the Central African Republic (CAR) football team has been killed on Sunday upon leaving Boganda Bartholomew sports complex. The young man was killed while expressing his joy following CAR football team’s 3-1 victory over Angola in the qualifying for the African Cup of Nations 2016 Gabon. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (minusca) deplored the death, explaining that the victim was a CAR civilian shot during an incident in which an...
(Angola Press(En) 04/22/16)
The coach Alberto de Carvalho Ginguba is henceforth coordinator for the training of basquetebol in Petro de Luanda, replacing in the post the Angolan former international Manuel Silva" Gi". Ginguba, 60-year old was presented on Thursday on the sidelines of a board meeting of the club of the "Eixo Viario". As a coach, Alberto de Carvalho was champion by Petro de Luanda in the 2006/2007 season, won the Afrobasket2007 and worked in the 1970s, with young group of Benfica de...
(Angola Press(En) 04/08/16)
Luanda - Petro de Luanda’s power forward Reggie Moore is currently at the head of the score in the first phase of the national senior basketball championship (Bic-Basket) with 317 points from 18 matches. The player also features in five of the ten items of the competition (free throws, double throws, triple throws and rebounds). Following come Recreativo do Libolo’s Olímpio Cipriano with 306 points and Carlos Morais (277), who also feature on the competition’s top ten items. Olímpio leads...
(Angola Press(En) 03/29/16)
Luanda - With the victory on Monday of Central African Republic over Madagascar by 2-1 for the fourth round, rising o the top of Group B with seven points, Angola is obliged to beat DR Congo this Tuesday to continue to depend on itself in the qualification for the final phase of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON2017) in Gabon. With four points, now lying third, in the match against DRC, who come second with six points, the national team must...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there...
(Angola Press(En) 03/11/16)
Ndalatando - The coach of Porcelana F.C, Luís Mariano, said Thursday in Ndalatando, that his team will try and win the Friday’s game at home against Kabuscorp. Speaking to the press in the capital of northern Cuanza Norte province, the home to the club, Luis Mariano said the team will do its homework ahead of the fourth round of the national first division football championship (Girabola). He stated that despite the negative results so far, the team’s production has been...
(Angola Press(En) 03/10/16)
Luanda - The encounter between Petro de Luanda and Interclube, set for March 15 in Cidadela Pavilion, in Luanda, is the main highlight of the quarter-finals of the Angola League Basketball Cup in senior males category. Still for the quarter-finals and on the same day, Recreativo do Libolo will face Vila Clotilde (Dream Space Pavilion), 1º de Agosto will face Marinha de Guerra (Vitorino Cunha Pavilion) and Atlético Sport Aviação (ASA) are to play Heja Sport Clube from Lubango (Cidadela...
(Angola Press(En) 03/04/16)
Angola have risen two places in the FIFA rankings, now taking the position 109 with 306 points after the update made Thursday by the governing body of the world football association. At African level, Angola remain in the 32nd position in a ranking led by Cabo Verde in the 31st position with 789 points. On the other hand, Brazil come first among the Portuguese speaking countries in the sixth position with 1254 points, in a ranking headed by Belgium with 1506 points.
(Angola Press(En) 03/03/16)
Huambo - Hélder Teixeira has quit as head coach of central Huambo province’s Recreativo da Caála FC, after the parties failed to reach an agreement on some internal matters on Wednesday. In his Thursday’s announcement of his parting from the club, Helder Teixeira denied that it was motivated by the two losses to Kabuscorp do Palanca (3-1) and Interclube (1-0). He claimed that failure to reach an agreement has led him to discontinue as the team’s head coach. Hélder Teixeira...
(Angola Press(En) 03/01/16)
Luanda - After rising in African competitions, Recreativo do Libolo tries Wednesday in Luanda to confirm its favoritism against Kabuscorp do Palanca FC in the second round game of the national football championship first division (Girabola2016), to be played at 4 pm in 11 de Novembro Stadium. The club is very motivated with the recent qualification to the next stage of the Champion clubs League after eliminating Racing Micomeseng of Equatorial Guinea (4-0). This is a 2nd round game, where...
(Angola Press(En) 02/19/16)
Luanda - Interclube senior male basketball team is playing Petro de Luanda on Friday evening here, for the third round of the second leg match of the national basketball championship (BIC Basket). Despite its one point advantage over the title holder, Interclube will have to redouble its effort to take the upper hand over the opponent team that has still a first round game to go.

