| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(Macauhub 02/27/17)
Chinese entrepreneur Deng Xingwu plans to invest along with the Angolan group Ovaxing about US$3 million to produce maize in Benguela province, thereby creating 130 jobs, indicates the investment contract accessed by Lusa news agency. The contract was approved by order of the Agriculture Ministry and involves Ovaxing; the latter sells 49 percent of its share capital to the Chinese entrepreneur Deng Xingwu, who will also assure part of the new investment. Based in Benguela’s Ganda municipality, Ovaxing and the Chinese investor plan to cultivate and transform maize and other agricultural products in that province
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/17)
Angola's parliament has approved changes to a colonial-era law and decriminalised abortion in some cases, including for victims of rape. Under the changes, abortions may be carried out before the sixth month of pregnancy in cases where the mother's life is in danger or if the pregnancy is a result of rape. But abortion per se remains illegal and can fetch up to three years in jail for the woman and four years for the practitioner. "Abortion is forbidden, it...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/17)
Angola said on Friday that Portugal's decision to charge its Vice President Manuel Vicente with corruption and money laundering was a "serious attack" that threatened relations between the two states. A foreign affairs ministry statement said Angola "considers unfriendly and nonsensical the way the Portuguese authorities conveyed this news which constitutes a serious attack on the Republic of Angola and is likely to disrupt the good relations existing between the two states." The prosecutor general's office in Lisbon last week...
(Angola Press(En) 02/24/17)
Angolan opposition parliamentary groups on Thursday underscored the relevance of the draft law approved by the General Penal Code, but UNITA considered it essential to hold a referendum on a better integration of issues related abortion. This aspect has centered the debate between MPLA and the opposition MPs around this legal instrument that replaces the Penal Code in force since 1886, during the 4th Extraordinary Plenary Meeting of the 5th Legislative Session of the 3rd Legislature. In light of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/17)
South African drinks company Distell, which makes Savanna cider and cream liqueur Amarula, has started producing canned drinks in Angola, the company's chief executive said on Thursday. Angola is Distell's largest export market in Africa but sales have fallen sharply there as a decline in oil revenues and lower economic growth have limited the availability of foreign exchange and hit Angolan consumers. "We've just started up local production of cans in Angola and that investment will be followed up by...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Angola’s candidate for the next presidential election Joao Lourenço has promised to end corruption. Lourenço made the promise during campaigns for the general elections. The defense minister has been chosen by Angola’s ruling party candidate to take over from outgoing head of state Eduardo Dos Santos who announced last year that he will quit power. Talking to a group of students at Luanda Norte in the north east of the country, Lourenço criticised the collection of bribe especially from companies...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/22/17)
U.S. energy company Chevron is in talks with the Angolan government and state oil firm Sonangol to revise tax terms and any future investment will hinge on those talks, a senior company official was quoted as saying on Wednesday. "Existing tax terms are not very attractive ... We have been working both with Sonangol and with various departments of the government of Angola so that we can make it feasible and we can invest. Our investment will depend on what...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
An official investigation into a stampede that killed at least 17 fans at a football match in Angola has blamed security measures and crowd control, the national football federation said Tuesday. Several witnesses accused the police of provoking panic by attempting to disperse crowds outside the ground in the northern town of Uige at the game earlier this month. Hundreds of fans were reported to have turned up without tickets for the clash between Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in Angola's domestic league season.
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...
(AFP (eng) 02/17/17)
Portuguese prosecutors on Thursday charged Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente with corruption over allegations he bribed a magistrate with roughly 760,000 euros ($800,000) in 2012 to drop two investigations against him. Vicente, who was the president of Angolan national oil company Sonangol at the time of the alleged crimes, is charged with bribery, money laundering and document falsification, the public prosecutors' office said in a statement. His alleged accomplices, his lawyer Paulo Blanco and his business representative in Portugal, Armindo Pires
(The Associated Press 02/17/17)
Portuguese prosecutors are bringing charges of corruption, money-laundering and forgery against Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente as part of an investigation in Lisbon, Portugal's attorney general's office said Thursday. Vicente is suspected of bribing a Portuguese magistrate to favor him in two investigations, a statement said. It said Vicente was at the time of the alleged crimes the head of Angolan state oil company Sonangol. The magistrate, Vicente's lawyer, and his representative in Portugal are also accused in the case,...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Angola has ordered the closure of a school linked to the Gulen movement, which is blamed by Turkey for a July coup attempt, an official source said Wednesday. Luanda also expelled all of the Turkish staff working at the Colegio Esperanca Internacional (Coespi) and their families -- 66 people in total -- saying that the closure was for "national security reasons". The Hizmet movement which ran the school is linked to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and operates schools across the world, including in Africa. Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan has rallied African leaders on the continent to help him fight Gulen's influence
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun...
(AfricaNews 02/14/17)
Angola has taken over from Nigeria as Africa’s top oil producer, according to a report by the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC). OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) released on Monday disclosed that Angola’s current production was at 1.651 million barrels per day (bpd). Nigeria’s output on the other hand, was between 1.576 million bpd to 1.604 million bpd, in both cases the report cited secondary sources and direct communication for its latest figures. Crude oil output increased the most in Iraq, Angola and Libya, whiles production in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela showed the largest decline.
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(AFP (eng) 02/11/17)
At least 17 football fans died in a stampede at a stadium in northern Angola on Friday, police said, adding that scores of other spectators were injured, many of them seriously. Panic spread through the crowd at the match in the town of Uige between Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in Angola's domestic league season. "There was a blockage at the entrance to the January 4 stadium... this obstruction caused multiple fatalities -- 17 deaths, and there are 56 injured in the hospital," police spokesman Orlando Bernardo told AFP. He added that there were an unknown number of children among the dead
(Angola Press(En) 02/10/17)
The Portuguese Foreign Affairs Minister, Augusto Santos Silva, is paying as from this Friday morning a three-day working visit to Luanda, aimed at strengthening the existing cooperation between the two countries. The head of the Portuguese diplomacy, who did not speak to Angop at his arrival, was received at the Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Portuguese ambassador to Angola, João Caetano da Silva. This morning, the Portuguese...

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