Wednesday 21 February 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
PERTH | Fri Aug 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Australia's Sundance Resources (SDL.AX) expects to bring its $4.7 billion iron ore project in West Africa online by early 2018, despite the collapse of a takeover by China's Hanlong Group in April that many expected to doom the project. Giulio Casello, chief executive of Sundance, told Reuters in an interview that the company is also aiming to finalize an equity partner for the project and have off take secured by the end of the year. By early next year, Sundance expects to have selected a contractor for the development. Investors saw little hope for the future of the project when the Hanlong deal fell through, but Sundance has said it was talking...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
JERUSALEM | (Reuters) - Israel plans to soon begin deporting migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, who number more than 50,000, back to the African continent via Uganda, officials said. Israel regards most of these Africans as illegal visitors crowding impoverished areas in search of jobs, and largely rejects the position of human rights groups that many fled their countries in search of political asylum. A statement late on Thursday from Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Israel would soon begin a staged process of deporting the migrants, most of whom crossed the border with neighboring Egypt - Israel's frontier with Africa - since 2006. Sa'ar said an agreement had been reached with an African country other than Eritrea and Sudan to...
(Ghana Business News 08/30/13)
Former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan is calling for a link between tax authorities in Africa and global reforms to avoid tax evasion. According to the Ghanaian diplomat, African tax authorities suffer more among all regions struggling to prevent the erosion of tax bases. Mr. Annan made this known in an op-ed published by the Australian Financial Review ahead of G20 leaders’ commitment to discuss global tax reform when they meet in Russia next week. The op-ed was also on why Australia should work towards building a better mining partnership with Africa. “Tax authorities in all regions struggle to prevent the erosion of tax bases, but Africa struggles more than most,” Annan said. Mr. Annan stated “automatic information exchanges must...
(The Africa Report 08/30/13)
George Ferreira Vice-president and chief operating officer, Samsung Electronics Africa. Samsung Electronics is preparing to beat its $10bn target for revenue from Africa in 2015. And according to George Ferreira - Vice-president and chief operating officer of Samsung Africa - the company is also looking at the possibility of setting up more assembly plants to avoid tariff barriers. The Africa Report: Is South Africa still your biggest African market, and do you expect it to be so for the new Samsung Galaxy S4? George Ferreira: For the S4, I would say that the South African market is probably on par with the Nigerian market, although I foresee that the Nigerian market should probably overtake the South African market in terms...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
MIAMI | (Reuters) - Florida officials trying to eradicate the Giant African Land Snail, one of the world's most destructive invasive species, plan to deploy a new weapon in the battle - Labrador retrievers. State agriculture authorities say they hope the dogs will add to their success in fighting an infestation of the slimy snails, which were first spotted by a homeowner nearly two years ago and quickly swept through the Miami area. On Wednesday, officials said that since the start of an aggressive extermination campaign they have collected 128,000 of the snails, which can grow as big as rats and devour plants as well as stucco and plaster in a hunt for calcium they need to grow their big...
(Voice of America 08/29/13)
The fighting is taking place in at least two areas of the city – the Boy-Rabe and Boeing neighborhoods. “UNHCR is alarmed at the recent events in the Central African Republic’s capital. We have seen that attacks on civilians have forced thousands of people to take refuge in different locations in the capital Bangui itself, “ said UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch. Baloch said the violence – which has taken at least 10 lives -- is blamed on various armed groups. Reuters news agency describes them as “marauding former rebel fighters.” “Over the past 10 days, there have been reports of arbitrary arrests, detention, torture, extortion, armed robbery and also reports of physical violence and restrictions on movement of the civilians...
(Voice of America 08/29/13)
More than 5,000 people have taken refuge at the main airport in the Central African Republic after days of fighting and unrest in the capital. The U.N. refugee agency says Bangui has endured more than a week of violence, looting, armed robberies and other problems, prompting many residents to flee their neighborhoods. It says the thousands who gathered at Bangui International Airport are blocking the runway, forcing flights to be rerouted to Cameroon. The U.N. agency urged authorities to use all means to restore security and protect the population. The CAR has been wracked by lawlessness since the rebel movement Seleka overthrew President Francois Bozize in March. The U.N. refugee agency says there are now more than 206,000 internally displaced...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/13)
Thousands of people have fled violence in the Central African Republic in recent days, with as many as 6,000 temporarily taking refuge at the Bangui airport, the United Nations said Thursday. "Over the past 10 days arbitrary arrests, detention, torture, extortion, armed robberies, physical violence, restriction of movement, lootings and attacks on civilians have displaced thousands of people," the UN's refugee agency said in a statement. The abuses in parts of the capital have been carried out by "armed groups," Babar Baloch, a UN refugee agency spokesman in Geneva told AFP, adding that a lack of security on the ground in Bangui had prevented his colleagues there from determining which forces specifically were responsible. The exact number of people fleeing...
(UKzambians 08/29/13)
Leaders from the UK’s African diaspora are being invited to join a powerful new network aimed at supporting sustainable development across the African continent. Working in collaboration with Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) aims to harness the power of the UK diaspora in order to combat persistent levels of poverty and unemployment among their communities in the UK and Africa. Over a period of more than a year, participants will be tasked with identifying and developing a ‘venture’ – business, social enterprise or project – that addresses a particular cause or issue they are passionate about. The new leadership programme will build on individuals’ knowledge and skills and add to the already extensive levels...
