Biggest South Africa Cement Maker PPC Eyes Growth Post Turmoil

Biggest South Africa Cement Maker PPC Eyes Growth Post Turmoil

PPC Ltd. is weighing expansion into new markets as South Africa’s biggest cement maker seeks to draw a line under a tumultuous two years that included an emergency rights issue and takeover interest from competitors. Since taking the top job in July, Chief Executive Officer Johann Claassen has reviewed the company’s operations and balance sheet, […]

How the crisis in the Gulf could spread to East Africa

How the crisis in the Gulf could spread to East Africa

Image copyright Mary Harper A crisis in the Gulf has had an unexpected consequence – a rush to build ports all down the Somali coast. But, as Mary Harper writes, some fear it could tear the Horn of Africa apart. Somaliland’s port town of Berbera is sleepy and somewhat scruffy. Paintings of fish, crabs and […]

Africa in the news: Rwanda's AGOA suspension, leadership transitions, and Mnangagwa's China trip

Africa in the news: Rwanda's AGOA suspension, leadership transitions, and Mnangagwa's China trip

The US suspends Rwanda’s AGOA eligibility on apparel over secondhand clothing row Late last week, the United States announced a 60-day suspension of Rwanda’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) duty-free privileges on clothing in response to the East African country’s increase in tariffs on U.S. clothing imports and a ban on used clothing imports. […]

South Africa's Zuma appears in court on corruption charges

South Africa's Zuma appears in court on corruption charges

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – Former South African president Jacob Zuma appeared in court on Friday to face corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal, later telling a crowd he would be proven innocent in the long running case that resurfaced after his fall from power. Zuma’s transition from “Mr. President” to “Accused […]

Flights grounded at US military base in Africa crucial to anti-terror fight

Flights grounded at US military base in Africa crucial to anti-terror fight

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE The government of Djibouti grounded all U.S. military flights Wednesday at a base crucial to the U.S. fight against terror in Yemen and Somalia after mishaps with two aircraft in as many days, according to three U.S. defense […]

Africa's ambitious trade treaty

Africa's ambitious trade treaty

Freight trucks packed at Malaba Border Post await clearance to enter Uganda from Kenya. The ACFTA seeks to abolish such tedious processes to ease trade across the continent. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYA Beyond the clapping and ululation in Kigali, can the ACFTA be implemented? Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | After close to 30 years of negotiations, […]

Why are white curators still running African art collections?

Why are white curators still running African art collections?

Earlier last week the Brooklyn Museum put out a press release announcing two new curators who will begin in April. Both curators are white and one was specifically hired to oversee the museum’s African art collection. The appointment of a white person to curate African art in Brooklyn naturally incited a critical response from people […]

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