Africa 

Fire extinguished on Nigeria’s oil-exporting NCTL pipeline -Aiteo

ABUJA (Reuters) – A fire on Nigeria’s oil-exporting Nembe Creek Trunk Line reported on Sunday has been completely extinguished, operator Aiteo said in a statement. The company declared force majeure and closed the pipeline, one of two lines exporting Bonny Light crude oil, over the weekend. Royal Dutch Shell said that operations continued at the Bonny Light terminal, but did not comment on whether the NCTL closure had slowed exports. The Trans Niger Pipeline also carries oil to the terminal. Aiteo said the fire was the result of sabotage and…

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OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | Instead of not voting on May 8, park your vote somewhere safe

South Africans queue as they wait to cast their vote on May 7, 2014 in Manguang, South Africa. This is the fifth democratic election in South Africas history. (Photo by Gallo Images / Conrad Bornman) It is disturbing to hear that South Africans seem not to have hope in the practice of voting because all political parties are the same. This statement is a fallacy when uttered by those who have not tried voting for other political parties, writes Ralph Mathekga. If there is anything worth emphasising in politics today,…

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Africa 

News24.com | Why more people will vote EFF on May 8

Julius Malema (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla) Julius Malema is deeply aware of the systemic fault lines that prevents growth and equality. He exploits these themes for political support and uses populist rhetoric to attract voters, writes Adriaan Basson. There are many good reasons not to vote for the EFF in the May 8 election. The party and its leaders are deeply embroiled in the VBS scandal; the EFF has a history of violent behaviour and intolerance against critics, particularly women; its leader has at least two criminal investigations pending against him…

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Africa 

News24.com | Ramaphosa meets Greenside Primary pupils who ‘saved his life’ by picking up fallen elections poster

President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with Fatimah Zehra Cassiem and Aaliyah Baker of Greenside Primary school.(Supplied) Clean bathrooms at their school and shelter for everyone who lived in townships – these are two of the things a pair of Greenside Primary School pupils wanted President Cyril Ramaphosa to do for them in his capacity as head of state.  Aaliyah Baker and Fatima Zehra Cassiem, both aged 10, visited Ramaphosa on Monday after they were seen in a video picking up an ANC poster along Beyers Naudé Drive in Johannesburg last Thursday. …

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Human Rights 

Traditional knowledge at ‘core’ of indigenous heritage, and ‘must be protected’, says UN Forum

Anne Nuorgam, who is a member of Finland’s Saami Parliament and head of the Saami Council’s Human Rights Unit, described the Forum as an opportunity to share innovations and practices, developed in indigenous communities “over centuries and millennia”. Indigenous peoples make up less than six per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest on earth, according to the Forum. They live in some 90 countries, represent 5,000 different cultures and speak the overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages. Noting that 2019…

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Africa 

Congo Brazaville begins exporting Iron Ore

The grand arrival of the first train ferrying the first iron ore extracts in Congo Brazaville, mined in Mayoko district, 300 kilometres from the train central station in the economic capital, Pointe-Noire. One year later,and Congo has become one the iron exporting countries. About 23,000 tonnes of this material was loaded last week into a ship at the Pointe-Noire Port Authority destined for China. The mining company, the Sapro SA group plans to increase exports to 12 million tonnes per year from 2022. This major trade comes at a time…

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Africa 

Five Algerian billionaires arrested in anti-graft investigation

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Five Algerian billionaires, some of them close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation, state TV said on Monday. They were later brought to court to face charges from the general prosecutor’s office, private Ennahar TV channel said, a legal requirement after an arrest. Further details were not immediately available. The five are Issad Rebrab, considered the richest businessman in the energy-rich north African nation who is especially active in the food and sugar refining…

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Africa 

Return to Juba: South Sudan’s Kiir urges Machar

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has called upon the rebel leader Riek Machar to ‘urgently’ return to the country, and implement the peace deal signed last year. Kiir, who was delivering an Easter message, also recounted the ‘piercing experience’ during his recent Vatican visit, when the pope kissed his feet, along with Machar and other political leaders. ‘‘On the occasion of Easter as your leaders, we are working together to bring peace to our country. It is not too late, I am inviting Dr Riek Machar to urgently return to…

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Africa 

Sudan’s military council and opposition wrangle over transition

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and opposition forces appeared on a collision course on Monday amid deepening differences over demands for civilian rule more than 10 days after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir. The TMC warned on Monday against people blocking roads and limiting the movement of citizens, signaling a possible move against thousands of protesters who are camping outside the Defence Ministry and blocking some roads outside the compound in downtown Khartoum. The council also said it was unacceptable that some young people were…

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Africa 

Preserving Africa’s cultural heritage

Many people say the charity of African heads of state begins and ends abroad. Several of them have joined the some of world’s wealthiest families in a fundraiser to rebuild the iconic 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris which was devastated by fire last Monday. But how do these African leaders react to similar projects geared towards preserving the continent’s cultural heritage? UNESCO has made calls for the continent to restore and preserve the 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of the 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’, situated in the heart of Ethiopia.…

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