Tuesday 20 February 2018
(Voice of America 08/21/13)
HARARE — Southern African leaders are calling for the West to lift all sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe after endorsing President Robert Mugabe's victory in disputed elections last month.At the July gathering of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Malawi President Joyce Banda, who chairs SADC, said Zimbabweans had "suffered enough."The call comes before Mugabe has been sworn in, extending his 33-year-long rule for another five years.Mugabe's spokesman on Monday said the 89-year-old leader would take the oath of office on Thursday if the country’s Constitutional Court clears him. The country's electoral commission declared Mugabe the winner, defeating Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai 61 to 34 percent in the hotly-disputed election July 31. Just last week, Tsvangirai withdrew his election challenge, arguing...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
(Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold pinned its turnaround hopes on a new chief executive on Wednesday, appointing industry veteran Bradley A Gordon to replace Greg Hawkins at the helm of the struggling group. The FTSE 250 company, whose poor performance meant it was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, said Gordon's appointment would be effective immediately. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. Analysts welcomed the change, and said Gordon's his lack of African experience was balanced by his ability to manage difficult operations. "The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 21, 2013 (Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold on Wednesday named industry veteran Bradley A Gordon as its new chief executive, succeeding Greg Hawkins who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. African Barrick was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, hit by illegal mining, power generation problems and strikes, issues which forced it to warn in February that output would shrink for a fifth straight year. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. African Barrick initiated a review of its operations earlier this...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/13)
African immigrants warned Monday of a rise in racist attacks in Morocco, as hundreds gathered outside a morgue holding the body of a Senegalese man who was murdered last week. Some 250 people, mostly Senegalese immigrants, gathered outside the morgue in Rabat, where the man's remains were taken after he was stabbed to death on a bus in the Moroccan capital last Monday. Anna Bynes, a Senegalese student at Rabat university, said the attack was the latest in a string of racist violence targeting sub-Saharan Africans. "It is the last straw... The other day it was a Congolese man killed on a bus in Tangiers. Then a Gabonese woman was raped. Today a Senegalese has been killed." The police on...
(Angola Press 08/19/13)
Brasília - L'ambassadeuir d'Angola au Brésil, Nelson Cosme, a adressé dimanche, un message de condolánces au président de l'Assemblée Nationale, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, dans lequel il manifeste sa tristesse et celle des travailleurs de la mission diplomatique par la disparition physique du député du MPLA, Alfredo Furtado de Azevedo Júnior.“Le député Alfredo Júnior, a été depuis les premieres heures de notre indépendance, des intérêts supérieurs du peuple angolais, fait qui lui a valu l'indication pour diverses postes dans l'appareil de l'Etat, à l'Assemblée Nationale et dans la diplomatie angolaise, ayant représenté le pays au Mouvement International de la Jeunesse, à Budapest, en Hongrie", souligne le message.Avec le décès du député Açfredo Junior, le pays perd un défenseur...
(Angola Press 08/19/13)
Luanda — The secretary of State for Institutional Matters, Adão de Almeida, left Sunday morning for the eastern Lunda Sul Province, in the ambit of the cycle of conferences being promoted by the Territory Administration Ministry aimed at presenting in the eastern region of the country Uganda's experience in organising local elections. Speaking to ANGOP, at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, the secretary of State said that for the conference, which is to open on Monday in Saurimo City, he is being accompanied by a team of specialists from Uganda, as well as by senior cadres of his department. "The goal of this cycle of lectures is to collect as many elements and experiences as possible from other countries,...
(Angola Press 08/19/13)
Luanda — About 44 foreign citizens were detained on Saturday night by the Angolan National Police (PNA) in Cacuaco municipality in Luanda for their illegal entrance to the country. Speaking to Angop on Sunday, the spokesman of the general police command, sub-commissioner, Arestofanes dos Santos, said that this figure includes 22 citizens are from Conakry Guinea, 10 from DR Congo and the others are from Congo Brazzaville, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Senegal. According to a source, the foreigners, including two women and one child, were arrested at 9. 45 minutes p.m at the mouth of Bengo River. According to him, the police will stregnthen their operational actions to prevent this kind of activities.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
LILONGWE | Sun Aug 18, 2013 (Reuters) - Southern African leaders on Sunday endorsed the re-election of veteran President Robert Mugabe, brushing aside a campaign from Zimbabwe's opposition MDC who said the vote July was rigged and its results should be overturned. The decision by the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC), which helped broker a power-sharing deal after disputed elections in 2008, clears the way for Mugabe, 89, to be sworn as early as this week for a fresh five-year term. "The summit congratulated his honorable Robert Mugabe for winning the election in Zimbabwe," a South African foreign ministry official said. At its meeting in Malawi's capital Lilongwe, the group also named Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, as its deputy...
(Voice of America 08/19/13)
LILONGWE, MALAWI — A Southern African Development Community heads of state summit has ended in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, with a call for finding ways to end the volatile political situation facing people in the region and Africa as a whole. In her remarks at the close of the two-day gathering, the new chairperson of the regional bloc, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, called for an immediate solution to political turmoil affecting the lives of people in a number of African countries. She cited people living in Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe as examples. However, President Banda said SADC heads of state are impressed with recent developments in Zimbabwe that promise a peaceful political environment there. “The summit...
