| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(The Wall Street Journal 10/01/16)
Startups and global corporations alike plumb Africa for scarce software development skills A shortage of software developers in the U.S. has prompted some companies to seek talent in Africa, home to a young and increasingly-tech savvy workforce. International Business Machines Corp. has engaged young software developers in Lagos, Nigeria, to help build a data analytics business the technology giant is trying to ramp up quickly. The combination of an educated population and the proliferation of mobile technology on the continent makes Africa a good incubator of technology talent, said Leon Katsnelson, chief technology officer and director for IBM’s analytic platform emerging technologies group. IBM is building “Big Data University” to train technology professionals in its analytics tools through online training...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/30/16)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to slip to 1.6 percent this year, its lowest level in two decades, due to continuing woes in the continent's largest economies of South Africa and Nigeria, a World Bank report said Thursday. Africa has been one of the world's fastest-growing region's over the past decade, but a commodities slump has hit its oil and mineral exporters hard, bringing growth down to 3 percent in 2015. However, other countries — including Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania — have continued to record GDP growth above 6 percent, according to "Africa's Pulse," the Bank's twice-yearly analysis of economic trends. The report, which was unveiled in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, also singled out Ivory Coast and...
(Botswana Daily News 09/29/16)
The Governor of Bank of Botswana, Ms Linah Mohohlo is to retire from public service on October 20. A press release from the central bank states that Ms Mohohlo was appointed the governor by the President in 1999. She rose through the ranks from secretary in 1976 to senior levels in economic research, human resources and financial markets, where she was responsible for monetary operations and investment of the country's foreign exchange reserves, and then to the position of deputy governor. She obtained her academic qualifications (accounting, economics, finance and investments) from the University of Botswana, The George Washington University and University of Exeter.
(The Namibian 09/29/16)
THE government has agreed to work together with Botswana to regulate the use of the Chobe River at the border of the two countries. There has been controversy over the Chobe River that passes by the Zambezi region and Botswana's Chobe National Park. Six months ago, the Botswana army had killed 30 Namibians and 22 Zimbabweans in the river and nearby areas for alleged poaching. Deputy information minister Stanley Simataa announced on Friday that the Cabinet had agreed to regulate the use of the river. Cabinet, Simataa said, directed the environment ministry “to look into the issue of harmonising regulations between the two countries regarding fishing and houseboats on the Chobe River”. Simataa also said the decision is part of...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/16)
In a bustling market in Abidjan, women browse through a bewildering array of intricately patterned wax-print fabrics, each of which has a unique and sometimes quirky name. "Eye of my rival" is one which has an eye-like motif, while another is known as "capable husband". Another bale of this brightly coloured fabric is labelled "jealousy". Each print has a name and comes in different colours, so you could have a "capable husband" in red, green or a white and the same for “Eye of my rival". Others have longer, more conversational names: "If you leave, so will I" or "If you divorce, I won't eat sand". Known as a "pagne", this strip of printed cotton cloth can be worn in...
(Botswana Daily News 09/28/16)
Gaborone — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has officially launched Botswana's giant flag, hoisted on top of the iconic Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited's (BTCL) tower in Gaborone. President Khama launched, on Monday, the giant national flag, which is the biggest of all the national flags hoisted countrywide, as part of the build up to the country's Golden Jubilee celebrations. The Botswana flag, President Khama said, was flying all over the country 'and this, I believe, is not the largest flag in Gaborone only, but in Botswana as a whole.' "We have seen flags on our lamp poles, lamp posts, vehicles and on what people are wearing. Really, it's a joyous occasion. I've not seen any country celebrate...
(APA 09/28/16)
As part of activities to celebrate Botswana’s Golden Jubilee of its independence, President Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama on Wednesday granted amnesty to 580 prisoners across the country. Speaking during a visit to Gaborone Prison, President Khama said he was giving the prisoners a chance to celebrate independence with their families. The President however informed the prisoners that they should make sure that they did not get back to prison for any offence, especially that they had been rehabilitated and he encouraged them to turn a new leaf in life. The lucky ones include, but not exclusive to 29 of first time offenders, those who were serving short time and a batch of 366 who were already on the extra-mural...
