South Africa Week event to celebrate the best in
South African business, politics and culture
Top-level business leaders, government officials, artists and academic leaders from South Africa and beyond will gather in Washington, D.C., during the week of the Congressional Black Caucus for the fifth annual South Africa Week. The event, which takes place from Monday, Sept. 22 to Saturday, Sept. 27, will feature a US-South Africa Business Forum, meetings, visits to Capitol Hill, roundtable discussions, and social and cultural events dedicated to promoting US investment in South Africa and the ongoing transformation process. For more information contact Judith Mwanza at Judith. email@example.com or the organizer and founder, Kennedy Khabo, at (202) 904-3361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INT’L BANKS LINE UP TO
Sept. 16 (GIN)–Following a signed settlement to the long-running dispute between Zimbabwe’s two elected leaders, international lenders signaled that financial support for the ailing country could be approved shortly. Under terms of the long awaited agreement, Prime Minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai will head a council of ministers responsible for the day-to-day managing of the country’s affairs. Pres. Robert Mugabe will remain head of state and head of the cabinet as part of a 50-50 division of power. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said the signing of the power-sharing accord was a chance to reverse the economic crisis, where inflation is more than 11 million percent, the world’s highest rate. “We stand ready to discuss with the new authorities their policies to stabilize the economy, improve social conditions, and reduce poverty,” Strauss-Kahn said in a statement. The World Bank has also expressed interest.
NIGERIA FACES REBEL
THREAT OF ‘OIL WAR’
Sept. 16 (GIN)–In a daring attack they called “Hurricane Barbarossa,” Nigerian militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region on Sunday destroyed a Royal Dutch Shell Oil pipeline in an escalation of their “oil war” on the government and Western firms. By dawn, destroyed oil flow stations, gun boats, burst pipelines, and dead and injured soldiers trailed in the aftermath of the “hurricane.” The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is in its third day of heavy fighting with security forces. Destruction of the pipeline was confirmed by a Shell spokesman. “The operation will continue until the government of Nigeria appreciates that the solution to peace in the Niger Delta is justice, respect and dialogue. This military-style bullying belongs to the past 50 years when the Niger Delta people responded only with their mouths, pens and placards,” wrote a MEND representative on the website Saharareporters.com. The attacks appeared to follow aerial and marine bombings of a MEND position in Rivers state of Nigeria on Sept. 13 by the armed forces of Nigeria. Bakana is in Rivers State, the heart of the oil region. Meanwhile, a 40-man delegation from Japan has been meeting with Nigerian officials to examine investment opportunities in energy, gas, agriculture and car manufacturing. Help is also being sought for the repair of existing refineries and construction of new ones.
RAPPER STARS IN NEW FILM
Sept. 16 (GIN)–In another sign that hip hop has established a foothold in Africa, a new film highlights the story of a rapper from the Cameroon who enlists a visiting Japanese scholar in her dream to follow in the footsteps of Alicia Keyes. Written by Cameroonian cinematographer Cyrille Masso, “The Encounter” will be screened this month at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Funky and cool, the documentary blends an original score with footage of the singer, Cathy Lyonga–aka Krucial Kate. The festival runs from Sept. 18-25, at the Village East Cinemas in New York. Produced in 2008, the documentary is in English with French subtitles.