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Once, Twice,Three times a winner! Media of the year

The Africa Report became the first media organisation to win three prizes simultaneously at the Diageo Africa Business Reporting awards, held in London on Thursday 28 June.

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Uganda's middle class feeling the pinch

Dennis and Peace Kabunga in 2010 (left), and today with their three daughters on their banana plantation on the outskirts of Kampala/Photo/EDWARD ECHWALU FOR TARThe Africa Report first met the Kabungas, the Achaks and the Slakans in July 2010. These three middle-class families still broadly have the same preoccupations: their children's education, finding decent jobs, wishing the state would pick up some of the slack in healthcare. But interviewing them again two years later has also revealed the fragility of their situations. The Slakans, for instance, no longer see themselves as middle class.

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Nigeria: Growing strong to meet international standards - Jimoh Ibrahim

Jimoh Ibrahim Chairman of Global Fleet Group/Photo/MARK CHILVERS FOR TARWith a 16-strong group of companies, including interests in insurance, airlines, banking and fuel distribution, Jimoh Ibrahim is now looking at doing business in neighbouring countries, including Ghana and Sao Tomé and Principe. He talked to The Africa Report about expansion, banking reforms 
and take-off for Air Nigeria.

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Telecoms: Ringing up profits

Telecoms operators are slowing their price wars and rolling out new products as the mobile market becomes more saturated.

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The world's best selling Pan African magazine - As seen on TV

The Africa Report, having gone monthly in February 2011 with a revamped design and layout, has produced a TV commercial that goes on air this month on major international EMEA news channels, including CNN and Euronews.

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Ghana: Over 64 percent work in the agricultural sector

Anthony Doku (AD), managing director of research, monitoring and planning at the Ghana Revenue Authority as well as MD of O.G Farms Limited, speaks about farming, inclusive financing, marketing mechanisms, and the importance of property rights to The Africa Report (TAR)on the sidelines of the EMRC Agribusiness Forum 2011 in Johannesburg.

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Tsvangirai’s comments spark political storm in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Trade & Industry Minister Welshman Ncube has strongly rejected claims of regionalism made against him by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and challenged him to a national debate on the "welfare and interests of the people".

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South Africa's 2009 Presidential Candidates: Zuma, Dandala and Zille


Jacob Zuma, ?ANC presidential candidate


Confounding the expectations of supporters of former President Mbeki, the former intelligence supremo of the ANC has outmanoeuvred the great strategist himself and will in all likelihood be elected president. Surfing a populist wave of discontent at the orthodox economics of the Mbeki administration, Zuma is, however, more pragmatist than ideologue. A man at ease with the people, his appeal resonates strongest with the many who feel left behind in the new South Africa.


Mvumelwano Dandala, ?COPE presidential candidate


COPE’s dark horse candidate has little political experience outside of the church. Methodist bishop Dandala is currently the general-secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches. He was more politically involved in his youth when he was an activist in the South African Students’ Organisation. As a pastor, Dandala has preached about the evils of gambling and the need to fight HIV/AIDS and social injustices. He says that there would be no “rogue politics” if he were elected president.


Helen Zille?, DA presidential candidate


The feisty Mayor of Cape Town has injected new dynamism into South Africa’s leading white party of opposition, the Democratic Alliance. As a former journalist and anti-apartheid activist, she helped expose the truth behind the death of Steve Biko, the Black Consciousness leader. Her political career has taken her through the different tiers of government to the national level. An outspoken critic of corrupt politicians, she recently aroused controversy by accusing the new COPE party of wanting to form an alliance with the ANC after the election.


Back to South Africa, Democracy at a crossroads


Anansi: A wish list for Ghana

Ghana’s politicians are setting about one of the most exciting elections their country has ever seen. After eight years in opposition, the plucky, but poorly- funded, National Democratic Congress is trying to wrest power back from the much smarter-heeled New Patriotic Party. Now that oil has been discovered offshore, Ghanaians are impatient to see a new prosperity spread throughout their society.??


Anansi favours no one, but does suggest that that the victors urgently consider the following policy options as soon as possible after they take office:


1. Reform the system for allocating oil and gas exploration and production licences by opening them up to competitive tender or auction. Also promote greater transparency in the industry by creating a law to ensure that the public and the private sectors adopt the principle of ‘publish what you pay’.


?2. Introduce preferential rates of interest on foreign exchange remittances by Ghanaians in the diaspora, and non-Ghanaians resident in Ghana, to encourage the habit of long-term saving. At the moment, most of this money goes into consumption or building houses. But we are entering a period of economic uncertainty in which inflows of foreign exchange, which keep the economy afloat, may start drying up. Banks should be encouraged to participate in this drive. The money could help create a national savings fund for future generations, to be used when the oil money runs out.?


3. Monetise the benefits and perks of ministers, MPs and top civil servants, and raise their salaries so that they earn enough to pay for their own housing, petrol, vehicles, phone bills, school fees and medical care. This will put them in touch with the economic hardships faced by ordinary Ghanaians.


?4. Phase out all opencast mining in the gold industry. All future mines should be underground. Artisanal mining should be closely regulated to prevent mercury and other poisons from polluting the water supply.


?5. Strictly enforce the rent laws which prevent landlords from demanding more than six months’ rent in advance from prospective tenants. ?


6. Review the tax laws to encourage investment in the recycling of waste. Almost everything people dispose of has a potential secondary value. The husks and leaves of palms and cocoa trees have added value after recycling as raw materials for fertiliser and other products.


?7. Waste management regulations should be enforced to reduce the mountains of plastic refuse generated every day, as this can be used as raw material to fuel small urban power plants. It will also generate jobs. Building more public toilets, and making them affordable and accessible, is an essential part of this suggestion.?


8. Introduce the long-awaited single spine pay system in the public services so that employees earn a living wage. Bring an end to the old system of ‘you pretend to work and we will pretend to pay you’.?


9. Build a national consensus and hold a referendum on constitutional reforms. These should include, at a minimum, the introduction of multiparty elections for all district, municipal and metropolitan chief executives, and a ceiling on the number of justices the president can appoint to the Supreme Court.?


10. It should be a compulsory part of the curriculum in all schools, both public and private, to teach children how to cross the road safely. The proportion of road accidents involving children is unacceptably high. This will require the construction of better roads with covered gutters and clearly-marked crossing points, and the introduction of solar-powered traffic lights.

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