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(Voice of America 09/02/13)
JOHANNESBURG — Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from Medi-clinic Heart Hospital in the country’s capital, Pretoria, where he spent close to three months being treated for a recurring lung infection. However, his health is said to remain critical and at times unstable, and his doctors will keep providing him with intensive care at his Johannesburg home. Thuso Khumalo has more from Johannesburg. A spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma has confirmed that Mandela left the hospital Sunday morning. Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says the anti-apartheid icon is now recovering at his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. Mandela had been hospitalized since June 8. Maharaj referred to Mandela using his clan name, Madiba. We...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/02/13)
LONDON, Sept 2 | Mon Sep 2, 2013 (Reuters) - Africa-focused mining and infrastructure firm IMIC said on Monday it signed an offtake agreement with Chinese group Hebei Iron and Steel for iron ore produced from the Nkout project in Cameroon, which IMIC is in the process of acquiring. Junior miner Afferro IMIC, which is allied with African Iron Ore Group, run by Afren Plc founder Bert Cooper, says it can build the infrastructure necessary to begin production at its project in Cameroon. IMIC said the offtake agreements will be used as a vital part of financing the project through Chinese partners such as Hebei - the largest steel producer in China. A similar offtake agreement was crucial to African...
(AFP 09/01/13)
JOHANNESBURG, September 1, 2013 (AFP) - South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was Sunday discharged from hospital where he has been treated since June 8 for a recurring respiratory illness, the presidency said. "Former President Nelson Mandela has this morning, 1 September 2013, been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment," said a statement. It is said his condition "remains critical and is at times unstable." An ambulance with police escort was seen arriving at his suburban home, north of Johannesburg, shortly after 0900 GMT. Officials said the 95-year-old will receive the same intensive care from his Johannesburg home. "If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done."...
(AFP 08/31/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 31, 2013 (AFP) - South Africa's presidency on Saturday denied reports that Nelson Mandela had been discharged from hospital and had returned to his Johannesburg home. "Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition," President Jacob Zuma's spokesman said in a statement, denying reports from several news organisations that he had left the facility. "At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions." During Mandela's 80-plus days in hospital, the presidency through Maharaj has been the official source of information about the condition of the 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon. But updates have been infrequent and have offered few details, prompting frequent speculation. At the end of July, Zuma's office...
(AL Jazeera 08/30/13)
At least 24 people have been killed in flash floods following torrential rain in Bamako, government says. At least 24 people have been killed in flash floods caused by torrential rain in the Malian capital Bamako, a government official said. Thousands were also made homeless as the Niger river burst its banks, destroying around 100 houses in several hours of heavy rain on Wednesday in the city of around two million people, Alassane Bocoum, the national director of social development, said on Thursday. The worst damage was done to poorly constructed mud-brick homes on drainage sites on the banks of the river, although residents reported concrete homes had also been battered by the raging floodwaters. "A monitoring group has been...
(Myjoyonline 08/30/13)
Ghana Armed ForcesThe United Nations has selected Ghana’s Airforce to provide air services to its troops on peace keeping operations in Mali. By this assignment, Ghana has become the first African nation to be given such a responsibility in the aviation area by the UN. This was announced by President John Mahama on Friday, at the 53rd graduation of parade of the Ghana Military Academy at Teshie, Accra. Mali is in political crisis, one of the most serious since the landlocked West African country gained independence from France in 1960. It was hit by a coup in March 2012 – and a rebellion in the north that has caused alarm around the world. Ghana’s President also announced government’s decision to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
PERTH | Fri Aug 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Australia's Sundance Resources (SDL.AX) expects to bring its $4.7 billion iron ore project in West Africa online by early 2018, despite the collapse of a takeover by China's Hanlong Group in April that many expected to doom the project. Giulio Casello, chief executive of Sundance, told Reuters in an interview that the company is also aiming to finalize an equity partner for the project and have off take secured by the end of the year. By early next year, Sundance expects to have selected a contractor for the development. Investors saw little hope for the future of the project when the Hanlong deal fell through, but Sundance has said it was talking...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
JERUSALEM | (Reuters) - Israel plans to soon begin deporting migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, who number more than 50,000, back to the African continent via Uganda, officials said. Israel regards most of these Africans as illegal visitors crowding impoverished areas in search of jobs, and largely rejects the position of human rights groups that many fled their countries in search of political asylum. A statement late on Thursday from Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Israel would soon begin a staged process of deporting the migrants, most of whom crossed the border with neighboring Egypt - Israel's frontier with Africa - since 2006. Sa'ar said an agreement had been reached with an African country other than Eritrea and Sudan to...
