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Sunday 22 January 2017

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of China to ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching," Sebunya said in a statement issued in Nairobi The Chinese authority in December 2016 announced the...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted...
(The Namibian 01/10/17)
Government is seeking to improve the sale of raw wool from livestock farmers to local processors and in South Africa by adding value to the product. Industrialisation acting permanent secretary Calicious Tutalife told Nampa last week that the government is looking at increasing the price paid to farmers for raw wool derived from Swakara sheep farming. He said farmers are sometimes receiving payments as low as N$2 per kilogramme of raw black wool, and government is looking at upping the...
(The Namibian 01/10/17)
The Bank of Namibia dismissed the allegation that N$3.5 billion cash was found in a container in Ondangwa last year December while Police were investigating money laundering and tax evasion to that amount. “This information is wrong and not supported by facts,” BoN Governor Ipumbu Shiimi said in a statement on Friday. The Windhoek Magistrate's Court is dealing with a case in which three men, two Chinese and one Namibian, are charged with fraud, money laundering and tax evasion to...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AFP (eng) 01/06/17)
Representatives of two indigenous groups have filed a class-action suit in New York against Germany seeking reparations for the genocide of their peoples by German colonial rulers over a century ago in what is now Namibia. The suit filed by the Ovaherero and Nama people on Thursday also demands that their representatives be included in negotiations between Germany and Namibia on the issue. The two countries have been in talks about a joint declaration on the 1904-05 massacres. While Germany has acknowledged a genocide occurred, it has repeatedly refused to pay direct reparations, saying that its development aid worth hundreds of millions of euros since Namibia's independence from South Africa
(Reuters (Eng) 01/06/17)
Germany was sued for damages in the United States on Thursday by descendants of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia, for what they called a genocide campaign by German colonial troops in the early 1900s that led to more than 100,000 deaths. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Germany has excluded the plaintiffs from talks with Namibia regarding what occurred, and has publicly said any settlement will not include reparations to victims, even...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman. The country, which has been on the frontline of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa, is pushing for an agreement with Niger and a renewed deal with Tunisia to facilitate returns. "We have saved many lives but we cannot accept rule-breaking. We need to speed up deportations," Foreign Minister...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
French border police intercepted 45 African migrants who were trying to enter the country from Italy and arrested the two smugglers involved, local prosecutors said Wednesday. Travelling in two vans, 25 migrants in the first vehicle were stopped while 20 in the second breached a checkpoint at Montgenevre in southeastern France, before later being found. According to the prosecutor's office, the migrants were returned to the border and the two smugglers are to be tried in Italy.
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Its lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa. The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin, environmentalists say. With financing coming from American, European and Asian agri-businesses, palm bunches are cultivated then cut from trees and sent to factories where oil is extracted by hot pressing. But the production...
(The Herald Online 12/27/16)
The end of 2016 provides an opportunity to take stock of Africa’s recent economic performance and future prospects. It’s been a tumultuous year for some African countries largely due to a commodities crisis and a global economic slowdown.Yet there were still pockets of good growth which displayed the huge potential of the African continent. And 2017 looks to be the year the countries hardest hit by the crisis seek to recover from the economic reversals of the past few years...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/24/16)
A record 5,000 migrants are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea this year, following two shipwrecks on Thursday in which some 100 people, mainly West Africans, were feared dead, aid agencies said on Friday. Two overcrowded inflatable dinghies capsized in the Strait of Sicily after leaving Libya for Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said. "Those two incidents together appear to be the numbers that would bring this year's total up...

