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Friday 27 February 2015

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(AFP (eng) 02/26/15)
Fearful villagers have been fleeing their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the army pursues Rwandan Hutu rebels in a new offensive, a resident said on Thursday Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no more FDLR in them, so there is no more fighting in these centres, but we are taking the battle to the deep forests where the FDLR hold out," an officer said from the front. "Many...
(AL Jazeera 02/26/15)
Army takes on group made up of mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels in South Kivu province, sparking fear among civilians. The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has launched an assault against rebels in the volatile east of the country. The offensive, which began on Tuesday in South Kivu province, is targeting a group called the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Army sources told Al Jazeera that the rebels had fled into the forest when they were attacked. No civilians were caught in the fighting since they had evacuated the area, according to the sources. FDLR fighters confirmed that they had been attacked but also said they had retaliated. The rebel group includes Rwandan Hutus who...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
(BBC News Africa 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched an attack against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east of the country. Ministers had previously pledged to target the FDLR militants after they failed to meet a deadline to disarm last month. Hutu rebels were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. UN peacekeepers in DR Congo withdrew an offer to support the operation because two government generals are suspected of human rights abuses. Tuesday's attack took place in the eastern South Kivu...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), whose ranks include former soldiers and Hutu militiamen responsible for Rwanda's 1994 genocide, have been at the center of nearly two decades of violence in eastern Congo. Tuesday's fighting took place in South...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Congolese military sources say the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began Tuesday morning near the city of Uvira, in South Kivu province. Congo promised the offensive after the FDLR failed to meet a January 2 deadline to disarm. FDLR leaders were involved in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and the group is responsible for numerous killings in...
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
LUSAKA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa's main regional trade bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), on Tuesday expressed concerns over its low share of trade with the United States despite the two sides have signed economic development agreements. The COMESA said it was unfortunate that both of its export and import with the U.S. remain low.
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
NAIROBI, Feb.(Xinhua) -- Negotiations have been finalized in preparation for the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in May, officials said on Tuesday. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget told a media briefing in Nairobi that the free trade zone will result from merger of the East African Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and COMESA. "All the 26 member states in the three trading blocs have expressed great political will...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/15)
DDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union on Monday urged the Congolese government to accept help from U.N. forces to defeat rebels in the country's east, after a row over human rights derailed plans for joint operations. Peacekeepers in the U.N.'s Congo mission, known as MONUSCO, had been due to support an operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) but suspended cooperation this month because two Congolese generals due to lead the campaign were accused of human rights abuses. President Joseph Kabila said last week that the operation had started without MONUSCO.
(This Day Live 02/24/15)
Help and co-operation from a wider spectrum of African leaders are coming the way of Nigeria in the fight against terrorism as Central African Leaders, under the aegis of the Economic Community of Central African Countries (ECCAC), on Monday resolved to cooperate with their West African counterparts in the war against the ravaging insurgents, Boko Haram. A multi-regional force, essentially made up of troops from Niger, Cameroun and Chad, have collaborated in recent times in the battle to exterminate the Boko Haram insurgency terrorising the region.
(Morocco World News 02/24/15)
Morocco regularized the status of 2,700 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo who were on an illegal stay in the Kingdom, the Minister in charge of Congolese abroad, Antoine Buyamba Okombo, said Monday. Buyamba Okombo made the statement to the press in Kinshasa explaining that the 2,700 Congolese nationals who obtained regularization include mothers and youngsters who attempt to transit through Morocco to reach Europe. In this regards, the Congolese Minister praised this regularization operation benefiting foreigners living in...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- African experts and scholars have acclaimed China's aid to boost the development of the African continent as the West's fantastic theories like "neocolonialism" and "China is exploiting Africa's resources" are floating up. "When the West labels Chinese aid and infrastructural projects in Africa as neocolonial it is a question of sour grapes," Professor Munene Macharia, Lecturer of International Relations with Kenya-based United States International University, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The African Union on Monday urged the continent's governments to embrace the use of science in order to transform its agricultural sector. African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that all known advances in humanity are based on appropriate investment in science and technology. "The African continent should therefore prioritize the role of science in order to improve its agricultural productivity," Tumusiime said during the...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
KAMPALA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa is benefiting from China's investment in infrastructure in the region as road and railway development coupled with enough power are key pillars in unlocking the continent's economic potential, experts said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Elly Twineyo, a local economist and author of a book "Why Africa Fails" said most of the aid Africa gets from the West is consumption aid and goes into things like building capacities of human resource, governance and writing...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Two opposition officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo are calling on President Joseph Kabila to step down at the end of his term next year, saying the constitution bars him from seeking a third term. This came after the Independent National Electoral Commission has set presidential and parliamentary elections for November 27, 2016 if certain conditions are met, including the availability of funds to organize the vote. Kabila has not said whether he’s going to seek a third term. His spokesman, Lambert Mende, told VOA recently Kabila has said he will respect the constitution.
