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Tuesday 09 February 2016

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(Voice of America 02/09/16)
At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks. The United Nations said Monday it was "alarmed by reports of escalating inter-communal violence" in the area. U.N. spokesman Amouzoun Codjo Martin said the weekend attacks were carried out by members of two militias, the Nande-dominated UPDI and the NDC, which is mostly made up of Nyanga, another local ethnic group.
(AFP (eng) 02/09/16)
President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. The Electrify Africa Act, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives and Senate, leverages partnerships with the private sector in order to bring first-time electricity access to some 50 million people in underserved parts of Africa. Virtually no new US federal funds are allocated for the project, which instead will use a system of loan guarantees to add 20,000 megawatts of electricity to the continent's grid by 2020. Access to power is a fundamental development challenge in Africa, and boosting it will stimulate economic growth and improve...
(Financial Times 02/09/16)
Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the ecommerce group at more than $1bn. French insurer Axa will pay €75m for an 8 per cent stake in Africa Internet Group, which owns several start-ups including online retailer Jumia, mobile taxi app Easy Taxi and delivery app HelloFood, giving the company a valuation of €938m ($1.04bn). FirstFT is our new essential daily email briefing of the best stories from across the web...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/16)
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable, Western allies like Senegal. Al Qaeda...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/16)
At least 15 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a region that has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks, local authorities said Monday. "There have been clashes in the village of Mukeberwa", in Nord-Kivu province, Bokele Joy, the administrator of Lubero Territory where the fighting took place, told AFP. "According to information that I have, between 15 and 30 people have been killed," he said, adding...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
The United Nations is trying a new approach to the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (or DDR) of armed groups. The new approach, described as pre-DDR, is being launched in the Central African Republic's northern town of Kaga Bandoro, where former combatants of the mainly Muslim Seleka armed group and the Christian and animist anti-Balaka movement are being paid to do community work. Since November, the U.N. mission in Kaga Bandoro has enrolled 481 ex-combatants in pre-DDR and is paying most...
(Washington Post 02/08/16)
There must be lessons to draw from the news that Cape Verdeans – along with citizens of 21 other African countries – are living better lives than they were three years ago. Get the biggest election stories in your inbox. Based on face-to-face interviews with more than 52,700 citizens in 33 countries in 2014-2015, Afrobarometer reports that in two-thirds of those countries, “lived poverty” has decreased compared to the previous survey round in 2011-2013. That means fewer people are going...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
A new UNESCO publication says thousands of African children lack textbooks or must share them. Education experts say that along with skilled teachers, textbooks are essential for meeting the U.N.-backed Sustainable Development Goals, which call for inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The recent Global Education Monitoring Report published by UNESCO discusses the extent of the shortages and proposes solutions. It says that in Cameroon, one study showed there were 12 students for one reading book and 14 to...
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/05/16)
Congolese troops killed two United Nations peacekeepers after civilians accused the Tanzanian U.N. troops of providing supplies to Islamist Ugandan rebels in east Congo, according to a confidential U.N. Security Council report. U.N. experts who monitor sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo said the U.N. peacekeeping force MONUSCO initially blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Ugandan rebels operating in Congo since the 1990s, for a May 5 ambush that killed two peacekeepers and several civilians and injured 26 U.N. troops.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/05/16)
Villagers from two major ethnic groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo clashed with machetes and batons before dispersing when army troops and U.N. peacekeepers intervened and fired into the air, a U.N. spokesman said. The latest spasm of violence between Hutu and Nande villagers followed the killing of a Hutu civilian three km (two miles) away by presumed Mai Mai militiamen, U.N. mission military spokesman Amouzoun Codjo Martin told Reuters. At least six civilians have been...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the plunge in oil prices will force significant fiscal adjustments on Africa's oil exporters. The IMF said the 70 percent fall in crude prices over the past 18 months has been a "formidable shock" to sub-Saharan African oil exporters like Nigeria and Angola, given their heavy reliance on oil receipts in state revenues. "While most oil producers have low levels of debt and adequate levels of reserves, the massive oil price decline makes adjustment...
(Xinhuanet 02/05/16)
(Xinhua) -- Cooperation in the health sector with China has helped reduce disease burden in Africa while strengthening the continent's capacity to respond to new infections, said a senior African Union (AU) official. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday on the sidelines of the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, that China has contributed immensely to modernization of health infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. "China has been a dependable partner...
(AFP (eng) 02/04/16)
Notorious Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was back in the dock Wednesday for crimes against humanity after completing a first 12-year sentence handed down by the International Criminal Court. Smiling and relaxed, the former general nicknamed Simba the lion due to his alleged ferocity, entered the military court in uniform, warmly greeting senior officers before the trial began. He and five others are accused of "war crimes, crimes against humanity and participating in an insurrectional movement" in Ituri near the Ugandan...
