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Saturday 23 May 2015

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(The Associated Press 05/22/15)
Congo's government is bringing in outside experts to investigate the long-term impact of some $6.7 billion in contracts with Chinese companies that critics say could exploit the central African nation's mineral riches. Congo's government has a 32 percent stake while China has 68 percent in the mining project called Sicomines. It was created in 2008 but construction did not officially start until three years later, said Jean Nzenga Kongolo, deputy general manager of Sicomines. It now employs about 3,000 people, of whom 70 percent are Congolese, said Kongolo. To assess the project's impact, officials from the World Bank and the United Nations visited the mines this week. The project "is truly in the right lines...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last 50 years, Africa lost in excess of 1 trillion dollars in illicit financial outflows," he said. "The figure of 50 billion U.S. dollars is therefore an underestimate as it excludes such elements as trade in services and intangibles, proceeds of...
(Bloomberg 05/21/15)
Falling metal prices, power shortages and anticipated tax increases are threatening the Democratic of Congo’s mining industry even as copper, gold and cobalt output hit record highs, the country’s main business group said. “Exploration projects are being wound down or halted, assets are being sold off and vigorous efforts are under way to cut production costs,” the Chamber of Mines at the Federation des Entreprises du Congo said in a report e-mailed Wednesday from the capital, Kinshasa. “This is certain to result in direct and indirect job losses as suppliers and contractors are squeezed.”
(The Namibian 05/21/15)
RESIDENTS of the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund have threatened to stage a mass protest and even boycott the Swakopmund constituency by-election at the end of May if the municipality does not guarantee them property and rectify an alleged breach of an agreement related to their relocation to make way for the servicing of land. Residents who were relocated near the Swakopmund airport to make way for municipal services to be installed for the mass housing project, say they have...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila called for a “national dialogue” to discuss creating an environment that will enable peaceful elections set to take place through 2016. The Congolese electoral commission, the government, political parties, civil society groups and donors “all have a role in ensuring the proper execution of our electoral mandate,” Communication Minister Lambert Mende said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. “An active dialogue among these groups has been proposed by our government, and is being pursued...
(News24 05/20/15)
A new survey released by the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa at Stellenbosch University highlights the relationship between corruption and conflict in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Centre Director Daniel Malan explains. Watch. The 'Ethics and Compliance Risk Survey 2014' was released this week, and covers ethical and compliance risks faced by South African companies with operations in the SADC countries. The research is based on responses received from 26 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(The Independent 05/18/15)
Frederic Gautier has been thinking a lot about death recently. The miner, from South Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thought about it as he cowered under his bed to escape a deadly ambush at his mine. The thought returned when he was subsequently captured by armed men and forced to carry stolen minerals on his back through the forest. The father-of-six survived but others were not so lucky. Four miners reportedly lost their lives in the same...
(Voice of America 05/18/15)
GOMA, D.R.C.— President Joseph Kabila committed to holding a national dialogue when he signed a regional peace agreement at Addis Ababa in February 2013. He held what were called national consultations at the end of 2013, but some opposition parties did not take part. Last week, Kabila announced he would be holding a dialogue with political parties, civil society and the international community as the D.R.C. prepares for elections. But the timetable is looking tight, funding is not assured, the...
(Voice of America 05/18/15)
BUJUMBURA— Despite the failure of a coup against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, about 30 protesters said Saturday they will continue demonstrating against the leader's bid for a third term. The protesters defied Nkurunziza's ban on demonstrations and vowed to continue to take to the streets to press the president to drop his plan to run for re-election in June. "We are going to continue with the protests because our aim is to stop the president's third term. We can see...
(Radio Okapi 05/18/15)
Environ 300 miliciens de la Force de résistance patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) se sont rendus, dimanche 17 mai, aux Forces armées de la RDC (FARDC) et à la Monusco, à Bukiringi, localité située au Sud de Bunia, chef-lieu de l’Ituri (Province Orientale). Le nouveau chef de ces combattants, Mbadu Adirodu, a affirmé que d’autres miliciens suivront cette vague pour déposer les armes. Des sources militaires de la région indiquent que la première colonne de miliciens FRPI a été aperçue dimanche...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/15)
Armed men raped 127 women earlier this month during a raid on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. Some 60 militiamen assaulted the women during a May 1 attack on the town of Kikamba in the province of South Kivu's Shabunda region, MSF said in a statement. It did not identify the armed group responsible. Dozens of armed groups operate in eastern Congo, where a 1998-2003...
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...

