Africa News

South African women benefit from entrepreneurial programme

A total of 90 female-owned companies have been identified by the Department of Water and
Sanitation to be part of a three-year programme that supports and empowers entrepreneurs.

Ghana's bamboo bicycle revolution

An entrepreneur in Ghana is turning bamboo into bicycles, while creating youth employment
opportunities and saving the environment. And as the bikes become more gain traction at home
and abroad, another factory is being added to boost production.

Film Africa takes African stories to the world

The sixth annual Film Africa festival begins in London on 28 October 2016. This year, the Royal
African Society showcase for African film features more than 50 features, short films and
documentaries from 22 countries. There will also be discussions and exhibitions.

South Africa's economic growth revised

In tabling the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan revised South Africa's economy growth for 2016 down to 0.5%, citing various reasons for his prediction. However, he said he expected it to rise to 1.7% next year.

South Africa's economy not declining but it faces difficulties

At a time of slow global growth, Minister Pravin Gordhan's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement
(MTBPS) highlights the importance of funding development and transformation.

Full text: the mini budget

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered the country's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement - the mini budget - on Wednesday, 26 October. If you missed it, you can read the full speech here.

Five alternative energy initiatives in Africa

Finding and implementing workable alternative energy solutions is an important part of
sustainable development in Africa. Read about five companies that are making renewable energy
inroads on the continent.

Noem My Skollie inspired by the life of writer John W Fredericks

The acclaimed South African film Noem my Skollie is about more than just Cape
Flats gangster culture and Pollsmoor prison life, says the film's writer John W Fredericks. It's
also about friendship, the redemption of the human spirit and his own life story.

South Africa's Public Protector

The Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa's Constitution to investigate
complaints against government agencies or officials. Find out how the process
works, who and what the Public Protector can investigate, and how to lay a

South Africa: talk directly to local government

Millions of South Africans are online, which the country is exploiting to bring local government closer to the people. Residents can communicate directly with officials through a new digital platform, which allows them to send instant messages to ward councillors.

Online business aims to train South Africans

Hyperion Development, an online South African education portal, aims to teach the majority of
its students for free. From impoverished households, they can access courses via cell phone or
a personal computer.

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

A unused communication tower in Troyeville, Johannesburg is being transformed into a
permanent public art installation, with the help of the community and informal waste collectors.

Rwanda uses drones for good

An American technology company and the Rwandan government have teamed up to deliver
medical supplies to rural areas using drone technology. The "instant delivery system allows
medicine to be delivered on-demand and at low-cost, anywhere".

Highlights from BRICS 8th annual summit

The annual BRICS bloc summit took place in India and wrapped up on 16 October. It brought together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and concluded with the Goa Declaration.

Inclusive internet essential to Africa's growth - Cwele

The internet should be open, neutral, resilient, interoperable and responsive to the growth needs of all. This was the message Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa's telecoms minister, brought to the fifth annual meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum this week.

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