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(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at nearly 13 percent annually, which is a fantastic rate." This weekend, African talent will be celebrated in Johannesburg at the annual MTV Africa awards set up in 2008 to recognise those "who have made the...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps of Kawangware" -- a play on the US "Real Housewives" series -- along with talk shows, political satire and continent-wide reality TV such as "Big Brother Africa" and "Project Fame". And demand is set to grow with the number of...
(Angola Press(En) 10/03/16)
Ganda - The Angolan singer and composer Rafael Jamba "Dom - Tchipa" Saturday and Sunday, in the municipality of Ganda, Benguela province, held a sale and autograph signing session of his CD entitled "Twapandula". The 14- musical tracks album has songs in Portuguese and Umbundu, especially the tracks " Unidos ", "Twapandula", "Febre Amarela ," "Katchokwe", "Otchikuma", "Unbadako", "Lamento de Morte ""Felicidades , "" Kolela "and" Conjunto". Speaking to ANGOP, "Don Tchipa" reported that the CD was produced in the...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(AFP (eng) 09/01/16)
An Angolan activist rapper who spent nearly a year behind bars has vowed to step up his vocal campaign against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, despite the risk of returning to jail. "There's a lot to be done in Angola and I'm trying to do my part," Luaty Beirao told AFP two months after his release from prison where he was held on charges of plotting a rebellion against dos Santos. Beirao, a well-known rapper, was arrested during a book club meeting in June last year where one of the titles up for discussion was about non-violent resistance to repressive regimes.
(Angola Press(En) 07/12/16)
Angola, through its embassy in Mozambique, participated on Saturday July 9 in Maputo at the 14th edition of language and culture festival. According to a press note from the Angolan diplomatic representation in Maputo that reached Angop, the festival was entitled to a jury that assessed all the displayed items, including dances, fashion shows, declamation of poems, cuisine and exhibitions with videos and various products that translated the socio-economic and cultural aspects of the participating countries. The event was tapped...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(Angola Press(En) 05/18/16)
Strengthening of cooperation between Angola and Mozambique in the Media field topped Monday audience the incumbent minister José Luís de Matos granted to the director of Mozambican Information Office, Emilia Moiane. Speaking to the press after the meeting, the director of the Angolan Exchange Office of Media Ministry, Maria de Lourdes Mouzinho, said that the meeting discussed various issues. The official mentioned, among the other topics, the evolution of media in Angola and strengthening of the sector between Angola and...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(Angola Press(En) 04/26/16)
Angolan musicians are lamenting the passing of the renowned DR Congo musician Papa Wemba, which took place last Saturday evening in Abidjan, Côte D'ivoire, on the stage of a concert. Speaking last Monday to ANGOP, some Angolan musicians said that Papa Wemba is an icon of African culture. The veteran singer Prado Paim said that the achievements of the Congolese musician should be used as lessons for future generations of artists. He said Papa Wemba was a nationalist that defended...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(Angola Press(En) 03/18/16)
Luanda - The chairperson of Afrimma, the Nigerian Anderson Obiagwu, who arrived Tuesday in Angola said Thursday, in Luanda, the need for the Angolan music to leave the local market to go to others who consume more, such as Africa. Speaking to Angop, Anderson Obiage advises Angolans not to be afraid of language barriers, exemplified the Latin music in the United States of America (USA) is often heard by the Americans, who only speak English and do not understand Spanish,...
(Angola Press(En) 03/16/16)
Luanda - Angolan musicians will take part in the 2016 edition of African Music Magazine Awards (Afrimma) contest scheduled for October in the United States of America (USA). The Afrimma chairperson, the Nigerian Anderson Obiagwu, who has been in Luanda since Tuesday, announced this to Angop. The official, who will stay in the country until the 20th of this month, said that he will take advantage of this period to check the Angolan music market. According to him, he will...
(Angola Press(En) 03/09/16)
The Angolan musician Matias Damásio enlivened on Saturday Andulo population, 130 kilometers north away from Cuito city, central Bié province, during the act of exaltation of the acts of the President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, in a promotion of the National Spontaneous Movement (MNE). Matias Damásio stepped on the stage, playing the theme "Angola", melody combined with the exaltation, dedicating the song to the Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos. The excitement silenced the audience for...