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(The Namibian 05/21/15)
RESIDENTS of the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund have threatened to stage a mass protest and even boycott the Swakopmund constituency by-election at the end of May if the municipality does not guarantee them property and rectify an alleged breach of an agreement related to their relocation to make way for the servicing of land. Residents who were relocated near the Swakopmund airport to make way for municipal services to be installed for the mass housing project, say they have been deceived by their municipal leaders and now have to live in worse squalor than before they were relocated. According to the agreement between the relocated residents and the municipality, the residents would be relocated...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila called for a “national dialogue” to discuss creating an environment that will enable peaceful elections set to take place through 2016. The Congolese electoral commission, the government, political parties, civil society groups and donors “all have a role in ensuring the proper execution of our electoral mandate,” Communication Minister Lambert Mende said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. “An active dialogue among these groups has been proposed by our government, and is being pursued at this time,” Mende said. More than 30 people died in January protests in Africa’s biggest copper-producing nation against a new electoral law that the opposition said could have allowed Kabila to extend his final term. The law was eventually...
(News24 05/20/15)
A new survey released by the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa at Stellenbosch University highlights the relationship between corruption and conflict in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Centre Director Daniel Malan explains. Watch. The 'Ethics and Compliance Risk Survey 2014' was released this week, and covers ethical and compliance risks faced by South African companies with operations in the SADC countries. The research is based on responses received from 26 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Radio Okapi 05/18/15)
Environ 300 miliciens de la Force de résistance patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) se sont rendus, dimanche 17 mai, aux Forces armées de la RDC (FARDC) et à la Monusco, à Bukiringi, localité située au Sud de Bunia, chef-lieu de l’Ituri (Province Orientale). Le nouveau chef de ces combattants, Mbadu Adirodu, a affirmé que d’autres miliciens suivront cette vague pour déposer les armes. Des sources militaires de la région indiquent que la première colonne de miliciens FRPI a été aperçue dimanche...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/15)
Armed men raped 127 women earlier this month during a raid on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. Some 60 militiamen assaulted the women during a May 1 attack on the town of Kikamba in the province of South Kivu's Shabunda region, MSF said in a statement. It did not identify the armed group responsible. Dozens of armed groups operate in eastern Congo, where a 1998-2003...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(AFP 05/14/15)
Twenty-three people have been killed in two new massacres blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restless east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official told AFP on Thursday. The killings are the latest blamed on the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who are accused of murdering more than 300 people in seven months of massacres in and around the major trading hub of Beni in DR Congo's North Kivu province. The latest massacres occurred near the town of Mbau, not far from Beni, regional administrator Amisi Kalonda told AFP by telephone.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/13/15)
Dozens of Pygmies in Democratic Republic of Congo's southeast were killed by Bantu militiamen in the past week, the U.N. peacekeeping mission said on Wednesday, in an escalation in a two-year ethnic conflict. The Luba, a Bantu ethnic group, and the Twa, a Pygmy people who inhabit the Great Lakes region, have been in conflict since May 2013 in Katanga, a vast province known for its rich deposits of copper and other metals. Local NGOs say that the violence is...
(Ips News 05/13/15)
Augusta and Syracuse — Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy's southern region and main gateway to Europe. Yet, the migration flows have not stopped. Five days ago, on May 3, 300 people arrived in the port of Augusta, in the province of Syracuse, and among them were 19-year-old Ahmed and...
(AFP 05/12/15)
Five people were killed in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday. "We found the bodies of five people killed with axes, and seven injured," regional official Amisi Kalonda told AFP. More than 300 people have been killed in seven months of massacres in the troubled North Kivu province by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who fled Uganda in the mid-1990s after an unsuccessful...
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
Protests in African countries from Burkina Faso to Burundi have been sparked by youthful populations with little hope of employment and by leaders who have in some cases ruled for decades. The discontent, which began in Burkina Faso in October, spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and has now crossed the continent to Burundi, prompting regional leaders to call an emergency meeting after two weeks of protests and at least 14 deaths.
(Xinhuanet 05/11/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- China's cooperation with Africa on industrialization development in African countries will have multifaceted benefits to the continent, noted a renowned Ethiopian scholar during a recent interview with Xinhua. Stating that industry is a very important component of any developmental growth, the scholar hailed China's cooperation and support to Africa in the industrial development of the continent as an important step towards addressing poverty and boosting economies. Costantinos BT Costantinos, Chairman of Ethiopian Infrastructure &...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(The Citizen 05/08/15)
Dar es Salaam. The Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) yesterday allayed fears over safety of its soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the killing of its two soldiers, saying the rest were safe. A statement from the UN office in Dar es Salaam said on Wednesday the army officers were killed on Monday when a UN Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco) convoy was ambushed and came under...
