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Monday 31 August 2015

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(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
Six Congolese soldiers were killed on Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels have been blamed for many massacres, military sources said. The attack took place in Rugari, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu. "A Republican Guard jeep was ambushed in Rugari," said Justin Mukanya, administrator of Rutshuru territory which lies on the border of Rwanda and Uganda. "Six soldiers were killed by a rocket in the ambush," he said, indicating that the attackers had not yet been identified but that an inquiry was under way. An intelligence officer based at the military's regional headquarters in Goma confirmed that...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army. The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty. Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court's Hague-based headquarters. ICC's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will speak first, followed by Ntaganda's lawyers and those representing some 2,149 victims in the case. Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in ethnic attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich but restive...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
The Hague - Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army. The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty. Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 07:30 GMT at the court's Hague-based headquarters.
(Voice of America 08/31/15)
Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown. Naspers’ 42-year-old chief executive officer is focusing on how to beat Netflix Inc. to a potential audience of more than 1 billion across the African continent with the company’s ShowMax service, which went live in South Africa earlier this month.
(Times Live 08/31/15)
The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. The region holds about half of the world’s fertile and as-yet-unused land - and yet it spends US$25 billion annually...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/15)
A team of military investigators from the Democratic Republic of Congo were probing charges of rape against three of their soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in neighbouring Central African Republic, military sources said Friday. The investigators arrived in Bangui, the Central African capital, on Thursday and were to head to the northeastern town of Bambari where the rapes allegedly took place, said a senior Congolese military source. According to the source, the latest development suggests that a family member of...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/15)
Albinos gathered Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa for a first-of-its-kind festival to celebrate a minority that suffers rampant persecution in Africa. "We want to reinforce the visibility of albinos in the upper spheres of society and create role models that allow parents of albino children to not feel ashamed," said Yan Mambo, an organiser of the "Proudly Albino" event. Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair...
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(AFP (eng) 08/28/15)
Widespread bush fires fanned by strong winds have destroyed hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving thousands of people without shelter, UN and local officials said Friday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it planned to launch an appeal to bring aid to the stricken villagers. The blazes ripped through villages in the mineral-rich eastern province of Maniema over the past few days, officials said. "We have recorded 10,000 affected households in southern Maniema," with tens of thousands left homeless, said Alexis Asani Ndalimbuzi, director of natural resources in the provincial town of Kasongo.
(Voice of America 08/28/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— The United States and United Nations are urging Congo to abide by its election calendar and the two-term limit for presidents. The new U.S. special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, Amb. Thomas Perriello, spoke to media in the DRC capital this week after meeting with President Joseph Kabila. According to the DRC constitution, presidential elections should be held by November 2016. A move by the government to organize a new census that might have delayed the elections provoked violent protests in January.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
KINSHASA, D.R.C.— The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as the new U.S. envoy for the region urged respect for the constitution and electoral calendar. President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday signed the parliament-approved legislation to hold the first local elections Oct. 25, said spokesman Lambert Mende. "The president's actions today reflect the government's steadfast commitment to upholding the electoral calendar,'' he said.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/27/15)
U.N. peacekeepers said on Wednesday they would have to cut rations for 6,800 ex-rebels and their families left in limbo in government camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming a shortage of funds and calling for the state to step in. The U.N. mission there also said some of the adults and children had been ordered to stay in the camps by rebel leaders trying to keep up a presence in the region - and the aid cut might...
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
NAIROBI—About 300 Muslim scholars and imams from eastern African countries said they would join their respective governments in combating terrorism. The scholars, from the Sufi sect of Islam from Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, vowed to fight extremism teachings and terrorist activities after meeting for two days at a conference in Kenya's coastal county of Kwale.
(News Day 08/27/15)
The first stage of the Sadc Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS), being the first go-live involving countries in the Common Monetary Area (CMA) namely Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, was initiated in July 2013. Phase Two involved Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe going live in April 2014 followed by Mauritius and Zambia which went live in September 2014 under Phase Three. Since the launch of Siress, 43% of payments in the Sadc region are now executed through the system,...
