Friday 19 January 2018
(Angola Press 07/16/13)
Luanda – The Foreign Affairs Minister, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, is travelling this Tuesday to the kingdom of Lesotho, to participate in the festivities of the King Letsie III’s anniversary, to take place on Wednesday 17 July. According to a press note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX) that reached Angop on Monday, the minister will represent the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, in the referred festivities in the city of Maseru. The document also states that on Thursday, the Angolan official will attend the 18th ordinary meeting of CPLP Council of Ministers, to happen in the Mozambican capital city of Maputo on 17-18 July. Among various themes, Georges Chikoti will discuss issues related to the prevailing political...
(Bloomberg 07/16/13)
Sociedade Mineira de Catoca Lda., the operator of Angola’s largest diamond mine, plans to expand processing capacity to maintain output as the pit deepens. Catoca will add a mill to the five already running at the site, according to an executive who asked not to be identified, citing company policy. The expansion will allow the mine to keep the same rate of production for three decades, he said, without specifying when the new facility will be built. The company needs to increase processing capacity as miners dig deeper, extracting denser ore that requires more time for crushing, sifting and washing. Diamond producers are investing in output on the expectation that rising demand for jewelry in China and India will drive...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...

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