| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/16)
About 70 sub-Saharan African migrants forced their way over a barbed wire barrier into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla Thursday. They ran to a local immigration center where they were met by dozens of migrants cheering “victory, victory” although their legal status in Spain has yet to be determined. Migrants wait weeks and sometimes months at the short-stay immigrant center in the hope of being transferred to a refugee reception center in mainland Spain, said Government Delegation of Melilla spokesperson Irene Flores. Spain has two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, and both are hot spots for African migrants making their way to Europe either by climbing over the barriers, going around them or swimming along the coastline. After...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/13/16)
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel toured three African nations this week for talks on curbing migration to Europe, the leader of the world's poorest country, Niger, suggested it would take a "Marshall Plan" of massive aid to stop people coming. Merkel politely declined the request, expressing concern about how well the aid would be spent and noting that, at a summit in Malta last year, the European Union had already earmarked 1.8 billion euros for a trust fund to train and resettle migrants. But Niger's President Mahatma Issoufou also proposed something perhaps more significant, in the long run, than a development package - bringing Niger's population growth down from 3.9 percent, the highest in the world. Though he gave no...
(APA 10/12/16)
The government of Botswana on Wednesday said a decline in copper/nickel prices in the market and the high costs of operations are to blame for the shutting down of BCL copper and nickel mine. A statement from the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs states that as the sole shareholder of BCL LIMITED (BCL) the government decided to place BCL Limited and its subsidiaries under provisional liquidation. “The application on the same was granted on the 9th October 2016 and Mr. Nigel Dixon-Warren has been appointed as the provisional liquidator of BCL Limited, BCL Investments (Pty) Ltd and Tati Nickel Mining Company (Pty) Ltd,” reads the statement. As a result, statement says, the operations of the mine have been...
(APA 10/12/16)
Australian mining firm Mount Burgess announced Wednesday that drilling has begun at Kihabe Zinc Project in northern Botswana. In a statement, the company said the programme would primarily focus on Target 52, a geochemical soil anomaly. The geochemical soil results suggest a possible mineralised strike length of more than 5km, which is more than double that of the combined strike lengths of the Kihabe and Nxuu (also in northern Botswana) deposits, the firm said. It said it has identified six zinc geochemical soil anomalies and a copper/cobalt anomaly within the immediate vicinity of the Kihabe and Nxuu deposits. The Kihabe project, the statement said, could potentially be mined by means of open pit mining methods. Metallurgical test work has generated...
(Graphic Online 10/12/16)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emphasised that Africa will be a priority when her country takes over the G20's revolving presidency at the end of 2016. Speaking in Ethiopia yesterday on the final stage of a three-nation African tour, which also included visits to Mali and Niger, Mrs Merkel pledged development as well as military aid on her trip. She said it was important to stem migration at its source. Germany took in more than one million irregular migrants last year - many from war-ravaged Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but also many fleeing economic hardship across Africa. Migration is expected to be a key issue in next year's federal elections, though Mrs Merkel has not yet declared whether she will...
(Xinhuanet 10/11/16)
Nairobi - Kenya and Botswana will enhance their cooperation in the tourism sector, a Kenya government official said. Kenya's Ministry of Tourism Principal Secretary Fatuma Hirsi told a media briefing in Nairobi that Botswana has created a niche in the high end tourism sector while Kenya has excelled in attracting middle and low end tourists. “We, therefore, can collaborate and complement each other,” Hirsi said. A delegation from Botswana's ministry of tourism is currently on a benchmarking visit to Kenya. The team from the Botswana Tourism Industry Training Fund Management Committee is in Kenya to study how Kenya funds its tourism sector. Hirsi said the cooperation between Botswana and Kenya has accelerated since President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a state visit...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/16)
Africa will come together to battle piracy and illegal fishing for the first time at an African Union maritime security summit that kicks off in Togo on October 15. The continent urgently needs to fight "extremely high stakes" piracy and illegal fishing in its waters by joining forces over policy and working to raise necessary funds, Togo's Foreign Minister Robert Dussey told AFP ahead of the meeting. - Why is this meeting being held? - "These are very high stakes for Africa. At least 92 percent of imported goods arrive on the continent across the seas and oceans. Of the 54 countries in the African Union, 33 have a coastline," said Dussey. "During the summit, several issues will be tackled...
(AFP (eng) 10/08/16)
World economic leaders gathered in Washington this week to defend globalization, delivering a single message in unison: Protectionism will not save you. But this glosses over the plight of Africa, which is sinking further into poverty despite years of free trade. According to the International Monetary Fund, which held its annual meetings this week with the World Bank, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is in free-fall this year, with a growth rate of 1.4 percent, down from 3.4 percent in 2015, its lowest in a quarter century. The regional economy will therefore grow more slowly than the population, at the risk of deepening poverty in a region already home to more than half of the 766 million people on earth who...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/16)
Investment into Africa may buck the global downward trend and stage a rebound this year despite low prices hitting the oil and gas sector, a UN agency said Thursday. While foreign direct investment, a key driver of trade and economic growth, is set to drop by 10 to 15 percent this year globally, in Africa it may increase by 6 percent to $55 to 60 billion, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Developments (UNCTAD) said in a report. "This bounce-back is already becoming visible in announced greenfield projects in Africa. In the first quarter of 2016, their value was $29 billion, 25 percent higher than the same period in 2015," said the agency. While north African countries such as...
