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African press review 7 October 2015


Climate change tracker ranks South Africa 12th highest emitter of green house gases;  expropriated Kenyan businessman posts message to President Kenyatta in newspaper ad; and Nigeria's Senat snubs President Buhari's request to speed up the vetting of his ministerial nominees.

We begin in Nigeria where there are new anxieties in the press over the delayed vetting of ministerial pen picks for President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Vanguard reports that contrary to the President’s plea for an expeditious screening and confirmation of his 21 ministerial nominees, the senators are not in a hurry to do so. According to the newspaper, some Senators would rather wait and have Buhari submit the complete list before starting the process, while others clamouring for a thorough screening have made a formal request for additional information on personalities whose nominations elicited mixed reactions in the polity.

Vanguard says that Senators who had threatened to screen President Buhari, if he chose to function as Petroleum Minister had dropped their plan adding that the process is being delayed until October 13 when President Buhari has promised to complete the list of ministerial nominees.

Less than two months away from the COP 21 climate change summit in Paris, the South African press takes interest in the government’s state of preparedness to honour its global engagements.

Mail and Guardian says the country plans to lower carbon emissions will still see these increase by 80% over 1990 levels, citing new research by a Climate Action Tracker. According to the study South Africa currently emits over half a billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year – making the country the 12th highest emitter per person in the world.

As the government prepares to submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for the Paris conference, the influential climate research group says South Africa’s pledge was not consistent with the global goal of limiting global warming below 2°C.

Global warming would exceed 3-4°C, if most other countries were to follow South Africa’s approach,” according to the Johannesburg newspaper.

Meanwhile BusinessDay says it critical that for the country to strike a balance between the ambitious and the achievable to ensure a sustainable transition to a low-carbon economy. According to the paper there needs to be a collaborative approach between business, government and civil society aimed at providing incentives to reduce emissions (mitigation) and manage the consequences of climate change (adaptation).

With the deadline looming, BusinessDay warns that failure to achieve this could expose energy intensive businesses to a form of double taxation.

And a Kenyan man opted to take a full-page advert in the country’s leading newspaper to protest his illegal eviction from his Nairobi shop. Businessman Mukhtar Ahmed bought the space in Wednesday’s issue of The Nation newspaper after 30 policemen police raided his shop in the capital three times last Saturday.

Ahmed claims in the message addressed to President Uhuru Kenyatta that the APs, accompanied by 30 men, raided his shop and took electronic goods worth Sh20 million. They produced a court order that was not genuine and which was sealed three months before the application date, Ahmed wrote in the advert.







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