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                        POWER AFRICA

During his South Africa stop, President Obama proposed to double access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa. Initially, Power Africa will partner with Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The U.S. government will look to securing some U.S. $7 billion in funding with an additional $9 billion from the private sector.

Most of the public-related money will come from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation ($1.5 billion) , the U.S. Export-Import Bank ($5 billion in support of U.S. exports related to power), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation ($1 billion investment in African power systems). Congruent with the president’s emphasis on trade and investment rather than aid, only $285 million would come from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

      The need for power is great

About two-thirds of Africa lacks electricity including more than 85 percent of rural dwellers. Unless or until power is adequate, the development of employment-generating jobs that could lift Africa out of poverty hits a wall. The International Energy Agency estimates that it will cost some $300 billion to achieve universal electricity access by 2030. So, Power Africa is a step
in the right direction rather than a total solution to Africa’s power needs.

The initial selection of partner countries illustrates some of the challenges of U.S. policy to Africa. President Obama emphasizes good governance and the rule of law. Nigeria and Ethiopia are, respectively, the first and second largest countries in Africa by population, with Nigeria at a staggering 174,507,539.

Yet Nigerian security forces are widely criticized for abuse of the civilian population while Ethiopia is, frankly speaking, repressive. Yet Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya have almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population. They are crucial to the amelioration of Africa’s power issues. On the other hand, Ghana, Tanzania, and Liberia are African leaders in democratization. But their combined population of 77,451,254 does not reach Nigeria’s.

President Obama is putting his administration’s weight behind power for Africa. Follow-through from the private sector remains to be seen and will be crucial. So too will be Congressional support, or at least acquiescence, during a period of intense partisan division, sequestration, and general concern about the slow rate of American economic recovery.

Africa's Mobile Boom
'huge opportunities'

Sub-Saharan Africa's mobile industry has been the fastest growing region in the world for mobile users in the past five years, according to a report published on Monday by the GSMA, the body representing mobile operators worldwide.

The region's mobile subscriber base has grown by 18% a year over the past five years to 253-million unique users and 502-million connections. GSMA forecasts in their report, "Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy 2013", that mobile users in the region will be closer to 346-million within the next five years.

Despite the high figures, there is still ample room for growth. "With unique subscriber penetration rates still less than 33%, this opens up a major opportunities for growth in the next five years," the GSMA said.
At 65.7%, South Africa has the highest penetration rate, while Niger represents the lower end at 20%.

Economic Effect

The mobile industry currently contributes more than 6% of Sub-Saharan Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) - higher than any other comparable region globally, according to the report. This contribution is expected to rise from $60-billion in 2012 to $119-billion, or more than 8% of GDP, by 2020. Last year, the mobile ecosystem directly supported 3.3-million jobs and contributed $21-billion to public funding in the region, including license fees, the study shows.

By 2020, mobile is set to double its economic effect, employing 6.6-million people in the region and contributing $42-billion to public funding.
Fixed-line penetration rates in many countries in the region are less than 5%. "Mobile has emerged as the main medium for accessing the Internet across sub-Saharan Africa. While 2G connections still dominate, 3G and 4G networks are gaining scale and smart-phone ownership is on the rise," the GSMA said.

"Despite the significant impact of the mobile industry in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, even greater opportunities are ahead," said Tom Phillips, GSMA's chief regulatory officer. "Beyond further growth for voice services, the region is starting to see an explosion in the uptake of mobile data."

However, Phillips said, a short-term focus by some countries on generating high spectrum fees and maximizing tax revenue risks "constrains the potential of the mobile Internet".

Policy Reform

The GSMA has called on countries to develop a more "transparent and enabling policy environment" to help realize the mobile sector's potential. "Operators and investors need clarity to fund the substantial investment needed to extend coverage to remote areas and meet the growing demand for higher speed connectivity." The report highlights three key areas that it believes most affect the growth of the mobile industry:

Managing spectrum allocation in a way that balances socioeconomic benefits with the costs needed to deploy advanced networks. The association urged regulators to use transparent and predictable processes for granting and renewing spectrum licenses, which would allow operators to better plan their investments. 

The importance of spectrum harmonization in the region, including the need to accelerate the analogue to digital television switchover, which would free up spectrum for mobile and help boost economic growth. "Broader economic analysis predicts that mobile broadband adoption would generate up to $197-billion in additional GDP in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2015 and 2020 and help fuel the creation of 16-million new jobs across a variety of sectors," the report said.

