Katongo named 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year

Katongo named 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year

Christopher Katongo has won the 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year award. The 30-year-old Zambia captain beat off competition from Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Younes Belhanda and Yaya Toure to become the first winner from southern Africa in the history of the award. Katongo told BBC Sport: “This is a fantastic moment for me. […]

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani ‘in coma after stroke’

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani ‘in coma after stroke’

g Mr Talabani is Iraq’s first Kurdish president Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is said to be in a coma in hospital after officials and media reported he had suffered a stroke. A statement on his website said President Talabani was in a stable condition and was being treated for blocked arteries. Well-placed Kurdish sources say […]

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 […]