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China’s Xi vows stepped up health cooperation with Africa: Xinhua – Fox News

BEIJING (AFP) –  Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday promised further medical cooperation with Africa, state media reported, as dozens of health ministers from the continent met in Beijing. China has placed major emphasis on ties with Africa as the country’s economic rise has seen financial and trade ties skyrocket as it buys many of […]

Want to grow Africa’s economies? Invest in energy. – Christian Science Monitor

Africa has 12 percent of the world’s population, but uses only 3 percent of its electricity. Infrastructure is the primary challenge to getting more Africans on the grid.  By Ken Opalo, Guest blogger / August 16, 2013 A construction truck drives past the Medupi power station in Lephalele, South Africa, on April 11, 2013. Energy security […]

Bob Hewitt formally charged with rape in South Africa – Boston Globe

BOKSBURG, South Africa — Former Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt was charged in a South African court Friday with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault of minors in cases that date back as far as the early 1980s. Prosecutors charged the 73-year-old Hewitt with raping a girl under the age […]

South Africa marks Marikana deaths – Aljazeera.com

South Africa has marked the first anniversary of the deaths of 34 people killed during a wage-related strike at a platinum mine in Marikana last year. More than 5,000 people on Friday filled the field around the two hills outside Marikana where many of the killings took place last year. The […]

The AGOA Forum: Promoting Sustainable Growth in Africa through Trade and … – The White House (blog)

The AGOA Forum: Promoting Sustainable Growth in Africa through Trade and … – The White House (blog)

This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman and senior members of the President’s economic team joined trade ministers, civil society, and business leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa to focus on “Sustainable Growth through Trade and Technology” at the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum. The Forum also kicked off the process […]

South Africa’s ruling ANC shun ‘massacre’ commemoration – Reuters

MARIKANA, South Africa | Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:18am EDT MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa’s government and ruling African National Congress (ANC) party said they were staying away from one-year anniversary commemorations on Friday to mark the killings of 34 striking platinum miners shot dead by police. The decision revealed political splits and […]

Du Preez on bench as South Africa make four changes – Irish Times

World Cup winner Fourie du Preez was named on the bench for South Africa yesterday as he prepares to end a two-year spell out of the international game in this weekend’s Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Soweto. The scrumhalf was one of four changes to the squad that beat Samoa in the final of […]

South Africa: 16 Schools Closed Over Fears of Violence by Gangs – New York Times

South Africa: 16 Schools Closed Over Fears of Violence by Gangs – New York Times

Education officials in Western Cape Province on Thursday temporarily closed 16 schools, affecting 12,000 students, in Manenberg, an area near Cape Town, because of a spike in gang violence that has left teachers too afraid to go to work. One man was shot dead on Thursday in an area in Manenberg where many children play. […]

Southern Africa Leaders to Attend Malawi Summit – Voice of America

African heads of state and government in the Southern Africa region plan to meet at a two-day summit beginning Saturday in the Malawi capital, Lilongwe. “This is where the leaders meet to look into the progress made and also the change of leadership of SADC from one country to another,” said Tanki Mothae, […]

Uganda loses wetland to rose farming business; Africa’s natural areas under threat – Fox News

LUTEMBE BAY, Uganda –  Despite loud protests by environmentalists in Uganda, trucks dumped dirt into the wetland until the soggy ground where herons once stood among swaying papyrus plants was firm and dry. The destruction of the wetland was carried out so a rose farm owned by a fabulously wealthy businessman could be expanded. The […]