Dana Sanchez

  • South Africa Flip-Flops, Breaks Ranks To Vote For UN’s First-Ever LGBT Expert

    first-ever UN LGBT expert By Dana Sanchez, 11:32 am

    South Africa was criticised in June by human rights groups and praised this week when it changed its mind about appointing the first-ever U.N. expert tasked with investigating LGBT rights abuses worldwide. In a turnaround that broke ranks with other African countries, South Africa approved the legality of the post and voted against delaying it. South Africa was one of the few African countries that did not support delaying the appointment. Several countries said Monday that they would not recognize or cooperate with the U.N.

  • Will Trump Election Uncertainty Change The Way South Africa Reports On HIV/AIDS?

    success providing antiretorovirals By Dana Sanchez, 5:25 pm

    In the last few years it seems like news reports about HIV/AIDS in Africa have been dominated by South Africa’s success making antiretrovirals available to the public. SA still has the worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. Almost 20% of the population has it, with adolescent girls disproportionatley so. Trump’s election raised anxieties that U.S. humanitarian aid like PEPFAR will stop. Trump said that the U.S. should “stop sending foreign aid to countries that hate us.” On the other hand, there is one foreign aid program Trump likes: the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

  • Under Isabel Dos Santos, Sonangol Can’t Afford To Buy Toilet Paper

    Sonangol By Dana Sanchez, 2:22 pm

    In June 2016, Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos controversially appointed his billionaire daughter Isabel head of the state-owned oil company Sonangol. The collapse of oil prices is nothing new, but the nature of Angolan politics and the stranglehold of the dos Santos family are threatening economic collapse. Under Isabel’s watch, Sonangol can’t afford to pay for toilet paper, never mind repay $1.135 billion in debt. Soon after Isabel became CEO of Sonangol, Angola pulled out of discussions with the IMF for a $4.5 billion loan. Isabel’s banking monopoly is the reason, an analyst said. The richest woman in Africa, Isabel owns stakes in five of the largest Angolan banks.

  • Mugabe Announces Plans To Retire, Says It’s A Critical Time For Regime Change

    Mugabe announces plans to retire By Dana Sanchez, 10:07 am

    Until now, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has insisted he will die in office. Over the weekend the 92-year-old leader announced for the first time that he plans to retire. He told veterans that the war is over, colonizers have been defeated, and regime change has entered a critical period. The country is so broke that it has run out of cash — it uses U.S. dollars. Later this week, a new currency called bond notes will start showing up in some exporters’ bank accounts. The ruling Zanu PF party insists Mugabe will be elected president again in the 2018 elections.

  • She Beat Out Presidents For The Title: Forbes Africa Person Of The Year 2016

    Thuli Madonsela By Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am

    South Africa’s deputy defense minister called her a spy for the CIA. There was a contract out on her on her life, accusations of being an Israeli sympathizer and she was forced to investigate her boss — the person who hired her, President Jacob Zuma. But former South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s survived her seven-year term, which ended Oct. 14, and last week she was named Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016. Madonsela is the first woman, first South African, first lawyer and sixth recipient.

  • ‘Shark Tank’ South Africa Sees Its First Bitcoin Investment

    first Bitcoin investment By Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am

    As reality TV shows go, “Shark Tank,” may be unusual for its focus on businesses seeking investment rather than on the drama or personal lives of cast members. There are now “Shark Tank” versions all over the world. An investor on the recently launched South African version is making waves by offering to invest in a company using bitcoin — possibly a “Shark Tank” world first. South African entrepreneur Vinny Lingham is a vocal bitcoin supporter. He’s known for a string of companies including Gyft, Yola and blockchain startup Civic.

  • Samuel Jackson Is Not Moving To Africa. Trump Wife No. 2? Maybe

    moving to Africa By Dana Sanchez, 6:42 pm

    U.S. actor Samuel L. Jackson says he isn’t moving to South Africa despite Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Almost a year ago, during a skit on U.S. late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Jackson said if Trump won the election, he was leaving the country. Trump supporters remembered and asked him about it on social media. Model and actress Marla Maples — Trump’s second wife — may be headed to Africa. She’s hoping for a U.N. ambassador gig and has her eye on an assignment somewhere on the continent, according to a gossip page.

  • Bill Gates Helps Fund World’s First Malaria Vaccine, Piloting In Africa 2018

    first malaria vaccine By Dana Sanchez, 3:53 pm

    The RTS,S anti-malaria vaccine isn’t perfect. It showed an initial protection rate of around 31-to 56 percent, depending on the age of the patient, and seems to wear off after a year. Another vaccine developed in the U.S. showed better protection rates — as high as 80 percent — and longer-lasting protection. Used with bed nets and insecticides, RTS,S could provide a “very meaningful contribution to controlling the impact of malaria on children in those African communities that need it the most,” its maker said.

  • 16 Entrepreneurs Vying For The Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:26 pm AFKI Original

    Ugandan engineer Brian Turyabagye designed a biomedical smart jacket to quickly and accurately diagnose pneumonia, which kills 27,000 Ugandan children under the age of 5 every year. Most of these cases are due to pneumonia being misdiagnosed as malaria. He’s one of 16 African engineers who’ve come up with problem-solving innovations that got the attention of private and public stakeholders in the U.K. The 16 engineers are in the U.K. for 6 months of mentoring. They’re vying for a $30,000 prize.

  • First Brexit, Now Trump. Could Julius Malema Be Next South African President?

    next South African president By Dana Sanchez, 5:41 pm

    Populism and a backlash against globalization are being blamed for the British and American choices of Brexit and Donald Trump. Practically no one saw this coming, many people say. The next presidential election in South Africa is scheduled for 2019. There’s a feeling that not everyone benefits from globalization, and South Africans should be asking if Julius Malema will be their next president, a Harvard history professsor said. South Africans have 2-plus years to decide.