(AFP (eng) 02/04/16)
Notorious Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was back in the dock Wednesday for crimes against humanity after completing a first 12-year sentence handed down by the International Criminal Court. Smiling and relaxed, the former general nicknamed Simba the lion due to his alleged ferocity, entered the military court in uniform, warmly greeting senior officers before the trial began. He and five others are accused of "war crimes, crimes against humanity and participating in an insurrectional movement" in Ituri near the Ugandan border, where some 60,000 people died in fighting between 1999 and 2007.
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy may be slowing down in its industrial and manufacturing sectors, but the growth in its consumption and services sector is still adequate to push growth in African countries which depend on trade with China, analysts said Wednesday. Jonathan Stichbury, the East Africa CEO of Pine Bridge Investments, a financial services advisory and wealth management firm, said despite the talk of a Chinese economic slowdown, the 6.9 percent growth rate recorded by China in 2015 still remains much higher by the Asian regional standards.
(Bloomberg 02/04/16)
When then-President Bill Clinton visited Africa in 1998, he praised “a new generation of leaders” as champions of a dawning “African Renaissance.” Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni was one of them: Two years before, he’d been elected president after a decade as a military ruler. Museveni is again running for president -- at the age of 71, after abolishing constitutional limits on presidential terms. He refers to the East African nation’s oil reserves as his own, holds a public holiday to mark...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/16)
(Xinhua) -- Chinese funding to the African Union (AU) that was announced during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last year in South Africa, is important for establishment of the African Standby Force, a senior UN official Dr. Carlos Lopes has said. "Setting up a force is always very difficult. And if the Chinese were convinced to provide funding for the initial stages, then the whole process will be easy," Lopes who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told Xinhua in an interview during the 26th AU summit that ended on Sunday in Ethiopia.

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(Voice of America 02/09/16)
At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks. The United Nations said Monday it was "alarmed by reports of escalating inter-communal violence" in the area. U.N. spokesman Amouzoun Codjo Martin said the weekend attacks were carried out by members of two militias, the Nande-dominated UPDI and the NDC, which is mostly made up of Nyanga, another local ethnic group.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/16)
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable, Western allies like Senegal. Al Qaeda (AQIM) fighters claimed responsibility for the attack, one of increasingly bold regional strikes in the Sahel, a poor, arid zone between the Sahara Desert and Sudanian Savanna that is home to a number of roving militant groups. U.S. Commander for...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/16)
At least 15 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a region that has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks, local authorities said Monday. "There have been clashes in the village of Mukeberwa", in Nord-Kivu province, Bokele Joy, the administrator of Lubero Territory where the fighting took place, told AFP. "According to information that I have, between 15 and 30 people have been killed," he said, adding...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
The United Nations is trying a new approach to the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (or DDR) of armed groups. The new approach, described as pre-DDR, is being launched in the Central African Republic's northern town of Kaga Bandoro, where former combatants of the mainly Muslim Seleka armed group and the Christian and animist anti-Balaka movement are being paid to do community work. Since November, the U.N. mission in Kaga Bandoro has enrolled 481 ex-combatants in pre-DDR and is paying most...
(Washington Post 02/08/16)
There must be lessons to draw from the news that Cape Verdeans – along with citizens of 21 other African countries – are living better lives than they were three years ago. Get the biggest election stories in your inbox. Based on face-to-face interviews with more than 52,700 citizens in 33 countries in 2014-2015, Afrobarometer reports that in two-thirds of those countries, “lived poverty” has decreased compared to the previous survey round in 2011-2013. That means fewer people are going...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
A new UNESCO publication says thousands of African children lack textbooks or must share them. Education experts say that along with skilled teachers, textbooks are essential for meeting the U.N.-backed Sustainable Development Goals, which call for inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The recent Global Education Monitoring Report published by UNESCO discusses the extent of the shortages and proposes solutions. It says that in Cameroon, one study showed there were 12 students for one reading book and 14 to...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/05/16)
Congolese troops killed two United Nations peacekeepers after civilians accused the Tanzanian U.N. troops of providing supplies to Islamist Ugandan rebels in east Congo, according to a confidential U.N. Security Council report. U.N. experts who monitor sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo said the U.N. peacekeeping force MONUSCO initially blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Ugandan rebels operating in Congo since the 1990s, for a May 5 ambush that killed two peacekeepers and several civilians and injured 26 U.N. troops.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/05/16)
Villagers from two major ethnic groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo clashed with machetes and batons before dispersing when army troops and U.N. peacekeepers intervened and fired into the air, a U.N. spokesman said. The latest spasm of violence between Hutu and Nande villagers followed the killing of a Hutu civilian three km (two miles) away by presumed Mai Mai militiamen, U.N. mission military spokesman Amouzoun Codjo Martin told Reuters. At least six civilians have been...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the plunge in oil prices will force significant fiscal adjustments on Africa's oil exporters. The IMF said the 70 percent fall in crude prices over the past 18 months has been a "formidable shock" to sub-Saharan African oil exporters like Nigeria and Angola, given their heavy reliance on oil receipts in state revenues. "While most oil producers have low levels of debt and adequate levels of reserves, the massive oil price decline makes adjustment...
