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Staff, 7:37 am
The world of giraffe conservation just got turned upside down. The identification of new giraffe species reveals how endangered some of these populations have become. There are less than 4,750 northern giraffe in the wild, and less than 8,700 reticulated giraffe, making them them some of the most endangered large mammals in the world. This requires doubling protection efforts to secure these populations, a stakeholder said. Of the four species, only two appear to be fairly healthy.
Lara Moses, 7:00 am
If you love fly fishing, then Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho is for you. With a selection of brown and rainbow trout in the Maletsunyane River, you can easily spend a whole day on the river banks trying to catch something. There is no fishing allowed between May 1 through Aug. 31, so this is good timing. A strict catch and release policy is in place. Southern Africa has amazing fishing spots, fish species, lodges and companies doing business on two oceans, numerous rivers and lakes. Here are some of the best fishing trips in Southern Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 11:38 am
Occupancy at the Victoria Island hotel and casino fell to 42 percent. Sun International isn’t the first South African company to clash with Nigerian authorities. Telecoms group MTN got a record-breaking multi-billion dollar fine. Nigeria is already in recession and it’s going to last a long time, an economist predicts. This month, South Africa reclaimed from Nigeria the title of Africa’s biggest economy due to appreciation of the rand and devaluation of the naira.
Dana Sanchez, 5:11 pm
Biometrics have been around for years. African countries have used fingerprint biometrics for voting, but they’re relatively new in the payment space. Fingerprint login already exists in mobile banking in South Africa, Kenya, Benin and Nigeria. London-based bank Standard Chartered plans this year to bring biometric tech to mobile banking in eight African countries. The bank claims this will be a first in most markets, and the largest deployment of fingerprint biometric tech by any international bank.
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.
Julia Austin, 11:56 am AFKI Original
Dakar’s colorful car rapides — “fast cars” — are the most popular mode of transportation in Senegal’s capital. Part of history, some of these buses and mini-buses have been operating for over 40 years, and even have an exhibit dedicated to them. A ride on a car rapide costs around 16 cents. Some newer buses called tatas or kinglongs cost around 90 cents per ride. There’s a plan to phase out car rapides by 2018 as Dakar upgrades its urban transportation network.
Julia Austin, 2:21 pm AFKI Original
A former member of the South African police force noticed a gap in high-level security for the private sector, and he capitalized on it. Chris Beukes’s TSU Protection Services has grown from a single office in Cape Town to a multinational business in at least 14 countries. Clients have a mobile app as extra protection when trained professionals aren’t at their side. A quick shake of a cell phone alerts TSU to danger, and sends out video surveillance.
Dana Sanchez, 2:55 pm
The rough diamond market appears to be making a cautious recovery. Polished diamonds? Not so much. Monthly fluctuations show it’s too soon to tell. Lack of firm evidence for a diamond market recovery is not deterring diamond exploration. A Namibian joint-venture with De Beers recently took possession of its sixth mining and exploration vessel, price tag: $160 million. It’s the most sophisticated diamond sampling and exploration vessel in the world, and will operate off the Namibian coast.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original
EcoSolutions manages some of the world’s largest bat and insect mitigation programs. Insects have decimated Nigeria’s tomato crop and Nigerian free-tailed bats could help control them, a director told AFKInsider. The company builds bat and owl houses and manages them for chemical-free pest control. “It would be better to include bats in the agricultural success of tomatoes in Africa than bailing out (countries) or providing aid when the tomato crop fails.”
Staff, 5:06 pm
Botswana has not always supported the African Union on critical issues such as the International Criminal Court, and experts believe it lacks the goodwill needed to support its candidate. South Africa’s A.U. opinions appear closer to Equatorial Guinea’s than Botswana’s on issues such as the politics in Burundi and the ICC’s relations with Africa. The need to give voice within the A.U. to the continent’s historically marginalized regions could push Equatorial Guinea’s candidate to the top. The A.U. faces many challenges including its dependence on foreign aid for its financing.
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