| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the continent's people and businesses to better reach the world. "With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said Dlamini-Zuma, who will next week hand power to Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat after four years at the helm of the continental body Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates...
(Bloomberg 03/09/17)
Exxon Mobil Corp. said it will buy 25 percent of a project off Mozambique from Italy’s Eni SpA for about $2.8 billion as the U.S. oil giant expands in natural gas. The acquisition of the offshore Area 4 stake comes after former Exxon Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson -- now U.S. Secretary of State -- discussed plans to buy into Eni’s assets with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi in July. “This strategic investment will enable Exxon Mobil’s LNG leadership and experience to support development of Mozambique’s abundant natural gas resources,” Tillerson’s successor as CEO, Darren W. Woods, said in a statement on Thursday. Exxon’s involvement could accelerate the development of one of the world’s
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
A critical mass of trained and well equipped community health workforce is key to easing the rising burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases in Africa, experts said on Wednesday at a continental forum taking place in Nairobi. The experts, policymakers and campaigners who attended Africa Health Agenda International Conference agreed that optimal engagement of community health workers is key to revolutionize response to diseases ravaging the continent. Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu in his opening remarks said that investments in training for community health workers will have multiplier impact on Africa's socioeconomic development. "We require highly skilled and motivated cadre of community health workforce to deal with a high diseases burden in disadvantaged settings in this continent. These...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/17)
Lawyers and human rights campaigners launched an initiative for African whistleblowers in Senegal on Tuesday, aimed at providing a secure means of exposing wrongdoing on the continent. African nations such as Somalia, South Sudan, Libya and Guinea-Bissau regularly appear at the very bottom of rankings such as Transparency International's Corruption Index, while none make it into the top 30. The Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) will provide guidance from legal experts, secure submission of information and a hotline for potential informants, according to its founders. The initiative is the brainchild of Spanish superstar lawyer Baltasar Garzon -- who has defended Julian Assange of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks -- along with French lawyer William Bourdon, who worked on...
(The Independent 03/06/17)
Th term was coined by sceptical officials, worried about the importance given to Commonwealth trade deals ahead of Brexit negotiations. Plans by government ministers to boost trade links with African Commonwealth countries are being internally branded “empire 2.0” by sceptical officials who are worried about the importance being placed on such deals ahead of the UK’s negotiations of leaving the European Union (EU). International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is expected to promise to build better links with the whole of the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth when ministers from each country meet in London later this week. But as the UK is prepares itself to leave the European Union, The Times reports that British ministers are planning to talk...
(AFP (eng) 03/03/17)
Mozambican opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama on Friday extended a truce between his rebel Renamo group and the government and said peace talks would resume next week. The move prolongs a truce that Renamo fighters announced unilaterally the day before Christmas last year. It has been observed with only minor breaches, according to Dhlakama. "We will extend the truce by 60 days to allow us to not only work on the negotiating process, but also to ensure... there will be no more deaths," Dhlakama said during a press conference at his party's headquarters in Maputo, which he addressed by telephone. Dhlakama, whose Renamo party is the main opposition in Mozambique, retreated in October 2015 to his hideout in the central Gorongosa...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/03/17)
Mozambique's Renamo opposition party will extend a ceasefire by a further two months, its leader Afonso Dhlakama said on Friday, the third such extension since a truce aimed at aiding peace talks began on Dec. 27. Renamo and Frelimo fought on opposing sides in a civil war from 1976 to 1992 in which a million people died before a peace accord ended the fighting. But Renamo retains its own militia. The ceasefire was due to end on Friday having been extended by two months on January 3. (Reporting by Manuel Mucari; Writing by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Joe Brock)
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
A prolonged drought across the East African region and heavy flooding in some southern African countries are compounding the effects of conflicts to make people's lives difficult. Against the global trend of good harvests, Africa, especially its eastern part, faces the challenge of worsening food security due to drought and conflicts. Some 37 countries require external assistance for food, including 28 African countries, as a result of lingering effects of last year's El Nino-triggered drought on harvests, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In South Sudan, nearly half of the population of 11.3 million are in urgent need of food aid as the UN declared famine in the East African nation last week. Tens of thousands of people...
