Seychelles: Latest News
Becca Blond, 4:00 am
Almost half the countries in Africa — 26 — have French as a first or second language. Mauritius comes in at No. 2 with 72.7 percent of the population speaking French. The island nation’s Creole is a different dialect than that spoken in West Africa. These are the top French-speaking countries in francophone Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original
You won’t find an African country among the world’s top 25 performers for innovation, but several low-income African countries are outperforming their peers GDP-wise. “Barriers are falling,” according to the just-released Global Innovation Index 2015. Check out the 13 most innovative countries in Africa and how they compare globally.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:43 am AFKI Original
This past weekend saw another round of AFCON qualifying taking place across the continent to decide the teams that will emerge on Gabon for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and there were many surprise results amongst the list of fixtures. Here we look back at a few of the matches that took place […]
Dana Sanchez, 10:36 am
Polygamy is legal in South Africa but the tradition contradicts gains made in democratic, progressive constitutions, says an expert on constitutional and legal rights. Great gains have been made in Southern Africa since the adoption of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development in 2008. Its 28 targets are set to expire in 2015. The post-2015 SADC agenda must make it clear that constitutional provisions take precedence over traditional practices, a stakeholder says.
Keren Mikva, 8:51 pm AFKI Original
Literacy is a leading factor in evaluating a country’s development. It gives potential investors an idea of how well a country’s citizens will be able to contribute on the global stage. It’s important to recognize the progress South Africa has made to equalize education since apartheid. About 93 percent of the adult population is literate, with 20 percent of the national budget devoted to education. These are the sub-Saharan African countries with the highest literacy rates for adults.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:39 am
A Mauritian fund management firm Axis has offered to buy a majority stake in a Kenyan stockbroker ApexAfrica Capital for about $4.7 million, the largest amount ever paid for any market intermediary in the East African nation. Axis was attracted to ApexAfrica Capital due to its “strong corporate and high-net-worth individual clients.”
Nana Luckham, 8:00 pm
With clear, coral fringed waters and a lush mountainous backdrop, the Seychelles is the perfect place for a honeymoon or lazy beach vacation; but it’s not all about cocktails at sunset and moonlight strolls on the beach. There’s plenty going on both above and below water to keep adrenalin-seekers happy too. Those seeking an energetic trip could try the following adventures in the Seychelles.
Staff, 2:28 pm
Bharti Airtel, the No. 4 cellphone carrier globally, said it’s talking with France’s Orange to sell four African units but has no plans to exit Africa. Airtel has yet to turn a profit in Africa, Reuters reports. The sale of operations in four countries, which account for around 16 percent of its African revenue should help the company cut down debt.
Dana Sanchez, 12:16 pm
In the trade-not-aid environment, developed countries like the U.S. often question the ability of African countries to spend aid efficiently. How well are African countries doing when it comes to collecting taxes? It all depends on the data. Economists use tax-to-GDP ratios to measure how much a country’s tax revenue stimulates its economy. The higher the ratio, the more a country is increasing growth and decreasing aid dependence. These are 10 African countries with the highest tax-to-GDP ratios.
Julia Austin, 2:12 pm
Acacia is found in South Africa, Madagascar and many parts of Africa. It’s often used in aromatherapy essential oils as well as candies and soft drinks because of its glue-like properties. Organic products use acacia as a natural alternative to chemical binders. If the world understands the invaluable properties of these healing plants from ancient African cultures, maybe we’ll do a better job preserving them.
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