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Coal, gas or nuclear? Power-hungry South Africa must decide now - Reuters

Coal, gas or nuclear? Power-hungry South Africa must decide now - Reuters | Africa | Scoop.it
Coal, gas or nuclear? Power-hungry South Africa must decide now Reuters South Africa's failure to invest in new power plants nearly two decades ago meant it paid dearly in 2008 when the grid nearly collapsed, leading to power cuts that cost the...
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South Africans are quickly trying to find a solution to the power problem in their country.  Back in 2008, there was a power problem that caused a massive power grid failure country wide. This incident had cost millions and millions of rand in South African economy. They are looking for alternative power plants to the old one. They are exploring the option of nuclear, coal and renewable energy. This help me understand the situation in South Africa as the government tries to find a solution to electrical problems the emerged  in 1998. This show that even though South Africa is a advance nation in Africa, they still have an infrastructure problems.  I think that trying to fixed a basic infrastructure is important for a country who is growing and developing rapidly. 

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US military presence in Africa growing in small ways - Los Angeles Times

US military presence in Africa growing in small ways - Los Angeles Times | Africa | Scoop.it
US military presence in Africa growing in small ways
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WASHINGTON — Amid a surge of Islamic militancy in North Africa, a team of fewer than 50 U.S.
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For the past few years, US and NATO forces have been operating in North America in small number. Their goals is to train and help local military in conducting anti-terrorism operation. In recent years, there are growing instability in North Africa and many sub-Saharan countries, from Mali in the west to Somalia in the east.This help show some of the threats that many countries in North Africa are currently facing. Terrorism is a big problems that is growing in North Africa, so I can see why they are conducting operations in North Africa to help support local military. I think that North African countries are definitely welcome the international support to help the, fight Muslim terrorists. It's good to see US and NATO forces helping out countries in conflicts trouble. 


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US expands military net over Africa, checking China's influence - RT

US expands military net over Africa, checking China's influence RT Over the last decade, America has quietly expanded its military presence throughout Africa in an attempt to counter Chinese and other emerging nations' influence, while...
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African Hot Water: Obama's African Electricity Initiative Debuts With ... - International Business Times

African Hot Water: Obama's African Electricity Initiative Debuts With ... - International Business Times | Africa | Scoop.it
African Hot Water: Obama's African Electricity Initiative Debuts With ...
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The initiative signified a changing relationship between the world's largest economy and African countries.
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Kairouan - UNESCO World Heritage Site - Tunisia - The Talking Sloth - Africa

Kairouan - UNESCO World Heritage Site - Tunisia - The Talking Sloth - Africa | Africa | Scoop.it
A travel resource to help you travel Africa (Kairouan - UNESCO World Heritage Site - Tunisia http://t.co/fdpKwFwAT2 #travelafrica, #travel)
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Soldiers in South Sudan photographed wearing backpacks donated for children

Soldiers in South Sudan photographed wearing backpacks donated for children | Africa | Scoop.it
Photographs of the misappropriated supplies surfaced at an awkward time for the United Nations, which issued an urgent appeal for $1.27 billion in aid for South Sudan on Tuesday.
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Anti-gay laws are political boon across Africa - Christian Science Monitor

Anti-gay laws are political boon across Africa - Christian Science Monitor | Africa | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor Anti-gay laws are political boon across Africa Christian Science Monitor Uganda's president recently approved a controversial law further criminalizing homosexuality and imposing strict sentences for aspects of...
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After Uganda's President had approved the new controversial laws against homosexuality, there have been many international criticisms against this new laws. After, this law had been approved, countries such as Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands stop sending aid to Uganda over the new law. The World Bank also stop the new $90 Million loans. But, study shows that majority of Africans have an opposite views against the westerners. In most countries, more than 90 percent of the population think that gays shouldn't be accepted in their society. This article help me understand the type  of discrimination toward gay people. Africans tradition usually doesn't support the idea of homosexuality, so I can understand why they don't support gay people. I think that this is a stupid rules that should be greatly criticized against. Everyone should have a rights to be who ever they wanted to be. Making a law against gay is like making a law against human rights. 