Taxation, including customs duties on handsets, is very high, retarding the take-up of new mobile services. "Lowering taxation levels on the mobile sector would benefit consumers, businesses and government by lowering the cost of ownership, encouraging the take-up of new mobile services, improving productivity and boosting GDP and overall tax revenues in the longer term," the GSMA said.

Trans-formative Effects

Mobile solutions are used to address a range of socio-economic challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the GSMA, there are almost 250 mobile health services in operation across the region. These support patients who may not have access to local health care services. Many people who never had a bank account are now able to be financially active. According to the study, there are more than 100 active mobile money initiatives and 56.9-million registered mobile money users in the region.

Mobile solutions are also playing an increasingly important role in improving agricultural output, which generates around a third of the region's GDP and employs nearly two-thirds of the labor force. "The mobile industry has already had a trans-formative effect on the social and economic life of sub-Saharan Africa, but there is scope for far greater growth and innovation, if the right conditions are established," said Phillips.

"In addressing key regulatory concerns, policy makers throughout the region have a major opportunity to unlock the potential of a dynamic and interconnected Africa."

SA 'a frontier for real estate growth'

South Africa's main centres - Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban - have been pinpointed as part of Africa's next frontier for commercial property growth by international real estate group Jones Lang LaSalle.

The three cities were among 20 in Africa identified by the firm, in a report released earlier this month, as catalysts for commercial property growth by retailers, corporates and investors.
South Africa was also identified as the continent's only transparent real estate market."There is a high variation in real estate transparency, befitting the markedly different levels of development and infrastructure in Africa," said global research director Jeremy Kelly."South Africa stands head and shoulders above the rest of the continent and has made steady improvement over the least two years, such that it now ranks as the 21st most transparent global real estate market."

'Africa's strengthening economies


"Africa's strengthening regional economies and improving operating environment, rapid urbanisation and emerging middle class consumerism present strong opportunities for established international retailers to expand their footprints and enter new markets," Jone Lang LaSalle said.
Investment by retailers is the start of the process, as it encourages real estate developers to build better quality retail centres which in turn allows investors to witness the growing development cycle, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's South African managing director, Mark Bradford."

In South Africa, total commercial real estate investment volumes were US$4.5-billion over 2011 and 2012, of which $2.2-billion was focused on retail," Bradford said.
Corporate outsourcing into Africa is also expected to grow and outsourcing hubs such as Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are predicted to benefit from the trend.

"Offshoring is an established business strategy that can help optimise productivity, labour resources and revenues through access to growth markets," said Jones Lang LaSalle's Europe, Middle East and Africa CEO, Christian Ulbrich.
"Although not without risks, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, telecoms and energy firms continue to target the African opportunity."
SAinfo reporter

Huge deposit boost for SA platinum

6 February 2013A huge mineral deposit recently discovered in Limpopo province is even bigger than previously thought, and represents "enormous good news" for the future of platinum mining in South Africa, the head of Canadian company Ivanplats announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Wednesday.Located on the northern limb of South Africa's Bushveld Complex, the Platreef (or Flatreef) discovery is a massive deposit offering high-quality metals - "650-million tons of indicated and referred resources in a six square kilometre area", Robert Friedland, the chairman of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation and the executive chairman of Ivanplats, told Indaba delegates.

Clean, sustainable model promised

In exploiting this reserve, the company promises a clean model, to be environmentally responsible, to have zero fatalities and to be sustainable. It would have a better model of employment and pay above-average wages, and it would have a "very broad-based black economic empowerment" component.
It would deliver benefits beyond its mine, Friedland promised, including jobs and new skills. "Beneficiation will be our key driver. We can make catalytic convertors and jewellery right here."He said that an intensive drilling programme in 2011 and 2012 had dramatically expanded and upgraded Platreef's precious and base-metal mineral resources.

Massive Bushveld deposit

Bloomberg reported recently that Platreef's indicated mineral resources now totalled 223-million tons at a grading of 4.1 grams per ton of platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium, at a cumulative, average true thickness of 24.3 metres. It also has nickel and copper."Flatreef is distinguished from other Bushveld projects by its tremendous size, the remarkable thickness of the polymetallic mineralised reef and its potential for significant by-product credits of nickel and copper," Friedland said on Wednesday."The successful upgrading and expansion of the selective high-grade underground resources advance the definition of the initial mine plan in which we intend to incorporate safe, efficient, large-scale, mechanized mining methods."

