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  • Cyril Ramaphosa: The South African millionaire set to be president

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/12/20 South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has elected a new leader in Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (born 17 November 1952). The current deputy president aside politics is a businessman, anti-apartheid activist, and former trade union leader. While at university, Ramaphosa became involved in student politics and joined the South African Students Organisation (SASO) and the Black People’s Convention (BPC). He was detained in solitary confinement for eleven months in 1974 under Section 6 of the country’s Terrorism Act and was held for an extra six months at John Vorster Square under the same law in 1976 following the anti-apartheid unrest in Soweto.
  • Africa: U.S. State Department To Get Experienced Diplomat in Key Africa Post

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/30 Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa inclunding two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of National for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump government.Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa including two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump administration. Senior CIA analyst Cyril Sartor was hired as senior director for Africa at the National Security Council earier this month Key Africa jobs at the Defense Department (DOD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development remain vacant. "Having someone with Don Yamamoto's experience in that post is very significant," Mel Foote, Constituency for Africa president, told AllAfrica. "As Africa confronts a lot of challenges, we want to see responsible U.S. engagement in partnership with African governments and civil society organizations."
  • South Africa's president survives vote to oust him

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/11/30 The African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday that the majority of the party's 80 executive committee members voted to keep Zuma in office.
  • 5 African Countries Likely To Withdraw from the ICC

    BURUNDI, 2016/11/02 South Africa has announced its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the Daily Maverick, South African diplomats delivered a formal notice of withdrawal to the Rome Statute of the ICC, initiating a year-long process. In its deposition, South Africa accused the Hague-based court of bias against African nations. South Africa maintains that there are examples of inequality and unfairness in the conduct of the ICC, its relationship with the Security Council, and to the court’s alleged focus on crimes committed in Africa, despite there being evidence of similar violations existing on other continents.
  • Britain may have given up on the EU dream, but Africa still wants integration

    UNITED KINGDOM, 2016/07/23 In the days next Brexit, markets plunged, the pound went into free fall, a prime minister resigned and the next of the UK and the European Union seemed uncertain. Beyond the reasons that divided people for this vote, and beyond its economic and political ramifications, it’s clear that there is a growing frustration with inter-governmental integration models. Why again – with the woes of the European Union so visible – is Africa forging ahead with an ambitious plan to accelerate the free movement of Africans and integrate national economies beyond border communities and physical proximity?
  • South African general to head UN force in DR Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2016/01/03 South Africa's General Derrick Mgwebi was on Tuesday named the new commander of the UN Force for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO), the UN mission said in a statement. Mgwebi replaces Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, a Brazilian general who left MONUSCO last month next serving for two years. In the statement, the UN office highlighted the national and international military experience of Gen. Mgwebi who led the UN Mission in Burundi between 2004 and 2006, and is currently the Director of the Joint Operations Division of the South African defense forces.
  • Cape Town’s commitment to quality gets results

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2013/10/24 Each of the ten partners in the BestCities World Alliance demonstrates the same outstanding qualities, efficiencies and high standards expected as membership criteria. BestCities is the initial world alliance to put in place a certification program – with standards certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). Together with nine other partners, Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau undertakes a rigorous internal and external audit each year and has been rewarded with recertification each time.