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(AFP (eng) 08/26/15)
The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it will stop providing food from September to nearly 7,000 ex-fighters, sparking fresh fears in the chronically troubled country. The 20,000-strong MONUSCO, which has an annual budget of $1.4 billion (1.2 billion euros), is strapped for cash, its chief Martin Kobler told AFP. "There are nearly 6,800 ex-fighters that MONUSCO is feeding" at a cost of $2 million a month," the German career diplomat said. He said the mission...
(AFP (eng) 08/26/15)
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano's edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Below, sounding like a roaring sea, spurts of molten rock fly high into the air, as one of the world's largest lava lakes and most active volcanos puts on its mesmerising show. Eastern DR Congo has been mired for decades in rebel battles, but such sights are helping bring tourists back...
(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...
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.

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(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
Six Congolese soldiers were killed on Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels have been blamed for many massacres, military sources said. The attack took place in Rugari, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu. "A Republican Guard jeep was ambushed in Rugari," said Justin Mukanya, administrator of Rutshuru territory which lies on the border of Rwanda and Uganda. "Six soldiers were killed by a rocket in the ambush," he said, indicating that the attackers had not yet been identified but that an inquiry was under way. An intelligence officer based at the military's regional headquarters in Goma confirmed that...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/15)
Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army. The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty. Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court's Hague-based headquarters. ICC's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will speak first, followed by Ntaganda's lawyers and those representing some 2,149 victims in the case. Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in ethnic attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich but restive...
(Times Live 08/31/15)
The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. The region holds about half of the world’s fertile and as-yet-unused land - and yet it spends US$25 billion annually...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/15)
A team of military investigators from the Democratic Republic of Congo were probing charges of rape against three of their soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in neighbouring Central African Republic, military sources said Friday. The investigators arrived in Bangui, the Central African capital, on Thursday and were to head to the northeastern town of Bambari where the rapes allegedly took place, said a senior Congolese military source. According to the source, the latest development suggests that a family member of...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/15)
Albinos gathered Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa for a first-of-its-kind festival to celebrate a minority that suffers rampant persecution in Africa. "We want to reinforce the visibility of albinos in the upper spheres of society and create role models that allow parents of albino children to not feel ashamed," said Yan Mambo, an organiser of the "Proudly Albino" event. Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair...
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(AFP (eng) 08/28/15)
Widespread bush fires fanned by strong winds have destroyed hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving thousands of people without shelter, UN and local officials said Friday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it planned to launch an appeal to bring aid to the stricken villagers. The blazes ripped through villages in the mineral-rich eastern province of Maniema over the past few days, officials said. "We have recorded 10,000 affected households in southern Maniema," with tens of thousands left homeless, said Alexis Asani Ndalimbuzi, director of natural resources in the provincial town of Kasongo.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/27/15)
U.N. peacekeepers said on Wednesday they would have to cut rations for 6,800 ex-rebels and their families left in limbo in government camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming a shortage of funds and calling for the state to step in. The U.N. mission there also said some of the adults and children had been ordered to stay in the camps by rebel leaders trying to keep up a presence in the region - and the aid cut might...
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
NAIROBI—About 300 Muslim scholars and imams from eastern African countries said they would join their respective governments in combating terrorism. The scholars, from the Sufi sect of Islam from Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, vowed to fight extremism teachings and terrorist activities after meeting for two days at a conference in Kenya's coastal county of Kwale.
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(AFP (eng) 08/26/15)
The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it will stop providing food from September to nearly 7,000 ex-fighters, sparking fresh fears in the chronically troubled country. The 20,000-strong MONUSCO, which has an annual budget of $1.4 billion (1.2 billion euros), is strapped for cash, its chief Martin Kobler told AFP. "There are nearly 6,800 ex-fighters that MONUSCO is feeding" at a cost of $2 million a month," the German career diplomat said. He said the mission...
(AFP (eng) 08/26/15)
Tourists perch perilously on a volcano's edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Below, sounding like a roaring sea, spurts of molten rock fly high into the air, as one of the world's largest lava lakes and most active volcanos puts on its mesmerising show. Eastern DR Congo has been mired for decades in rebel battles, but such sights are helping bring tourists back...