(Botswana Daily News 10/06/16)
Principal energy officer in the Department of Energy Mr Merapelo Tautona says fuel pricing in Botswana differs from other countries due to the industry being cushioned by the National Petroleum Fund (NPF). Addressing the media on Tuesday he stated that Botswana together with other SACU states used the same pricing methodology referred to as basic fuel pricing of which thereafter every country adds a domestic cost component. Mr Tautona said fuel prices in Botswana are reviewed monthly to look at unit rates, the NPF position and the trend of crude oil prices which then determines the pricing. He highlighted that the fund was used to cushion the retail prices as government doesn’t give out money to cushion prices. He said...
(Xinhuanet 10/06/16)
Zhou Ping had not seen his father for five years when in primary school. Despite the biting solitude, Zhou always displayed his pride for his father -- he was from a glorious "foreign aid family," and his father was building the Tazara Railway in Africa. Standing on the windy East African plateau, Zhou picked up this childhood sentiment. More than 40 years have passed, and 53-year-old Zhou is now a construction worker for another historic railway connecting the African countries of Ethiopia and Djibouti. The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, which officially opened service on Wednesday, is another Chinese-built trans-national rail in Africa following Tazara, which links Tanzania's Dar es Salaam with Zambia's Kapiri Mposhi. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang hailed it as...
(APA 10/05/16)
The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) on Wednesday said its members are prepared to pay with their lives to defend the full suffrage of the country's citizens if the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presses on with the use of electronic voting machines in general elections set for 2019. This follows President Ian Khama's decision to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2016, which seeks to introduce electronic voting machines that the opposition claim will be used to rig elections in favour of Khama's BDP. BCP spokesperson Dithapelo Keorapetse said the Act is an antithesis of democracy as it will disenfranchise
(APA 10/05/16)
Lucara diamond Corp. which operates Karowe diamond mine in Botswana, announced on Wednesday that the mine has continued to produce large high-value stones. In a statement, the company said as a result its second Exceptional Sale Tender will take place from November 7-16. The sale will include no less than 12 exceptional diamonds with a combined weight of approximately 1,100 carats. "The ongoing sale of these diamonds has solidified the company's market leadership position and brand recognition for the sale of exceptional high-quality, large diamonds, Lucara chief executive William Lamb said. He said his company's focus on advancing recovery techniques, marketing strategy and the routes to market for the sale of the large diamonds has resulted in the expansion of...
(APA 10/05/16)
The projection of Botswana’s current total exports will reach 8.8 billion by the year end, 39.1 percent more than over 2015, with diamond exports up 47%, according to a report released by Ernst Young on Wednesday. The report suggests that the projection for non-diamond exports over 2016 is $1 billion and $542 million for non-mineral exports. According to the report, this suggests a 1.7 percent increase in non-diamond mineral exports. It adds that non-mineral exports went down 6.1 percent. On import, the report regards as significant “the amount of rough diamonds being imported from other producer-countries for aggregation and re-export.” The report says throughout this year ending last May an amount equivalent to 51.2 percent of Botswana's own production of...
(CNN 10/05/16)
Terrorism, human trafficking, and corruption are creating a more dangerous continent, which in turn is preventing better governance, a new report revealed. The results of the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, show that two thirds of Africans live in a country where safety and rule of law has deteriorated over the past decade, greatly impacting overall governance in Africa. 15 countries have declined 'quite substantially,' and almost half the countries on the continent recorded their worst score ever within the last three years. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance, the report provides an annual assessment of governance in Africa and is most comprehensive collection of data on governance in the region. The 2016...
(APA 10/04/16)
The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) is the major source of imports into Botswana, accounting for 76.0 percent of total imports during July 2016, a release from Statistics Botswana said Tuesday. Within the SACU region, South Africa was the dominant source, with a contribution of 63.3 percent to total imports during July 2016, followed by Namibia with 12.6 percent. SACU members are Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. The major commodities imported from both South Africa and Namibia were non-industrial diamonds unworked or simply sawn.
(APA 10/04/16)
Botswana is targeting South Africa corporates to come and invest in the country in an effort to reduce the import bill, APA learnt here Tuesday. Botswana Investment and Trade Centre communication director Kutlo Moagi Botswana said in a statement that a Botswana delegation is currently on a ministerial road-show campaign in South Africa that will run until Friday. She said the roadshow is led by Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Seretse and was necessitated by the need to attract foreign direct investment into Botswana. The expected outcome of these engagements is to see an increase in foreign direct inflows to Botswana, to identify goods (raw materials) and services that Botswana could supply to these companies for their production should they...
(AFP (eng) 10/04/16)
The global conference that governs wildlife trade voted Monday against strengthening the ban on ivory sales, exposing bitter divisions among African countries and experts over elephant conservation. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected a proposal to include all African elephants in its highest category of protection, which bans trade in species facing extinction. A coalition of 29 African countries -- led by Kenya and Benin -- had pressed for African elephants to be put in the CITES "Appendix I" category. But South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe rejected the proposal, saying they should continue to be excluded from Appendix I as they have stable or growing elephant populations. "This is a tragedy for elephants," said Kelvin Alie,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/16)
Governance across Africa has improved very little over the past decade as deteriorating safety and rule of law have held back progress made in other areas such as human rights or economic opportunities, a survey said on Monday. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) - the most comprehensive survey of its kind on the continent - rates 54 African nations against criteria such as security, human rights, economic stability, just laws, free elections, corruption, infrastructure, poverty, health and education. Mauritius held onto its top spot, followed by Botswana, Cape Verde, the Seychelles and Namibia while South Africa - the continent's most industrialised country - was in sixth place. While overall the index has improved by just one point over...

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