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  • 8 African Swimmers Who Have Olympic Medal Hopes

    Record Medal Haul - Chad Le Clos By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:00 am AFKI Original

    The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is set to be a sporting highlight in August, with a number of African swimmers making their way to Brazil to compete with the world’s best in the hope of winning an Olympic medal. Here we take a closer look at 8 swimmers representing African nations who have Olympic medal hopes.

  • How A South African Company Uses Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies

    Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies By Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original

    EcoSolutions manages some of the world’s largest bat and insect mitigation programs. Insects have decimated Nigeria’s tomato crop and Nigerian free-tailed bats could help control them, a director told AFKInsider. The company builds bat and owl houses and manages them for chemical-free pest control. “It would be better to include bats in the agricultural success of tomatoes in Africa than bailing out (countries) or providing aid when the tomato crop fails.”

  • African Union Introduces New Funding Model To Increase Self-Reliance

    By Kevin Mwanza, 4:47 am

    The Africa Union (AU) has introduced a new funding model that will ensure the continental body become self-reliant and less dependent on foreign donors to run its affairs and finance peace keeping missions across the region. The funding model, in which every member country will contribute 0.2 percent of its eligible imports (excludes imports exclude products such as medicines, fertilizers and baby food) to the AU

  • Opinion: Mugabe Isn’t Zimbabwe’s Future. South Africa Should Help Support Plans For Peaceful Transition

    Zimbabwe's Future By Staff, 3:09 pm

    Zimbabwean opposition groups including Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change are planning for a post-Mugabe future, drawing up blueprints for an inclusive transitional authority in advance of new elections. An economic meltdown will mean more bad news for South Africa’s economy, and political trouble as more Zimbabweans cross the border. South Africa’s Zimbabwe policy has strengthened and legitimized Mugabe’s power. The current political unrest presents a unique opportunity for South Africa to force Mugabe’s hand.

  • 12 African Countries That Allow Dual Citizenship

    Dual Citizenship By Lillian Mutiso, 3:09 am AFKI Original

    Dual citizenship is a status which allows an individual to be regarded as a citizen of more than one country, under their laws. It enables one to hold two or more passports concurrently and has benefits with regard to travelling and job opportunities. Most African countries do not recognize dual citizenship. Below are 12 African countries that allow dual citizenship.

  • Banning Social Media Is Quickly Becoming A Trend In Africa. So Who’s Next?

    social media By Kevin Mwanza, 8:59 am

    A number of African governments have resorted to blocking access to social media sites in their countries for all sort of reasons. In the last six months, at least six countries — Uganda, Congo, Chad, Burundi, Zimbabwe and most recently Ethiopia — have blocked access to Whatsapp, Twitter or Facebook for reasons ranging from elections to allowing students to prepare for exams.

  • 12 Misconceptions About Africa’s Middle Class

    loyalty programmes By Lillian Mutiso, 4:51 am AFKI Original

    Across the world middle class citizens are mainly categorized on the basis of income and lifestyle. In Africa, 18 million people are considered to be in the Middle class. This is 3.3 percent of the continent’s total population. About 4.5 million of the middle class lives in South Africa, which is one of the most developed nations on the continent. Below are 12 misconceptions about the middle class in Africa.

  • What The Riots In Zimbabwe Mean: Don’t Mess With The Informal Sector

    riots in Zimbabwe By Staff, 10:48 pm

    In Zimbabwe, the informal sector is the economy. It cannot be ignored or wished away. It is what the 90 percent live on, but we know little about it, and policies often upset and disrupt, rather than support it. Romanticising the informal is not the solution. Living in the informal sphere is tough. Rather than imagining the informal economy as outside and needing to be brought in, it has to be thought of as central to development.

  • Why South Africa Wants Zimbabwe To Adopt The Rand

    Zimbabwe to adopt the rand By Staff, 12:01 am

    Mugabe has resisted a switch to the rand as this would cede Zimbabwe’s financial authority to South Africa but he may be running out of options. Zimbabwe’s reserve bank governor and finance minister said that joining the Common Monetary Area — a monetary union linking SA, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland — is the only solution to Zimbabwe’s economic problems. Though their currencies have different names, they are all pegged to the rand and fall under the SA Reserve Bank’s monetary policy direction.

  • 12 Reasons To Visit Victoria Falls

    visit victoria falls By Becca Blond, 7:00 pm

    If you only have time to visit one region of Africa, make it Victoria Falls, the adrenaline-activity hub. Victoria Falls, which straddles the Zimbabwe/Zambia border, encourages visitors to test their bravery rafting the continent’s wildest commercially run river, or flinging themselves off a bridge attached only by a bungee cord. These activities are set against a backdrop of one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which means if you just want to hang out and admire the majesty of the falls, you can do that too.

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