MAHIKENG, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa appealed for calm on Friday after flying into the northern city of Mahikeng to try to quell an outbreak of violent demonstrations. REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR Police officer stands guard after a filling station was looted by protesters in Mahikeng, North West Province, South Africa, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoRamaphosa cut short a visit to a Commonwealth summit in Britain a day earlier to travel to the North West province where crowds have been protesting against poor public services and demanding the resignation of the local government leader. Locals loot cement from an AfriSam cement truck during protests in Mahikeng, North West Province, South Africa, April 20, 2018. Protesters seeking jobs, better housing, roads and hospitals frequently clash with police in South Africa, where weak economic growth has left more than one in four workers unemployed.
April 20, 2018 15:03 UTC
Omar ibn Said or Umar B. Sayyid was born in 1770 in Futa Toro, present-day Senegal. Accused of an unclear crime, Said was sold by the Fula people to an American slave trader. He then traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina to escape a harsh master. Said’s literary works are now on display at the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and the Andover Theological Seminary. The Omar ibn Sayyid Mosque in Fayetteville, NC is named in honor of the scholar.
April 20, 2018 12:45 UTC
Government on Friday noted the violent protests which have rocked the North West provincial capital Mahikeng and surrounds, slamming the looting and destruction of property as “unacceptable”. President Cyril Ramaphosa flew in from UK on Thursday night in a bid to quell the violence which has accompanied growing calls for the removal of North West premier Supra Mahumapelo. “Violence, damage to property and infringing on others rights and free movement will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies. Streets have been trashed and buildings and vehicles torched, while the unrest has spread to other towns in the North West. Ramaphosa cut short his visit to the UK to attend to the violent protests in the North West.
April 20, 2018 12:22 UTC
The UN mission to the Sahara, MINURSO, adheres with the longstanding practice of holding meetings with the Polisario in Rabouni, Algeria, said UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. The contacts of the MINURSO and its chief Colin Stewart with the Polisario are held outside of the Mission area, the spokesperson said. Earlier reports said that the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative had refused to meet Polisario members at Bir Lahlou, east of the security berm, as requested by the leaders of the front. He said that the MINURSO members were later allowed to continue their patrol and that Polisario leadership acknowledged the incident and apologized to the UN mission. Morocco had handed this part of the Moroccan Sahara to the UN for ceasefire monitoring purposes pending a lasting solution to the regional conflict.
April 20, 2018 12:11 UTC
There is another medium through which this message should be communicated well to the Europeans, which is the North African Arabs. The Sunni sect peacefully co-existed with the Shiites and granted them the freedom to practice their beliefs in all Arab countries. Our relation with Iran back then was cold…I have also known them through (OPEC).”“After the revolution, Algeria was against the war against Iran and stayed neutral during the Iraqi-Iranian war. Iran’s conspiracies“I have no doubt that the Iranian regime thrives on destabilizing other countries, and pushes all countries to instability. We have to unite our efforts and arrange meetings with the Arab North Africa who knows Iran as well as us to make their voices heard in Europe.
April 20, 2018 11:31 UTC
Global deal accelerates Southern African incubators growthby MTHULISI SIBANDAJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) has confirmed a partnership with the International Business Innovation Association (INBIA). This coincides with South Africa mandating SABTIA to address challenges in the local business incubation and acceleration community. The partnership is geared at developing innovative “co-incubation” models to address challenges of accessing global markets, innovation and investment into Southern Africa. It is an independent and private association formed to promote and coordinate business incubation and acceleration in Southern Africa. Zaid Mohidin, SABTIA Chairman, said critics argued business incubation had limited success in Africa.
April 20, 2018 11:03 UTC
The World Bank urged Morocco to adopt a new growth model oriented towards boosting exports and strengthening the private sector. “Morocco’s growth model shows signs of weaknesses as it is confronted with a series of sustainability issues that risk, with varying degrees of intensity, impeding further progress,” the World Bank said in its April economic outlook for Morocco. It added that the economic model based on domestic demand, especially public investment, risks petering out without a significant increase in investment spillovers and productivity. A new growth model is also needed to promote job creation among the young and educated. On the long term, the WB projected growth to reach 3 percent in 2018 with cereal production returning to its historical average, while non-agricultural GDP growth is expected to remain around 3 percent in the absence of more decisive structural reforms.
April 20, 2018 09:00 UTC
Following the example of Guinea, Mali has summoned its Ambassador to Algiers to express its rejection of the ill-treatment of Sub-Saharan migrants by Algerian authorities. In total, some 1440 Malians underwent arbitrary expulsions and were abandoned in harsh conditions by Algerian authorities between January and March 2018. Mali, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), set up hosting facilities on the Algerian borders to receive migrants kicked out by Algerian authorities. This anti-migrant practices and rhetoric were behind the recall of the Guinean Ambassador to Algiers earlier in January. In Conakry, the Algerian official has surely tried to convince his interlocutors to appoint an ambassador to Algiers.
