In drought-stricken Somaliland, families try to survive on black tea

By George Obulutsa and Abdirahman Hussein BURAO, Somalia, Mar 28 : In a makeshift camp beside a disused airfield in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland, 32-year old Nima Mohamed sits next to an open wood fire, boiling a kettle of black tea. Unless aid groups bring them food and water, the tea is the […]

Money transfer firm could take on Orange mobiles in Senegal

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR, Mar 19 : When Senegalese money transfer firm Wari agreed to buy the local mobile arm of Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular last month, it set the stage to challenge Orange’s hold on mobile phones in French-speaking West Africa. Wari plans to list on the West Africa stock exchange (the BRVM) in […]

African game faces uncertain future under new regime

By Mark Gleeson ADDIS ABABA, Mar 17 : African soccer faces an uncertain future after Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou was swept from power and a raft of new officials were voted into powerful positions. New president Ahmad promised widespread consultation as he seeks to make the game more inclusive after his […]

Africa tells FIFA it wants 10 places at expanded World Cup

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG, Feb 22 : Africa will be looking to double the number of places it has at an expanded World Cup, the continent’s football association presidents have told soccer’s world governing body FIFA. Africa wants at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup that FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed from […]

Infantino calls unprecedented African summit meeting

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG, Feb 19 : FIFA President Gianni Infantino will meet more than 50 presidents of African football associations in an unprecedented summit in Johannesburg this week, officials said today. Each of the continent’s 54 member countries has been invited to a day-long executive summit with Infantino, called to discuss general issues in […]

South African mine tries faster drilling technique to cut costs

By Tanisha Heiberg and Barbara Lewis CULLINAN, South Africa, Feb 7 : – Engineering services company Master Drilling will next month complete a diamond mine pilot project aimed at roughly doubling the drilling rate and cutting costs, as miners turn to technology to maximise output from depleted reserves. Although they have recovered from a deep […]