(Ghana Business News 08/30/13)
Former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan is calling for a link between tax authorities in Africa and global reforms to avoid tax evasion. According to the Ghanaian diplomat, African tax authorities suffer more among all regions struggling to prevent the erosion of tax bases. Mr. Annan made this known in an op-ed published by the Australian Financial Review ahead of G20 leaders’ commitment to discuss global tax reform when they meet in Russia next week. The op-ed was also on why Australia should work towards building a better mining partnership with Africa. “Tax authorities in all regions struggle to prevent the erosion of tax bases, but Africa struggles more than most,” Annan said. Mr. Annan stated “automatic information exchanges must...
(The Africa Report 08/30/13)
George Ferreira Vice-president and chief operating officer, Samsung Electronics Africa. Samsung Electronics is preparing to beat its $10bn target for revenue from Africa in 2015. And according to George Ferreira - Vice-president and chief operating officer of Samsung Africa - the company is also looking at the possibility of setting up more assembly plants to avoid tariff barriers. The Africa Report: Is South Africa still your biggest African market, and do you expect it to be so for the new Samsung Galaxy S4? George Ferreira: For the S4, I would say that the South African market is probably on par with the Nigerian market, although I foresee that the Nigerian market should probably overtake the South African market in terms...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
MIAMI | (Reuters) - Florida officials trying to eradicate the Giant African Land Snail, one of the world's most destructive invasive species, plan to deploy a new weapon in the battle - Labrador retrievers. State agriculture authorities say they hope the dogs will add to their success in fighting an infestation of the slimy snails, which were first spotted by a homeowner nearly two years ago and quickly swept through the Miami area. On Wednesday, officials said that since the start of an aggressive extermination campaign they have collected 128,000 of the snails, which can grow as big as rats and devour plants as well as stucco and plaster in a hunt for calcium they need to grow their big...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/13)
At least 23 people have been killed in flash floods caused by torrential rain in the Malian capital Bamako, a government official said on Thursday. "There have been 23 people killed," Alassane Bocoum, the national director of social development, told AFP, adding that all had been identified. He said thousands of people had been made homeless after around 100 houses were destroyed. Flooding often leads to widespread displacements and casualties during the west African rainy season, as well as disease outbreaks due partly to poor sanitation. Many houses in Bamako are built on drainage sites on the banks of the Niger river and are poorly constructed.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/13)
BAMAKO | Thu Aug 29, 2013 (Reuters) - Mali's interim government has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the West African country's armed forces, a government statement said. The removal gives a clean slate to president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, elected by a landslide in an August 11 runoff. Sanogo had remained influential behind the scenes after the March 2012 coup which plunged Mali into crisis. Tuareg rebels and their al Qaeda-linked Islamist allies took advantage of the chaos following the coup to rout Mali's army and seize the northern two-thirds of the landlocked nation. A massive French military intervention launched in January broke the rebels' grip over...
