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Analysis: Why we won’t be getting any nuclear power plants from Russia anytime soon

By Dirk De Vos

SOUTH AFRICA, Sept 27, 2014 (Daily Maverick) -- The recent media release issued by the Department of Energy, on the agreement regarding a strategic partnership in nuclear energy, will go nowhere. We are advised that the agreement was signed between the Director-General of state-owned Rosatom but on behalf of the Russian government and Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersen, our minister of Energy, at the 58th session of the Atomic Energy General Conference.

Read more... Saturday, 27 September 2014 13:32
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Is Russia the Answer to SA’s Pursuit of Expanded Nuclear Capability?

By Siphamandla Zondi, Institute for Global Dialogue

SOUTH AFRICA, Sept 23, 2014 (SARDF) -- Presidents Jacob Zuma (South Africa) and Vladmir Putin (Russia) met twice in 2013 over energy cooperation in the context of South Africa’s huge anxiety about the security of its energy supplies. For once, there was a very specific developmental question over which there was supreme convergence of interest between the two countries.

Read more... Tuesday, 23 September 2014 13:28
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South Africa: The Economic Partnership Agreement With Europe - Hold Your Nose and Ratify!

By Roman Grynberg

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sept 18, 2014 (The Trade Beat) -- Before they went away on the one truly 'religious' festival in the EU calendar - the month-long summer vacation each August - EU trade negotiators hurriedly initialled the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement, a free trade agreement between Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and the European Union.

Read more... Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:38
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Africa-U.S. Summit – Catching Up With China?

By Demba Moussa Dembele*

DAKAR, Aug 29 2014 (IPS) - A few years ago, nobody could have imagined that some 50 Heads of States and Prime Ministers from Africa would meet the President of the United States for a summit. Yet, the first Africa/United States Summit took place in Washington from August 4 to 6, making headlines around the world.

Read more... Friday, 29 August 2014 15:27
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Trade Between Two Unequal Partners: Africa And Europe Search For An Elusive Agreement

By UN Africa Renewal Features

LONDON, August 17, 2014 (AR) -- Sixty-one heads of government and other top-level officials from African and European countries converged last March in Brussels, the de facto European Union capital, to discuss mutual relations. After two days of deliberations, they issued a 63-point agreement laced with customary platitudes such as “We take particular pride in the breadth and depth of our partnership” and “We are convinced that the growth of our two continents will be mutually beneficial.”

Read more... Sunday, 17 August 2014 17:19
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Africa: Beyond the Rhetoric - Africa Goes to Washington


By Harry C. Alford

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 (NBCC) -- Finally, President Obama extended an invitation to African nations to participate in a Summit. It was rather short but yet it was a summit. He invited 52 of the 54 nations – omitting Sudan and Zimbabwe which he declares as being wicked.

Read more... Friday, 15 August 2014 12:54

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