(Xinhuanet 05/08/15)
BUKAVU, DR Congo, May 8 (Xinhua) -- It is an as-usual sunny day and kids at the SOS Children Village at Bukavu, a city in east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), throng the classroom to take their first ever Chinese language class. "Wo Ai Zhong Guo (I love China)," "Wo Ai Gang Guo (I love Congo) ." The kids were apparently entertained and amused by the strange pronunciation of the strange language for them. They babbled the Chinese...
(This Day Live 05/08/15)
MainOne, a communications services company and operator of the premier Tier III Data Centre in West Africa, MDX-I, has been chosen to lead the African panel on localising Content and Data Traffic in Africa at a plenary session of the International Telecoms Week to be held in Chicago from May 10th to May 13th, 2015. With the theme: ' Localising Data Traffic and Content in Africa', the session, will highlight the growth in Internet traffic in Africa and how the...
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...

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(The Associated Press 05/22/15)
Congo's government is bringing in outside experts to investigate the long-term impact of some $6.7 billion in contracts with Chinese companies that critics say could exploit the central African nation's mineral riches. Congo's government has a 32 percent stake while China has 68 percent in the mining project called Sicomines. It was created in 2008 but construction did not officially start until three years later, said Jean Nzenga Kongolo, deputy general manager of Sicomines. It now employs about 3,000 people, of whom 70 percent are Congolese, said Kongolo. To assess the project's impact, officials from the World Bank and the United Nations visited the mines this week. The project "is truly in the right lines...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last 50 years, Africa lost in excess of 1 trillion dollars in illicit financial outflows," he said. "The figure of 50 billion U.S. dollars is therefore an underestimate as it excludes such elements as trade in services and intangibles, proceeds of...
(Bloomberg 05/21/15)
Falling metal prices, power shortages and anticipated tax increases are threatening the Democratic of Congo’s mining industry even as copper, gold and cobalt output hit record highs, the country’s main business group said. “Exploration projects are being wound down or halted, assets are being sold off and vigorous efforts are under way to cut production costs,” the Chamber of Mines at the Federation des Entreprises du Congo said in a report e-mailed Wednesday from the capital, Kinshasa. “This is certain to result in direct and indirect job losses as suppliers and contractors are squeezed.”
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(The Independent 05/18/15)
Frederic Gautier has been thinking a lot about death recently. The miner, from South Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thought about it as he cowered under his bed to escape a deadly ambush at his mine. The thought returned when he was subsequently captured by armed men and forced to carry stolen minerals on his back through the forest. The father-of-six survived but others were not so lucky. Four miners reportedly lost their lives in the same...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...
(Caj News Africa 05/12/15)
Cape Town — Thousands of attendees from around the globe have converged in South Africa for the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa to explore measures of securing the future development of the continent’s power and water industries. The event, said to be the biggest such gathering in the sectors in the continent, has resumed at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, where it will run until Thursday. Scheduled to attract some 5 000 attendees, the event will...
(Times of Zambia 05/07/15)
The African Development Bank (AfDB)'s fund portfolio for renewable energies in Africa increased by 10 per cent to US$200 million in the last five years. According to the 2014 report launched by the bank on Monday, the portfolio size multiplied by 10 during the last five years and was now worth more than $200 million. Most project funding has been implemented by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through AfDB since 2008. The report said the relatively young portfolio had 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent, according to the 2014.
(Caj News Africa 05/06/15)
Johannesburg — Next week’s Aviation Africa 2015 will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market, organizers said. The two-day event is slated for May 10 at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “If you look at the sheer potential of just a handful of African airlines, routes and airports, you realise just how enormous an impact Africa can have on the future of aviation, and moreover you can clearly see just how beneficial a progressive aviation industry...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/04/15)
Rebel factions, elements of government forces control 65% of country’s gold mines. Illegally acquired and exported gold from the mineral-rich eastern Congo is fueling high-level corruption in the country’s military and bloodshed by rebel groups, an advocacy group said. Insurgents and elements of government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo control some 65% of the country’s gold mines, which are the foundation for an international smuggling network worth an estimated $400 million a year, the Enough Project said in a report issued Thursday. The Washington-based nongovernmental organization said 70% of the tin, tantalum and tungsten mines in eastern Congo were free from the control of armed rebel groups
(Xinhuanet 04/30/15)
HARARE, April (Xinhua) -- An extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State opened Wednesday to consider and adopt a 48-year industrialization strategy aimed at accelerating industrialization in the 15-memenbr regional group. The summit is a follow up to the 34th SADC summit held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in 2014 where a decision was made for the region to craft an industrialization strategy to spur regional economic development. The 48-year industrialization strategy, once adopted by the...