Possible South African listing

Friedland said Ivanplats would apply to the Department of Mineral Resources for a mining licence "that will have a large BBBEE [broad-based black economic empowerment] component."
The Canadian company, which has been exploring in Africa since 1994, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in October 2012. "We are now thinking of listing in South Africa as our secondary listing.

Having been here, we think a listing in South Africa is more appropriate than London."
Friedland said it was critical to generate sustainable livelihoods around mines. "We must build mines where younger mine workers are more like skilled surgeons." Also, the buyers of the end products - the car buyers in Japan, for example - would want to know the product was built with more than muscle power, and that the community around the mine was benefiting too."We need to work here, find and forge a new economic model," Friedland said, adding that it was "enormous good news" for South Africa that the discovery was in this country, which already produced 75% of the world's primary platinum.

Friedland was also very upbeat on the future of Africa, and South Africa in particular. "This is the beginning of incredible economic growth in Africa. Seven of the top 10 countries in terms of GDP [gross domestic product] growth are in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa will have greater GDP growth," he said. "So I am very optimistic about the future of this country."He also predicted continuing demand for metals, saying there would be 37 megacities around the world by 2020. "All will need metals, particularly platinum to clean the air," as well as copper and iron for high-speed trains. "We have come to a point of no return. Planet Earth is going urban. And an urban world is immensely consumptive of metals."Source: Industrial Development Corporation

Coega pulls R4bn in new investments

South Africa's Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) raked in R4.1-billion in new investments in 2011-12, exceeding its targeted number of new investors, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) says in its annual report.
"The current value of operating investments and those in the pipeline now exceeds R15-billion, the bulk of which comprises alternative energy (R6.4-billion), downstream metals (R4-billion), and automotive manufacturing and components (R3-billion)," the state-owned company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Coega IDZ is located adjacent South Africa's new deep-water Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth, which falls under the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
The CDC, tasked with attracting investors and tenants to the IDZ and the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park, has signed 36 lease agreements with investors since its inception.

The IDZ and logistics park had 21 operating investors as of 2011-12.
Tabling the CDC's annual report in the Bhisho legislature in the Eastern Cape earlier this month, chief executive Pepi Silinga said the National Treasury's budget allocations to the CDC had been reduced from R626-million in 2010-11 to R336-million in 2011-12 as the organisation moved to generate income outside of the government's grant."Starting with self-generated revenue of less than R10-million in 2004, last year the CDC generated just over R220-million, which represents about 70% of the grant funding received from government and is a major achievement in the light of South Africa's continuing power crisis and the ongoing global economic turmoil.

The CDC's revenue totalled R579-million for 2011-12 (compared to R773-million in 2010-11), while total assets as of 31 March 2012 were R3.88-billion (R3.7-billion in 2010-11).Silinga said that 8 898 jobs had been created in the course of the financial year, made up of 7 258 jobs in provincial and IDZ construction activities, and 1 640 direct operational jobs in IDZ and logistics park investment projects.The CDC had also stimulated growth for small businesses in the Eastern Cape, which had benefited from a 31% overall share of the company's procurement.SAinfo reporter

Did you know that the 2010 GDP of the entire continent of Africa, 54 nations and 1.0 billion people, is roughly the same, at $1.2 Trillion, as the single developing country of Mexico ($1.16 Trillion, 112 million people)? This amazing statistic grossly implies that there is nine times less per capita economic development in Africa than Mexico, even though it has nine times more souls living there.  It is best fact I presently know to communicate just how significant Africa’s political, institutional, and economic challenges are.

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa

IBM is further expanding its operations across Africa with the opening of two new IBM Innovation Centers in Lagos, Nigeria and Casablanca, Morocco.

These new centers aim to spur local growth and fuel an ecosystem of development and entrepreneurship around Big Data and analytics and cloud computing in the region.  

Approximately one in every two medium to large businesses in both South Africa and Kenya already use the cloud. In Nigeria, cloud usage is expected to more than double to 80 percent of businesses by the end of next year. At the same time, organizations around Africa are looking for ways to improve their analytics skills and more accurately tap into the data being produced by mobile devices and tablets - and, better anticipate the needs of their customers by delivering improved services.

As the local demand for these types of advanced technologies and skills increases, Africa is quickly moving to the center of global attention as the last big emerging market of the current economic era.   According to the IMF, Africa is set to be the world's second fastest growing region with projected growth of over five percent this year. Africa-grown innovation is key to the continent's future development, and dependent on close collaboration between local experts and global innovation leaders.

