Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking stance deserves nothing but contempt

Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking stance deserves nothing but contempt

As South African lawmakers press ahead with a range of tobacco control measures, some of the most vehement opposition has come from the tobacco industry itself. While the source of opposition is hardly surprising, the key message is: the manufacturers claim the new plans will stop people from quitting smoking….

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

DA vows to fight as SA land reform plans move forward

DA vows to fight as SA land reform plans move forward

South Africa is one step closer to implementing controversial land reforms through expropriation, after a majority in its parliament on Tuesday voted to adopt a recommendations report on amending the country’s constitution. “The National Assembly has agreed that section 25 of the Constitution be amended to make expropriation of land…

American with Cape Town ties killed by remote island tribe

The family of a Christian missionary with ties to South Africa says they’ve received word he was killed in India’s Andaman Islands by members of a fiercely private tribe known for hostility to outsiders. John Allen Chau, an American from the state of Washington, was an adventurer who traveled much…

SA land reform amendment advances with key JCRC approval

South Africa is one step closer to implementing controversial land reforms through expropriation, after a key committee announced Thursday that it has adopted a recommendations report on amending the country’s constitution. The Joint Constitutional Review Committee (JCRC) said the African National Congress, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the National Freedom…

South Africa joins IEA, Africa Oil Week wraps up in Cape Town

Africa Oil Week has wrapped up in South Africa, where the five-day energy conference was hosted by Cape Town. This year, 17 government ministers attended, the event organizers said in a closing statement; they included ministers from Nigeria, Mali, The Gambia, Namibia and Sudan. Additionally, during the course of the…

African leaders welcome Bolsonaro, but concerns over the ‘new’ Brazil

Among the first heads of state to congratulate Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Monday was President João Lourenço of Angola, leader of one of the six Lusophone nations in Africa that share membership in the Portuguese-speaking community (CPLP) and its most influential. Lourenço said he hopes the Bolsonaro victory will…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

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

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

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…