Monday 21 August 2017

Tanzanie

(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
When a group of elderly Tanzanian women asked Martha Daud to start circumcising girls 30 years ago, she was honored as it meant she would earn money, status and choice cuts of meat. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was a rite of passage Daud had watched numerous girls undergo and the community valued the old women who wielded the razor blades, especially those who didn't kill too many girls. "I was selected by the older women to do it because I was seen as being bold," the 59-year-old grandmother told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, recalling her initiation into the illegal trade in Tanzania's northern Kilimanjaro region. "When I cut a girl I would receive (money)... and...
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
A leading conservationist who had worked hard to bring down notorious elephant poachers and stop ivory-trafficking, has been shot dead in Tanzania, his PAMS foundation said Thursday. "We are heartbroken to share the news that PAMS Foundation co-founder, Wayne Lotter was shot and killed last night (Wednesday) in the Masaki District of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania," read a statement. The motive for the killing of the South African was unknown. British primatologist and renowned environmentalist Jane Goodall described Lotter as her "hero", a man who had faced "stiff opposition and personal threats" in his bid to protect Tanzania's wildlife. PAMS finances Tanzania's National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) which has scored some massive successes in recent years, arresting...
(The Guardian 08/18/17)
Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks. The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania. Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(AFP (eng) 08/11/17)
Tanzania's police said on Friday they had killed in a firefight 13 "criminals" involved in a series of deadly attacks in the country's east. The killings took place in the Kibiti district about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, where 13 police officers have been slain since March. "Thirteen criminals were killed during a firefight with police," Tanzania's police force tweeted, adding that they had recovered guns, ammunition and motorcycles from the group. Tanzanian police chief Simon Sorro later told journalists officers were led to the group by an accomplice they had arrested.
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Authorities in Zambia have arrested 30 Tanzanians for working without permits, the immigration department said on Wednesday. The Tanzanians were arrested last Thursday in eastern Zambia's Petauke district where they were conducting illegal mining activities, according to Immigration Department spokesperson Namati Nshinka. The Tanzanians, who are currently in police custody, will appear in court soon, he added. In June, authorities arrested 19 other Tanzanians in the same district over illegal gold mining. The eastern part of Zambia has recorded an...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Others 08/08/17)
Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed to strengthen police cooperation and prevent criminal activities that may destabilize both countries. “The need to maintain security and stability in our nations and region calls for more cooperation in order to stay ahead of criminals,” said Rwanda Police boss, IGP Emmanuel Gasana Gasana today received the Tanzania counterpart, IGP Simon Sirro who both stressed that political will in Rwanda and Tanzania has paved way for the cooperation of the two Police institutions. Sirro, commends Rwanda police and the country’s leadership for ensuring safety and successful presidential elections held on August 4th.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/02/17)
The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) has reduced cap prices for petroleum products for the month of August with the public witnessing continued drop in prices for the months of April, May, July and August. According to a statement released yesterday by EWURA Acting Director General Engineer Godwin Samwel, the prices that shall be applicable effectively today have dropped by 36/- and 44/- per litre of petrol and diesel, respectively. But the retail prices of kerosene have gone...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/02/17)
Dar es Salaam — Eight major issues are likely to dominate the ongoing negotiations that seek to resolve a dispute between the government and Barrick Gold. An analysis of the dispute shows that the negotiations between the government - which is represented by a team of experts led by the Constitution and Legal Affairs minister, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi - and Barrick Gold Corporation, will mostly centre around the findings of the two presidential probe committee reports into Acacia's mining activities...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/17)
The Tanzanian government and Barrick Gold have started talks to resolve a tax dispute involving the Canadian company's subsidiary Acacia Mining, the president's office said on Monday. The government accuses Acacia, which is 63.9 percent owned by Barrick, of evading taxes for years by under-declaring exports and has banned exports of gold and copper concentrates. Acacia denies the accusations, which have pummelled its share price, and said last week it had been hit with a $190 billion tax bill, which is equivalent to four times the East African country's annual gross domestic product. "Talks between a special committee formed by President John Magufuli and representatives