(AFP (eng) 09/28/16)
When farmer Isaac Tondo fell on lean times in Liberia's long rainy season, his brother in the capital sent 8,000 Liberian dollars (US$87) to his Lonestar mobile money account, ensuring his children's school fees would still be paid. Across Africa more and more people -- from urban start-ups to hard-up villagers -- are now spending, saving and planning for the future through banking services offered by mobile phone companies. And experts believe growth and poverty reduction will follow, if certain key risks are managed. Tondo's brother used to entrust cash with contacts passing through their home village in Grand Gedeh county, but the roads are so bad they can no longer access it. "The only means of receiving money from...
(AFP (eng) 09/27/16)
Yemeni authorities on Monday deported at least 220 African illegal immigrants, mainly Ethiopians, from the southern port city of Aden, security officials said. The migrants had been rounded up over the past two weeks and were put on a ship bound for Somalia, from where they apparently came, an official in Aden said. The boat left from the port at Aden's refinery. Hundreds of illegal migrants have arrived in south Yemen over the past few weeks despite the ongoing war that has ravaged the country. In Shabwa province, east of Aden, authorities have arrested more than 500 African migrants over the past two weeks, security chief Awad al-Dahboul said. Officials in south Yemen have claimed that some migrants are being...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/16)
When David Magang opened Botswana's first domestic law firm shortly after independence in 1966, he and his country were starting from scratch. Since then, both he and the former British protectorate, which celebrates its 50th birthday this week, have traveled a huge distance based largely on Botswana's vast diamond wealth. With those riches running low, the outlook is less rosy. Trained in London, Magang was one of only two local lawyers - the rest being British or South African - while Botswana, an expanse of arid scrubland the size of France, had just 7 km (4 miles) of tarred road and a capital that amounted to little more than a railway station. "On the face of it Botswana was very...
(Mining Weekly 09/26/16)
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) says it has finally identified a buyer for African Copper’s Mowana mine in Botswana, almost a year after it was liquidated over a P47-million debt. The closure of the mine, which is located in the Dukwi area of northern Botswana, led to the retrenchment of more than 400 workers. Six potential buyers tabled offers to buy the mine when the bidding process opened in July. PwC Botswana MD Butler Phiri said the winning bidder originated from outside Botswana and would be officially announced on October 7. He said they were still finalising some negotiations regarding the sale of the mine. Apart from the P47-million owed to mining services contractor Diesel Power, Mowana Mine also owed millions of dollars...
(Voice of America 09/26/16)
Huge orange flames and plumes of smoke filled the air at Nairobi National Park in April, a sobering image as 105 tons of elephant ivory and 1.35 tons of rhino horn were destroyed. Kenya conducted the event to demonstrate that ivory has no value to anyone except elephants. President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged his country's support for a complete ban of the ivory trade at the conference for the global conservation body known as CITES, which opens Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa. CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, is expected to make a determination on whether countries in Africa should destroy seized ivory or be allowed to sell it to fund conservation efforts. The question has sparked heated...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/16)
Gabon's disputed election, which culminated Saturday with the constitutional court's confirmation of President Ali Bongo's victory, is the latest in a long list of violence-tinged ballots in Africa: - Ivory Coast - After a five-month-standoff, incumbent Laurent Gbagbo was detained on April 11, 2011 by forces backing rival Alassane Ouattara, who was recognised internationally as the winner of Ivory Coast's October 2010 presidential election. Gbagbo had refused to stand down and some 3,000 people died in the post-election unrest. He is currently on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity in relation to the clashes. - Kenya - Violence sparked by disputed results in Kenya's December 27, 2007 presidential poll won by Mwai Kibaki claimed some...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than 100 years ago," said the Smithsonian Institution, a public-private complex that runs most of the museums in Washington. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be the Smithsonian's 19th and newest museum. Former African American soldiers, civil-war...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/16)
