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tOP STORY

OBAMA AND
AFRICA
Getting on Like a
House on Fire

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SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY - SOUTH AFRICA

AS THEY MOVE FORWARD...


See the Colors of South
Africa

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The Cruel Cyber Criminal


Satellite Internet Solutions
for Africa
Steel A Deal

Dr. A.S. Yaruingam

H.E. Mr. Idriss


Raoua OUEDRAOGO

Dr. Jagdish C. Sobti

Wine: Drink the African Luxury


Mining: Digging for Rare Earths
Automotive Industry: The Sheer Beauty
Tourism: #TakeMeToSouthAfrica

Executive Chairman, Jospong


Group, Ghana

Mr. P.M. Heblikar

Former Special Secretary,


Govt. of India

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Associate Professor,
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The Toughest Test for Tunisia


The Middle Eastern Vibe
Look Like A Million Dollars
Enough is Enough

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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UN 4 AFRICA

WHATS ON

GUEST COLUMN

A Global Focus on Sustaining the


Farmers that Feed us

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Editor
Kanchi Batra

Regional Editor (Africa)


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In Rendezvous With...

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Associate Editor (French)


Divya Malhotra

Mayor Luc Assamba,


Cameroon

Contributing Editor (Burkina Faso)


Albert Etsri Apemewoe
Contributing Editor (Ghana)
Adams Mohammed Mahama

Sectoral Analysis

Innovation
Calling: the
magic of mobile
phone

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Its Just the Beginning


Increasing Bandwidths - New
Service Opportunities
Necessity is the Mother of
Invention
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TOP STORY
President Obama's historic
visit to Kenya and Ethiopia
was marked by magnificent
images of throngs of
thousands coming out to
applaud the motorcade for
the first visit by a sitting
American president. President
Barack Obama concluded
his successful fourth trip to
Africa, which featured a return
to Kenya and a controversial
stopover in Ethiopia, the seat
of the African Union. During
the visit, he appeared at an
entrepreneurial summit in
Nairobi and held discussions
with Kenyan, Ethiopian and
other regional leaders on
matters ranging from U.S.Africa trade and investment
and regional security to
human rights.

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bama is on a roll. He reached in East


Africa on the back of a ruling upholding
his healthcare plan, validation of his
Pacific trade agreement, a nuclear deal
with Iran, the reopening of diplomatic
relations with Cuba, and rousing tribute
in Charleston. He landed Air Force One
in Nairobi with a spring in his step and
continued to assuredly skewer Prejudice,
Misogyny, Subversion and Stalinism.
President Obama is the first sitting
U.S. President to visit the two countries
(Kenya and Ethiopia). Whatsoever
judgment the White House makes in
choosing the countries included on a
presidential visit to Africa, it is inevitable

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SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY SOUTH AFRICA

AS THEY MOVE
See the Colors of
South Africa

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The first thing that comes to mind for many people when thinking about South
Africa is the great wine, gold, platinum, diamonds and world icon Nelson Mandela.
South Africa infact never leaves one indifferent. Its history, its economy, its
population, its landscapes and cultures - all communicate to the visitor, to the
student, to the friend of Africa. South Africa has actually made considerable social
and economic progress in the past decades, leaving people enthralled.

acob Zuma of the African National


Congress was designated president
by the National Assembly in
2009 and re-elected by an ANCdominated parliament for another
five years in May 2014. The ANC has
headed politics since the end of
apartheid in 1994. South Africa is
sub-Saharan Africas second-largest
economy and one of the worlds
largest producers and exporters

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of gold and platinum. The sovereign


debt crisis playing out in Europe
is a glaring cue of the prominence
of a country's fiscal stability and
sustainability. Greece's fights show
the awful penalties of what happens
when there is a loss of buoyancy in a
nation's knack to pay its debts. Since
the start of the democracy, South
Africa has always given strong stress
on how to pull off their economy

