Democratic Republic of Congo: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 1:03 pm
Copper-rich Democratic Republic of Congo is vying with Zambia to be Africa’s top producer. A new hydropower facility that the DRC government is planning to build could help shape Africa this century. It is one of DRC’s strategies for providing the energy it needs to free its economy. These aren’t the largest or most developed countries in Africa. Some are plagued with corruption and inequality. All have fast-growing economies.
Staff, 4:37 pm
Democratic Republic of Congo has been one of sub-Saharan Africa’s strongest performers in terms of real gross domestic product growth over the past five years, as the economy recovers from a civil war that ended in 2003. But uncertainty over whether the country will hold elections this year has alarmed foreign investors. A slump in global commodities prices hit DRC’s mining industry, which has been forced to scale back production.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:41 am
Africa has had a busy elections calendar in 2016. The year opened with a mixed bag of dramatic elections and referendum in the first quarter of the year. There has since been a haitus in Africa’s voting calendar that gave the continent a whiff of fresh air to refocus on socio-economic and security matters before the beginning of another polling season. August is now shaping up to be the ‘super month’ for elections on the continent with at least five elections scheduled to take place.
Staff, 2:27 am
The US$14 billlion Inga 3 power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may be in jeopardy after the World Bank suspended its funding. The bank said that it withdrew its funding on Monday July 25 following disagreements over the “strategic direction” of the project. “This follows the Government of DRC’s decision to take the project in a different strategic direction to that agreed between the World Bank and the government in 2014,” the bank said in a statement.
Julia Austin, 2:21 pm AFKI Original
A former member of the South African police force noticed a gap in high-level security for the private sector, and he capitalized on it. Chris Beukes’s TSU Protection Services has grown from a single office in Cape Town to a multinational business in at least 14 countries. Clients have a mobile app as extra protection when trained professionals aren’t at their side. A quick shake of a cell phone alerts TSU to danger, and sends out video surveillance.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:45 am AFKI Original
Treason includes acts that are geared towards overthrowing a legitimately elected government or endangering state security. In most countries, this offense attracts the death penalty. In Africa, most governments have used treason allegations to trump up charges against their political rivals in order to silence them or force them out of politics. Here are some of African leaders that have been charged with treason in recent years;
Staff, 3:15 pm
Ruth Waweru got her job braiding hair in Beijing through a recruitment website. Her boss found her resume online and contacted her when she was still in Kenya. She did not hesitate, setting out as soon as she had her visa. African hairstyles are becoming more popular in China due to the influence of American pop culture and more exchanges between Africa and China. Many Chinese young people are very into fashion like African braids, said Xia Fan, who owns hairdressing shops in China. Xia sees big market potential for hairstyles such as African braiding in China.
Karen Elowitt, 7:00 pm
Though it’s been wracked by civil war for years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) is slowly coming back to a place of stability and peace (as of early 2014), with the help of UN peacekeepers and other efforts. This is great news for travelers, because there is so much to see and do in this vast, mostly undiscovered nation in the heart of Africa. Intrepid travelers can explore the rugged rainforest, see active volcanoes, track endangered gorillas, and marvel at the rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Julia Austin, 5:31 pm AFKI Original
In some of the busiest African cities, a monthly bus pass or taxi fare can be a major expense, eating up nearly 20 percent of personal income. A monthly bus pass in Nigeria costs just shy of $40 and a single five-mile taxi trip costs around $9. Taking the bus into Lagos is noticeably more expensive than taking the bus out of the city. Tickets leaving Lagos can range between $13 to $26, but tickets into Lagos range between $17 and $45.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:47 am AFKI Original
Zambia, a landlocked nation with a population of 13.8 million people, is one of Africa’s most politically stable democracies, since attaining independence from Britain in 1964. The Southern Africa nation is set to hold a presidential and general elections on August 11, 2016. The election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial and has raised questions from the international community about the credibility of the process.
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