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    Cameroonian journalist freed after 2 years and 5 months in detention

    Cameroon-born Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for French radio RFI who spent 876 days in prison on ‘fake’ charges of terrorism, was released on Saturday 22 December, Radio France Internationale reported on its website. Abba was freed after the court reduced his 10-year sentence to 24 months, reports said. “We are delighted that Ahmed Abba will […]

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DR Congo radio journalist detained after criticising poor state of roads

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has this week urged authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to immediately release radio journalist Benjamin Mutiya, a reporter for Radio Télévision Communautaire de Walikale (RTCWA), based in the war-torn North Kivu Province. Mutiya was arrested on December 14 by agents of the ANR (the national intelligence […]

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Isabel dos Santos ‘steals’ US$135 million from Sonangol

Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, has ‘illegally’ transferred more than US$135 million belonging to state oil company Sonangol to her four private companies using the Portuguese bank Banco BIC, Maka Angola reported early this week. Dos Santos, the eldest daughter of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, was Sonangol board chairperson for 18 months […]

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South Africa: economic uncertainty remains despite Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC election

While Cyril Ramaphosa’s election at the helm of the African National Congress (ANC) is potentially an important turning point for South Africa, a considerable uncertainty remains, an expert said early this week. Firstly, because Cyril Ramaphosa will not be the country’s president until Jacob Zuma steps down or until the next general election in 2019, […]

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‘Dishonest’, ‘fraudulent’ Isabel dos Santos’ in trouble over Unitel missing funds, unpaid dividends

Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has committed fraudulent and dishonest acts in the management of Angola’s cellphone provider Unitel, according to a landmark decision made recently by a British judge. Billionaire dos Santos, whose fortune is valued at US$3.5 billion, is a major shareholder at Unitel, which she controls through Vidatel. Maka Angola, a […]

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Internet economy to push productivity to U$318 billion by 2025

The internet economy is expected to deliver productivity gains across key sectors such as financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture and government to the value of between US$148 billion and U$318 billion by 2025, the McKinsey Global Institute has predicted, as a new report highlights the internet’s critical role in changing Africa’s socio-economic fortunes. In […]

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How to protect your small business against cyber-crime

Entrepreneurs need to be educated on how to protect their business from cyber-crime, but this means very little if their staff are not equally as careful, Jeremy Lang, Business Partner Limited regional general manager, said. “Every cyber-attack begins with a weakness in human behaviour within an organisation,” he added. South Africa-based Lang urged SMEs owners […]

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Greenpeace, Earthlife activists shutdown South Africa’s ministry offices over nuclear energy plans

Life at the South African ministry of environment headquarters came to a standstill on Thursday this week after activists from Greenpeace and Earthlife Africa blocked its main entrance with nuclear barrels, reports said. The environmentalists were demanding that the ministry withdraw the environmental authorisation that has been issued for a proposed nuclear power station at […]

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