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Wednesday 04 May 2016

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(AFP (eng) 05/04/16)
DR Congo's justice minister said on Wednesday he had ordered an investigation into the alleged use of foreign mercenaries by opposition politician Moise Katumbi, a likely contender in a presidential poll due this year. Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said Katumbi's camp was recruiting mercenaries specialised in "training and the use of weapons, as security guards or bodyguards", using a "network with a company based in Virginia in the United States". The minister told journalists he had given orders to the general prosecutor to open a judicial case in the southeastern former province of Katanga.
(AFP (eng) 05/04/16)
Thousands of fans paid a final tearful tribute to Congolese "rumba king" Papa Wemba at a requiem mass in Kinshasa on Wednesday where his songs were played, before he is laid to rest. Papa Wemba was a "worthy son of the DRC, the quality of his work has made him a citizen of the world", the president of the national episcopal conference of Congo, Bishop Nicolas Djomo, said in a homily. He was "a great artist who was able to speak to all social classes," and "a man who did not live for himself but for others and for God." He conveyed "the message of love, the message of peace and of reconciliation". Papa Wemba collapsed while performing at a...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/16)
Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday. Local administrator Bernard Amisi Kalonda said the brutal attack took place late Tuesday in the Beni region of North Kivu province, an area which has witnessed numerous massacres in the past. "Between 8 pm and 10 pm (1900 GMT and 2100 GMT), the enemy...
(Bloomberg 05/04/16)
The prices private equity firms pay for stakes in African companies are the highest in six years, driven by record fundraising and competition for the continent’s expanding middle class. The median price for buyouts in 2015 increased to more than seven times the ratio of a company’s value to its earnings before interest, depreciation, tax and amortization, compared with 5.4 times in 2012, Cape Town-based RisCura Solutions (Pty) Ltd. said in a report on the industry released Wednesday. “Industries serving...
(AFP (eng) 05/03/16)
Armed men kidnapped three workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the aid agency said. The employees -- who a local official said were of Congolese nationality -- had been sent to work in Rutshuru in the south of turbulent Nord-Kivu province. "We've had no news from our three workers" since shortly after 9:00 am Tuesday, ICRC spokeswoman Elisabeth Cloutier told AFP, giving no further details. The armed men...
(IMF 05/03/16)
After a prolonged period of strong economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa is set to experience a second difficult year as the region is hit by multiple shocks, the IMF said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. The steep decline in commodity prices and tighter financing conditions have put many large economies under severe strain, and the new report calls for a stronger policy response to counter the effect of these shocks and secure the region's growth potential. The...
(AFP (eng) 05/01/16)
A coalition of opponents of DR Congo President Joseph Kabila announced Sunday former regional governor Moise Katumbi as their "joint opposition candidate" for presidential elections due before the end of the year. Democratic Republic of Congo authorities are under pressure from the international community to hold the polls as planned in November before Kabila's second -- and constitutionally last -- mandate ends. Last month police in the southeast of the country fired tear gas to break up a demonstration by...
(Voice of America 04/30/16)
More than 200 people, including three African presidents, attended the opening of a three-day summit Friday near Mount Kenya, where activists and officials have gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s elephants and their habitats. Poaching has escalated to alarming heights in recent years, as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 alone. Tens of thousands continue to be poached every year across the continent. The goal of the event is to find ways to stop the slaughter...
(African arguments 04/29/16)
As Africa finds its voice after centuries of being silenced, well-intentioned outsiders must be careful to help and not hijack this moment. Just back from the Tana Forum on Peace and Security, held in the sleepy town of Bahir Dar on the shores of Ethiopia's Lake Tana, my head churns with questions about how African debates like this should be organised. Should they be held under a Baobab tree or in international hotels? Should they be formal or informal? Should...
(Forbes 04/29/16)
I write about how innovation is better in Africa. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. “If we can prove our basic supposition that children can learn to read, write and do math on their own, and with each other using only technology, the positive results will be global and exponential.” – XPRIZE’s Matt Keller. Having propelled humanity to the edge of space, the XPRIZE now hopes to inspire education for hundreds of millions of children, starting with a...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/16)
The body of Congolese "rumba king" Papa Wemba arrived home in Kinshasa on Thursday, where it was greeted by a huge crowd of distraught fans after the musician's collapse during a show in Ivory Coast. His body was flown home after an all-night musical tribute in Ivory Coast to the legendary African music star, who died on Sunday at the age of 66 during a show in Abidjan. The white coffin draped in the Democratic Republic of Congo flag was received by Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo and parliament speaker Aubin Minaku before being taken off in a hearse.
