Namibia: Latest News
Julia Austin, 12:21 pm AFKI Original
Four of the world’s 20 largest diamonds have been found at Lesotho’s Letseng mine — at 10,000 feet, the world’s highest-elevation diamond mine. In 2008, miners of Lesotho Gem Diamonds found a white 500-carat diamond in Letseng. It had very few inclusions, a rare color and was valued at $12 million before being cut up. Africa has more top diamond-producing countries than any other continent, and it’s the site of some mind-blowingly huge gemstones.
Dana Sanchez, 9:22 am
Under the trade agreement, the E.U. will guarantee Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Swaziland 100 percent free access and South Africa 98.7 percent. SACU member countries do not have to respond with the same level of market openness. Instead, they can keep tariffs on products sensitive to international competition. The E.U. has never agreed before to such a degree of asymmetry in any free trade agreement. Other development-oriented free trade agreements could soon follow in West and East Africa.
Staff, 5:08 am
Southern African Development Community (SADC) and European Union (EU) signed the operationalisation of phase one of the two parties’ Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Kasane town in north-eastern Botswana on June 10. There have been concerns that the conclusion of negotiations, which lasted for almost a decade, could result in EU’s advanced industries crowding out the infant industries in the region, especially those in the agricultural sector.
Julia Austin, 9:04 am AFKI Original
The Angolan diamond industry barely existed during the 1975-2002 civil war, but Angola caught up. The industry is on track to be worth $7.5 billion by 2018. Angola is trying to attract international investment. The CEO of the government-owned diamond company Endiama says 90 percent of Angola’s diamonds have yet to be discovered. Diamonds are a vital source of foreign exchange for cash-strapped African countries.
Dana Sanchez, 8:50 pm
Ghana is the world’s No. 2 cocoa producer. The country issued its first Eurobond in 2007, successfully raising $750 million at a coupon rate 8.5 percent. Now the government needs the cash to retire it — it matures in 2017. A second Eurobond followed with another $750 million in 2013, while 2014 and 2015 each saw another $1 billion added to the debt. “Ghana is already in the market…So we have to think about the way to pay for the debts,” the finance minister said.
Keren Mikva, 12:59 pm
Zambian artist Caleb Chisha sees his art as a religion, and he worships at the church of daily rituals, often portraying the culture and traditions of African daily life. Namibia and Zambia have artistic traditions that span thousands of years. Both are recent players in the global contemporary art scene as interest mounts globally to invest in African art. These are some artists whose voices make them standouts.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:48 am
Zimbabwe will not burn its stockpile of ivory like Kenya did last month, but is seeking ways to sell it off on the international market, the country’s environment minister said. The Southern Africa country has over 70 tons of ivory stocks estimated to be worth $35 million. Together with its regional counterpart Namibia they are seeking to open up international trade of the elephant tusks
Julia Austin, 5:36 pm AFKI Original
South Africa has just under 56 million people and is home to the largest European-descended population in Africa. Of the white population, 61 percent speaks Afrikaans and over 30 percent speaks English. The country was under Dutch and British colonization. South Africa’s white population isn’t all affluent. More than 400,000 white South Africans are thought to live in poverty and the country has around 80 white squatter townships for Afrikaans-speaking whites.
Kurt Davis Jr., 12:35 pm AFKI Original
Competing consumer and developer interests are finding middle ground in some African countries and striking out in others. Low energy prices are the most desirable political outcome, but investment slows or is avoided altogether below a certain price threshold. Short term, coal will remain a vital part of African power generation. But the potential for investing in Africa’s renewable energy market shouldn’t be ignored.
Julia Austin, 10:37 am AFKI Original
Bob and Don Manonga star in “Rich Kids,” a reality TV series aired on Vuzu, a South African youth-oriented TV channel produced by M-Net for sister pay TV platform DStv. The brothers live in a 14-bedroom mansion with their prominent familiy in Pretoria and were some of the first to drive the Merceds A45 AMG. The boys also have access to the family’s four Bentleys and four Ferraris.
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