| Africatime
Tuesday 30 June 2015
(Voice of America 06/30/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has launched a training program for former child combatants and victims of sexual violence. Nearly 80 people crammed into a small village hall Friday in Nyiragongo territory in eastern Congo to witness the signing of an agreement to help young victims, and perpetrators, of recent violence rebuild their lives. The two most important signatures on the document were those of the DRC president’s personal representative in charge of the fight against sexual violence and the recruitment of children, Jeanine Mabunda, and that of the administrator of Congo’s National Institute for Professional Training, Maurice Tshikuyi.
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(APA 06/29/15)
A group of children from Congo Brazzaville or Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were found abandoned at Ramokgwebana border post in northern Botswana, Yarona FM radio station reported here on Monday.Yarona FM reported that the children who are suspected to be from the two Swahili and French speaking countries and found deserted are as young as three-year-olds with the oldest one being 15 years. The 10 children comprised of boys and girls suspected to be victims of child trafficking were...
(Star Africa 06/29/15)
DR Congo giants, TP Mazembe were held to a goalless draw by visiting El Hilal from Sudan in their Orange CAF Champions League Group A opener. Although they dominated the possession, TP Mazembe lacked comosure in the final third facing a very resilient El Hilal side who managed to snatch an important away point from a tough oppoenent. The hosts’ most remarkable chance came in 33rd minute when Jean Kasusula‘s free kick was pushed away by El Hilal goalkeeper, Loic...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/27/15)
Congo's government breached its own regulations and the terms of an agreement with the World Bank by failing to disclose the sale of state shares in a joint mining venture, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday. Swiss trading house Glencore said this week its Congo joint venture with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler's Fleurette Group, Mutanda Mining, had bought a new concession in February to expand its copper and cobalt mining in the area. The Kawama concession was purchased...
(Bloomberg 06/27/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo flaunted a government decree by not publishing the details of the sale of a share in a copper mine to a Glencore Plc venture, the International Monetary Fund said. The sale of the Kawama mine to Glencore’s Mutanda Mining was not posted by the Mines Ministry or the government gazette within 60 days as required by a 2011 decree, Oscar Melhado, the IMF’s resident representative in Congo, said in an e-mailed statement on Friday. The concession...
(News Day 06/27/15)
President Robert Mugabe’s call for Africa to immediately withdraw from The Hague-based International Criminal Court has put him under the spot on whether his African Union (AU) chairmanship would be of any value to Africa. For a continent plagued with problems of all sorts, ranging from hunger to civil wars, Mugabe’s 35-year-experience as the Zimbabwean leader was expected to bring value to the 54-member block.
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
The office of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) president, Joseph Kabila, has sent files of senior government officials accused of corruption to the attorney general for prosecution, according to Information Minister Lambert Mende. With this move, Mende says, Kabila demonstrates a commitment to root out corruption as well as keep the promise he made in parliament to citizens. “It was a message to say that enough is enough. We have to stop this [corruption] in our country.
(APA 06/26/15)
A Tanzanian court has ordered that the leader of Congo-based rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Jamil Mukulu should be extradited to Uganda to face charges of murder, reports said on Friday.Tanzania’s Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ court presided over by Resident Magistrate Cyprian Mkeha delivered their ruling yesterday saying court was satisfied that the charges against the respondent are not related to political issues. The magistrate also said that, there is sufficient evidence to establish prima-facie of the murder charges against...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(AFP (eng) 06/25/15)
Kinshasa - The United Nations said on Wednesday that around a quarter of Congolese militia group the Patriotic Revolutionary Forces of Ituri (FRPI) had been "neutralised" after a three-week military operation. The Congolese army, backed by UN peacekeeping troops, launched an offensive against the FRPI in early June, leaving 35 people dead, 52 wounded, and 36 captured alive, according to Martin Kobler, head of the UN's Monusco mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kobler said the UN had provided military aid, including attack helicopters and drones, as well as logistical support.
(Voice of America 06/25/15)
GOMA, DRC— In the Democratc Republic of Congo, joint operations by the Congolese army and the United Nations mission MONUSCO have weakened one of the most active rebel groups in the country. The mission chief said Wednesday that about a quarter of the combatants with the FRPI rebel group have been taken out of action in the past four weeks. The FRPI is a rebel group fighting for control of natural resources in Congo's Ituri province.
(The New Times 06/25/15)
A new campaign to stop Africa from 'bleeding' is to be launched today in Nairobi by the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A), a coalition of researchers and activists focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens. The 'bleeding' is symbolic of a $50 billion, which is the minimum that the continent is estimated to lose every year in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), as recently reported by a high level panel chaired by former South African President...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(News24 06/24/15)
Johannesburg - A United Nations report has revealed that South African soldiers are the worst sexual offenders on UN peacekeeping missions. This comes as the UN faced controversy over allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers deployed to the Central African Republic. The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services report, which was released last week, focused on sexual offences committed by peacekeepers on peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan and South Sudan, Liberia and Haiti. The Times reported that South Africa has about 2 000 troops stationed in the DRC, Sudan and South Sudan.
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
GOMA, DRC— In the Democratic Republic of Congo many teachers are paid months late if they are paid at all. In remote areas, teacher salaries are distributed by the Catholic Church run organization Caritas, which some politicians and teachers suggest is not up to the task. But Caritas defends its record and says the real problems lie elsewhere. In the last session of the DRC parliament, which ended on June 15, opposition lawmaker Fabien Mutomb called for an urgent parliamentary...
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
Four U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill establishes a U.S. strategy to support affordable and reliable electricity, which they say is a must in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa. Tom Hart, executive director of the nonpartisan, anti-poverty ONE organization in the U.S., applauded the legislation and said improving energy access in Africa was essential. “Seven out of 10 people in Africa have no access to...
(Voice of America 06/23/15)
GOMA— A riot has been reported at a military camp holding more than 800 ex-militiamen in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are demanding to be freed and sent back to their home areas, but the government says the situation is under control. The ex-militiamen came from various armed groups in the east of the country and have been at the camp at Kotakoli in western DRC since 2013, after surrendering to the army or the U.N. mission. There was also trouble at the camp last year, in February, and last weekend a violent protest broke out again.