Friday 20 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. "It's an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future," Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers accommodation ranging from single bedrooms to whole homes in 65,000 cities in 191 countries. The company announced Tuesday that it would invest $1 million (850,000 euros) in Africa by 2020 to "promote and support community-led tourism projects". "For...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is, it is a waste of...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Police in Mozambique said Tuesday they had detained 52 people after a string of attacks on police stations, in which 14 attackers were gunned down and two officers killed. Police also backed away from an earlier claim that the gunmen were linked to homegrown "Islamic extremist sects", saying they were not connected to any organised terror group. "Nothing can make us say there is a connection between the attackers and terrorist groups," police spokesman Inacio Dina told reporters. "Among those detained are the perpetrators and others who contributed to the logistics of the attack, providing food, shelter and other support." The attacks occurred on Thursday and Friday in the sleepy town of Mocimboa de Praia in the north of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
MAPUTO (Reuters) - Gun battles last week between police and attackers in a remote northern Mozambican port killed 16 people, including two police officers, local media reported. The attacks in the Indian Ocean port of Mocimboa da Praia, near the border with Tanzania and offshore gas fields, took place last Thursday and police have since regained control of the town, the official AIM news agency said. The motive for the attacks were not clear and the government has not blamed the opposition group Renamo, against which it fought a civil war for almost two decades that ended in 1992. Fighting has periodically erupted since but a ceasefire has been in place since earlier this year. “We need to know who...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - Twelve people Malawians have died in a road accident in the western Mozambican province of Tete, APA can report on Monday. Eleven of the victims were Malawians and one was a Mozambican, according to Mozambican police, who said the accident at midnight on the road between the border district of Tsangano and the Tete provincial capital. The casualties include seven people who were injured, some of them seriously. The accident occurred after one of the rear tires burst, and the mini-bus involved in the accident overturned. State-controlled Radio Mozambique said Mozambican police have confirmed that the victims are illegal immigrants from Malawi, who were suspect to be on their way to neighbouring South Africa, in search of...
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - The spokesperson for the Mozambican police, Inacio Dina, has confirmed that two policemen and three members of a gang have been killed after 30 armed and hooded gunmen attacked them in the coastal district of Mocimboa da Praia early on Thursday. The incident took place in a police compound in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in a pre-dawn raid. Radio Mozambique reported that the police later seized two AK-47 rifles and three machetes left behind by the raiders who stormed the police post in Awasse locality, and another security unit further afield between 01.00 and 04.00 at dawn on Thursday. According to Dina, the attackers spoke in Portuguese, Swahili, and Kimwani, the local dialect spoken...
(AFP (eng) 10/05/17)
The mayor of Mozambique's third city was shot dead outside his house by unknown gunmen, officials said Thursday, in an apparent targeted assassination. Mahamudo Amurane, mayor of Nampula, was killed on Wednesday evening, sparking angry demonstrations in the northwestern city, where he was widely seen as an anti-corruption crusader. "He was murdered by a man who shot him three times as he left his private residence," Saide Ali, a member of the Nampula municipal government, told reporters. On Thursday police fired warning shots in Nampula to control angry crowds who gathered to protest against his death and to call for justice.
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - Unknown gunmen have shot and killed Mahamudo Amurrane, the mayor of Nampula city, in Mozambique's northern province of Nampula, APA can report. [Img : Mozambican mayor assassinated] According to private television, STv, Amurrane was caught by three bullets as he visited a chemistry lab in the city on Wednesday afternoon. An unnamed official of his Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) confirmed that the mayor died on the spot after the gunmen fired repeatedly at him. The motive for the killing is not yet known. Amurrane's MDM had won Nampula city and three of the nation’s four largest cities in local elections in 2014. Due to its showing in those elections, the party emerged as a credible challenger to...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in Sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year, according to data from the U.N. World Tourism Organisation. Hilton said the remaining additions to its 39 existing African properties would be operational within the next five years. “The model of converting existing...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/17)
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi vowed on Monday to push ahead with national peace talks after he was overwhelmingly re-elected leader of the ruling Frelimo party at a five-yearly conference. Nyusi, who has ruled the country since 2015 and is likely to stand again in 2019 presidential elections, recently held preliminary talks with Afonso Dhlakama, head of the rival Renamo group. Renamo fought a 16-year civil war against Frelimo until 1992 before becoming an opposition political party that again took up arms in 2013. "Effective peace and national reconciliation is an urgent task that is incumbent on us all regardless of political affiliation," Nyusi told the six-day party conference in Maputo that ended early Monday. "There is no doubt that the...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Xinhuanet 09/28/17)
The Mozambican government denied on Wednesday the UN accusation of it for purchasing military weapons and equipment from a trading company in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). More than two weeks ago the UN Security Council experts said in a report that a investment company under the Ministry of Defense of Mozambique paid six million U.S. dollars for DPRK arms, violating UN arms sanctions. In reply to the UN report, Mozambican Defense Minister Atanasio M'tumuke said his government had nothing to fear because it had never bought arms from DPRK. "These are false accusations. Mozambique has never bought arms from DPRK. We look forward to the investigation from the United Nations and we hope that they apologize for...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel franchise). “The idea is to produce everything in local markets,” says Erwiah. “Particularly in Africa, particularly in Ghana.” The founders set up the company in partnership with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative, which also works with such socially conscious...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(Macauhub 09/21/17)
The Mozambican government remains committed to its goal of bringing electricity to the whole country by 2030, the Minister of Mineral Resources Leticia Klemens said on Wednesday in Maputo. The minister, who spoke at the presentation of the portfolio of projects of the National Energy Fund (Funae), stressed that the government has been intensifying efforts to bring the electricity supply to rural areas of the country. Quoted by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Klemens said private entities “now have more room to finance renewable energy projects in Mozambique, thus opening the way for the investment to stop being just public.” As an example of private sector involvement, she cited the agreement signed last May between Funae

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