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The body of Papa Wemba, one of Africa's best known singers, is being flown back to Democratic Republic of Congo after his death on Sunday in Ivory Coast. Hundreds of people are outside Kinshasa's airport waiting for his body to arrive. An all-night concert has been held in his honour in Abidjan, the city where he collapsed and died on stage. He is due to be buried on Tuesday after lying in state in a stadium in the DR Congo...
(Voice of America 04/28/16)
Press freedom declined in Africa and around the world in 2015, according to a new report by the monitoring and advocacy group Freedom House. The worst clampdown on the African continent took place in Burundi, a Great Lakes nation where efforts by the president to extend his time in office beyond constitutional limits have pushed the country to the brink of civil war. There, journalists have been imprisoned, beaten and killed and nearly all independent media outlets have been shut down. Worldwide, press freedom dropped to the lowest recorded level in 12 years, Freedom House said.
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration. In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation. Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach. In athletics, Kenya only recently...
(The Guardian 04/27/16)
Barclays has revealed it has received approaches for its African operations – which its former chief executive Bob Diamond wants to buy – as it reported a 25% slump in first quarter profits and losses on oil-related loans. The bank, currently undergoing a restructuring under new chief executive Jes Staley, reported first quarter profits of £793m and a 15% rise in bad debts, largely a result of problems facing clients in the oil and gas sector. Staley, an American banker...
(Washington Post 04/27/16)
The pejorative phrase “Go back to Africa” made news last month when hurled at protesters at Donald Trump rallies. At the canceled rally on the campus of the University of Illinois–Chicago on March 11, protestor Jedidiah Brown was irate after he was allegedly told to “go back to Africa” by a Trump supporter. A natural-born American citizen, Brown said he had never been to Africa and therefore no one had the right to tell him to go back to a...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/26/16)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the need for timely and credible elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a recent meeting with President Joseph Kabila, the State Department said on Monday amid concerns by opposition groups that Kabila may be seeking to delay elections. Kerry and Kabila held talks on the sidelines of the signing of a global climate pact at the United Nations on Friday. Congolese opposition groups have accused Kabila, who won disputed elections in...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/26/16)
Elephant poachers killed three rangers in Democratic Republic of Congo's Garamba wildlife park and wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager, environmental officials said. One of the rangers was found dead near the site of the Saturday attack, said African Parks, which manages the UNESCO world heritage site. U.S. forces in the area evacuated the others, but two of them died of their injuries a day later at a military base in neighboring Central African Republic, the organization added. The survivors were in a stable condition.
(BBC News Africa 04/26/16)
Music fans across Africa are mourning the death of Papa Wemba, the musician from the Democratic Republic of Congo who died at the age of 66 after collapsing on stage on Sunday morning. Stars have been paying tribute to a man whose music influenced artists from around the continent. I'm sad, and I've been struggling since the death of Prince and now we have the passing of Papa Wemba and I'm wondering what this is all about. I worked with...
(Huffingtonpost 04/26/16)
The foreign aid arena in Africa has traditionally been dominated by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. However, over the last three decades non-traditional donors such as China, have emerged. The increasing importance of non-traditional donors has meant that the economic and political stronghold of western countries in sub-Saharan Africa has gradually ebbed. China is now the largest non-traditional contributor of aid to sub-Saharan African countries. In the 1960s Africa provided China with an opportunity to increase its political and diplomatic reach.

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(AFP (eng) 05/04/16)
DR Congo's justice minister said on Wednesday he had ordered an investigation into the alleged use of foreign mercenaries by opposition politician Moise Katumbi, a likely contender in a presidential poll due this year. Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said Katumbi's camp was recruiting mercenaries specialised in "training and the use of weapons, as security guards or bodyguards", using a "network with a company based in Virginia in the United States". The minister told journalists he had given orders to the general prosecutor to open a judicial case in the southeastern former province of Katanga.
