Saturday 19 August 2017
(Angola Press(En) 07/18/17)
Young people, women and former combatants in the eastern Lunda Sul Province will benefit from the allocation of diamonds areas for them to explore through co-operatives, disclosed last Saturday, in Mona Quimbundo commune, Saurimo Municipality, the C.E.O of the public National Diamonds Company (Endiama), Carlos Sumbula. Speaking in the end of an assessment visit he paid to a fish farming project centre located in Mona Quimbundo and financed by Catoca Mining Society, Carlos Sumbula revealed that the diamonds exploration areas have already been identified. He said the project will create jobs and help former combatants improve their social condition. He then explained that the creation of co-operatives has been a help in the fight against illegal immigration, adding that co-operatives...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as he packed up leftovers at a training event for people who work with refugees, where he had served a menu which included traditional African dishes. "I talk to my family frequently, ask them their needs, and help...
(AFP (eng) 07/17/17)
Angola has rejected conditions demanded by an EU election observer mission that had been preparing to witness next month's polls in the country, state media reported Monday. The European team had called for unfettered access to polling stations across the vast southern African nation during the August 23 vote. "So this is Africa. And we do not expect anyone to impose on us their means of observing elections or to give lectures," said Foreign Minister Georges Chicoti according to the Journal de Angola newspaper. "The invitation stands. But we do not want to have separate agreements with all of the organisations (sending observers)." Chicoti added that the only organisations with which Angola has election observation deals were the African Union...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Angolan Vice President Manuel Domingos Vicente said his country thanks China for its support of Angola's rebuilding and economic development. Vicente made the remarks while meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, in Luanda on Thursday. The vice president said the two countries enjoy a firm foundation for bilateral friendly cooperation, which is important to maintaining global peace and stability. He said Angola highly values the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China, and stands ready to coordinate development with China under the initiative so as realize common development and benefit the two peoples.
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced by some countries as the reason they could not sign or ratify the agreement. However their adoption represented a milestone in the negotiation, as it removed the last obstacle to signing and ratifying the agreement," Mangeni said. The tripartite free...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/13/17)
The son-in-law of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said on Thursday that a Congolese court had sentenced him in absentia to one year in prison for real estate fraud, a move that could further strain relations between the neighboring countries. Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese businessman and art collector, is married to dos Santos' billionaire daughter Isabel and is an outspoken critic of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. He denounced Wednesday's verdict, delivered by a court in the capital Kinshasa, as politically motivated. "This conviction is so crude. It seems that Kabila and the ANR (intelligence service) are no longer even concerned
(Voice of America 07/12/17)
Angola is preparing for a historic election that will see its longtime leader, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, step down after 38 years in power; but, as the southern African nation prepares to vote, analysts inside and outside the country say they are keeping a close watch not on the ballot — but on the balance sheet of the state-run oil company, Sonangol. The August election is a fairly straightforward two-way race between the long-time ruling party and established opposition. The winner will oversee a nation whose fortunes are heavily dependent on oil, which accounts for about 45 percent of the gross domestic product, and 95 percent of exports. As dos Santos prepares for his exit, many wonder what will...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will perform," he said. De Klerk believes that African countries are primed to take advantage of the world's growing size. "If we look at food shortages for the rest of the world with a growing population, Africa is the solution," he...
(The Associated Press 07/11/17)
Africa has several new sites on the United Nations world heritage list, including an old royal capital in Angola, the Eritrean capital of Asmara and a desert area in South Africa that was inhabited during the Stone Age. UNESCO said this weekend at a meeting in Poland that Mbanza Kongo in northwest Angola was the capital of the Kongo kingdom, a largely independent state between the 14th and 19th centuries. The U.N. cultural agency says Asmara, which experienced large-scale construction under Italian rule in the 1930s, showcases "early modernist urbanism" in an African context. And it says the Khomani cultural landscape at South Africa's border with Botswana and Namibia testifies to the way of life of the once-nomadic San people...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from ACLED, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. ACLED tracks political violence, protests and terrorist events across Africa. Their reports include attacks since 1997 based on data collected from local news media, government statements, non-governmental organizations and published research...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
Recreativo Libolo of Angola secured the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals place up for grabs Sunday despite being held 0-0 at home by Smouha of Egypt in the last Group C match. The club from Calulo, a town 275 kilometres (170 miles) southeast of Luanda, spent much of the match defending as Smouha sought the win that would give them the last-eight spot. Smouha had several penalty appeals rejected in a tense closing stage and squandered two scoring chances during five minutes of stoppage time. Libolo finished with seven points from six matches, one more than Smouha and three less than Group C winners Zesco United of Zambia. Al Hilal Obeid, the leaders ahead of the final series of mini-league fixtures,...
(APA 07/10/17)
Angola’s Recreativo de Libolo grabbed the last qualifying ticket to the last eight football clubs in the Confederations Cup, after its precious 0-0 draw in Egypt against Smouha (0-0). The Angolans played against their hosts as part of the 6th round of group C on Sunday. The performance allows the Angolan club to keep its 2nd place in the group behind Zesco. Hilal Obeid was disqualified after Sudan was suspended by FIFA. A winner of the MC Alger (4-0) in what was called the "final" of Group B, the Club Sfaxien leaped to second place and booked its ticket to the last eight. At the end of the 6th and final round of the Confederations Cup group stage, the qualifiers...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, are making it harder for operators such as Vodafone Group Plc, Orange SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd. to grow. Their choice: Pull back or double down. Two companies beating at least a partial retreat are Millicom International Cellular SA, which...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an interview with AFP. Faki's January election as chairperson of the AU commission came days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has proposed slashing US funding for aid projects and multilateral institutions like the UN. The former Chadian...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(Reuters 07/04/17)
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos returned to Barcelona on Monday on a "private visit", the government said, a month after the 74-year-old leader spent several weeks in the Spanish city receiving medical treatment. At the time, private media reported that dos Santos, Angola's leader of the last 38 years, had suffered a stroke, although the government has declined to comment on his condition. It did not say when he was scheduled to return from his latest trip. Dos Santos, a Soviet-trained oil engineer and veteran of the guerrilla war against Portuguese rule, has presided over an economic boom in Africa's second-biggest oil producer since the end of a long civil war in 2002. Several private media outlets said in...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos returned to Spain on Monday for a "private visit", officials said, five weeks after a monthlong trip to the country when he underwent medical tests. Dos Santos, 74, has been dogged by reports of poor health, with his daughter Isabel having to deny rumours that he had died on his last trip to Spain. "President dos Santos left Luanda on Monday for a private visit to the Kingdom of Spain for personal business," the presidency said in a statement, adding that he was in Barcelona, though without saying when he was scheduled to return. Dos Santos, who has ruled Angola since 1979, has reportedly received cancer treatment in the city over several years, but...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/17)
Angola has threatened to jail 51 people for up to six weeks over a protest by campaigners seeking independence for an eastern region of the oil-rich country, activists said Wednesday. Police fired on the thousand-strong march staged by the Lunda Chokwe Protectorate (LCP) movement on Saturday in the town of Cuango, 600 kilometres (370 miles) east of the capital Luanda, killing one and injuring 13 others. Cuango is in the north of the vast region that separatists want to see independent which, according to some claims, comprises Angola's entire eastern half. The jail time can be avoided if those detained pay a fine. "Fifty-one people... arrested last Saturday who were not with violent elements or armed with knives will each...

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