SA citizen Elon Musk forced to step down as Tesla chief

SA citizen Elon Musk forced to step down as Tesla chief

South African Elon Musk, the Pretoria-born billionaire often seen at the forefront of innovation, will step down as head of Tesla Motors as part of a settlement over securities fraud charges filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Musk and Tesla will each pay a USD$20 million…

Former UNSG Kofi Annan has died

Former UNSG Kofi Annan has died

Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations and the first black African to lead the UN, has died in Switzerland. The Kofi Annan Foundation announced the 80-year-old Ghanaian died on Saturday after a short illness, with his wife, Nane, and three children by his side. “Kofi Annan…

Ethiopian Airlines set for first flight into Asmara

Ethiopian Airlines set for first flight into Asmara

No sooner did Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki return from his historic three-day visit to Ethiopia on Monday, than Ethiopian officials planned their own journey – this time, aboard the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight to Asmara. Flight 0312 leaves Addis Ababa at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, with an expected arrival time…

Kenya’s Onjerika wins Caine Prize for African Writing

Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika has been named the recipient of the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing for a short story called “Fanta Blackcurrant.” She accepted the £10,000 prize during an award dinner held Monday evening in London. The story of Meri, a street child in Onjerika’s home city of…

Head of Cape Town’s new African art museum resigns under pressure

Mark Coetzee, the executive director for the acclaimed Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, has resigned following “an inquiry into Mr. Coetzee’s professional conduct,” according to the museum’s board of trustees. Coetzee had recently failed to respond to questions about institutional practices at Zeitz MOCAA, according to ArtThrob South…

China dismisses Amnesty report on Mozambique mining damage

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday disputed the charge that a Chinese mining company operating in Mozambique has violated environmental laws and harmed the lives of villagers in Nagonha, a coastal town east of Nampula City near the Haiyu corporation’s operations. “I want to point out that this organization…

Driving Socioeconomic Transformational Change for Africa through Climate Action

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” “Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit.” Across Africa and the globe, these and countless similar proverbs are used to mean the same thing: Hidden in adversity is opportunity. First, Africa’s challenge in adversity When we talk of…

Dr. Richard Munang

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.