Zimbabwe: Latest News
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.
Dana Sanchez, 12:26 pm
South Africa’s version of the beloved board game, Mzansi Monopoly, is due out Nov. 25. Locals got to vote for the names and places that will make the board, including favorites such as the Big Hole in Kimberly and Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct. The woman who invented the game in 1903 was lost to history until recently. She designed the game in protest against the big monopolists of her time like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. A few streets and places that made it onto the board game have been leaked. Here’s what we know.
Keren Mikva, 6:05 pm AFKI Original
Air pollution in African countries could develop into health and climate crises like China and India have endured. A day spent breathing in Cairo has been likened to smoking a pack of cigarettes. Industrial plants burning low-quality fuel, seasonal sandstorms that often smother the city in a yellow haze, and high vehicle emissions have made the problem worse. Little regulation is in place to enforce environmentally friendly industry processes. Here are 10 of the most polluted African cities.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:31 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations draw was held in Gabon’s capital city Libreville on Wednesday evening, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) determined the four groups of 16 teams that will be aiming for glory come the AFCON in January 2017. The four host cities that will stage matches include Libreville, Franceville, Oyem and Port Gentil, as Gabon hosts the continental showpiece on their own, six years after co-hosting the competition alongside Equatorial Guinea.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 2:33 pm
China and Pakistan have successfully developed several military aircraft together, and the partnership is now actively courting African countries to buy their JF-17 fighter jets. “There is a clear scope for co-operation on the African continent and a lot of potential in Africa,” said Pakistan’s minister of defense production. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Pakistan as a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of BRICS members — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. China defended Pakistan at the summit, underway in India.
Staff, 12:19 pm
Bitcoin remittances in Africa have not really taken off. The slowness of blockchain-based digital currency has been compared to the internet’s slow start, and how web use eventually became mainstream. Few consumer friendly applications have been created yet. Merchant adoption has been sluggish and there has been a lot of negative press regarding scams, money laundering and underground markets. Bitcoin growth is set to become exponential, especially in Africa. There are a number of reasons.
Dana Sanchez, 11:10 am
Ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru agreed to pay $1.4M in personal funds to a white farmer whose land was taken by her late husband. Some analysts say this will inspire investor confidence in Zimbabwe and demonstrate respect for property rights. The ruling Zanu-PF party will do its best to discredit Mujuru as a traitor. “People should not be fooled by Mujuru’s gesture,” an analyst said. “Mujuru was a member of Zanu PF most of her life and she now wants to rebrand herself as (its) acceptable face.”
Becca Blond, 12:43 am
I’ve rafted the Zambezi River twice — once at high water and once at low, and I didn’t fall out of the raft. But that’s not everyone’s experience. My sister’s raft flipped during her run, and she nearly drowned. To this day she won’t get back in a boat. Rafting the Zambezi is the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. Don’t let my sister’s near-death experience scare you. Yes, this river is intense. If it was in the U.S. it likely wouldn’t be commercially run. No insurance company would cover the risk. But this is Africa, where extreme experiences are a rite of passage.
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