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of China to ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching," Sebunya said in a statement issued in Nairobi The Chinese authority in December 2016 announced the...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/06/17)
Representatives of two indigenous groups have filed a class-action suit in New York against Germany seeking reparations for the genocide of their peoples by German colonial rulers over a century ago in what is now Namibia. The suit filed by the Ovaherero and Nama people on Thursday also demands that their representatives be included in negotiations between Germany and Namibia on the issue. The two countries have been in talks about a joint declaration on the 1904-05 massacres. While Germany has acknowledged a genocide occurred, it has repeatedly refused to pay direct reparations, saying that its development aid worth hundreds of millions of euros since Namibia's independence from South Africa
(Reuters (Eng) 01/06/17)
Germany was sued for damages in the United States on Thursday by descendants of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia, for what they called a genocide campaign by German colonial troops in the early 1900s that led to more than 100,000 deaths. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Germany has excluded the plaintiffs from talks with Namibia regarding what occurred, and has publicly said any settlement will not include reparations to victims, even...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman. The country, which has been on the frontline of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa, is pushing for an agreement with Niger and a renewed deal with Tunisia to facilitate returns. "We have saved many lives but we cannot accept rule-breaking. We need to speed up deportations," Foreign Minister...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
French border police intercepted 45 African migrants who were trying to enter the country from Italy and arrested the two smugglers involved, local prosecutors said Wednesday. Travelling in two vans, 25 migrants in the first vehicle were stopped while 20 in the second breached a checkpoint at Montgenevre in southeastern France, before later being found. According to the prosecutor's office, the migrants were returned to the border and the two smugglers are to be tried in Italy.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/24/16)
A record 5,000 migrants are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea this year, following two shipwrecks on Thursday in which some 100 people, mainly West Africans, were feared dead, aid agencies said on Friday. Two overcrowded inflatable dinghies capsized in the Strait of Sicily after leaving Libya for Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said. "Those two incidents together appear to be the numbers that would bring this year's total up...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/16)
Selma saunters on her stilt-like legs, batting thick lashes as she extends a blackish tongue -- as long as an arm -- to grab pellets offered by an awed tourist. The giraffe is after all, eating for two. Her pregnancy is good news for one of the rarest giraffe species, protected at the Giraffe Centre in the Kenyan capital, but experts warn the outlook for the rest of the world's tallest land mammals is far gloomier. While it is hoped...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day,...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and...
(The Namibian 12/13/16)
The levels of stunting amongst children in Namibia are still too high, global child rights advocate for the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) Graca Machel has said. Machel was speaking at a gala dinner held in her honour by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila last week. She was in Namibia with Unicef regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa Leila Pakkala for a three-day visit to lend support to government's efforts to reduce malnutrition amongst children, and accelerate the realisation of...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Namibia has declared three days of mourning in honor of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro who died Friday aged 90. President Hage Geingob said this in his speech delivered in Havana Tuesday where he was attending Castro's the memorial service. Geingob is accompanied by two former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba as well as the Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba. "As part of our collective homage, Namibia has declared three days of national mourning in honor of...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Namibians adore the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro here in Namibia where a street was named after him in the capital Windhoek. The news of Castro's death at the age of 90 on Friday was received with profound sadness and deep grief, the ruling party Swapo secretary for information Helmut Angula said in a statement Saturday. "During the difficult times of our struggle for independence, Commandant Fidel Castro provided our people with hope, inspiration and impeccable leadership," Angula said. To...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday...

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(The Namibian 01/10/17)
Government is seeking to improve the sale of raw wool from livestock farmers to local processors and in South Africa by adding value to the product. Industrialisation acting permanent secretary Calicious Tutalife told Nampa last week that the government is looking at increasing the price paid to farmers for raw wool derived from Swakara sheep farming. He said farmers are sometimes receiving payments as low as N$2 per kilogramme of raw black wool, and government is looking at upping the price to at least N$20. The price of one kilogramme brown and light coloured raw wool is between N$10 and N$20, and can be dyed at an affordable cost, unlike black wool. The cost for...
(The Namibian 01/10/17)
The Bank of Namibia dismissed the allegation that N$3.5 billion cash was found in a container in Ondangwa last year December while Police were investigating money laundering and tax evasion to that amount. “This information is wrong and not supported by facts,” BoN Governor Ipumbu Shiimi said in a statement on Friday. The Windhoek Magistrate's Court is dealing with a case in which three men, two Chinese and one Namibian, are charged with fraud, money laundering and tax evasion to that amount. Shiimi said the claim of police finding that amount stashed in cash in a container is false. “As far as can be established, the Namibian police did not find any money hoarded by the suspects when they were...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Its lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa. The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin, environmentalists say. With financing coming from American, European and Asian agri-businesses, palm bunches are cultivated then cut from trees and sent to factories where oil is extracted by hot pressing. But the production...
(The Herald Online 12/27/16)
The end of 2016 provides an opportunity to take stock of Africa’s recent economic performance and future prospects. It’s been a tumultuous year for some African countries largely due to a commodities crisis and a global economic slowdown.Yet there were still pockets of good growth which displayed the huge potential of the African continent. And 2017 looks to be the year the countries hardest hit by the crisis seek to recover from the economic reversals of the past few years...
