South Africa: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 4:43 pm
The worst is over and commodities prices are climbing, World Bank says. But not everyone is ready to call it a trend. Despite some improvement, gold and platinum remain flat. The bouyant, even euphoric mood at this year’s Mining Indaba contrasts with recent years — 2016 was gloomy. Towards the end of the year, commodity prices rebounded. Investors want a stable political environment, regulatory certainty and labor stability. “In 2017, we are looking at expansion, local and international. Mergers and acquisitions are also starting to take place. There is consolidation,” a stakeholder said.
Dana Sanchez, 12:35 pm
Facebook beat Wall Street expectations for sales and user growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, and it credits Internet.org, its free basic version of the internet in developing countries, for helping make that happen. It added more users worldwide in the fourth quarter than any quarter since the company went public in 2012. Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s vision is to get more Africans online. “This isn’t a purely altruistic venture,” an analyst said. Internet.org, is available in 23 African countries through partnerships with mobile operators.
Karen Elowitt, 8:37 am
From most angles, this sculpture looks like a bunch of jagged-edged steel columns jutting out of the Earth, but shift slightly to one side and a profile of Nelson Mandela appears. Located near Howick, the sculpture marks the spot where Mandela was captured and arrested in 1962. This arrest set in motion a chain of events that would make Mandela a legend: 27 years in prison, his evolution as a freedom fighter, and his subsequent release to become president of a newly democratic South Africa. The Mandela Capture Site and its themes of fracture and transformation are a top Mandela tourist destination in South Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:36 pm
Out of nine female heads of state and government that Africa has had, only two were elected — Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. The outgoing chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says Africa needs more female heads of state. She’s considered a front runner in the race for the next South African president. Elections are scheduled for 2019. Promoting women’s rights was the highlight of Dlamini-Zuma’s legacy during her 4.5 years as chairwoman of the African Union Commission.
Staff, 6:11 pm
At least 39 vehicles caught fire and one person died before U.S. car manufacturer Ford agreed in January to recall the 2014 Kuga model in South Africa. For months, photos and videos made their way onto social media of Ford Kuga SUVs on fire in South Africa. The Ford Escape, sold in the U.S., is nearly identical to the Ford Kuga. Ford recalled 400,000 Escape and Mercury Mariner models due to a fuel leak before fires were reported. Some South African Ford owners want to know why they were treated differently.
Dana Sanchez, 3:22 pm AFKI Original
If Ant expands access to mobile money, it could mean that even more people will receive remittances on their mobile money accounts, and that will be good for Ismail Ahmed. Mobile money is disrupting remittances and making formal transactions easier, says Ahmed, a Somali entrepreneur and CEO of online money transfer service WorldRemit. Only 5% of remittances today are sent online. The rest is cash, paid over the counter or at agents. Online remittances are projected to grow six-fold to reach at least 40 percent in the next few years.
Dana Sanchez, 9:12 pm AFKI Original
Daniel Adidwa, founder and CEO of Tour 2.0, said he built a tourism company that creates new perceptions about Africa by exposing tourists to people living in communities once considered “no-go” zones. His tours of Alexandra Township — it’s next door to Sandton, Africa’s richest square mile — allow tourists to get an authentic experience of South Africa and its cultural diversity. Adidwa’s new Cocktails and Culinary tour of Alexandra continues to blast away at stereotypes.
Dana Sanchez, 11:39 am
Supporters of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi have gathered in Kinshasa to mourn the death of a hugely popular figure who has been compared to South African icon Nelson Mandela. Some fear Tshisekedi’s death could have a destabilizing effect in the DRC, a country with a history of foreign intervention, civil war, and leaders who won’t step down. The government has promised Tshisekedi will be buried in state. Tshisekedi’s son Felix has taken on a growing role in opposition politics in the past three years as his father’s health deteriorated.
Dana Sanchez, 3:29 pm
Johannesburg-based Standard Bank is the latest to join the R3 consortium after some global heavyweights pulled out. The network represents a collaboration of 75-plus banks exploring blockchain as a solution for digital payments. Goldman Sachs, Santander, Morgan Stanley and the National Australian Bank have quit the NYC-based R3. Their departure raises questions about how much distributed ledger and blockchain technology are worth to the financial sector. One expert says they could have quit over competition and not wanting to share.
Dana Sanchez, 1:49 pm
The A.U. is divided on whether or not to collectively adopt a plan that Human Rights Watch described as having no timeline and “few concrete recommendations for action.” Unless the ICC undergoes reforms, African countries should make a coordinated withdrawal, according to the resolution. A proposal refers to the creation of an alternate regional African war crimes court. South Africa and Kenya have pushed for withdrawal. “They’ll be disappointed that the discussions about completely severing ties with the ICC will have to wait another six months for the next summit,” an analyst said.
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