The continent's entrepreneurs are helping Africa to capitalize on its vast natural resources and make its economies the world's fastest growing and most dynamic. From high finance, to sewing cooperatives and small-scale food processors, here's a look into how Africa's businesspeople are making new products and creating jobs and how they can be helped.
Continent's businesspeople need some basics in order to start 'doing it for themselves.'
BOSTON — It would be great to say that Africa’s entrepreneurs are ‘doing it for themselves.’ But that’s not exactly the case. Work needs to be done to create environments where emerging businesspeople can thrive.
JOHANNESBURG — 'Prime Evil,' the South African apartheid-era assassin who kidnapped, tortured and killed black activists in the 1980s, has been granted parole in the interest of 'nation building.'
Eugene de Kock commanded a top-secret police death squad, headquartered on Vlakplaas farm near Pretoria, that was responsible for the deaths of dozens anti-apartheid activists. He was jailed in 1996 for 212 years plus two life sentences for 87 crimes.
SOWETO, South Africa — Siphiwe Mahori’s grieving parents sit on the floor of their tiny brick home in Snake Park, a ramshackle Soweto neighborhood, hands clasped with visitors who might be considered the enemy by some people here.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A report into crimes committed by South Africa’s police force draws a disturbing picture: dozens of officers charged for the murders, armed robberies and rapes of citizens they are sworn to protect.
Particularly worrying is the number of reported cases of police officers detaining women in order to rape them.
By the time the first Ebola cases were diagnosed in the United States and Europe early last fall, the deadly, destructive disease had already killed thousands of people across five countries in West Africa.
Only then, with fears of a global epidemic spreading even more quickly than Ebola itself, did private pharmaceutical companies begin teaming up with government entities to move forward with developing an Ebola vaccine. The delayed response is an example of the diverging interests of public and private sectors when it comes to addressing a public health crisis, say experts from both sides.