(International Business Times 08/29/13)
On the African continent, conflicts are often hard to define, pin down or contain. Political, ethnic or religious clashes often involve a kaleidoscope of groups, shifting alliances and varying aims -- not to mention deadly bloodshed, societal disruption and massive displacement. But what if you could use science and technology to map out conflicts across the continent, simplifying intelligence efforts and providing life-saving data for humanitarian groups or peace workers -- all in real time? That daunting task has been taken up by DigitalGlobe, a company headquartered in Colorado, which uses satellite imagery to "support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, Internet portals and...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/13)
PARIS | (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande called on the U.N. Security Council and the African Union on Tuesday to stabilize the situation in the Central African Republic, warning it was at risk of going the way of Somalia. The country's newly sworn-in rebel leader Michel Djotodia is struggling to control the impoverished but mineral-rich nation, which has witnessed a string of violent power changes since independence from France in 1960. At least 10 people were killed this month in clashes across the capital between supporters of its former president and the fighters who ousted him and seized power five months ago, officials in Bangui said at the time. "It's more than time to take action on the Central...
(Voice of America 08/26/13)
DHL calls itself the “logistics company for the world,” providing transportation via rail, road, sea and air. And Company officials see Africa as a place where its business can boom. For that to happen, though, more international companies will need to invest in the continent and base their operations there. DHL’s Sumesh Rahavendra sees that happening. That’s one of the findings from a recent global technological conference sponsored by his company.“There’s quite a bit of evidence to that in terms of global companies starting to set up base in Africa. If you look at the likes of SAP or IBM or Hisense, which is the Chinese company, all of them are setting base in Africa and looking at how specifically...
(The Associated Press 08/26/13)
The United Nations world tourism body said Sunday it has chosen Zimbabwe to lead its Commission for Africa, the continent-wide group for tourism development for the next two years. The U.N. World Tourism Organization said that conflict-troubled Mali also joins the African tourism commission. Zimbabwe and Zambia are co-hosting the 155-nation tourism organization's summit, held every two years, at the resort of Victoria Falls on their common border. The six-day general assembly was formally opened by the two countries' presidents, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Michael Sata of Zambia. The United Nations said in a statement that July 31 elections in Zimbabwe, bitterly disputed over alleged rigging, "will be respected by the assembly." Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States...
(Voici 08/26/13)
The South African government says former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition but his condition becomes "unstable" at times. The government said the ailing anti-apartheid icon who has been hospitalized since June has shown "great resilience" and that his condition "tends to stabilize as a result of medical interventions." In the Saturday statement, President Jacob Zuma urged South Africans to continue praying for the 95-year-old former leader. Mandela is hospitalized in Pretoria. He was admitted to a hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. The former president's health has worsened in recent years. He had been in and out of the hospital for much of the past year. Mandela was elected to serve as South...
(Reuters 08/24/13)
Testimony in the trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has produced salacious details about the opulent and supposedly corrupt lifestyle of the family of the once high-flying Communist Party aristocrat. But perhaps no tidbit has attracted as much attention as the piece of exotic meat Bo's son, Guagua, brought back from a visit to Africa in 2011. The trip was paid for by entrepreneur Xu Ming, once close to the Bo family and now detained, accused of paying bribes to Bo. The mystery meat was a given by Guagua to his father, according to written testimony at the trial from his wife, Gu Kailai, a transcript of which was published by the court. Gu said she did not remember...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/13)
The Japanese Defense Ministry is mulling to dispatch resident officials tasked with military information gathering to Africa countries in a move to strengthen its intelligence collecting capability in the countries, according to local media. The officials will be sent to seven African countries, namely Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, and Brazil in South America from fiscal 2014 to obtain information over terrorism and other security issues, Japan's Kyodo News quoted government officials as saying. The defense ministry will include the costs in its budget request for fiscal 2014, said the report, adding that the ministry also plans to increase the number of such staff in European countries that have influence on Africa countries, such as Britain,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/22/13)
(Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed in clashes across the capital of the Central African Republic between supporters of its former president and the fighters who ousted him and seized power five months ago, officials said. Newly sworn-in rebel leader Michel Djotodia is struggling to control the impoverished but mineral-rich nation, which has witnessed a string of violent power changes since independence from France in 1960. Human rights groups accuse Seleka, the grouping of five rebel movements that brought him to power and ousted former President Francois Bozize, of abuses, looting and indiscriminate killings.Officials in Bangui said the fighting on Tuesday started after Seleka fighters tried to disarm Bozize supporters in their Boy-Rabe stronghold in the riverside capital...
(Voice of America 08/21/13)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Cameroon has closed its borders with Central African Republic, after Seleka rebel fighters raided the Cameroonian border town of Toktoyo, killing the Cameroonian border police chief during the attack.Witnesses say fighters from the Seleka rebel coalition, who seized control of Central African Republic in March, attacked military police installations Tuesday in Cameroon's Kadei Division.The Seleka fighters gunned down the Assistant Police Superintendent Felix Ndalle Ngando as other police fled or hid in terror. The attack appeared to stem from a disagreement between the Seleka commander and the police chief. Cameroonian soldiers reportedly were able to fight them off, but Seleka fighters later returned with reinforcements. During the raid, Seleka fighters reportedly freed one of their own who...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
(Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold pinned its turnaround hopes on a new chief executive on Wednesday, appointing industry veteran Bradley A Gordon to replace Greg Hawkins at the helm of the struggling group. The FTSE 250 company, whose poor performance meant it was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, said Gordon's appointment would be effective immediately. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. Analysts welcomed the change, and said Gordon's his lack of African experience was balanced by his ability to manage difficult operations. "The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 21, 2013 (Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold on Wednesday named industry veteran Bradley A Gordon as its new chief executive, succeeding Greg Hawkins who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. African Barrick was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, hit by illegal mining, power generation problems and strikes, issues which forced it to warn in February that output would shrink for a fifth straight year. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. African Barrick initiated a review of its operations earlier this...

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