African Countries

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Last chance to claim HK$500,000 reward for ring

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

China in Africa, no worse than others

Do Chinese companies violate labour rights on the African continent? Damage the environment? Bribe local officials? Perhaps, says Global Witness, a British-based watchdog - but if so, they do no more than companies from elsewhere.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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Cathay Pacific announces full-year results

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The big dry

Two failed rainy seasons in 12 months have led to the driest year since 1951 in some regions of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. Hunger levels have jumped sharply, with rates of severe malnutrition rising as high as five times the emergency threshold.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Ghana's green, gold and red flag has become almost omnipresent as the build-up to the quarter-finals intensifies. All across Johannesburg, South Africa's rainbow-coloured national symbol has been temporarily shelved. Regional pride has taken hold at Africa's first World Cup and, from Sandton to Soweto, the Black Stars have become the standard-bearers for the hopes of South African fans.

2 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Africa brings interesting questions

The Fifa World Cup is not the only event being celebrated in Africa in 2010. This year marks the 50th anniversary of independence for 17 countries in West and equatorial Africa. Of these, 14 were French colonies.

Hong Kong also experienced colonial rule, but will these anniversaries compete with the festival of football for our attention? Maybe they should.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

Jason Dasey

After the terror attack in Angola, why don't we just go ahead and cancel the soccer World Cup in South Africa? And, with the Mumbai massacres in mind, maybe it's advisable to skip New Delhi's Commonwealth Games. And to avoid any potential clashes with pro-Tibet activists, perhaps it's best that we also don't attend the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

China offers real opportunity to Africa

Poor Congo! It can never get a break from meddling westerners. But what can it expect, since it is doing a multibillion-dollar deal with the Chinese. These days, anything involving China in Africa is automatically suspect in the west.

29 May 2008 - 12:00am

Mbeki is to blame for township violence

It was looking ugly for a few days, with mobs of South Africans in townships around Johannesburg randomly murdering several dozen 'foreigners' (migrants from other African countries) and injuring several hundred. But now President Thabo Mbeki has acted decisively: he has announced the establishment of a panel of inquiry into the violence. That should fix it.

22 May 2008 - 12:00am

Electoral angst threatens new confidence in Africa

Africa is in danger of getting itself a bad name again, just when a lot of things have been going very well. The rather similar disputes in Zimbabwe and Kenya over who really won the elections, if prolonged much further, risk blunting the wave of economic confidence that has swept through black Africa in the past three to four years. Investors have been pouring in.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

US vies with China in the new scramble for Africa

Many people are likely to assume that the current tensions between the US and China are firmly centred in Asia - with Taiwan, North Korea or Central Asia as the likely area for any future conflict. But another less-headline-grabbing continent is starting to dominate Sino-American rivalries: Africa.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Africa's awakening stirs China and India

The purchase of a 20 per cent stake in South Africa's highly successful Standard Bank by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is the biggest foreign direct investment in South Africa since the demise of apartheid.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

End the stereotypes about Africa

New Africa films keep coming - this time it's the riveting Blood Diamond; last year the superbly acted The Last King of Scotland - while Out of Africa still vibrates in my mind almost 20 years after its release. But am I alone in being rather cross when my 16-year-old daughter asks me yet again: 'Is Africa really like that?'

19 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Sitting on a gold mine, forced to live in abject poverty

Congolese often say their country is the richest in the world, given the vast amounts of gold, diamonds, oil, timber and other resources it contains. But like the rest of Congo's resources, the gold of Iga Barriere, about 25km from Bunia, does little for the people here.

29 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Attracting an ill wind

When terrorists hijacked passenger planes to attack targets in New York and Washington in September 2001, thousands of people - citizens of 87 countries, including China - were killed. Eighteen Chinese companies were operating in the World Trade Centre, and three Chinese citizens died in one of the hijacked airliners.

3 May 2006 - 12:00am