New wildlife research makes case for funding African parks

New wildlife research makes case for funding African parks

People may think that African wildlife is already facing enough threat from climate change or illegal trafficking, but the continent’s preserves are facing up to USD$2 billion in funding shortfalls that threaten protected areas. That’s according to Peter Lindsey, director of the Lion Recovery Fund and co-author of new research…

Mnangagwa, Mohadi try to calm Zimbabwe’s economic fears

Mnangagwa, Mohadi try to calm Zimbabwe’s economic fears

Zimbabwe’s deteriorating economic situation has led to another round of panic buying and price spikes on food, fuel and other necessities, with the government announcing price controls to try and curb the outcry. Vice President Kembo Mohadi said Tuesday that the government will enforce laws against hoarding supplies to inflate…

Ramaphosa, Sall help to close out FOCAC summit

Ramaphosa, Sall help to close out FOCAC summit

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegal’s President Macky Sall joined Chinese President Xi Jinping in declaring the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing a success as it ended Tuesday. The summit issued the Beijing Declaration (Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future) to advance their…

Merkel heads to Senegal, May moves on to Nigeria and Kenya

All eyes have been on British Prime Minister Theresa May during her visit to Johannesburg, where she signed a joint statement on trade with South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini – but on Wednesday, it’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turn to visit the continent. Merkel begins a three-nation tour…

UK announces USD$100 million in Zimbabwe development loans

The UK’s development finance institution, CDC, and Standard Chartered Bank today announced an up to USD$100 million in investment funding to grow businesses in Zimbabwe – a move that heralds a new start for the country as the UK has long withheld support while awaiting economic and social reforms. The…

Thousands march in South Africa’s nationwide union strike

A nationwide general strike Wednesday in South Africa drew thousands of protesters, with marches in at least six cities including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The strike, coordinated by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), meant to “bring South Africa to a standstill” over the country’s economic plight,…

China scoffs at news of U.S. inquiry into its African influence

China has defended its role on the African continent, following word that United States lawmakers plan to investigate Beijing’s expanding footprint in African nations and across the globe. Devin Nunes, a Republican member of Congress from California and Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that as part…

Mnangagwa to pitch Zimbabwe recovery plan at Africa CEO Forum

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has arrived in Côte d’Ivoire, where he was greeted by President Alassane Ouattara as both head for the Africa CEO Forum to be held Monday in Tuesday in Abidjan. Mnangagwa will present his plans for economic recovery, and with former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo will participate…

Ramaphosa talks trade as Chinese envoy visits

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday welcomed Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping of China, as he opened a two-day official visit in Cape Town. Ramaphosa said the re-election of President Xi presented an opportunity for South Africa to deepen its strategic cooperation with China at a…

Turkey’s Erdogan begins four-nation Africa tour in Algeria

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey began a tour of four African nations on Monday in Algeria, where he met with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia to discuss cooperation on counterterrorism, energy, and economic development and trade. It is Erdoğan’s second visit to Algeria since becoming president in 2014 and he…

Namibia tightens up on travel, troops amid economic woes

A budget crisis in Namibia has forced the suspension of all international travel for ministers and elected officials through the end of February. It’s the latest announcement from President Hage Geingob as the southwestern African nation tightens up on government spending. “This directive is specifically in the interest of curtailing…

AfDB denies reports it has cut off $400 million loan to Nigeria

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said Tuesday that it has not decided to call off loans to Nigeria, countering widespread media reports that the support for the West African nation’s ailing economy was withdrawn. “The African Development Bank is highly encouraged by the economic recovery of Nigeria from recession and…