To take advantage of this explosive growth - clients, IT partners, developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics will now have access to the latest Big Data and Analytics and cloud-focused enterprise software, hardware, client services, skills training, business and marketing support.

EuroAfrica-P8 is a FP project funded by the European Commission [DG CONNECT] and spanning 27 months (January 2012 – March 2014) with the aim of strengthening Information Technology research and policy links between Africa and Europe under the 8th Strategic Partnership. The project is defined in full continuity with and builds upon the substantial results obtained and the significant momentum created by several previous projects (2006+), designated – over the years – as ‘the Euro-Africa-ICT Initiative’.

Main activities (2012-2014)

  • Provide support and guidance to European and African organizations in their efforts to connect and develop joint research projects in the ICT field through:
    • An interactive, consistent, and dynamic portal website
    • A repository of key information related to EU-African cooperation on ICT research (Repository, P8)
    • A virtual community of researchers
    • An online database of African research institutes addressing ICT
    • An e-Booklet entitled ‘Spotlight on African ICT research institutes’
    • Helsdesk and guidance services
    • Communication material (quarterly e-N’letters, video trailer, brochures and posters, etc.)
    • Etc.
  • Organize cooperation and thematic events synchronised, when possible, with policy dialogue meetings:
    • 4 ‘Euro-African FP7/ICT awareness/training workshops’ aiming at raising awareness on FP7+/ICT cooperation opportunities and at training on best practices: #1 (2012) Southern Africa / #2 (2012) Northern Africa / #3 (2013) West Africa (in French)/ #4 (2013) East & Central Africa
    • 2 new editions of the ‘Euro-African cooperation forums on ICT research’ aiming at providing forums for discussions and debates on recent developments & perspectives: #1 (2012) Europe / #2 (2013) Africa
    • 2 ‘Euro-African FP7/ICT thematic working group meetings’ to be hosted in 2012 and 2013;
  • Identify, analyze and map joint ICT research priorities between the two regions;
  • Produce recommendations for future cooperation initiatives;
  • Form 5 consortia working on joint EU-Africa EU/FP+ proposals demonstrating the return on investments in e-infrastructures and their supply chains;
  • Produce 4 to 6 zoom/case studies (success stories, innovating ICT research/technological developments or results in specific African countries or regions, etc.);
  • Publish 2 iterations of an e-Consultation aiming at achieving strategic coordination with other initiatives or programs sharing similar or related objectives;
  • Assist the day-to-day operation of the ‘Africa-EU Strategic Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space’ (P8) mufti-stakeholder implementation group and the JEG8 – Improving as much as possible the operation of Partnership 8;
  • Ensure the participation in the P8 group meetings of key stakeholders in the ICT field.

Lift Off for Nigeria's New Satellite

Liftoff for Nigeria’s new satellite

Nigeria’s new communications satellite, NigComSat-1R, was launched in China. The satellite was launched late yesterday aboard a Long March 3B/E spacecraft from the Xixhang satellite Launch Center in China. It was built and launched by China Great Walls Industry Corporation, with a group of NigComSat engineers, who have been based in China for the past three years. The satellite replaces NigComSat-1, which was de-orbited due to malfunction in November 2008. It is designed for use by the telecommunications, maritime, defence and broadcast sectors in Africa and parts of Europe and Asia. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has described the launch as another great step forward for the country towards the development of a knowledge-driven society.

West Africa Gas Pipeline

West African Gas Pipeline

The multi-billion dollar trans-regional gas pipeline system, the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), designed to help supply Nigeria’s natural gas from the oilfields in the Niger Delta to some neighbouring member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) with headquarters in Accra, Ghana, isa limited liability company that owns and operates the West African Gas Pipeline designed to transport natural gas from Nigeria to customers in Benin, Togo and Ghana in a safe, responsible and reliable manner, at prices competitive with other fuel alternatives.

WAPCO, a joint venture between public and private sector companies from Nigeria, has regional field offices in Badagry, Nigeria, Cotonou, Benin; Lome, Togo, Tema and Takoradi, both in Ghana.

WAPCo is owned by Chevron West African Gas Pipeline Limited (36.7%); Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)25%); Shell Overseas Holdings Limited (18%); and Takoradi Power Company Limited (16.3%), Societe Togolaise de Gaz (2%) and Societe BenGaz
S.A. (2%).