(Angola Press 08/19/13)
Lusaka — Zambian Government will locally integrate 10,000 former Angolan refugees who remain in its territory, according to recommendation emerged from the 7th Tripartite Meeting Zambia, Angola and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), ended Thursday in Lusaka, Zambia. "To the eligible Angolans, the Zambian government intends to assign different types of visas, since the Angolan government issue the passports," reads the final communiqué of the meeting. The document, adopted by the parties, stressed that the Angolan delegation , led by the Minister of Social Welfare, João Baptista Kussumua, said that the a multisectoral technical team will travel to Zambia to do rechecking of nationality and assign the documentation of citizenship to Angolans in order to facilitate the integration process...
(Times of swaziland 08/14/13)
MBABANE – As talks regarding the extension of AGOA post 2015 kicked off on Monday in Ethiopia’s Capital City Addis Ababa, Swaziland and other 49 African countries will be very lucky to see the legislation extended with the same existing terms and conditions, International Business Times has reported. Swaziland is one of the 49 AGOA beneficiaries. AGOA stands for Africa Growth Opportunity Act. AGOA was signed into law in 2000; it offers incentives mostly in the form of duty-free trade access to 49 eligible sub-Saharan economies to liberalise their markets and build connections with American trade partners. The agreement expires in 2015, and US and African officials would be setting fresh terms for its renewal. According to International Business Times,...
(Reuters 08/14/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 14, 2013 (Reuters) - Iron ore mining group African Minerals (AMIq.L) surprised the market on Wednesday with the abrupt departure of both chief executive and chief financial officer and said it was scrapping expansion plans to focus on existing operations. Its shares fell almost 15 percent despite what some analysts said could prove a positive as the company concentrates on its Sierra Leone mine, Tonkolili. "From the onset it was clear that (Chief Executive Keith)Calder's broader ambition was to grow African Minerals into a diversified miner across West Africa in the near term," Jefferies analysts said in a note. "Perhaps our greatest concern for African Minerals in recent months was that the company would move too...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — The first Pan African Conference on Interreligious Freedoms has ended in Cameroon with participants from 80 countries from Africa and beyond. Participants pledged to work together for the service of peace in the name of God. Conference participants say development across Africa has been greatly slowed by interreligious conflicts. The case of Nigeria was cited as one of the worst, with tens of thousands of lives lost in fighting between Muslim and Christian communities, and thousands more killed by the Islamist militant-sect Boko Haram. South African-based Malawian cleric Hopeson Bonye says nothing good has come out of Boko Haram, saying it is just fighting everyone, and is extending its tentacles to neighboring countries. "It is wrong, and...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
NAIROBI — The United States is keeping a close watch on potential European trade deals with African nations as Washington reviews its own preferential trade initiative with the continent. African ministers and U.S. officials discussed trade relations at a forum Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The U.S. is considering an extension to the popular African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA, an American law that allows sub-Saharan African countries to export certain products to the United States duty free. First signed into law in 2000, the act has already been renewed once, and is set to expire in 2015. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been meeting with African ministers at an AGOA forum in Addis Ababa...
(CNN 08/12/13)
(CNN) -- Prince Harry has arrived in the southern African nation of Angola to visit mine clearance projects run by the same charity backed by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana visited Angola in support of the Halo Trust in 1997, not long before her death in a car crash in Paris. Images of her wearing protective gear as she witnessed mine-clearing efforts in the towns of Huambo and Kuito helped draw the world's attention to the suffering caused by landmines. Her son's private visit to Angola comes three years after he traveled to Mozambique to see Halo's work there. "Prince Harry is visiting a number of demining teams across the region and will be touring minefields and meeting...
(CNN 08/12/13)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered a "total breakdown of law and order" since rebels seized power in March. He urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation. Seleka rebel group leader Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Last month Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the country's health care system had collapsed. In a report that the Security Council is due to discuss on Wednesday, Mr Ban said infighting among rebel groups had led to widespread abuses. "They included arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks, committed...
(AFP 08/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. "Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital in Pretoria and doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement," a statement from the presidency said. "The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Zuma asked South...
(Reuters 08/11/13)
(Reuters) - Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Italian coastguard. The 18-metre-long boat carrying some 120 migrants ran aground at dawn some 40 meters (132 feet) from a beach near the city of Catania, its coastguard captain Roberto D'Arrigo said. While most of the passengers reached the shore, the six who drowned were apparently unable to swim. The 120 migrants were mainly from Syria and Egypt, D'Arrigo told Sky Italia television, with an adolescent boy among the victims, who were all under age 30. Egypt has suffered prolonged political and economic turmoil. Syria is shattered by civil war. D'Arrigo said he...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/13)
Nelson Mandela, who has been lying critically ill in hospital for just over two months, is becoming more alert and more responsive by the day, his youngest daughter said Friday, adding that the anti-apartheid hero is "not going anywhere anytime soon". "Tata (father) now manages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few minutes in a day. Everyday you know, he becomes more alert, more responsive, and so on," Zindzi Mandela told South Africa public television SABC. "Tata is determined not to go anywhere anytime soon, I cannot stress this enough. "People must stop saying to the family let go, let go, we are just looking at this man who is...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (GS.N) has appointed Alasdair Warren as head of its financial sponsors group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to a memo seen by Reuters. Financial sponsors, the term investment banks use to describe private equity firms, are regular users of equity capital markets for selling shares in their portfolio companies. London-based Warren, who joined Goldman in 2005 and was named a partner in 2008, was previously head of equity capital markets (ECM), convertibles and equity derivatives for EMEA. Richard Cormack and Christoph Stanger will jointly take on that role, becoming co-heads of ECM and convertibles in EMEA, the memo said. A spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs confirmed the contents...

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