Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts

Monday, September 19, 2011

IBM Boosts Africa Expansion With New Angola Office

19 Sep 2011 11:00 Africa/Lagos

IBM Boosts Africa Expansion With New Angola Office
New subsidiary demonstrates company's increased footprint in key growth markets

PR Newswire

LUANDA, Angola, Sept. 19, 2011

LUANDA, Angola, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced the opening of a new branch office in Luanda, as part of the company's continued geographic expansion to increase its presence in key growth markets in support of its global strategy.

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The Angolan arm is part of a broad programme of investment that IBM is making in Africa and follows the recent opening of new locations in Dakar, Senegal and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This gives IBM a direct presence in more than 20 African countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

The expanded presence in Angola will enable IBM to increase its level of service to clients and partners across the Central African region and deliver more advanced and high-value solutions across many industries.

IBM already serves a number of key clients in Central Africa, spanning sectors including telecommunications, oil & gas, finance and government. For example in Angola, IBM is working with one of the country's major banks to help transform the institution's core banking technology infrastructure and support business growth. With a new system based on IBM Power servers and software technologies, the bank has been able to upgrade its banking services.

IBM is also working closely with other local financial institutions and oil & gas companies in Angola to improve the accuracy and security of information in the country.

"Expanding into Angola offers IBM an important business opportunity as we expand our presence throughout the African continent," said Bruno Di Leo, General Manager, IBM Growth Markets. "This demonstrates IBM's commitment to expand into new markets to provide innovative solutions for our clients and partners. Luanda is one of more than 230 IBM branch offices across 55 growth market countries."

IBM is also engaged in an active programme of corporate citizenship across Africa. Since 2008, IBM has deployed 250 of its most talented employees on projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Morocco and Egypt helping to solve local problems with the aim of fostering economic development and job creation.

"By opening a direct presence in Angola and many other markets on the African continent, IBM overcomes one of the biggest barriers to entry in Africa, namely being able to offer local support and insights to their clients and business partners," says Hannes Fourie, Senior Analyst IDC, Middle East and Africa.

The Luanda office is part of IBM's Central Africa operations and will complement IBM's other branch offices in the region. IBM has supplied products and solutions to Central Africa since the 1940's, and IBM equipment was installed in Angola by the company known as Benguela Railways in 1955.

The new office was inaugurated this week at a ceremony for customers, business partners and government officials in Luanda.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ster-Kinekor Theatres, The Largest Cinema Chain in Africa

South Africa's Ster-Kinekor Theatres is the largest cinema chain in Africa, followed by Egypt's Al Arabia International and Nu Metro Cinemas of South Africa. Nigeria's Silverbird Cinemas and Genesis Deluxe Cinemas are also increasing the numbers of their cinemas from Nigeria to Ghana and other countries in Africa.

Cinemas are central to the growth of the film industry and Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Nu Metro Cinemas have sustained the growth of the appreciation of cinemas in South Africa and other African countries.

Ster Kinekor Theatres is South Africa's largest cinema exhibitor. They offer 31 Ster Kinekor Junction value cinemas and 6 Ster Kinekor Classic cinemas countrywide, totalling more than 400 screens and 60 000 seats. Cinema Nouveau offers 7 cinemas countrywide, where patrons can experience 'art' movies. At The Zone in Rosebank and at the Gateway complex, patrons can also experience films on special 3D screens. The Ster Kinekor Movie Club has more than 2 million members, offering rewards such as discount on movie tickets, half-price Tuesdays and special newsletters with information on upcoming movies, movie reviews, movie trailers, schedules and show times.

Ster Kinekor originated in 1969 when 20th Century Fox sold their South African theatre business to Sanlam, who already operated Ster Theatres and Ster Films under the Ster brand. The newly acquired business was called Kinekor. Since then, the company continued to open cinema complexes throughout South Africa. Ster Kinekor is now a division of Primedia.

Ster Kinekor represents the following studios in South Africa: Universal Pictures (video), Walt Disney Pictures (theatrical), Miramax Films, Focus Features and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Ster Kinkor Theatres - Always Better on Our Big Screen.
Business Listings