South African Economy


It has been witnessed that the South African economy is showing trends of advancement but still it will be too early to say that it has achieved its potential growth. It can be seen that over the years the per capita incomes are showing a rising trend, there has been an expansion in the public services, improvement in the health indicators and demographic trends. The financial system of the economy is strong and the inflation is controlled and lies within the Central Bank's target zone. In January 2013, the annual consumer inflation rate was 5.4%, falling from December 2012's 5.7%. Stable and low inflation rate protects the living standards, especially of working families and low-income households. The GDP is expected to grow at 2.7% in 2013, 3.5% in 2014 and 3.8% in 2015.

South Africa economy is a diverse economy, with key sectors approximately contributing to GDP as follows:
• Agriculture: 2.2%
• Mining: 10%
• Manufacturing: 12.3%
• Electricity and water: 2.6%
• Construction: 3.9%
• Wholesale, retail and motor trade: 16.2%
• Transport, storage and communication: 9%
• Finance, real estate and business services: 21.2%
• Government services: 16.7%
• Personal services: 5.9%

Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone

South Africa's newest operating Industrial Development Zone is boosting Richards Bay's already robust economy. The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal now holds 100% of the RBIDZ through the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

The Tata Steel ferrochrome smelter was the first investment in the RBIDZ, with input of more than R700-million that has created 320 permanent jobs.

South Africa has three active Industrial Development Zones (IDZs), which include East London Industrial Development Zone and Coega in the Eastern Cape Province. The idea behind an IDZ is to create attractive conditions under which manufacturing can thrive, thus stimulating foreign direct investment. The provincial government has budgeted R57-million to make the RBIDZ a preferred investment destination.

Research by the RBIDZ and development economics consultancy Urban-Econ has found that several manufacturing enterprises could perform well at the zone:

  • Flat-rolled iron/steel
  • Machine accessories (tachometers, stroboscopes)
  • Chainsaw plant
  • Air compressors for refrigeration equipment 
  • Electrical switches

RBIDZ has:

  • A strategic location near rail links to Johannesburg
  • Proximity to the Dube TradePort
  • Access to Richards Bay Port, the largest port in South Africa
  • Access to minerals such as titanium ore and granite blocks
  • Access to forestry products from the hinterland
  • Massive potential for downstream manufacturing of products currently being exported through Richards Bay Port: coal, chrome ore, alumina, granite and wood chip and other forestry products.

Downstream beneficiation is a key focus of national and provincial industrial policy in South Africa, so investors in that field are being actively encouraged.

The RBIDZ has set a goal of attracting R5-billion in investment and creating 5 000 jobs in the years to 2016, and there has already been keen interest shown by Chinese and Indian companies. 


Richards Bay is administered by the Umhlathuze Local Municipality and falls within the District Municipality of uThungulu. It is connected via the N2 to the areas north and south of it, and by the John Ross highway with the interior. The Umfolozi Further Education and Training College has four campuses, two of which are located in Richards Bay. The 65 000 square metre Boardwalk Inkwazi shopping centre is a recent addition to the area's retail environment.

Tourism is a strong and growing sector. Bird-watching, kite-surfing and historical-cultural tours are three activities with enormous growth potential.

The sub-tropical climate, beautiful dunes and impressive wetlands are all attractions for visitors. Protea Hotels has no fewer than six hotels in the greater Richards Bay area, ranging from the four-star Protea Hotel Waterfront on the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront to budget accommodation at The Bayshore Inn.


Ghana's media are among the freest in Africa since 1995. Telecommunications in Telecommunications in Ghana are also growing, with 25% mobile penetration (6M users), but just 3% internet (750K users). There are ~30 TV stations in the country, and ~130 FM radio stations. So after cellular voice and SMS, radio is their best network at present. Call-in shows are particularly popular, and families sit around the radios listening to them, the way the our grandparents in the developed nations did in the 1930′s.

To complement cellular, it looks like radios are a sweet spot for inexpensive technology network development in many underdeveloped countries. Getting some solar powered satellite TV dishes for villages and many analog low-power TV (LPTV) transmitters in the towns could also be a great next step.

Are there any nonprofits anyone knows of that are focused on growing low power radio and TV, and inexpensive cellular networks in developing countries? If so, let us know in the comments, and I’ll list them here.

Equatorial Guinea

The Government of Equatorial Guinea will expand its broadband connectivity by participating in the implementation of the international Africa Coast to Europe Project (ACE), a fiber optic cable that will connect 21 countries from South Africa to France.  