(The Namibian 12/21/16)
The average basic monthly remuneration for permanent employees on commercial farms during 2016 was N$1 975. This average salary is based on remuneration packages of 3 497 workers on commercial farms which are highlighted in the Wage Survey Report published by the Agricultural Employers' Association (AEA) this week. Every second year, the AEA, an affiliate of the Namibia Agricultural Union, conducts a survey to determine the average salary commercial farm workers receive. Given that the calculated average monthly pay package...
(The Namibian 12/21/16)
State House remained tight-lipped on whether President Hage Geingob intentionally promoted a company co-owned by his daughter during his visit to France last month. Geingob went on a week-long trip that took him to Paris, Havana and London from 27 to 30 November 2016. The Presidency said the trip to France and the UK was to "strengthen investment and enhance trade opportunities for Namibia". Questions sent to press secretary Albertus Aochamub two weeks ago and again last week were not...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy...
(The Namibian 12/16/16)
The annual inflation rate for November increased to 7,3% from the 3,3% recorded in November 2015, the Namibia Statistics Agency announced yesterday. Inflation was 7,3% in October this year. The increase in the general price levels over the year came mainly from food and non-alcoholic beverages (11,6%), hotels, cafés and restaurants (9,2%), housing, water, electricity and other fuels (7,9%), furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house (7,7%), education (7,6%), health (6,9%), alcoholic beverages and tobacco (6,5%), recreation and...
(New Era 12/16/16)
Windhoek — The Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, says the ministry has instructed both TransNamib and Air Namibia boards to appoint a CEO not later than June 2017. Jooste said this during a press conference held at the ministry's head office in the capital yesterday. TransNamib has been given until March next year while Air Namibia was given until June to find a suitable candidate. For the last two years both parastatals have been operating without a CEO or...
(The Namibian 12/16/16)
BUSINESSMAN Knowledge Katti has been called all sorts of names; a middleman, a fixer, a commissioner-in-chief, an influence pedlar or phosphate activist. He has in the past dodged answering questions sent to him by The Namibian on any issue published by the newspaper for over three years. He has now agreed to talk about one topic - marine phosphate mining- a controversial extraction of minerals from the seabed to make products like fertilisers. Here is what Katti told The Namibian's...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat...
(Agence Ecofin 12/14/16)
Mining firm Bushveld Minerals signed a deal, via its Greenhills Resources subsidiary, to acquire a 49% stake in Dawnmin Africa Investments, which owns 85% of the Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Under the agreement, Greenghills is to conduct due diligence on the project. If conclusive, the firm will acquire the 49% interest for about 41 million ordinary shares of Bushveld Minerals. The acquisition is however subject to regulatory approvals and to the negotiation for final agreement, including share purchase agreement...
(Mining.com 12/13/16)
Namibia’s economy will get a significant boost next year from its uranium sector as the country’s newest mine begins production, making the African nation the world’s third largest producer of the radioactive metal. Domestic demand, however, will rise only gradually over 2017 as high levels of debt amongst citizens weigh on their disposable incomes, a report published Tuesday by BMI Research shows. The $2-billion Husab project, a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Holding Corp (CGNPC) and local miner Swakop Uranium, is expected to produce up to 15-million pounds of uranium a year.
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad,...
(Xinhuanet 12/08/16)
Namibia's stock of international reserves remains sufficient to meet the country's foreign obligations, according to the central bank, Bank of Namibia (BoN). Announcing this on Wednesday at an event held in Windhoek, BoN Governor Ipumbu Shiimi said, the stock of international reserves stood at 1.85 billion U.S. dollars, up from 1.67 billion U.S. dollars recorded at the last Monetary Policy committee (MPC) statement. "At this level, the stock of international reserves was estimated to be about 3.3 months of import...
(APA 12/08/16)
The Namibian government said it will write-off about N$19 billion (about US$1.3 billion) of interest and penalties accrued on outstanding tax debt over the past 20 years. Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya told the media on Thursday that the cabinet took the decision on Tuesday as part of the government’s effort to recover the principal outstanding taxes. The minister noted that of the total outstanding debt, N$4 billion (US$295 million) was accumulated from principal debt, while N$15 billion...
(Xinhuanet 12/07/16)
The Construction Industries Federation of Namibia (CIF) has demanded that the government pay more than a billion Namibian dollars (about 74 million U.S. dollars) it owes its members by Dec. 15. CIF consulting general manager Barbel Kirchner said in a statement Tuesday that close to 75 percent of businesses are currently experiencing cash flow crisis with dire consequences. He also said the non-payment by government will not only cause delays or stoppages on projects, but that contractors will have great...

