110 Reasons to Invest in South Africa
The investment potential lies in its diversity of sectors and industries. South Africa is also a major trading nation, exporting and importing billions worth of goods every year. It is a gateway into African markets.
2The Role of African Troops in World War I
French President Emmanuel Macron and his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will inaugurate a new monument to African troops who fought in WWI in Reims. Keita’s great-grandfather fought and died in the Battle of Verdun in eastern France and whose body was never found. The role of the estimated 200,000 black troops used by France remains one of many painful aspects to the country’s colonial history, which left deep resentment in Africa.
SOURCES: France 24
4Lessons from Kenya’s Plastic Ban
Kenya has the world’s toughest ban on single-use plastic bags – you can be fined thousands of dollars or jailed for using them. The ban was introduced in 2017, the BBC took to the markets in Nairobi to see if it’s working.
5Students become Victims of Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis
On Monday (Nov. 5), witnesses said gunmen abducted dozens of mostly teenage students from a secondary school in Nkwen, on the outskirt of the city of Bamenda in Cameroon’s troubled English-speaking northwest region. The 78 students, as well as the school’s principal, driver and a teacher, were whisked off to an unknown location, authorities say investigations to find the kidnapped victims.
6How the Pyramids were Built
Researchers have discovered what they believe may be the remains of an ancient ramp used to transport the alabaster blocks used to construct Egypt’s Great Pyramids. The academics from the University of Liverpool (UoL) uncovered the ramp at the site of Hatnub, which was the location for ancient Egyptian alabaster quarries.
SOURCES: Sky News
7Mali Farmers Go Hybrid
As climate change brings wilder weather in the Sahel – particularly worsening drought – planting crops able to stand up to extremes can help avert a range of crises, from worsening hunger to migration. In southern Mali, hardier crops are gaining ground, particularly as farmers see the results in their own fields.
8Zimbabwe’s Clearance Sale on State-owned Companies
The Mines ministry plans to announce the successful bidders for assets owned by state-owned mining company Zimbabwe Mining and Development Corporation (ZMDC), including gold mines. Selling struggling state-owned companies is part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wider reforms to cut government expenditure.
SOURCES: Business Day Live
9Ethiopia on a Budget for #TravelTuesday
Ethiopia is one of the oldest and most remarkable places in Africa. It’s got a long and storied history, incredible food, and some of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites this side of the Great Rift Valley. Fortunately, it’s also relatively inexpensive, if you know how to do it right.
SOURCES: AFK Travel
10South Africa’s Biggest Tea Garden gets New Lease of Life
The Magwa farm stretches over 1,800 hectares, and is said to be the largest operating tea farm in the southern hemisphere, was closed for years. But thanks to a government bailout, it’s now back in business, providing much-needed work in an area of high unemployment.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
11The First Action Movie in Uganda was Made Here
In the heart of a Ugandan slum, there exists a world of zombies, cannibals, and kung fu. It’s a place where a slum cat called “Famous” lounges in the sun while laundry dries on the skeleton of a helicopter painted with the bold letters “Wakaliwood.” This world belongs to a man named Isaac Nabwana.