Showing 57 businesses in the category Ster Kinekor:
Ster Kinekor (Arcades Mall)
Zambia, Lusaka, Arcades Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Bayside)
Cape Town, Table View, Bayside Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Bedford Nouveau)
Johannesburg, Bedfordview, Bedford Square Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Blue Route)
Cape Town, Tokai, Blue Route Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Brooklyn Nouveau)
Pretoria, New Muckleneuk, Brooklyn Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Brooklyn)
Pretoria, New Muckleneuk, Brooklyn Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Cape Gate)
Cape Town, Brackenfell, Cape Gate
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Carlton Centre)
Johannesburg, Johannesburg Central, Carlton Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Carnival City)
Brakpan, Dalpark, Carnival City Casino
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Cavendish Nouveau)
Cape Town, Claremont, Cavendish Square
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Cavendish)
Cape Town, Claremont, Cavendish Square
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Cedar Square Nouveau)
Sandton, Fourways, Cedar Square Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Centurion Centre)
Centurion, Centurion CBD, Centurion Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Cresta)
Randburg, Cresta, Cresta Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (East Rand Mall)
Boksburg, Jansen Park, East Rand Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Eastgate)
Johannesburg, Bedfordview, Eastgate Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Eikestad)
Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Central, Eikestad Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Festival Mall)
Kempton Park, Esther Park, Festival Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Fourways)
Sandton, Fourways, Fourways Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Garden Route Mall)
George, Kraaibosch, Garden Route Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Gateway Nouveau)
Durban, Umhlanga, Gateway Theatre of Shopping
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Gateway)
Durban, Umhlanga, Gateway Theatre of Shopping
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Greenstone Mall)
Edenvale, Edenvale, Greenstone Shopping Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Irene Mall)
Centurion, Irene, Irene Village Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Kenilworth)
Cape Town, Kenilworth, Kenilworth Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Key West)
Krugersdorp, Krugersdorp North, Key West Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Kollonade)
Pretoria, Montana Park, Kolonnade Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Long Beach)
Cape Town, Noordhoek, Long Beach Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Maerua)
Windhoek, Maerua Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Mall of the North)
Polokwane, Bendor, Mall of the North
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Maponya Mall)
Soweto, Klipspruit, Maponya Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Mimosa Mall)
Bloemfontein, Brandwag, Mimosa Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Mooi River)
Potchefstroom, Mooirivier, Mooirivier Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Musgrave)
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (North Cape Mall)
Kimberley, Monument Heights
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Northgate)
Randburg, North Riding, Northgate Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Northmead Square)
Benoni, Northmead, Northmead Square
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Parow)
Cape Town, Parow, Parow Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Riversquare)
Vereeniging, Three Rivers, Riversquare Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Rosebank Nouveau)
Johannesburg, Rosebank, The Mall of Rosebank
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Rustenburg)
Rustenburg, Waterfall Park, Waterfall Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Sandton City)
Sandton, Sandton CBD, Sandton City
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Savannah Mall)
Polokwane, Fauna Park, Savannah Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Scottsville)
Pietermaritzburg, Scottsville, Nedbank Plaza
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Shelley Beach)
Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach Central, Shelly Beach Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Somerset Mall)
Cape Town, Somerset West, Somerset Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Southgate)
Johannesburg, Mondeor, Southgate Mall
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Sterland)
Pretoria, Pretoria Central
012 341 7568
Ster Kinekor (The Bridge)
Port Elizabeth, Greenacres, The Bridge Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (The Wheel)
Durban, South Beach, The Wheel Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (The Zone)
Johannesburg, Rosebank, The Zone
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Tygervalley)
Cape Town, Bellville, Tygervalley Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (V&A Nouveau)
Cape Town, Waterfront, V&A Waterfront
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Velskoen)
Randburg, Ferndale
011 793 2812
Ster Kinekor (Vincent Park)
East London, Vincent, Vincent Park Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Westgate)
Roodepoort, Horizon, Westgate Shopping Centre
086 130 0444
Ster Kinekor (Wonderpark)
Pretoria, Karenpark, Wonderpark Shopping Centre
086 130 0444

Friday, July 1, 2011

Video of When Michelle Obama meets Nelson Mandela

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off her trip to Africa with a visit to former South African President Nelson Mandela. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

© 2011 Reuters

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nollywood missing as Hollywood and Bollywood shine at 64th Cannes Film Festival

Sleeping Beauty, starring Emily Browning, is one of 20 films up for the coverted Palme D'or. 64th Cannes Film Festival video © 2011 Reuters Entertainment.

As Hollywood and Bollywood stars shine at the premiere of the sexual drama "Sleeping Beauty" the toast of the Cannes Film Festival, nothing to show from Nollywood the so called second largest movie industry in the world.

The celebrated movie stars from Hollywood, Bollywood and other notable film industries from other countries are participating and competing for the coveted prizes and other attractions of the film festival. Nigeria has a pavilion at the festival, but no Nollywood movie is in competition or even out of competition.

