Articles by: Joseph Elunya- Uganda Bureau Chief
Joseph Elunya is The Continent Observer Chief Bureau for Uganda, based in the capital Kampala. He has more than 12 years experience in Journalism. Past work experience include News Editor Voice of Teso Radio Station in Uganda, Bureau Chief Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Correspondent Radio Netherlands African Desk and Bureau Chief Uganda Radio Network

DHL Delivers Rugby to Africa

September 18, 2015 10:54 am0 comments

A team of seven who embarked on an epic journey from Cape Town through Africa to London in October 2014 as part of DHL’s Africa as One campaign, have finally arrived at their final destination after traveling through 45 countries. During an 11-month journey, the team crossed 102 border posts, travelled 70,854 kilometers, spent over 856 hours on the road, all while introducing the game of rugby and what it represents to 3,370 children in Africa. The ambitious DHL Africa as One journey formed part of the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, and involved the team passing a single rugby ball from hand to hand across Africa. […]

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Joint Venture Reached to Develop Ghana’s Goldmine

September 17, 2015 10:51 amComments Off on Joint Venture Reached to Develop Ghana’s Goldmine

Accra, September 17, 2015– Randgold Resources Limited and AngloGold Ashanti Limited (“AngloGold Ashanti”) have concluded an investment agreement (the “Agreement”) aimed at the formation of a joint venture to redevelop and operate AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi gold mine in Ghana. In terms of the Agreement, Randgold will lead and fund a development plan designed to rebuild Obuasi as a viable long-life mining business with an attractive cost structure and returns. Obuasi, located in the Ashanti region of Ghana 320 kilometres northwest of the capital Accra, is a large, high-grade deposit with proven and probable ore reserves (as reported by AngloGold Ashanti in their 2014 Annual Report) of 24.53Mt at 6.70g/t for […]

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EAC Receives Credentials from Swiss and Turkish Ambassadors

September 16, 2015 5:41 pm0 comments
EAC Receives Credentials from Swiss and Turkish Ambassadors

Arusha, September 16, 2015: The East African Community Secretary General, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, today received credentials from the Ambassador and Representative of Switzerland to the EAC, Mr. Arthur Mattli. Speaking at the function, Amb. Mattli said that his appointment was out of his government’s commitment to deepen its cooperation with the EAC. Amb. Mattli noted that the EAC had made significant achievements including promoting regional trade and infrastructure development, adding that Switzerland was keen on providing support to drive the integration process forward. The Swiss envoy said his country was following the integration process closely and urged the EAC to engage the youth in their projects so that they […]

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Digital Fuels Growth in Africa’s Entertainment & Media Industry

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Digital Fuels Growth in Africa’s Entertainment & Media Industry

Johannesburg, September 16, 2015 — After more than a decade of digital disruption, the African entertainment and media industry has entered a new landscape – one where the media is no longer divided into distinct traditional and digital spheres, according to a report from PwC titled Entertainment and media outlook: 2015 – 2019 (South Africa – Nigeria-Kenya). The Outlook forecasts that South Africa’s entertainment and media industry is expected to grow from R112.7 billion in 2014 to R176.3 billion in 2019, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4%. Digital spend is expected to fuel the overall growth. South Africa’s Internet access market will rise rapidly from R32.5 billion […]

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Extractive Industries: Equatorial Guinea Hosts Second Meeting of National Coordinators of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

September 14, 2015 4:54 pm0 comments
Extractive Industries: Equatorial Guinea Hosts Second Meeting of National Coordinators of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, September 14, 2015/ — On the morning of September 14, His Excellency Fidel Mañé Ncogo, Delegate Minister of Mines, Industry appearing on behalf of the Minister, opened the Second Meeting of National Coordinators of EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). The meeting is being held September 14-15 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. This meeting is a continuation of a first gathering held last June in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. The objective of these meetings is for African countries to find a common position before the next EITI Global Conference, to be held in Lima, Peru in February 2016. Participants will discuss ongoing developments in the EITI standard and the impact […]

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Millions in Nigeria and Kenya Embrace Facebook on Mobile to Share and Connect with Others

September 12, 2015 12:04 pm0 comments
Millions in Nigeria and Kenya Embrace Facebook on Mobile to Share and Connect with Others

Facebook has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are active every month. Almost all these people are coming to Facebook on a mobile device: 100% of Nigerian monthly users are active on mobile as are 95% of Kenya’s monthly users. This follows the recent announcement that Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their mobile phones. Now, 60% of all Internet users in Africa are active […]

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Economic and Political Risk Evaluator assists companies in strategic decision-making

September 11, 2015 4:54 pm0 comments
Economic and Political Risk Evaluator assists companies in strategic decision-making

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, September 11, 2015/ — Control Risks and Oxford Economics today launch an innovative risk management enterprise that assists companies in their strategic decision-making. Economic and political risks are more interconnected than ever before. The strategic success of an organisation relies increasingly on its ability to anticipate and react to future shocks caused by this complex relationship between economics and politics. Bridging the worlds of geopolitics and macroeconomics, the collaboration between Control Risks and Oxford Economics addresses this interconnected risk landscape with the Economic and Political Risk Evaluator (EPRE). The political actions of countries clearly affect international trade and monetary flows, which in turn disrupt the global economy and […]

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Africa: Infrastructure and Migration: Prevention vs. Reaction: African Development Bank (AfDB) on the March with AFIDEP

September 9, 2015 6:07 pm0 comments
Africa: Infrastructure and Migration: Prevention vs. Reaction: African Development Bank (AfDB) on the March with AFIDEP

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 9, 2015/ — In what has been coined the worst migration crisis in Europe since the end of the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa have flocked to Europe in seek of help. In 2014, roughly 170,000 migrants landed on Italian shores alone. With the rise of movement, there has been a sharp and tragic increase in migrant deaths. The staggering numbers hold deep significance; migrants are landing on the shores of some of Europe’s most financially strained countries. The question that must be asked is: How can we address this in such a way that we are not […]

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Digital security: Gemalto Releases Findings of First Half 2015 Breach Level Index

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Digital security: Gemalto Releases Findings of First Half 2015 Breach Level Index

JOHANNESBURG-The world leader in digital security, today released the findings of the Breach Level Index for the first six months of 2015, revealing that 888 data breaches occurred, compromising 246 million records worldwide. Compared to the first half of 2014, data breaches increased by 10% while the number of compromised data records declined by 41% during the first six months of this year. This decline in compromised records can most likely be attributed to that fact that fewer large scale mega breaches have occurred in the retail industry compared to the same period last year. Despite the decrease in the number of compromised records, large data breaches continued to expose […]

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African Retail Development Index: Retail potential on African continent confirmed

September 8, 2015 5:56 pm0 comments
African Retail Development Index: Retail potential on African continent confirmed

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, September 8, 2015/ — The 2015 African Retail Development Index has been released. It reveals the most attractive developing markets across Africa for expansion. It discusses the growth in the middle class in Africa, increased consumerism, the spread of malls, land being taken up for development for retail purposes and Sub-Sahara’s young and connected middle class that is growing fast and still deciding on its favourite brands. The report reveals : • The African Retail Landscape – what the retail market in SSA looks like today • ARDI 2015 ranking incl. South Africa’s ranking and the opportunities for its retailers in the rest of SSA • Right Approaches […]

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