| Africatime
Saturday 25 October 2014
(African Brains 10/25/14)
Pretoria – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the urgent need to accelerate focused investment in research in Africa. This as the world is grappling with containing the virus that is devastating West Africa, with a death toll standing at over 4 000 currently. Most of the victims are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Speaking at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) celebration of 60 years of peace and development in New York on Monday, Minister Pandor said science has been a significant contributor to social development in many parts of the world, citing breakthroughs to eradicate diseases such as polio and smallpox as...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November, as its two-month outbreak apparently fizzles out, the World Health Organization said Friday. The DRC outbreak, which involves a separate strain of Ebola from the one raging in west Africa, began in August. There have been 66 cases and 49 deaths -- including eight fatalities among healthcare workers -- and the authorities have been working hand in hand with WHO to monitor anyone who had contact with a sufferer. "All the contacts have been traced and monitored, and the last one has now tested negative for Ebola twice,...
(The New York Times 10/24/14)
The European Parliament has awarded its highest human rights accolade, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, to Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecological surgeon who has treated thousands of women and risked his life in a campaign to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war. The $65,000 award was established in 1988 in honor of the Soviet dissident Andrei D. Sakharov. Previous winners include Nelson Mandela; Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general; and...
(Business Day Online 10/24/14)
The rally in African debt markets has come to an abrupt halt as countries in the west of the continent battle to contain the spread of Ebola. Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has seen prices fall for its dollar-denominated government debt, pushing the yield up from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent in the space of about a week the Financial Times reports. Ghana has deferred the sale of a local currency bond scheduled...
(African arguments 10/23/14)
There is currently one question dominating political debate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Will President Kabila change the constitution and seek a third term or abide by its current terms? This question is of great relevance to Congo’s nascent democratic process, initiated in 2006 with the material, financial, and political support of the international community. Article 70 of the constitution limits the presidential terms to 5 years, renewable only once. Furthermore, Article 220 clearly states that the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/14)
Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. Crowds gathered at the U.N. base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a protest over the U.N. mission's failure to stem violence blamed on Ugandan rebels that has killed dozens of civilians in recent weeks. A Reuters witness said peacekeepers and Congolese troops fired into the air to disperse crowds at Beni airport, where the U.N. force has a base.
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country. It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison. Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has...
(Ventures-Africa 10/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The first ever African Women in Real Estate Network is set to increase participation and opportunities for women in the sector, according to Ruth Obih, CEO of 3Invest, a service real estate consulting and investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Referred to with the acronym A.W.I.R.E., the network was launched at the recently concluded Real Estate Unite, arguably the largest gathering of real estate professionals in Africa. “If we in the real estate are committed to our...
(SouthAfrica.info 10/23/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate. Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/22/14)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the expulsion of the top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on the U.N. Security Council to consider possible action. The U.N. chief also expressed deep concern over recent threats against other staff at the U.N human rights office in the Congo. "The secretary-general condemns the decision of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to expel from the country Mr. Scott Campbell, director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters. "The secretary-general reiterates that United Nations staff must never be threatened
(BBC News Africa 10/22/14)
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won Europe's top human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country. Denis Mukwege was announced the winner of the Sakharov prize by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The 59-year-old gynaecologist told the BBC the prize would make rape survivors in DR Congo "feel they are not alone". He set up the Panzi hospital in eastern DR Congo in 1999 to treat women subjected to horrific sexual...
(Voice of America 10/22/14)
A Congolese gynecologist who has spent more than 15 years helping women heal from the horrors of rape is the winner of this year's Sakharov human rights prize. The European Parliament unanimously chose Dr. Denis Mukwege for what it calls his fight for the protection of women. The 59-year-old Mukwege founded his Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1998 to treat victims of war-inspired mass rape and sexual violence. He survived an assassination attempt and defied death threats for speaking out against rape as a weapon of war.
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who won the Sakharov human rights prize Tuesday, has been dubbed "Doctor Miracle" for helping tens of thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mass rape has been used as a weapon of war during the decades of violence that has devastated the mineral-rich east of the country. The 59-year-old gynaecologist founded the General Referral Hospital of Panzi near Bukavu in South Kivu province, scene of some of the worst violence, to...
(Voice of America 10/21/14)
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has defended the expulsion of Scott Campbell, the director of the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO). Campbell was declared persona non grata last week after the release of a U.N. report detailing serious human rights violations by Congolese security forces. The head of the U.N. Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) expressed his full confidence in Campbell and called on Kinshasa to reconsider its decision. The U.S. State Department Monday said the...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
"You sent soldiers to wipe us out, but here we are." That was the chilling message from Ugandan rebels during the latest massacre in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to one survivor. The rebels slashed 24 men, women and children to death using axes and machetes, said Veronique, declining to give her full name, in a shaky voice from a makeshift hospital bed. "Where are your protectors? If you want to stay in peace, you must not send us your soldiers," the killers said as they spread havoc through the village of Eringeti late Friday.
(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
A surveillance drone from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo crashed in the east of the country Monday without causing any injuries, the UN said. The unmanned aircraft went down "shortly after taking off from the airport in Goma," Charles-Antoine Bambara, a spokesman for the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO), told AFP. The drone landed in an uninhabited area some three kilometres (almost two miles) north of Goma, the capital of DR Congo's strife-torn...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home. Having endured six previous outbreaks of the deadly virus in 40 years, Congolese officials say they are eager to share their expertise with countries suffering from the worst epidemic in history, which has already killed more than 4,500 people. Congo's Health Minister Felix Kabange said he hoped...
(AFP (eng) 10/20/14)
Between heeding a message from officials to remain calm and another to flee looming attacks by Ugandan rebels, the choice for many residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni is clear. "I left my home because there are leaflets saying that (the Ugandan rebels) are coming to kill people," said Solange Sekera, 27, who was leaving town with her three children. Sekera had not actually seen the leaflets herself but she was not taking any chances. Terrified...

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