Nollywood stars are simply unknown here.
Just appearing on the CNN or being mentioned on the Oprah Winfrey Show will make Nigerians go gaga, but what really counts is breaking the ice and making heads turn at the Cannes or Oscars and not at the Silverbird Galleria in Lagos city, Nigeria. Our Nollywood stars need to aim at shattering the highest glass ceiling as South African stars have done for decades by winning Oscars. Cinematographer Ted Moore (1914–1987) was the first South African to win an Oscar in 1967, when he also won the BAFTA for Robert Bolt’s magnificent film, A Man for All Seasons. He was from Benoni, the same town as actress Charlize Theron the first South African actor to win an Oscar in 2004 for Monster and her gripping role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos was described as "one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema" by the highly esteemed American film critic and screenwriter Roger Ebert, the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. The other Oscar winning South Africans are Ronald Harwood who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the multiple award winning The Pianist in 2003 and his other screenplay The Diving Bell and the Butterfly had four Oscar nominations in 2007, and Gavin Hood who got the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film with Tsotsi in 2005.

In fact no Nigerian TV knows what is going at the Cannes, except few of the notable Nigerian journalists/film critics like Shaibu Husseini of The Guardian, Victor Akande of The Nation and Steve Ayorinde. The others are the veteran Nigerian filmmaker and scholar Afolabi Adesanya, who is the MD/CE of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) with his delegation at the Nigerian pavilion where some of the Nigerian movie makers Like Faruk Lasaki, Kunle Afolayan, Madu Chikwendu, Fidelis Duker and others can meet and receive visitors. Today, the European media partner of Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF), Mr. Bruno Chatelin was at the pavilion to receive an important message from Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, the President of EKOIFF. The other Nigerians here are not different from the tourists. The only Nigerian online news media reporting the Cannes Film Festival since 2005 is International Digital Post Network (IDPN) Limited publishers of 24/7 Nigeria and other niche websites. See it all only on and get the juicy news of the red carpet in audio, video and photos.

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Sleeping Beauty", in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 12, 2011. Twenty films are competing in the May 11 to 22 cinema showcase, with a roll call including major screen stars, revered "auteur" directors and relative newcomers. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Jury member Uma Thurman poses during a photocall at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on Wednesday, May 11.

You can follow the events from the opening day on 11th to the closing day on 22nd May.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, the Founder/Festival Director of Eko International Film Festival and Publisher/CEO of International Digital Post Network (IDPN) Limited,

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17:32 L'Oréal Paris accueille Leïla Bekhti comme nouvelle Ambassadrice mondiale

15:16 Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing to Teach Moviegoers "THE ABCs OF DEATH"

12 May 2011

12:40 Christie participe a l'ensemble des projections numeriques du 64e Festival de Cannes

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11 May 2011

14:00 Nexia's Film Marketing Efforts at the Cannes Film Festival Market

10 May 2011

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cape Town wins World’s Best Tourist Destination Award

One & Only Luxury Resort in Cape Town, where American Pop music Diva Mariah Carey performed for the great Madiba Nelson Mandela at a private luncheon when it opened in April 2009.

Cape Town has won the first prize as the world’s best destination in the 2011 Travellers Choice Destination Awards of TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel site*. Unlike any other awards, TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards are based on the experiences of millions of travellers from around the world.

Top 10 Tourist Destinations in the World

1. Cape Town, South Africa
2. Sidney, Australia
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
4. Paris, France
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. New York, USA
7. Rome, Italy
8. London, UK
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Hong Kong.

Tracy Fawcett Kitesurfing girl, Cape Town, South Africa

"Cape Town is clearly the destination to beat," commented Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "With beautiful scenery, great wine and gorgeous weather, it's easy to see why Cape Town, which also played host to last year's World Cup, has topped this year's list."

See the complete list on TripAdvisor(R)

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Monday, March 28, 2011

Viva Riva shines at 2011 AMAA in Nigeria

A scene from Viva Riva.

Viva Riva shines at 2011 AMAA in Nigeria

The thrilling Congolese gangster epic movie "Viva Riva" out shined competitors to win 6 awards from 12 nominations at the 7th Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Sunday night at the Gloryland Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs and Riva is its perfect embodiment.
~ From South by South West

The film by Congolese director Djo Tunda Wa Munga won the awards for Best Film and Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.
The Ghanaian film “Sinking Sands” won 3 awards, for the Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Make-up.
“Aramotu” won awards for Best Nigerian Film and Best Costume Design.

The Best Actor Award went to Themba Ndaba of South Africa for his role in “Hopeville” and the Best Young Actor was Edward Kagutuzi for “Mirror Boy”.