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which continues to form the base of


the economic position currently.
The judicious fiscal management
and monetary policies have
definitely given rise to high levels of
macroeconomic stability, endorsed
competitiveness and augmented
the economy's outward orientation.
The economic miseries at the
time stopped from the long-term
effects of apartheid's biased policies.
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SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY SOUTH AFRICA


tourism

#TakeMeToSouthAfrica

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outh African tourism started a


campaign to allure more and
more tourist visit the country. They
were given a chance to join the
cricket legend Jonty Rhodes on an
adventurous trip as nothing could
be better than to be in South Africa
with Jonty Rhodes.
Every country in the world
exhibits some diversity, but South
Africa, extending from the hippos in
the Limpopo River to the penguins
swaying on the Cape, takes some
drumming. It suits its location at

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the southern end of the worlds


most heroic continent, with more
types of terrain than photographers
can shake their zoom lens at.
Theres the deserted Kalahari,
Namakwas springtime symphony of
wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain
and Cape Point, Kruger National
Parks wildlife-stalked savannah
(scene of the famous lion-buffalocrocodile battle watched more
than 75 million times on YouTube)
and, running through the east of
the country and into Lesotho, the
Drakensberg. KwaZulu-Natals
iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone has
five distinct ecosystems, enticing
both zebras and dolphins.
South Africa's picturesque
exquisiteness, splendid outdoors,
sunny climate, cultural diversity

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and repute for delivering value for


money have made it one of the
world's fastest growing leisure - and
business - travel destinations.
And if youre fascinated by
an another kind of wildlife, hit
the nightclubs on Cape Towns
jumping Long St or sample African
homebrew in a township shebeen
(unlicensed bar). When its time to
imitate on it all, do it over seafood
on the Garden Route, curry in
Durbans Indian Area, a sizzling Cape
Malay dish, or a braai (barbecue) in
the wilderness - accompanied by a
bottle of pinotage produced by the
oldest wine industry outside Europe.
South Africa is highly diverse

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FEATURE

THE CRUEL CYBER


CRIMINAL
Are You His Next Target?

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cruel cyber - criminal sitting


at a secluded place is currently
pointing your computer looking
to steal your personal details and
take your money. The bonanza
for these criminals is your banking
details, and they don't need to
hack into your online account
to find them. Most attacks these
days are monetarily motivated,
which means cybercriminals are
trying to get at either your data
or your computers processing
power to make money by
spewing spam on your behalf or
by stealing your identity.
You might be astonished
to identify that your social
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cybercriminals than your financial


info, since there are many guards
for consumers against financial
fraud but next to none for
online accounts like email and
social networking. Your social
information gives hackers access
to your friends on those networks,
who then become vulnerable to
cybercriminal attacks as well.
Like most fatalities of
cybercrime, Teena Gangwani, a
housewife and mother-of-two, is
still not sure how her computer
became infected. What she
does know is that it was shortly
out of her control, emailing all
her contacts. Then, slowly and
surreptitiously, money began to
evaporate from her own bank

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account. The infection probably


arrived via a spam email. But
the first sign of it was when
she became a spammer herself,
bombarding friends with emails
offering once-in-a-lifetime deals.
Then the money started going
from her account, first in small
amounts so it wasnt noticed.
Then the withdrawals ramped up,
with hundreds of pounds being
taken at cashpoints across the UK.
She reset her passwords,
cancelled her cards and thought
it was over. But within days, she
was once again spamming her
friends with messages to Click
this link and you get a free TV.
Then money began to vanish yet
again. She understood that the
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SECTORAL ANALYSIS
Innovations built around the mobile phone have upgraded the African populations presence
in financial markets and have helped to work around the continents infrastructure problems.
Half of Africa's one billion population has a mobile phone - and not just for talking. This has
opened up prospects for entrepreneurs and has transformed the way business is done in
the continents banking, agricultural, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. But it has also
facilitated to upsurge transparency in politics as activists use mobile applications to monitor
political violence and fight against state control of free speech.

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