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Date Archives for January 2016

  • 2016 CHAN Quarter-Final Round-Up: West Africa Dominates

    Ernest Sugira for Rwanda By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:39 pm AFKI Original

    The 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) is ongoing in Rwanda, and over the weekend the competition’s quarter-final matches took place, with the West African countries doing well to move on to the semi-finals. This is a round-up of the results over the past few days.

  • Expect More International Brands, Franchises In South Africa 2016

    By Staff, 12:03 am

    Established American household names are penetrating the South African market — names such as Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Burger King and other fast food products. This year these brands will be adopted just as well by locals are they are in the U.S. “The fact that they may be new to South Africans will not deter franchisors moving aggressively to establish presence in local business centers,” Standard Bank said.

  • Mogadishu Sees Housing Boom As Somalia Heads Towards Peace

    By Staff, 12:02 am

    The bullet scars have long been covered up and business is booming in central Mogadishu’s famous Bakara Market, headquarters of Daru Salaam Real Estate. Bakara is the site of the infamous 1993 battle when fighters shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. Daru Salaam means “house of peace. The company is building 500 homes in a new development four miles outside Mogadishu, part of an economic boom as diaspora Somalis return and businesses cash in on relative peace in the city.

  • SAA Launches Flights Between Johannesburg And Abuja

    SAA Launches Flights Between Johannesburg And Abuja By Staff, 12:01 am

    Nigeria is one of the most popular and profitable routes in the SAA African route network, said Aaron Munetsi, SAA acting chief commercial officer. “Introducing Abuja adds more travel options for our customers, especially for the business community, and enhances our footprint on the continent,” Munetsi said. Round-trip prices start at 6596 rand ($415 US).

  • Analysis: How Many Hoops Must African Students Jump Through To Study In South Africa?

    By Staff, 3:17 am

    For those of us who come from another country, getting accepted into these institutions isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. Coming from a SADC (Southern African Development Community) country, or from anywhere else in the world, you need a study permit to be in SA. Applying for this permit is one of the most stressful processes you will ever go through

  • Inside Uganda’s Forest Where Zika Virus Originates

    By Staff, 2:48 am

    The Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains in Brazil, was discovered in a forest in the East African state of Uganda seven decades ago. BBC Africa’s Catherine Byaruhanga visited the forest. The Zika forest is not well known in Uganda, and most people will be hard-pushed to tell you where it is. The word itself means overgrown in the local Luganda language.

  • Deja Vu: Is Buhari Repeating Economic Errors He Made As A Nigerian Dictator 30 Years Ago?

    By Staff, 2:03 am

    Muhammadu Buhari, a former general, has not had much luck when it comes to the oil price. Between 1983 and 1985 he was Nigeria’s military ruler. Just before he took over, oil prices began a lengthy collapse; the country’s export earnings fell by more than half. The economy went into a deep recession and Mr Buhari, unable to cope, was overthrown in a coup. Now he is president again. And once again, oil prices have slumped, from $64 a barrel on the day he was sworn in to $32 eight months later.

  • Egypt Bets on 3D-Scanned Pyramids And Underwater Museum To Lure Back Tourists

    By Staff, 1:46 am

    In an attempt to revive Egypt’s crucial tourism industry, its government has launched a series of sensational projects. The minister of antiquities, Mamdouh Eldamaty, is omnipresent in the media, and often appears at projects accompanied by domestic and international Egyptologists. The most highly publicised event was the radar study of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The analyses prompted the minister to say they were “90% sure” that there were hidden chambers, reviving fantasies around the tomb

  • Move Over, Stellenbosch: Discovering Plettenberg Bay’s Emerging Wine Industry

    By Kate Liquorish, 7:00 pm

    Fifteen years ago, people laughed when a couple planted a vineyard along the Garden Route. Today, Plettenberg Bay is home to 20 wine-producing vineyards along with scenic beaches and a coastline of forests, valleys and mountain passes. At the area’s Wine and Bubbly Festival, all the people who shaped this success story got together in one room, giving me the unique opportunity to learn every side of its fascinating history.

  • Zimbabwe Woos Russian, Chinese Trophy Hunters After U.S. Ban

    By Dana Sanchez, 5:40 pm

    Lion hunting is the biggest contributor to Zimbabwe’s hunting industry. If the U.S. bans hunting products, other countries are sure to follow suit. Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states are lobbying the U.S. to reverse its decision. “We now have hunters from Russia and China coming to Zimbabwe and efforts are under way to ensure that more will come from these countries,” a government minister said.

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