(AFP (eng) 05/04/16)
Thousands of fans paid a final tearful tribute to Congolese "rumba king" Papa Wemba at a requiem mass in Kinshasa on Wednesday where his songs were played, before he is laid to rest. Papa Wemba was a "worthy son of the DRC, the quality of his work has made him a citizen of the world", the president of the national episcopal conference of Congo, Bishop Nicolas Djomo, said in a homily. He was "a great artist who was able to speak to all social classes," and "a man who did not live for himself but for others and for God." He conveyed "the message of love, the message of peace and of reconciliation". Papa Wemba collapsed while performing at a...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/16)
Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday. Local administrator Bernard Amisi Kalonda said the brutal attack took place late Tuesday in the Beni region of North Kivu province, an area which has witnessed numerous massacres in the past. "Between 8 pm and 10 pm (1900 GMT and 2100 GMT), the enemy...
(AFP (eng) 05/03/16)
Armed men kidnapped three workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the aid agency said. The employees -- who a local official said were of Congolese nationality -- had been sent to work in Rutshuru in the south of turbulent Nord-Kivu province. "We've had no news from our three workers" since shortly after 9:00 am Tuesday, ICRC spokeswoman Elisabeth Cloutier told AFP, giving no further details. The armed men...
(Voice of America 04/30/16)
More than 200 people, including three African presidents, attended the opening of a three-day summit Friday near Mount Kenya, where activists and officials have gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s elephants and their habitats. Poaching has escalated to alarming heights in recent years, as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 alone. Tens of thousands continue to be poached every year across the continent. The goal of the event is to find ways to stop the slaughter...
(African arguments 04/29/16)
As Africa finds its voice after centuries of being silenced, well-intentioned outsiders must be careful to help and not hijack this moment. Just back from the Tana Forum on Peace and Security, held in the sleepy town of Bahir Dar on the shores of Ethiopia's Lake Tana, my head churns with questions about how African debates like this should be organised. Should they be held under a Baobab tree or in international hotels? Should they be formal or informal? Should...
(Forbes 04/29/16)
I write about how innovation is better in Africa. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. “If we can prove our basic supposition that children can learn to read, write and do math on their own, and with each other using only technology, the positive results will be global and exponential.” – XPRIZE’s Matt Keller. Having propelled humanity to the edge of space, the XPRIZE now hopes to inspire education for hundreds of millions of children, starting with a...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/16)
The body of Congolese "rumba king" Papa Wemba arrived home in Kinshasa on Thursday, where it was greeted by a huge crowd of distraught fans after the musician's collapse during a show in Ivory Coast. His body was flown home after an all-night musical tribute in Ivory Coast to the legendary African music star, who died on Sunday at the age of 66 during a show in Abidjan. The white coffin draped in the Democratic Republic of Congo flag was received by Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo and parliament speaker Aubin Minaku before being taken off in a hearse.
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The body of Papa Wemba, one of Africa's best known singers, is being flown back to Democratic Republic of Congo after his death on Sunday in Ivory Coast. Hundreds of people are outside Kinshasa's airport waiting for his body to arrive. An all-night concert has been held in his honour in Abidjan, the city where he collapsed and died on stage. He is due to be buried on Tuesday after lying in state in a stadium in the DR Congo...
(Voice of America 04/28/16)
Press freedom declined in Africa and around the world in 2015, according to a new report by the monitoring and advocacy group Freedom House. The worst clampdown on the African continent took place in Burundi, a Great Lakes nation where efforts by the president to extend his time in office beyond constitutional limits have pushed the country to the brink of civil war. There, journalists have been imprisoned, beaten and killed and nearly all independent media outlets have been shut down. Worldwide, press freedom dropped to the lowest recorded level in 12 years, Freedom House said.
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration. In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation. Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach. In athletics, Kenya only recently...
(Washington Post 04/27/16)
The pejorative phrase “Go back to Africa” made news last month when hurled at protesters at Donald Trump rallies. At the canceled rally on the campus of the University of Illinois–Chicago on March 11, protestor Jedidiah Brown was irate after he was allegedly told to “go back to Africa” by a Trump supporter. A natural-born American citizen, Brown said he had never been to Africa and therefore no one had the right to tell him to go back to a...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/26/16)
Elephant poachers killed three rangers in Democratic Republic of Congo's Garamba wildlife park and wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager, environmental officials said. One of the rangers was found dead near the site of the Saturday attack, said African Parks, which manages the UNESCO world heritage site. U.S. forces in the area evacuated the others, but two of them died of their injuries a day later at a military base in neighboring Central African Republic, the organization added. The survivors were in a stable condition.
