| Africatime
Thursday 03 September 2015
(AFP (eng) 09/03/15)
Eight contenders including current head-of-state Alpha Conde have been approved as candidates for Guinea's second democratic presidential election, the constitutional court said on Wednesday. The list is a mixture of outsiders and opposition big-hitters including former premiers Cellou Dalein Diallo and Sidya Toure -- but notably omits exiled former junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara. Camara has been living in Burkina Faso since an assassination attempt a year after seizing power in a coup in 2008 and had signalled his intention to run. But his plane from Ouagadougou was prevented from landing last week at Abidjan in Ivory Coast -- where he was due to catch a connecting flight back to Conakry. His allies believe the...
(Voice of America 09/03/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— World Health Organization officials on Monday called to regulate traditional medicine in Africa to protect the public against potentially harmful practices. The announcement, which coincided with the U.N. body's commemoration of African Traditional Medicine Day, could have broad implications for the estimated 80 percent of Africans who rely on traditional practitioners for their primary mode of care.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/15)
A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday. The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe, but their numbers fell after Spain increased patrolling. Europe is in crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and economic migrants escaping poverty are arriving on...
(BBC News Africa 09/02/15)
A West African migrant entered the Spanish territory of Ceuta from Morocco curled up next to a car engine and another was hidden behind the back seat of the Mercedes-300 car. Spanish police found the pair late on Sunday during a customs check at El Tarajal, near the Moroccan border. The two men from Guinea got first aid, having suffered from a lack of oxygen, Spain's Guardia Civil police said. Sub-Saharan Africans often try to enter Ceuta, as a gateway...
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show. The falling cost of fuel oil, used to power ships, has made longer voyages viable at a time when there are advantages for traders to keep cargoes at sea.
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Nestle SA said KitKat will become the first global chocolate brand to make all its products with sustainably sourced cocoa as the chocolate industry faces allegations of child labor in the supply of raw materials. All KitKat bars will be made with cocoa accredited by independent third parties by the first quarter of 2016, the Vevey, Switzerland-based company said in a statement Monday. That includes those made in the U.S., which are produced by license holder Hershey Co. The chocolate...
(The Observer 09/01/15)
Last month, it was asserted under this column that Eurocentric culture which enabled white people to dominate the world with effect from 1492 was warlike in essence as opposed to black civilisation which was pacifist in nature. In this essay, an attempt is made to account for the difference in approach. Readers will recall that in the fateful year, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and Moors (Black Africans and Arabs) were pushed out of Europe back to Africa.
(Bloomberg 09/01/15)
As people fleeing their homelands braved the risk of drowning to sail north toward Europe this year, Ibrahima Sarr crossed the Mediterranean in the other direction. He came home to Senegal, after almost a decade hawking counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags on Spain’s southern beaches, to fulfill his dream of starting a business. Instead of made-in-China fashions, Sarr now sells rice, onions, potatoes and cooking oil in his neon-lit grocery store at the bustling Keur Mbaye Fall market in an eastern...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
Guinea's Justice Minister Cheick Sacko on Saturday denied his country had played any role in preventing exiled former junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara from returning home, where he hopes to run for president. Camara, an ex-army captain who led a 2008 coup, has been living in Burkina Faso since surviving a shot to the head in an assassination attempt a year after seizing power. On Wednesday his plane from Ouagadougou was prevented from landing at Abidjan in the Ivory Coast...
(Voice of America 08/31/15)
Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown. Naspers’ 42-year-old chief executive officer is focusing on how to beat Netflix Inc. to a potential audience of more than 1 billion across the African continent with the company’s ShowMax service, which went live in South Africa earlier this month.
(Times Live 08/31/15)
The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. The region holds about half of the world’s fertile and as-yet-unused land - and yet it spends US$25 billion annually...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/15)
Guinea's Justice Minister Cheick Sacko on Saturday denied his country had played any role in preventing exiled former junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara from returning home, where he hopes to run for president. Camara, an ex-army captain who led a 2008 coup, has been living in Burkina Faso since surviving a shot to the head in an assassination attempt a year after seizing power. On Wednesday his plane from Ouagadougou was prevented from landing at Abidjan in the Ivory Coast...
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Reuters (Eng) 08/27/15)
Guinea's former military leader Moussa Dadis Camara was thwarted on Wednesday in an attempt to return to his home country from exile in Burkina Faso when the commercial flight he was travelling on was turned back, his lawyer said. Camara has said he wants to stand for the presidency in elections in the West African state set for Oct. 11 and his lawyer Jean-Baptiste Haba linked the aborted attempt to return to a bid to prevent him from standing. Camara...
(AFP (eng) 08/27/15)
Conakry - Eight members of the same family, including two pregnant women and young children, died when a fire ravaged their home in the Guinean capital, witnesses and police said on Wednesday. The fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and the whole neighbourhood pitched in to try and save the inhabitants of the house in the northern suburb of Conakry. "It was horrifying, we tried to call the fire department which didn't respond. The whole neighbourhood...
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization has begun the process of producing new guidelines for responding more quickly and effectively to Ebola and other global epidemics and emerging diseases. A special review committee is meeting for two days this week at WHO headquarters to produce recommendations to address outbreaks like Ebola. The panel is looking at how International Health Regulations, known as IHR, were implemented during the crisis in West Africa and how to strengthen them.
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.