(Xinhuanet 02/05/16)
(Xinhua) -- Cooperation in the health sector with China has helped reduce disease burden in Africa while strengthening the continent's capacity to respond to new infections, said a senior African Union (AU) official. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday on the sidelines of the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, that China has contributed immensely to modernization of health infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. "China has been a dependable partner...
(AFP (eng) 02/04/16)
Notorious Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was back in the dock Wednesday for crimes against humanity after completing a first 12-year sentence handed down by the International Criminal Court. Smiling and relaxed, the former general nicknamed Simba the lion due to his alleged ferocity, entered the military court in uniform, warmly greeting senior officers before the trial began. He and five others are accused of "war crimes, crimes against humanity and participating in an insurrectional movement" in Ituri near the Ugandan...
(AFP (eng) 02/04/16)
Notorious Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was back in the dock Wednesday for crimes against humanity after completing a first 12-year sentence handed down by the International Criminal Court. Smiling and relaxed, the former general nicknamed Simba the lion due to his alleged ferocity, entered the military court in uniform, warmly greeting senior officers before the trial began. He and five others are accused of "war crimes, crimes against humanity and participating in an insurrectional movement" in Ituri near the Ugandan border, where some 60,000 people died in fighting between 1999 and 2007.
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy may be slowing down in its industrial and manufacturing sectors, but the growth in its consumption and services sector is still adequate to push growth in African countries which depend on trade with China, analysts said Wednesday. Jonathan Stichbury, the East Africa CEO of Pine Bridge Investments, a financial services advisory and wealth management firm, said despite the talk of a Chinese economic slowdown, the 6.9 percent growth rate recorded by China in 2015 still remains much higher by the Asian regional standards.
(Xinhuanet 02/03/16)
(Xinhua) -- Chinese funding to the African Union (AU) that was announced during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last year in South Africa, is important for establishment of the African Standby Force, a senior UN official Dr. Carlos Lopes has said. "Setting up a force is always very difficult. And if the Chinese were convinced to provide funding for the initial stages, then the whole process will be easy," Lopes who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told Xinhua in an interview during the 26th AU summit that ended on Sunday in Ethiopia.
(Voice of America 02/03/16)
 
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Investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington last week to push ideas and efforts to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. The In-Stream Auger Turbine, which uses flowing water to generate power, was among the technological innovations exhibited at the second annual Powering Africa Summit. “This unit, unlike other hydro-energy projects, doesn't take years to perform,” said Chun Pong Ng of Zoetic Global. “Unlike wind and solar that only deliver when Mother...
(The Economist 02/03/16)
Power corrupts. So too does a resource-rich economy, like Nigeria’s, where easy access to oil revenues opens the door to palm-greasing. Of 168 countries surveyed by Transparency International, an anti-corruption group Germany, in its annual Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria ranks 32nd from the bottom. Whistleblowers sometimes try to estimate how much cash has gone missing from Nigeria’s public purse. In 2014 a respected former central-bank governor lost his job after claiming that $20 billion had been stolen. But this captures...
(Xinhuanet 02/02/16)
KINSHASA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The new commander of the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) Gen. Derrick Mbuselo Mgwebi officially took over his office at the mission's headquarters in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). The 59-year-old South African officer replaces Brazil's Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz who ended his mission towards the end of last year after serving for two years. MONUSCO's spokesman Felix Prospere Bass said Mgwebi who has a military experience of 35 years, will himself define his priorities at the helm of MONUSCO.
(Voice of America 02/02/16)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Electrify Africa Act, after nearly two years of trying to get the measure through both chambers of Congress. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill will provide a framework for a major public-private partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries to help millions of people gain access to reliable electricity. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California said the Electrify Africa Act...
(The Christian Science Monitor 02/02/16)
It is unusual for animals to be added to wildlife population counts in Africa, but that is what has happened. By identifying their tracks and using camera traps that were able to snap images of the big cats, conservationists have confirmed reports from residents near a remote national park in Ethiopia that there are lions in the area. This is a welcome thread of good news for the wildlife conservation community, given that the lion population in some African regions...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/01/16)
Statistics indicate that annual malaria deaths in Africa have decreased from an estimated 764,000 in 2000 to 395,000 in 2015. According to a press statement issued yesterday by the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), Ms Johannah-Joy Phumaphi, Africa has achieved historic progress in the fight against malaria over the past 15 years. "Since 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa have fallen by 66 per cent among all age groups and by 71 per cent among children...