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US moves ahead on massive Africa power bid - Yahoo News

US moves ahead on massive Africa power bid - Yahoo News | Africa | Scoop.it
Yahoo News US moves ahead on massive Africa power bid Yahoo News The bill, approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sets a goal of installing 20,000 megawatts of power in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020 and reaching at least 50 million people...
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Construction Begins on $7 Billion Power Africa Project - IEEE Spectrum

Construction Begins on $7 Billion Power Africa Project - IEEE Spectrum | Africa | Scoop.it
IEEE Spectrum Construction Begins on $7 Billion Power Africa Project IEEE Spectrum “Power infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from massive degrees of underinvestment as compared to the developed world,” says Andrew Herscowitz, coordinator...
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Over 800 million people in Sub-Sahara have no access to electricity. Obama administration planned to change that buy investing $7 billion in Africa's electricity infrastructure. Private companies also have invest over $14 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and equity investment. The project's goal is to increase the power output capacity of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Which is estimate to provide power to at least 20 million household. But, the project is currently face a problem of logistic in Africa, as Africa's transportation infrastructure make it hard to transport necessary equipment. This help me understand how much people in Africa don't have proper access to electricity. By providing them with electricity, you can basically improve their standard of living by a lot. I think this is a great project that should happen more often. By seeing other countries, helping countries with less opportunities and resources, it give me a good feeling about humanity as a society. Even though the estimate state that to provide electricity to everyone, it will require over $300 billion, this is still a great leap in the right direction. 

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Biotechnology, research key to Africa food and energy solutions

Biotechnology, research key to Africa food and energy solutions | Africa | Scoop.it
By Connor Walters Africa has massive untapped potential in food and energy production, a panel of experts said Saturday at the AAAS Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. With its favorable c...
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Scientists in Africa suggest that biotechnology can help with agriculture. Biotechnology can help improve the food's nutrition and growing capabilities. Experts said that Africa will benefit the most form biotechnology agriculturally and economically. Yet only 4 countries accepted biotech crops. This help show that people in Africa are actively trying to improve their quality of life though science and technology. This technology might be able to solve the food problem and the farmable land problems that Africans are currently facing. I think that this is a great time and opportunity to try to use this technology to see how effective it really is. If this technology is really effective, they could even be spread into other parts of the world that counter similar problems. 

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Humanity's forgotten return to Africa revealed in DNA - New Scientist

Humanity's forgotten return to Africa revealed in DNA - New Scientist | Africa | Scoop.it
Humanity's forgotten return to Africa revealed in DNA
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Call it humanity's unexpected U-turn.
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This article talks about the humans' migration from Eurasia in to Africa. Scientists had found around 50% of Eurasians to have a similar DNA structure to the ancient tribe in Africa. The study suggested that early human had move out of Africa around 65,000 years ago. They then later met the Neanderthal (Human Species; similar to modern human), which then expand the African early humans ' gene to Europe, Asia and later Americas. Finally, there early humans returned to Africa about 3000 years ago and they are known as the Khoisan Tribes. This really help me understand the history behind ancestors and descendants of Africa. By knowing where they came from, we can learns so much other things by relating this discovery to another. It can also help us understand the reason why they might move. I think this is a truly great discovery. This discovery probably help lead to more discoveries about humans in Africa.

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South Africa World's Most Attractive Emerging Solar Energy Country ...

South Africa World's Most Attractive Emerging Solar Energy Country ... | Africa | Scoop.it
Global information company IHS has released an analysis which paints South Africa as the world's most attractive emerging country for solar energy, pointing to the country's target of 8.4 GW of solar PV capacity by 2030 ...
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The article talks about solar enegy industry potential in South Africa. South Africa, according to IHS's analysis, have the biggest market potential for PV market (Photovoltaics), following by Thailand and Turkey. This article shows how much South Africa is improving their quality of life with new technologies. Using a renewable energy source is a great solution as it's unlikely to run out anytime soon. I think this topic is really interesting as it provide a vision on South Africa's future.

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