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.
Staff, 4:03 pm
The Africa Energy Forum isn’t happening in Africa but 75 percent of Africa’s energy regulators, utilities bosses and ministers will be there, according to event organizers. The 19th annual conference is scheduled for June 7–9, 2017, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants travel from Africa to Europe to meet and do business with power investors from around the world. The goal? To capitalize on the wealth of Scandinavian companies investing in Africa’s power sector.
Staff, 7:00 am
Ghana’s basic food flavors include ginger, chilli pepper, garlic, palm oil and dried fish, so you’ll rarely find a bland meal, whether in a Ghanaian restaurant or private home. Often you’ll be offered red-red, a delicious bean stew served with plantain. You may get groundnut soup, or kelewele, a sinful street-food snack. Try everything. You may encounter criticism of Ghanaian food. When you push its detractors for their opinions of specific dishes, there’s always a telltale moment: “Oh, that one? I love that. That’s the exception.”