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Dana Sanchez, 4:10 pm
Around 60% of all products in South African stores are halal certified. Despite Muslims forming 1.5% percent of the population, this huge percentage of halal products is due to the large quantity of exports sent north in the continent, much of which is Muslim. South African traders make up about half of Africa’s fast-moving consumer goods sector, and 35 percent of these traders are Muslim. SA has helped other African countries set up halal certification including Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.
Dana Sanchez, 11:28 am
Chevron South Africa assets include a refinery in Cape Town that produces 110,000 barrels a day, a lubricants plant in Durban and about 800 Caltex service stations. It’s one of South Africa’s top five petroleum brands and has done business in the country for more than 100 years. Low oil prices and uncertainty about future prices will make it difficult for potential buyers to fund an acquisition themselves or to raise capital externally, a stakeholder said.
Andrew Friedman, 5:44 pm AFKI Original
Sierra Leone takes religious tolerance seriously. Not only are relations cordial between the two main religious groups in the West African country, but it is not unusual here to be both Christian and Muslim. Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are known as ChrisMus. “I see it as the same religion,” one of the faithful said, sporting a Jesus bracelet. “All of us say it’s the same god that we’re worshiping.” Overall, the country ranks as “partly free” for human rights compliance.
Dana Sanchez, 7:00 am
You need a visa to visit Eritrea, and another permit to go to Eritrea’s Dahlak Archipelago, a chain of 124 small islands and two larger ones in the Red Sea near Massawa. Off the beaten path doesn’t begin to describe it. You can expect pristine beaches and unparalleled marine life with few other tourists for miles. Dahlak’s pearl fisheries have been famous since ancient times. Charter yachts can be hired for scuba diving and pearl fishing. During years of war, fishery came to a halt in the area. The unexpected result of isolation? There are lots of fish and they aren’t shy.
Kurt Davis Jr., 4:29 pm AFKI Original
A sense of what Zimbabwe can expect post-Mugabe. Partnership in the fight against terror for Tunisia. Better strategies combating poverty and HIV in Swaziland. These are just a few of the wishes that a U.S. investment banker visualizes for African countries as the old year winds down and 2016 gives way to 2017.
Dana Sanchez, 5:24 pm
Fidel Castro was no angel. He ran Cuba with “a strong arm and dodgy economic policies,” but for many in Africa, the Cuban leader was a friend in need. Castro is credited with helping pit Russia against the U.S. in a war in Angola that brought about the beginning of the end of apartheid. It wasn’t just about independence from colonialists but also from the perceived injustices of capitalism. “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating,” Castro said.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:37 am
Gambia, the home nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has announced its decision to withdraw from the Hague-based court. The tiny West African nation’s decision is likely to fuel fears of possible violence as it heads to presidential election in December, where President Yahya Jammeh is eyeing a fifth term in office after he scrapped presidential term limits.
Sarah Duff, 7:00 am
Four hundred miles north of Cape Town, the Orange River forms a natural boundary with Namibia and traverses the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. It’s here, on both the South Africa-Namibia border, that rafting trips start. On the whole the trips are budget friendly and include all your meals. Far from any town, without cell phone signal and no need for a watch, time starts to seem irrelevant as you slip into an easy rhythm dictated by the river and the sun. At night you camp on the river bank near the dunes, and drink red wine around the campfire before nodding off under the Milky Way.
Dana Sanchez, 1:24 pm
These days, Chinese arrivals mostly enter Africa as private citizens seeking business opportunities, not as workers for Chinese infrastructure projects. They’re highly adaptable and one result of the massive influx is new Chinatowsn popping up all over Africa. One example is Cyrildene Chinatown in a formerly predominantly Jewish neighborhood. It quickly displaced a century-old downtown Chinatown to become the most concentrated area of Chinese in Southern Africa.
Staff, 10:20 am
The ICC’s reason for existence is to hold the most powerful accountable. Nine out of 10 of the ICC’s current investigations are in Africa, leading to allegations of bias. Despite 34 African nations voluntarily signing up to the court’s jurisdiction, in recent years a handful of governments have decided their idea of international justice is incompatible with the ICC. When Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was charged with crimes against humanity, the A.U. argued that heads of state should be entitled to immunity for the duration of their term.
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