(Tanzania Daily News 02/23/15)
New management at Dar es Salaam port should speed up improvement of infrastructure to ease cargo clearance and beat the rival Angolan port of Cabinda which is luring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) private sector. Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, DRC Businessmen Association President, Mr Mukendi Kabobu, said over the past two years tremendous achievements have been made at the country’s prime port but more needs to be done. “Many ports in the region are being improved...
(Angola Press(En) 02/23/15)
Mbanza Congo — The second phase of the voluntary and organized repatriation of the Angolan former refugees in DR Congo was resumed on Thursday in the northern Zaire province, with arrival of the ninth train with 185 people, whose process started on 10 November 2014 at the region. This was said to Angop on Saturday by the Provincial Director for Assistance and Social Reinsertion in Zaire, Manuel José António. He said that it enters through the Luvo border post 47...

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(AFP (eng) 02/26/15)
Fearful villagers have been fleeing their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the army pursues Rwandan Hutu rebels in a new offensive, a resident said on Thursday Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no more FDLR in them, so there is no more fighting in these centres, but we are taking the battle to the deep forests where the FDLR hold out," an officer said from the front. "Many...
(AL Jazeera 02/26/15)
Army takes on group made up of mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels in South Kivu province, sparking fear among civilians. The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has launched an assault against rebels in the volatile east of the country. The offensive, which began on Tuesday in South Kivu province, is targeting a group called the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Army sources told Al Jazeera that the rebels had fled into the forest when they were attacked. No civilians were caught in the fighting since they had evacuated the area, according to the sources. FDLR fighters confirmed that they had been attacked but also said they had retaliated. The rebel group includes Rwandan Hutus who...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), whose ranks include former soldiers and Hutu militiamen responsible for Rwanda's 1994 genocide, have been at the center of nearly two decades of violence in eastern Congo. Tuesday's fighting took place in South...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Congolese military sources say the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began Tuesday morning near the city of Uvira, in South Kivu province. Congo promised the offensive after the FDLR failed to meet a January 2 deadline to disarm. FDLR leaders were involved in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and the group is responsible for numerous killings in...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/15)
DDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union on Monday urged the Congolese government to accept help from U.N. forces to defeat rebels in the country's east, after a row over human rights derailed plans for joint operations. Peacekeepers in the U.N.'s Congo mission, known as MONUSCO, had been due to support an operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) but suspended cooperation this month because two Congolese generals due to lead the campaign were accused of human rights abuses. President Joseph Kabila said last week that the operation had started without MONUSCO.
(This Day Live 02/24/15)
Help and co-operation from a wider spectrum of African leaders are coming the way of Nigeria in the fight against terrorism as Central African Leaders, under the aegis of the Economic Community of Central African Countries (ECCAC), on Monday resolved to cooperate with their West African counterparts in the war against the ravaging insurgents, Boko Haram. A multi-regional force, essentially made up of troops from Niger, Cameroun and Chad, have collaborated in recent times in the battle to exterminate the Boko Haram insurgency terrorising the region.
(Morocco World News 02/24/15)
Morocco regularized the status of 2,700 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo who were on an illegal stay in the Kingdom, the Minister in charge of Congolese abroad, Antoine Buyamba Okombo, said Monday. Buyamba Okombo made the statement to the press in Kinshasa explaining that the 2,700 Congolese nationals who obtained regularization include mothers and youngsters who attempt to transit through Morocco to reach Europe. In this regards, the Congolese Minister praised this regularization operation benefiting foreigners living in...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
KAMPALA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa is benefiting from China's investment in infrastructure in the region as road and railway development coupled with enough power are key pillars in unlocking the continent's economic potential, experts said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Elly Twineyo, a local economist and author of a book "Why Africa Fails" said most of the aid Africa gets from the West is consumption aid and goes into things like building capacities of human resource, governance and writing...
(Angola Press(En) 02/23/15)
Mbanza Congo — The second phase of the voluntary and organized repatriation of the Angolan former refugees in DR Congo was resumed on Thursday in the northern Zaire province, with arrival of the ninth train with 185 people, whose process started on 10 November 2014 at the region. This was said to Angop on Saturday by the Provincial Director for Assistance and Social Reinsertion in Zaire, Manuel José António. He said that it enters through the Luvo border post 47...
