South Sudan: Latest News
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.
Staff, 1:34 am
Half of the 82-game 2015-16 NBA season has gone, and most of the nine Africa-born players look better than ever. And, as the race for the playoffs intensifies Festus Ezeli (Golden State), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto), Salah Mejri (Dallas), Luc Mbah a Moute (LA Clippers), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver), Walter Tavares (Atlanta) and Luol Dieng (Miami) continue to thrive one way or the other.
Keren Mikva, 8:23 am AFKI Original
Luol Deng is known for his incredible abilities on the court in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the player from South Sudan makes Africans proud by representing the continent in the world’s top basketball platform as a Miami Heat player. In an effort to learn more about the basketball star, here are 8 things you didn’t know about Luol Deng.
Dana Sanchez, 9:28 pm
China became one of Nigeria’s top oil buyers, then cut oil imports by more than 50% in 2015. Oil contributes up to 90% of Nigeria’s export revenue. It could get very uncomfortable for Africa’s largest economy in 2016. To withstand global volatility, Africa must develop domestic capacity by increasing manufacturing and growing intra-African trade, World Bank said. These are 10 African countries that could be hit hardest by falling Chinese imports6.
Dana Sanchez, 6:40 pm
While its expansion to Africa is a welcome development, the U.S. company could face challenges due to the high cost of Internet mobile data and lack of quality broadband. Africans are already fans of most Netflix content. Netflix could oust Naspers-owned digital satellite TV service, whose users complain about its fees. However, Netflix isn’t cheap either. Still, the U.S.-based company has 65 million streaming customers worldwide.
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