Finance

South Africa: The Great South African Cell Phone Rip-Off

As South Africa enters the festive season, the country is awash with special offers. Yet, beyond the corporate hype that usually accompanies this time of year, many are left with the deep-seated feeling that - in the ordinary course of events - they are being ripped off left, right and centre

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Africa: World Aids Day – Getting to Zero With Women and Girls

For years, my battle cry has been to bring HIV treatment to children and families in Africa.

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Africa: A Desk for Every Child

"Given the infrastructure shortages that many African countries are facing, there isn't enough classroom space available to provide a traditional school desk for every pupil." The Millennium Development Goals have focused everyone's attention on primary school enrolment rates. Although they are faced with the additional challenge of high rates of population growth, sub Saharan African countries have made substantial progress, increasing enrolment rates from 58-76 percent between 1999 and 2010. However, as the Brookings/This Is Africa Learning Barometer shows, 50 percent of primary school aged children in Sub Saharan Africa today will grow up to be illiterate adults

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Africa: In Our Fight Against HIV/Aids, Transportation Can No Longer Be an After Thought

Photo: Glenna Gordon/IRINA red ribbon, the symbol for the global fight against HIV/AIDS (file photo). "As we surge towards an AIDS-free generation, we need to realistically face the challenges. Resting on our laurels is insufficient." The 2012 International AIDS conference touted progress in combating HIV/AIDS and creating an "AIDS-free generation"

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Africa: Innovating Across African Agricultural Value Chains

"To get innovations right, they must be driven by local cultures, ensuring that farmers, governments and rural entrepreneurs have solutions that they can adapt to their local needs" A majority of Africans live in rural areas and depend on small scale farms for their livelihoods.

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Africa: Aiding Investment With the Brain

When considering Africa, people do not generally think of sky scrapers, city dealers, affluent middle classes, bankers in suits, screens of numbers and the trading of stocks and shares. This is, however, increasingly an African image we will have to get used to. I recently went to a conference at the London Stock Exchange where investors were buzzing with enthusiasm for the growth in African shares

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West Africa: Pirates Threaten Region’s Shipping

London — In July last year President Boni Yayi of Benin sent a worried letter to the UN secretary-general.

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Nigeria: New Niger Delta Report Challenges Shell’s Investors

Shell's investors are facing a tougher international legal environment that is likely to have a dramatic impact on its balance sheet as claims mount from its activities in the Niger Delta, according to a new independent report from specialists at the University of Essex. The potential liabilities range from sizeable damages for failures to take adequate steps to prevent and clean up oil spills, through to liabilities under USA and European stock exchange rules.

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Nigeria: Computer Test to Be Compulsory for Admission Into Tertiary Institutions – Minister

Benin — Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, said at the weekend that the Federal Government has concluded arrangements to make computer based test a compulsory component of admission and matriculation examinations into tertiary institutions from next year.

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Nigeria: General Electric to Begin Assembling Locomotives Locally

Lagos — General Electric said it will start assembling locomotives in Nigeria by next year. If that happens, it could save Nigeria some huge foreign exchange usually used in acquiring locomotives from Brazil. It will help rejuvenate Nigeria's dying competencies in the railway sector and in growing the sector faster.

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