(BBC News Africa 04/26/16)
Music fans across Africa are mourning the death of Papa Wemba, the musician from the Democratic Republic of Congo who died at the age of 66 after collapsing on stage on Sunday morning. Stars have been paying tribute to a man whose music influenced artists from around the continent. I'm sad, and I've been struggling since the death of Prince and now we have the passing of Papa Wemba and I'm wondering what this is all about. I worked with...
(Financial Times 04/26/16)
This is likely to be the first year this millennium when Africa grows more slowly than the rest of the world, the IMF predicts. With the respected Ibrahim Index of African Governance suggesting that standards of governance have declined since the global financial crisis, and the IMF having warned that too few countries used the boom years to improve their public finances, a picture emerges of a continent that has largely squandered its commodity-led windfall. The recent slowdown has also...
(AfricaNews 04/25/16)
His last stage performance was at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Ivory Coast’s city Abidjan. Soon after performing three songs, the 66- year-old star, Papa Wemba collapsed on stage and was later declared dead. The Ivorian government has sent its condolences to the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying Wemba’s passing was a great loss. I have the honor and sorrow to salute the memory of Papa Wemba, he came to lend his support to FEMUA. The Ivorian presidency...
(Punch 04/25/16)
Ivory Coast will host an all-night concert tribute this week to Congolese rumba star Papa Wemba, who died after collapsing on stage during a festival in Abidjan, organisers said Monday. Family members were also heading to the Ivory Coast to prepare to repatriate Papa Wemba’s body to his homeland, where Culture Minister Banza Makalay described his death as “a great loss for music”. Papa Wemba, one of the biggest names in African music for the past 40 years, died after...
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Foreign policy almost always takes a back seat to domestic concerns during the U.S. presidential campaign season. Candidates rarely win over any voters in diners in New Hampshire or town hall events in Iowa touting their plans for economic investment and security frameworks in Africa. In 1999, then-candidate George W. Bush went so far as to declare Africa “irrelevant” to U.S. foreign policy during his first presidential run.
(The New Times 04/23/16)
The apparent end to the commodity super-cycle has sent shockwaves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in world stock markets, put pressure on currencies, and fuelled major concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances. Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent's economic future, with widespread fears that the remarkable gains of the last two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the IMF/World Bank meetings I...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/16)
Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, who treats war rape victims, was named by TIME magazine on Thursday as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The 61-year-old doctor founded the Panzi Hospital in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999 to help women and girls who had been raped during the conflict then raging in the country. "The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach," TIME editor Nancy Gibbs...

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(Bloomberg 05/04/16)
The prices private equity firms pay for stakes in African companies are the highest in six years, driven by record fundraising and competition for the continent’s expanding middle class. The median price for buyouts in 2015 increased to more than seven times the ratio of a company’s value to its earnings before interest, depreciation, tax and amortization, compared with 5.4 times in 2012, Cape Town-based RisCura Solutions (Pty) Ltd. said in a report on the industry released Wednesday. “Industries serving consumer staples and discretionary spending fetch the highest prices because of favorable demographics in the growing middle class,” Rory Ord, head valuations at RisCura, said by phone. “High growth expectations, fierce competition and decreased risk...
(IMF 05/03/16)
After a prolonged period of strong economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa is set to experience a second difficult year as the region is hit by multiple shocks, the IMF said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. The steep decline in commodity prices and tighter financing conditions have put many large economies under severe strain, and the new report calls for a stronger policy response to counter the effect of these shocks and secure the region's growth potential. The report shows growth fell to 3.5 percent in 2015, the lowest level in 15 years. Growth this year is expected to slow further to 3 percent, well below the 6 percent average over the last decade, and barely above population...
(The Guardian 04/27/16)
Barclays has revealed it has received approaches for its African operations – which its former chief executive Bob Diamond wants to buy – as it reported a 25% slump in first quarter profits and losses on oil-related loans. The bank, currently undergoing a restructuring under new chief executive Jes Staley, reported first quarter profits of £793m and a 15% rise in bad debts, largely a result of problems facing clients in the oil and gas sector. Staley, an American banker...
