| Africatime
Wednesday 03 September 2014
(AFP 09/02/14)
An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. "There are now 31 deaths," Eugene Kambambi, the WHO's head of communication in DR Congo, told AFP, citing Congolese authorities and stressing that the epidemic "remains contained" in an area around 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of the capital Kinshasa. Health officials had previously given a death toll of 13 people from the lethal haemorrhagic fever since August 11 around the isolated town of Boende, surrounded by dense tropical forest in Equateur province. Kabambi was speaking by telephone from Mbandaka, the...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Southern African countries say they will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho following an apparent coup attempt over the weekend. Officials from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) made the announcement during an emergency meeting in Pretoria Monday with Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and several other officials. During the talks, led by South African President Jacob Zuma, the participants agreed on a timeline to end the suspension of parliament, a key demand of rival parties.
(Ips News 09/02/14)
Nairobi — Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas. The adoption of a framework called the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) by Africa's leaders in 2003 confirmed that agriculture is crucial to the continent's development prospects. African governments recently reiterated this commitment at the Malabo Summit in Guinea during June of this...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Voice of America 09/01/14)
The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, who fled what he called an attempted coup, is in South Africa to discuss recent unrest in his country. Thomas Thabane accused Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minster Mothetjoa Metsing, who is now in charge of the country, of orchestrating the unrest. Regional ministers of the Southern African Development Community were to meet Sunday with Thabane and Metsing to resolve the political stalemate that led to the alleged coup over the weekend, SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax said.
(Times Live 09/01/14)
The leaders of the troubled coalition also agreed "on the roadmap with clear timelines on how to remove the parliament prorogation". A Southern African regional bloc Monday agreed to dispatch a team of observers to crisis-torn Lesotho following an apparent coup, while coalition leaders agreed to restore parliament which was suspended in June. The SADC agreed to send a "facilitator" and "to deploy an observer team on politics, defence and security as a matter of urgency". The leaders of the...
(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya will this week host a major African conference aimed at discussing and recommending ways of dealing with increasing cases of terrorism on the continent. The high profile Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism will be graced by several Heads of State, senior government officials and security chiefs from across the continent. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta whose term has borne the brunt of terrorism has called for a collective approach by the region in dealing with terrorism cases. “The challenge of terrorism is very unique, dynamic and callous.
(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others. But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks the border with South Africa to the south, economic, political and technological changes are emerging that favour new opportunities for banks. Excluding South Africa and the Arab-Berber countries...
(PANA 08/30/14)
Ethiopia is intensifying the hunt for new markets within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a significant step that is expected to usher in a new era of trade liberalisation. Ethiopia, which last March pledged to complete the process of joining the regional market's Free Trade Area (FTA) by December 2014, hopes to tap the growing regional market to expand the market to the country's growing industries. Ethiopian state media reported the government of Ethiopia had finalized...
(The Point 08/30/14)
President John Mahama has said the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa should push African leaders to generate home-grown solutions to solve the continent's problems. He said the spread of the virus in the sub-region "must remind us of the fierce urgency to develop regional solutions to our common social problems." He was speaking at a conference of West African ministers of Health in Accra, Ghana, this week, among them the Gambian minister of Health, Dr. Omar Sey. President...
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
The Supreme Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo prepared Friday for a new hearing in the 2010 murder by police of the country's most prominent human rights activist, Floribert Chebeya. The highest judicial body was set to consider a request from civil parties close to Chebeya and the association he founded, La Voix des sans Voix (VSV -- Voice of the Voiceless), aiming to ensure that any final verdict in the ongoing murder trial cannot be overruled, in the...
(PANA 08/29/14)
An outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 13 lives from 24 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. WHO said it was notified of the outbreak on 26 Aug. by the DRC's Ministry of Health, who said it broke out in in Equateur Province. 'The index case was a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who butchered a bush animal that had been killed and given to her by her husband...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
KINSHASA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi told Xinhua on Wednesday that six cases of the Ebola virus that has plagued the province of Ecuador were confirmed by laboratory tests. "Statistics updated the field: the total number of cases reported since the beginning is 42, and six cases confirmed by laboratory, 13 probable and 23 suspect cases," said Kabange. "The number of deaths is still 13 which five health workers. Eleven people...
(News of Rwanda 08/28/14)
The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for “swift neutralization” of the FDLR rebel militia operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The call is made in order to bring stability to the country and the Great Lakes region at large. In a press statement issued, the 15-member Council ” regretted that no significant progress was made” toward the neutralization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which announced earlier this year that they would...
(Bloomberg 08/28/14)
Botswana barred entry to anyone traveling from the Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent an Ebola outbreak in that country from spreading, blocking shipments of copper from Africa’s biggest producer of the metal. Botswana’s Department of Immigration & Citizenship instructed its personnel to prohibit travelers from entering the country in an Aug. 25 directive obtained today. Hakuna Matata Sarl, Congo’s biggest hauler of copper and cobalt produced by companies including Freeport McMoRan Inc. (FCX) and Jinchuan Group (2362), said at least 20 of its trucks had been halted at Kazungula on Botswana’s border with Zambia.
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...

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