It was another disappointing AMAA for Nollywood diva Genevieve Nnaji whose role in Tango With Me was not good enough to beat Amake Abebrese of Ghana who won the Best Actress award for her role in “Sinking Sands”

The following is the complete list of nominees and winners for the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards

Best Film
Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)

Best Director
Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Best Actress In Leading Role
Amake Abebrese - Sinking Sands

Best Actor In Leading Role
Themba Ndaba – Hopeville

Best Actress In Supporting Role
Marlene Longage – Viva Riva

Best Actor In Supporting Role
Hoji Fortuna – Viva Riva

Best Young Actor
Edward Kagutuzi – Mirror Boy

Best Child Actor
Sobahle Mkhabase (Thembi), Tschepang Mohlomi (Chili-Bite) And Sibonelo Malinga (Khwezi) – Izulu Lami

Best Film In African Language
Izulu Lami – Madoda Ncayiyana (South Africa)

Best Nigerian Film
Aramotu – Niji Akanni

Best Screenplay
Sinking Sands

Best Editing
Soul Boy

Best Cinematography
Viva Riva

Best Achievement In Sound
Shirley Adams

Best Visual Effects
A Small Town Called Descent

Best Soundtrack

Best Make Up

Sinking Sands

Best Costume Design

Best Production Design
Viva Riva

Best Film For African Abroad
In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters - Rahman Oladigbolu (Nigeria/USA)

Best Diaspora Short Film
Precipice – Julius Amedume (UK)

Best Diaspora Documentary
Stuborn As A Mule – Miller Bargeron Jr & Arcelous Deiels (USA)

Best Diaspora Feature
Suicide Dolls – Keith Shaw (USA)

Best Documentary
Kondi Et Le Jeudi Nationale – Ariana Astrid Atodji (Cameroun)

Best Short Documentary
After The Mine – Diendo Hamadi & Dinta Wa Lusula (DRC)

Best Short Film
Dina – Mickey Fonseca (Mozambique)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two African films compete for Foreign Language Oscar

Two African films, Outside the Law from Algeria and Life Above All from South Africa are among the 9 films that will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards. They were selected from 66 films that qualified in the category.

Notably is Rachid Bouchareb’s "Outside the Law," the French-Algerian film that annoyed French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy's political party, who wanted the film banned at the last Cannes Film Festival, because “it denigrates France and the French military."

"Outside the Law", tells the story of three brothers who fought for Algeria's independence from France after World War II. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers were scattered across the globe. Messaoud joined the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader became a leader of the Algerian independence movement; whilst Said moved to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunited them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.

"Life, Above All" an emotional and universal drama about a young girl who fought the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. It was directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz who adapted the international award winning novel "Chanda's Secrets" by Allan Stratton.

Chanda, 16, is a smart and determined South African girl on track to win a scholarship – but she’s suddenly thrust into an impossible situation, forcing her to adopt maturity beyond her years. When we first meet her, she’s making funeral arrangements for her year-old sister, Sara. If people begin to suspect Sara’s death was due to more than a passing flu, Chanda will be faced with shame and stigma, not only for the victim, but also for their entire family.

When Lilian’s (Chanda’s mother) illness becomes impossible to hide, their nosy, eccentric next-door neighbor, Mrs. Tafa, engages a spirit doctor to perform a startling ritual. The spirit doctor determines that a curse is hanging over her and her children. In order to lift it, Lilian must return to the village from where she was banished decades before, leaving Chanda alone to care for her siblings.

Meanwhile, Chanda’s best friend, Esther, has turned to prostitution in a desperate attempt to survive and reunite her own family. Though the community shuns Esther, Chanda refuses to reject her friend. To the horror of those around her, Chanda opens her house to Esther at her friend’s moment of greatest need. That’s just the beginning of Chanda’s fight against convention.

When Chanda discovers that her mother may have gone away to die in order to spare her children shame, she ignores the cautions of the meddling Mrs. Tafa, and embarks on a fateful journey to bring her mother home. And in doing so, challenges the people around her to reject their prejudices and embrace the truth.

The 9 films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Algeria, “Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Canada, “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve, director;
Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
Japan, “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakashima, director;
Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;
Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director;
Sweden, “Simple Simon,” Andreas Ohman, director.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Super Falcons of Nigeria Win 7th African Women’s Championship

Last Sunday the awesome Super Falcons of Nigeria won the 7th African Women’s Championship, in South Africa by beating defending champions Equatorial Guinea’s Nzalang Nacional 4-2 in a dramatic final.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

17th Africa Oil Week / 1st-5th November 2010, BMW Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa

24 Sep 2010

Just in:03:57 Durabilis Announces US$ 10 Million Commitment to Integrate Sustainable Agro Supply Chains in West Africa at Clinton Global Initiative in New York
23 Sep 2010 19:30 Africa/Lagos

17th Africa Oil Week / 1st-5th November 2010, BMW Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa

CAPE-TOWN, September 23, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 17th Africa Oil Week / 1st-5th November 2010, BMW Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa

The world’s largest and most significant in-depth oil, gas, exploration and development, annual event in and/or on Africa is the landmark meeting occasion for the African oil industry . Attracting 750+ senior-level attendees and over 50+ international and regional exhibitors, this is the top worldwide venue for executive networking, deal-making, rich-content and knowledge about Africa’s fast-moving upstream, exploration and oil/gas-LNG industry.