(Huffingtonpost 04/26/16)
The foreign aid arena in Africa has traditionally been dominated by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. However, over the last three decades non-traditional donors such as China, have emerged. The increasing importance of non-traditional donors has meant that the economic and political stronghold of western countries in sub-Saharan Africa has gradually ebbed. China is now the largest non-traditional contributor of aid to sub-Saharan African countries. In the 1960s Africa provided China with an opportunity to increase its political and diplomatic reach.
(AfricaNews 04/23/16)
More than a century after the light bulb was invented most of the African continent is still in the dark after nightfall. School children often cannot read after dusk, businesses cannot grow, clinics cannot refrigerate medicine or vaccines and industries are idled, hampering economic growth, jobs, and livelihoods. Today some 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are facing a crisis evidenced by rolling blackouts. Although the African continent is well endowed both with fossil fuels and renewable resources, these are not...
(Business Day 04/21/16)
The apparent end to the commodity supercycle has sent shock waves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in stock markets, put pressure on currencies and fuelled concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances. Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent’s economic future, with fears that the remarkable gains of the past two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank meetings I...
(AfricaNews 04/21/16)
The World Bank and other development partners have revealed that the total money transfers by African migrants to their region or country of origin surged by 3.4% to $35.2 billion, in 2015. The sum which includes intra-African transfers, represents 6 percent of total transfers by migrants worldwide to their region or country of origin, Ecofin agency reports. The total migrants transfers worldwide, though lesser compared to the previous year is estimated at $581.6 billion. Africa is seen as number one...
(CNN 04/16/16)
Growth in Africa has outpaced most emerging markets in recent years, but that's changing fast as a slew of problems beset its leading economies. Cheap oil, political uncertainty and weak banks are all to blame. Here's what you need to know about sub-Saharan Africa's big four: South Africa The prospects for Africa's most advanced economy are not looking good. The country is set to grow by just 0.6% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. It's one of the...
(Cnbc Africa 04/16/16)
The apparent end to the commodity super-cycle has sent shockwaves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in world stock markets, put pressure on currencies, and fuelled major concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances. Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent’s economic future, with widespread fears that the remarkable gains of the last two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the IMF/World Bank meetings I...
(Bloomberg 04/15/16)
Less than two years after International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde heralded Africa for its “remarkable resilience,” some of the continent’s former brightest stars are seeking bailouts. Ghana and Angola have turned to the IMF for help in the past year, as has Mozambique, which Lagarde had said epitomized the new “positive spirit” on the continent. Zambia may soon be forced to follow suit, Kenya took on a $1.5 billion standby facility and Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, is negotiating...
(Forbes 04/13/16)
By training one million young Africans with digital skills in the next year, Google GOOGL +0.78% is hoping to grow the continent’s digital economy and change the nature of its media and advertising industries. With 500m internet users expected to be online in Africa by 2020, according to Google, the Digify program will run in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya – where youth unemployment stands at 35%, 13% and 17% respectively, it says.
(The Wall Street Journal 04/12/16)
Fortune seekers across Africa are clambering down gold shafts closed by some of the world’s biggest miners, fueling dystopian conflicts between companies waiting out a commodity rout and poor villagers with little to lose. The result is a chaotic and often deadly tableau playing out deep underground across the mineral-rich continent. Dozens of miners have been killed in subterranean gunfights over turf ceded by mining companies, many of whom fear the collateral damage to shaft walls and winches could make...
(News24 04/12/16)
The number of planned hotel rooms in Africa has soared to 64 000 in 365 hotels, up almost 30% on the previous year, according to new figures from the annual W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey. The increase is largely down to strong growth in sub-Saharan Africa, which is up 42.1% on 2015 and is significantly outstripping North Africa which achieved only a modest 7.5% pipeline increase this year. South Africa ranks in position 9 of the hotel...
(Business Day 04/11/16)
There is no evidence to prove bilateral investment treaties signed by African countries have made them more attractive to foreign direct investment, despite it being the main reason to sign them. The private sector tends to be the main beneficiary of treaties, with governments weakened by a lack of negotiating capacity. These are among the findings of an Economic Commission for Africa report looking at issues about, and the consequences of, investment policies and bilateral investment treaties. The report was...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/08/16)
More than 30,000 people displaced by fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have been cut off from aid because of ongoing insecurity, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Thursday. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee Mpati in North Kivu province after fighting erupted there at the end of March between government forces and armed groups, the NRC said. "There are more than 30,000 people displaced all over the place without support because we are...
