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Ethiopian car assemblers dump Chinese and go upmarket

This week Ethiopia’s Belayab Motors signed an agreement to assemble South Korean Kia vehicles – dropping its existing Chinese partner, part of a trend of local car assembly plants replacing partnerships with Chinese car manufacturers. They started with Chinese companies because licensing agreements with them were cheaper and the technology was simpler but there have been questions about quality and so ... Read More »

Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe revive plan for inter-regional railway project

 THE governments of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a regional railway line to link Francistown in Botswana to the Mozambican port of Techobanine, through Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe. Once completed, the Port Techobanine Inter-Regional Heavy Haul Railway Project would facilitate inter-regional trade through the movement of passenger rail traffic and up to ... Read More »

MTV Base Africa Music Jozi awards to honour African artists

 29 August 2016 – THE  Johannesburg Department of Tourism and MTV Base will be hosting the  the MTV Base Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) at the Ticket Pro Dome on October 22, 2016, to  celebrate and honour artists from across the continent. “The MAMAS award show is something we want to take all over the continent. We met with Joburg Tourism [to ... Read More »

South Sudan atrocities to probed

THE  United Nations has appointed retired Dutch major-general to investigate the violence, which engulfed South Sudan’s capital Juba in July, and the response of UN peacekeepers. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence. According to a statement issued by Ki-moon’s office on Tuesday the investigation ... Read More »

South Africa beats Nigeria to be Africa’s biggest economy

SOUTH  Africa is once again the African continent’s top economy, beating close competitor Nigeria. “For the past two years, Nigeria has claimed the top spot, but a re-calculation using current exchange rates has placed South Africa back on top,” reported the BBC. The new calculations are based on the International Monetary Fund’s gross domestic product numbers for the two countries ... Read More »

SADC to launch aid appeal for drought hit region

THE  Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) chairman and Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama will early next week declare the 2015/2016 regional drought a state of disaster and appeal for humanitarian aid to save more than 23 million people from imminent starvation. In a statement released in Gaborone, SADC said the state of disaster arose from poor harvests caused by ... Read More »

Khartoum concerned over South Sudan crisis, vowing to help end crisis

THE  Sudanese government expressed deep concern  (today) Sunday over the conflicts in South Sudan, announcing its participation in an emergency meeting scheduled in the Kenyan capital Nairobi (tomorrow) on Monday. “Sudan government would like to express its deep concern over the recent unfortunate events which took place in the sisterly Republic of South Sudan, and which led to military clashes ... Read More »

Zimbabwean newspaper editor shot in Lesotho

THE  editor of the Lesotho Times and Sunday Express newspapers Lloyd Mutungamiri has been shot and critically wounded at his home in the capital Maseru. He was shot around midnight on Saturday as he parked his car after coming  from work. His wife Tsitsi Mutungamiri said she heard several gunshots and then screamed for help before going outside after the ... Read More »

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