Morocco: Hands across the Sahara

The Libyan economy has virtually imploded and Egypt is more preoccupied with looking east than south, while Algeria trades very little with sub-Saharan Africa. Figures from Algiers reveal that the country only exported $42m to sub-Saharan Africa in the first nine months of 2016. Rabat calculates that 85% of Morocco’s foreign direct investment goes to sub-Saharan Africa, with Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon the top three destinations. If anything, Morocco is likely to become more prominent as an entrepôt for African investment over the next few years. The most important area of Moroccan investment at present is the banking sector.

January 19, 2017 07:13 UTC

State House in crisis meeting as maize price hits 5-year high

Highest priceA 2kg packet of maize flour is now retailing at more than Sh113 in Nairobi, with the highest price of Sh121 recorded at Nakumatt supermarkets. A similar packet of maize retailed at Sh90 in January last year. The maize flour price inflation crisis is underlined by the fact that as late as last month a 2kg packet retailed at an average of Sh97. Kenya was last hit by a maize flour crisis in 2011 when a 2kg packet retailed at Sh140 in the wake of a serious shortage of maize. This was the highest maize flour price to have been registered in a decade.

January 19, 2017 06:02 UTC

Middle East and North Africa Defense Spends on Training and Simulation: 2016 to 2024

LONDON, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --SummaryStrategic Defense Intelligence in its report "Middle East and North Africa Defense Spends on Training and Simulation: 2016 to 2024" provides quantitative top-level view of projected spends on Training and Simulation. - Provides segmentation data of the Training and Simulation market in Middle East and North Africa. Synopsis"Middle East and North Africa Defense Spends on Training and Simulation: 2016 to 2024" a market research analytics report from the house of Strategic Defense Intelligence; outlays Middle East and North Africa's projected budget allocations on Training and Simulation. The report provides strategic outlay on individual segments which include Aircraft Simulators, Combat Simulators, Helicopter Simulators and Maritime Simulators (where applicable). Reasons To Buy- Understand the Middle East and North Africa Training and Simulation market using Strategic Defense Intelligence's market and segmentation analytics.

January 18, 2017 23:32 UTC

Warriors fighting Southern Africa cause in Gabon

Warriors fighting Southern Africa cause in GabonShort URL: DIDIER NDONG in Libreville, Gabon– ZIMBABWE will be without chief striker Knowledge Musona but plenty of confidence when they take on Africa’s top-ranked nation, Senegal, in an Africa Cup of Nations Group B encounter in Gabon on Thursday.Kickoff is 21h00 (Zimbabwean time) at the Stade de Franceville, days after the Southern African side held another side fancied as favourites, Algeria.Zimbabwe’s Warriors, the region’s only Southern African team at the continent’s biggest football tournament, will gain inspiration from a thrilling two-all draw against Algeria’s Desert Foxes at the same venue on Sunday.In fact, Callisto Pasuwa’s men could have grabbed all three points had it not been a lapse of concentration late in the game against the 1990 winners.Goalscorers against Algeria, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Nyasha Mushweki, have their confidence up while midfield kingpins Williard Katsande and Danny Phiri are again tipped to boss the middle of the park.In the absence of the injured Musona, winger Khama Billiat looks set to terrorize the Teranga Lions with Czech-based Costa Nhamoinesu stabilizing the backline.If 1992 champions Senegal’s result in their opening encounter, against Tunisia, is anything to go by, Zimbabweans, playing in only their third tournament, are in for a sterner test.The West Africans won 2-0, also on Sunday.Sadio Mane and Kara Mbodji scored the goal and will be hoping to be on target when they lead the Teranga Lions frontline in battle against the Warriors.In another Group B match promising fireworks Algeria will play Tunisia in a North African derby that kicks off three hours earlier at the same venue.Tunisia, winners in 1965, 1994 and 2004, will be looking forward to their marksman Ahmed Akaichi and their acrobatic goalkeeper and captain, Aymen Mathlouthi, to bounce back.African Football of the Year, Riyad Karim Mahrez, scorer of the two goals against Zimbabwe, is again tipped to provide inspiration and the goals for Algeria.

January 18, 2017 15:56 UTC

International Christian NGO Hails Morocco’s Tolerance Tradition

The Netherlands-based Non-profit Christian organization “Open Doors” has hailed Morocco’s tolerance and religious openness, saying it is a land promoting cohabitation between civilizations. The North African country, despite terrorist threats, is the best example of good cohabitation between different religions and a model in this field thanks to King Mohammed VI’s sustained efforts to promote an open, tolerant and moderate Islam, the NGO states. In the “Open Doors” report, Libya tops the list of countries in the region where Christians are permanently persecuted. The now divided North African country ranks 11th globally. Mauritania ranks 47th and is also tagged among countries where Christians are persecuted

January 18, 2017 15:35 UTC

Limpopo Residents End Protest After Govt Promises To Tar Road

At last community members in Tshitale in Limpopo and residents of neighboring Nthabalala community, on Wednesday, suspended protests going on in the area since last week Wesnesday. The aggrieved residents embarked on the protest requesting the government to construct a 45km road connecting Tshitale to Morebeng. In another incident, Tshirolwe villagers blocked a road north of Makhado that same day. The protesters also rejected a proposal by the provincial department of public works and its road agency to have the main gravel road upgraded to tar by 2018, as negotiations between community leaders and Limpopo MEC for public works‚ roads and infrastructure Jerry Ndou failed to yield fruits. Public order police were later deployed to the area on Monday according to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafelo Mojapelo.