(Business Day 04/08/16)
As we face the challenges of the 21st century, there is more that unites Africa and Europe than divides us. We share a common history of thousands of years. Today more than ever, we need to work together to build our common future and to work jointly on the defining global issues of our age. We have a shared view of the benefits of co-operation on our continents. Europe’s journey from the devastation of 1945 to a union of more...
(The Guardian 04/06/16)
Reeling from external trade shocks, resulting in search for alternative source of funds for financing public expenditures, experts have advised African countries to exercise restraint in sourcing for foreign loans. This is even as the government of Nigeria may have shelved any plan to increase taxes, especially the Value Added Tax (VAT), at least this year.
(This Day Live 04/06/16)
The 18 member countries of African Petroleum Producers Association are considering strategies that will keep them afloat in the wake of the challenging crude oil price environment. Since the prices of crude oil in the international market took an uncertain path, the economies of some key African oil producing countries have received some significant battering, especially those that rely heavily on crude oil export to meet their respective economic and social responsibilities. Over the periods that oil prices have slipped...
(Foreign Policy 04/05/16)
Africa’s petrostates are crashing hard. A cool $115 in the summer of 2014, a barrel of Brent crude, the international pricing benchmark, now fetches below $40. And having failed to build massive foreign exchange reserves like Saudi Arabia or other Gulf monarchies, African oil exporters are now being forced to grapple with depreciating national currencies, mounting inflation, and deep cuts in government spending. Some of these states are now dangerously unstable, staring down popular unrest or domestic insurgencies that left unaddressed could set them back years, if not decades, in development terms.
(Independent Online 04/05/16)
The African Union (AU) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration concludes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, imploring African countries to improve young people’s skills in science and engineering. The Conference of Ministers is an annual event jointly organised by the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission. It is being held at the Conference Centre of the Economic Commission for Africa in...

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(Angola Press(En) 03/29/16)
Luanda - With the victory on Monday of Central African Republic over Madagascar by 2-1 for the fourth round, rising o the top of Group B with seven points, Angola is obliged to beat DR Congo this Tuesday to continue to depend on itself in the qualification for the final phase of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON2017) in Gabon. With four points, now lying third, in the match against DRC, who come second with six points, the national team must win to regain the lead of the group with the same number of points of the current leader but with advantage in the clash between them due to the 4-0 win in Benguela, in the...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there is not much support for disabled people. Having an outlet like table tennis is a way to give other people confidence, he adds. "I feel good, because for [the] past 14 years I was alone, the only disabled [person] playing...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/16)
African champions TP Mazembe will be lifted by the recent triumph of DR Congo at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda when they gun for a third CAF Super Cup against Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel on Saturday. Earlier this month, DR Congo won the competition reserved for home-based players for a second time when they thumped Mali 3-0 in the final in Rwanda. Several Mazembe stars, including skipper Joel Kimwaki and striker Jonathan Bolingi, were part of a side that...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/16)
Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila presented the country's African Nations Championship (CHAN) winners with a fleet of high-end 4x4s on Tuesday. Kabila symbolically handed over keys to the top of the range cars to DR Congo captain Joel Kimwaki and coach Florent Ibenge at a ceremony in Kinshasa witnessed by an AFP journalist. Kimwaki led his team to a one-sided 3-0 defeat of Mali in Sunday's final in Kigali, Rwanda. The players and officials were decorated with "Sporting...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(BBC News Africa 04/25/16)
The influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died aged 66 after collapsing during a concert. Video from the show in Ivory Coast showed him slumped on stage behind a group of dancers, before they rushed to his aid. His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa's most popular music styles. Wemba also toured around the world, and recorded with British artist Peter Gabriel. "I would put him in the same bracket as Fela Kuti when it comes to influence on African music," said DJ Edu, BBC 1xtra's African Music Ambassador. The musician fell ill in the early hours of Saturday morning. The cause of his death has not been established...
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest musicians and known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, died early Sunday after collapsing on stage at a music festival in the Ivory Coast, officials said. He was 66. Papa Wemba had performed three songs at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan before collapsing in front of thousands of fans, organizers said. Fellow performers rushed to his aid, but he died before reaching the hospital, officials said. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. Culture Minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay confirmed the musician's death Sunday, calling it a "great loss for the country and all of Africa. ... He was a self-made man, a role model for Congolese youth." FEMUA...
