Keren Mikva, 10:37 am AFKI Original
South Africa’s “born free” generation — those born after the end of apartheid in 1994 — stayed away from the polls. Many were disappointed by the ANC’s performance over the last 22 years, but unconvinced by the Democratic Alliance or other alternatives. Instead of blaming Zuma for poor election results, the ANC claimed “collective responsibility” and promised to work against perceptions that it is arrogant, self-serving and soft on corruption.
Keren Mikva, 9:52 am AFKI Original
Robben Island is known as the political prison where Nelson Mandela spent decades of his life. Now a famous tourist destination, it’s becoming notorious for something else — abalone poaching. Nearly $70,000 worth of abalones — 2,858 of them — were found in a raid in May. Poachers often sell the coveted shellfish for drugs. Many of the abalones end up in Chinese restaurants, where diners may pay $130 per kilogram. In South Africa, abalones are on the verge of commercial extinction.
Keren Mikva, 3:40 pm AFKI Original
Internet user penetration in Africa is less than 10 percent. Ghana’s Nii Quaynor is concerned that Africa is late to the party. “Africa is about to miss a great development opportunity in much the same way Africa lost on the industrial revolution, unless serious and truly committed efforts are made to address the rapid expansion on the Internet-user gap between Africa and industrialized countries.” Here’s why Quaynor is often called the “Father of the Internet in Africa.”
Keren Mikva, 10:13 pm
Caster Semenya, 25, won Olympic gold in the 800 meters as expected, but all anyone wanted to talk about was gender. Semenya was subjected to gender testing, sidelined for 11 months and eventually allowed to compete in 2010. She has been diagnosed with hyperandrogenism — testosterone levels that exceed the majority of women. New regulations in 2011 required female athletes to take testosterone-lowering medication if their natural levels are above a certain point. The rules were suspended in July 2015 for two years.
Keren Mikva, 10:18 pm AFKI Original
Machar said initially he was “around Juba,” but would not return to the capital until outside forces intervened. This week, he showed up in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, but said he wanted to travel on to Ethiopia. “I am waiting for the international community and regional body to say they will deploy troops to Juba and once they do that, I will return to implement the (peace) agreement,” Machar said. The U.N. said Machar was in danger and helped him go into exile.
Keren Mikva, 1:52 pm
When it comes to the stuff bling is made of, Africa is enormously bountiful. Its mineral deposits make it one of the richest natural resource-laden places on Earth and everyone wants some. The following are the most mineral-rich African countries.
Keren Mikva, 8:18 pm
If Dlamini-Zuma makes a bid for party leadership of the ANC, there are several issues she’ll face. The ANC has not had a female leader in its 104 years of existence, and gender prejudice still exists. Many party big shots want a clean break with Jacob Zuma’s scandal-filled administration, and a former cabinet member and ex-wife may give voters pause.
Keren Mikva, 2:56 pm
Nine out of the 10 biggest produce exporters to the U.K. are E.U. member countries. Potential changes to E.U. tariffs and the falling value of sterling have forced some retailers to consider sourcing from different countries. U.K. produce importers say they expect to see more produce from Africa. South Africa is already the No. 2 source of fresh fruit to the U.K. after Spain, and Kenya may become a beneficiary of the changing trade patterns.
Keren Mikva, 9:38 am AFKI Original
Beginning as a YouTube celebrity in her home country of Uganda, Anne Kansiime has transformed into an international star. Despite much of her material focusing on her life as a Ugandan woman, Kansiime’s comedy resonates around the world. “People, let’s be ourselves,” Kansiime urges fellow Africans. “Let’s own our ‘Africanness.’ If we all start being proud of who we are, the Kim Kardashians of the world will be out of business.”
Keren Mikva, 2:52 pm
Habré’s conviction in Senegal is the first instance of universal jurisdiction being used to convict a former head of state for human rights abuses. The principle of universal jurisdiction allows a national court to hear a case regardless of where the crime took place. The International Criminal Court did not have jurisdiction to try Habré, as it is limited to events that took place after the ICC was established in 2002.