Facebook In Talks to Literally Circle Africa with Undersea Data Cables; Google Talks Internet Expansion

It might not be a bad time to invest in African tech companies. Facebook and Google are looking to significantly expand internet connectivity on the continent, the companies announced in recent weeks. Google expects Alcatel Submarine Networks to have a private sub-sea cable built in 2021 to connect Portugal to South Africa, and Facebook reportedly has a much bigger picture in mind. A world map focuses in on Africa. (Photo by Getty) The multi-billion-dollar social media company wants to develop an underwater data cable that would encircle Africa, drive down…

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Movie About Black Women Mathematicians Inspires Local Learner

Seventeen-year-old Someleze Mjekula Seventeen-year-old Someleze Mjekula is not your average teenager. Quiet and self assured, he achieved an incredible 100% in physical science in his matric finals last year, overcoming the twin challenges of township living and the woefully underresourced South African education system. It’s enabled him to successfully apply for a place in the University of Cape Town’s BSc (Eng) Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering degree programme. The Mdantsane teenager’s remarkable results are partly down to his own aptitude but it was his mother and the novel after-school extra-tuition programme,…

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China congratulates Africans on AfCFTA launch

China on Monday congratulated African nations following the weekend launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Niamey, Niger, during an African Union summit that saw Niger and Benin join the near-complete list of African nations signed to the trade deal. The achievement was welcomed by China’s ministry of foreign affairs, which acknowledged China’s role as the African continent’s biggest trading partner. “As African countries’ good friend, partner and brother, China warmly congratulates Africa for the official launch of the AfCFTA, which is a milestone of Africa’s economic…

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South Africa: Cuban Trained Doctors Urged to Drive Change in SA

Newly graduated South African medical doctors, who were trained in Cuba, have been encouraged to drive change in their communities. The eighty-seven South African medical doctors graduated at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, on Friday. This is the largest group to graduate under the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration (NMFCMC) Programme since its inception in 1996. Health Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla and Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane presided over the 16th graduation ceremony. The Rector of the University of Medical Sciences of Havana, Luis Alberto…

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African Leaders Launch Landmark 55-nation Trade Zone

African leaders launched a continental free-trade zone on Sunday that if successful would unite 1.3 billion people, create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc and usher in a new era of development. After four years of talks, an agreement to form a 55-nation trade bloc was reached in March, paving the way for Sunday’s African Union summit in Niger where Ghana was announced as the host of the trade zone’s future headquarters and discussions were held on how exactly the bloc will operate. It is hoped that the African Continental Free…

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Amnesty to UN: Probe Duterte’s ‘crimes against humanity’

Mindanao, the Philippines – In the early morning hours of June 29, a team of about 20 police officers converged on the home of an alleged drug dealer in the province of Rizal, just east of Manila, the Philippines’ capital. The two drug suspects they were hunting were killed on-the-spot in what the police report described as a “shootout” but an undercover officer and the three-year-old daughter of one of the suspects were also shot, and later died. Police said the main suspect used his daughter, Myka Ulpina, to protect himself…

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Operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area is launched at Niger Summit of the African Union

The operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA has been launched, after a day-long summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in the Nigerien capital. The AfCFTA will be governed by five operational instruments, i.e. the Rules of Origin; the online negotiating forum; the monitoring and elimination of non-tariff barriers; a digital payments system and the African Trade Observatory. Each one was launched by different Heads of State and Government that included President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, President Abdel Fattah El…

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TEF and UNDP to empower 100,000 additional African entrepreneurs

The Tony Elumelu Foundation since 2015 has been on a ten-year journey to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs – 1,000 entrepreneurs each year – providing them with training, mentoring and seed capital for their business, all built on the ‘Africapitalism’ philosophy propounded by Tony Elumelu. Following a recent partnership with UNDP, the Tony Elumelu Foundation is set to empower 100,000 additional entrepreneurs in 7 Sahel African countries over a 10-year period. Starting this July, applications open for African entrepreneurs residing in the following countries: Nigeria (Northern), Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina…

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