(APA 08/01/17)
Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa has launched a Methadone Clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MZRH) in the Southern Highlands whose full capacity is up to 1,500 clients a day. The Premier launched the clinic on Monday in Mbeya region. “This is the fifth methadone clinic in the country; it is encouraging to see that the Mbeya Zonal Hospital will now, offer services to our youth who are injecting opioid drugs,” he said. He said in a statement that providing...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(The Citizen 07/31/17)
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa insists that Tanzania isn't a route for narcotic drug trade. He revealed this at the Tanzania-Malawi border post at Kasumulu. The Premier, who is on tour of Kyela directed officials at the border post to conduct thoroughly inspection on people living or entering the country. Mr Majaliwa said there are some unscrupulous officials, who have been collaborating with drug dealers. "You should enhance inspections on cars and people, who are entering the country because Tanzania isn't...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, has an "open mind" and is "very positive" about talks getting underway with Tanzania to resolve an export ban, President Kelvin Dushnisky told Reuters on Thursday. Barrick subsidiary Acacia Mining Plc has two mines affected by a ban that Tanzania introduced in March, accounting for some 6 percent of Barrick's 2017 gold production forecast. Barrick maintained its forecast for output of 5.3 million to 5.6 million ounces of gold, but...
(The East African 07/28/17)
The long-running cross-border trade spat between Kenya and Tanzania has resumed barely four days after the two countries signed a pact removing restrictions that had cost traders billions of shillings by the time it was resolved last Sunday. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday said Tanzania had maintained a number of restrictions that existed before the Sunday truce, making it hard for Kenyan products to access its market. Kenya's Foreign Affairs minister, Amina Mohamed, and her Tanzanian counterpart, Augustine Mahinga, announced last Sunday that the two neighbouring states had agreed to end the import restrictions after ironing out long-standing trade differences.

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(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
When a group of elderly Tanzanian women asked Martha Daud to start circumcising girls 30 years ago, she was honored as it meant she would earn money, status and choice cuts of meat. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was a rite of passage Daud had watched numerous girls undergo and the community valued the old women who wielded the razor blades, especially those who didn't kill too many girls. "I was selected by the older women to do it because I was seen as being bold," the 59-year-old grandmother told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, recalling her initiation into the illegal trade in Tanzania's northern Kilimanjaro region. "When I cut a girl I would receive (money)... and...
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
A leading conservationist who had worked hard to bring down notorious elephant poachers and stop ivory-trafficking, has been shot dead in Tanzania, his PAMS foundation said Thursday. "We are heartbroken to share the news that PAMS Foundation co-founder, Wayne Lotter was shot and killed last night (Wednesday) in the Masaki District of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania," read a statement. The motive for the killing of the South African was unknown. British primatologist and renowned environmentalist Jane Goodall described Lotter as her "hero", a man who had faced "stiff opposition and personal threats" in his bid to protect Tanzania's wildlife. PAMS finances Tanzania's National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) which has scored some massive successes in recent years, arresting...
(The Guardian 08/18/17)
Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks. The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania. Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(AFP (eng) 08/11/17)
Tanzania's police said on Friday they had killed in a firefight 13 "criminals" involved in a series of deadly attacks in the country's east. The killings took place in the Kibiti district about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, where 13 police officers have been slain since March. "Thirteen criminals were killed during a firefight with police," Tanzania's police force tweeted, adding that they had recovered guns, ammunition and motorcycles from the group. Tanzanian police chief Simon Sorro later told journalists officers were led to the group by an accomplice they had arrested.
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Authorities in Zambia have arrested 30 Tanzanians for working without permits, the immigration department said on Wednesday. The Tanzanians were arrested last Thursday in eastern Zambia's Petauke district where they were conducting illegal mining activities, according to Immigration Department spokesperson Namati Nshinka. The Tanzanians, who are currently in police custody, will appear in court soon, he added. In June, authorities arrested 19 other Tanzanians in the same district over illegal gold mining. The eastern part of Zambia has recorded an...
