Zambia: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 11:12 am
Africa’s largest lender, Johannesburg-based Standard Bank this year made $2 billion in loan commitments to Chinese-owned development projects in Africa, and it plans to help Chinese entrepreneurs seek African investment opportunities in areas such as retail. Access to credit remains a challenge for many Africans. Standard Bank says its opportunities lie in working “on the yuan’s internationalization and helping Chinese companies transform from … contractors to investors.”
Dana Sanchez, 12:11 pm
Oil-importing African countries are showing an improved business environment as the continent endures its slowest growth in more than two decades. In contrast, countries that export commodities are under economic pressure due to low oil prices including three of Africa’s largest economies. Some countries that are doing better are predicted to grow at more than 6 percent. IMF predicts average growth will fall to 1.4 percent in 2016, less than half of 2015 growth.
Dana Sanchez, 12:14 am
A pest that earlier this year devastated the Nigerian tomato crop has been detected for the first time in South Africa after hitching a ride from South America to Europe, then spreading to Asia and Africa, Reuters reported. The tomato leaf miner, aka tuta absoluta, can ruin tomato and potato crops, the South African department of agriculture said on Friday. The outbreak was discovered on a tomato farm in eastern South Africa at a border post with neighboring Mozambique in the Kruger National Park.
Dana Sanchez, 1:24 pm
These days, Chinese arrivals mostly enter Africa as private citizens seeking business opportunities, not as workers for Chinese infrastructure projects. They’re highly adaptable and one result of the massive influx is new Chinatowsn popping up all over Africa. One example is Cyrildene Chinatown in a formerly predominantly Jewish neighborhood. It quickly displaced a century-old downtown Chinatown to become the most concentrated area of Chinese in Southern Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:10 am AFKI Original
The shortlist of 30 nominees for the 2016 African Player of the Year award has been announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the winner’s announcement in the new year. Below are the 30 players who have been nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year award.
Dana Sanchez, 8:10 pm
African commentators are having a little fun at the U.S.’s expense in the bizarre last weeks leading to the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Republican party candidate Donald Trump bears the brunt for many of their jokes. But behind the jokes there’s deep concern that the U.S. democracy emulated and admired by many Africa countries is being made a mockery of. Here’s what Africans are saying on social media.
Joe Kennedy, 9:40 am
Zimbabwe’s Chinhoyi Caves are considered among the best dive sites in the world. Located in the north of the country near the border with Zambia, they’re known for fantastic visibility. This site is often visited by diving expeditions who do ultra-deep diving. U.S. Navy Divers have reached 135 meters (442 feet), but the actual depth is unknown. Divers must register with a Zimbabwe dive club. As you descend to the main cave, you arrive at Sleeping Pool or Chirorodziva (Pool of the Fallen), with its stunning cobalt blue water.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:15 am AFKI Original
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed two shortlists for major awards over the weekend, including a shortlist of 25 players who are nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year – Based in Africa award. A total of five players have been selected from South African club side Mamelodi Sundowns, meaning that a fifth of the nominees represent the Pretoria-based team.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:00 am AFKI Original
The governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti opened a 752.7 kilometer electric railway, to serve the two horn of Africa neighbors. The railway will provide a faster transportation of goods and people between the two nations. It will also boost Ethiopia’s landlocked economy through the transport of cargo from the Port of Djibouti. The port handles about 90 percent of the imports into Ethiopia. Below are 10 things you need to know about the railway.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:23 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifiers began this past weekend, with the 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to Africa in action throughout the continent. Drawn into five groups of four teams each, with the winner of the group after a round-robin format qualifies for Russia 2018.
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