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(AFP (eng) 02/09/16)
President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. The Electrify Africa Act, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives and Senate, leverages partnerships with the private sector in order to bring first-time electricity access to some 50 million people in underserved parts of Africa. Virtually no new US federal funds are allocated for the project, which instead will use a system of loan guarantees to add 20,000 megawatts of electricity to the continent's grid by 2020. Access to power is a fundamental development challenge in Africa, and boosting it will...
(Financial Times 02/09/16)
Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the ecommerce group at more than $1bn. French insurer Axa will pay €75m for an 8 per cent stake in Africa Internet Group, which owns several start-ups including online retailer Jumia, mobile taxi app Easy Taxi and delivery app HelloFood, giving the company a valuation of €938m ($1.04bn). FirstFT is our new essential daily email briefing of the best stories from across the web There are 151 so-called “unicorns” — private start-ups valued at $1bn — across the globe, according to CBInsights, the venture capital database. But enthusiasm for these has started to wane in recent months as investors have become more sceptical about...
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(Voice of America 02/01/16)
A new study about Africa shows the importance of developing roads, electrical grids, health clinics and other forms of infrastructure for promoting development — and reducing poverty. The survey by the polling firm Afrobarometer, a nonpartisan research network, found that more than 20 countries in Africa have improved economic growth and living conditions with active government support. The report found that 22 out of the 33 countries surveyed showed impressive improvements in some of the “development infrastructure” that lifts living standards, such as food, clean water, cooking fuel, health care and income.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) says the mining sector and intra-Africa trade are critical to ensure that trade and industry play a catalytic role in Africa's transformation agenda. Speaking to the press on Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Fatima Haram Acyl, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, recalled that the AU heads of states adopted the African Mining Vision (AMV) in February 2009, with a view to making the mining sector more responsive to African economic and social development needs.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's positive economic performance is now being put to the test in the face of the challenges posed by current circumstances, noted a senior official of the African Union (AU). Speaking to the press on Wednesday in the framework of the 26th AU Summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Anthony Mothae Maruping, AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, said drop in commodities prices, interest rate rise in the U.S., severe drought, floods and regional conflicts all have combined to...
(APA 01/28/16)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Thursday signed an agreement to finance the North Kivu Agriculture Sector Support project (PASA-NK). A press release issued Thursday by IFAd says targeting poor farmers and women-headed households, the project aims at raising incomes while boosting the country’s food security. The total cost of the project is estimated at just under US$53 million. The funding comprises a $16.9 million IFAD loan and an...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's economic growth has been forecast to grow 4.4 percent in 2016, up from 3.7 percent in 2015, said a UN report released on Tuesday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Increasing domestic demand coupled with an improving regional business environment and increasing public investment, especially in infrastructure, underpin the set economic growth on the continent, according to the report. Africa's growth will rely on other factors including improving macroeconomic management, a buoyant service sector, and increasing trade and investment ties with emerging economies; and these factors are also expected to support regional growth in 2017, said the report.
(The New York Times 01/26/16)
Years of rapid economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa fueled hopes of a prosperous new era. To many, the world’s poorest continent was finally emerging, with economies that were no longer dependent on the fickle global demand for Africa’s raw resources. But as China’s economy slows and its once seemingly insatiable hunger for Africa’s commodities wanes, many African economies are tumbling, quickly. Since the start of this year, the outlook across the continent has grown grimmer, especially in its two biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa. Their currencies fell to record lows this month as China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, announced that imports from Africa plummeted nearly 40 percent in 2015.
(Xinhuanet 01/23/16)
(Xinhua) -- China's economic slowdown will not affect Africa's overall economic expansion in 2016, an economic expert said on Wednesday. Standard Chartered Bank Africa Global Research Chief Economist Razia Khan told a media briefing in Nairobi that international trade has not traditionally been a determinant of economic growth in Africa. According to the economist, China plans to maintain long term relations with Africa. "So, Chinese engagement with Africa will not change fundamentally even as its economy weakens," she said. The...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)Fancy a drink of Sparletta Stoney Tangawizi? Or maybe a glass of Krest Bitter Lemon? Those are two of over 100 drinks that Coca-Cola produces in Africa, many tailored to local taste. The approach in each city may differ, but the company's strategy is the same everywhere: a Coke product should always be within reach. "It is very important that as a business we really ensure that we continue to be relevant to consumers and customers," Nathan Kalumbu, President Coca-Cola...
(CNN 01/21/16)
Investors have been rushing to Africa since the end of the global financial crisis, lured by untapped opportunities and high economic growth rates. The push into Africa has been a perennial talking point at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, prompting an increase in Africa's participation at the prestigious gathering of world leaders. This year, however, the conversation may shift as investors reflect on the economic headwinds facing nearly all emerging economies. Davos 2016 looks set to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/16)
Africa's small farmers, more than half of whom buy their seeds from local informal markets, need access to improved seeds that can yield more food and cope with climate change, according to research published on Wednesday. Innovations in food science, including seeds that produce vitamin-rich food and crops that can withstand the hotter, drier conditions due to global warming, are not reaching many of Africa's small farmers as they are not available in local markets, researchers said. The study, published...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/20/16)
Dreams of Africa’s inexorable economic climb are being interrupted by new challenges like the cries of student protesters at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand. Students blocked streets and burned tires on the Johannesburg campus for weeks late last year to protest tuition increases they said the country’s mostly poor black majority couldn’t afford. The protests snowballed into a nationwide indictment of the government’s inability to create jobs and cut inequality. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma placated students with a promise not to raise tuition this year.
