Staff, 8:25 am
South African President Jacob Zuma’s chances of serving out a second term may have dimmed after being implicated in a new graft probe and that could tip the race to succeed him in favor of his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa, 63, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma’s 67-year-old ex-wife whose term as chairwoman of the African Union Commission ends in January, are regarded as front-runners to take over from Zuma
Staff, 8:08 am
Increasing Chinese investment in everything from small food enterprises to massive railway projects across Africa has drawn criticism and warnings of a future dependency on Asia’s superpower. But what do Africans themselves think about Chinese investors? Turns out, they love them. According to a recent report by Afrobarometer, almost two-thirds (63%) of Africans say China’s influence is somewhat positive or very positive
Staff, 7:18 am
There are plenty of swanky places to stay in Johannesburg, but sometimes you just need to get away from the big city and luxuriate in peace and quiet. Whether it’s a quaint small town or game reserve, there are many options for escape Johannesburg for a long weekend without having to deal with the hassle of getting on a plane, or spending hours in the car. Here are five of my favorite luxury lodges and hotels, all within a two-hour drive of Jozi.
Staff, 7:28 am
It became clear during my exploration of Osu, one of Accra’s fashionable districts, that Oxford Street never sleeps. I saw vendors hawking everything including knockoff Puma soccer jerseys and Rolexes. They can tell who isn’t local, so be prepared to be followed for a few blocks by people aggressively trying to get you to make purchases. That latter is something that I never got used to. Street vendors are a given in Ghana, but one of my favorite things about Osu is that there are also many chic boutiques that offer a calmer shopping adventure.
Staff, 12:12 am
Trade deals criticized as harmful to U.S. economic interests have emerged as a key issue in the race for the White House. Trump could include AGOA as part of a general offensive against U.S. trade agreements. A threat to the program will more likely come from unfair competition on the part of the European Union. African regional trade blocs are in talks with the E.U. on deals that would allow E.U. goods to enter the continent duty-free.
Opinion: State-Owned African Electricity Monopolies Should Stop Seeing Off-Grid Solar As CompetitionBy Staff, 12:02 am
Manufacturers of off-grid power systems say they can’t keep up with demand in Africa. Many policymakers in Africa see off-grid solar and traditional technologies as competing and fret that off-grid power companies will eat into the customer base of state-owned electricity monopolies. Instead they should encourage the competition. It’s lifting the burden of rural electrification from the state and allowing the state to concentrate investment on improving power supplies for large-scale industrial growth.
Staff, 12:01 am
Facebook’s record of collaborating with governments should make us wary of Free Basics. The app is only worth the gamble if one believes that governments where it’s been rolled out have the best interests of their citizens at heart — a presumption that is unwarranted in much of Africa. In just the last year, in Gabon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Chad, Zimbabwe, and many other countries, online actions of pro-democracy protestors prompted the state to shut down the internet for the entire country. Free Basics gives them a version of the internet that totally control.
Staff, 4:15 am
Uganda’s public education system is reeling from absent teachers, poor facilities and high dropout rates. Despite these challenges the country’s ministry of education is pushing to close a chain of low-cost private schools, which says it is trying to offer solutions to these challenges. A few minutes off the highway skirting the northern side of Kampala, we go down a dirt path, in a neighbourhood of bare-brick buildings with corrugated iron-sheet roofs.
Staff, 4:02 am
Sub-Saharan Africa’s telecoms service market will be worth $51 billion by 2021, up from $41 billion last year. Mobile services will represent more than 88.4 per cent of the telecoms service revenue in 2021, according to a new report by Analysys Mason, a global specialist adviser in telecoms, media and technology. Retail telecoms revenue in the region will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 per cent during 2015–2021,
Staff, 7:37 am
A 1.5-hour drive from Cape Town, the quaint small town of Hermanus is one of South Africa’s most popular and easily accessible beach escapes. Whale-watching puts Hermanus on the map, and it doesn’t have to be pricey. You can spot whales right from the shore if you have patience and a good pair of binoculars. Watch Southern Right whales from July to November, humpbacks between May and December, and Bryde’s whales all year round.