(Dw-World 02/23/15)
The UN has set June as the deadline for moving from analog to digital transmission. Only a few African countries seem prepared for the change. Even the largest television markets on the continent are lagging behind. Staring at a blank TV screen has become a reality for most Kenyans, and many other African TV viewers could face the same fate come June 17. That is the deadline set by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for television programs to be...
(IRIN 02/20/15)
London — Late last year the Italian government scrapped its Mediterranean search and rescue operation the Mare Nostrum after funding shortages. The project was partially replaced by Operation Triton - but the service is far more restricted than its predecessor, both in geography (the patrols only go up to 30 miles off the Italian coast) and budget (roughly a third of Mare Nostrum). Critics have said it could leave tens of thousands of migrants at far greater risk. The most common argument for the shift was deterrence.
(Voice of America 02/19/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— Several years ago, fed up with the violence engulfing their region, a youth group in Goma set out to hold a music festival for peace. The first attempt in 2013 was canceled as mortars rained down on the city. But in 2014, 25,000 people came to Goma to hear their favorite Congolese artists play. Now in its second year, the Amani Music Festival has started to attract some of the continent’s biggest names, despite recent clashes in the area. The audience roars when Malian legend Habib Koite takes the stage.
(SouthAfrica.info 02/19/15)
The African East-Asian Affairs (AEAA) journal of the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Stellenbosch University is the first African journal on East Asian- Africa relations to be accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training, according to the university. "East Asia's relationship with emerging markets such as Africa, South America, South East Asia and Central Asia is still fairly new and Africa is an important player in this new field," explains Dr Ross Anthony, the interim director of...
(Xinhuanet 02/18/15)
KINSHASA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential majority camp will organize a congress in March 2015 to prepare for the forthcoming elections, the group's spokesman Luzanga Shamanfu said on Monday. Shamanfu who was speaking in Kinshasa, said the congress will be used to come up with strategies for the candidates in the presidential camp to win in the local, communal, provincial, legislative and presidential elections. "The majority camp is ready to go for the local, communal, provincial and senatorial elections," the official reiterated.
(Xinhuanet 02/18/15)
BRAZZAVILLE, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Republic of Congo's Labor and Social Safety Minister Florent Ntsiba on Monday urged all African countries to ratify the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC, 2006). Speaking in Brazzaville during a workshop on implementation of the Maritime Labor Convention, organized in partnership with the International Labor Office (ILO), Ntsiba explained that the convention will promote better working, housing, entertainment, food and health conditions. The MLC 2006 contains, in one judicial instrument, 37 conventions and recommendations of the International...
(Bloomberg 02/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born billionaire philanthropist, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has once again painted the entire continent as a disaster zone. It’s a perception he’s been working to dispel since selling his African mobile-phone network for $3.4 billion in 2005 and founding the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote honest and accountable government. His primary tool: data. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures how well nations are developing their economies, safeguarding rights and guaranteeing the...
(The Star 02/18/15)
The African Union's 24th summit of the heads of state and government held in January passed a unanimous resolution to create an alternative court to replace the International Criminal Court. Africa and the ICC do not get along very well. This is a problem for the ICC considering that all their investigations are centered on African countries and all their suspects are African men. It is even more of a pity for Africa because the continent houses many warlords and...
(Voice of America 02/18/15)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that 933 people had arrived on the island of Lampedusa over the previous 24 hours. These latest arrivals, thought to be African or Syrian, were among some 3,800 migrants rescued at sea since last Friday, according to IOM. More than 640 rescued migrants were taken to the town of Porto Empedocle on Sicily. According to Italy’s Ministry of Interior, 3,528 migrants arrived in the country by sea in January. Totals for February...

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(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the forum. "As a continent, we need to start a new conversation on development models that are viable and trickles down to the grassroots," Ruto told ministers. Ruto stressed that a paradigm...
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
LUSAKA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa's main regional trade bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), on Tuesday expressed concerns over its low share of trade with the United States despite the two sides have signed economic development agreements. The COMESA said it was unfortunate that both of its export and import with the U.S. remain low.