(MmegiOnline 01/18/16)
Before the end of the first period of colonialism African nations were properties of their colonial masters who did what they could to rape the continent of whatever the resources they deemed good for the development of their citizens in Europe. Out of nowhere and without consultation with the people of the African continent, the Europeans met and divided the continent among themselves in what has been termed the scramble for Africa. Through this scramble, France, Britain, Germany, Portugal, Spain,...
(News24 01/13/16)
Sub-Saharan Africa should prioritise addressing the power sector if it is to alleviate domestic impediments to growth, according to the World Bank. In a 2016 report entitled Global Economic Prospects: Spillovers amid Weak Growth released last week, the World Bank said structural reforms are needed to alleviate domestic impediments to growth and to accelerate economic diversification. "Creating the conditions for a more competitive manufacturing sector would require, in particular, a major improvement in providing electricity," said the global bank. "Addressing...
(Business Day 01/11/16)
Several years ago, when food prices started rising sharply, triggering riots from Bangladesh to Yemen, stories began circulating about enormous Chinese landgrabs in Africa. In Zimbabwe, a Chinese company was said to have leased 100,000ha to grow maize for export to China, even while hunger stalked Zimbabwe itself. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, ZTE, a Chinese telecoms company keen on diversification, was apparently investing in a 3-million-hectare palm oil plantation. Chinese businesses were said to control most of Zambia’s...
(The Observer 01/11/16)
The African continent tends to be content on selling its raw materials and produces less than one per cent of the world's manufactured goods. And when it comes to car manufacturing, the industry is almost non-existent on the continent. However, car manufacturers in some countries are taking some steps, if feeble ones, towards significantly contributing to the growth of the industry on a continent that is billed by some economists to turn into the world's economic powerhouse by the turn...

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(AFP (eng) 01/18/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo made a blazing start to the 2016 African Nations championships when they shocked Ethiopia 3-0 in their Group B opener at Butare's Huye stadium on Sunday. Midfielder Heritier Luvumbu was the hero, scoring one and creating two goals to give the 2009 champions an impressive start. Luvumbu tormented Ethiopia and could have opened the scoring on the hour mark when he forced goalkeeper Abel Mamo to save a left-footed effort with his legs. Guy Lusadisu broke the deadlock a minute before the break when he converted Luvumbu's low cross from close range. Luvumbu still had time to double Congo's advantage before the interval while Meshack Elia ended any Ethiopian resistence on...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale and Prince Ali are among five candidates standing in the election, with the Jordanian fearing vote deals had been struck between the two confederations who will have a combined 100 votes in the 209 member poll. "I...
(Dw-World 12/22/15)
Joseph Blatter has pledged to fight the eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA's Ethics Committee with all means at his disposal. He also reiterated earlier assertions that he had done nothing wrong. The FIFA president told reporters at a press conference in Zurich on Monday that he would go to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and to a Swiss human rights court in a bid to get his ban on all football-related activities overturned. "I will...
(APA 12/15/15)
TP Mazembe, the champions of DR Congo’s Football League bowed out of the World Club Championship by the back door, after their bitter defeat against Sanfrecce Hiroshima (0-3) in the quarter-final match played Sunday in Osaka, Japan. After a good start, the African champions had lost their energy after 15 minutes into the game, allowing the Japanese player, Tsukasa Shiotani to score from a corner kick with a splendid volley at the 44th minute. Things got even worse for TP...
(BBC News Africa 11/26/15)
Former NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo has been honoured by the Atlanta Hawks by retiring his shirt number 55. Retiring a number is a mark of respect and means no player from that team will wear 55 in the future. The 7ft 2in (2.18m) tall Democratic Republic of Congo player was discovered when he was studying at Georgetown University. He was named an NBA All Star eight times before retiring in 2001. He was also named defensive player of the...
(Xinhuanet 11/25/15)
(Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) believes its officials are targeted negatively in the fight against doping that is bedeviling track and field discipline at the moment. CAA believes embattled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack is being condemned without trial for abetting doping.
(AFP (eng) 11/09/15)
Second-half goals from Mbwana Samatta and Roger Assale gave TP Mazembe a 2-0 home win over USM Alger on Sunday and a fifth CAF Champions League title. Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Algeria last weekend, the Democratic Republic of Congo club triumphed 4-1 on aggregate to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where the likes of Barcelona and River Plate are potential opponents. Tanzanian Samatta converted a 75th-minute penalty awarded for a clumsy foul at a packed 18,000-capacity Stade TP Mazembe in southern city Lubumbashi.