Organised & Hosted By: Global Pacific & Partners or or

Date & Venue: 1-5 November 2010, BMW Imax Theatre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Register now – to secure your place:

To Exhibit Contact: To Sponsor Contact:

The 17th Africa Oil Week also includes the 12th Scramble for Africa: Strategy Briefing, and our 7th African Independents Forum 2010, along with the 34th PetroAfricanus Dinner in Africa with Guest Speaker: Jordaan Fouche, Investment Analyst, Earth Resource Investment Group: “Oil & Money: African Independents: What Goes Up, May Go Down: Where the Money Went”

Our 17th Africa Oil Week 2010, welcomes its new sponsors: Chevron, and African Petroleum Corp and New Exhibitors including: Murphy Oil, Gardline, African Petroleum Corp

Special Feature: Gabon’s 10th Licensing Round 2010, will launch at the 17th Africa Upstream Conference, with Presentations from: HE Julien Nkoghe-Bekale, Minister of Petroleum, Gabon, with a Ministerial Delegation, and CGGVeritas. Presentations include a dedicated Technical Session, and a Presentation Session in the IMAX Theatre.

Current Sponsors: Lead Sponsor: Tullow Oil; Silver Sponsor: Oando; Bronze Sponsor: Sasol

Plus Sponsors: ExxonMobil, PGS, Gazprom EP International, IHS Energy, Total, Centric Energy, TGS, Stellar Energy Advisors, TMK Trade House, Orca Exploration, Hess, Anadarko, Ophir Energy, Statoil, RWE, Geokinetics, Petroleum Agency SA, Seven Energy, Dominion Petroleum CGG-Veritas, Chevron, TGS, Polarcus, Black Marlin Energy, Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun, Africa Oil Corp, SVL, International Aircraft Services, Banwo & Ighodalo, First Energy Capital, Mart Resources Inc, Svenska Petroleum Exploration, Maersk Oil, SouthWest Energy, Danvic Concepts Nigeria, AELEX

Supported By inter alia- Ministry of Mines, Energy, Petroleum Resources Hydraulics (Gabon), Petrosen (Senegal), Dubai Petroleum Club, NOCK (Kenya), Gambia National Oil Company, ONHYM (Morocco).

Confirmed Exhibitors: Expro, Baker Hughes, Kenya, ENH (Moçambique), Ministry of Mines & Energy (Namibia), Ministry of Mines & Energy (Niger), Bayfield Energy Ltd, Black Marlin Energy, Bowman Gilfillan, Century Bumi JV Ltd (Nigeria) , NGR Drilling (Nigeria) , Wide Horzions, Upstream, Seismic Micro-Technology, TGS, Tullow Oil, Sasol Petroleum, Spectrum, Core Laboratories , Polarcus, CNBC Africa, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Petroleum, SVL Ltd, NRG/Hybrid Solutions, Petroleum Agency SA (South Africa) , Ophir Energy, Oando, PGS, TMK, Bergen Oilfield Services, Fugro, Geokinetics, CGGVeritas, WesternGeco, TPDC (Tanzania), International Aircraft Services, GNPC (Ghana), Namcor (Namibia), Layher GmbH & Co, Pakistan Exploration Limited, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, Ikon Science, OHM Rock Solid Images

With participation of key African Government decision-makers and high-level senior oil/gas officials: from: Angola, Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, China, DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mali, Malaysia, Mocambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, UAE, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela


Confirmed Speakers Include

Fafa Sanyang Commissioner for Petroleum, The Gambia National Petroleum Co

Dr Duncan Clarke Chairman & CEO, Global Pacific & Partners

Christopher Pitman CEO, Surestream Petroleum

Barry Rushworth, CEO & Director Afrex & Pancontinental Oil & Gas

Sam Malin CEO, Avana Petroleum

Colin Wilson Sales & Marketing Manager, Emerging Markets Africa, FMC Technologies

Babafemi Oyewole Executive Director, APPA

Tonye Cole Director, Sahara Energy, Nigeria

Radwan Hadi, Chief Operating OfficeVictoria Oil & Gas

Tewodros Ashenafi Chairman & CEO, Southwest Energy

David Cameron Vice President – Exploration, VAALCO Energy, Inc.

