Huawei plans to launch SA data center in March

Huawei plans to launch SA data center in March

China’s Huawei is set to become the first cloud service provider with a data center on the African continent, when it launches in March the first of two centers planned for South Africa. The Johannesburg center will be followed by one in Cape Town, according to a company statement. Huawei’s…

Greenpeace says time’s up for Eskom to comply with SA emissions standards

Environmental protection advocates at Greenpeace have stepped up to demand that South African power utility Eskom comply with the country’s Minimum Emissions Standards, rather than receive approval for continued waivers and postponements for excessive emissions. The Greenpeace activists say Eskom, with 17 coal-fired power plants, exceeded the limits for particulate…

UN Security Council’s African members support Venezuela’s Maduro

A sharply divided United Nations Security Council discussed the political crisis in Venezuela during an emergency meeting called by the United States on Saturday, with the council’s African members pressing for a national dialogue and respect for Venezuelan sovereignty rather than the forced removal of President Nicolás Maduro. The contentious…

Historic South African town destroyed by fire

In South Africa, a devastating fire that swept through the historic town of Wupperthal in the Western Cape region has left some 200 people homeless. Sunday’s fire at the town, built around a Moravian church mission station, claimed dozens of homes, the town hall and a clinic, according to former…

South Africas ZACube-2 satellite blasts into orbit

South Africans celebrated the success of Thursday’s launch of ZACube-2, a two-year project to put its second nanosatellite into orbit with the main purpose of using automatic identification of ships (AIS) technology to monitor its waters. The ZACube-2 also has near-infrared imaging equipment for detecting forest fires.  “Science is indeed…

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

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…

Group says to leave missionary Chau’s body, island people alone

Survival International, an organization dedicated to protecting indigenous peoples including those on Sentinel Island, is urging Indian authorities to give up the quest to retrieve the body of John Allen Chau, the missionary adventurer believed to have died there on November 17. Chau, an American with ties to South Africa,…