(BBC News Africa 11/09/15)
TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo were crowned club champions of Africa for a fifth time after a 2-0 victory over Algeria's USM Alger in the second leg of the Champions League final. The goals came from the Tanzanian Mbwana Samatta and Ivory Coast's Roger Assale in front of their home fans in Lubumbashi.
(Zambia Reports 11/06/15)
The Zambia national team will strut to the pitch this afternoon to test their armoury when they face the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Angola four nation invitational tournament. Coach George Lwandamina is using the match as a test for his charges ahead of the November 11 Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sudan. The Chipolopolo boys will lead the way while the other fixture pitting hosts Angola against Namibia will be played at 18:30 hours.
(Star Africa 10/05/15)
TP Mazembe booked the qualification ticket for the Orange CAF Champions League final after defeating El Merreikh 3-0 in their semi final second leg in Lubumbashi on Sunday afternoon. Two goals by Mbwana Aly Samata in the second half and a solitary strike by Roger Assale in the 79th minute was enough to hand the Lubumbashi-based club a massive victory, winning the the Sudanese club on an aggregate of 4-2 after they lost the first leg match 1-2 in Sudan...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/15)
A second successive CAF Champions League final involving clubs from Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo seems likely with USM Alger and TP Mazembe favoured to qualify this weekend. USM triumphed 2-1 away to Al Hilal of Sudan last weekend in the first leg of their semi-final, leaving the North Africans needing just a draw at the Stade Omar Hamadi in Algiers on Saturday to progress. And history suggests an overall Algerian success as no club has reached the...
(This Day Live 09/14/15)
After running previous 11 editions, as the All Africa Games, the Games has now been renamed the 'African Games,' an official revealed at the weekend. The Games returned to its birthplace, Brazzaville, in 2015, where it was first held 50 years ago in 1965 as the All Africa Games. The Games are expected to be held every four years. However, for one reason or the other, the four yearly cycle has not been maintained. According to the Executive Secretary of...
(BBC News Africa 08/26/15)
DR Congo have called up former France youth internationals Remi Mulumba and Jires Kembo-Ekoko for next month's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic. Kembo-Ekoko, a striker with UAE side Al Nasr, and Lorient midfielder Mulumba are in line for their first cap. Both had previously rejected a number of call-ups to the national team. Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United and Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie are also in the 26-man squad. But there is no place...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe moved closer to the CAF Champions League semi-finals with a 1-0 home win over Smouha of Egypt this weekend. Ivory Coast-born Roger Assale scored the matchday 4 winner eight minutes after half-time before a capacity 20,000 crowd at Stade Mazembe in southern Congolese mining city Lubumbashi. Victory lifted the 'Ravens' to eight points, three more than Al Hilal of Sudan and Moghreb Tetouan of Morocco. Tetouan shocked two-time runners-up Hilal 1-0 in Omdurman...
(Zambia Reports 07/27/15)
Congolese club TP Mazembe ended a winless, goalless spell and Algerians USM Alger moved closer to the semi-finals after their third matches of the African Champions League group phase. After two goalless draws, a multi-national Mazembe team triumphed 2-0 against Egyptians Smouha in Alexandria to top Group A on Friday. Zambian Rainford Kalaba ended a 220-minute Mazembe goal drought by putting Mazembe ahead close to half-time and a late strike from Ghanaian Daniel Nii Adjei sealed success. USM edged fellow...
(Angola Press(En) 07/06/15)
The Angolan national cadet women's handball team are thrashed on Saturday DR Congo (DRC) by 30-14 at Home of the Heroes arena in Nairobi, Kenya, for the third and last round of the first stage of the 9th edition of the African Cup of Nations, taking place in the Kenyan capital since Thursday. By halftime, the African defending champions were already winning the game by 18-6, in a match where the DRC showed to be nervous and less consistent on...
(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa...
(Star Africa 06/29/15)
DR Congo giants, TP Mazembe were held to a goalless draw by visiting El Hilal from Sudan in their Orange CAF Champions League Group A opener. Although they dominated the possession, TP Mazembe lacked comosure in the final third facing a very resilient El Hilal side who managed to snatch an important away point from a tough oppoenent. The hosts’ most remarkable chance came in 33rd minute when Jean Kasusula‘s free kick was pushed away by El Hilal goalkeeper, Loic...
(Star Africa 06/26/15)
Orlando Pirates kick off the group stages of the Orange CAF Confederations Cup, against AC Leopards from Congo-Brazzaville, on Saturday, hoping to start on a positive note. CAF Confederation Cup: AC Leopards vs Orlando Pirates – LIVE Bucs reached the group stage after thrashing AS Kaloum 6-1 on aggregate in the play-offs, having previously got through the first two rounds with 4-3 and 5-2 aggregate wins over URA and AS Mounana respectively. The last surviving South African side at the...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.

