Global powers court Africa as alliances shift in newly-multipolar world
15 August 2022 | 5:00 am
Presidents and ministers from global powers have been crisscrossing Africa over the past few weeks - we get some analysis on the geopolitical chess game taking place on the continent from Eric Olander, Editor-in-Chief of The China-Global South Project.
South Africa's small businesses, still reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and squeezed by inflation at a five-year peak, are now taking further strain during the worst power cuts in over two years.
Small business owners in South Africa's Soweto say power outages - some of the worst to hit South Africa - have forced them to cut hours and staff.
A young Cameroonian activist is the force behind a quest to restitute a sacred statue stolen by a German colonialist 120 years ago. Njobati Sylvie believes restitution is integral in confronting the Cameroon's past.
Police in South Africa say 15 people were killed and another nine injured in a shooting at a tavern in Soweto, while four died in an apparently unrelated attack in another bar in Pietermaritzburg.
Authorities say they are still searching for five attackers who killed several people in a bar in Soweto on Sunday. South Africans are angry at authorities for failing to protect them against increasing crime.
Nearly 60% of African countries remain dependent on exports of commodities despite decadeslong efforts to diversify. A shift to technology and financial services could help them withstand economic shocks, the UN says.
Headline consumer inflation in South Africa surged to 7.4% in June, higher than analysts' predictions and ahead of a central bank interest rate announcement. Rhiannon Oliver has more.
Like many seeking to capitalize on the growing success of music from Africa, Universal Music Group has launched a new service dedicated to independent labels and artists, and to digitizing out-of-print music catalogues.
Egyptian leaders stressed their country's strong ties with Moscow during Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit, but urged a solution to the war in Ukraine.
The French president has kicked off a tour of Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau at a time when French influence in Africa is being called into question in several countries.
Lavrov has sought to offer Moscow's support to Addis Ababa amid Western pressure. He has also again blamed Western sanctions for an ongoing food crisis, which has heavily impacted Africa.
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