Staff

  • Opinion: Facebook’s Free Basics Is Bad For Africa, Good For Dictators

    Free Basics By 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.

  • Is Private Education The Answer To Uganda’s Ailing Public Schools?

    By 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.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Telecoms Market To Hit $51B By 2021

    By 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,

  • 8 Free Things To Do In Hermanus In The Summertime

    free things to do in Hermanus By 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.

  • Upcoming Africa Energy Events Present Opportunities To Network, Exchange Ideas, Seal Deals

    Upcoming Africa Energy Events By 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.

  • A Beginner’s Guide To Ghanaian Food

    Ghanaian food By 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.”

  • Can The International Criminal Court Survive Without Africa?

    International Criminal Court survive without Africa By Staff, 10:01 pm

    It would hardly come as a surprise to witness a mass exodus of African countries from the ICC in coming months. Former A.U. Chairman Idriss Déby of Chad criticized the operations of the ICC. He said, “Elsewhere in the world, many things happen, many flagrant violations of human rights, but nobody cares.” Most leading countries in other continents have failed to be part of the ICC — countries like the U.S., Russia, China, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

  • Wind, Solar Almost Half The Cost Of New Coal Generators In South Africa

    wind and solar plants By Staff, 12:01 am

    The cost of wind and solar energy has fallen so dramatically that wind and solar plants can now be built in South Africa at nearly half the cost of new coal, according to the country’s main research organisation. A request for proposals for 9.6GW of nuclear power has been put off indefinitely. South Africa’s most recent competitive tender in November 2015 for large-scale solar was one sixth the cost of its first tender in 2011. The cost of wind energy has also fallen by 60 percent.

  • Mitsubishi UFJ Considering Kenya, Morroco Offices In Africa Expansion

    By Staff, 11:31 am

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is considering opening offices in Kenya and Morocco to boost its African business as Japanese companies seek natural resource and infrastructure-related opportunities on the continent, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Japan’s largest bank has begun studying the possibility of opening the offices in the countries and no decision has been made, the person said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private

  • Kenya Accused Of ‘Dumping’ Somali Refugees ​Back Over The Border

    Somali Refugee By Staff, 10:58 am

    Authorities in Somalia have denounced the way refugees are being repatriated from neighbouring Kenya, after the Kenyan government announced it would close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of 2016. Over the past five months, makeshift camps in Somalia’s southernmost border state have been swelling with families as thousands of refugees are repatriated as part of a UN scheme.