South Africa: Latest News
Tom Jackson, 8:48 am AFKI Original
Uber says there’s enough room in Africa for all types of taxi and ride-hailing services. The US-based tech company headed off early competition on the continent, but new competitiors are rising. Uber hypes up the competition, saying it means more choices that are affordable, reliable, and produce jobs. One new Uber competitior, Africa Ride, offers drivers a share in the business, saying it empowers them more than Uber does. “Drivers will want to log in on the app which they own and have control over,” said Africa Ride founder Thabo Mashale.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:00 am
World soccer governing body FIFA has proposed that Africa receive nine automatic qualification spots when the World Cup expands to 48 teams at the 2026 competition. The proposal would see four extra places for the continent, as Africa is currently offered five automatic qualifying berths. In addition to the nine places, a tenth African country will be able to take part in a six-nation play-off tournament between all of the global continental confederations to decide two additional spots.
The Conversation, 2:38 pm
Blockchain, an almost incorruptible digital ledger of transactions, has the potential to be both foundation and springboard in Africa for a new developmental infrastructure. The blockchain can be “the ledger of everything.” A house can become an intelligent entity registered on a secure, distributed database once it’s tagged with a geospatial reference and sensors that monitor its continuing existence. The owner of the asset can, through an Ethereum-based smart contract, secure a loan to expand a startup enterprise. Property and financing aren’t the only areas where the new Internet of Intelligent Things has the potential to compensate for Africa’s legacies of underdevelopment.
Reuters, 11:31 am
The ANC is having its most difficult time since the end of white-minority rule. Zuma agreeing to leave early could heal some wounds. “This could be the long-awaited compromise where Zuma agrees to go in return for some protection,” a political analyst said. Zuma’s offer appears as a way out but may not be enough to satisfy opponents. “We don’t need his offers. He must just go before destroying our country,” a senior ANC member said. In a sign of how divided the party is, Zuma was asked not to attend the funeral of anti-apartheid stalwart Ahmed Kathrada on Wednesday. Gordhan got a standing ovation.
Kurt Davis Jr., 10:13 am AFKI Original
The Anglos have an apparently insatiable investment appetite for the region. Gabon will no longer fly under the radar after Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group — the world’s largest private equity fund — purchased Royal Dutch Shell’s onshore assets in Gabon for $587 million. Petroleum services, infrastructure and timber are rising on the radar for crafty investors in Gabon. Financial services and ICT too. Gabon is a stable provider of services and networks to neighboring countries. Here are six other Francophone African countries investors are looking at.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:05 am AFKI Original
Central banks are the national banking institutions that provide financial and banking services for countries’ governing and commercial banking system, including lending money. African countries have some of the highest interest rates in the world, with some even reaching as high as 23 percent. By way of comparison, the U.S. Federal Reserve recently revised the country’s interest rate to 1 percent, while most of Europe’s central banks have interest rates at between 0.25 percent and 2 percent. We take a look at 13 African countries with the highest central bank interest rates.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:53 am
Cameroon national team head coach Hugo Broos has yet to receive almost seven months’ worth of his salary from the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT). The Belgian tactician led the Indomitable Lions to Africa Cup of Nations glory at the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, with Cameroon beating Egypt 2-1 in the final, but he has not yet been paid for half a year’s worth of wages. Reports in Jeune Afrique suggest that the coach, who earns around $48,900 per month at the African champions, has not received a pay check since around September last year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:13 am
South Africa’s 3-1 win over Guinea-Bissau in a friendly international on Saturday in Durban came with a price as four Bafana Bafana players are doubtful for the friendly encounter against Angola on Tuesday through injury. Defenders Erick Mathoho and Thulani Hlatshwayo, as well midfielders Dean Furman and Andile Jali are being monitored by the national team’s medical staff. The quartet missed Bafana’s first training session at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane on Sunday night, and will need to be closely monitored before a decision on their availability is made.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:57 am AFKI Original
National teams throughout Africa were involved in international friendly matches over the weekend, as they used the FIFA international break as an opportunity to prepare for various qualifying campaigns with encounters against other nations. With the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns taking place during the course of this year, the African teams are making the most of friendlies as part of their preparations. We take a look at 12 international friendly results involving African teams from the last few days.
Reuters, 1:01 am
Gordhan is leading a team to London, Boston and New York provide an update on the most recent South African developments, “engage constructively with investors and share the government’s thinking behind its’ latest policy proposals.” Investors are concerned about rising political tensions in the ruling ANC, which is due to vote this year to replace President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader. For investors, Gordhan is the face of stability. Talk that Zuma might fire him has rattled financial markets.
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