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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Ivory Coast farmers push back against cocoa output cap
SAN PEDRO, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast say they plan to ramp up production and establish new plantations, potentially jeopardising a new policy to cap output and boost prices from next year.,

    The West African country’s cocoa regulator (CCC) said in October it would cut production from 2.2 million tonnes to 2 million tonnes from next season in a bid to deter farmers from overproducing after Ivory Coast and neighbouring Ghana introduced a plan to raise farmers’ income.

 

    The world’s top two cocoa producers set a fixed $400 a tonne ‘living income differential’ (LID) in July on all their cocoa contracts for the 2020/21 season.

 

They also pledged to use the money raised to guarantee farmers 70% of a $2,600 a tonne target price.

 

    This should equate next season to a price for farmers of at least 1,000 CFA francs ($1.70) per kilogramme, versus 825 for this season, though it could be well above that if international prices rise.

 

    Benchmark cocoa futures on ICE hit their highest in a year and a half in November, helped in part by the LID announcement, but they could fall again if output in West Africa surges.

 

    Seventeen farmers who spoke to Reuters this month said a lack of business alternatives outside the cocoa industry leaves them with little choice but to expand output and make the most of improved prices.

 

    The farmers’ comments raise questions about whether the world’s No. 1 cocoa producer can implement production cuts in a country that relies on a million small producers who operate independently and have little incentive to cut back.

 

    “I’ve already cleared 4 hectares of forest in July that my family can plant with cocoa in the April rainy season and I’m not going to stop that,” said Sylvain Daple, who tends three hectares in San Pedro, the heart of Ivory Coast’s new cocoa belt.

 

    His view was echoed by other farmers in Daloa, Issia, Divo, Gagboa, Soubre and Meagui - territories which account for nearly 70% of the Ivorian crop.

 

    Most of them said the authorities needed to do more to encourage diversification.

 

    “If we have alternatives, options as profitable as cocoa, then we will limit our fields and our production, otherwise it is not possible,” said father-of-four Donald Assie in the village of Bobia near Gagboa.

 

    The CCC declined to comment. When it announced the output cap in October it did not say how it would be implemented and enforced.

 

    “I really don’t see how they can do it, I don’t see any sort of plan (and) I question whether they have one,” said an industry expert, who did not wish to be identified.

 

    “If they were prepared to expel hundreds of thousands of women and children from (protected) forests that would impact production but what do you do with tens of thousands of refugees?” the expert said.

 

     He said Ivory Coast has in the past expelled people on a small scale, but that never significantly curbed production.

 

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     Ivory Coast’s protected forests produce 500,000 tonnes of cocoa annually, according to official data.

 

    “The solution is to destroy all the plantations that are in the protected forests and in the parks,” said Salif Diomande, who purchases beans from farmers to sell to exporters.

 

    Ivory Coast has more than 2.5 million hectares of cocoa. The sector accounts for 15% of GDP and 40% of exports.

 

 

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:33:55 GMT


Victoria Falls shrink to a trickle, feeding climate change fears
VICTORIA FALLS, Zambia (Reuters) - For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa’s Zambezi river cascade down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views.,

But the worst drought in a century has slowed the waterfalls to a trickle, fuelling fears that climate change could kill one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions.

 

While they typically slow down during the dry season, officials said this year had brought an unprecedented decline in water levels.

 

“In previous years, when it gets dry, it’s not to this extent. This (is) our first experience of seeing it like this,” Dominic Nyambe, a seller of tourist handicrafts in his 30s said outside his shop in Livingstone, on the Zambian side.

 

“It affects us, because ... clients ... can see on the Internet (that the falls are low) .... We don’t have so many tourists.”

 

As world leaders gather in Madrid for the COP25 to discuss ways to halt catastrophic warming caused by human-driven greenhouse gas emissions, southern Africa is already suffering some of its worst effects — with taps running dry and some 45 million people in need of food aid amid crop failures.

 

Zimbabwe and Zambia have suffered power cuts as they are heavily reliant on hydropower from plants at the Kariba Dam which is on the Zambezi river downstream of the waterfalls.

 

Stretches of this kilometre-long natural wonder are nothing but dry stone. Water flow is low in others.

STARK REMINDER

 

Data from the Zambezi River Authority shows water flow at its lowest since 1995, and well under the long term average. Zambian President Edgar Lungu has called it “a stark reminder of what climate change is doing to our environment”.

