But Lonmin gave it the thumbs down, insisting that the demand was unreasonable and would impact negatively on the company’s viability. It’s now five years after the scores of striking Lonmin mineworkers were gunned down. The political party, which was previously a black nationalist movement, has now urged the ANC government to declare August 16 a public holiday. If the day is declared a public holiday, the PAC believes:It would afford the country the opportunity to set down the massacre in South Africa’s history. Like Sharpeville, Langa, and Soweto massacre, the PAC wants Marikana massacre to be recorded in the history of the country.
August 15, 2017 13:18 UTC
From Sherwood Forest to Senegal - a plucky Nottinghamshire cuckoo's epic 3,500 trip has been tracked to help protect the future of his species. And the Sherwood bird has proved one of the hardiest, flying to the west African coast when others have only taken flight as far as the likes of Belgium, Italy and Poland - including fellow Sherwood Forest cuckoo Nicholas, who was last seen loitering in the Italian Alps. (Image: British Trust for Ornithology)A BTO spokesman said: "We’ve lost over half the number of cuckoos in the UK over the last 20 years. (Image: British Trust for Ornithology)While they spend their winters away from the UK, cuckoos are one of the better known British bird species. Each April, after returning to our shores their distinctive calls can be heard heralding the return of spring.
August 15, 2017 13:07 UTC
A painting of Pearl Harbor done by a former Evergreen Public Schools art teacher is on display at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Gordon Sage was a Marine serving aboard the USS Maryland when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. David Nierenberg has been named to the board of trustees of the National WWII Museum, which honors the memory of those who fought for freedom more than 70 years ago. David Nierenberg said that there are other reasons he is happy to join the board of the New Orleans-based museum. “I love the city of New Orleans — its music, its culture, its food.”And there is another family-oriented reason to support the WWII museum, Nierenberg said.
August 15, 2017 13:07 UTC
Mountaga Diop, founder & CEO of Ethiopian based mobile payments solutions company, BelCash, says everyone benefits when unbanked and underbanked communities have access to digital financial services. He said leaders will be seeking "to harness the growing momentum around digital financial services into more inclusive and productive economies across Sub‐Saharan Africa." According to Ethico Live, FinTech players are increasingly becoming an important part of the fabric of Africa's financial services ecosystem. FinTech start-upsAccording to Disrupt Africa's Finnovating for Africa: Exploring the African Fintech Ecosystem Report 2017, payments and remittances start-ups account for the majority of Africa's over 300 FinTech start-ups, though blockchain companies are the more likely to secure funding. Disrupt Africa found that FinTech start-ups are spread across the continent, with the Southern, West and East African regions equally active, while North Africa lags behind.
August 15, 2017 12:56 UTC
Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi distills the vital lessons from the past, the complicated legacy of independence and partition, and the enduring relevance of nonviolent resistance. As an astute student and eyewitness of history, professor Gandhi has a skill for distilling the vital lessons of the past. As India was approaching independence, [they] felt that with independence comes democracy, and with that comes one person one vote. And this was a feeling that led to the demand by some people for the Muslim majority parts of India to be made into a separate country. But simultaneously, a great number of ordinary people, whether they were Hindus, Muslims, or Sikhs, protected fellow human beings.
August 15, 2017 12:22 UTC
As incredible as it may seem, North Korean leaders basically want what is allowed of China. In October 2006, after North Korea had conducted its first nuclear test, the administration quietly spread the notion that conflict was near. One month later, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raised the possibility of North Korea becoming a member of APEC. Macron issued a statement on August 12 whose terms are entirely aimed at North Korea, except one final call for “avoiding the escalation of tensions.”The two initial responses, reflect strategic cultures inside Europe. Neutrals with the Swedes in front typically support an approach of engagement with North Korea.
August 15, 2017 11:26 UTC
Nationwide program is aimed at sourcing IoT solutions in smart logistics and smart cities to help grow Egypt's digital economy. The North African country has launched the second edition of the Egypt IoT Challenge targeting senior university students, startups and SMBs who have innovative ideas related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and relevant fields. Alexandra Rehak, Practice Head of IoT at Ovum, who spoke to Liquid Telecom for its latest Africa IoT report, says IoT will play an important role in Africa. Liquid Telecoms 2017 Africa IoT report found that while smart city initiatives are on the rise globally, Africa is also playing its part encouraged by initiatives such as the Smart Africa alliance which is spearheaded by Rwanda. Academic institutions taking part in the Egypt IoT Challenge 2017 include Suez University, Alexandria University, the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) and Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology (EJUST).
