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Dec 18, 2014

China to loan Angola’s Sonangol $2 bln for oil projects

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 18 (Reuters) – China will lend Angola’s
Sonangol $2 billion to expand oil and gas projects, the state
energy company said, helping to cement Beijing’s influence in
Africa’s second-largest oil producer.

The Chinese funds will provide welcome relief for Angola,
which has been hit by a nearly halving of oil prices since June,
helping send its kwanza currency to an all-time low on
almost a daily basis this month.

Dec 9, 2014

South Africans fear ‘dark days’ ahead as power cuts bite

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Businesses have shut up
shop, generators have sold out and cars play cat-and-mouse at
darkened road junctions in South Africa, where power cuts have
suddenly become a daily reality.

Under white minority rule, South Africa subsidised
electricity heavily to attract foreign investment, although much
of the black-majority had no access to power.

Dec 8, 2014

U.S. says unaware of S.Africa teacher release talks before Yemen raid

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Washington did not know
about advanced negotiations to release South African teacher
Pierre Korkie before he was killed in a failed U.S.-led mission
to rescue hostages held by al Qaeda in Yemen, the U.S.
ambassador to South Africa said on Monday.

Pierre Korkie, 56, and American journalist Luke Somers, 33,
died of wounds after being shot during a special forces raid
intended to free Somers shortly after midnight on Saturday.
Washington says they were killed by their captors, members of al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Nov 28, 2014

Exclusive: Obama plan to ‘Power Africa’ gets off to a dim start

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to “Power Africa” would double electricity output on the world’s poorest continent and bring “light where currently there is darkness”.

A year later, the U.S. president’s flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report.

Nov 28, 2014

Obama plan to “Power Africa” gets off to a dim start

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Barack Obama last year told
a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to “Power
Africa” would double electricity output on the world’s poorest
continent and bring “light where currently there is darkness”.

A year later, the U.S. president’s flagship project for
Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver
10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million
households and businesses, according to its annual report.

Nov 19, 2014

Ebola’s impact on Africa economy might be less than feared: World Bank

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The cost of the Ebola epidemic on Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is likely to be closer to $3-$4 billion, rather than a worst case scenario of $32 billion, the World Bank’s chief economist for the continent said on Wednesday.

Francisco Ferreira told a lecture in Johannesburg that successful containment of Ebola in some West African countries made its gloomiest forecasts less likely, although economic damage could still escalate if there was any complacency.

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. eyes China partnership on Africa power – sources

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The United States is considering partnering with China on improving electricity in Africa and the proposal could be part of bilateral discussions when President Barack Obama visits Beijing next week, two sources involved told Reuters.

The proposal could include $5-$7 billion (3.16-4.42 billion pound) of commitments to improve electricity generation and transmission in several African countries, one source involved in the initiative said.

Nov 7, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. eyes China partnership on Africa power – sources

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The United States is considering partnering with China on improving electricity in Africa and the proposal could be part of bilateral discussions when President Barack Obama visits Beijing next week, two sources involved told Reuters.

The proposal could include $5-$7 billion of commitments to improve electricity generation and transmission in several African countries, one source involved in the initiative said.

Oct 27, 2014

Analysis – Botswana, Africa’s diamond, risks losing its sparkle

GABORONE (Reuters) – When environmental scientist Bakang Bogopa graduated first in his class from the University of Botswana two years ago he did not expect that his first job would be moving furniture or that he would still be living off handouts from his mother.

Bogopa, who studied on a government scholarship, is among thousands of unemployed graduates in Botswana who exemplify both the country’s swift economic progress in the five decades since independence from Britain, and the challenges it now faces.

Oct 27, 2014

Botswana, Africa’s diamond, risks losing its sparkle

GABORONE (Reuters) – When environmental scientist Bakang Bogopa graduated first in his class from the University of Botswana two years ago he did not expect that his first job would be moving furniture or that he would still be living off handouts from his mother.

Bogopa, who studied on a government scholarship, is among thousands of unemployed graduates in Botswana who exemplify both the country’s swift economic progress in the five decades since independence from Britain, and the challenges it now faces.

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