(Bloomberg 03/03/17)
Polar Star Management Ltd., which runs one of the best-performing African and Middle East hedge fund over the past five years, plans to start a private-equity unit that will invest in agriculture to exploit rising demand for food. The Cape Town-based firm plans to use its own money to buy small farms and processing companies in South Africa this year, then increase efficiency through consolidation and better management, said Murray Derksen, a director at Polar Star. It aims to raise 1.5 billion rand ($115 million) for the fund, which may also buy commodities such as grains, while targeting an internal rate of return of 8 percent to 12 percent, he said. “We looked at the increase in corn demand globally,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Mozambican parliament opened its session on Monday in Maputo with parliamentary groups of both Frelimo and Renamo calling for a definitive and effective peace agreement in the country. "The indicators that we registered in the last few months, demonstrate political will for a definitive and effective peace, they are a clear example that it is possible for Mozambicans to reach an effective and long lasting peace through dialogue," said Veronica Macamo, spokesperson of the parliament. Macamo saluted Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi for his efforts together with Afonso Dlhakama, leader of main opposition
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Rosita Mabuiango's birth in a tree above swirling waters 17 years ago thrust her into instant stardom, drawing global attention to the worst floods to hit Mozambique in recent memory. The images of Rosita draped in dirty linen, moments after she and her mother were hoisted to safety by a helicopter, touched the world, helping raise funds for tens of thousands of flood victims. But these days, the teenager doesn't consider herself special. "I'm normal, it's just a different way of being born," she says with a broad smile. Rosita was born on March 1, 2000, four days after her marooned mother clambered into a tree to escape deadly floods ripping through southern Mozambique. "I think it's God who chose...
(Macauhub 02/27/17)
The China Brasil Xinnenghuan International Investment (CBSteel) company plans to invest US$1.4 billion to build a plant in Nacala to transform metallurgical coal into coking coal to export to Brazil. CBSteel’s intentions were indicated in a memorandum signed last Friday in Maputo by the permanent secretary of Mozambique’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC), Carla Soto, and the chairman of the board of China Brasil Xinnenghuan International Investment (CBSteel), Zhang Shengsheng. After signing the memorandum, Zhang said that construction of the Nacala plant in Nampula province would be financed by the Chinese government and should last about a year. CBSteel expects to annually export 4 million tons of coal to Brazil for use in steel production. Mozambique’s AIM news agency...
(Macauhub 02/27/17)
The Mavuzi and Chicamba hydroelectric plants in Mozambique’s Manica province will officially open in March, the chairman of the board of Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), Mateus Magala, has indicated. The two projects will add 80 megawatts to current electric power supply capacity. Restoration work on the two plants, which are managed by EDM, cost the government nearly US$133 million. The Covaninga plant is also set to open in the next few months and will add 40 megawatts of power production capacity. Magala also said that the Maputo thermal plant would be inaugurated next year, adding a further 110 megawatts to the country’s electric power supply capacity. Mozambique’s electric power consumption stands at 900 megawatts, of which 150 megawatts are bought...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in Africa. "The spread of artemisinin resistance in Africa would be a major setback in the fight against malaria, as ACT (artemisinin-based combination therapy) is the only effective and widely used antimalarial treatment at the moment," said lead author Arnab Pain,...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Mozambican former first lady Graca Machel's daughter on Tuesday won a high-profile domestic violence case against her ex-boyfriend, a landmark victory in a country where abuse of women is growing. Josina Machel lost the sight in her right eye in 2015 after she was savagely beaten by a Mozambican businessman Rofino Licuco with whom she had been in a relationship for three years. A court in Maputo on Tuesday sentenced Licuco to a suspended prison sentence of three years and four months, Machel's lawyer Abdul Carimo said during a press conference following the hearing. Licuco was also ordered to pay 200 million meticals (2.7 million euros) damages, Carimo added. Licuco's lawyer said that he would appeal. "This victory should be...
(Macau Daily Times 02/22/17)
The government of Mozambique has approved a regulation to facilitate the granting of entry visas to foreign nationals engaged in investment activities, thus contributing to improving the business climate, the deputy minister of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday in Maputo. Quoted by Mozambican news agency AIM, Ana Comoana said the approved document reduces the minimum amount to grant the Investment Activity visa from US50 million to US$500,000. “If the amount required is high there will be few people who will invest in Mozambique but if it is smaller it is likely that in return the number of investors will increase,” she said. Comoana said after the meeting of the Council of Ministers that the regulations also intend to facilitate...
(Macauhub 02/22/17)
The government of Mozambique has approved the regulation of the Gaming and Gambling Law which, in addition to increasing the number of casino licenses to be granted, reducing the distance between casinos from 5 kilometres to 100 metres, said on Tuesday in Maputo the deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism. Ana Comoana said after the meeting of the Council of Ministers the regulation states that the country’s capital, Maputo, may have up to four casinos within a 100-metre radius while the Beira and Chimoio cities can have a maximum of three within that same area. The cities of Mozambique were classified under this regulation into three classes – A, B and C – and Maputo is considered class A, the...

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