August 15, 2017 10:41 UTC
The South African High Court has ruled in the case between the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the embattled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane following her bid for the constitutional mandate of the bank to be changed. Justice Cynthia Pretorius of the North Gauteng High Court passed her judgement over the SARB- Mkhwebane case on Tuesday after going through SARB’s application on August 1. Recall that SARB had in June, vowed to drag Public Protector Mkhwebane to court over her recommendation to change the constitutional mandate of the bank, to court. Read Also: Reserve Bank Fines 5 SA Banks For Not Combating Money LaunderingBut, the bank said it believes the court should make an official finding. The South African Reserve Bank SARB has won the court bid against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane following her suggestions to change SA’s constitution
August 15, 2017 10:14 UTC
Libyan strongman Kalifa Haftar is meeting with Russian leaders in Moscow in a sign of growing ties with a militiaman whose forces now control a growing swath of territory in the oil-rich north African country. He returned to Libya in 2011 and joined the uprising against Gadhafi — widely seen as America’s man in the opposition. He later mended ties with Gadhafi, but did not return to Libya until 2011 when he led rebel forces fighting the dictatorship. Some security analysts have said Moscow’s growing ties with Haftar could signal interest in establishing a larger regional foothold. Earlier this year, Haftar was hosted aboard the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov as it steamed through the Mediterranean Sea.
August 15, 2017 09:56 UTC
Following a stunt gone terribly wrong, a stuntwoman was killed on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver on Monday. A rookie stuntwoman identified as the first African-American female professional road racer – Joi “SJ” Harris was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2. The fatal accident happened while filming a motorcycle stunt for the much-anticipated sequel to Marvel Comic’s anti-superhero blockbuster. While Harris is not a member of the Canadian actors union, she was doing her first film as a stunt performer. “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” the actor wrote.
August 15, 2017 09:45 UTC
South African online shopping community SnapnSave has raised ZAR14 million (US$1 million) from Kalon Venture Partners and Smollan Group to help it grow its app downloads and expand into new markets. Kalon Venture Partners, which recently rebranded from previous identity Grotech, and Smollan Group SA, have each invested ZAR7 million (US$500,000) to acquire minority stakes in SnapnSave. Now we’re seeing this trend emerge in South Africa with over 15 per cent of South African smartphone owners already having used a digital coupon. In just over 18 months, SnapnSave has already given shoppers over ZAR3.5 million (US$262,000) cash back, while it is about to reach 200,000 app installations. SnapnSave will enter these markets via Smollan’s network, which is present in more than fifty countries and provide services to over 500,000 retailers.
August 15, 2017 09:22 UTC
Two vehicles have been set alight during a violent protest on the N4 near Rustenburg on Tuesday morning. The protesters are also allegedly throwing stones at passing motorists. No arrests have yet been made and the reason for the protest was not yet clear. "The reason can better be explained by protesters," he said. Reports suggest protesters were demanding the arrest of a farmer who allegedly killed someone for stealing oranges.
August 15, 2017 09:22 UTC
A surge in air traffic is keeping Africa’s airports busier than ever, according to new data. In the first seven months of this year, total international arrivals to the continent grew by 14% over the same period in 2016. Three South African airports - Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban - are among Africa’s top 10 busiest airports, but the really impressive growth came in North Africa, especially in Tunisia (up 33.5%) and Egypt (up 24.8%). Olivier Jager, the CEO of ForwardKeys, said: “The growth in air travel to Africa is impressive. During the next five months, capacity is expected to decline by 16% on domestic routes and 9% on international routes as a result of Arik Air’s funding issues.
August 15, 2017 09:11 UTC
This situation has created fertile ground for growth in the private education industry. Graduates without bordersOne of the latest entrants into the continent’s private education sector is Actis, a UK-based emerging markets-focused private equity firm. The institutions are: Académie d’Art de Carthage, Université Centrale and IMSET from Tunisia; Université Mundiapolis and EMSI from Morocco; and MANCOSA and REGENT Business School from South Africa. Trends driving demand for private educationPhilips highlighted a number of trends he believes will drive the private education industry in Africa. “Private education networks have a unique role to play in providing graduates with a competitive advantage in cross-border markets – competencies and life skills that will be in equal demand by multinationals and by small and medium enterprises.
August 15, 2017 09:11 UTC
The African Honey Bee project came to me by a chance donation of $10,000. After looking into this project, the best description seems to be that 18th century phrase: it’s the bee’s knees. So those who have ultimately selected themselves, go on to Level Two – and learn to catch bees, manage bees and manage their apiary sites. The African Honey Bee people buy all the honey, although farmers can sell it elsewhere if they wish. This African Honey Bee project is indeed the latter.
August 15, 2017 08:37 UTC