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Dana Sanchez, 9:34 am
There are just 37 black-owned wine brands in South Africa, the world’s seventh-largest wine producing country. The industry employs 290,000 people at 550-plus wineries. Empowerment and transformation has been slow to increase black ownership and leadership. Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black female winemaker, is a role model and symbol of change. She recently launched her own brand, Aslina wines, named after her grandmother in a rural KwaZulu-Natal village of 1,000 people. The wines are set for export to the U.S. later this year.
Dana Sanchez, 2:09 pm
Blacks are getting squeezed out of the marijuana business all over the U.S., says Ron Jones, founder of Sons of Hemp. The organization gets its name from the Bena Riamba or “Sons of Hemp” who lived in equatorial West Africa in the 1800s. The Bashilenge tribe worshiped hemp and formed a religion around it. Although U.S. minorities use marijuana at about the same rate as whites, they get arrested and go to jail for it more often. Sons of Hemp sued Detroit and now it plans a cannabis school to help nurture cannabis startups.
Dana Sanchez, 4:45 pm
The ad provoked an uproar on U.S. news websites, but it attracted little attention in its home country, except in the southern city Guangzhou, which has at least 15,000 African residents. The local African community has complained of discrimination by local Chinese. Until recent years, China had virtually no immigration by people of African descent. That has changed in recent years as China has become Africa’s largest trading partner.
Dana Sanchez, 3:30 pm
In 2000, Zimbabwe began transferring 4,500 white-owned farms to almost 170,000 black Zimbabwean families. The land transfers were sometimes violent and resulted in about 300,000 lost farm jobs and at least 12 deaths. Now the government is talking about issuing treasury bills to pay back white farmers who lost their land. The focus of indigenization has moved to foreign-owned businesses. Critics say forcing foreign companies to give up 51% ownership to indigenous Zimbabweans will discourage much-needed investment.
Dana Sanchez, 9:34 pm
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely recognized as a potential candidate to succeed Zuma. His speech was seen as “principled and aggressive.” Political analysts said Ramaphosa’s speech is a separation from Zuma. Ramaphosa was probably advised to ride on the issue of state capture, brought on by speculation that the wealthy Indian Gupta family wields undue influence over Zuma. Ramaphosa is able to use this issue almost immediately to set his own agenda for the coming leadership battle, an analyst said.
Dana Sanchez, 12:13 pm
Rich African women tend to fly under the radar. Forbes’ 2015 list of 50 richest Africans lists just 2 women. Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the Angolan president, has long been a controversial figure, her wealth beyond the imagination of most Angolans who often live on less than $2 a day. She is sometimes credited with being an astute businesswoman, but political connections are considered key to her billions. Check out 10 of Africa’s richest women listed here.
Staff, 12:05 am
Despite the growing black middle and upper classes, black South Africans still have higher unemployment than whites. Creating an entrepreneurial culture that places small businesses at the forefront of job creation would help broaden economic participation, says Mmusi Maimane, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance party.
Keren Mikva, 9:51 am
Joyce Banda, the first female and current president of Malawi, delivered this eulogy: “After three years of isolation, humiliation and name calling, I found myself in a situation where I had to work with those who had desired to prevent me from becoming president of my country. I had to forgive, but I had to forgive them without any effort, because my Madiba had prepared me.”
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