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
NAIROBI, Feb.(Xinhua) -- Negotiations have been finalized in preparation for the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in May, officials said on Tuesday. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget told a media briefing in Nairobi that the free trade zone will result from merger of the East African Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and COMESA. "All the 26 member states in the three trading blocs have expressed great political will...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- African experts and scholars have acclaimed China's aid to boost the development of the African continent as the West's fantastic theories like "neocolonialism" and "China is exploiting Africa's resources" are floating up. "When the West labels Chinese aid and infrastructural projects in Africa as neocolonial it is a question of sour grapes," Professor Munene Macharia, Lecturer of International Relations with Kenya-based United States International University, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The African Union on Monday urged the continent's governments to embrace the use of science in order to transform its agricultural sector. African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that all known advances in humanity are based on appropriate investment in science and technology. "The African continent should therefore prioritize the role of science in order to improve its agricultural productivity," Tumusiime said during the...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/23/15)
New management at Dar es Salaam port should speed up improvement of infrastructure to ease cargo clearance and beat the rival Angolan port of Cabinda which is luring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) private sector. Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, DRC Businessmen Association President, Mr Mukendi Kabobu, said over the past two years tremendous achievements have been made at the country’s prime port but more needs to be done. “Many ports in the region are being improved...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Commerce of the future will take place, increasingly, on the internet. But African countries worry they won’t be equipped to embrace this brave new digital world without help from outsiders and one another. Not enough Africans are getting online and developing websites, especially for businesses, delegates from the continent said earlier this month at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Singapore. “We are in an information economy and the internet is the currency of that economy,” ICANN fellow Onica Makwakwa of South Africa said.
(Bloomberg 02/20/15)
Pizza Hut knows a few things about fast expansion in emerging markets. In less than 25 years, the chain has added more than 1,300 restaurants across China. But Randall Blackford, the general manager of Pizza Hut’s operations in Africa, says the restaurant operator is taking its time expanding on the continent. In Africa, “we are a small company right now and will stay small for some time,” he says, eating pizza at one of his restaurants in Soweto township in...
(Bloomberg 02/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, is seeking to boost African coffee output 50 percent by mid-2017 as part of a $200 million global program aimed at farmers of the bean. The project, called Coffee Made Happy, began this month in Africa with assistance for 24,000 Ethiopian small-holder farms, the company said on Wednesday. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez’s initiative gives training in agronomy, financial literacy and promoting coffee farming to youth and women, he said. It plans to reach a million farmers worldwide over the next five years.
(African arguments 02/17/15)
Does Economics have an Africa problem? Yes, says Griewe Chelwa in a post for the blog Africa is a Country. Earlier this year, the Economist deservedly got in a lot of trouble for not being able to come up with any women on their so-called list of 25 most influential economists. It further spurred a needed debate about how big the problem of discrimination against women in economics is. How big is the Africa problem in Economics? Chelwa points out...
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a Dublin-based clean-energy developer, and Actis LLP agreed to work together to develop $1.9 billion of solar and wind power projects across Africa. Their venture, called Lekela Power, intends to provide 700 megawatts to 900 megawatts of wind and solar power by 2018 and is 40 percent owned by Mainstream and 60 percent by Actis, Barry Lynch, Mainstream’s managing director of onshore procurement, construction and operations, said today by e-mail. They expect an investment...
(Daily Maverick 02/13/15)
How can you tell the difference between the Mining Indaba and the Alternative Mining Indaba? One trick is to look for people who are actually miners, or who come from mining-affected communities. If there are any around, chances are good that you’re at the Alternative incarnation. Another trick is to ask people if they paid up to R23,000 for a ticket to the event. If the answer is ‘yes’, then they’re at the Mining Indaba. REBECCA DAVIS has been at...
(Voice of America 02/12/15)
NAIROBI— Crowdfunding is a way to raise money from a large number of people via the Internet to fund a project. The concept is well established in the West, but is still new in Africa. A World Bank project in Kenya has launched a mentorship program to help business owners take advantage of crowdfunding, which some say could help replace the kind of aid they currently receive from NGOs. Marion Moon started her organic fertilizer business, Wanda Organic, three years...
(L'Observateur (RDC) 02/10/15)
La réunion de la Troïka stratégique élargie de lundi 9 février autour du Premier Ministre, Matata Ponyo, s’est tenue à Bukangalonzo, à quelques encablures de Kinshasa la capitale, à la demande du chef du gouvernement congolais, Matata Ponyo, afin de procéder à la démonstration de la prochaine récolte de maïs qui intervient dans deux semaines. Une rencontre qui sort de l’ordinaire puisque tenue dans un cadre champêtre avec des champs de maïs, à perte de vue. A la tête de...