 

Yet scientists are cautious about categorically blaming climate change. There is always seasonal variation in levels.

 

Harald Kling, hydrologist at engineering firm Poyry and

 

a Zambezi river expert, said climate science deals in decades, not particular years, “so it’s sometimes difficult to say this is because of climate change because droughts have always occurred”.

 

“If they become more frequent, then you can start saying, ok, this may be climate change,” he added.

 

He said early climate models had predicted more frequent dry years in the Zambezi basin, but that “what was surprising was that it (drought) has been so frequent” — the last drought was only three years ago. As the river gets hotter, 437 million cubic metres of water are evaporating every second, he said.

 

In Livingstone this week, four tourists stared into a mostly dry chasm normally gushing with white water. German student Benjamin Konig was disappointed.

 

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“Seems to be not much (water), a few rocky stones with a little water between it,” he said.

 

Richard Beilfuss, head of the International Crane Foundation, who has studied the Zambezi for the past three decades, thinks climate change is delaying the monsoon, “concentrating rain in bigger events which are then much harder to store, and a much longer, excruciating dry season”.

 

 

 

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:30:45 GMT


Renewables top 90% of Kenyan power with new 50 MW solar plant
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya brought a new 50 megawatt (MW) solar plant online on Friday which it said would mean renewable energy, led by hydroelectricity, now makes up more than 90% of its power mix. ,

The government is increasing electricity generation and investing in Kenya’s power grid to keep up with growing demand and reduce frequent blackouts in the east African country. But Kenya’s solar energy is still small compared to other sources.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office said the new solar plant, which has been built by the state-run Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation, was the biggest in East and Central Africa. It will contribute 2% of Kenya’s energy mix.

Most of Kenya’s electricity is already generated by renewable sources with geothermal ranked the second-biggest source of installed power generation after hydroelectricity.

“The 50MW solar plant has increased the share of renewable energy in our energy mix to more than 90%,” Kenya’s Ministry of Energy said on Twitter. It did not give details of the plant’s cost or how it had been financed.

Kenya ranks 40th worldwide in EY’s renewable energy country attractiveness index, which was issued in November.

 

 

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:28:01 GMT


South Africa records smaller FDI inflows in third quarter
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa recorded smaller foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in the third quarter compared with the second quarter, but portfolio investment inflows jumped after the government issued international bonds, central bank data showed on Friday.,

Africa’s most industrialised economy had FDI inflows of 17 billion rand ($1.16 billion) in the third quarter from inflows of 26.3 billion rand in the second quarter, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said in its Quarterly Bulletin.

 

The portfolio investment inflows were at 40.2 billion rand from July to the end of September from inflows of 10 billion rand in the prior quarter, mainly reflecting the government’s issuance of international bonds of $5 billion, the SARB said.

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:24:41 GMT


Kenya's competition regulator approves Airtel Kenya, Telkom Kenya merger
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s competition authority has approved the planned merger between Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya, the regulator said on Friday, in a deal that could challenge market leader Safaricom’s dominance of the East African country’s telecoms industry.,

India’s Bharti Airtel said in February its Airtel Networks Kenya unit had agreed to buy Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s smallest operator in which the state still has a 40% shareholding after a majority stake was sold in 2007.

 

The combined entity would create stronger competition for Safaricom, which now controls about two thirds of the market in terms of subscribers.

 

The Competition Authority of Kenya said in a legal notice that the merged entity was not allowed to sell itself for the next five years, and must honour any existing contracts with government bodies.

 

One last hurdle to the merger is the anti-corruption commission lifting a suspension it ordered in August while it investigated allegations about the misappropriation of public funds at Telkom.

 

France’s Orange bought a majority share in Telkom Kenya when it was privatised in 2007 but then sold its stake to London-based Helios Investment in 2015.

 

Airtel Kenya has previously said the merger would not involve Telkom Kenya’s extensive real estate holdings and some government contracts for unspecified services.

 

 

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:21:53 GMT


South Africa asks industry for options to end power crisis
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s government on Friday asked industry for the cheapest and quickest options to ease a power crunch, as cabinet held an emergency meeting to try and resolve a crisis threatening growth in Africa’s most industrialised economy.,

President Cyril Ramaphosa called the meeting after struggling state utility Eskom implemented the most extensive power cuts in more than a decade earlier this week, disrupting supply to businesses and households.

