| Africatime
Lundi 24 Avril 2017
(Le Soleil 18/07/13)
La Commission économique pour l’Afrique (Cea) en collaboration avec Oxford University Press, a publié la 3ème édition du Rapport sur la gouvernance en Afrique (Agr III). «Alors que l'Afrique a enregistré des progrès remarquables dans la régularité des élections, le contenu et la qualité de ces élections demeurent suspects dans de nombreux pays. Les élections sont devenues source de conflits avec la violence, les tensions et les acrimonies et les divisions d'élite pointue qui retardent les résultats des élections. Ceci constitue une tendance préoccupante à l'avenir démocratique de l'Afrique », lit-on dans le communiqué. Ce rapport retrace la généalogie des élections en Afrique; les infrastructures politiques et constitutionnelles sur lesquelles les élections sont faites, les formes de transition politique par...
( 17/07/13)
ASI24 - (Dakar) Les télécommunications en Afrique avaient pour règle quasi générale de passer par l’Europe, même lorsqu’il s’agissait de communiquer entre deux pays africains voisins, et même entre deux régions d’un pays, ce n’est plus le cas. L’Afrique est en train de s’affranchir de cette tutelle. Bientôt, le trafic entre l’Afrique australe et l’Afrique de l’Est ne sera plus routé par l’Europe, a indiqué samedi l’Agence Ecofin. L’opérateur des télécommunications Liquid Telecom a annoncé s’être lancé dans le perfectionnement de son réseau de fibre optique à travers l’Afrique de l’Est. Ces travaux « ont déjà permis de décongestionner le réseau, améliorer la connectivité et fournir des taux de latence très bas sur le contient africain ». Depuis l’acquisition de...
(MmegiOnline 12/07/13)
MAUN: The recent flawless elections of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) central committee have been lauded by observers as an indication that the party has regained its stability and intends to hold its democratic principles in high regard. This is because in past years BDP has faced great division whenever going to and during central committee elections. The party's history is also littered with tales of paralysis and splits after disputes at the elections. Ahead of the BDP polls, all attention was on the two candidates for the tightly contested position of party chairman, wealthy businessman-cum-politician Samson Guma Moyo and cabinet minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.But there was one man who had a lot to prove going to the party's national elective...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/13)
America's wealthiest universities are venturing into Africa's fast-growing frontier markets in search of outsized investment returns that will allow them to offer scholarships, lure star professors and fund research. For Sub-Saharan Africa, recognition from these deep-pocketed U.S. institutions, who have often earned envy among fellow global investors for their strong returns, marks a significant shift. American university endowments - permanent funds of educational institutions - pride themselves on spotting new investment opportunities early, such as venture capital, private equity and natural resources such as timber. Combined, they manage assets of over $400 billion. A study of 831 endowments by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published this year showed their annual net returns...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. He was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on June 8. The government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A close friend told Sky News that the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for Mandela, a transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation.
(Botswana Daily News 28/06/13)
Government has allocated over P500 000 for the construction of 115 houses for people who were left homeless by the heavy down pours early this year in the North West District. The North West District council chairperson, Mr Lathang Molonda told a full council meeting on June 25 that a total of 93 houses would be constructed in the jurisdiction of Maun Administrative Authority while the remaining 22 would be built in the Okavango Sub-district. He said in order to fast track implementation, the council was considering to engage Maun Technical College final year students to construct some of the houses while the rest would be done by artisans from the respective villages. Mr Molonda thanked government for being passionate...
(Botswana Daily News 19/06/13)
Entrepreneurs have been called upon to improve their products to international standards if they are to compete in the global market. Briefing the media during Vendors Day on July 18, the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Keletso Rakhudu said local products had come of age when compared with several years ago. Mr Rakhudu said it was visible from Vendors Day exhibitors that entrepreneurs had improved their quality, especially with branding. He, however, said as an emerging market, Botswana would always grapple with issues of quality products but said government had put measures in place such as Local Enterprises Authority (LEA) which had incubators. The assistant minister said local entrepreneurs were challenged by the relocation of Diamond Trading Company...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
( 10/06/13)
President Ian Khama did not fall short of words last Friday in his appreciation of all the finest things to have come from this soil. In his appreciation of the country's greatness, Khama hailed local singers, dancers, poets, sportsmen and -women for their massive talent. Despite the small population, the President told throngs of people who turned up for the Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) Excellence Awards in the capital that there is an impressive quota of talent here.One thing he eloquently and passionately spoke about was the beauty of local women.He showered them with accolades and indeed thanked his bachelorhood for having the liberty to appreciate such creations. Before recognising one of the brainy-and without a doubt beautiful young women...
( 03/05/13)
When we celebrate May Day we rarely reflect on why it is a public holiday in Botswana or elsewhere. *SIAN BYRNE, PALIANI CHINGUWO, WARREN MCGREGOR and LUCIEN VAN DER WALT tell of the powerful struggles that lie behind its existence, and the organisations that created it and kept its meaning alive. May Day, international workers day, started as a global general strike commemorating five anarchist labour organisers executed in 1887 in the USA. Mounting the scaffold, August Spies declared:'If you think that by hanging us, you can stamp out the labour movement - the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery - the wage slaves - expect salvation - if this...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...

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