(Voice of America 02/10/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— Energy experts say there is an urgent need for more public and private investment to bring more electricity to Africa. They say governments need to work with the private sector to bridge power capacity gaps. While sub-Saharan Africa has enormous untapped resources of gas, oil, coal, geothermal, solar, hydro and wind power, World Bank experts say one out of three Africans lives without electricity. Stephen Njiru, a director of Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company and an energy advisor to the...
(Bloomberg 02/06/15)
(Bloomberg) -- As Ivory Coast prepares to sell sub-Saharan Africa’s first Eurobond of 2015, the strengthening dollar risks curbing issuance across the continent as debt payments for governments grow more expensive. Sales will probably decline from last year’s record $16 billion as issuers fret about exchange rates amid the drag placed on local economies by slumping oil, according to Rand Merchant Bank. Last year, Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia and Kenya were among countries that took advantage of all-time low borrowing costs...
(Bloomberg 02/05/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Orange SA has explored various acquisitions in Africa including assets owned by Bharti Airtel Ltd., as the French company seeks to bolster its business in the region, according to people familiar with the matter. France’s largest phone company has held on-and-off again discussions with potential partners as it moves ahead with a plan to group its emerging-market operations into a single unit, the people said. No deal is imminent and there are no formal negotiations underway, the people...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/04/15)
Companies and government officials are illegally moving as much as $60 billion out of Africa each year, according to a report released Sunday, depriving the world’s poorest continent of capital and tax revenue that could spur faster economic growth. A joint panel run by the United Nations and the African Union and led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki released a report describing the methods some companies use to send money out of the continent illicitly. The losses are...
(AL Jazeera 02/03/15)
More than a trillion dollars is said to have flowed illegally out of Africa over the past 50 years, a sum roughly equivalent to all of the official development assistance received during that same period. And the problem is not only continuing, it's getting worse. A new report estimates that Africa is currently losing as much as 60 billion dollars a year in what's called Illicit Financial Flows. It's a conclusion reached by a joint panel run by the United...
(SouthAfrica.info 02/03/15)
African equity capital markets (ECM) posted their highest level of activity in the past five years in 2014, with a significant increase in both transaction volume and capital raised compared to the previous year, according to a report issued by financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on 2 February. PwC's inaugural publication, IPO Watch Africa 2014, found that $11-billion (about R128-billion) was raised in 2014 in equity markets across the continent, almost equal to the $11.1-billion raised in the whole of...

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(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/15)
Coach Florent Ibenge says Democratic Republic of Congo do not have "the slightest fear" about playing at the Malabo stadium where crowd violence marred an Africa Cup of Nations semi-final. The Congolese are scheduled to face hosts Equatorial Guinea Saturday at the 15,000-capacity Estadio de Malabo in a third-place play-off. Several Ghanaian supporters were slightly injured Thursday when attacked by missile-throwing Equatoguineans frustrated at a poor display by the host nation. Ghana romped to a 3-0 victory after a game delayed more than 30 minutes near the end as security personnel battled to end the chaos. But Ibenge was unperturbed as he told reporters in Malabo: "We are only thinking about football and winning the game. "We know things happen...
(BBC News Africa 02/04/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo captain Robert Kidiaba says the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations may not be his international farewell despite reportedly saying it would be, before the tournament began. On Wednesday, DR Congo play Ivory Coast for a place in Sunday's final. Should Kidiaba, 39, contest Afcon in 2017, he would become the tournament's oldest ever player. "That has been my wish," he told BBC Sport. "There is a possibility I will stay on." He added: "I am not...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo's Florent Ibenge may be the last indigenous coach left in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, but that won't stop him dreaming beyond Wednesday's semi-final against Ivory Coast. "It will be extraordinary to be champions here. It will be a big achievement," said the 52-year-old, who led V Club of Kinshasa to last year's CAF Champions League final. "It will prove we are winners and it will make our people, who are going through a difficult...
(CNN 01/27/15)
(CNN)Players from Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo embraced each other in celebration as both sides played out a 1-1 draw to book their passage into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. In a tense finale to Group B, all four teams still had the chance to qualify for the last eight until the final whistle went in a goalless draw between Cape Verde and Zambia in torrid conditions. It sparked contrasting celebrations, the coaches and players in Bata celebrating in unison while there were tears in Ebebiyin as 2012 champions Zambia bowed out in the group stages for a second successive tournament.
