Democratic Republic of Congo: Latest News
Staff, 2:27 am
The US$14 billlion Inga 3 power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may be in jeopardy after the World Bank suspended its funding. The bank said that it withdrew its funding on Monday July 25 following disagreements over the “strategic direction” of the project. “This follows the Government of DRC’s decision to take the project in a different strategic direction to that agreed between the World Bank and the government in 2014,” the bank said in a statement.
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.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:45 am AFKI Original
Treason includes acts that are geared towards overthrowing a legitimately elected government or endangering state security. In most countries, this offense attracts the death penalty. In Africa, most governments have used treason allegations to trump up charges against their political rivals in order to silence them or force them out of politics. Here are some of African leaders that have been charged with treason in recent years;
Staff, 3:15 pm
Ruth Waweru got her job braiding hair in Beijing through a recruitment website. Her boss found her resume online and contacted her when she was still in Kenya. She did not hesitate, setting out as soon as she had her visa. African hairstyles are becoming more popular in China due to the influence of American pop culture and more exchanges between Africa and China. Many Chinese young people are very into fashion like African braids, said Xia Fan, who owns hairdressing shops in China. Xia sees big market potential for hairstyles such as African braiding in China.
Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm
Though it’s been wracked by civil war for years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) is slowly coming back to a place of stability and peace (as of early 2014), with the help of UN peacekeepers and other efforts. This is great news for travelers, because there is so much to see and do in this vast, mostly undiscovered nation in the heart of Africa. Intrepid travelers can explore the rugged rainforest, see active volcanoes, track endangered gorillas, and marvel at the rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Julia Austin, 5:31 pm AFKI Original
In some of the busiest African cities, a monthly bus pass or taxi fare can be a major expense, eating up nearly 20 percent of personal income. A monthly bus pass in Nigeria costs just shy of $40 and a single five-mile taxi trip costs around $9. Taking the bus into Lagos is noticeably more expensive than taking the bus out of the city. Tickets leaving Lagos can range between $13 to $26, but tickets into Lagos range between $17 and $45.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:47 am AFKI Original
Zambia, a landlocked nation with a population of 13.8 million people, is one of Africa’s most politically stable democracies, since attaining independence from Britain in 1964. The Southern Africa nation is set to hold a presidential and general elections on August 11, 2016. The election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial and has raised questions from the international community about the credibility of the process.
Dana Sanchez, 12:52 pm
The top three investor economies to Africa in 2015 were the U.S., ($66 billion), the U.K. ($64 billion), and France ($52 billion), according to a new U.N. report. China’s investment in Africa more than tripled to $32 billion in 2015, making it the fourth-largest investor on the continent. South Africa was the fifth largest investor in Africa at $26 billion. Investment into Africa overall was down 7 percent and South Africa was one of the biggest losers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:54 am AFKI Original
With 15 players of African heritage having earned the right to play in Euro 2016 final on Sunday, we take a look at each of them and which African country they could be representing if they had not decided on their European national teams, France and Portugal.
Dana Sanchez, 9:48 am
Rwanda’s KivuWatt was developed by U.S. company ContourGlobal on the shores of Lake Kivu, an area of volcanoes that Rwanda wants to promote as a tourist destination. The lakes’s depths are home to a toxic methane gas known to suffocate humans when it escapes lake bottoms. A hi-tech barge is harnessing the poisonous methane gas from the depths and converting it into electricity for energy-poor Rwandans.
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