(UKzambians 08/29/13)
Leaders from the UK’s African diaspora are being invited to join a powerful new network aimed at supporting sustainable development across the African continent. Working in collaboration with Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) aims to harness the power of the UK diaspora in order to combat persistent levels of poverty and unemployment among their communities in the UK and Africa. Over a period of more than a year, participants will be tasked with identifying and developing a ‘venture’ – business, social enterprise or project – that addresses a particular cause or issue they are passionate about. The new leadership programme will build on individuals’ knowledge and skills and add to the already extensive levels...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/13)
BAMAKO |(Reuters) - Twenty-four people were killed in Mali's riverside capital Bamako on Wednesday when torrential rains provoked flash floods that washed away homes in several neighborhoods, a government minister said. "The heavy rains led to flooding ... These floods caused 24 deaths," Tiefing Konate, the country's minister of internal security and civilian protection, said in a statement distributed to local media. Bankoni, Taliko, Lafiabougou, Djicoroni Woyowayanko, Lafiabougou Bougouba and Bougoudani neighborhoods were all hit by floods during rain storms that lasted most of the day. Nineteen people died in Taliko alone, the statement said. Parts of Bamako, a city of around 2 million people on the Niger River, flood regularly during the West African nation's June-to-October rainy season. Deaths...
(International Business Times 08/29/13)
On the African continent, conflicts are often hard to define, pin down or contain. Political, ethnic or religious clashes often involve a kaleidoscope of groups, shifting alliances and varying aims -- not to mention deadly bloodshed, societal disruption and massive displacement. But what if you could use science and technology to map out conflicts across the continent, simplifying intelligence efforts and providing life-saving data for humanitarian groups or peace workers -- all in real time? That daunting task has been taken up by DigitalGlobe, a company headquartered in Colorado, which uses satellite imagery to "support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, Internet portals and...
(AFP (eng) 08/27/13)
BAMAKO, August 27, 2013 (AFP) - Mali's president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita flew to Chad to thank the central African country for its backing in Bamako's fight against armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda, his office said on Tuesday. Keita was in Chad for just a few hours on Monday to honour troops who fought to liberate Mali's northern towns and cities from an Islamist occupation lasting several months in 2012, presidential aide Sandi Toure told AFP in Bamako. "It is our duty to thank all those who helped Mali," Toure said. Keita, who will be sworn in next week, met President Idriss Deby Itno in the eastern desert town of Iriba, where the Chadian head of state is spending his holidays,...
(Voice of America 08/27/13)
DAKAR — Mali's president-elect, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, takes the oath of office on September 4. According to a temporary ceasefire deal signed by Mali's interim government, he will then have 60 days to open talks with Tuareg rebels in the north to try find a solution to decades of periodic rebellion and instability that last year contributed to an unprecedented nationwide collapse. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, known more commonly by its French acronym the MNLA, launched their rebellion in January 2012. It was Mali's fourth major Tuareg rebellion since independence in 1960. Malians say it is up to president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to make it the last. The MNLA has backed away from declarations of independence...
(Voice of America 08/26/13)
DHL calls itself the “logistics company for the world,” providing transportation via rail, road, sea and air. And Company officials see Africa as a place where its business can boom. For that to happen, though, more international companies will need to invest in the continent and base their operations there. DHL’s Sumesh Rahavendra sees that happening. That’s one of the findings from a recent global technological conference sponsored by his company.“There’s quite a bit of evidence to that in terms of global companies starting to set up base in Africa. If you look at the likes of SAP or IBM or Hisense, which is the Chinese company, all of them are setting base in Africa and looking at how specifically...
(The Associated Press 08/26/13)
The United Nations world tourism body said Sunday it has chosen Zimbabwe to lead its Commission for Africa, the continent-wide group for tourism development for the next two years. The U.N. World Tourism Organization said that conflict-troubled Mali also joins the African tourism commission. Zimbabwe and Zambia are co-hosting the 155-nation tourism organization's summit, held every two years, at the resort of Victoria Falls on their common border. The six-day general assembly was formally opened by the two countries' presidents, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Michael Sata of Zambia. The United Nations said in a statement that July 31 elections in Zimbabwe, bitterly disputed over alleged rigging, "will be respected by the assembly." Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States...

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