(AFP (eng) 04/24/16)
Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest music stars, has died after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast, the concert organisers said Sunday. Papa Wemba, who was known as the "king of Congolese rumba" for helping to bring the highly popular sound to an international audience, was 66. The flamboyant singer died after performing three songs at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan, the organisers said on their website. Papa Wemba, who was born in...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(Bloomberg 05/04/16)
The prices private equity firms pay for stakes in African companies are the highest in six years, driven by record fundraising and competition for the continent’s expanding middle class. The median price for buyouts in 2015 increased to more than seven times the ratio of a company’s value to its earnings before interest, depreciation, tax and amortization, compared with 5.4 times in 2012, Cape Town-based RisCura Solutions (Pty) Ltd. said in a report on the industry released Wednesday. “Industries serving consumer staples and discretionary spending fetch the highest prices because of favorable demographics in the growing middle class,” Rory Ord, head valuations at RisCura, said by phone. “High growth expectations, fierce competition and decreased risk...
(Voice of America 04/30/16)
More than 200 people, including three African presidents, attended the opening of a three-day summit Friday near Mount Kenya, where activists and officials have gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s elephants and their habitats. Poaching has escalated to alarming heights in recent years, as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 alone. Tens of thousands continue to be poached every year across the continent. The goal of the event is to find ways to stop the slaughter of Africa’s elephants, protecting at least 50 percent of these animals and their landscapes by 2020. And to do so, conservationists say that government leaders must flex their political muscle in support of the cause. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gave...
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The body of Papa Wemba, one of Africa's best known singers, is being flown back to Democratic Republic of Congo after his death on Sunday in Ivory Coast. Hundreds of people are outside Kinshasa's airport waiting for his body to arrive. An all-night concert has been held in his honour in Abidjan, the city where he collapsed and died on stage. He is due to be buried on Tuesday after lying in state in a stadium in the DR Congo...
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration. In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation. Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach. In athletics, Kenya only recently...
(BBC News Africa 04/26/16)
Music fans across Africa are mourning the death of Papa Wemba, the musician from the Democratic Republic of Congo who died at the age of 66 after collapsing on stage on Sunday morning. Stars have been paying tribute to a man whose music influenced artists from around the continent. I'm sad, and I've been struggling since the death of Prince and now we have the passing of Papa Wemba and I'm wondering what this is all about. I worked with...
(BBC News Africa 04/25/16)
The influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died aged 66 after collapsing during a concert. Video from the show in Ivory Coast showed him slumped on stage behind a group of dancers, before they rushed to his aid. His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa's most popular music styles. Wemba also toured around the world, and recorded with British artist Peter Gabriel. "I would put him in the same bracket as Fela Kuti when...
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest musicians and known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, died early Sunday after collapsing on stage at a music festival in the Ivory Coast, officials said. He was 66. Papa Wemba had performed three songs at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan before collapsing in front of thousands of fans, organizers said. Fellow performers rushed to his aid, but he died before reaching the hospital, officials said. The cause...
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Foreign policy almost always takes a back seat to domestic concerns during the U.S. presidential campaign season. Candidates rarely win over any voters in diners in New Hampshire or town hall events in Iowa touting their plans for economic investment and security frameworks in Africa. In 1999, then-candidate George W. Bush went so far as to declare Africa “irrelevant” to U.S. foreign policy during his first presidential run.
(BBC News Africa 04/13/16)
An outbreak of yellow fever has killed 21 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, linking some cases to an outbreak in neighbouring Angola. In a statement, the WHO said the deaths had occurred in January to March, with 151 suspected cases recorded. There was, it said, a "serious risk of further spread of the disease" in DRC. The acute, mosquito-borne viral disease has killed 225 people in Angola and infected about 1,600 there.
(Voice of America 04/12/16)
The World Health Organization said Monday at least 21 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have died from yellow fever connected to an outbreak in neighboring Angola. The WHO said that as of March 22 there were at least 151 suspected cases in the DRC. It warned that with the high number of people moving between the two countries, a high proportion of people susceptible to infection and the presence of the type of mosquito that transmits yellow fever,...
