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Staff, 5:07 am
The yellow fever outbreak that started in December 2015 has killed hundreds of people in Angola. The often fatal mosquito-borne disease has now spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where it has already killed 21 people. The present outbreak is the worst in Angola in over 30 years and the disease has since spread to 16 or the country’s 18 provinces. This week, the DRC is reporting that 21 people have died from yellow fever, many of the deaths being people who had contracted the disease in Angola.
Dana Sanchez, 4:41 pm AFKI Original
Founded by an entrepreneurial Angolan couple, AJS transported goods in and out of Luanda during the Angolan civil war when no one else would. The family-owned company didn’t just survive. It’s now Angola’s No. 1 logistics provider, and wants to tell its story to the world at a time when competition is mounting. Logistics and transport are often cited as some of the best investment opportunities in Africa. AJS CEO Luis Silva talked to AFKInsider about how the company is differentiating.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:00 am AFKI Original
The English Premier League is the most popular European soccer league, with a huge fanbase within Africa. This popularity has made the EPL a great attraction to top players throughout Africa, and as a result, there are many African players who ply their trade in the English top flight. With this in mind, we decided to take a look at eight well-represented African countries with regards to players in the English Premier League.
James Bainbridge, 7:00 am
African music is famously sunny and happy, keeping everyone smiling and their feet tapping across the soulful content. A few countries have an especially strong discography, and it is possible for music-loving travellers to catch live music in their clubs and venues. Here are a few of the best places on the continent to listen to African music live, from Mali, to Zimbabwe, from small clubs to giant festivals.
Lillian Mutiso, 6:19 am AFKI Original
Football is the most popular sport in the world. Its history is however blotted by tragedies that have led to the deaths of both players and fans. Most of the tragedies have been caused by human mistakes but some have also been blamed on natural causes. In Africa, tragedies have struck both inside and outside the fields of play. Some of the worst tragedies to hit African football include;
Ryan Hoover, 11:11 am
Lucky shareholders of the 677-acre Limuru Tea plantation near Nairobi saw the value of their shares rise more than 11-fold this past decade. Rising tea prices didn’t hurt the company’s valuation, but the real impetus behind the stock’s rise is real estate. Limuru’s rolling hills are coveted by property developers. In hindsight, it seems a dreadful decade to have been invested in Kenyan stocks, yet a dozen stocks more than tripled in value. Here’s the NSE’s 10 best performers of the past 10 years.
Dana Sanchez, 5:35 pm
Mauritania had the steadiest and fastest growth in the North Africa region in 2015, supported by sound macroeconomic and structural policies, the U.N. reported. Angola showed strong GDP growth despite low oil prices as the government invested in strategic non-oil sectors such as electricity, construction and technology. Guinea and Liberia returned to positive growth following the Ebola outbreak. Most countries in Central Africa maintained relatively high growth. Mozambique and Zambia recorded the highest growth in Southern Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 6:34 pm
South Africa’s tourism industry has seen its ups and downs, and right now, it’s up, thanks in part to Chinese tourists. Tourist arrivals from China were up 93 percent in January. A fairly horrible year in 2015, SA tourism was hurt by Ebola fears over an outbreak thousands of miles away and changes in the country’s visa regulations. Tourism contributed more than agriculture to SA’s GDP in 2014.
Kevin Mwanza, 1:50 am
Embattled South African president Jacob Zuma’s political woes are getting worse in what is turning out to be the biggest test so far to his second term at the helm of Africa’s second biggest economy. On Tuesday, the country’s parliament is set to debate an impeachment motion against the president. The impending impeachment comes in the wake of two family-related incidents that are set to fuel the battle against South Africa’s third-democratically elected president.
Kevin Mwanza, 11:28 am AFKI Original
Kenyan-based Jubilee Insurance, the biggest insurance services provider in East Africa, plans to expand to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and undisclosed countries in West Africa, a top official said on Thursday. The insurance firm, which already operated in five African countries — Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Mauritius — is seeking to expand the markets it operates in after posted good performance despite dampened activity on stock markets in the region.
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