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
TRIPOLI, April (Xinhua) -- Libyan Islamist-backed parliament General National Congress (GNC) on Tuesday rejected a draft peace solution proposed by the UN special envoy to Libya. "The draft given by Bernardino Leon, head of the UN mission to Libya, will be totally rejected. We demand the international envoy to reconsider the way it works," Omar Ehmedan, a member of the GNC, announced the decision in a press conference. Libya has been witnessing a frayed political process after the 2011 turmoil which toppled its leader Muammar Gaddafi.
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- African scientists have launched a regional initiative to improve aflatoxin control regulatory frameworks in the Common Market for eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The scientists have came up with a draft aflatoxin sampling procedures to facilitate effective regional trade for unprocessed maize and groundnuts in COMESA and Sub-Saharan Africa. "Aware of the rising threat to consumer health and intra trade, COMESA has entered into strategic partnerships to harmonize aflatoxin control measures and improve the regulatory...
(News Day 04/28/15)
Tax said countries in the region need to speed up the implementation of the road map for the full industrialisation of the region and that it was important to achieve the task for the improvement of the region. “In order to achieve the feat we have set ourselves, it is clear that the region embarks on a long-term project of economic and social transformation, to be supported by our concerted efforts, and commitment during the three-phased duration of 2015 to...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
HARARE, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting opened in Harare Monday to consider a draft strategy and roadmap on industrialization aimed at accelerating industrialization in the 15-member regional grouping. The meeting precedes a one-day extraordinary summit of SADC Heads of State and Government that will be held in Harare Wednesday to consider and adopt the strategy and roadmap. Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers and Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi told delegates at the opening of the meeting that the roadmap spans over a period of 48 years (2015-2063) during which the region will seek to industrialize in a three-phased approach.
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
HARARE, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The long-awaited tripartite free trade area (TFTA) between three regional blocs in Africa will be launched on June 10 in Egypt, a senior official of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said Monday. SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax told delegates attending a SADC Council of Ministers meeting that the grand TFTA, initially scheduled for launch in June 2014, was now expected to be launched a year later. "A tripartite FTA is expected to be...

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(AFP 05/20/15)
South African Jake White has extended his contract as "consultant" with Montpellier by two years through until June 2017, the Top 14 club announced Wednesday. White, who coached the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, arrived at Montpellier in December to take over from Fabien Galthie. The club, which currently sit in eighth spot and will miss out on making the top six play-offs for the first time since 2010/11, decided to announce the deal to put an end to rumours that White was one of the eight candidates shortlisted to succeed Philippe Saint-Andre as France head coach. White, 52, will have compatriot Shaun Sowerby (forwards) and Australian Scott Wisemantel (backs) as his assistants next season.
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(Vanguard 05/22/15)
D’banj’s profile is steadily on the rise at the international scene.President of World Bank, Mr Jim Kim earlier in the week commended the music star for dedicating his latest song, “Extraordinary” to Women empowerment and raising awareness about poverty and other related issues. The song was dropped a week ago. Jim Kim wrote about D’banj on his Linkedin page: ‘I recently met one of Nigeria’s most dynamic performers, the singer-songwriter, D’Banj. Last year, D’Banj spearheaded a campaign urging African governments to increase their investments in agriculture. This year, he devoting his attention to the African Union’s Year of Women Empowerment. I am honoured, D’banj is the first artiste to participate in our new series, “Music4Dev”,...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and contemporary works and artefacts, and...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(Bloomberg 05/21/15)
Falling metal prices, power shortages and anticipated tax increases are threatening the Democratic of Congo’s mining industry even as copper, gold and cobalt output hit record highs, the country’s main business group said. “Exploration projects are being wound down or halted, assets are being sold off and vigorous efforts are under way to cut production costs,” the Chamber of Mines at the Federation des Entreprises du Congo said in a report e-mailed Wednesday from the capital, Kinshasa. “This is certain to result in direct and indirect job losses as suppliers and contractors are squeezed.”
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila called for a “national dialogue” to discuss creating an environment that will enable peaceful elections set to take place through 2016. The Congolese electoral commission, the government, political parties, civil society groups and donors “all have a role in ensuring the proper execution of our electoral mandate,” Communication Minister Lambert Mende said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. “An active dialogue among these groups has been proposed by our government, and is being pursued...
(The Independent 05/18/15)
Frederic Gautier has been thinking a lot about death recently. The miner, from South Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thought about it as he cowered under his bed to escape a deadly ambush at his mine. The thought returned when he was subsequently captured by armed men and forced to carry stolen minerals on his back through the forest. The father-of-six survived but others were not so lucky. Four miners reportedly lost their lives in the same...