John Langhus Commercial Director, Forest Exploration International (SA) (Pty) Ltd

Scott Aitken CEO, Seven Energy Ltd

Tim O`Hanlon Vice President, Africa, Tullow Oil

Jacques Marraud des Grottes President, Africa, Total

Ebbie Haan Managing Director, Sasol Petroleum International

Adewale Tinubu Group Chief Executive, Oando PLC

Dr Duncan Clarke Chairman & CEO, Global Pacific & Partners

Pedro Augusto Cortes Xavier Bastos E&P International Business Development Manager, Petrobras, Brazil

Yoshimbumi Miyamoto Director, Europe & Africa, JOGMEC

Dr Emmanuel O Egbogah OON Sepcial Adviser To the President on Petroleum Matters, Office of the President, Nigeria

Daniel Pelerin Managing Director, Exploration, Maurel et Prom

Brian Maxted COO & Founding Partner, Kosmos Energy

Dr Alan Stein Managing Director, Ophir Energy

James Phillips Vice President, Exploration, Africa Oil Corporation

Eddy Belle Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles Petroleum Company

Ousseini Assane Boureima Chef de a Division, Ministere des Mines de l`Energie, Niger

Tomas Nhabay Acting Director General, Petroleum Resources Unit, Sierra Leone

HE Gabriel Lima Minister, Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy, Equatorial Guinea

Andrew Objaye Director, Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria

Adriano Paulo Sebastiao Chief Geologist, Sonangol

Salah Hassan Wahbi President, Sudapet, Khartoum, Sudan

Senator Lee Maeba Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), National Assembly, Nigeria

William Drennen Senior Vice President, Global Exploration & New Ventures, Hess

Ake Hesselbom Senior Director, Maersk Oil, Copenhagen

Dave Fassom Director, Stellar Energy Advisors

Fredrik Ohrn CEO, Svenska Petroleum Exploration AS

Mthozami Xiphu CEO, Petroleum Agency South Africa

Nelson Ocuane Chairman & CEO, Empressa Nacional de Hidrocarbenetos

Hon. Tam Brisibe Chairman, Sub-Committee on Local Content in the Petroleum Industry, House of Rep. Nigeria

John Downey Exploration Manager, Dana Petroleum

Galib Virani Head of Acquisitions & Investor Relations, Afren, London, UK

Peter Clutterbuck Deputy Chairman, Orca Exploration

Austin Avuru Managing Director, Seplat Petroleum Ltd

HE Immanuel Mulunga Petroleum Commissioner, Ministry of Mines, Namibia

Joseph Pili Pili Mawezi Directeur Chef des Services des Projects, Ministere, DRC

Ketsela Tadesse Promotion Ops Dept,Ministry of Mines & Energy, Ethiopia

Sola Adepetun Partner, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun

Kevin Wallace Manager, Europe & Africa, Challenger Minerals Inc

Jose Simao Fonseca Inspector of Petroleum Agreements, Ministry of Petroleum, Angola

Wade Cherwayko Chairman, Mart Resources

Richard Schmitt President & CEO, Black Marlin Energy

Teklehaimanot Debretsion Hd, Hydrocarbon Exp., Ministry Mines & Energy, Eritrea

Dr Duncan Clarke Director, International Association For Independent Licensing Agencies, The Hague

Ian Craig Regional Vice President, Shell Exploration & Production Africa Limited

Alec Robinson President & CEO, Centric Energy

M`Hammed El Mostaine Directeur de l`Exploration, ONHYM

Djibril Amadou Kanoute General Manager, Petrosen, Senegal

Manfred Bockmann General Manager, New Ventures, Africa & Middle East, RWE Dea

Julien Nkoghe-Bekale Minister For Petroleum, Republic of Gabon

Aillilat Antseleve-Oyima General Manager, DGH, Gabon

Martial Rufin Moussavou, Directeur Ministere des Mines de l`Energie du Petrole et des Ressources Hydrauliques, Gabon

Jim Martin Vice President, CGGVeritas, EAME Data Library

Steve Toothill Chief Geologist, CGGVeritas, EAME Data Library

Senior Executive Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, Dar-es-Salaam

Dr Ken Seymour Country Manager, Nigeria, E.ON Ruhrgas AG

Senior Executive Petroleum & Exploration Department, Uganda*

Jordaan Fouche Investment Analyst, Earth Resources Investment Group

Marcio Rocha Mello Chief Executive Officer, HRT Oil & Gas Ltd

Boris Ivanov Managing Director & CEO, Gazprom EP International

Sumayya Hassan-Athamani Acting Chief Executive Office, NOCK, Kenya

Kirill Ganin Chief Executive Officer, TMK Global, Moscow

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

South Africa Purchases Raytheon Paveway(TM) Laser-Guided Bombs

22 Jul 2010 11:00 Africa/Lagos

South Africa Purchases Raytheon Paveway(TM) Laser-Guided Bombs

First sale of significant U.S. defense equipment to South Africa in 25 years

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The South African Department of Defence awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) a contract for Paveway II laser-guided bombs.