 Equatorial Guinea’s economic capital, Bata, will serve as one of the cable’s key connection points. The Ministry of Transportation, Technology, Postal Services and Telecommunications will officially oversee the implementation of the control center for the cable, which will be effective by December 6, 2013.  The control center in Equatorial Guinea will be located at the site of the public Telecommunication Infrastructures Manager of Equatorial Guinea (GITGE), the country’s first telecommunications infrastructure company, which was launched in July 2012.


“Equatorial Guinea is working to expand its broadband connectivity,” said Carmelo Martin Modu, Secretary of State for Technology and Telecommunications. “We believe that through our participation in the ASE project, we will continue to reduce the digital divide that exists in our country and improve our communications’ quality and reach.”

Through projects such as ASE and CITGE, Equatorial Guinea has worked to advance their telecommunications infrastructure as an overall effort to promote socioeconomic development throughout the nation and reach the Horizon 2020 development goals.

Cell Phone Usage in Africa

According to the World Banks, Africa now has more than 650 million mobile phone subscribers. That's more than either the United States or the European Union. And it's a market that has seen explosive growth. Since 2000, the mobile phone market has grown 40-fold, from 16.5 million.
The World Bank also said that, thanks to new cables, Internet bandwidth has grown 20-fold.“The Internet and mobile phones are transforming the development landscape in Africa, injecting new dynamism in key sectors. The challenge is to scale up these innovations and success stories for greater social and economic impacts across Africa over the next decade,” Jamal Saghir, World Bank Director for Sustainable Development in the Africa Region, said in a statement.

The report highlights how information and communication technology (ICT) are spurring innovation in everything from agriculture to financial services to climate change adaptation. In Malawi, for example, villages are using GPS devices to map and record deforestation in order to prevent it from happening. In Mali, Telemedicine is helping rural communities get access to healthcare. The rise in ICT in Africa has also led to a growing number of tech hubs -- from Kenya's iHub to Senegal's BantaLabs.

“Africa is rapidly becoming an ICT leader. Innovations that began in Africa – like dual SIM card mobile phones, or using mobile phones for remittance payments – are now spreading across the continent and beyond,” said Tim Kelly, lead ICT policy specialist at the World Bank and an author of the report, in a statement.  “The challenge going forward is to ensure that ICT innovations benefit all Africans, including the poor and vulnerable, and those living in remote areas.”

China in Africa - China Africa News

Chinese Farm in Zambia

Chinese Doctors in the DRC

Chinese Biscuit Factory in the DRC

No power, no infrastructure! Yet Chinese factories are flourishing in Nigeria

RECENTLY, a tertiary institution in Ogun state was reported to have included Chinese language as a course in the school’s curriculum. Chinese ownership of over 70 per cent of the factories in Ogun State was identified as one of the drivers for this initiative. The Chinese factories are not limited to Ogun State. They have several factories in Lagos and other states of the federation. A significant portion of factories in Nigeria are owned by Asian, Indian or Lebanese companies (Onwuka, 2014).
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South Africa's Film Industry



South Africa has a vibrant, growing film industry that is growing in reputation and is competitive internationally. Local and foreign filmmakers are taking advantage of the country's diverse, unique locations – as well as low production costs and favorable exchange rate, which make it cheaper to make a movie here than in Europe or the US. The jewel in the industry's crown is Tsotsi, Gavin Hood's gritty drama about a young gangster in Soweto, near Johannesburg, which won an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2006. In 2010, District 9 – an action-packed science-fiction movie about a sub-class of aliens forced to live in the slums of Johannesburg – was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture. South Africa also has a growing reputation as a producer for award-winning local content, such as Oscar-nominated Yesterday, the story of the struggles of an HIV-positive mother; and U Carmen E Khayalitsha, a Xhosa- language film which won the Golden Bear award at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Documentary filmmaker Francois Verster's A Lion's Tale won a non- fiction Emmy in 2006, recognized for its "most outstanding cultural and artistic programming". Building on South Africa's reputation for quality, creative film making, a string of successful big budget international productions have been filmed here, including Fury Road, the fourth Mad Max film; Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio; and Clint Eastwood's Invictus. The Lord of War, the 2005 movie starring Nicholas Cage as a global arms dealer, showcases South Africa's wealth of breath-taking locations – with Cape Town appearing as 57 different settings in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. Opportunities abound, with the makers of movies, commercials and other productions being attracted by South Africa's highly skilled film crews and technicians, excellent technical capacity and infrastructure – as well as the good weather.
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