| Africatime
Saturday 02 August 2014
(Cameroon-Tribune 08/01/14)
The government of Congo Brazzaville is showing no signs of let-up in its efforts to rid the country of foreigners without the right papers. Radio France Internationale, RFI, reported yesterday, July 29, 2014, that a total of 140,000 citizens from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, have either been expelled or returned home voluntarily in the last three months as a result of the drive. The most recent deportees were those resident in the country's commercial capital, Pointe-Noire. The government now has its eyes set on cab drivers, a profession the authorities say is no longer opened to foreigners, RFI said. United Nations officials last May demanded that the Republic of the Congo immediately stop...
(Ips News 08/01/14)
Washington — As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa's most pressing human rights violations.
(Ipp media 08/01/14)
Management and enhancement of diversity on the African continent is key to ending persistent social instability and civil wars among other plights facing Africa, a cross-section of former African Presidents have said. The Former leaders made the remarks at the inaugural meeting of the Africa leadership Forum 2014 yesterday in Dar es Salaam. The leaders were of the view that because the content’s diversity of it peoples and their many tribes, cultures and traditions is neither acknowledged nor honoured, the...
(Mining Weekly 07/31/14)
Copper miner Tiger Resources produced 1 499 t of copper cathode during its first production quarter, which ended in June. Copper cathode production started in May this year, at the Stage 2 solvent extraction electrowinning (SX-EW) plant at its Kipoi project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The SX-EW plant was on track to achieve a nameplate capacity of 25 000 t/y of copper cathode in August, Tiger said on Thursday. During the quarter under review, 281 421 t of material was moved to deliver 177 868 t of high-grade ore averaging
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(Agence Ecofin 07/30/14)
(Agence Ecofin) - La Société financière internationale (SFI/IFC), filiale de la Banque mondiale dédiée au secteur privé, a annoncé, le 25 juillet, avoir accordé un prêt de 18 millions de dollars à Terra et à African Milling Company Congo (AMCC), afin d'aider les sociétés à agrandir leurs exploitation de maïs et moulin à maïs au Katanga en République Démocratique du Congo. «Terra et Africa Milling Company Congo utiliseront le financement d'IFC pour agrandir l’exploitation de maïs de 1500 hectares à...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the African Growth Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which expires on Sept. 30 next year had both benefited African countries and supported 120,000 U.S. jobs. Froman's remarks came just days before the White House is...
(PANA 07/30/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office. The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/30/14)
Monrovia — Barely weeks after the United States of America cancelled the visas of three Liberian officials, FrontPageAfrica has gathered as reported by GhanaWeb that corrupt government officials from Ghana and all over Africa will be denied visas into the United States as part of moves by the U.S. to clamp down on corruption in Africa. According to the Ghanaian news outlet, the move, which was initially only applicable to only a number of African countries, will now cover all...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Wood, 54, was found dead after being hit by a...
(Bloomberg 07/29/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila fired the chief executive officer of Gecamines, the country’s state-owned of mining company, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said. Ahmed Kalej Nkand was dismissed on July 26, Ponyo told reporters yesterday in the capital, Kinshasa, without saying who will be appointed as his successor. Kabila, who is dedicated to “good governance,” had needed to “punish those responsible for mismanagement,” Ponyo said. Kalej didn’t answer two calls to his mobile phone or respond to an e-mail requesting comment.
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
The military spokesman for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) says a joint military offensive with the national army in Walikale and Masisi territories has freed over 20 villages from rebels from the Mai Cheka and the Alliance for the Sovereign and Patriotic Congo (APCLH) groups. Colonel Felix Basse says residents are expressing their appreciation. “This is a huge relief for the populations that live in the area because they have been under pressure, they...
(Bloomberg 07/29/14)
Rawbank, Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest lender, said it may use the credit rating it received last week from Moody’s Investor’s Service to sell an international bond. “The conditions seem ripe for Rawbank to consider conducting its first international bond issue, which would be a first for a corporation based in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Thierry Taeymans said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News on July 25. Rawbank was assigned a B3 local-currency deposit...
(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...

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