Raytheon will provide the South African military with LGB computer control groups and air foil groups that transform "dumb" bombs into precision-guided munitions for operational test and evaluation on South Africa's Gripen fighter aircraft.

ARMSCOR awarded a contract on behalf of the South African Air Force for the procurement of LGB bomb kits. ARMSCOR, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa, is the officially appointed acquisition organization for the South African DoD.

The direct commercial sale was negotiated with the assistance of South Africa's ATLANTIS Corporation and calls for Raytheon to begin delivery in 2011. In addition to the weapons, Raytheon will provide air- and ground-crew training.

"The combat-proven Paveway family of weapons is integrated on more than 22 aircraft and serves 41 nations around the globe, making this weapon the ideal choice for the South African warfighter," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon's Air Warfare Systems product line. "Raytheon is the sole provider of the Paveway family of weapons and is committed to providing the warfighter with a reliable direct-attack weapon at a cost-effective price."

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

With Love from South Africa

Are you going to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup?

The South African hotties are waiting for you. But please, do not forget your raincoat in this rainy and wet season when we really need warm bodies in the cold days and nights.

You can order for my NO SEX, NO VEX T-Shirts and vests.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Refinery Capacity Vital to the Petrochemicals Markets in South Africa and Nigeria, Finds Frost & Sullivan

13 May 2010 09:00 Africa/Lagos

Refinery Capacity Vital to the Petrochemicals Markets in South Africa and Nigeria, Finds Frost & Sullivan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The petrochemicals market is the foundation of many chemicals industries, as it provides the building blocks for most chemical products. For instance, olefins (ethylene, propylene, butadiene) and aromatics (xylene, toluene, benzene) are used in end-user markets such as paints, plastics, explosives and fertilizers.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Strategic Analysis of the South African and Nigerian Petrochemicals Markets, finds that the Nigerian petrochemicals market (excluding exports of crude oil) was worth $14.03 billion in 2008 and forecasts it to reach $29.7 billion by 2015. South Africa's petrochemicals market was worth $18.37 billion in 2008 and Frost & Sullivan forecasts it to increase to $24.5 billion by 2015.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Patrick Cairns, Corporate Communications, at, with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country.

"The demand for petrochemicals products is highly driven by activities in the end-user segments," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Tatenda Zingoni. "South Africa has a well developed manufacturing sector, which provides a ready market for end products of the petrochemicals market."

South Africa's petrochemicals market is more developed than other sub-Saharan markets, with the capacities of the local refineries exceeding domestic demand. South African refineries operate at optimum capacity and this enables the country to export to other countries in the region.

"The South African market is unique in the region because of the production of petrochemicals from coal and gas feedstock using coal-to-liquid (CTL) and gas-to-liquid (GTL) technologies," Zingoni says.

On the other hand, Nigeria depends on imports of petrochemical products, despite the presence of large crude reserves. This is attributed to the country's low refinery-capacity utilization (approximately 40 per cent of the full capacity), which results in lower petrochemical yields, creating a need for imports.

"A restructuring of the operation of Nigerian refineries, with greater private sector participation, is likely to increase the capacity utilization of the refineries," notes Zingoni. "Once this is instituted, the cost structure of the Nigerian petrochemicals market is set to improve."

Crude is the main feedstock for the production of olefins and aromatics in Nigeria and South Africa. Although Nigeria has an abundance of crude oil deposits, the cost of production of petrochemicals is high. This is due to issues such as disruptions in supply of crude to the refineries due to militant activity, general corruption in the country and inefficiency in the way refineries operate. Steps by the Nigerian Government to increase the benefits derived by communities in the oil regions are expected to bring stability and minimize disruptions.

For the South African market, coal is a crucial feedstock for the country's unique synfuels and petrochemicals industry and it reduces the country's dependence on crude.

Despite the increasing global refinery capacity, sub-Saharan Africa has been reliant on imports. South Africa has plans to build another refinery by 2015 in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. The refinery could enable sub-Saharan Africa to become independent with regard to its petrochemical needs.

"Crude for the refinery will be supplied from Angola and Venezuela," Zingoni explains. "Debate is still however raging as to whether it is prudent to bring this refinery on stream given the spare refinery production capacities in the Middle East, India and South Korea."

Strategic Analysis of the South African and Nigerian Petrochemicals Markets is part of the Chemicals & Materials Growth Partnership Services programme, which also includes research in the following markets: South African Market for Chemical Solvents and Sub-Saharan African Biofuels Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Was A Great Woman

Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and three of her four children.

Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida would be remembered for many reasons, but the most remarkable was how she used her role as the First Lady for the empowerment of millions of Nigerian women in the rural areas as the founder of the Better Life Programme for the Rural Woman (BLP). The BLP programme launched 7,635 co-operatives, 997 cottage industries, 1,751 new farms and gardens, 487 new shops and markets, 419 women's centers and 163 social welfare programs in all the states and Abuja (FCT) in Nigeria and transformed the lives of the women for life.