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(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results in brackets with W denoting a win, D a draw and L a loss): FAVOURITES Egypt (WWW) Back among the elite and in good form. After winning three consecutive Cup of Nations titles, they failed...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(APA 11/04/16)
Standard Bank of Namibia, through its Buy-a-Brick housing initiative has announced that it will construct a new house for Namibian athlete, Ananias Shikongo, who won five medals at the recent 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil. The 29-year old visually impaired athlete won a gold medal in men’s T11’ 200m, and two bronze in the 100m and 400m during the Rio Paralympics. The head of Corporate Social Investment Sigrid Tjijorokisa announced the banks decision to build Shikongo a N$500, 000 ($37,166)...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(New Era 09/30/16)
The United Nations Report on the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005 highlighted the benefits that sport can bring in building national identity, especially at the level of elite sport. Sport can provide a positive image of the nation to the international community. Studies on specific cases have shown that sport, especially football, can positively contribute to strengthening national pride and forming a cohesive national identity. President Hage Geingob’s mantra of no one should feel left out of...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/16)
French petroleum giant Total signed an eight-year deal to become the new sponsor of African football and its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday. The sponsorship of the tournament will start at its next edition in Gabon from Jan 14 to Feb 5, 2017. "This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,"...
(The Namibian 06/24/16)
National athletics coach Letu Hamhola on Thursday confirmed that the country's elite sprinters will not be at the Rio Olympic Games after missing out on the ongoing 20th African Senior Athletics Championships in Durban, South Africa. Hamhola's woes were compounded further on Wednesday when several of Namibia's athletes posted dismal times during the opening day of the continental championships, which double as the final Olympic qualifying event for athletes on African soil. Commenting on the poor results, Hamhola bemoaned the...
( The Southern Times 06/16/16)
The jack is out! The lid has been finally lifted off the boiling pot of the much despised composition of Cricket Namibia’s (CN) lily-white board. New Era Sport has established shocking revelations punctuated by deliberate or rather discriminatory discrepancies in CN’s fragile constitution regarding the voting system. The constitution makes provision for such but the dominant view, and rightfully so, is: this is deliberate preferential treatment towards the previously and still advantaged elites to be accorded the luxury of far...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(The Namibian 06/08/16)
Botswana will beat Namibia when the two nations meet at the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup, former Botswana football star Diphetogo 'Dipsy' Selolwane said. Namibia are the defending champions and will play Botswana in the quarterfinals of the competition on 18 June. In a recent interview with Nampa, the legendary retired footballer, who captained the Zebras of Botswana, said football has evolved between the two nations and the time has now come for Botswana to show...
(The Namibian 04/01/16)
NAMIBIA Breweries Limited (NBL) through their new King Lager beer brand on Thursday announced they had thrown their weight behind the IBO and WBA super bantamweight world title unification fight in Windhoek on 7 May. Namibia's IBO champion Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda will take on WBA title holder Moises 'Chucky' Flores from Mexico in a groundbreaking contest for the country. That allure, which presents the King Lager brand international exposure, is why NBL have partnered with the MTC Sunshine Academy...
(New Era 03/17/16)
Namibia’s 2015 All Africa Games gold and silver medalist Ananias Shikongo will lead a strong delegation of 35 Paralympic athletes to Bloemfontein, South Africa today where they will represent the country at the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired. The competition will take place from March 19 to 24. The Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired is an International Paralympics Committee (IPC) sanctioned event and will serve as the last opportunity for Namibian...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Namibian Hockey Union (NHU) will host the Africa Under-21 Junior Hockey Word Cup Qualifiers from March 18-27 here. The continental showpiece will see the Namibian junior men and ladies square off with South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Nigeria and Tanzania, while Egypt has confirmed that they will only be sending a men's team to the tournament. Marc Nel, President of the NHU, said on Tuesday that all games will be played on the astro turfs of both...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there...
(AFP (eng) 02/25/16)
Former sprinter Frankie Fredericks was Wednesday named president of the International Olympic Committee's powerful evaluation commission which could make or break the dreams of 2024 Olympic hopefuls Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. Namibian star Federicks, 48, a former world 200m champion, and his fellow officials will visit the four cities in February and March 2017 with the commission's report to be published a month before the host city is named in September 13 next year. "Olympic Agenda 2020, with...
(APA 02/25/16)
The 48 year old veteran former Namibian athlete, Frankie Fredericks was on Wednesday appointed President of the Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the IOC has announced. This committee is tasked to audit candidatures from Budapest (Hungary), Los Angeles (USA), Paris (France) and Rome (Italy) to which it will visit in February and March 2017. Its report will serve as a basis for information to the IOC members for the election of...