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(KBC 08/25/15)
Over 400 moderate Muslim clerics and youths drawn from Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have called on Muslim faithful in the region to join hands in fighting terrorism. The clerics who spoke after a meeting in Mackinnon Township says the war against extremism can only be won if leaders join forces in fighting the vice. As leaders from around the globe explore better modalities of how to combat terrorism, Muslim clerics are calling on...
(Voice of America 08/25/15)
A Sudanese migrant who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to Britain has pleaded not guilty to charges in a British court. Abdul Haroun, 40, appeared via videolink from a prison Monday, to enter a plea on an obscure 19th-century charge of "causing obstruction to an engine or carriage using a railway." Speaking through an Arabic-language interpreter, Haroun said he was not guilty of the offense. Haroun was arrested on August 4 after being found in the...
(The New Times 08/24/15)
A high level symposium on democratisation in Africa took place in Kigali yesterday. Some of Africa's best minds were expected to brainstorm on what can be done to steer Africa's prospects to greater heights. It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting, organised by the Meles Zenawi Foundation, in conjunction with the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda, will contribute to the continent's development strategy - Agenda 2063.
(The Star 08/22/15)
Africa's leading medics will meet in Mombasa on August 31 to discuss physician-assisted suicide. This could pave the way for terminally ill people to end their lives. The 19th Association of Medical Councils of Africa will also deliberate on registration and licensing of doctors. The continental annual event will be hosted by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. More than 20 medical regulatory boards across Africa will attend, Amcoa President George Magoha told the Star yesterday. The conference will...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/15)
Former Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga denied on Friday he interfered with witnesses in a case before the International Criminal Court, as he pleaded for a reduction of his 14-year sentence. In its first-ever conviction, the Hague-based ICC in 2012 sentenced Lubanga to 14 years in jail for using child soldiers in his rebel army in the conflict-ridden and vast central African country. Lubanga, 54, subsequently appealed the sentence -- which included time already spent behind bars since his transfer to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/15)
U.S. philanthropist Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren, is pouring millions of dollars into power projects in war-torn Congo, betting that private investment can bring development where the United Nations and aid agencies failed. In the town of Matebe, in Democratic Republic of Congo's turbulent eastern province of North Kivu, construction crews work around the clock to lay giant steel cylinders through which water from the Rutshuru River will plunge 85 meters to drive three massive hydroelectric turbines. The...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/15)
Three UN soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo accused of rape in the neighbouring Central African Republic will be put on trial, the justice minister told AFP on Thursday. The soldiers are alleged to have raped three young women -- the latest in a series of claims against the UN mission in the Central African Republic, known by its acronym MINUSCA. "I have ordered General (Joseph) Ponde, the prosecutor of the armed forces, to start proceedings (based) on the...

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(Voice of America 08/31/15)
Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown. Naspers’ 42-year-old chief executive officer is focusing on how to beat Netflix Inc. to a potential audience of more than 1 billion across the African continent with the company’s ShowMax service, which went live in South Africa earlier this month.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(News Day 08/27/15)
The first stage of the Sadc Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS), being the first go-live involving countries in the Common Monetary Area (CMA) namely Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, was initiated in July 2013. Phase Two involved Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe going live in April 2014 followed by Mauritius and Zambia which went live in September 2014 under Phase Three. Since the launch of Siress, 43% of payments in the Sadc region are now executed through the system,...
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
 
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The United States and African nations hold the first conference this week in Gabon on the African Growth and Opportunities Act since Congress recently renewed a zero tariff deal for another 10 years. African nations hope to better exploit preferential access in the future - most analysts say AGOA has been under-utilized. Exhibitors at the AGOA forum in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, are ready to take full advantage of exporting their products into the U.S. tax free. U.S. Assistant Secretary...