(Others 08/08/17)
Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed to strengthen police cooperation and prevent criminal activities that may destabilize both countries. “The need to maintain security and stability in our nations and region calls for more cooperation in order to stay ahead of criminals,” said Rwanda Police boss, IGP Emmanuel Gasana Gasana today received the Tanzania counterpart, IGP Simon Sirro who both stressed that political will in Rwanda and Tanzania has paved way for the cooperation of the two Police institutions. Sirro, commends Rwanda police and the country’s leadership for ensuring safety and successful presidential elections held on August 4th.
(APA 08/01/17)
Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa has launched a Methadone Clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MZRH) in the Southern Highlands whose full capacity is up to 1,500 clients a day. The Premier launched the clinic on Monday in Mbeya region. “This is the fifth methadone clinic in the country; it is encouraging to see that the Mbeya Zonal Hospital will now, offer services to our youth who are injecting opioid drugs,” he said. He said in a statement that providing...
(The Citizen 07/31/17)
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa insists that Tanzania isn't a route for narcotic drug trade. He revealed this at the Tanzania-Malawi border post at Kasumulu. The Premier, who is on tour of Kyela directed officials at the border post to conduct thoroughly inspection on people living or entering the country. Mr Majaliwa said there are some unscrupulous officials, who have been collaborating with drug dealers. "You should enhance inspections on cars and people, who are entering the country because Tanzania isn't...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
People with albinism in rural Tanzania continue to live in fear due to widespread attitudes that lead to violence against them despite attacks against them declining, a UN expert who visited the country said Friday. The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, said in a statement that more work is needed to address witchcraft and educate the public. "People with albinism continue to live in a very fragile situation, as the...
(Xinhuanet 07/27/17)
Tanzania has come up with a national land use planning commission to resolve the escalating human-wildlife conflicts, particularly for communities living close to the country's national parks. "We believe that the ongoing human-wildlife conflicts will be resolved after the formation of the commission," said Alan Kijazi, Director General of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) when revealing the new development on Thursday, Kijazi said that the commission will be officially launched next week in the east African nation, which in total has...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Five countries in East Africa face dire food insecurity after a third poor rainy season in a row, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Areas in five countries - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall. "The current phenomenon encompasses an area of about 1 million square kilometers, which is roughly twice the size of France," FAO economist Alessandro Costantino told VOA's Africa division. The extended drought along with a pest called an armyworm has drastically reduced crop yields, leaving millions in East Africa without
(The Citizen 07/12/17)
The government has shown commitment to expanding access to family planning by raising the life-saving services budget from Sh5 billion in 2016/17 to Sh14 billion in the current fiscal year. This was revealed yesterday in Dar es Salaam during an event to mark World Population Day. Speaking during the event, a representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Hashina Begum, lauded Tanzania for its commitment to increasing the availability of modern contraceptive methods. This comes at a time...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
anzania's foreign ministry said Wednesday that 24 truckers driving in a convoy from the country had been kidnapped by the Mai-Mai militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Mindi Kasiga told state television the 21 Tanzanians and three Kenyans were driving trucks belonging to two Tanzania-registered companies when they were taken by the Mai-Mai, a "self-defence" militia made up of various ethnic groups that has clashed repeatedly with Congolese troops. "They were kidnapped by Mai-Mai fighters on June 29 in Lulimba, in South Kivu province, while they were on their way to the Namoya gold mine in Maniema province," Kasiga said.
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable...