January 18, 2017 15:11 UTC

Police on Police Crime: IPID Investigates The Fatal Shooting Of Constable In Katlehong

BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that IPID is investigating the shooting of a police officer by another officer during a shoot-out with alleged robbers. The shoot-out reportedly happened at a BP Garage opposite The Spar in Katlehong North. According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), there was a robbery at The Spar and the policemen had taken positions at the Engen Garage. Meanwhile, the shooting was captured in a video recording which has been doing the rounds in the media. Noting the video depicting the fatal shooting of the police officer circulating online, SAPS identified the member as Constable Tshepo Tladi (35).

January 18, 2017 11:19 UTC

British tour operator evacuating nearly 1 000 Gambia holidaymakers

British tour operator Thomas Cook started evacuating nearly 1,000 holidaymakers from Gambia on Wednesday after President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on his final day in office, increasing the chances of civil unrest. It was also trying to contact a further 2,500 'flight only' tourists in Gambia to arrange for their departure on the earliest available flight, it said. Despite the reputation of its leader, Gambia's Atlantic ocean beaches are popular with European holidaymakers seeking winter sun, sea and sand. Barrow is currently in neighbouring Senegal, fuelling speculation that he may be sworn in as President at the Gambian embassy in Dakar - technically Gambian soil. Hundreds of Gambians have also been fleeing over the border to Senegal in the last few days, fearing civil unrest.

January 18, 2017 09:50 UTC

Egypt signs $61.6m deal with South Korea

Egypt signs $61.6m deal with South KoreaIn North Africa, the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) has signed a $61.68 million deal with South Korea’s Doosan Group for the supply of power plant equipment. According to Daily News Egypt, the deal includes the supply of a 650MW turbine, condensers, and generators for the Assiut power plant. The output energy will be linked to the main station in Assiut with a voltage of 500KV," Daily News Egypt explained. According to media reports, the Upper Egypt Electricity Production Company’s (UEEPC) CEO, Ibrahim El-Shahat, explained that the total cost of the power plant amounts to $264.9 million. Among the funders include "the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Islamic Development Bank, and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)," Dail News Egypt reported.

January 18, 2017 07:25 UTC

Mozambique’s unexpected truce still hangs in the balance

A week later they agreed to extend the truce by a further 60 days. But from late 2015 government forces started attacking Renamo positions and targeting civilians suspected of supporting Renamo. Dialogue mediated by Mozambican civil society groups secured the truce before the 2014 elections, but failed to find a more enduring settlement. Which provinces Renamo won is a further matter of dispute. A question of sovereigntyYet the terms of the ceasefire remain unresolved, and this poses an immediate threat to the truce.

January 18, 2017 07:17 UTC

MPs want cash for the starving, not relief food

The seven MPs, led by Asman Kamama (Tiaty), also called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare drought a national disaster. The lawmakers asked Devolution and Planning secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri to channel resources to starving families through the cash transfer mechanism instead of sending relief food, which takes long to reach affected families. They have staff and capacity to supply food unlike the government which hires lorries, takes food to chiefs then starts distributing,” Mr Kamama said. Turkana North MP Christopher Nakuleu said the situation is also the same in Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Marsabit, Isiolo and parts of North Eastern. This is an affair of 400 years ago,” Mr Kamama said.

January 17, 2017 19:05 UTC

U.S. Offers Tunisia Two Vessels to Fight Terrorism, Illegal Migration

Tunisia received Monday two American speedy vessels that will help in the fight against illegal migration and terrorism. The North African country, despite a successful democratic transition, is facing terrorism threats coming mainly from neighboring unstable Libya. According to AFP, Tunisia has already received two vessels, while the remaining two will be delivered in one-year time. Washington and several other western capitals have been supporting Tunisia in its fight against terrorism, mainly in securing its 500 km-border with Libya. The North African country was rocked in 2015 by three terror attacks perpetrated by Islamic State group (IS) militants, reportedly trained in Libya.

January 17, 2017 16:52 UTC

Spain: Moroccan Boxing Coach Aligned with IS Arrested

The Spanish interior ministry announced Monday the arrest of a Moroccan boxing coach, charged for leading an Islamic State (IS) recruiting cell operating in the Basque country. The Spanish security authorities established a link between the boxing coach and four IS militants arrested in November, in Strasbourg, France. The Moroccan boxing coach is also finger-pointed for financing the trip of a roommate to Turkey. The young man was later arrested in Morocco at the request of Spanish authorities. He reportedly admitted to have been given by the boxing coach a flash key containing instructions from the terrorist group.

January 17, 2017 16:48 UTC

3 important things to note from the 27th Africa-France summit

During the 27th Africa-France summit held on Saturday with more than 30 African leaders met with French elder state men in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Issues about African peace and security as well as intelligence sharing, capacity building and acquisition of hardware were discussed, highlighting the need to resolve security challenges on the continent. Notwithstanding, even with the unrest in Mali, and France continued interference with the peacekeeping mission, the effort is not acknowledged to an extent. But President Hollande promises to increase development project funds could be in line with investments in areas such as Education, Power, Solid Minerals, Agriculture and Information Communication Technology. He later emphasised that the need for this partnership to continue to assist Africa in financing its development.

January 17, 2017 16:47 UTC

The search for missing flight MH370 ended before now, but nature could still prevail

An analysis of satellite radar led analysts to believe the final resting place of the plane is the Indian Ocean. Australia, Malaysia, and China have since constituted a team that has combed the Southern Indian Ocean for the past three years with little or no success. With no new evidence to suggest the need for an extension, the search team has now ended the three-year-long investigation into the fate of the jet, with no positive results. Technically, the search for the flight from the official team of searchers made up of Malaysia, China, and Australia ended in July 2016 when the team released a statement indicating a scheduled end. However, at the moment, the only hope of ever finding the debris of the jet remains with nature.

January 17, 2017 16:33 UTC

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