(BBC News Africa 01/27/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and his Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens were unconcerned about how their sides made Africa Cup of Nations progress. Both teams reached the last eight after their 1-1 draw - with DR Congo pipping Cape Verde, who drew with Zambia, to qualification on goals scored. Ibenge said: "We have qualified for the quarter-finals with some difficulty." Leekens said: "We know we are not the best or the most beautiful but we have qualified and I am...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie equalised as Democratic Republic of Congo fought back to draw 1-1 with Zambia Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener. Given Singuluma stunned the Leopards by giving the Zambian Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) a second-minute lead in a match where the Congolese had a territorial edge. Bolasie levelled midway through the second half in a game that featured two other English Premier League players -- Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka and West Bromwich Albion...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu knows DR Congo's next Africa Cup of Nations game against Cape Verde on Thursday is already a must-win for the Leopards after they drew with Zambia on Sunday. DR Congo had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with the 2012 African champions in Ebebiyin, with Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie rescuing a point by cancelling out Given Singuluma's early opener in the Group B game. That was despite a good performance from the...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(The Guardian 01/14/15)
Peterborough defender forecasts Africa Cup of Nations success for team best known for 1974 World Cup clanger. Mwepu Ilunga does not really need reminding of the moment he entered World Cup infamy in 1974. Unfortunately for the 65-year-old, who now works as a coach for the DR Congo team preparing to play in the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, players can be especially cruel sometimes. “Occasionally, when we get a free-kick in training, someone will run up and kick the ball away and everyone just starts laughing,” says the DRC and Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani. He is referring, of course
(AFP (eng) 01/09/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge on Friday named a 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8. Seven players from the local league have been included along with AS Vita Club striker Firmin Mubele Ndombe, who was Thursday named the top player competing on the African continent by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani and Charleroi goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda, younger brother of France international and Marseille...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(APA 12/09/14)
Nickname: The Leopards Head coach: Florent Ibengé Captain: Youssuf Mulumbu Home stadium: Stade des Martyrs FIFA ranking: 55 (27 November 2014) Highest FIFA ranking: 51 (September 2003) Lowest FIFA ranking: 133 (October 2011) DR Congo won the 2009 African Championship of Nations, a competition reserved to players in domestic leagues, beating Ghana in the final. They also reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa but were knocked out in the group stages after drawing all three...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(Cameroon-Tribune 11/13/14)
The latecomers including Choupo-Moting, Salli Edgar, Eyong Enoh and Aboubakar Vincent joined the rest of the team on Wednesday. With the arrival of four players who did not answer present during the roll call on the first day of the camp, the Cameroon squad for the double confrontation Congo and Côte d’Ivoire is now complete. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon began training on Monday at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo near Yaounde in view of the upcoming encounters against...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...

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(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 01/09/15)
Celui que l’on surnomme « Trinita Bush, le Chouchou de tout le monde, Tata mobitch » promet de surprises à ses fans de Kin qui l’ont manqué durant les festivités de la Saint Sylvestre 2015. En effet, Adolphe Dominguez et tout son orchestre reviennent d’une tournée à l’Est de la RDC, précisément à Kindu dans la province du Maniema. Sur place, toutes les dispositions logistiques sont réunies pour la réussite de cette première production de Wenge Tonya Tonya de l’an 2015 à Kinshasa, a rassuré M. Poly Sapala, le coordonateur d’activités d’Adolphe Dominguez. (Franck Ambangito)
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(Radio Okapi 09/18/14)
La Compagnie théâtrale les Inattendus (CTI) organise, du 16 au 21 février 2015, la deuxième édition du Festival de théâtre écologique dans la ville de Bandundu (Bandundu). La deuxième phase de cette activité aura lieu du 2 au 9 mai 2015 à Kinshasa. Le responsable de la CTI, Lele Michoux Bossay, affirme avoir déjà pris des contacts avec les écoles qui constituent les principaux acteurs de ce festival qui sensibilise les élèves sur la protection de l’environnement. «Nous organisons ce...
(Zambia Reports 07/25/14)
The Zambia Police seems to be gnawed by their suspicious closure of the assault case involving Democratic Republic of Congo rumba king Koffi Olomide by saying they are ready to re-open the case if the complainant approaches them again. Earlier in the week police Public Relations Officer Munganga Chanda announced that the case had been closed as there was no collaboration between the complainant photojournalist Jean Mandela and the police. Olomide kicked photojournalist in the face last time he was...