(Angola Press(En) 02/11/16)
Luanda - The exchange of costumes, choreography, song and organization allowed the carnival group of Uniao Njinga Mbande, from Viana municipality, to win Luanda class A Carnival, said its chairman, António Domingos. The official stressed that this victory was made possible thanks to the effort and unity of all members of the group, where each with his idea, sought to improve some aspects that were bad in terms of choreography and the organizational level in 2015. "Last year we finished...
(Angola Press(En) 02/10/16)
Luanda - The Culture minister, Rosa Cruz e Silva, said on Tuesday here that the continuity of carnival is surely guaranteed due to the growing number of young people participating in each edition of the Luanda Carnival. Speaking to the press at the end of carnival'2016, the minister said that besides the bet and increase of youths, it is also recorded the growing quality of groups regarding the presentation, vestments and perfection of dance. Rosa Cruz e Silva expressed satisfaction...
(Angola Press(En) 02/08/16)
Luanda - The Secretary of State for Culture, Cornelio Caley, lauded on Sunday the valorization of the national languages by carnival groups that paraded at Luanda New Boulevard. Speaking to the press at the end of the parade of class B groups, Cornelio Caley expressed his satisfaction at the carnival groups that are more and more betting on the interpretation of songs in national languages, with particular focus on Kimbundu. "It is satisfying to witness the importance that the members...
(Angola Press(En) 02/05/16)
Luanda - The president of the Sindika Dokolo Foundation said last Thursday, in Luanda, that his institution has been negotiating the recovery of two more Angolan culture artefacts with the external sources that have them. The mentioned artefacts are the masks Mwana Pwo and a female statuette of the Tchwoke culture, said Sindika Dokolo to the press, who last Thursday presented to the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, two masks and one statuette of the Tchokwe people...

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman, when France's military launched Operation Serval in January 2013 as jihadists allied to Tuareg rebels took control of the north of the country. "I took the necessary steps and we intervened militarily, and what we did there in terms of...
(International Business Times 01/11/17)
Nigeria may have just reclaimed its position as Africa’s top oil producer beating Angola. Angola had led the African oil producing countries with its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria's 1.5 million barrels per day, in September 2016, for seven straight months. According to the December 2016 Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) of the OPEC, crude oil production from Nigeria went a notch above that of Angola even before the start of 2017 as per...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/03/17)
The ruling party has tapped the current defense minister to succeed José Eduardo dos Santos. This upmarket new suburb on the edge of Angola’s capital stands as a ghostly monument to the challenges facing one of Africa’s biggest oil producers as it braces for its first political transition in almost four decades. Dozens of gated communities sit mostly empty, gathering dust. They were built during the first half of this decade for a middle class that never materialized and a...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast...
(Bloomberg 12/17/16)
Deutsche Bank AG stopped providing dollar clearing in Angola, leaving one of Africa’s biggest oil-producing nations without a lender to supply the service, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The company ceased dollar clearing for Angola in mid-November, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the media. The Frankfurt-based lender was the only European bank providing clearing to banks in Angola, one person said. Angola is among the 20 most corrupt countries in the world as ranked by Transparency International, making it difficult for foreign lenders to comply
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA...
(Voice of America 12/05/16)
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has led the oil-rich nation for 37 years, will not stand for re-election in next year's polls. State radio said Friday that the ruling MPLA party has decided that the minister of defense, Joao Lourenço, will be the party´s presidential candidate in the 2017 elections, scheduled for August. A source in the MPLA Central Committee confirmed to VOA's Portuguese to Africa Service that Lourenço, not dos Santos, will be the party´s candidate. Dos...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones...
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will...
(Dw-World 11/09/16)
Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. "Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation," he wrote on his Twitter account. Burundi's controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza - the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision...
(Mining.com 11/08/16)
It fetched $8.3 million for 1,864 carats of rough diamonds from its Lulo project. Shares in Australian Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) jumped Monday after the company announced a record result from the latest sale of diamonds from the Lulo diamond project in Angola. The Africa-focused miner said it has fetched $8.3 million after selling 1,864 carats of rough diamonds, which worked out to be $4,452 per carat. The figures are the highest ever achieved for a sale of gems from the...

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