South Africa, Somalia make statements on Khashoggi case

South Africa, Somalia make statements on Khashoggi case

The South African government has joined the global community in pressing for answers on what happened to Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even as new details provided by Turkey added information about the suffering in Khashoggi’s final moments. South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), issued…

IMF trims projections for sub-Saharan Africa, global growth

IMF trims projections for sub-Saharan Africa, global growth

The new World Economic Outlook report projects that global growth will remain steady over 2018–19 at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent, but that’s revised down from 3.9 percent earlier this year. “There are clouds on the horizon. Growth has proven to be less balanced than hoped,” said Maurice Obstfeld, chief economist…

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…

Nigeria, South Africa send condolences over Indonesia quake-tsunami

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria joined world leaders on Saturday in extending their condolences to President Joko Widodo and the Indonesian people following the earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck the nation Friday night. The death toll reached 420 on Saturday, as officials and aid workers continued rescue efforts on…

Migration documentary project looks for young African filmmakers

There’s little consensus on migration in Europe or North America, but there’s agreement in Africa that the issue needs to be viewed through fresh eyes – and that’s the point of Generation Africa, a documentary project seeking filmmakers to tell the story. STEPS (Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects) is a…

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…

China’s ambassador in SA slams Trump, U.S. on trade

China’s ambassador in South Africa took aim at the United States on Wednesday, warning that the U.S. is making the entire world pay for President Donald Trump’s misguided trade war and “America Only” foreign policy. “The U.S. is making itself the enemy of the whole world,” said Lin Songtian, speaking…

SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

Traveling from the United States to South Africa this week is the Minnesota Orchestra, with its members completing a five-city performance tour – the first such visit by a professional U.S. orchestra. The American guests, led by music director Osmo Vänskä, are performing alongside their South African counterparts in a…

Project moves elephants from South Africa to Mozambique

There are some major moves afoot in South Africa and Mozambique, as conservationists and researchers try moving elephants to help protect them from ivory poaching and habitat loss. So far this summer, the “Moving Giants” project has relocated four dozen elephants from the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR), a conservation…

Ramaphosa welcomes India’s Modi as BRICS gets under way

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has arrived for the BRICS Summit in South Africa, where he was greeted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Modi arrived in Johannesburg after a two-day visit in Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni, and a stop in Rwanda for talks with…