(7sur7.cd 03/28/14)
Le Président de l’Association Nationale de Théâtre Populaire et Cinéma –ANTPC, l’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a lancé un appel pathétique aux autorités à différent niveau pour subventionner les artistes en général et les comédiens en particulier. Masumu Debrindet a déploré le manque d’une politique culturelle dans le pays. Il a soutenu que les séries occidentales et films nigérians ont pris le dessus sur le théâtre populaire rd-congolais parce qu’ils sont produits dans des meilleures conditions. L’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a renseigné que...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(La Prospérité 10/25/13)
Tout le monde en parle. JB Mpiana jouera ou pas le 21 décembre en la salle Zénith de Paris ? Cette question circule sur toutes les lèvres dans la communauté congolaise de France, Belgique jusqu’en Allemagne. Après la conférence de presse tenue à l’hôtel Méridien en pleine capitale française par l’artiste pour confirmer sa soirée dans cette salle mythique, les états-majors de Combattants ou résistants «Bana Congo» sont mobilisés pour faire la contre publicité sur l’événement. Tout Schengen est en...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/20/13)
De son enfance africaine, Helmie Bellini a gardé une voix noble et fière. De sa vie européenne, elle a tiré le meilleur des mots, tour à tour légers ou profonds. Enrichie de toutes les rencontres, Helmie Bellini a développé un voyage musical sans frontière. A en croire Journaldebrazza.com qui la présente, le projet « Il était une voix » est construit depuis 2005. Et ceci est la référence de toutes les voix qui l’ont marquée. La source indique que cette...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/01/13)
De son nom, Passy Tombo Bouba Diop est un peintre qui sort de la mêlée. La manière et les couleurs dont il se sert font de lui un artiste rarissime dans ce domaine à Kinshasa. Fils de Passy Tombo Jean Oscar et de Muanda Mvumbi Suzanne, cet artiste trouve son inspiration dans ses riches racines anthropologiques africaines. Et ceci pour faire remonter à la surface les couleurs originelles de la tradition africaine : le noir et le blanc. Par lesquelles...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
The headlines out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which tend to evoke images of bloodshed, rape, ethnic hatred and government corruption, are usually no laughing matter, but political cartoonist Kashoun Thembo is an expert at wringing humour out of his country's tragedies. Capturing the newsmakers and travails of life in DR Congo with a fierce pen he hits home and spares no one. At the end of each afternoon, Kash -- the pen name he took in 1992 to...
(AL Jazeera 02/26/15)
Army takes on group made up of mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels in South Kivu province, sparking fear among civilians. The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has launched an assault against rebels in the volatile east of the country. The offensive, which began on Tuesday in South Kivu province, is targeting a group called the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Army sources told Al Jazeera that the rebels had fled into the forest when they were attacked. No civilians were caught in the fighting since they had evacuated the area, according to the sources. FDLR fighters confirmed that they had been attacked but also said they had retaliated. The rebel...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a release (from their clubs) of...
(BBC News Africa 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched an attack against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east of the country. Ministers had previously pledged to target the FDLR militants after they failed to meet a deadline to disarm last month. Hutu rebels were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. UN peacekeepers in DR Congo withdrew an offer to support the operation because two government generals are suspected of human rights abuses. Tuesday's attack took place in the eastern South Kivu...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Congolese military sources say the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began Tuesday morning near the city of Uvira, in South Kivu province. Congo promised the offensive after the FDLR failed to meet a January 2 deadline to disarm. FDLR leaders were involved in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and the group is responsible for numerous killings in...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Two opposition officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo are calling on President Joseph Kabila to step down at the end of his term next year, saying the constitution bars him from seeking a third term. This came after the Independent National Electoral Commission has set presidential and parliamentary elections for November 27, 2016 if certain conditions are met, including the availability of funds to organize the vote. Kabila has not said whether he’s going to seek a third term. His spokesman, Lambert Mende, told VOA recently Kabila has said he will respect the constitution.
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Commerce of the future will take place, increasingly, on the internet. But African countries worry they won’t be equipped to embrace this brave new digital world without help from outsiders and one another. Not enough Africans are getting online and developing websites, especially for businesses, delegates from the continent said earlier this month at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Singapore. “We are in an information economy and the internet is the currency of that economy,” ICANN fellow Onica Makwakwa of South Africa said.
(Bloomberg 02/20/15)
Pizza Hut knows a few things about fast expansion in emerging markets. In less than 25 years, the chain has added more than 1,300 restaurants across China. But Randall Blackford, the general manager of Pizza Hut’s operations in Africa, says the restaurant operator is taking its time expanding on the continent. In Africa, “we are a small company right now and will stay small for some time,” he says, eating pizza at one of his restaurants in Soweto township in...