(Bloomberg 08/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission extended the period for politicians to submit their candidacy for the election of governors and vice-governors in 21 new provinces, the second postponement since announcing the calendar in February. The delay reflects the challenge the government faces overseeing a program in which it will hold six elections over a period of 14 months and the redrawing of provincial boundaries at the same time in the central African nation. “The CENI notes that the process for the creation of new provinces faces a number of constraints,” National Independent Electoral Commission Vice President Andre Moungwe Songo said in an e-mailed statement Aug. 21.
(African arguments 08/22/15)
Africa is the fastest growing region for FDI in the world. This is a great opportunity for the continent - if it can be harnessed correctly. From Carrefour to Coca-Cola, more and more foreign companies are eyeing up Africa with great interest. In 2014, for instance, the world's biggest yoghurt company, Danone, bought a 40% stake in East Africa's largest milk producer, Brookside Dairy Limited, giving it access to 140,000 milk farms across the region. Danone also plans to raise...
(CNN 08/21/15)
(CNN)China's development decisions are critically important for Africa. In Lagos, Addis and Johannesburg, China's surprise yuan devaluation has African analysts scratching their heads. Obviously Chinese goods will be cheaper in Africa, and African exports more expensive in China. So far, this decision is just a tremor, not a quake. Yet why did China devalue, and what is this likely to mean for Africa? To understand China's devaluation, we need to take a step back.
(Bloomberg 08/20/15)
MTN Group Ltd. has begun talks with phone-tower operator IHS Holding Ltd. over South African towers the wireless carrier is seeking to sell in a deal valued at as much as $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Discussions with potential buyers could result in a joint venture in which Johannesburg-based MTN would retain a large stake, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. American Tower Corp. has previously expressed interest in the towers.
(Dw-World 08/19/15)
Mobile users in six African nations are being targeted by Internet giant Google, which has launched an inexpensive smartphone with them in mind. The Android One program is designed for easy connectivity. Life without a smartphone is unthinkable for many people today. The electronic devices do everything from helping us to plan our day and keeping us connected with friends and family, to allowing us to buy things online. They can even lock our doors for us when we're being too lazy.
(Bloomberg 08/18/15)
Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people. An agreement would give Naspers additional distribution for a video-on-demand service, dubbed Showmax, that the company plans to start this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
(Voice of America 08/14/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Power cuts in 15 sub-Saharan African countries could become an "exception" rather than a norm in 10 years, with private capital expected to play an increasingly bigger role, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said in a survey Thursday. Africa's installed power generation capacity is expected to quadruple to 380 gigawatts in 2040 from 90 GW in 2012, boosted by private investment, green energy initiatives and cross-border energy trade, the survey showed. Three-quarters of respondents said there was "a medium to high probability...
(Bloomberg 08/13/15)
Aksa Enerji Uretim AS, a Turkish power producer in which Goldman Sachs Group Inc. holds a 17 percent stake, clinched its foreign deal as tight domestic margins are causing losses on its dollar-denominated debt. The second-largest electricity producer in Turkey is in talks to construct as many as six power plants in Africa after it announced a deal to build a 370-megawatt facility in Ghana, Cuneyt Uygun, chief executive officer of the Istanbul-based company, said Monday in a phone interview.
(The Star 08/13/15)
The Pan-African Congress is one of Africa's most premier platforms for vibrant discourse that affects all Africans and a preferred destination for African leaders, scholars and intellectuals. Pan-Africanism is one of the oldest and boldest ideas for Africa, by Africans and for Africans. As a school of thought it is about economic, intellectual and political cooperation among Africans and people of African descent in the United States of America, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. I...
(Zambia Reports 08/12/15)
Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a bilateral trade agreement that will allow both countries to import goods from each other duty free. The trade agreement will however, only be functional after the two countries finalize the two signed addendums of lists of goods each of them will be importing from each other as per agreement. Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margerate Mwanakatwe who signed on behalf of Zambia has disclosed that the Zambian and Congolese...
(Daily Monitor 08/11/15)
President Museveni has asked the people of Kasese District to convince their counterparts in neighbouring DR Congo to join the EAC Common Market in order to benefit from the integration. "Tell DR Congo to come and join the common market. We need them to accept the railway line to start from here lhubiriha to Kisangani so that our business integration is boosted," Mr Museveni said on Thursday at Bwera Secondary School during the commissioning of a modern laboratory and library...