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(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/02/17)
The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) has reduced cap prices for petroleum products for the month of August with the public witnessing continued drop in prices for the months of April, May, July and August. According to a statement released yesterday by EWURA Acting Director General Engineer Godwin Samwel, the prices that shall be applicable effectively today have dropped by 36/- and 44/- per litre of petrol and diesel, respectively. But the retail prices of kerosene have gone...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/02/17)
Dar es Salaam — Eight major issues are likely to dominate the ongoing negotiations that seek to resolve a dispute between the government and Barrick Gold. An analysis of the dispute shows that the negotiations between the government - which is represented by a team of experts led by the Constitution and Legal Affairs minister, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi - and Barrick Gold Corporation, will mostly centre around the findings of the two presidential probe committee reports into Acacia's mining activities...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/17)
The Tanzanian government and Barrick Gold have started talks to resolve a tax dispute involving the Canadian company's subsidiary Acacia Mining, the president's office said on Monday. The government accuses Acacia, which is 63.9 percent owned by Barrick, of evading taxes for years by under-declaring exports and has banned exports of gold and copper concentrates. Acacia denies the accusations, which have pummelled its share price, and said last week it had been hit with a $190 billion tax bill, which is equivalent to four times the East African country's annual gross domestic product. "Talks between a special committee formed by President John Magufuli and representatives
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, has an "open mind" and is "very positive" about talks getting underway with Tanzania to resolve an export ban, President Kelvin Dushnisky told Reuters on Thursday. Barrick subsidiary Acacia Mining Plc has two mines affected by a ban that Tanzania introduced in March, accounting for some 6 percent of Barrick's 2017 gold production forecast. Barrick maintained its forecast for output of 5.3 million to 5.6 million ounces of gold, but...
(The East African 07/28/17)
The long-running cross-border trade spat between Kenya and Tanzania has resumed barely four days after the two countries signed a pact removing restrictions that had cost traders billions of shillings by the time it was resolved last Sunday. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday said Tanzania had maintained a number of restrictions that existed before the Sunday truce, making it hard for Kenyan products to access its market. Kenya's Foreign Affairs minister, Amina Mohamed, and her Tanzanian counterpart, Augustine Mahinga, announced last Sunday that the two neighbouring states had agreed to end the import restrictions after ironing out long-standing trade differences.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15...
(Business Daily 07/27/17)
The long-running cross-border trade spat between Kenya and Tanzania has resumed barely four days after the two countries signed a pact removing restrictions that had cost traders billions of shillings by the time it was resolved last Sunday. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday said Tanzania had maintained a number of restrictions that existed before the Sunday truce, making it hard for Kenyan products to access its market. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs minister, Amina Mohamed, and her Tanzanian counterpart, Augustine...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/27/17)
Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its mining costs fell and said it would begin talks with the Tanzanian government next week about an export ban. Barrick subsidiary Acacia Mining has three mines in Tanzania, which introduced an export ban on concentrates of gold and copper ore in March. Acacia's operations affected by the ban account for about 6 percent of Barrick's 2017 gold production forecast. Even so, Barrick...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
In this weeks’s travel segment we head in the direction of Tanzania. According to SafariBookings.com, the largest online marketplace for African safari tours, Tanzania is Africa’s best safari destination. The website conducted an analysis of more than 2,500 expert and safari-goer reviews and declared Tanzania the best safari country in 2017. According to the Tanzania Tourist Board, almost 2 million tourists are expected to visit the country this year. We also take a look at the annual Wildebeest Migration in...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with...
(Bloomberg 07/26/17)
Tanzanians are being cheated out of the country’s mineral wealth and should take more control of their natural resources, President John Magufuli said. Investors in Tanzania’s mining industry have “stolen” from the country by failing to provide a fair share of the revenue they generate from gold and other minerals, Magufuli said in a speech in the central region of Singida on Tuesday. “We are surrounded by wealth; we have to stand up and protect it,” he said. “It shouldn’t happen that we have all this wealth, sit on it, while others come and benefit from it by cheating us.”
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
Acacia Mining's shares fell for a sixth straight session on Tuesday, a day after the gold miner was hit with a tax bill of more than $190 billion by the Tanzanian government. Shares in the London-listed miner closed 8.5 percent lower at 169 pence, having had more than two-thirds wiped of their value since a ban on the export of gold and copper concentrates was imposed in Tanzania on March 3. Acacia, the biggest gold miner in Tanzania, received a...
