Chinese traders in Africa. Why go?

Increasing number of Chinese traders have set themselves up in southern Africa in recent years.

A recent report by the Brenthurst foundation explored the trend.

Here is an interview with Terrence McNamee, one of the authors of the report about why these Chinese have chosen Africa as a destination. (first on RFI)



Interview with South Sudan military spokesman Philip Aguer on Heglig

South Sudan’s military has said it has completed its withdrawal from Sudan’s main Heglig oil field but has condemned the north for bombing the area.

Juba seized the flashpoint oil hub on the 10th of April, claiming that Khartoum was using Heglig as a base to attack the South’s oil-producing Unity State.

Here is the latest from South Sudan’s military spokesman, Philippe Aguer. (first on RFI)


Malawi President Joyce Banda puts stamp on new government

Malawian President Joyce Banda has named one of her closest allies – Khumbo Kachali – as the new vice president as part of a shake-up of the government following the death of her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika.  Since taking office at the week-end, Banda has sacked top officials, including the chief of police and the information minister.  Below is an interview with Malawi’s new Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu, about whether he expects more heads to roll. (first on RFI)

Sudan talks yield little as tensions mount

African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki arrived in the South Sudan capital Juba yesterday to meet with President Salva Kiir for the latest round of peace talks.

It comes during an escalation of clashes between the two Sudans.

South Sudan claimed on Tuesday to have shot down a Sudanese fighter jet over a border area on the southern territory.

Recent talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa are also reported to have ended in failure.

David Shinn, a former US Ambassador and Professor of International Affairs at The Elliot School of International Affairs, gives his view on events (INTERVIEW, first on RFI)


Fighting erupts in Zuwarah, west Libya

Fresh fighting erupted in west Libya yesterday after two days of deadly clashes near the border with Tunisia. Former rebels from the western town of Zuwarah have clashed sporadically with fighters from the nearby towns of Regdalin and Jamil since Monday despite efforts by the interim Libyan authorities to mediate a lasting truce. Ayub Sofian, at the Zuwarah media centre, says he fears the fighting has taken on a tribal dimension. (INTERVIEW first on RFI)


What next for Mali post-coup?

The regional body Ecowas has announced West African states are to impose immediate diplomatic and economic sanctions on Mali. It comes as rebels groups take advantage of the disorder and seize large parts of the north of the country. Ecowas had given the military junta in Bamako until Monday to step down. Jeremy Keenan – professor of social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London – is interviewed here about the options for Mali at this time of crisis. (first on RFI)

Injured Tibu evacuated to Tripoli (interview)

In Libya, efforts have been underway to evacuate the injured after a week of ethnic clashes in the southern Libyan town of Sabha. Minister of Health Fatima al-Hamroush on Saturday said over 140 people have been killed. She says nearly 4-hundred were injured in fighting between members of the Tibu ethnic group and other tribes in the region. Younis Effa, a member of the Tibu and a rights activist, is currently at the Matiga military hospital in Tripoli where he is visiting an injured relative. INTERVIEW, first on RFI.