(Xinhuanet 02/18/16)
WINDHOEK, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Namibia U-17 soccer squad will be joined by South Africa, Ghana and the German team, Westphalia, for the Four Nations Tournament to be held in Walvis Bay, Namibia between March 19-24. Ghana were the winners of the bi-annual tournament back in 2014 beating Westphalia, in the final through penalties, while South Africa finished third and hosts Namibia fourth. Tournament Director Roger Kambatuku of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said Westphalia are expected in Namibia...
(The Namibian 02/11/16)
Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary-general Barry Rukoro says he is “confused” and uncertain as to why he was suspended from all activities and duties related to the organisation yesterday. This is despite NFA president Frans Mbidi announcing that Rukoro's suspension is related to unspecified “gross insubordination” and runs until such time that the disciplinary process is completed. Titus Kunamuene, the head of competitions and registration, has been appointed in an acting capacity “as recommended by the NFA Emergency Committee until...

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(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at nearly 13 percent annually, which is a fantastic rate." This weekend, African talent will be celebrated in Johannesburg at the annual MTV Africa awards set up in 2008 to recognise those "who have made the...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps of Kawangware" -- a play on the US "Real Housewives" series -- along with talk shows, political satire and continent-wide reality TV such as "Big Brother Africa" and "Project Fame". And demand is set to grow with the number of...
(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...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(The Namibian 06/28/16)
Fashion designer Easter Leah Manasse has been making her mark for some time now, both locally and in Angola where she is based, but now she's looking to make her mark globally too. Manasse started her career under the fashion house Atelier Nadir Tati in Angola, a brand owned by Nadir Tati who has been voted as one of southern Africa's top designers by Forbes. In 2014, Manasse interned at the brand, and worked her way up to being a...
(New Era 06/28/16)
Young and ambitious Anna ‘Nelago’ Shangevi says she is more than ready to represent the country at the Miss Teen International 2016 next month in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The competition is held under the global flagship of the Prince and Princess International pageant. “For the past two months I have been training very hard. I promise to do my best to at least win something,” says Nelago, adding that winning the title will be a “dream come true”. “I believe...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(New Era 06/24/16)
The Namibia Film Commission (NFC) and South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday. Confirming the MoU on Facebook, NFC says it will set a path for the two countries to train film makers, do co-production, marketing as well as film distribution. The signing took place during the 37th of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from June 16 till last Sunday. “We are certainly looking towards the long working relationship between these...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(The Namibian 05/12/16)
ZEPHYR Namibia held its second annual fashion show on Saturday, featuring garments by six upcoming Namibian designers, with Matheus Erastus getting top nods at the event. Other designers such as Christine Visser, Sean Renaldo Cloete, Happy Xamises, Maila Kalipi and Salmi Shilongo also showcased their designs at the event which featured 39 models who are also Miss Grand Namibia 2016 finalists. Erastus won the award for Best Overall Designer Collection and he will be joining the judging panel of Miss...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(The Namibian 03/17/16)
MONDAY not only marks Namibia's 26th year of independence, it will also mark one year since President Hage Geingob took office to become Namibia's third democratically elected president. To honour this milestone, Zambezi Magic (DStv Channel 160) will air the documentary 'Geingob - Man of the Hour' on Friday, 25 March at 20h30. 'Geingob - Man of the Hour' looks at the life of the President as a Namibian liberation hero. In the documentary, he takes his family back to...
(APA 03/11/16)
Namibia’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC, Air Namibia denying ethnic cleansing and salary increase for politicians are topics of interests in the Namibian press on Friday. New Era zoomed in on an explanation by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah about the possibility of Namibia withdrawing from the ICC. For now Namibia remains a full member of the ICC, pending certain technical requirements that must be met before it can withdraw” according to New Era, which further...
(The Namibian 02/10/16)
FACE of Namibia (FON) is rebranding its activities to benefit and empower Namibian women through their inaugural Women and Upcoming Entrepreneurs Expo. The expo, which takes place from 30 March to 2 April, is aimed at raising funds and exposing women to the available economic and employment opportunities in the country, as well as training opportunities. These benefits are expected to empower unemployed and less privileged women in Namibia, while at the same time fighting gender-based violence (GBV) and baby...
