Date Archives for February 2016
Joe Kennedy, 6:30 pm
While most people have seen the movie Casablanca and may even be able to quote a few lines, not many people know much about the real city. In fact, the movie wasn’t even filmed in the city — instead, it was filmed far away in a Hollywood studio. From its founding, to its rise to the largest city in Morocco, here are 10 things you didn’t know about Casablanca.
Dana Sanchez, 5:41 pm
Barclays Africa announced today on Twitter that it is not ending its operations in Africa and no jobs will be lost — a response to viral reports that the company plans to pull out of Africa. The bank responded to customers’ concerns about the future of Absa and whether their cash deposits were safe. The reports are “still speculation at the moment” as there had been no announcement by Barclays, the company said. “We are strong and independently funded,” the JSE-listed company said Sunday on Twitter.
Dana Sanchez, 2:32 pm
A Turkish construction company has built a concrete plant near Abidjan that can meet 40 percent of Cote d’Ivoire’s concrete demand. Turkish President Erdoğan plans to launch it himself. The Turkish First Lady is opening a school for blind children. Turkish investors, exporters and other business people are touring West Africa with Erdoğan. He hopes to nail down agreements easing regulatory procedures for investors. Similar agreements are expected to be signed in Accra and Abuja this week.
Dana Sanchez, 12:54 pm
Stelios Haji-Ioannou owns 12 percent Fastjet and he said he’s lost faith in its management and board of directors. He wants some of them fired. Based in the U.K., Fastjet is a holding company for Easyjet, which started in Tanzania and now flies to seven African countries. It’s mission is to become the continent’s first low-cost, pan-African airline. “The company will run out of cash sometime in 2016,” Haji-Ioannou said. “We now have about six months left to steady this ship.”
Julia Austin, 10:37 am AFKI Original
Taxing people’s personal income can be an unpopular proposition if you’re a politician. In Africa, there’s evidence that governments are actually lowering their overall personal income tax rates and taxing other things in an attempt to broaden their tax base. Governments and other powerful organizations such as FIFA, the soccer world’s governing body, find some creative ways to generate taxes — and tax exemptions. Check out 8 strange things that are taxed or tax exempt around the world.
Julia Austin, 8:27 am AFKI Original
The Egyptian film industry earned the name “The Hollywood of the Orient” thanks to the production quality and sheer volume of films made in the ’50s. Fatin Abdel Wahab made 52 films and is best known for his comedies made with comedian Ismail Yassin. Most took place in military barracks or air force bases — likely inspired by Wahab’s time in the Egyptian army and as a civil servant. Wahab was exceptionally talented at controlling actors. He didn’t only do comedy. He also made a respected documentary series. Here are 8 of the most prolific Egyptian film directors.
Julia AustinAFKI Original
DarajaImports has a fusion of African designs, employing African artists that include widows, the physically disabled and young adults orphaned by genocide. Products are made from materials that are sustainable and often recycled. The shop owners work closely with the artists. Etsy is a platform for retailers who make and sell products for a cause. Check out 8 Etsy shops selling fair trade and African products.
Joe Kennedy, 7:00 am
Plettenberg Bay is a scenic, coastal region that’s dotted with a variety of fantastic restaurants offering splendid views, great service and superb food. The majority of four- and five-star hotels have seriously good adjoining restaurants and is a must-visit for any connoisseurs of fine cuisine. Our writer recently visited five of Plett’s top restaurants to discover what makes them unique and exceptional.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:45 am AFKI Original
African players have become an important part of European football, with many stars of the game emerging from the continent. One of the most popular leagues in Europe remains the English Premier League, and more than a few talented African players have contributed to their teams’ fortunes in the English top flight. With this in mind, we take a look at 8 African footballers who have managed to score a hat-trick for their Premier League team.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:47 am
Uber has launched a motorcycle hailing service, UberMOTO, in Bangkok, Thailand, as a pilot project to provide fast, reliable alternative transport in densely populated cities prone to heavy traffic. While there are no immediate plans for the service to be launched in Africa, the high standard that comes with signing up to Uber is expected to improve passenger safety on the continent. This isn’t the first time Uber has tried motorcycle taxis. So far, it hasn’t been a success.
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