(Voice of America 02/19/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— Several years ago, fed up with the violence engulfing their region, a youth group in Goma set out to hold a music festival for peace. The first attempt in 2013 was canceled as mortars rained down on the city. But in 2014, 25,000 people came to Goma to hear their favorite Congolese artists play. Now in its second year, the Amani Music Festival has started to attract some of the continent’s biggest names, despite recent clashes in the area. The audience roars when Malian legend Habib Koite takes the stage.
(Voice of America 02/19/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The Southern African Development Community has sent its electoral observer mission to Lesotho before February 28 elections. An attempted coup in August last year prompted the regional bloc to bring elections forward by two years in order to restore stability in the landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was forced into exile in August last year when a military faction attempted to topple his government.
(Bloomberg 02/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, is seeking to boost African coffee output 50 percent by mid-2017 as part of a $200 million global program aimed at farmers of the bean. The project, called Coffee Made Happy, began this month in Africa with assistance for 24,000 Ethiopian small-holder farms, the company said on Wednesday. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez’s initiative gives training in agronomy, financial literacy and promoting coffee farming to youth and women, he said. It plans to reach a million farmers worldwide over the next five years.
(Bloomberg 02/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born billionaire philanthropist, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has once again painted the entire continent as a disaster zone. It’s a perception he’s been working to dispel since selling his African mobile-phone network for $3.4 billion in 2005 and founding the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote honest and accountable government. His primary tool: data. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures how well nations are developing their economies, safeguarding rights and guaranteeing the...
(Voice of America 02/18/15)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that 933 people had arrived on the island of Lampedusa over the previous 24 hours. These latest arrivals, thought to be African or Syrian, were among some 3,800 migrants rescued at sea since last Friday, according to IOM. More than 640 rescued migrants were taken to the town of Porto Empedocle on Sicily. According to Italy’s Ministry of Interior, 3,528 migrants arrived in the country by sea in January. Totals for February...
(Voice of America 02/17/15)
YAOUNDE— Central African leaders on Monday called for creation of a special fund to help countries affected by Boko Haram. Meeting in Cameroon’s capital, leaders discussed details of the regional force being deployed to combat the Nigerian insurgents, who have extended attacks to Niger, Cameroon and Chad. The ten-member Economic Community of Central African States agreed Monday to contribute most of the $100 million needed to combat the Nigeria-based Islamist militants. They also called for quick U.N. approval of a multinational force to pave the way for military involvement by other African nations.
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- The rout in commodity prices to the lowest in 12 years will spur deeper spending cuts by the world’s biggest mining companies in Africa, hurting a region more reliant on mineral exports than any other on the planet. Miners will scale back spending by $20 billion this year, according to Macquarie Group Ltd., as they cut growth plans amid waning demand for raw materials. With projects planned during the decade-long commodities boom now being shelved, Africa is likely...
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a Dublin-based clean-energy developer, and Actis LLP agreed to work together to develop $1.9 billion of solar and wind power projects across Africa. Their venture, called Lekela Power, intends to provide 700 megawatts to 900 megawatts of wind and solar power by 2018 and is 40 percent owned by Mainstream and 60 percent by Actis, Barry Lynch, Mainstream’s managing director of onshore procurement, construction and operations, said today by e-mail. They expect an investment...
(Voice of America 02/16/15)
ROME—Italy's coast guard went to the rescue of at least 1,000 migrants in difficulty in the sea between Europe and North Africa on Sunday, the third operation of its kind in as many days. The coast guard said it had plucked more than 130 people from two rubber boats about 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of the island of Lampedusa so far, and was working to save eight more vessels. “We are certainly at more than 1,000 migrants” involved in...
(Voice of America 02/12/15)
NAIROBI— Crowdfunding is a way to raise money from a large number of people via the Internet to fund a project. The concept is well established in the West, but is still new in Africa. A World Bank project in Kenya has launched a mentorship program to help business owners take advantage of crowdfunding, which some say could help replace the kind of aid they currently receive from NGOs. Marion Moon started her organic fertilizer business, Wanda Organic, three years...
(Voice of America 02/11/15)
Italian authorities say at least 29 African migrants have died of hypothermia while crossing the Mediterranean in freezing weather and rough seas. The Italian coast guard says it found seven people dead when it answered a distress call from the migrants' boat off Libya late Sunday. It says 22 others died on a vessel that brought the migrants to the island of Lampedusa through waves as tall as nine meters high. All 29 victims were men from sub-Saharan Africa. Another...

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