ANC Mangaung conference: Zuma re-elected as leader

ANC Mangaung conference: Zuma re-elected as leader

Jacob Zuma has been re-elected as leader of South Africa’s governing African National Congress. He received an overwhelming majority of votes cast by some 4,000 delegates at the party’s Mangaung conference. Mr Zuma had been favourite to secure the leadership after he was challenged for the top job by his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe. Mr Motlanthe […]

Wildlife crime profound threat to nations,

Wildlife crime profound threat to nations,

  The global illegal trade in wildlife is worth $19bn (£12bn) a year and is threatening the stability of some governments according to new research. Carried out for conservation group WWF, a report highlights a “new wave” of organised wildlife crime by armed groups operating across borders. It says funds from trafficking are being used […]

Nelson Mandela ‘making progress’ in hospital

Nelson Mandela ‘making progress’ in hospital

South Africa’s first black President Nelson Mandela, who is being treated for a lung infection, has made progress in the past 24 hours, officials say. Mr Mandela, 94, was rushed to a military hospital in the capital, Pretoria, on Saturday. Doctors attending him were “satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment”, a statement […]

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to face Kgalema Motlanthe challenge

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to face Kgalema Motlanthe challenge

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will face a challenge for the leadership of the ANC next week from his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe. Mr Motlanthe’s spokesman Thabo Masebe said that Mr Motlanthe had accepted his nomination to stand as ANC leader. Mr Zuma has received most nominations, but his critics say he has failed to tackle […]

Africa papers carry Mike Tyson ‘sex change’ spoof

Africa papers carry Mike Tyson ‘sex change’ spoof

Several online newspapers in Africa have published a spoof story about former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson having a sex change. The article first appeared on the UK satirical website, NewsBiscuit, at the end of November. It was then published by Zimbabwe’s Standard on Sunday and picked up by the SpyGhana news website on Tuesday. […]

Ghana solar energy plant set to be Africa’s largest

Ghana solar energy plant set to be Africa’s largest

  A UK firm has announced plans to build what it claims is the biggest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Africa. The Nzema project, based in Ghana, will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes. Construction work on the $400m (£248m) plant is due to start within 12 months. The developers […]

Nigerian oil tycoon is richest Black Woman in the world

Nigerian oil tycoon is richest Black Woman in the world

Oprah Winfrey has lost her long-held title as the richest black woman in the world to a Nigerian oil tycoon, according to a report by an African business magazine. Edging out Oprah is Folorunsho Alakija, a 61-year-old woman from Nigeria who is reportedly worth at least $3.2 billion, or roughly $500 million more than Oprah’s […]

Students Solve Power Shortages With Urine

Students Solve Power Shortages With Urine

Photo: Maker Faire AfricaLagos — It’s ironic that Nigeria, Africa’s leading oil producer, suffers from frequent fuel and power shortages. But four school girls have found a solution from an unlikely source: urine. Most Nigerians have to rely on generators because of the epileptic power supply. Many businesses have also closed down because they cannot […]