(Voice of America 05/18/15)
GOMA, D.R.C.— President Joseph Kabila committed to holding a national dialogue when he signed a regional peace agreement at Addis Ababa in February 2013. He held what were called national consultations at the end of 2013, but some opposition parties did not take part. Last week, Kabila announced he would be holding a dialogue with political parties, civil society and the international community as the D.R.C. prepares for elections. But the timetable is looking tight, funding is not assured, the...
(Voice of America 05/18/15)
BUJUMBURA— Despite the failure of a coup against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, about 30 protesters said Saturday they will continue demonstrating against the leader's bid for a third term. The protesters defied Nkurunziza's ban on demonstrations and vowed to continue to take to the streets to press the president to drop his plan to run for re-election in June. "We are going to continue with the protests because our aim is to stop the president's third term. We can see...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(Voice of America 05/08/15)
BENI, DRC— The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has called for more cooperation with the Congolese army, after two peacekeepers were killed and 13 wounded in an ambush in Beni territory near the Ugandan border. The mission says the Ugandan Islamist ADF rebels are suspected of carrying out the attack, and has warned other groups against collaborating with terrorism. The call follows two attacks on the mission in Beni territory this week. On Monday, a...
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...
(Bloomberg 05/06/15)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned an attack by suspected rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that left at least two peacekeepers dead, 13 injured and four missing. Gunmen attacked a UN convoy in Beni, about 244 kilometers (152 miles) north of the Congolese city of Goma, earlier Wednesday, the UN Information Centre said in an e-mailed statement. The assault follows an incident on May 4 when a UN helicopter was hit by gunfire from unidentified assailants. “The secretary-general...
(Bloomberg 05/06/15)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned an attack by suspected rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that left at least two peacekeepers dead, 13 injured and four missing. Gunmen attacked a UN convoy in Beni, about 244 kilometers (152 miles) north of the Congolese city of Goma, earlier Wednesday, the UN Information Centre said in an e-mailed statement. The assault follows an incident on May 4 when a UN helicopter was hit by gunfire from unidentified assailants. “The secretary-general...
(Voice of America 05/06/15)
KINSHASA, D.R.C.— Two U.N. peacekeepers from Tanzania were killed in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday when their patrol was ambushed in an area where government forces are fighting Ugandan rebels, the country's U.N. mission said. The peacekeepers were attacked in the village of Kikiki, about 50 kilometers north of the town of Beni in North Kivu province, Felix Basse, spokesman for the mission known as MONUSCO, told Reuters. "The ambush took place today,...
(BBC News Africa 05/06/15)
Two Tanzanian peacekeepers with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed in an ambush near the city of Beni, the UN has said. Thirteen others were wounded in the attack by suspected Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces Islamist rebels. It was second attack on UN forces in the eastern North Kivu region in 48 hours after a helicopter carrying for the force's commander came under fire. The UN has promised a "robust" military offensive in response...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
Wave after wave of migrants have been rescued from rubber dinghies and rickety fishing boats in the Mediterranean over the last three days, with thousands ferried to Italy's southern shores. Italian officials struggled Monday to find room in shelters in Sicily and the mainland for the nearly 6,800 refugees they said had been rescued at sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy said a woman, in labor when she was rescued Sunday, gave birth to a daughter on...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/04/15)
Rebel factions, elements of government forces control 65% of country’s gold mines. Illegally acquired and exported gold from the mineral-rich eastern Congo is fueling high-level corruption in the country’s military and bloodshed by rebel groups, an advocacy group said. Insurgents and elements of government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo control some 65% of the country’s gold mines, which are the foundation for an international smuggling network worth an estimated $400 million a year, the Enough Project said in a report issued Thursday. The Washington-based nongovernmental organization said 70% of the tin, tantalum and tungsten mines in eastern Congo were free from the control of armed rebel groups
(Voice of America 04/30/15)
HARARE— South Africa drew praise Wednesday at a meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders over its handling of recent xenophobic violence in the country. At the conclusion of the one-day talks, SADC leaders issued a communiqué saying the region commended the measures that South Africa's government has put in place to ensure that recent attacks on immigrants do not recur. Speaking at the talks, Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, urged immigrants being attacked in South Africa to return to...
(Voice of America 04/28/15)
HARARE— South Africa drew praise Wednesday at a meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders over its handling of recent xenophobic violence in the country. At the conclusion of the one-day talks, SADC leaders issued a communiqué saying the region commended the measures that South Africa's government has put in place to ensure that recent attacks on immigrants do not recur. Speaking at the talks, Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, urged immigrants being attacked in South Africa to return to...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...

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