Articles tagged 'africa'

Mbeki to grace Dabengwa Foundation awards 27 November 2018 HARARE - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki will be the guest of honour at the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation inaugural awards meant to celebrate the country's unsung liberation war heroes and heroines. The event dubbed “Ihawu Awards” is slated for December 7 at the Zimbabwe International ...
Africa must cut trade deficit with China 24 September 2018 In the midst of the latest merry-go-round with China, once more foreign aid takes centre stage with a bouquet of loan offers, cancellations and grants concocted for the continent. This helps, but is far from the answer to Africa's medium and long-term development goals. The answer lies with...
Africa should be wary of Chinese debt 3 September 2018 BEIJING - African countries have shown a healthy appetite for Chinese loans but some experts now worry that the continent is gorging on debt, and could soon choke. The Entebbe-Kampala Expressway is still something of a tourist attraction for Ugandans, nearly three months after it opened. Th...
Theresa May on Africa visit - pledges investment boost after Brexit 28 August 2018 CAPE TOWN - Theresa May has announced plans to boost Britain's investment in Africa after Brexit, during her first trip to the continent as prime minister. In a speech in Cape Town, she pledged £4bn in support for African economies, to create jobs for young people. She also pledged a "funda...
UZ drops in African rankings 1 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's oldest institute of higher learning, the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), which is hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons, particularly the manner in which former first lady Grace Mugabe was awarded her PhD degree, has dropped in its rankings. According to uniRank, formerl...
US envoy apologises for Trump's 's***hole' remark 18 January 2018 HARARE - The US envoy in Harare yesterday came close to apologising for scurrilous remarks made by President Donald Trump that immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from “s***hole countries.” Trump reportedly made the remarks at a private meeting with lawmakers on immigration last Thursday. ...
Political infighting impeding Africa's fortunes 24 July 2017 HARARE - The current political infighting in South Africa (SA) – and other countries such as Zimbabwe – is exacerbating Africa's woes, and political instability tag or perception, a leading continental lobby group has said. This also comes as Ladislas Agbesi's Pan African Business Forum (PABF)...
'Media repression affects economic growth' 9 June 2017 DURBAN - The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-ifra) outgoing president, Tomas Brune, said Africa’s economic growth is declining due to governments’ interference with media freedom. “While some countries on the continent have been recording impressive growth rates, media...
Sembene documentary to be screened in Harare 7 June 2017 HARARE - A documentray on the late Ousmane Sembene —  widely regarded as the father of African cinema — will be screened in Harare on Saturday afternoon at the B2c Working Space located at corner First Street and Jason Moyo Avenue. The weekend screening is part of the “Sembene Across Africa pr...
Zimbabweans ranked among the poorest 4 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans have been ranked among Africa’s poorest citizens, with an average wealth of $200 per person, a survey by AfrAsia Bank (AfrAsia) has revealed. According to the study — Africa Wealth Report 2017 —  Mauritius has the wealthiest individuals with an average wealth of $25 700 pe...
Will 48-team WC benefit Africa? 21 January 2017 JOHANNESBURG - News which has dominated global football in the recent days, apart from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, has been the increase of Fifa World Cup teams from the current 32 to 48. After intense debate and deliberations, new Fifa President, Gianni Infantino made good his...
Starvation stalks Africa 24 September 2016 HARARE - Africa will only be able to feed 13 percent of its two billion-plus population in 2050, if governments such as Zimbabwe do not take measures to address climate change, experts warned. Currently, at least a third of Zimbabwe’s 14 million population faces hunger due to the devastating e...
Two billion more face Zika risk - study 3 September 2016 LONDON - More than two billion people could be at risk from Zika virus outbreaks in parts of Africa and Asia, according to scientists writing in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Populations in India, Indonesia and Nigeria are some of the most vulnerable to transmission, the researchers said. ...
South Africa now Africa's biggest economy 12 August 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has regained the title of Africa's largest economy, two years after Nigeria rebased its GDP to claim the spot, according to IMF data. A recalculation using current exchange rates put South Africa on top because the rand has strengthened against the dollar. Nigeri...
What does Brexit mean for Africa? 29 June 2016 JOHANNESBURG - The only certainty in all this is uncertainty. Uncertainty on the markets and uncertainty over the future of trade relations between the UK and Africa. The most internationally traded African currency, the South African rand, is already having a bumpy ride in the wake of the UK'...
'Poverty remains greatest threat to Africa' 15 June 2016 HARARE - Given that Africa has entered the new millennium with very little improvement in the way it has been conducting its affairs over many years and the fact that the present systems and models of governance and leadership look most unlikely to produce radical changes that may lead to poverty...
Sexwale's sad in-house challenges 24 November 2015 JOHANNNESBURG  - There is a SeSotho saying here in Mzansi that roughly translated in English say “a black man needs a white person to find a solution for his problems”. In other words, a black person normally prefers a white person over another black man, according to the saying. It’s a big...
Mzembi leads African tourism reform lobby 14 September 2015 MEDELLIN - Zimbabwe's Tourism minister Walter Mzembi has pledged to lead a strong lobby for the African Union (AU) to fully recognise tourism's contribution to the continent's economy by facilitating policies that help its growth. This also comes as the Masvingo South legislator has been re-el...
What is African attire? 21 August 2015 LONDON - “African Attire” or African fashion are the two terms often used to describe the clothes of Africa. As an African British now living in the UK, I have been trying to understand what that means to Africans. In the African Diaspora communities “African Attire” is the buzz word, the very...
Good governance: Solution for Africa 8 October 2014 HARARE - When I first started talking about the potential for investment and business opportunities in Africa some 20 years ago, I found myself an isolated voice. That turned out to be good for me — and the few others who saw, invested, and reaped wonderful rewards from that potential — but no...
Can Ubuntu bring Africa to the forefront? 21 September 2014 HARARE - We are sitting in one of Harare’s most fashionable cafes on the fringes of the city. It’s Friday and the cafe is undoubtedly busy, with overworked waiters and loud conversations around us. Opposite me is one of Harare’s critical thought leaders, Mutsa Samuel. The conversation ha...
Zim withdraws peacekeepers over Ebola 8 August 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe is withdrawing all peacekeeping personnel from Liberia where the Ebola has broken out, President Robert Mugabe has said.  Mugabe cited the “increasing” spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country's decision to withdraw its uniformed forces on a UN peacekeeping mission in ...
US/Africa summit: lost opportunity 28 July 2014 HARARE - Next week, United States President Barack Obama hosts a landmark US/Africa Investment summit in Washington. The summit brings together 47 heads of states from Africa and business leaders in a bid to  widen US trade, development and security ties with Africa. The summit will be held...
Africa can learn from Germany 19 July 2014 JOHANNESBURG - The 2014 Fifa World Cup has come and gone and we await Russia 2018 for the next global football fiesta again. The Brazil 2014 was some soccer festival. The tournament had everything for a great football extravaganza – plenty of goals, sizzling and entertaining soccer and there w...
Ebola deaths mount in Sierra Leone 11 July 2014 FREETOWN - High numbers of new cases of the Ebola virus are being reported in Sierra Leone and Liberia, with 19 deaths over three days this week, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) says. Such figures showed that it was a race against time to control the epidemic in Sierra Leone, medical ...