ISS FEATURES: South Africa joins the EU in the dogbox for abusing illegal African migrants

30 Apr

The European Union (EU) has been widely condemned for its neglect of the growing number of people trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa, mostly in unseaworthy boats, to seek refuge in Europe. Nearly 25 000 have arrived illegally in Italy alone this year. Although that is not much greater than the number who arrived during the same period last year, the death toll had rocketed from under 100 to the end of April 2014, to about 1 000 so far this year. Continue reading

Military spending increases in Africa, eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia says SIPRI

14 Apr

SIPRI – World military expenditure totalled $1.8 trillion in 2014, a fall of 0.4 per cent in real terms since 2013, according to figures released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in its comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. Continue reading

If only Maxwell Khobe could live, again

12 Apr

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that being brave in a chosen career is way better than serving as an elected public office holder who courts attention, be it unconsciously, and unmerited accolades for achieving a tiny fraction of the set goals needed by a constituency. Continue reading

African survey on counterfeit electrical products is a call to action

2 Apr
Olusegun Abolaji Ogundeji – The first survey on counterfeit electrical products ever done in Africa has been conducted by Schneider Electric to determine the extent of the problem and highlight actions to mitigate its spread across the continent.
“We knew that counterfeiting in Africa had a huge impact on the market both in terms of safety and on the economy,” said Schneider Electric Anti-Counterfeiting Global Manager Tracy Garner, via email. “But how much are we talking about exactly, what are we dealing with precisely? There was no clear information. And it is difficult for any stakeholders in the electrical market, including Schneider Electric, to set up concrete actions when you don’t know what you are fighting against or how much you could gain from it.”

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West Africa nations tackle e-governance

30 Mar
Olusegun Abolaji Ogundeji – West African countries are turning to ICT to conduct government business as they seek to improve service delivery to their citizens, eliminate the manual distribution of documents especially among top officials and boost confidence in the public sector.

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President Obama’s Message to Nigerians

26 Mar
Hello.  Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of Nigeria. Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made.  Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions.  You’ve strived to overcome division and to turn Nigeria’s diversity into a source of strength.  You’ve worked hard to improve the lives of your families and to build the largest economy in Africa.

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Self-driving Audi to drive from California to New York

19 Mar

By Lucas Mearian – Automotive component-supplier Delphi is about to launch a self-driving Audi SUV on a 3,500-mile journey from San Francisco to New York. The trip, which will begin March 22 near the Golden Gate Bridge, will end in New York City. It is the first cross-country trip by a fully autonomous vehicle, and arguably the longest anyone has made. Continue reading

Steve Jobs biography describes his disdain for TVs

14 Mar

By Tim Hornyak IDG News Service – The latest book about Steve Jobs suggests the late Apple cofounder’s dislike of TV was one reason he terminated a 1990s personal computer called the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). The expensive, short-lived machine was launched in March 1997, months before Jobs resumed leadership of the firm as part of its purchase of NeXT. It had a tuner that would have allowed it to double as a TV set, and that didn’t sit well with Jobs. Continue reading

ISS Feature: Business as unusual: Goodluck Jonathan privatises Nigerian relations with South Africa

5 Mar

It was ironic, to say the least, that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s government turned down President Jacob Zuma’s proposal for a South Africa-inspired African Union (AU) rapid response to combat the barbaric Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram – yet apparently hired ex-South African Defence Force (SADF) soldiers to train the Nigerian Defence Force (NDF) to do so. Continue reading

With expansion into West Africa, VMK ignites Africa-designed brands competition

1 Mar
By Olusegun Ogundeji – By opening its first store in the Ivory Coast, VMK, based in the Republic of the Congo, is taking a big step in its expansion plans and potentially setting up a designed-in-Africa brand competition with RLG.

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