Africa is China's success story

Africa is China's success story

Wed, Jun 06, 2018 – 5:50 AM THE decision of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in west Africa, to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish relations with China is the latest evidence of Beijing’s phenomenal success in Africa, especially since the turn of the century. Numbers tell the story. Chinese trade with Africa in […]

S. Africa Justice Minister Backs Beleaguered Head Prosecutor

S. Africa Justice Minister Backs Beleaguered Head Prosecutor

South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha said he has “full confidence” in chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams and he had supported the 2016 decision to bring charges against then-finance minister Pravin Gordhan — a move that knocked the rand but was reversed two weeks later. Abrahams had been accused by opposition parties and rights groups of […]

Special Operations Forces in Africa Likely to Face Cuts in Major Military Review

Special Operations Forces in Africa Likely to Face Cuts in Major Military Review

Some of the reassigned troops could be put on potential missions against Russia or China. Or, officials said, they could rotate into deployments to ease the strain on American commandos who have repeatedly been sent abroad. Maj. Sheryll I. Klinkel, a Pentagon spokeswoman, declined to comment on the specific planning reductions being considered but confirmed […]

Africa's World Cup coaches: Egypt's Hector Cuper highest paid

Africa's World Cup coaches: Egypt's Hector Cuper highest paid

The Pharaohs of Egypt are paying their Argentine manager over a million pounds yearly – a figure that puts him straight ahead of the other African managers heading to Russia. A report published by the U.K. Daily Mirror said the 62-year-old thus ranks 11th overall on the pay list of 32 World Cup bound managers. […]

A Startup Uses Bitcoin to Reduce Friction of Doing Business in Africa

A Startup Uses Bitcoin to Reduce Friction of Doing Business in Africa

Bitcoin can make a positive impact on the financial industry. This is especially true when it comes to regions where financial hardship has become the new normal. Companies such as BitPesa try to disrupt the negative financial cycle in Africa by introducing Bitcoin-based solutions. Africa Needs Cryptocurrency Fighting financial hardship in Africa is no easy […]

Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa

Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa

The performance raised questions about the uneasy balance between cultural appreciation and modern views of dignity and female empowerment. The episode also highlighted the unintended consequences of digital technology, which, in this case, spread local images to a far wider, even global, audience. The so-called reed dance is performed each year in seminudity in other […]

Africa in the news: Uganda's 'gossip tax,' Kenya's corruption probe, and a politics roundup

Africa in the news: Uganda's 'gossip tax,' Kenya's corruption probe, and a politics roundup

Ugandan parliament passes controversial tax against social media and messaging internet platforms On Thursday, May 31, Uganda’s parliament passed a controversial, so-called “gossip tax” that imposes fees on users of “over-the-top” platforms. The tax will charge 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) a day to subscribers using WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and similar sites. Notably, though, despite the […]

Morne Morkel: England provides 'highest quality' of cricket after South Africa exit

Morne Morkel: England provides 'highest quality' of cricket after South Africa exit

Morne Morkel took 15 wickets in the recent Test series against Australia, which South Africa won 3-1 Former South Africa bowler Morne Morkel says playing in England was the logical choice after quitting internationals. The 33-year-old paceman has signed a two-year deal with Surrey, having played his final Test for the Proteas against Australia at […]