(Bloomberg 07/25/17)
Tanzania sent Acacia Mining Plc a tax bill equal to almost two centuries worth of the gold producer’s revenue. The government issued the company, which mines all of its gold in the African country, with a $40 billion tax bill and another $150 billion in interest and penalties, Acacia said in a statement Monday. The charge covers alleged under-declared export revenues from the Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi mines over periods between 2000 and 2017. Acacia reiterated that it has fully declared...
(The Citizen 07/25/17)
Mwanza — Despite Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) reports, which suggest a big number of tourists visit the country, tourism stakeholders in the region face a difficult time due to a sharp drop in the number tourists. Hotel operators have continued performing poorly, including artists of cultural products like locally-made sandals due to lack of buyers, the majority being toruists. However, TTB marketing officer Glads Tony told The Citizen at the weekend that despite the introduction of new taxes and procedures...
(Bloomberg 07/21/17)
At least two senior employees at Acacia Mining Plc have been detained for questioning by Tanzanian authorities over the past week, escalating a dispute between the company and the state over its operations in the country. Tanzanian President John Magufuli has accused Acacia of failing to pay billions of dollars of taxes. In March, the state banned exports of unprocessed gold and copper, a move Acacia later said has been costing it $1 million a day in lost revenue. Earlier...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/17)
Tanzania detained and questioned two senior local Acacia Mining staff at an airport this week in a dispute with the government, two sources said on Friday, and the company said it was having trouble renewing work permits for foreign staff. Chief Executive Brad Gordon denied a Reuters report that foreign staff were asked to leave by the government due to a dispute over mining licenses and accusations of tax evasion. He said its local employees had been interviewed by Tanzanian...

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(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/14/17)
English Premier League side Everton FC jetted in the country yesterday ahead of their historic preseason friendly with SportPesa Super Cup winners Kenya’s Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this evening. The Blues travelled directly from Liverpool John Moore’s airport and touched down around 10am (EAT). The trip to Tanzania celebrates the Club-record partnership with gaming giant, SportPesa. Striker Wayne Rooney and fellow players were all smiles as Ronald Koeman’s side was received at the Julius...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
The Tanzanian government dissolved the country's National Sports Council on Monday, accusing it of deep-seated corruption. The National Sports Council oversees all sport in the east African nation, with its president and members being appointed by the sports minister, but it has been closed because of what government minister Harrison Mwakyembe called "corruption, favouritism, sloppiness and irresponsibility". The decision comes after the president and the general secretary of the Tanzanian Football Federation were detained late last month for alleged embezzlement.
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Tanzania and Zimbabwe shook off the weariness of playing four times within a week to reach the COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship semi-finals Sunday. An early goal from Elias Maguri gave Tanzania a 1-0 victory over title-holders and hosts South Africa in the first half of a quarter-finals double-header in northwest township Phokeng. A Knox Mutizwa header in the closing stages took four-time champions Zimbabwe through as they edged Swaziland 2-1 at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in a thriller. Tanzania...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/17)
Tanzanian football chief Jamal Malinzi was on Thursday charged with embezzlement for falsifying invoices to pocket cash given by sponsors, court documents showed. Malinzi, who was arrested Wednesday, was charged alongside the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) secretary general Celestine Mwesigwa. Malinzi became head of the TFF in 2013 and is up for re-election in August. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge and will re-appear in court on July 3. In a separate case, the president and vice-president of...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/06/17)
Tanzania Mainland Champions shattered the long penalty-missing myth to beat Kenyan giants, Tusker by 4-2 in thrilling Sportpesa match held yesterday at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam. 1 Comment Yanga who fielded most players from B-side team fought bravery in all 90 minutes against experienced Tusker side. But, it was Deogratius Munishi (Dida) who emerged the match hero after punching away the third penalty while the fourth one hit a bar. Nadir Haroub who was the most senior...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/30/17)
