| Africatime
Saturday 23 May 2015
(The Namibian 05/21/15)
RESIDENTS of the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund have threatened to stage a mass protest and even boycott the Swakopmund constituency by-election at the end of May if the municipality does not guarantee them property and rectify an alleged breach of an agreement related to their relocation to make way for the servicing of land. Residents who were relocated near the Swakopmund airport to make way for municipal services to be installed for the mass housing project, say they have been deceived by their municipal leaders and now have to live in worse squalor than before they were relocated. According to the agreement between the relocated residents and the municipality, the residents would be relocated...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila called for a “national dialogue” to discuss creating an environment that will enable peaceful elections set to take place through 2016. The Congolese electoral commission, the government, political parties, civil society groups and donors “all have a role in ensuring the proper execution of our electoral mandate,” Communication Minister Lambert Mende said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. “An active dialogue among these groups has been proposed by our government, and is being pursued at this time,” Mende said. More than 30 people died in January protests in Africa’s biggest copper-producing nation against a new electoral law that the opposition said could have allowed Kabila to extend his final term. The law was eventually...
(News24 05/20/15)
A new survey released by the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa at Stellenbosch University highlights the relationship between corruption and conflict in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Centre Director Daniel Malan explains. Watch. The 'Ethics and Compliance Risk Survey 2014' was released this week, and covers ethical and compliance risks faced by South African companies with operations in the SADC countries. The research is based on responses received from 26 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Radio Okapi 05/18/15)
Environ 300 miliciens de la Force de résistance patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) se sont rendus, dimanche 17 mai, aux Forces armées de la RDC (FARDC) et à la Monusco, à Bukiringi, localité située au Sud de Bunia, chef-lieu de l’Ituri (Province Orientale). Le nouveau chef de ces combattants, Mbadu Adirodu, a affirmé que d’autres miliciens suivront cette vague pour déposer les armes. Des sources militaires de la région indiquent que la première colonne de miliciens FRPI a été aperçue dimanche...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/15)
Armed men raped 127 women earlier this month during a raid on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. Some 60 militiamen assaulted the women during a May 1 attack on the town of Kikamba in the province of South Kivu's Shabunda region, MSF said in a statement. It did not identify the armed group responsible. Dozens of armed groups operate in eastern Congo, where a 1998-2003...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(AFP 05/14/15)
Twenty-three people have been killed in two new massacres blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restless east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official told AFP on Thursday. The killings are the latest blamed on the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who are accused of murdering more than 300 people in seven months of massacres in and around the major trading hub of Beni in DR Congo's North Kivu province. The latest massacres occurred near the town of Mbau, not far from Beni, regional administrator Amisi Kalonda told AFP by telephone.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/13/15)
Dozens of Pygmies in Democratic Republic of Congo's southeast were killed by Bantu militiamen in the past week, the U.N. peacekeeping mission said on Wednesday, in an escalation in a two-year ethnic conflict. The Luba, a Bantu ethnic group, and the Twa, a Pygmy people who inhabit the Great Lakes region, have been in conflict since May 2013 in Katanga, a vast province known for its rich deposits of copper and other metals. Local NGOs say that the violence is...
(Ips News 05/13/15)
Augusta and Syracuse — Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy's southern region and main gateway to Europe. Yet, the migration flows have not stopped. Five days ago, on May 3, 300 people arrived in the port of Augusta, in the province of Syracuse, and among them were 19-year-old Ahmed and...
(AFP 05/12/15)
Five people were killed in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday. "We found the bodies of five people killed with axes, and seven injured," regional official Amisi Kalonda told AFP. More than 300 people have been killed in seven months of massacres in the troubled North Kivu province by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who fled Uganda in the mid-1990s after an unsuccessful...
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
Protests in African countries from Burkina Faso to Burundi have been sparked by youthful populations with little hope of employment and by leaders who have in some cases ruled for decades. The discontent, which began in Burkina Faso in October, spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and has now crossed the continent to Burundi, prompting regional leaders to call an emergency meeting after two weeks of protests and at least 14 deaths.
(Xinhuanet 05/11/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- China's cooperation with Africa on industrialization development in African countries will have multifaceted benefits to the continent, noted a renowned Ethiopian scholar during a recent interview with Xinhua. Stating that industry is a very important component of any developmental growth, the scholar hailed China's cooperation and support to Africa in the industrial development of the continent as an important step towards addressing poverty and boosting economies. Costantinos BT Costantinos, Chairman of Ethiopian Infrastructure &...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(The Citizen 05/08/15)
Dar es Salaam. The Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) yesterday allayed fears over safety of its soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the killing of its two soldiers, saying the rest were safe. A statement from the UN office in Dar es Salaam said on Wednesday the army officers were killed on Monday when a UN Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco) convoy was ambushed and came under...
(Xinhuanet 05/08/15)
BUKAVU, DR Congo, May 8 (Xinhua) -- It is an as-usual sunny day and kids at the SOS Children Village at Bukavu, a city in east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), throng the classroom to take their first ever Chinese language class. "Wo Ai Zhong Guo (I love China)," "Wo Ai Gang Guo (I love Congo) ." The kids were apparently entertained and amused by the strange pronunciation of the strange language for them. They babbled the Chinese...
(This Day Live 05/08/15)
MainOne, a communications services company and operator of the premier Tier III Data Centre in West Africa, MDX-I, has been chosen to lead the African panel on localising Content and Data Traffic in Africa at a plenary session of the International Telecoms Week to be held in Chicago from May 10th to May 13th, 2015. With the theme: ' Localising Data Traffic and Content in Africa', the session, will highlight the growth in Internet traffic in Africa and how the...
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...

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