Category Archives: Africa

Mozambique lead CHAN goal charge with five

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Mozambique scored five goals as 2016 African Nations Championship qualifying kicked off

Mozambique scored five goals and Senegal, South Africa and Uganda three each this weekend as 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying kicked off. Luis Jose Miquissone was the destroyer-in-chief for the Mozambican Mambas (Snakes) against the Seychelles in Indian Ocean port Beira with an 18-minute hat-trick.

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Angola arrests 13 dissident youths, including rapper

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Angolan police officers arrest young people on September 19, 2013 at the Square of Independence in the center of Luanda, while they were calling for a demonstration against social injustices

Angolan police have arrested at least 13 young opposition activists, including rapper Luaty Beirao, who have campaigned against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the interior ministry said Sunday. Activist groups, among them the Angolan Revolutionary Movement, claimed on social media platforms that as many as 20 people had been arrested when police raided a youth meeting in the heart of the capital Luanda on Saturday. The interior ministry said its criminal investigation unit had arrested “13 Angolan citizens who were caught red-handed as they prepared to carry out acts aimed at disrupting public order and security in the country”.

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Marseille stalwart Anigo joins Tunisians Esperance

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Jose Anigo, pictured on April 25, 2014, ended a 26-year association with Marseille by agreeing to become the new coach of Esperance, the Tunisians' club official Zied Tlemcani told AFP

Jose Anigo ended a 26-year association with Marseille on Sunday by agreeing to become the new coach of Esperance, the Tunisians’ club official Zied Tlemcani told AFP. Since 2001, the 54-year-old had worked as coach, sports director and a supervisor in Africa for the French Ligue 1 giants. Since 2014, when he was removed as coach, he settled in Morocco following the murder of his son Adrian, who was 30 when he was shot dead in Marseille.

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S.Africa ministers ‘plotted to protect Sudan’s Bashir’

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrives in Khartoum from Johannesburg on June 15, 2015 after a court ordered him not to leave South Africa as it decided whether to arrest him over alleged war crimes

The South African government secretly plotted to ensure safe passage out of the country for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir despite an international warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict in Darfur, was able to fly out of Pretoria last Monday despite a court order blocking his departure. South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper, revealing what it said was a secret meeting of top ministers to discuss protecting Bashir, said he was escorted to his …read more

South Africa opposition calls for investigation into Bashir’s flight out

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Sudan's President Bashir prepares for a group photograph ahead of the African Union summit in Johannesburg

South Africa’s main opposition on Sunday called for a full investigation into the government’s failure to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who is due to face charges of genocide at the International Criminal Court. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it wanted the Public Protector’s office to determine who was responsible for authorizing the use of state resources to enable al-Bashir’s departure. Last Monday, before a Pretoria court ruled that the leader should be held in the country and the ICC’s arrest warrant executed, Bashir flew out of the Waterkloof Air Base heading for Khartoum.

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Booze firms toast Africa’s ripening market

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People visit the South African stand at Vinexpo, the world's biggest wine fair, in Bordeaux, on June 18, 2015

For wine and spirits companies looking to expand their businesses, Africa and its growing middle class clamouring for refined tipples is now one of the world’s fastest-growing beverage markets, analysts say. Wine consumption in Africa is rising five times faster than the global average, according to a study of 24 sub-Saharan African countries released this past week by British wine consultancy IWSR at the world’s leading wine fair, Vinexpo. “More and more Africans have disposable income,” said Daniel Mettyear, who led the IWSR study.

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Lack of electricity hinders DR Congo mining sector

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In Katanga's regional capital Lubumbashi, power cuts regularly shut down the furnace at the Societe de Traitement du Terril factory, shown here on May 27, 2015

The minerals in the south-eastern Katanga region represent potential riches for the Democratic Republic of Congo, but a lack of electricity is preventing the country from fully exploiting them. In Katanga’s regional capital Lubumbashi, power cuts regularly shut down the furnace at the STL factory that extracts cobalt, copper and zinc oxide from a nearby mountain of slag. It takes 34 megawatts of electricity for the site’s giant furnace to operate at full capacity, but DR Congo’s national power company Snel is only supplying 24 megawatts.

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