Global conservationists and policymakers meet in South Africa from Saturday to chart a way forward in the fight against escalating wildlife trafficking that could drive some species to extinction. The plight of Africa's rhino and elephants, targeted for their horns and tusks, is expected to dominate 12 days of talks in Johannesburg on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Illegal wildlife trade is valued at around $20 billion a year, according to CITES, and is ranked the fourth largest illicit business in the world after arms, counterfeit goods and human trafficking. The gathering is expected to assess whether to toughen or loosen trade restrictions on some 500 species of animals and plants. "Much of the international attention...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/16)
Botswana, home to the world's largest elephant population, will break ranks with its southern African neighbors and not support bids at an upcoming U.N. conference to allow sales of ivory, its president says. Trade in ivory will take center stage at the meeting of the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg September 24 to October 5. South Africa Environment Minister Edna Molewa said on Tuesday the Southern African Development Community would take a united stand and support Namibian and Zimbabwean proposals to be allowed to sell ivory, a coveted commodity used for carving and jewelry. But Botswana President Ian Khama has told Reuters his nation will not support loosening restrictions on the trade. "We’re opposed...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/16)
Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe should step aside without delay and allow new leadership of a country whose political and economic implosion since 2000 is dragging down the whole of southern Africa, Botswana President Ian Khama said. Despite his reputation as one of Africa's most outspoken figures, Khama's remarks are certain to raise hackles in Harare, where factions of Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party are locked in a bitter struggle to succeed the only leader Zimbabwe has known. Asked by Reuters if Mugabe, who came to power after independence from Britain in 1980, should accept the reality of his advancing years and retire, 63-year-old Khama responded: "Without doubt. He should have done it years ago." "They have got plenty of people...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/16)
More than $1 billion in debt and financing commitments from U.S. agencies and private investors is set to be announced on Wednesday for U.S. President Barack Obama's signature Africa energy initiative, Power Africa, a top USAID official said. The latest deals were finalized around a U.S.-Africa business forum on the sidelines of annual U.N. meetings in New York this week, USAID chief Gayle Smith said in an interview with Reuters. Obama launched the initiative in 2013 with an initial investment of $7 billion, which aims to install 10,000 megawatts of new generation capacity, connect 20 million new customers, and improve electric reliability across the Sub-Saharan Africa. The program hoped to attract private capital into energy projects in a region where...
(AFP (eng) 09/20/16)
Botswana on Tuesday said it would deport a Holocaust-denying, anti-gay American pastor, declaring him a "prohibited immigrant". Steven Anderson, who in 2009 infamously prayed for US President Barack Obama's death, was arrested by immigration officials shortly after being interviewed on a popular radio station. The Christian preacher arrived in Botswana last Thursday for a "soul-winning" event, just days after he was banned from visiting neighbouring South Africa over his characterisation of gays as "sodomites" and "paedophiles." "This is to confirm the Pastor Steven Anderson, a citizen of the United States of America, has been declared a Prohibited Immigrant and as such is being deported from Botswana," the government said in a brief statement. It did not disclose the reason behind...
(AfricaNews 09/20/16)
The European Union (EU) has announced a €44 billion ($50 billion) investment proposal for Africa and the Mediterranean as part of the European investment plan aimed at helping fight migration. The plan according to the EU foreign affairs chief, Frederica Mogherini, is ‘‘an innovative new youth investment plan for Africa and the Mediterranean, mobilizing EU funds and we plan to mobilize up to 44 billion euros to have investments in Africa. ‘’(It) is the biggest investment plan ever proposed for Africa and the Mediterranean, something that only the European Union, with all economic and diplomatic power can put in place,’‘ she added. Speaking to journalists in New York, Ms Mogherini said the EU sees a great potential of growth and...

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