(The Wall Street Journal 04/12/16)
Fortune seekers across Africa are clambering down gold shafts closed by some of the world’s biggest miners, fueling dystopian conflicts between companies waiting out a commodity rout and poor villagers with little to lose. The result is a chaotic and often deadly tableau playing out deep underground across the mineral-rich continent. Dozens of miners have been killed in subterranean gunfights over turf ceded by mining companies, many of whom fear the collateral damage to shaft walls and winches could make...
(BBC News Africa 04/09/16)
A mobile insurance scheme to help small-scale farmers in Kenya ensure their agricultural produce against drought and other natural disasters is spreading to other parts of Africa, as Neil Ford explains. A greater proportion of sub-Saharan Africans work in agriculture than anywhere else on the planet but only 6% of the population of Africa and the Middle East have any form of agricultural insurance. "The insurance man" was a feature of many Western countries in past decades. Local agents collected...
(Bloomberg 04/07/16)
In the forested hills of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a Belgian conservationist is betting that a series of hydropower plants can save Africa’s oldest national park, protect the mountain gorillas living there and bring economic development and stability to the impoverished, violent region. In 2010, Emmanuel de Merode, director of Virunga National Park, carried out a survey that concluded the park could generate more than 100 megawatts of energy. That’s 25 times more power than the regional capital of 1.5 million people, Goma, currently receives, he says. Since then, the park’s authorities have supported the development of a 0.4-megawatt micro plant at Mtwanga and a $19.7 million, 14-megawatt facility at Matebe.
(Voice of America 04/06/16)
Tanzania says it will promptly investigate allegations that several of its troops sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where its soldiers are U.N. peacekeepers. “Our political and military authorities recognize the implications and seriousness of such charges,” Ambassador Tuvako Manongi told a meeting of the General Assembly on Tuesday. He said a board of inquiry was being dispatched to investigate the allegations. The Tanzanians are part of the 18,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force known as MONUSCO, which operates in eastern DRC.
(Forbes 04/01/16)
Africa seems to be the only continent today that is regularly referred to as a country. It bristles me every time I hear it said. It’s reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s chatter with the press aboard Air Force One in late 1982 on his way back to the US from a Presidential visit to Latin America: “I learned a lot down there…You’d be surprised, because, you know, they’re all individual countries.” As a relatively freshly minted PhD in international business economics...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/31/16)
Leading opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo endorsed a prominenrdrdr president on Wednesday, hoping to rally support for an alternative to President Joseph Kabila. The multi-millionaire Katumbi governed Congo's southeastern copper mining heartland from 2007 until last September when he quit Kabila's ruling party, accusing it of plotting to keep the president in power beyond the country's two-term limit. Kabila, who has ruled since 2001, is barred by the constitution from standing for a third term in an election slated for November, though critics say he is deliberately delaying the poll.
(Voice of America 03/26/16)
Attacks on civilians in the Beni region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have killed at least 550 people in the past 18 months. Congolese officials have placed the blame on the Allied Democratic Forces, characterized as a Ugandan Islamist movement, but a report from the Congo Research Group says it may not be that simple. Jason Stearns, lead author of the report, agreed that the ADF was partly responsible but said the group was not working alone. “The...
(BBC News Africa 03/22/16)
Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani was "unharmed but shaken" in Tuesday's explosions at Brussels Airport. Mbokani, 30, was at the airport when the two blasts took place, but Norwich say the DR Congo player is now home. At least 31 people have been killed or seriously injured in terror attacks at the airport and a city metro station, says Belgium's prime minister. Belgium's football team cancelled their training session on Tuesday out of respect for the victims of the attacks. They...
(Bloomberg 03/22/16)
The corn that is a food staple for much of southern Africa is now so expensive it has become a luxury many can’t afford, after the worst drought in three decades damaged crops from Ethiopia to South Africa. In Malawi, one of a dozen nations affected by the dry spell, Meleniya Mateyu says she has to forage for wild water-lily roots called nyika from streams and swamps to feed her two orphaned grandchildren. The small amount of grain she gets...
(BBC News Africa 03/21/16)
Former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been found guilty of war crimes in a landmark trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bemba was accused of failing to stop his rebels from killing and raping people in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003. He had sent more than 1,000 fighters to help put down an attempted coup. Bemba, once vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will remain in custody until sentencing. The court in The...

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