Monthly Archives: July 2011

Andrew Mitchell’s point visiting Rwanda

On Monday 18 July 2011, David Cameron, British prime minister, made a quick visit to two African countries: South Africa and Nigeria. This was in the midst of the media storm that was phone hacking which engulfed Britain political arena. The trip was apparently meant initially to include as well Rwanda and South Sudan. But these two countries were dropped at the last minute, because the prime minister had other urgent issues to deal with at home. Continue reading

Understanding Rwandan future instability according to AFRICOM

The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM ) commissioned a study to examine the risks of instability in 10 African countries over the next decade. Among these is Rwanda. Continue reading

Rwandans don’t need to claim genocide or else to feel or honour their losses

Discussions on how to call atrocities committed in Rwanda since October 1st, 1990 and in the whole Great Lakes region of Africa since 1996, this until today, appear ongoing. They may not even have an end at any time. As evidence, even survivors of the holocaust continue reminding the world that what happened to the Jews in Hitler’s Germany was genocide. It is their right to do so. Continue reading

The African Challengers

Pessimism that Western media has for decades associated with the African continent has started giving room to optimism, particularly in the light of how poorly developed countries are performing economically since a number of years now. The financial crisis of 2008 which impacted seriously on the capitalism system has not gone away yet. In addition, excessively indebted public coffers across Europe and US are persistent evidence of a lack of a definitive solution to structural issues at stake.

In 2010, Boston Consulting Group [BCG] did a survey of African businesses which were standing out against the odds. The firm called them The African Challengers. They tell a different story of what is happening on the continent that negative propaganda continues to spread out. BCG identified forty companies [see list below], whose annual sales range from $350 million to $80 billion. They display a strong growth, an international footprint, and ambitious plans to further expand overseas.

Algeria: Cevital,Sonatrach; Angola: Banko Africano de Investimentos, Sonangol; Egypt : Al Ezz Group, CIB, EFG-Hermes, Egyptair, Elsewedy Cables, Orascom Telecom, Orascom Construction Industries; Morocco: Attijariwafa Bank, BMCE Bank, Maroc Telecom, Office Cherifien des Phosphates, ONA Group, Royal Air Maroc; Nigeria: Dangote Group, United Bank of Africa; Togo: Ecobank; Tunisie: Groupe Elloumi, Poulina Groupe; South Africa: Allied Electronics, Anglo American, Aspen Pharmacare, Bartoworld, Bidvest Group, Datatec, Imperial Holdings, MTN Group, Murray & Roberts, Naspers, Old Mutual, SAB Miller, SAPPI, Sasol, Spoprite, Standard Bank Group, Steinhoff International, Vodacom.

The African revolution and change continue

 ‘The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed,’ Steve Biko .

This week, David Cameron, British prime minister, visited South Africa and Nigeria, mainly to promote economic interests for his country, while his government is strongly active within the NATO military alliance destroying Libya. Destabilising Libya is significantly aimed at weakening Africa as a whole, particularly because of all continental initiatives that Gaddafi had started. Despite the hypocrisy of the visit, free trade and its corollary capitalistic structures are today demonstrating they are not working effectively. Otherwise, the old leading economic countries of the world (US, Britain, several countries within EU) shouldn’t be close to bankruptcy because of nearing default on their huge public debts.

As we also celebrate this week the 93rd birthday of Nelson Mandela, a living legend that anyone knowledgeable can pinpoint who the person is, it is important to highlight the role that the African youth has played, continue and will have to play in transforming the African political landscape.  Tunisia and Egypt uprisings of January and February 2011 are strong testimonies of the potent power of a determined young generation. Andile Mngxitama explains in the following article different historical actions the South African youth like those of Steve Biko [in the picture and who was unfortunately assassinated] undertook to uproot Apartheid. Though a major obstacle has been removed, sought changes in South Africa and many other African countries require the same determination which initially permitted whatever changes have been achieved so far. Continue reading