Mrs. Babangida used the BLP for the social and political mobilization of rural women and increased the voter turnout in the December 1989 local government council elections in Nigeria and she also built an international center for women in development in Abuja.

For her great feat in sustainable human development, Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim Babangida was honoured with the highly coveted Africa Prize for Leadership in 1991.
Among the laureates of the Africa Prize are the great Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa, who won the prize in 1994 and Jerry John Rawlings, the former President of the Republic of Ghana who won it in 1993 and the others include the following great men and women:
2006 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female President of Liberia.
2003 - Meaza Ashenafi, Founder, Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association.
2003 - Sara Longwe, Gender consultant, Zambia.
2001 - Amelia Jacob, Co-founder, SHDEPHA+, Tanzania.
2001 - Bishop Dennis H. de Jong, (1931-2003)Integrated AIDS Programme, Zambia.
1998 - President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda.
1998 - Celina Cossa, Founder and Leader of the General Union of Agricultural Cooperatives.
1997 - Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique.
1997 - Joyce Banda, Founder, National Assn. of Business Women of Malawi.
1996 - Amadou Toumani Touré, Former President of Mali.
1996 - Chief Bisi Ogunleye, Founder, Country Women's Association of Nigeria.
1995 - H. E. Sam Nujoma, President of the Republic of Namibia.
1995 - Mrs. Joyce F. Mungherera, National Executive Director, YWCA - Uganda.
1993 - Father Nzamujo Godfrey, Director, Songhai Project, Benin.
1992 - Mrs. Graça Simbine Machel, President, Foundation for Community Development, Mozambique.
1992 - Dr. Ebrahim M. Samba, Africa Regional Director, World Health Organization.
1991 - Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder, Green Belt Movement, Kenya.

1990 - Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria; founder, Africa Leadership Forum.
1990 - Dr. Esther Afua Ocloo, (1919-2002) Founder and first chair, Women's World Banking.

1989 - H. E. Dr. Ketsumile Masire, Former President of the Republic of Botswana.
1989 - Dr. Bernard L. Ouédraogo, President and founder, the Naam movement, Burkina Faso. Co-founder, International Six-S Association.
1987 - H. E. Abdou Diouf, Former President of the Republic of Senegal.
1987 - Professor Thomas R. Odhiambo (1931-2003).

Maryam's Death: General Babangida’s Statement

Sun Dec, 27 2009

Maryam Babangida passes on at 61 in US

With total submission to the Will of Allah, we humbly announce the passing away of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and amiable friend Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

A statement from General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s family announced today that Maryam passed on early this morning at the age of 61, after a protracted illness.

The former chairperson of the Better Life for Rural Women during her husband's years in office had been hospitalised at University of California Los Angele's (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Los Angeles, United States.

She died beside her husband, General Babangida who has been at her bedside in the US hospital till her death. Mrs. Babangida's condition worsened months ago.

Born on November 1, 1948, she had fairly humble beginnings in her hometown of Asaba where she received part of her early education before moving up North to Queen Amina College, Kaduna for her Secondary education. She went on to graduate as a Secretary at the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna and later obtained a diploma in secretaryship from Laselle University, Chicago, USA as well as a Certificate in Computer Science from the NCR Institute, Lagos.

On September 6, 1969, two months before her 21st Birthday, she got married to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (then a Major). Their marriage has been blessed with four children: 2 boys, Mohammed and Aminu and two girls, Aisha and Halima.

Apart from a brief stop at a career in her line of training, before and shortly after marriage, Mrs. Babangida remained a full time housewife, establishing and nurturing the home front until her youngest child had fairly come of age.

Considered to be one of the greatest women in Africa today, Maryam made that significant sacrifice in her staunch belief that the family unit is the most crucial factor in the quality of society and of mankind and that the woman is the central anchor of the unit.

By 1983, she however was again ready for an active career, beyond the confines of the home front when her husband became the Chief of Army Staff on December 31st that year. She became the President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA). It was during her twenty-month presidency that her leadership qualities were first unfolded to the public as she mobilised her colleagues to embark aggressively on public spirited ventures which included building schools, clinics, women's multipurpose training centres and child day care centres.

An incisive thinker and passionate lover of nature, gardening, birds and home decorations, she is "a poet's dream" and with disarming charm and an admirable deft blend of winning wit, quiet confidence and child-like grace, she has brought the institution of first-ladyship out of the closet to active participation in nation building.


(For and on Behalf of the General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Family)

Malam Ibrahim Ismaila

Special Assistant to General I.B. Babangida

December 27, 2009

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