Zimbabwe: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 12:12 pm
All the big geopolitical players are refining their transition strategies and post-Mugabe plans. Two transitional bailout plans — one from Western backers and another from China — are being refined in anticipation of the post-Mugabe era. The Western package underwrites Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ascendancy while the Chinese deal is largely designed to shore up First Lady Grace Mugabe and her Zanu PF faction’s political ambitions, according to local Zimbabwean media.
Dana Sanchez, 4:43 pm
Zimbabwean journalists keep count of the number of times President Robert Mugabe has fallen asleep during meetings – 11 – and wonder how he’ll stay awake for the long sessions at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly. Mugabe left Harare Wednesday for the U.S. and Venezuela, seen off by Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Exiled Zimbabwean Pastor and social media campaigner Evan Mawarire is organizing week-long protests in the U.S., and wants Zimbabwean Americans to join him. Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, is also expected to be there.
Keren Mikva, 8:47 pm AFKI Original
Mc Bright Kavari created a niche for his firm, Classic Fashion, as an elegant and dramatic fashion brand in Namibia. Kavari uses modern African styles combined with European-style twists, and loves to bend the norm and explore unique and untried ideas. An African fashion reception is underway through Sept. 15 at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa showcasing designers from across the continent. Top designers — one each from 30 African countries — will be represented.
Staff, 7:37 am
The world of giraffe conservation just got turned upside down. The identification of new giraffe species reveals how endangered some of these populations have become. There are less than 4,750 northern giraffe in the wild, and less than 8,700 reticulated giraffe, making them them some of the most endangered large mammals in the world. This requires doubling protection efforts to secure these populations, a stakeholder said. Of the four species, only two appear to be fairly healthy.
Africa is a continent where, at least outwardly, we like to celebrate our diversity—the rich variety that can be found in our many cultures, languages, fashions, flora and fauna. That’s why it’s perplexing to see such a large segment of the African population depending on a very small number of food crops, like maize, rice and wheat. And it’s more than just boring to the palate. It’s severely diminishing the quality of our diets and making our farming systems more vulnerable, especially during severe droughts like the one that hit Southern Africa this year.
Karen Elowitt, 7:47 am
Zimbabweans do love their festivals, and come September/October, the country positively explodes with music, dance, theater, poetry and crafts. Hundreds of artists descend on Zimbabwe from across Africa and abroad to show off their talents — and show revelers a good time. Here are 10 of the best festivals, with apologies to the many excellent events that did not get included!
Lara Moses, 7:00 am
If you love fly fishing, then Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho is for you. With a selection of brown and rainbow trout in the Maletsunyane River, you can easily spend a whole day on the river banks trying to catch something. There is no fishing allowed between May 1 through Aug. 31, so this is good timing. A strict catch and release policy is in place. Southern Africa has amazing fishing spots, fish species, lodges and companies doing business on two oceans, numerous rivers and lakes. Here are some of the best fishing trips in Southern Africa.
Staff, 11:41 am
Despite recent heavy rains, Ethiopia is still reeling from the worst drought to hit the country for half a century, particularly in the livestock-dependent regions of Oromia and Somali. Yet studies (pdf) suggest the country could have billions of cubic metres of untapped groundwater. The story is the same across many parts of Africa, where farmers rely on erratic rains and depleted surface water while potentially vast groundwater reserves go ignored. Africa’s subterranean water amounts to an estimated 660,000 cubic kilometres
Dana Sanchez, 9:42 pm
Joburg-based mobile provider Econet plans to install ad-blocking by default for 40M subscribers in four African countries, claiming it will save customers data charges. Users will have to opt in. Some in the ad industry aren’t concerned because Shine has few users where it’s already doing business — in the Caribbean. But this is Africa. What Shine does have is the support of carriers. Shine is limited in the U.S. due to net neutrality laws. Data plans are particularly painful for consumers in emerging markets, Shine says. Ad blocking is essential and meaningful there.
Dana Sanchez, 5:11 pm
Biometrics have been around for years. African countries have used fingerprint biometrics for voting, but they’re relatively new in the payment space. Fingerprint login already exists in mobile banking in South Africa, Kenya, Benin and Nigeria. London-based bank Standard Chartered plans this year to bring biometric tech to mobile banking in eight African countries. The bank claims this will be a first in most markets, and the largest deployment of fingerprint biometric tech by any international bank.
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