1Zimbabweans Up in Arms
Protesters in Zimbabwe barricaded the main roads into major cities on Monday to protest a fuel price rise. Over the weekend, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a more than 100% rise in the price of petrol and diesel, in a move to improve supplies as the country struggles with its worst fuel shortages in a decade.
2What Africa’s Oldest Liberation Movement can Offer South Africans
The launch of the ruling African National Congress’ election manifesto over the weekend highlighted several aspects of South African society. The party, still, has the biggest network of people on the ground. After a careful reading of the entire document, analysts say what stands above the rest: this is a document designed to help the ANC continue claiming the middle ground, a bet that South Africa will continue choosing long-term sanity over short-term populist rhetoric.
SOURCES: Daily Maverick
3The Latest from the DRC
The southern African regional body Sadc has called for a unity government in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the disputed presidential election. Sadc’s intervention has been welcomed by some as a wise proposal to avoid further bloodshed. But others see it as another weak and dangerous compromise that undermines African democracy, and emboldens autocrats
4Zambia and Zimbabwe Offer Land to African Union for First SADC Multi-Billion Dollar Wakanda One Village Project
Zimbabwe and Zambia have offered 2,000 and 132 hectares of land respectively around the Victoria Falls area── which borders the two countries── for the construction of the Wakanda One Village. The project will serve as the first of the project in the Southern African region and will comprise a 100-bed teaching hospital, a university and technical college, primary and secondary schools, day-care centres, three five-star hotels, game lodge, pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, agricultural farms and parks.
5Lamin Sanneh, Scholar of Islam and Christianity Dies
The author or editor of more than 20 books and more than 200 articles, Dr. Sanneh focused most recently on the history of Islam in Africa; one of his last books, “Beyond Jihad: The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam” (2016), explored Islam’s spread in the region and argued that it had been adopted because of peaceful traditions and not, as previous historians had said, primarily because of military conquest. Lamin Sanneh, who was born into poverty in a tiny river town in Gambia and became a world-renowned scholar of Christianity and Islam, providing key insights into how each religion took hold in West Africa.
SOURCES: New York Times
6Red Tape and Overpriced Services Drive Business Away from one of Africa’s Largest Harbours
Landlocked Chad and the Central African Republic have dispatched senior customs officials to Cameroon to look into allegations of corruption in the Atlantic Coast port of Douala. Douala is the nearest ocean gateway for Chad and CAR, but importers and exporters say they are fed up and want to relocate to Cotonou in Benin.
7Is 2019 the Year for New Leadership across Africa?
Across the continent, the election and the post-poll power struggle pitting two opposition leaders against each other has been closely watched as almost everywhere else on the continent politics has reached a turning point. This year there will be more than 20 elections in Africa – from Algeria on the Mediterranean to the economic powerhouse of Nigeria in the west and in South Africa, on the continent’s southern tip.
SOURCES: The Guardian
8Fintech Startups Received the most Investment in Africa in 2018
WeeTracker’s report shows that across 93 deals, fintech accounted for 40% of total funding raised and also accounted for five of the top ten largest deals. WeeTracker’s analysis includes companies that received investment for expansion or deployment in Africa, regardless of where they are headquartered.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
9[PODCAST] Introducing Car Free Days in Nairobi
Terrible vehicle traffic makes Kenya’s capital city Nairobi one of the most congested in the world. It also brings air pollution which comes with serious health effects, including premature deaths and asthma.
SOURCES: The Conversation
10Young Mauritians Bring back Chinatown’s Vibrancy
Jean-Paul Lam is a fourth generation Chinese Mauritian and founder of the New Chinatown Foundation. The members believe that if they can spark a revival in Chinatown, the community will thrive once again and entice other young people back to Mauritius. A volunteer patrol group was organized to walk the streets at night to keep the area safe from a spate of recent night-time crimes.