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Romanian snaps up deals for West African resources

Flying just under the radar, a Romanian national has been signing lucrative deals for manganese, oil, gas and other high value minerals, leading flattering news reports to dub him “the Emperor of West Africa.” Frank Timis, CEO of Pan African Minerals, was treated like royalty this month by country leaders after buying up the rights to mine precious manganese from Burkina Faso. In exchange, Timis promised to ...

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Thousands attend one year anniversary of Marikana strikers deaths

At the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, named for the platinum mine where police shot and killed 34 striking workers, government officials were conspicuously absent from the event which drew thousands of unionized mine workers. At the memorial, organized by church leaders and labor officials, 20 reserved seats stood empty, representing the rejection by the African National Co ...

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Rita Marley tapped as ‘honorary Ghanaian’

Rita Marley, wife of reggae artist Bob Marley and founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, has received a Ghanaian passport in recognition of her contributions to Ghana. Dr. Erieka Bennett, head of mission for the African Union’s Diaspora Africa Forum, said, “We are thrilled to see the Ghana Government recognizing the tremendous contribution Nana Rita has made to Ghana socially, as well as economically. This ...

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