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Peter Pedroncelli, 6:00 am
The number of wealthy South Africans looking to attain U.S. investment visas more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, with many considering the benefits and advantages of having an exit plan during economic and politically unstable times. Recently released data revealed that South African demand for US EB-5 visas, which enable investors in American companies to obtain a green card, increased noticeably since 2014. A U.S. EB-5 visa can be attained by investing at least $1 million (or $500,000 for projects in a “targeted employment zone”) and creating more than 10 full-time jobs in the U.S. within two years.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:49 pm AFKI Original
For the Nuba, wealth is measured in cattle. The Nuba people of Sudan’s Southern Kordofan Province have been historically discriminated against by the Arabic regimes that have been in power. In 2011, war broke out between the Sudan government and rebels in the Nuba Mountains. Conflict continues to this day, with humanitarian aid blocked. Sudanese journalists are banned from reporting on the war, and face potential imprisonment if they dare to cover the ongoing conflict in the region. Here are 14 things you didn’t know about the Nuba people.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:36 am
President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to cut foreign aid funding to African countries by 28 percent provides an opportunity for nations such as Liberia to stand on their own and take responsibility for the well-being and future of their people. In March the American president unveiled a plan to cut funding for the State Department and USAID. The budget proposal will see a massive cut in funding to African beneficiaries, with West African nations such as Liberia set to lose out on a significant amount of aid from the U.S.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:29 am
South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago believes that the country is still capable of thriving despite being downgraded to junk status by two credit ratings agencies in the past few weeks. President Jacob Zuma upset markets and triggered downgrades from both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings to BB+ after his surprise cabinet reshuffle at the end of March, which included the removal of respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:29 am
The Democratic Republic of Congo hopes to import 200 megawatts of power from South Africa, which would enable Africa’s largest copper-producing nation to boost copper production in 2017 by as much as 20 percent. South African state-owned utility Eskom has made 1000 megawatts available for export over the next decade. Trust issues between mining companies and the Congolese state-owned power company threaten to derail the deal. Previous promises to deliver energy supply have failed.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:33 am
In the interests of reducing inequality and poverty within the African continent in the long-term, and avoiding the growth of populism across Africa, the G20 countries, headed by Germany, are pushing for a plan that will increase private investment and infrastructure development in Africa. Speaking at a forum on global infrastructure at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble set forth a proposed scheme that will see various G20 member countries and international lenders partner with African countries in order to attract global investors.
Staff, 5:34 pm
South African food giant Pioneer said the deal would have created Africa’s largest consumer goods company. The deal was 95 percent finalized when the country’s foreign-currency debt was downgraded to junk by S&P and Fitch. The downgrade followed Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle and removal of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. It’s not clear what impact the downgrade will have on M&A in South Africa. With economic conditions expected to worsen, companies could struggle and could go through a period of distressed sales.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:25 am AFKI Original
Many of us take access to electricity for granted, but only two out of every five people in Africa have decent access to energy to power lights and other electrical appliances throughout the day. Around 625 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. We take a look at 12 Sub-Saharan African countries with the best access to electricity.
Opinion: Getting Africa’s Energy Transformation Right Will Involve Policies, Investments That Boost DiversityBy Staff, 1:00 am
Africa has an opportunity to pioneer the next investment frontier. Rather than treating new climate-related risks as hurdles to overcome, African policymakers should view them as opportunities for investment and innovation. To accelerate a market shift on the scale that Africa needs will require increased financing from export credit agencies, development banks, commercial financial institutions, and other cross-border sources.
Tom Jackson, 11:52 am AFKI Original
In most of the developed world, reliable internet costs less than 1% of average monthly income. In Africa, it’s 18%. Governments are vital to drive down internet prices in Africa, stakeholders say. When connectivity costs drop to 2% of monthly income, reaserch shows the internet becomes accessible to all. Just five of 27 African countries surveyed have achieved the 2% affordability target. Free internet access is the simplest way to tackle economic inequality, a stakeholder said. “It allows people to find and apply for jobs, start online businesses, and generally engage with the economy around them.”
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