 

Eskom, which cut power for a ninth straight day on Friday, is choking under a massive 450 billion rand ($30.6 billion) debt burden and struggles to meet demand because its creaking coal-fired power stations haven’t been maintained properly.

 

It says the country desperately needs an additional 5,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity.

 

The energy ministry published a document on Friday requesting information from the power industry on options for between 2,000 MW and 3,000 MW of new capacity at least cost.

 

Firms are to reply by the end of January and present options that could be connected to the grid within three to six months or six to 12 months, if they are selected in a procurement process, the document showed.

 

For a factbox on potential power generation options:

 

Ramaphosa had said on Wednesday that Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan would present proposals on solving the crisis to the cabinet meeting, after the outages forced some miners to temporarily cut output early this week.

 

The power crisis is one of the biggest challenges for the former trade union leader turned millionaire businessman who has promised to fix ailing state firms and reverse years of mismanagement and stagnation.

 

But he has found it hard to overhaul Eskom and lift the country’s growth rate due to entrenched opposition to his reforms. Another struggling state firm, South African Airways, entered a form of bankruptcy protection last week.

EASE REGULATIONS

 

Some of the proposals being considered by cabinet on Friday include fast-tracking applications of businesses seeking to generate their own electricity, bringing in temporary generators and connecting renewable energy projects to the grid sooner than initially planned.

 

Private firms have been clamouring for years for the government to ease regulations to allow them to generate more of their own electricity.

 

Roger Baxter, chief executive of industry group the Minerals Council, told Reuters that miners could bring online between 500 MW and 1,500 MW of their own generating capacity over the next few years, if regulations were eased.

 

“All our eggs are in one basket with Eskom, which is not delivering. Government and business need to work together to solve this problem,” Baxter said.

 

Eskom, which cut 2,000 MW of power from the national grid on Friday morning but later scaled it back to 1,000 MW, wants a larger safety margin to do more maintenance on its plants.

As of Friday morning, Eskom had almost 12,000 MW of unplanned breakdowns, versus its nominal capacity of around 44,000 MW.

 

Power cuts are expected to ease from the middle of next week, as many local businesses shut down before the Christmas and New Year public holidays.

 

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:06:27 GMT


South Africa's rand hands back early gains to end flat
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s rand was flat against the dollar on Friday, struggling for direction after surprise gains in the face of a darkening growth outlook following a week of nationwide power cuts and ongoing uncertainty over U.S.-China trade talks.,

At 1530 GMT, the rand was 0.07% firmer at 14.4790 per dollar, hardly budged from the morning’s open as investors awaited details of a cabinet decision on how to deal with a crisis at power utility Eskom.

 

South Africa’s government on Friday asked industry for the cheapest and quickest options to ease a power crunch, as cabinet held an emergency meeting to try to resolve a crisis threatening growth in Africa’s most industrialised economy.

 

Eskom, which cut power for a ninth straight day on Friday, is choking under a massive 450 billion rand ($30.6 billion) debt burden and struggling to meet demand because its creaking coal-fired power stations haven’t been maintained properly.

 

The rand surprised market watchers by racing to a 5-month high in the session, hitting 14.3700 before pulling back, in what some analysts said was a move backed by the high yield on offer, more so after local inflation fell again and the U.S. Federal Reserve held rates.

 

“The rand rallied sharply overnight in response to a more confident tone on U.S.-China trade negotiations and the UK elections which reduce uncertainty,” analysts at ETM said in a note.

 

“Domestically, it is likely that a return to an almost functioning power grid will support sentiment following the return to stage 1 load shedding last night.”

 

On the bourse, stocks soared alongside emerging market shares as reports of a Sino-U.S. trade deal, as well as the prospect of a smooth Brexit, fired risk appetite across the globe.

 

The benchmark JSE Top-40 Index climbed 1.81% to 50,499.02 points while the broader All-Share Index rose 1.78% to 56,815.08 rand.

 

Financials were the biggest winners on the blue-chip index on the back of a firmer rand. Insurance and specialised finances company Discovery topped the bourse, up 6.13% at 122 rand.

 

Banks followed, with Absa Group up 5.14% to 152.88 rand, and Standard Bank Group rising 4.36% to 169.50 rand.