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(AFP (eng) 12/07/15)
As the images fade on the crumpled sheet doubling as a movie screen, 400 exuberant teenagers clap hands to the beat of the closing number of "Kinshasa Kids", the award-winning movie finally come home. The one-and-a-half hour film about music becoming a source of hope for street kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo was released more than two years ago in Europe, where it was acclaimed by critics but never became a box-office hit. The screening in the DRCongo capital, Kinshasa, a vibrant city of some 10 million without a single movie house, was the first chance for many schoolchildren to see a film, albeit on a makeshift screen. Saying he'd fallen "in love...
(L'Observateur (RDC) 09/02/15)
Le gouvernement brésilien finance depuis 2014, le projet baptisé « Capoeira » exécuté par le groupe Emmaüs CAJED au profit essentiellement des ex-enfants en provenance de différents groupes armés qui opèrent au Nord-Kivu. Arrivé le samedi dernier à Kinshasa, première étape de sa visite officielle en République démocratique du Congo, le ministre d’Etat brésilien en charge des Relations extérieures, Mauro Vieira s’est rendu ensuite le dimanche 30 août dernier à Goma, chef-lieu de la province du Nord-Kivu, où il a visité le centre CAJED spécialisé dans l’encadrement et dans la réinsertion des enfants en rupture familiale, surtout des ex-enfants soldats démobilisés, nombreux dans cette zone. Le Gouvernement brésilien finance depuis 2014, le projet baptisé « Capoeira » exécuté par le...
(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(Voice of America 02/09/16)
At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks. The United Nations said Monday it was "alarmed by reports of escalating inter-communal violence" in the area. U.N. spokesman Amouzoun Codjo Martin said the weekend attacks were carried out by members of two militias, the Nande-dominated UPDI and the NDC, which is mostly made up of Nyanga, another local ethnic group.
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
The United Nations is trying a new approach to the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (or DDR) of armed groups. The new approach, described as pre-DDR, is being launched in the Central African Republic's northern town of Kaga Bandoro, where former combatants of the mainly Muslim Seleka armed group and the Christian and animist anti-Balaka movement are being paid to do community work. Since November, the U.N. mission in Kaga Bandoro has enrolled 481 ex-combatants in pre-DDR and is paying most of them nearly $4 a day, mainly for cleaning up the town. To qualify they had to hand in weapons - 206 locally made hunting rifles, 10 modern assault rifles and 2,600 rounds of ammunition. Temporary arrangement Pre-DDR is a...
(Voice of America 01/29/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo's army and U.N. peacekeepers agreed Thursday to resume military cooperation against Rwandan Hutu rebels, the U.N. mission said, beefing up efforts to root out one of the region's most notorious rebel groups. The U.N. mission pulled out of a planned joint offensive against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) a year ago after the government named two generals the U.N. suspects of widespread human rights abuses to command it. The FDLR includes former...
(Voice of America 01/25/16)
HARARE— Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo say Africa wants to see reforms enacted at the U.N. Security Council and they want the continent to be given at least one spot as a permanent member. The call came at the end of a visit to Zimbabwe by Nguema and ahead of an African Union General Assembly later this month. Mugabe — who is handing over the rotating AU chairmanship — said his Equatorial Guinea...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)This week, the African Union is meeting to discuss human rights, and particularly how the continent can realize the full potential of its women. Naturally, the power of information and communication technologies are on the agenda for discussion. But haven't we been here before? We are more than half way through the "African Women's Decade" launched in 2010. What has happened in the intervening six years? Since 2010, much has been made about Africa's mobile and digital revolution and its...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)Fancy a drink of Sparletta Stoney Tangawizi? Or maybe a glass of Krest Bitter Lemon? Those are two of over 100 drinks that Coca-Cola produces in Africa, many tailored to local taste. The approach in each city may differ, but the company's strategy is the same everywhere: a Coke product should always be within reach. "It is very important that as a business we really ensure that we continue to be relevant to consumers and customers," Nathan Kalumbu, President Coca-Cola...
(Voice of America 01/20/16)
Amnesty International has accused Apple, Samsung, Sony and other companies of not ensuring their supply lines are free of minerals mined by children. The human rights group said in a report about the mining of cobalt that children as young as seven are working in dangerous conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cobalt is a key mineral used in the making of lithium-ion batteries used in electronic devices, and the DRC produces at least 50 percent of the world’s...
(BBC News Africa 01/19/16)
Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children. In a report into cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it found children as young as seven working in dangerous conditions. Cobalt is a a vital component of lithium-ion batteries. The firms said that they had a zero tolerance policy towards child labour. The DRC produces at...
