The African Counsel

Sub-Saharan Africa Newsletter

August 2012                                                       Volume 3, Issue 3

In This Issue
The Late Rev. Leon H Sullivan & the Sullivan Principles: The Greatest Underrated Catalyst for Socio-Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
China to Increase Support for African Science
Russia's Relations With Africa Floundering
Cote d'Ivoire: Sporadic Attacks Make Security Sector Reform Necessary
Miners Killed at South Africa's Lonmin Marikana Mine
Kenya: Women Farmers - Masters of Their Own Destiny?
Boeing 747 - 800f Commences Operations in Nigeria


The Late Rev. Leon H Sullivan & the Sullivan Principles:


The Greatest Underrated Catalyst for Socio-
Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa


By: Herbert A. Igbanugo,  Esq.





We would like to use this opportunity of Summit IX 2012 (August 20-24th), Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to pay homage to a man whose life's work was and remains a living testament to the unimaginable success and social changes good Corporate Social Responsibility ("CSR") policies can bring about in underdeveloped countries and communities that need the most help. At a time when CSR was a concept yet to be fully developed and Corporate America's focus was purely on the bottom line, Rev. Leon H. Sullivan's life's work embodied his moral convictions and dedication towards achieving economic and social equality for society's most disenfranchised. His struggles and successes extend from the United States of America, his birthplace, to Africa, the land of his ancestry. His examples and principles continue to have a lasting impact on the way business is done around the world, especially in Africa. More importantly, his memory and principles live on, fostered through the extraordinary and noble efforts of the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation, headed by his distinguished and capable daughter, Hope Sullivan.






China to Increase Support for African Science, 8/6/2012


Nairobi - The Chinese president has promised to increase science, technology and innovation (STI) assistance to Africa, although experts from the continent warn assistance will only work if it is Africa-led and promotes sustainable development.  


President Hu Jintao has pledged to expand China-Africa collaboration in science, through maintaining successful research programmes and supporting new initiatives in agriculture, health, water, forestry and meteorological technologies, as well as capacity building. Read more...

Russia's Relations With Africa Floundering, 8/10/2012


A lack of focus and interest are hindering what could be a beneficial economic and political relationship between Russia and Africa.


Russia does not currently have a concrete policy agenda for Africa, and offers much less to the continent now than it did during the Soviet era, at least according to Irina Filatova, Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and a professor at the National Research University at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.


"Russia is interested in developing economic relations with Africa, but does not have much to offer," says Filatova. "And what it does have to offer, it does not quite know how to."


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Cote d'Ivoire: Sporadic Attacks Make Security Sector Reform Necessary, 8/8/2012

Attacks by armed groups in Cote d'Ivoire continue to raise concerns over the state of security in the country.


After the attacks in the western region that killed eight United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in June, recent attacks in Abidjan, the heart of political and economic power in the country, brought to the fore the imperative to undertake, speed up and effectively complete the security sector reform (SSR). Read more....

Miners Killed at South Africa's Lonmin Marikana Mine


BBC News, 8/16/2012


Police in South Africa have opened fire during clashes with striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine, leaving at least 12 people dead, witnesses say.


Police opened fire after miners carrying machetes, clubs and spears refused to disarm, eyewitnesses said.


A witness told the BBC he saw 18 bodies on the ground after the shooting.


The mine, owned by Lonmin, has been at the centre of a violent pay dispute, exacerbated by tensions between two rival trade unions.


Ten people had previously died in violence since the strike began last Friday. Read more...





Kenya: Women Farmers - Masters of Their Own Destiny?, 8/14/2012   

Boeing 747 - 800f Commences Operations in Nigeria,  8/16/2012


Cargolux Airlines has announced the commencement of Boeing 747-800F daily flight operations in Nigeria.


The aircraft, with a capacity of 140,00kgs tons is said to be among one of the biggest cargo freighters in the world.

A statement from the airline said that Cargolux Airlines started operations in Nigeria almost a decade ago, with a Boeing 747-400F operating into New York, Luxembourg, Johannesburg, Lagos and the rest of the world. Read more...