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  • How A South African Company Uses Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies

    Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies By 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.”

  • 1,300 Galaxies: First Image From South Africa’s Powerful Radio Telescope

    SKA radio telescope By Dana Sanchez, 1:40 pm

    Eight other countries in Africa besides SA will have radio telescopes contributing to the Square Kilometre Array network. The SKA will outperform the most advanced modern instruments in exploring exploding stars, black holes, dark energy and traces of the universe’s origins 14 billion years back. It’s the first time African countries are hosting global science infrastructure of this scope. South Africa will become home to the most powerful instrument ever used in radio astronomy when SKA is fully operational.

  • 12 African Countries That Allow Dual Citizenship

    Dual Citizenship By Lillian Mutiso, 3:09 am AFKI Original

    Dual citizenship is a status which allows an individual to be regarded as a citizen of more than one country, under their laws. It enables one to hold two or more passports concurrently and has benefits with regard to travelling and job opportunities. Most African countries do not recognize dual citizenship. Below are 12 African countries that allow dual citizenship.

  • Beyond Bicycles: Will E-Bikes Revolutionize Transport In Africa?

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:24 pm AFKI Original

    A tourism entrepreneur who runs a Cairo-to-Cape Town cycling expedition predicts e-bikes are the future of African transport. “E-bikes will be just like the cell phone revolution,” says Henry Gold, founder of Tour d’Afrique. Gold sees a future where Africans will be able to go home and charge their e-bikes. Africa still has relatively few cars, but emissions are mostly unregulated and much higher than the rest of the world. With e-bikes, Africa has a massive opportunity to go down another road, says the U.N.’s head of transport.

  • Why South Africa Wants Zimbabwe To Adopt The Rand

    Zimbabwe to adopt the rand By Staff, 12:01 am

    Mugabe has resisted a switch to the rand as this would cede Zimbabwe’s financial authority to South Africa but he may be running out of options. Zimbabwe’s reserve bank governor and finance minister said that joining the Common Monetary Area — a monetary union linking SA, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland — is the only solution to Zimbabwe’s economic problems. Though their currencies have different names, they are all pegged to the rand and fall under the SA Reserve Bank’s monetary policy direction.

  • Is MTN Recruiting Bankers Because It Wants To Buy Barclays Africa?

    By Dana Sanchez, 11:56 am

    MTN making a bid to buy Barclays Africa assets might sound far-fetched and ridiculous – but an MTN bank with operations in 14 African countries would shake up both the cellular and financial services industries. MTN has a track record in integrating big assets. Two new hires at MTN include top-ranking executives with heavy banking experience. Building its own fintech solutions would be expensive for MTN. The trend is for fintech startups to partner with banks rather than telecoms.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About the Economy of the Zambezi River

    By Keren Mikva, 4:50 pm

    It’s the fourth-longest river in Africa, and vital to the economies of countries it runs through. The fertile Zambezi river basin plays host to a vast variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, lions, and hundreds of bird species. While some species are protected, hunting safaris are common. But areas once considered protected are also being exploited for mining. Australian-owned company Zambezi Resources received a 25-year license to mine for copper in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

  • Is Desalination The Answer For Africa’s Water Shortages?

    desalination the answer for Africa's water By Dana Sanchez, 3:57 pm

    Sub-Saharan Africa is largely dependent on rainfall, which has been erratic lately, and new partnerships are being forged from necessity. In May, South Africa announced a partnership with Iran to develop desalination plants along all coastal communities to boost water supplies. Algeria is using desalination on a large scale. South Africa is the main user of desalination technology in sub-Sahara. Ghana and Namibia also have operational plants.

  • Of The World’s 10 Cheapest Cities For Expats, 7 Are In Africa

    cheapest cities for expats By Dana Sanchez, 3:07 pm AFKI Original

    When multinational companies expand in Africa, they often send employees there on assignment. How much they pay these employees depends a lot on fluctuations in currency, inflation and accommodation prices. New York City-based human resources consulting firm Mercer has carved out a niche for itself for the last 22 years by compiling data that help big companies decide what to offer by way of expat packages. These are the 10 cheapest places to live out of 209 cities around the world if you’re an expat.

  • African Hotels See Dizzy Growth, But Zimbabwe-Listed Group Is Laying Off Workers

    African hotels see dizzy growth By Dana Sanchez, 10:54 pm

    Nigeria and Angola, the two African countries hit hardest by falling oil prices, have the highest number of hotels in the development pipeline this year. Zimbabwe-listed hospitality group African Sun laid off nearly 250 employees citing dwindling tourist numbers, lower room rates and the country’s deteriorating economic environment. About a third of the hotel deals signed between 2009 and 2013 haven’t materialized, mainly due to lack of financing. Carlson Rezidor is one that’s delivering.

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