(APA 01/19/16)
The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Mundial Telecom services SARL-KORA have signed a barter agreement for the broadcast of the 2016 KORA All Africa Music Awards slated for Windhoek on March 20. The agreement is for the live and delayed broadcast by NBC of the biggest music award in Africa. Mundial Telecom services SARL-KORA has the broadcast rights of the event that was founded by Ernest Adjovi in 1994. Speaking during the signing ceremony in Windhoek on Monday, NBC director...
(APA 11/25/15)
President Hage Geingob’s love for luxury, a proposed salary hike for politicians and the death of a Namibian peacekeeper in Liberia were the major news stories in the press on Wednesday. The Namibian reported that the First Family had moved out of State House in Windhoek's Auasblick suburb to make way for major renovations to the presidential residence, barely nine months after refurbishments were done before the President moved in. The newspaper claimed that tens of millions of dollars would...
(APA 11/03/15)
The Rwanda and Namibian police forces have signed a pact to boost and enhance cooperation in law enforcement particularly cross border crimes linked to the two countries. The pact was signed on Tuesday by the Rwandan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana and his Namibian counterpart Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, on the sidelines of the 84th Interpol General Assembly being held in the capital Kigali. The agreement will formalize their cooperation against cross-border crimes such as cybercrimes, narcotics...
(Informanté 08/20/15)
THE quote, “It is neither the strongest nor the fastest but only those that are able to adapt to rapid change that survive,” captures the essence of the newly published youth novel “TuraBoy”. The book set in the vibrant, explosive yet unpredictable Katutura in Windhoek, written by Joseph Namutungika Mukoroli, chronicles the lives of five friends (Kaboy, Tjongo, Tumi, Katanga and Mangu) as they struggle to survive each day. The five friends are forced to reconsider their friendship in their...
(New Era 08/17/15)
Preparations for the Tsumeb Copper Festival are in full swing as businesspeople prepare to exhibit their products at the popular happening in the copper mining town. More than 200 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and bigger exhibitors are expected to showcase their products and services at the annual fair. This year the festival takes place from October 28 to 31 at the United Nations Park. The four-day event, which is aimed at boosting the economic competitiveness of the town, is...

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman, when France's military launched Operation Serval in January 2013 as jihadists allied to Tuareg rebels took control of the north of the country. "I took the necessary steps and we intervened militarily, and what we did there in terms of...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat...
(Mining.com 12/13/16)
Namibia’s economy will get a significant boost next year from its uranium sector as the country’s newest mine begins production, making the African nation the world’s third largest producer of the radioactive metal. Domestic demand, however, will rise only gradually over 2017 as high levels of debt amongst citizens weigh on their disposable incomes, a report published Tuesday by BMI Research shows. The $2-billion Husab project, a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Holding Corp (CGNPC) and local miner Swakop Uranium, is expected to produce up to 15-million pounds of uranium a year.
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones...
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will...
(Dw-World 11/09/16)
Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. "Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation," he wrote on his Twitter account. Burundi's controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza - the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision...
(The Telegraph 11/07/16)
Just a few months after being elected Conservative Party leader, David Cameron flew to Rwanda. It was a high-profile trip so he could see first-hand the development of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and launch his party’s review on globalisation and global poverty. On his first day, he visited a textile factory in Kigali, the country’s capital. Above the hum of the silk reels, he chatted to some of the workers and admired the quality of the patterned fabrics. Before...
(Bloomberg 10/19/16)
Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested $34 million in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88 billion. All Naspers Ltd., now Africa’s most valuable company, has to do is figure out how to make money from its other properties: The whole company is worth only $72 billion, less than its stake in Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings Ltd. Investors aren’t impressed with Naspers’s operations in pay-TV, newspapers and e-commerce in such countries as South Africa,...
(Voice of America 10/17/16)
Telecom workers in Burkina Faso were on strike again this month, leading to phone and internet interruptions. The country has only one internet service provider, Onatel, but the days of the telecom monopoly in Africa may ending. The Burkina Faso telecommunications authority fined Onatel 5 billion CFA francs ($8.5 million U.S.) in response to the strike, which cut internet access across the country for more than a week. Arouna Ouédraogo, an information technology specialist, said people without access to the...
(CNN 10/05/16)
Terrorism, human trafficking, and corruption are creating a more dangerous continent, which in turn is preventing better governance, a new report revealed. The results of the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, show that two thirds of Africans live in a country where safety and rule of law has deteriorated over the past decade, greatly impacting overall governance in Africa. 15 countries have declined 'quite substantially,' and almost half the countries on the continent...

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