Sub-Saharan Africa

Morocco's controversial plan to strengthen ties with West Africa

Morocco is launching a charm offensive as the kingdom seeks to expand its influence in West Africa by joining the economic union ECOWAS. But Nigeria …

Africa

R10.5bn plan to make Africa's phone towers green

<b>GreenWish Partners, a</b> renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest US$800m (about R10.5bn) on …

Renewable Energy

AfricaCom 2017 adds new technology arena

AfricaCom expects over 13 000 delegates to attend in Cape Town in November.<p>To celebrate its 20th anniversary, AfricaCom is this year introducing a …

Innovation

Growing more plants and trees can cut down the heat in Nigerian cities

Nigeria is regarded as a hot country. Average maximum temperature can reach 38℃ - one of the hottest in sub Saharan Africa. In the last few years …

In Nigeria

How Exploring Our Universe Opens New Conceptions of Reality

Scott Parazynski is the only person in history to have both flown to space and summited Mount Everest. He's seen more of this world than most, and …

Space Exploration

Bitcoin: The Next Evolution in Remittances

Traditionally, sending money to friends and family abroad is done through money transfer services such as Western Union or WorldRemit. Yet, a small …

Cryptocurrency

Car makers in strong plea to US on duty-free access under Agoa

Vermeulen and Moothilal note that the automotive trade between the US and SA has shown consistent growth, with imports into SA from the US growing at …

Economics

Golden milestone within nation’s grasp

Kenya has faster Internet service than some parts of the US.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

Angola Ruling Party Candidate ‘a Chauffeur,’ Opposition Says

Angolan ruler Jose Eduardo dos Santos will keep his grip on power if his party wins elections this month, even as he steps down as president after 38 …

Business

Why Africa’s development model puzzles economists

IT IS easy to buy a rolex in Uganda—albeit not one that will tell the time. Sold at ubiquitous roadside stalls, the Ugandan rolex is a greasy snack, …

Economics

New research pokes holes in the idea that men don't look after their kids

South Africa has one of the highest rates of absent fathers in sub-Saharan Africa. As many as 60% of children in the country under the age of 10 …

Gender

The internet is so slow in some African countries that it takes a whole day to download a movie

Most countries with slow internet speeds are found in Africa, according to data from a global broadband speed league.<p>Speed gaps puts the five fastest countries over 40 times faster than the five slowest in the internet world.<p>Singapore ranks first with its broadband speed being 55.13 megabits per …

Africa

Bill Gates Continues His Quest To Gamify Philanthropy With A Malaria Quiz

Answer a question, donate a bed net.<p>Bill Gates’s latest effort to make people understand global philanthropy, and more eager to participate in it, takes the form of “Mosquito Wars,” a letter with an accompanying one-question quiz for readers to learn more about the great progress and continued …

Bill Gates

Israel Seeks UN's Respect in Push for Security Council Seat

Outreach to Africa, educational trips for foreign diplomats and a more conciliatory Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make it clear: Israel is …

Israel

India at 70: Rising economy and higher defence spending are key to stronger geopolitical stature

As India steps into its 71st year as a sovereign republic, it remains an enigma to the world. How do you define a nation that sends a mission to Mars …

India

Africa-Israel summit 'justifies colonialism, apartheid'

The forthcoming summit is likely to increase Israel's influence in the UN and the African continent, Palestinians say.<p>A group of Palestinian activists, academics, and civil society organisations have launched a campaign to deter African nations from partaking in the upcoming Africa-Israel summit, …

Africa

Volkswagen Group South Africa continues to grow market share, despite tough economic times

Volkswagen Group South, the country’s leading passenger car manufacturer continues to grow market share, despite the tough economic climate and a …

Volkswagen

Environmentalism: A Slippery Slope of Ignorance and Hypocrisy

While I can be chillingly apathetic to social plight, especially, when it doesn’t concern my loved ones: something I impute to my upbringing in a …

Batteries

These are some of the cool new technologies Absa is working on

Barclays Africa is collaborating with nine financial technology companies to explore new technology-based services that could prompt significant …

FinTech

Libya: Libya's Maritime Rescuers Caught Between Duty and Temptation

(Photo: UN)<i>Libya is a poor, politically unstable country. That poses problems for its maritime search and rescue service, whose employees are badly</i> …

Refugees

Serious About the Opioid Crisis? Then Don’t Slash Medicaid

When the opioid crisis hit Indiana, Pence turned to Medicaid expansion to provide medical care, needle exchange and treatment.

Opioid Crisis

Lycamobile firms up SA launch plans

Lycamobile, one of the world's largest mobile virtual network operators, has firmed up its plans to launch services in South Africa, piggybacking on …

After Winning Re-Election, Kenya's President Faces Challenges

NAIROBI, Kenya—Newly elected for a second term, President Uhuru Kenyatta faces an uphill struggle to keep Kenya’s economy ticking, cut debt and unite a nation divided along tribal lines after a fierce election.<p>Mr. Kenyatta received 54.3% of the vote in Tuesday’s election, the Independent Electoral …

Africa

Merkel identifies Libya as key to migration crisis

BERLIN – Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to cooperate more closely with Libya to stem the influx of migrants from North Africa to Europe …

European News

Nigeria: Report - Nigeria's Creditworthiness Improves On Positive Economic Outlook

[This Day] The UBS Wealth Management's Chief Investment Office in a report has affirmed that with a stronger economic outlook, Nigeria …

Economy

Imagine: Facing Surgery Without An Anesthesiologist On Hand

In Africa as well as parts of Asia and Latin America, women and babies die when labor takes a complicated turn and there is no one to provide a cesarean section. Young people succumb to accidental injuries for lack of surgical interventions. A child born with a cleft palate or club foot suffers …

Health Care

Migrant crisis: Spain arrivals triple compared with 2016

<b>Three times as many migrants have arrived in Spain so far this year compared to the same period in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.</b><p>It means the number of sea arrivals in Spain - at 8,385 - could overtake Greece, which has had 11,713 people.<p>The shift may be because …

Refugees

Informal economy not enough to handle Africa's workforce explosion

Unemployment in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy, is running at more than 14 percent and climbing; in South Africa, the second largest …

Economics

New tool allows Uber drivers to refuse cash trips

<b>Johannesburg - App-based taxi company Uber is now allowing its drivers to choose whether they want to accept cash-paid trips or not.</b> Uber, which …

Uber

Diabetes is on a rapid rise through sub Saharan Africa

<i>In the 1990s diabetes was seen as a condition that mainly affected rich people in high income countries. Nowadays, it’s one of the leading contributors to death in all countries in the world, driven by increases in national and personal wealth resulting in people having more disposable income. In</i> …

Diabetes