April 20, 2018 07:52 UTC
0By Colleta DewaJohannesburg - Zimbabweans living in South Africa marked Independence Day amid calls for the current government to prioritise economic fortification, which would result in an active industry to create jobs. “All is not rosy in South Africa. Coming to South Africa was not by choice, according to Effius Mazvi – a truck driver. It is my wish that Zimbabwe will prove to the world that it is a civilised and reformed democratic nation. A significant number of Zimbabweans crossed the Limpopo into South Africa due to the economic challenges that the nation has been facing.
April 20, 2018 07:07 UTC
Looting continued in the North West capital, Mahikeng, on Thursday as the call for North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign grew. Photo: Molaole Montsho/ANAMAHIKENG – President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC leaders are expected to visit the North West province on Friday to address the unrest in Mahikeng. #MahikengUnrests pic.twitter.com/BlJmMi0kjw — Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) April 19, 2018Many residents are demanding the removal of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Presidency said Ramaphosa "noted, with serious concern, reports of protest and clashes between protesters and police in the North West province." He will be accompanied on his visit by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and members of the party's national executive committee in the North West.
April 20, 2018 06:51 UTC
Mr Ramaphosa has called for calm and ordered police to exercise restraint. But they are the worst since Mr Ramaphosa took office and he needs to be seen as hearing out people's grievances. Neighbouring Botswana said it had closed exit points along its shared border with North West province. South Africa's faltering economy has been a priority for Mr Ramaphosa since he took over from former President Jacob Zuma. In a recent interview with Bloomberg in London, Mr Ramaphosa said he was seeking $100bn (£71bn) in investment to help kick-start the economy.
April 20, 2018 00:18 UTC
Photo: GCISPresident Cyril Ramaphosa meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa Maypress releasePresident Ramaphosa calls for calm in the North West Province as he returns early from LondonPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has noted, with serious concern, reports of protest and clashes between protesters and police in the North-West Province. President Ramaphosa has called for calm and adherence to the rule of law in the province and has called on all aggrieved parties to express their grievances through peaceful means and engagement rather than violence and anarchy. The President has also called on law-enforcement agencies to exercise maximum restraint in execution of their duties to return calm and normality to the province. To pay attention to the situation in the North West, the President has decided to cut short his participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London where he is leading a government delegation. The President will return to Pretoria today, Thursday, 19 April 2018.
April 19, 2018 22:07 UTC
Polisario militiamen have fired warning shots at members of the UN mission to the Sahara, MINURSO, which was conducting a patrol east of the Moroccan-built security wall in the demilitarized area, said UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. Speaking to reporters at the daily briefing, Dujarric said that the MINURSO confirmed that they were fired at and intercepted by the Polisairo armed men in an incident that further vindicates Morocco’s concerns regarding the polisairo’s serious violations of the UN-brokered ceasefire agreement. He said that the MINURSO members were later allowed to continue their patrol and that Polisario leadership acknowledged the incident and apologized to the UN mission. Morocco has threatened to intervene militarily if the UN fails to compel the Polisairo to uphold the ceasefire agreement and the status of the area east of the security wall. Morocco has built the wall inside the Sahara territory in order to be able to pursue Polisario militiamen without crossing the Algerian borders.
April 19, 2018 21:33 UTC
ANCYL spokesman in North West Tshiamo Tsotetsi says North West premier must heed the call of the people and resign. PHOTO: ANA ReporterRUSTENBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the North West was on Thursday divided over whether Premier Supra Mahumapelo must resign. The ANCYL in the province said Mahumapelo must resign, while the regional structure in Ngaka Modiri said Mahumapelo must stay. Tsotetsi said the ANCYL made it public that they fully support the call made by the people in the province for Mahumapelo to resign. However, in contrast to the stance of the ANCYL provincial structure, the ANCYL in Ngaka Modiri Molema had came out in support of the premier.
April 19, 2018 20:03 UTC
Morocco 2026 is Africa 2026, the Cameroonian suggested, adding that Morocco has been an African stalwart in various sectors–a trendsetter and a genuine partner for fellow African countries. According to the British outlet’s estimates, of the 54 African voters, 49 have officially lent their support to Morocco 2026. And what more than a World Cup can fight against this sentiment?” the Algerian asked. With 54 African nations and the majority of Arab countries expected to vote for Morocco 2026, the next stop for Morocco 2026’s is Europe. And there, too, things look rather promising: France, Belgium, Russia, Luxembourg, and Serbia have already publicly endorsed Morocco 2026.
April 19, 2018 17:48 UTC