(Bloomberg 01/19/16)
Chinese companies that buy cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo and supply mobile-phone and laptop makers such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. aren’t fully checking their suppliers and may be acquiring the mineral from mines that rely on child labor, Amnesty International said. Congo, the world’s biggest cobalt producer, mined an estimated 67,735 metric tons of the material last year. While the majority was from industrial operations, as much as 20 percent may come from artisanal mines...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/19/16)
Barclays PLC was one the few western banks to blaze a trail into sub-Saharan Africa. Now it is preparing to stage a gradual retreat. Barclays executives have concluded that being the majority owner of a sprawling African business no longer fits with the bank’s strategy, according to people familiar with the matter. The bank is drawing up plans to sell some of its 62% stake in Barclays Africa Group Ltd. , the publicly traded entity that houses most of its...
(CNN 01/16/16)
London (CNN)With over 1,000 restaurants in the continent, KFC is the leading fast food chain in Africa. But its dominance is limited to South Africa, home to about 80 percent of them. Despite its success, the company faces many challenges as they try to establish the brand in other regions, for example by making sure its food is relevant and recognizable to Africans. Serving jollof rice, a spicy dish native to West Africa, is one way in which KFC is...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/16)
African exports to China fell by almost 40% in 2015, China's customs office says. China is Africa's biggest single trading partner and its demand for African commodities has fuelled the continent's recent economic growth. The decline in exports reflects the recent slowdown in China's economy. This has, in turn, put African economies under pressure and in part accounts for the falling value of many African currencies. Is China a brake on Africa's progress? Presenting China's trade figures for last year,...
(CNN 01/14/16)
(CNN)In 2014, 100 million people were using Facebook each month across Africa, over 80% via mobile. That figure has now jumped to over 120 million. Four and a half million of those Facebook users are based in Kenya, 15 million in Nigeria and 12 million in South Africa, in statistics first reported by Reuters. Overall, around 9% of Africans use social media, with South Africans among the world leaders in time spent on social networks with an average of 3.2...
(BBC News Africa 01/13/16)
The BBC's southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen looks at the areas in which Africa can expect big social change this year, some of which have seen campaign groups turn to the internet to state their case. They say information is power and we've seen that demonstrated in the past year, with the protests about quality and access to affordable education right across the continent. Watch out for more developments in the #Feesmustfall campaign in South Africa, as students prepare to...
(Voice of America 01/12/16)
GOMA, DRC— A Democratic Republic of Congo official says the country is taking seriously allegations that several of its soldiers deployed as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic committed rape. The United Nations says the DRC battalion in the C.A.R. will be withdrawn and not replaced. The Democratic Republic of Congo has a battalion of about 800 soldiers and 123 police officers with the U.N. mission in the Central African Republic, known as MINUSCA. Last August three soldiers in that...
(CNN 01/09/16)
(CNN) If you've ever been on the receiving end of trolling tweets, you'll know Twitter can be a cruel place. But the social network also provides a platform for disparate voices, helping to amplify them and create online communities. Africans on Twitter have long used 140 characters to celebrate their cultures, air their grievances or just share a good joke and it seems record numbers of people joined in. From #IfAfricaWasABar to #MugabeFalls, here are the very African hashtags of...
(Voice of America 01/08/16)
GOMA, DRC— One of the biggest donors to the Democratic Republic of Congo is questioning how the DRC government is spending money. In a letter to a Congolese newspaper, the British ambassador to the DRC notes that in 2014, the last year for which there are figures, the government spent almost as much on parliament as it did on the country's entire health sector. British Ambassador Graham Zebedee’s letter was published Tuesday in a Kinshasa newspaper.
(BBC News Africa 01/06/16)
There are well-documented problems about access to education. The Africa Learning Barometer at the US-based Center for Universal Education at Brookings says of the continent's nearly 128 million school-aged children, 17 million will never attend school. There have been improvements, with targets for the millennium development goals widening access to primary school. But many millions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, never start school or learn so little that it is hardly worth them attending. Against this backdrop, education in Africa, particularly in East Africa, has become a hotbed for e-learning.
(Voice of America 01/02/16)
GOMA, DRC— The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) president has granted an amnesty for prisoners convicted of belonging to a banned movement, the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK), and to prisoners over age 70, with some exceptions. He also reiterated his call for a national political dialogue. The BDK describes itself as a religious movement campaigning for greater autonomy for the Bas Congo region in southwestern DRC. Its leader, Ne Muanda Nsemi, claims to have been guided by visions. Some of...
(Voice of America 12/31/15)
More than 700 members of the Rwandan rebel group FDLR surrendered in the Democratic Republic of Congo during 2015, according to the United Nations. The U.N. mission in the DRC says many of those who gave themselves up were in poor health and a high proportion are children. Estimates of the total number of FDLR fighters in Congo this year have varied between 1,500 and 2,500. In October, a group of U.N. experts on the DRC reported that 339 of the group’s combatants had been captured or had surrendered over the first eight months of the year.

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