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Aug 17, 2015

After prison, Pistorius set for ‘mansion arrest’

PRETORIA (Reuters) – In one of the wealthiest suburbs of South Africa’s capital Pretoria stands a three-storey mansion where Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius will be taken on his release from prison this week.

Pistorius, 29, is expected to wear an electronic tracking tag when he is released on Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Aug 14, 2015

South African nuclear power plan stirs fears of secrecy and graft

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Fears are growing in South
Africa that agreements to build nuclear power plants that could
be the most expensive procurement in the country’s history will
be made behind closed doors, without the necessary public
scrutiny.

Among those voicing concern, two government sources say the
Treasury is not being included in procurement discussions,
despite the massive budgetary implications of a project that
experts say may cost as much as $100 billion.

Aug 11, 2015

South Africa to review visa rules that hit tourism

PRETORIA, Aug 11 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob
Zuma said on Tuesday ministers would review new visa rules that
have hit tourism and stoked tensions within the ruling party.

Last year South Africa implemented regulations requiring
visitors to provide biometric data when applying for visas, a
problem for people in large countries like China, which only has
South African consulates in Beijing and Shanghai.

Aug 2, 2015

Missing plane draws eyes to land of molten lava and killer sharks

SAINT-DENIS, Reunion, Aug 2 (Reuters) – As experts on the
Indian Ocean island Reunion studied plane debris for clues in
the search for missing flight MH370, scientist Nicolas
Villeneuve was making his own discovery: the island’s volcano
was about to erupt.

Reunion, a part of France that lies in the Indian Ocean
around 370 miles east of Madagascar, gained newfound notoriety
last week when a beach cleaner stumbled across a barnacled piece
of an airplane wing known as a flaperon.

Aug 1, 2015

Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) – Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370.

Malaysian investigators are expected in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by aviation experts as part of a wing, would then be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for checks, French police sources said.

Jul 31, 2015

Recovered plane debris flown to France for checks

ST DENIS, Reunion, July 31 (Reuters) – Plane debris which
washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and is thought
to belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flown
to France on Friday for checks officials hope could provide some
insight into the disaster.

Discovery of the debris, which may finally confirm the plane
crashed into the sea after veering off course from Kuala Lumpur
to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew, could help end 16
months of lingering uncertainty for relatives.

Jul 31, 2015

Plane debris found on Indian Ocean island points to MH370 breakthrough

SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) – Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370.

Malaysian investigators are expected in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by aviation experts as part of a wing, would then be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for checks, French police sources said.

Jul 30, 2015

Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from a Boeing 777: Malaysia

SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-REUNION, France (Reuters) – Malaysia is “almost certain” that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

The object, which appeared to be part of a wing, was being sent to offices of France’s BEA crash investigation agency in Toulouse to verify if was indeed the first trace of the lost plane to be found, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

Jul 27, 2015

With milk and roses, Africa woos private equity funds

JOHANNESBURG, July 27 (Reuters) – From milk churning in
Zimbabwe to rose growing in Ethiopia, private equity investments
in Africa have returned to pre-crisis levels and should keep
rising as funds seek bumper returns in far-flung markets.

Private equity deals in Africa totalled $8.1 billion last
year, the second highest on record after the $8.3 billion posted
in 2007, according to the African Private Equity and Venture
Capital Association (AVCA).

Jul 10, 2015

Exclusive: Nigeria’s electricity ambitions ‘not remotely realistic’ – report

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The Nigerian government’s ambitions for improving electricity supplies are “not remotely realistic”, a report by experts advising the presidency says, an early blow to one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s most important reform promises.

Chronic power shortages are one of the biggest constraints on investment and growth in Africa’s largest economy. Fixing the problem was one of the key battlegrounds during campaigning ahead of a presidential election Buhari won in March.

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