| Africatime
Friday 22 August 2014
(AFP (eng) 08/22/14)
A fever of unidentified origin has killed 13 people in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo since August 11, the health minister said. "All 13 people who have died suffered from a fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and, in a terminal stage, of vomiting a black matter," Dr Felix Kabange Numbi said late Thursday. So far, about 80 people who came into contact with the deceased are being monitored at their homes, he added. But a World Health Organization (WHO) official and the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Friday it was too soon to tell whether a haemorraghic fever caused the deaths, while an epidemic of often fatal and highly contagious Ebola raged in west...
(Voice of America 08/22/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sent its Ebola virus expert to Liberia to help combat the disease following an official request by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, according to DRC information minister Lambert Mende. Mende said President Joseph Kabila has made available Prof J.J. Muyembe, Director of the National Institute for Biomedical Research-INRB, and professor of Microbiology, Kinshasa University medical school, available to Liberia following an official request by the government in Monrovia. “We sent our big specialist of this disease Prof. Muyembe who went to Liberia to help our brothers of Liberia,” said Mende. Mende also sought...
(AL Jazeera 08/22/14)
African countries have tightened travel curbs in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, ignoring World Health Organisation (WHO) warnings that such measures could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas. In the West Point slum in Liberia's capital Monrovia, the scene of violent clashes with the army on Wednesday after the area was quarantined to curb the spread of Ebola, hundreds of people jostled their way towards trucks loaded with water and rice. This decision will...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(Angola Press(En) 08/21/14)
Luanda — The Angolan minister of the Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, said on Thursday in Luanda that the country will continue to follow up the peaceful process and participate with other countries in the improvement of the current situation of the Central African Republic (CAR), aiming for the achievement of the everlasting peace. The official said so to the press at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport, after bidding farewell to the Interim President of CAR, Catherine Samba-Panza, who paid...
(Angola Press(En) 08/21/14)
Uige — At least 4 50 former Angolan returned on Wednesday to the country from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), through the Kimbata border checkpoint in the Maquela do Zombo municipality, northern Uige province, under the voluntary and organized repatriation. In this first phase, which began on Wednesday running until December this year, the province of Uige will receive at least 7.667 families. The provincial deputy governor for the social affairs, Maria Fernandes da Silva e Silva, who...
(Bloomberg 08/21/14)
South Africa’s Cabinet approved a treaty signed with the Democratic Republic of Congo to begin development of a hydropower project that will eventually cost about $100 billion and generate 40,000 megawatts of electricity. “The treaty provides the framework for the facilitation of power generation from the Grand Inga project and its delivery to the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia,” Jeff Radebe, a minister in South Africa’s Presidency, told reporters in Cape Town today. Ratification of the...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/14)
MONROVIA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The Liberian government on Wednesday said a team of five medical workers from the Democratic Republic of Congo will arrive in Monrovia to help the country battle the deadly Ebola Disease. A foreign Ministry statement reaching Xinhua said the team will include two medical doctors and three para-medical professionals. The decision to send the medical team to aid Liberia in its Ebola fight was made by President Joseph Kabila Kabange through the efforts of the Embassy of the DR Congo accredited near Monrovia.
(Macauhub 08/21/14)
The port of Lobito is to prepare to receive mining products from Katanga, DR Congo and Zambia, carried there along the Benguela railway, the president of the company that manages the Commercial Port of Lobito said Wednesday. Anapaz Neto also told Angolan news agency Angop that to receive mining production from Katanga and Zambia, the port had invested in building a terminal for ore with a 310-metre dock, a total area of ​​200,000 square metres and capacity to receive ships...
(Addis Standard 08/21/14)
First established as the Institute for Defense Policy in 1991 by its current Executive Director Dr Jakkie Cilliers, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an award winning, leading Pan African policy research institution working to "enhance human security on the continent". ISS is known for its independent and authoritative researches and provides expert policy analysis and advice as well as practical training and technical assistance to governments and organizations across the continent and beyond. Its areas of research and...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/14)
Pygmy militiamen burned down several villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week, the UN peacekeeping mission said, in the latest ethnic violence to hit the strife-torn region. The attack was led by Pygmy militia commander Mubone Mbuyu "as a reprisal for atrocities committed against Pygmies," Lieutenant Colonel Felix Prosper Basse, spokesman for the UN MONUSCO mission, said on Wednesday. Mbuyu's men "burned down several villages belonging to the Luba community" in Katanga province between August 10 and 12, he said. On August 7, members of the Bakata-Katanga militia, which is comprised mainly of the DRC's dominant ethnic Luba
(AFP (eng) 08/20/14)
Tens of thousands of Angolans living in the Democratic Republic of Congo were set to return home, for some after more than 50 years in exile, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. A first group of 500 people left Kinshasa by train during the day and would stay overnight at a transit centre in Kimpese in the southeast on the way to the border, Celine Schmitt, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told AFP. "The rest...
(News of Rwanda 08/20/14)
A confidential report sent by MONUSCO to New York shows there is a total of 153,000 Rwandan refugees in DR Congo – contrary to figures released by the UN refugee agency UNHCR to the media. The secret document has been obtained exclusively by News of Rwanda. According French radio RFI today, a census conducted by the DRC national commission for refugees (CNR) assisted by UNHCR found 245,000 Rwandan refugees. The count found 199,000 refugees in North Kivu and 42,000 in...
(The New Times 08/20/14)
The Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana and his Burundian counterpart André Ndayambaje met yesterday in Ngozi Province of Burundi and discussed various policing cooperation areas. The meeting was in line with the existing memorandum of understanding signed between the two neighbouring forces, last year. It was also attended by senior police officers from the two forces. IGP Gasana commended the achievements registered by the two forces so far especially in combating cross-border crimes, capacity building and exchange of information and criminals.
(The New Times 08/20/14)
Africa is changing dramatically - and so are outsiders' attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama's recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200 US and African business leaders suggests a new, more confident mood. That is encouraging; but as long as parts of Sub-Saharan Africa continue to struggle with violent conflict, poverty, and corruption, the...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(IRIN 08/20/14)
Dakar — Today is World Humanitarian Day when the UN sets out to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN and aid agencies are highlighting humanitarian heroes who have made huge sacrifices to help others in need. Doctors Samuel Brisbane, from Liberia, and Dr Sheikh Umar Khan from Sierra Leone both died after contracting the Ebola virus which, as of 16 August, had infected 2,240 West Africans, and killed 1,229. IRIN...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/14)
Tens of thousands of Angolans living in the Democratic Republic of Congo were set to return home, for some after more than 50 years in exile, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. A first group of 500 people left Kinshasa by train during the day and would stay overnight at a transit centre in Kimpese in the southeast on the way to the border, Celine Schmitt, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told AFP. "The rest of...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/14)
An unusually deadly outbreak of polio in 2010 in the Democratic Republic of Congo was linked Monday to a mutated form of the virus which common vaccines may not prevent. The outbreak of polio infected 445 people and killed 47 percent of them, a rate much higher than a six percent death rate seen during an outbreak in Tajikistan the same year. Researchers found that in 29 percent of cases studied, people who had been vaccinated against polio in the...

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