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May 23, 2017

President Jacob Zuma congratulates President of Iran on his election victory

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani, who has won the Iranian presidential elections held on Friday, 19 May 2017.

The election victory will see President Rouhani serve a second presidential term, having ascended to the office for the first time in 2013.

President Zuma extended his congratulations and best wishes to President Rouhani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

President Zuma undertook a State Visit to Iran in April 2016, where he held fruitful bilateral talks with President Rouhani and witnessed the signing of several agreements covering the fields of [...]

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May 19, 2017

Government to construct Sports Academies

Malawi Government has announced plans to construct Sports Academies in the country in order to nurture new talent for every sporting discipline.

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa made the announcement during the on-going parliamentary sitting in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

He said the Academies will identify new talent across the country for the betterment of sport.

“There must be a revolution in as far as sports development in Malawi is concerned.The only way to do that is to have Sports Academies across the country where various sporting disciplines in Football, Netball, Volleyball, Rugby, Squash, Boxing and many more will be [...]

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May 5, 2017

China seeks more African oil downstream operations

Chinese government officials have hinted that oil companies from the Asian country could purchase more African oil downstream operations, this follows China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation’s (Sinopec) purchase last month of a controlling stake in Chevron’s southern African subsidiary, Caltex.

Sinopec paid $900m for Chevron equity in the Chevron South Africa (CSA) refinery in Cape Town, oil storage facilities, a lubricants factory in Durban and the Caltex service station distribution network across South Africa and Botswana. It had been reported that other companies were interested in buying the assets, including oil trader Glencore and French oil giant Total but they [...]

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May 5, 2017

Harnessing the China-Africa ICT opportunity

Industrialisation and urbanisation in Africa are following a trajectory that is somewhat distinct from the continent’s Western and Asian counterparts.

Benefiting from globalisation and tectonic shifts in science and technology, African countries have been able to “leapfrog” some of the stages of development that other nations had to plod their way through. The transition from landlines to mobile telephony is a case in point.

In the case of information and communications technology (ICT), most African countries are centred in two areas: constructing ICT-related infrastructure and integrating its application into the broader development agenda. The intersection of these [...]

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