(Bloomberg 08/11/15)
Africa is battling the global currency markets with one hand tied behind its back. With foreign-exchange reserves equal to less than a 10th of the emerging-market average, nations from Ghana to Zambia are finding they’re powerless to stop their currencies from tumbling amid a rout in commodities and the prospect of higher interest rates in the U.S. Seven of the 20 worst-performing currencies this year are from Africa, even though policy makers are burning through their reserves faster than any other region.
(Voice of America 08/11/15)
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, recently announced a $70-million commitment to bring one billion dollars in public-private investments to developing countries over over the next five years. A large portion of the grant money will go to Africa and is expected to generate $750 million in investments in Africa from the private sector. “MCC is typically going to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Kyeh Kim, Deputy Vice-President of Compact Operations for the MCC. “It’s about two-thirds of our portfolio...
(AL Jazeera 08/05/15)
United States President Barack Obama's recent trip to Kenya and Ethiopia featured an appearance at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the first of such meetings to be held in sub-Saharan Africa. This event was meant to shine a spotlight on Africa as a growing centre of innovation. While entrepreneurship is increasingly framed as a vehicle for poverty alleviation and development , it is not the path to prosperity its proponents claim it to be. Obama pushed entrepreneurship to the top...
(Mining Weekly 08/04/15)
A review of metallurgical testwork has supported the development of a planned process route for gold recovery at the 678 000 oz Mpokoto gold project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, developer Armadale said on Monday. The project would be developed in two phases, with the first phase seeing the majority of the ore feed weathered and deeply oxidised. The plant would comprise scrubbing, milling and a batch Knelson concentrator to recover the free gold and flotation of the...

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(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 for Dieumerci Mbokani, who is at loggerheads with Dynamo Kiev over his desire to quit the Ukrainian club after being heavily linked with a move to the English Premier League. The Leopards will also be...
(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 Friday through an Ahmed Jahouh penalty. Group debutants Smouha have only three points after three consecutive defeats and are on the verge of elimination from the race for two semi-finals places. Hilal host Mazembe and Smouha visit Tetouan in mid-August...
(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.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...
(Star Africa 06/05/15)
Nigeria’s only surviving team at the continental level, Warri Wolves, need to deliver a monumental performance to overcome a 0-3 defeat to AC Leopards of Congo in the second leg tie of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup. Wolves will be playing at home and next to their supporters but their mission won’t be easy as they need to score 4 goals without conceding to ensure their passage. Warri Wolves’ head coach, Paul Aigbogun, is confident despite the first-leg result and...
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(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 different kind of tussle that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa," he said. Nigeria, with the continent's largest economy and population, is leading the art field, too, with a host of...
(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 single "So Sick", NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson to name but a few...
(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...
( 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...

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(Voice of America 08/31/15)
Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown. Naspers’ 42-year-old chief executive officer is focusing on how to beat Netflix Inc. to a potential audience of more than 1 billion across the African continent with the company’s ShowMax service, which went live in South Africa earlier this month.
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Voice of America 08/28/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— The United States and United Nations are urging Congo to abide by its election calendar and the two-term limit for presidents. The new U.S. special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, Amb. Thomas Perriello, spoke to media in the DRC capital this week after meeting with President Joseph Kabila. According to the DRC constitution, presidential elections should be held by November 2016. A move by the government to organize a new census that might have delayed the elections provoked violent protests in January.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
KINSHASA, D.R.C.— The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as the new U.S. envoy for the region urged respect for the constitution and electoral calendar. President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday signed the parliament-approved legislation to hold the first local elections Oct. 25, said spokesman Lambert Mende. "The president's actions today reflect the government's steadfast commitment to upholding the electoral calendar,'' he said.
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(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...
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(Bloomberg 08/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission extended the period for politicians to submit their candidacy for the election of governors and vice-governors in 21 new provinces, the second postponement since announcing the calendar in February. The delay reflects the challenge the government faces overseeing a program in which it will hold six elections over a period of 14 months and the redrawing of provincial boundaries at the same time in the central African nation. “The CENI notes that the process for the creation of new provinces faces a number of constraints,” National Independent Electoral Commission Vice President Andre Moungwe Songo said in an e-mailed statement Aug. 21.