TAIFA Stars’ back-to-back wins against Botswana and Burundi marked a bright start to coach Salum Mayanga’s reign, but winger Simon Msuva warned that the new coach must be accorded time and support to succeed in his role. Msuva scored the opening goal in Taifa Stars’ 2-1 win over Burundi at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, with debutant Mbaraka Yusuf notching the winning goal, to give Mayanga reign a perfect start. The victory, preceded by a 2-0...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/16)
Victory for hosts Medeama of Ghana over Young Africans of Tanzania Tuesday will bring them into contention for a CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals place. The clash of two goal-shy teams in Sekondi is among four midweek matchday 4 fixtures in the African version of the Europa League. Medeama are third in Group A with just two points and two goals from three matches while Young Africans occupy bottom place with one point and one goal. TP Mazembe of the Democratic...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/16)
French petroleum giant Total signed an eight-year deal to become the new sponsor of African football and its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday. The sponsorship of the tournament will start at its next edition in Gabon from Jan 14 to Feb 5, 2017. "This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,"...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/16)
Tanzanian Thomas Ulimwengu dealt a severe blow Tuesday to the hopes of Tanzanian club Young Africans reaching the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals for the first time. The national team striker scored after 75 minutes at the national stadium in Dar es Salaam to give Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe a 1-0 win over the local team. Success in the Tanzanian capital, coupled with a home win over Medeama of Ghana nine days ago, gave the Lubumbashi 'Ravens' a...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(Ahram Online 05/30/16)
Egypt will face Tanzania on 4 June in the final round of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. As FIFA will not count the results of recent friendlies during the coming exceptional global ranking, Egypt have to beat Tanzania in the final round of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers to keep their place in the first class of the continental ranking, an Egyptian national team official said on Monday. "We have to beat Tanzania on 4 June...

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(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong reviews at the Cannes film festival, taking aim at the blatant sexism behind accusations that overwhelmingly target women. White tourists are seen gawping at women detained in a "witch camp" in the movie, taking pictures of them as if they're...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(Xinhuanet 07/11/16)
Tanzania has unveiled new sets of fresh footprints believed to belong to earliest human beings who could have walked in Ngorongoro area in northern Tanzania nearly 4 million years ago. "The new discovery is another milestone in boosting the country's historical, cultural and science-based tourism," said Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania's Minister for Natural resources and Tourism. Maghembe said on Sunday here that the new footprints and imprints were found at the Laetoli archaeological site within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. According...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/27/16)
IT’S now history that Dar es Salaam has joined the list of cities worldwide, where Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9, was performed live. This new record was set last Sunday evening at the Serena Hotel, here in the City Centre. It seemed so simple, seeing the Dar Choral Society and Orchestra members, climbed on the small stage and present their rendition of this famous piece, under their Director and Conductor, Hemika Raymond. However, something says it was not easy...
(Xinhuanet 05/19/16)
The Chinese Embassy in Zambia has launched an English version of a book documenting the history of the construction of the Tanzania Zambia Railway, a joint project by the Zambian and Tanzanian governments. A Monument to China Africa Friendship is a first-hand account of the building of the railway line, built in the 1970s with financial and technical assistance of the Chinese government. The launch of the English version follows the compiling and publication of the Chinese version by the...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(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.
(The Citizen 12/18/15)
Dar es Salaam — Tanzanian Bongo flava artistes, Linah Sanga and Feza Kessy will perform at the famous Nigerian annual Soundcity Urban Blast Festival scheduled to take place today in Lagos. Talking to The Beat, Panamusiq Limited Director Doreen Noni, said that Linah and Feza are now in Lagos ready to take Nigeria by storm in the show that also lines up famous Nigerian musicians Davido, Kiss Daniel, Iyanya and Olamide. Also in the list of performing artistes are Victoria...
(The Citizen 12/18/15)
Ernest Napoleon is a Tanzanian filmmaker, software engineer and architect. He was born in Moscow, Russia but grew up in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. "I used to be a DJ at Club Billicanas in 2000, a TV presenter at Channel 5/East Africa Television in 2001 and a Bongo Flava recording artist in 2002 under a stage name Mc Napo," he says. Napoleon then went to Los Angeles where he learned everything he knows about acting, writing, directing, producing etc. After...
