Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:49 Cyril Boynes, Jr. Editorial Dept - Africa
Instead of more foreign aid, we need self-initiative and energy and economic development - While on extended leave in New York, I often pondered conditions in this huge city, versus in Uganda and most of Africa. Perhaps most of all, I reflected on electricity and the economic activity, modern living standards and improved health that this amazing technology makes possible. I thought about that as I read articles about climate change “reparations” and other foreign aid, oil and gas discoveries in Africa, and impediments to African electricity and economic development.

Several European and US energy companies recently announced major natural gas discoveries in East Africa, both onshore and offshore. Other companies are using hydraulic fracturing to unlock natural gas from the continent’s shale rock formations. There is a lot of talk about building LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals to ship gas overseas. “I’m convinced that in 10 years’ time Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya will together form a major gas hub for Asian and Far Eastern markets,” Cove Energy CEO John Craven told the Wall Street Journal.

There is a lot of gas in West Africa too, especially in Angola and Nigeria, and companies are often criticized for “flaring” gas – burning it off at the wellhead, instead of using it for something productive. (The same thing happened in the United States, until people figured our how to use this previously unwanted byproduct of oil production to heat homes, generate electricity, and make fertilizers, plastics and chemicals.)
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 00:00 Roy Innis and Niger Innis Editorial Dept - Africa

Delegates listen to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner during the Africa Carbon forum at the UNEP headqaurters-Gigiri in Kenya's capital Nairobi March 3, 2010. African governments need to set clear rules in order to attract more projects under the U.N. Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the United Nations Environment Programme chief said on Wednesday.US energy and environmental policies must help Africa improve the lives of its people - “I see Africa as a … partner with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children,” President Obama declared in Ghana last July.

However, three months later, the President signed an executive order requiring that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and other federal agencies reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with their projects by 30% over the next ten years. The order undermines the ability of Sub-Saharan African nations to achieve energy, economic and human rights progress.

Ghana is trying to build a 130-MW gas-fired power plant, to bring electricity’s blessings to more of its people, schools, hospitals and businesses. Today, almost half of Ghanaians never have access to electricity, or get it only a few hours a week, leaving their futures bleak.


Most people in Ghana are forced to cook and heat with wood, crop wastes or dung, says Franklin Cudjoe, director of the Imani (Hope) Center for Policy and Education, in Accra. The indoor air pollution from these fires causes blindness, asthma and severe lung infections that kill a million women and young children every year. Countless more Africans die from intestinal diseases caused by eating unrefrigerated, spoiled food.

Monday, 11 January 2010 18:00 Theunis Botha Editorial Dept - Africa

“The insane notion that Julius Malema could be the heir apparent to the ANC throne, as suggested by Jacob Zuma and the latest report that he is not a factory fault, but the representative of a new generation of ANC leaders, should cause a chill to run down the spine of every sane South African and more especially the whites. 

His public statements that he, apparently single-handedly, conquered the apartheid regime and the colonialists and that he will conquer the children of their children, bears this out.” So says Rev Theunis Botha leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) and acting chairman of the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA).

“African history shows us what happens when power-hungry despots rise to become rulers. These self-opinionated men do not tolerate opposition, but rather mercilessly act against anyone who would question them. Theirs is the only opinion that counts and not even those that bow and scrape before them and stroke their egos are safe from there unpredictable fits of fancy.

“Is this what we in South Africa have to look forward to? If it is then should we not act now and do all we can to warn the people, instead of cracking jokes and making light of so serious a matter?”

Saturday, 11 April 2009 19:00 Jim Camp Editorial Dept - Africa

Image Courtesy of NFP Cartoonist Joel BarbeeIt is good news and a happy outcome that the Somali pirates holding Captain Richard Phillips have been killed and he has been rescued unharmed. This is quite literally the only way to deal with pirates.

It’s not as if the United States of America hasn’t got a lot of experience dealing with pirates. Ironically, the U.S. Constitution came about in part because the earlier Articles of Confederation left the new nation unable to respond to the attacks on our merchant ships by Barbary pirates.

The Barbary pirates, operating out of the northern part of Africa, had for centuries controlled the shipping trade in the Mediterranean. They were, in fact, less interested in the cargo than in the crews who they would capture, ransom, or sell into slavery. Nations could avoid this by paying tribute to each of the Barbary States. It was a common practice of European nations as well as Great Britain to pay such tribute, including the protection its American colonies until they declared independence.

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 19:00 Dr. Christo Landman Editorial Dept - Africa

ObamaDr Christo Landman, spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the CDA said in a report, that the election of Obama as President of the USA did not come as a surprise:

- An astonishing amount of money was "poured" into his campaign.
- Liberal Media networks, like CNN, and other so-called objective journalists were visibly promoting his candidature.
- The election coincided with an international economic collapse, erroneously solely attributed to the Republican Party and George Bush.
- Republican Afro-Americans like Powell sided with Obama, for obvious reasons.

What is more important is that Obama, like the ANC in SA, made elaborate promises to the American people and black Americans in particular, promises which are unlikely to be fulfilled. In SA such empty and unfulfilled promises, have come back to haunt the ANC to the extent that the Lekota faction has formed another opposition party.

In many cases Afro-Americans are still at the bottom of the financial scale measuring prosperity. It is expected that Obama, as an Afro-American President, will bring fundamental change. But the absence of such change and social transformation will lead to disillusionment and moral defeat. Obama will learn quickly that there is a whole world of reality between empty oratory and absent deeds.


Saturday, 07 June 2008 20:00 Stephen Mbogo Editorial Dept - Africa

Nairobi, Kenya - Africans should not expect any major changes in U.S. policies towards the continent if Sen. Barack Obama becomes the next American president, political analysts are cautioning as Africans celebrate his all-but-certain nomination.

In Kenya, the home of Obama's late father, talk from the streets to government offices has been dominated by the issue, with many debating the possible benefits an Obama presidency could hold for Kenya and Africa.

Having secured the Democratic nomination, the Illinois senator is expected to face Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in November's presidential election.

Njoki Ngari, a Nairobi nurse, said she expected that as president Obama would help finance the building of needed social infrastructure, such as public hospitals.



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