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Date Archives for August 2014

  • South African Domestic Worker Gets Raves On ‘Master Chef’

    By Ann Brown, 9:00 pm

    From The Telegraph A South African domestic worker who landed a spot in the popular ‘Master Chef’ TV series is causing a stir in a country where household staff are usually seen but not heard. Siphokazi Mdlankomo, a 39-year-old based in Cape Town, debuted to rave reviews on the show, with viewers happy to see […]

  • Why China Believes Africa Is The Next Superpower

    By Ann Brown, 8:00 pm

    From Forbes Not that “Africa” is a country, of course, but it helps to look at broad, continent-wide trends. People are reluctant to the idea of demographics as the great driver of history. In the general case, this might be true. But the 21st century will see an unprecedented situation: one where every continent will […]

  • Understanding African Nationalism

    By Ann Brown, 7:00 pm

    From iOL African Nationalism was a response of Africans to the conquest, enslavement, the subjugation, plunder, and exploitation, of Africa by the powerful nations of Europe. Many other countries and peoples have had that similar experience in history. There is, however, something singular, unique, about the African experience. Because Africans had black skin color, the […]

  • Will The US Africa Summit Push America Ahead Of China In Africa?

    By Ann Brown, 6:00 pm

    From allAfrica A few years ago, nobody could have imagined that some 50 Heads of States and Prime Ministers from Africa would meet the President of the United States for a summit. Yet, the first Africa/United States Summit took place in Washington from August 4 to 6, making headlines around the world. It is obvious […]

  • African, Somali Troops Retake Town From Rebels

    By Ann Brown, 3:00 pm

    From Yahoo! African peacekeeping troops and Somali forces recaptured a southern town from Islamist al Shabaab rebels on Saturday, bringing them a step closer to the insurgent stronghold of Barawe, commanders said. The assault was part of the second phase of an offensive launched earlier this year to drive the rebels out of towns which […]

  • Sierra Leone Health Workers Go On Strike At Ebola Hospital

    By Ann Brown, 2:00 pm

    From Yahoo! Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters. Sierra Leone’s government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, that has killed more than 1,550 people across West Africa, with the rate […]

  • South Africa’s Lonmin Might Cut 20% Of Its Staff To Boost Profits

    By Ann Brown, 1:00 pm

    From The Guardian Platinum producer Lonmin aims to cut about 5,700 jobs, 21 percent of its South African workforce, as part of a drive to increase profits after a five-month wage strike this year. The plan would see the closure of four to six of the company’s 11 shafts, two mining industry sources, one in London […]

  • BDS South Africa Calls For Woolworths To Divest In Israel, Stages Protests

    By Ann Brown, 12:00 pm

    From SABC Pro-Palestinian lobby group Boycott, Divestment Sanctions in South Africa (BDS South Africa),  held a national day of protest against retailer Woolworths on Saturday. More than 40 actions were held countrywide, with one in Johannesburg turning rowdy. The group wants the retailer to stop sourcing products from Israel. The recent seven week conflict has […]

  • Ebola Is Moving Into Africa’s Cities.

    By Ann Brown, 11:00 am

    From Washington Post The dreaded Ebola virus came to the children’s hospital in the form of a 4-year-old boy. His diagnosis became clear three days after he was admitted. The Ola During hospital — the nation’s only pediatric center — was forced to close its steel gates. Fear swelled. The boy died. The 30 doctors […]

  • Ebola Keeps Tourists From Africa

    By Ann Brown, 9:00 am

    From Bloomberg When Canadian tourist Shauna Magill posted on Facebook that she’d arrived safely in Uganda, a friend warned her to beware of “a thing called Ebola please.” Another friend responded to that comment with a Google Maps link that showed Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and Nigeria, the closest nation affected by the Ebola outbreak in […]

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