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    Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti join list of ‘red’ countries

    Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti have recently joined Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Somalia and Somaliland in the list of Africa’s red countries. Countries across the globe are classified according to their security risk profiles and are either regarded as red, white or green. This classification determines the level of security measures applicable to the countries, and […]


South Africa’s economic troubles continue to affect SMEs confidence levels

South Africa’s economy is in deep trouble. The signs of a falling giant are all over for everyone to see that nothing lasts forever. These challenges have severely affected the confidence levels of local small and medium enterprise (SME) owners. A fourth quarter 2014 Business Partners Limited SME Index (BPLSI), which measures attitudes and confidence […]

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Simone Gbagbo sentenced to 20 years in jail

Simone Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast First Lady, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for, among others, undermining state security, disturbing public order and organising armed gangs during the country’s 2010-2011 post-election violence. Over 3 000 people are believed to have been killed by the violence in which the ‘Iron Lady’ is believed […]

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6 tips to manage a sound budgeting for SMEs

A business without a working budget is like a car without a fuel gauge – it will drive for a while, but will run out of fuel when the driver least expects it. This is a statement from Gerrie van Biljon, executive director at South Africa-based Business Partners Limited, who provides small and medium enterprises […]

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Africa’s human rights violations worsened in 2014 – Amnesty International

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Cameroon, Togo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, among others, have been singled out by a recent report released by Amnesty International for their worsening human rights record in 2014 on the African continent. Illegal detention of opposition politicians, journalists and human rights activists and ordinary civilians […]

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DR Congo presidential elections could be postponed to 2017 or 2020

Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo might not take place in 2016 as planned. Government spokesperson Lambert Mende was evasive and ambiguous when he told Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Friday that the country’s presidential elections could take place either in 2016 or 2017. Mende justified the postponement by evoking the general census, […]

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