South Sudan: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is a sport mad part of the world, with the people of the African continent enjoying a variety of sports to watch or participate in, whether they are team sports or those practised by individuals. The love of fans on the continent for sports is clear in the passion that they exude when supporting their sports heroes or favourite teams. With this in mind, we take a look at the 8 most loved sports in Africa.
Allan Akombo, 6:26 am AFKI Original
Uncertainty over the construction of a joint crude oil pipeline and refinery by Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda has deepened after Kampala reaffirmed it was pushing on with talks of building its own pipeline through Tanzania. Landlocked Uganda is keen to get a pipeline to the east African coast to ship its crude reserves, estimated at 6.5 billion barrels, at the least possible cost. The east African country discovered crude reserves in its Albertine rift basin in 2006.
Julia AustinAFKI Original
DarajaImports has a fusion of African designs, employing African artists that include widows, the physically disabled and young adults orphaned by genocide. Products are made from materials that are sustainable and often recycled. The shop owners work closely with the artists. Etsy is a platform for retailers who make and sell products for a cause. Check out 8 Etsy shops selling fair trade and African products.
Dana Sanchez, 1:57 pm
Led by China, the surge in demand for commodities — and the accompanying hype — encouraged hopes that Africa’s transport infrastructure would rise fast. Now that commodities and minerals prices are down, the build-build-build mantra seems to be on hold. The Tazara railway connecting landlocked Zambia with Dar es Salaam is still getting China’s support, but other rail projects will need to look elsewhere for funding, a stakeholder said. Tazara is now attracting another type of business — tourism.
Dana Sanchez, 1:20 pm
A lack of basic market data on African countries creates barriers to investment. How good a job are African countries doing in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data about their populations and economies? Not all the countries on this list can attribute poor data collection to war. Botswana’s data score started to deteriorate in 2013 when it dipped below the sub-Saharan Africa average, and it’s still going downhill. Check out these data deserts: 10 African countries we know little about.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:55 am
The recent acquisition of Chinese-made anti-riot gear by the Ugandan police ahead of a presidential election this week has re-ignited discussion over China supporting authoritarian regimes in Africa. This came only two weeks before the Ugandan vote where President Museveni is facing tough competition from the opposition, which wants to end his 30-year hold on power.
Julia Austin, 8:55 am AFKI Original
In much of rural Africa, traditional medicine is the only form of treatment. Silene capensis has been used by Xhosa tribes of South Africa during rites-of-passage rituals. It comes from the roots of a plant that South African natives call undlela ziimhlophe. It’s mostly known for helping people have lucid dreams but many people report waking up feeling incredibly well rested. The roots can be chewed or boiled down and steeped in tea. Some buyers share their experience with the root online. More than 4,000 plants are used for medicinal purposes in Africa. Check out 8 natural sleep remedies from Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:11 pm
Without a coordinated geopolitical core to manage the region’s strategic infrastructure potential, China’s investments in East Africa might never become anything more than a few scraps of steel. The five-nation East African Community plans to transition into a formal federation. It won’t just be the gatekeeper of North-South trade in Africa, but of East-West trade between the Indian and Atlantic oceans, turning it into the continent’s most strategic geopolitical actor. This would allow it to control trade in all directions.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:58 am
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir agreed to cut the transit fee for South Sudan’s oil crossing its territory after the two countries opened their borders to each other for the first time on Tuesday. South Sudan took with it almost three quarters of the former Sudan’s oil fields with an estimated five billion barrels of proven reserves, but Sudan hiked transit fee of transporting the oil through it territory to the Red Sea port.
Dana Sanchez, 12:26 pm
The $12.2 billion sale is expected to be complete by mid-2016. It’s part of a trend for consolidation across the global hotel industry, and these global mergers are likely to impact African hospitality significantly. “This domination by the new merger company will lessen over time as other companies start to understand the appeal of the African market,” a stakeholder said. The combined company will have 10% of the total hotel supply in the world — not a monopoly.
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