 

Materials shares acted as a drag as gold prices fell and investors switched to riskier stocks. AngloGold Ashanti was down 5.37%, while Goldfields fell 3.27%.

 

In the fixed income market, the yield on the benchmark government bond due in 2026 was down 1.5 basis points to 8.32%.

 

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 07:59:01 GMT


West African court voids Sierra Leone's ban on pregnant schoolgirls
LAGOS (Reuters) - West Africa’s top court on Thursday ordered Sierra Leone to revoke a ban on pregnant girls in school, a move activists hope could lead to challenges against similar laws across Africa.,

The continent has the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world, and 18 African countries require pregnant girls to drop out of school.

 

Sierra Leone’s ban was adopted in 2015 as teenage pregnancies rose during an Ebola epidemic. Critics say it has increased stigma for pregnant girls and sent thousands back in their studies.

 

The government has argued that allowing pregnant girls to attend school would tire them out, expose them to ridicule and encourage others to get pregnant.

 

Sierra Leone’s education minister David Senghe declined to comment on whether the government would respect the ruling. Previous Sierra Leonean governments have ignored decisions by the ECOWAS court.

 

The government has created part-time centers where pregnant girls could study but the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court in Nigeria ruled that this was not sufficient.

 

“The Court holds that the establishment of separate schools for pregnant girls with four taught subjects operating three days a week is discriminatory and a violation of the right to equal education,” the ruling stated.

 

“This is a great victory and will set a strong precedent across Africa,” said Judy Gitau, the head of women’s rights group Equality Now, which brought the case. “We’re confident (the government) will make a decision to lift the ban.”

Patience Aminata, who was kicked out of school three years ago at the age of 17, said she hoped to return.

 

“If a girl gets pregnant, she has every right to further her education because it leads to success, not just for her, but for her whole family,” she said. “This ruling means it’s not too late for me either.”

 

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Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:02:54 GMT


Ex-PM Tebboune wins Algeria presidential election: organisers
Former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won Algeria's widely unpopular presidential election without the need for a second-round runoff, the electoral commission said Friday.,

Tebboune, 74, took 58.15 percent of the vote, trouncing his four fellow contenders, commission chairman Mohamed Charfi announced.

Like him, they all served under the two-decade rule of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in the face of mass protests in April.

Protesters have stayed on the streets ever since, including on polling day, demanding the total dismantling of the system that has ruled Algeria since independence from France in 1962.

It will now fall to Tebboune to try to restore stability, but he will first have to win over the millions who boycotted Thursday's vote, which saw the lowest turnout for a multi-party election since independence.Reuters

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Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:01:39 GMT


Ebola spreads in Congo after militants attack treatment camp -WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - Cases of the deadly Ebola virus have risen in the Democratic Republic of Congo where health care workers remain largely cut off from the disease’s hotspots since militants attacked their camp, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ,

 

Twenty-seven Ebola cases were confirmed in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the week through Dec. 10, against an average of seven in the last three weeks, WHO said.

Ebola is highly contagious and spreads through bodily fluids.

Militia fighters in eastern Congo killed four people and wounded several in attacks on two Ebola response centres two weeks ago, in what responders described as a serious setback to efforts to contain the epidemic.

“Insecurity is one of the main challenges that we are facing because it prevents us (from reaching) the communities to protect them against Ebola,” Dr Michel Yao, WHO incident manager, told a Geneva briefing.

 

A helicopter is to be used as an air bridge to ferry epidemiologists and vaccinators to insecure areas and bring them back the same day, he said. More than 20 people from the stricken Biakato mine area were vaccinated on Thursday, he said.

“When we cannot access the community, we cannot perform surveillance activities including vaccination that has been one of the key innovations that help us really to stop the spread out of this country to others,” Yao said.

There have been 3,340 Ebola cases including 2,210 deaths in the world’s second largest epidemic that was declared in August 2018, WHO figures show.

An Ebola survivor fell ill with the disease for a second time in eastern Congo, the Congolese health authorities said on Sunday, saying it was not yet clear if it was a case of relapse or reinfection.

The man died in a village near Beni, Yao said.

 

WHO said that the majority of the 27 new cases were linked to a single chain of transmission, in which that man was a potential source of infection for 17 people.

It was the second time that Ebola virus had been documented in the man within six months, it said.

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Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:59:03 GMT