(Voice of America 08/22/15)
HARARE— Human rights groups have condemned leaders of the Southern African Development Community, or SADC, for failing to address regional human rights issues at a summit this week. According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, there are serious, ongoing cases of human rights abuses in at least six SADC countries Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In their communiqué at the end of the summit in Botswana, leaders of the 15-member nation SADC never used the phrase "human rights."
(Bloomberg 08/20/15)
MTN Group Ltd. has begun talks with phone-tower operator IHS Holding Ltd. over South African towers the wireless carrier is seeking to sell in a deal valued at as much as $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Discussions with potential buyers could result in a joint venture in which Johannesburg-based MTN would retain a large stake, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. American Tower Corp. has previously expressed interest in the towers.
(Voice of America 08/19/15)
GOMA, DRC— The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, told reporters Monday the mission - MONUSCO - must withdraw from the country. Kobler said the recent decision by Ethiopian Airlines to restart flights to Goma in eastern Congo is a welcome step toward MONUSCO’s withdrawal. Kobler spoke at Goma airport after landing there aboard an Ethiopian Airlines jet. Ethiopian is the only international carrier flying direct to Goma from outside the DRC...
(Voice of America 08/18/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Southern Africa often draws praise for its nations’ progressive constitutions, relatively mature democracies and advanced state of development compared to the rest of the continent. Hidden in the background of that rosy picture, activists say, is a new and worrying trend: a “downward spiral” of human rights in the region. Human Rights Watch is calling for Southern African Development Community leaders meeting in Botswana to do more to arrest this new trend, which has even affected South Africa, long thought of as a haven for rights on the continent.
(Bloomberg 08/18/15)
Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people. An agreement would give Naspers additional distribution for a video-on-demand service, dubbed Showmax, that the company plans to start this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
(Voice of America 08/17/15)
Rights groups are calling on leaders from the 15-nation Southern Africa Development Community to take steps to improve the rule of law and human rights as they meet for an annual summit Monday and Tuesday in Botswana. Human Rights Watch and a coalition of African groups issued statements ahead of the summit with a particular focus on the SADC's now-suspended tribunal. HRW criticized a decision last year to reform the tribunal into one that "would be stripped of the authority...
(Voice of America 08/14/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Power cuts in 15 sub-Saharan African countries could become an "exception" rather than a norm in 10 years, with private capital expected to play an increasingly bigger role, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said in a survey Thursday. Africa's installed power generation capacity is expected to quadruple to 380 gigawatts in 2040 from 90 GW in 2012, boosted by private investment, green energy initiatives and cross-border energy trade, the survey showed. Three-quarters of respondents said there was "a medium to high probability...
(Voice of America 08/13/15)
GOMA, D.R.C.— Hundreds of civilians have been killed in northern territories of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Katanga province since armed groups from the ethnic Batwa, or pygmy, and Luba communities launched attacks on one another two years ago, the United Nations reports. Dozens of villages have been burned to the ground, and tens of thousands of people have been displaced. Human Rights Watch recently interviewed survivors of one of the worst attacks, in which Luba fighters killed at...
(Daily Nation 08/12/15)
In 1995, polio affected all countries across Africa and paralysed more than 75,000 children for life. The following year, then South African president Nelson Mandela launched a new campaign, Kick Polio Out of Africa. His hope was that polio would follow the only human disease ever consigned to the history books: smallpox. Today we are one step closer to achieving that goal. On August 11, for the first time in history, Africa reached one year without a single case of...
(Voice of America 08/11/15)
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, recently announced a $70-million commitment to bring one billion dollars in public-private investments to developing countries over over the next five years. A large portion of the grant money will go to Africa and is expected to generate $750 million in investments in Africa from the private sector. “MCC is typically going to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Kyeh Kim, Deputy Vice-President of Compact Operations for the MCC. “It’s about two-thirds of our portfolio...

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