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
NAIROBI— A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers. Abdul Karim, the owner of the Melodica music store in downtown Nairobi talks and plays music for a visitor. In the back of his shop with a pile of old 45...
(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...

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(The Guardian 08/18/17)
Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks. The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania. Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him. Lotter was a director and co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, an NGO that provides conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments in Africa. Since starting...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Bloomberg 07/26/17)
Tanzanians are being cheated out of the country’s mineral wealth and should take more control of their natural resources, President John Magufuli said. Investors in Tanzania’s mining industry have “stolen” from the country by failing to provide a fair share of the revenue they generate from gold and other minerals, Magufuli said in a speech in the central region of Singida on Tuesday. “We are surrounded by wealth; we have to stand up and protect it,” he said. “It shouldn’t happen that we have all this wealth, sit on it, while others come and benefit from it by cheating us.”
(Bloomberg 07/25/17)
Tanzania sent Acacia Mining Plc a tax bill equal to almost two centuries worth of the gold producer’s revenue. The government issued the company, which mines all of its gold in the African country, with a $40 billion tax bill and another $150 billion in interest and penalties, Acacia said in a statement Monday. The charge covers alleged under-declared export revenues from the Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi mines over periods between 2000 and 2017. Acacia reiterated that it has fully declared...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Bloomberg 07/21/17)
At least two senior employees at Acacia Mining Plc have been detained for questioning by Tanzanian authorities over the past week, escalating a dispute between the company and the state over its operations in the country. Tanzanian President John Magufuli has accused Acacia of failing to pay billions of dollars of taxes. In March, the state banned exports of unprocessed gold and copper, a move Acacia later said has been costing it $1 million a day in lost revenue. Earlier...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Five countries in East Africa face dire food insecurity after a third poor rainy season in a row, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Areas in five countries - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall. "The current phenomenon encompasses an area of about 1 million square kilometers, which is roughly twice the size of France," FAO economist Alessandro Costantino told VOA's Africa division. The extended drought along with a pest called an armyworm has drastically reduced crop yields, leaving millions in East Africa without
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa,...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has...
(Bloomberg 05/24/17)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli asked Mines Minister Sospeter Muhongo to resign after an audit of containers of mineral sands showed exports were understated. “I really like Prof. Muhongo and he is a friend of mine, but on this he needs to rethink and reassess without delay,” Magufuli said on Wednesday after receiving an audit of 277 containers seized at the port of Dar es Salaam in March. “I’d like him to resign.” An investigation initiated by Magufuli in March found...
(Bloomberg 05/18/17)
Steinhoff International Holdings NV plans to list its African assets separately as the acquisitive retailer seeks a new prize for shareholders following this year’s failed merger talks with Shoprite Holdings Ltd. The company said Wednesday it will seek to list businesses including clothing retailer Pepkor and furniture chain JD Group Ltd. on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, about 18 months after moving its primary listing to Frankfurt from the South African commercial hub. The new business could be worth as much...
(Bloomberg 05/10/17)
Tanzania’s focus on more efficient expenditure, while good in the long run, has slowed expansion in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. Even as President John Magufuli’s government reduced its recurrent expenditure “very sharply,” affecting large sections of the economy that are traditionally reliant on public spending, it also failed to roll out capital projects fast enough to counter the slowdown, said Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay, the IMF’s country representative. Since assuming office in late...
(Fox News 05/10/17)
After five years of no major attacks on merchant vessels, piracy around the Horn of Africa seemed to be on hiatus. Acts of piracy in those treacherous waters have fallen sharply since 2012, according to statistics released by the United States Navy. The Navy credits aggressive patrolling by international forces and increased vigilance by the commercial shipping industry for the decrease. However, in the past month, Somali pirates have intercepted five ships, raising concerns that piracy has returned to the...

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