Daily Archives: June 6, 2016

First Annual Africa Liberty Forum, June 9 – 10, Championing the Growth of Independence, Good Governance, and Liberty in Africa

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Africa Liberty Forum, co-hosted by Atlas Network and Ghana-based IMANI Center for Policy and Education, brings together friends of Africa’s freedom movement to learn from one another how to effectively advance free-market reforms. During the two-day special event, participants will attend interactive sessions and hear from distinguished speakers like Ace Anan Ankomah, managing partner of Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah; Temba Nolutshungu, director of the Free Market Foundation in South Africa; and Mrs. Ethel Cofie, founder of Women in Tech Africa. The winner of the 2016 Africa Liberty Award will also be announced.

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When: June 9-10, 2016

Where: Mensvic Hotel; Lome Street; Accra, Ghana

Press Contacts: Daniel Anthony, Daniel.Anthony@AtlasNetwork.org or local Accra, Ghana contact Zakita Bentumbentum.zakita@mail.ic.edu or + 233 50 148 4238. For more information, visit atlasnetwork.org/event/africa-liberty-forum-co-hosted-with-imani.

Africa Liberty Forum Highlights:

— Presentations from (among others):

  • Ace Anan Ankomah, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah
  • Temba Nolutshungu, Free Market Foundation
  • Dr. Kwesi Aning, Kofi Anan International Peace Keeping Center
  • Dr. Jemima Nunoo, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
  • Ethel Cofie, Women in Tech Africa
  • Dr. Tony Oteng Gyasi, Tropical Cable and Conductor Ltd
  • Herman Chinery-Hesse, SOFTtribe

— Discussions on:

  • Civil liberties, national security, and the law in a technological age
  • How do we tame the state from capturing resources meant for everyone?
  • Lessons from the Chinese economic downturn
  • Why businesses must support knowledge creation and intellectual capital in the policy space
  • And much more!


About the IMANI Center for Policy and Education (IMANI)
Based in Ghana, IMANI seeks to stimulate public discussion of the promotion of economic prosperity rights, the rule of law, open and unconditional trade, free speech, and decentralization of power and resources. IMANI has been ranked the most influential think tank in Ghana and the second most influential think tank in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 and 2015 by the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania in the Global Go To Think Tank Index. To learn more, visit imaniafrica.org.

About Atlas Network
Washington-based Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization that strengthens the worldwide freedom movement by connecting over 450 independent partners in 97 countries that share the vision of a free, prosperous, and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property, and free markets. To learn more, visit atlasnetwork.org.

South Africa: Gold and Silver Medals for SA Swimmers in Monaco

South African swimmers stamped their mark on the first meeting of the Mare Nostrum series in Monte Carlo at the weekend.

Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos won both the 100 and 200m butterfly events, the first mentioned swim being particularly impressive with a 51.58sec meeting record. That came after he’d won the 200m in a season’s best 1:54.80 the previous day.

But Le Clos’ fellow London Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh won’t have been a happy camper after having to scratch from the 100m breaststroke on Sunday morning. That was after he only made ninth spot in the 200m breaststroke heats on Saturday (2:18:06).

There were also some encouraging swims from the new kid on the SA team for Rio, Jarred Crous.

The 2014 Youth Olympian grabbing breaststroke gold and two silvers. In the 100m he got silver in 1:00.99 behind Russia’s Vsevolod Zanko (1:00.74). Then in the 50m he turned the cards on Zanko to win in 27.61 to Zanko’s 27.76. In the long-haul 200m, Crous clocked 2:11.67 as Marco Koch won in an impressive 2:09.45.

Myles Brown, also qualified for the Rio Olympics this year, won the 400m freestyle in 3:49.96 to beat Malaysia’s Welson Sim (3:50,66) and Egyptian Olympic hopeful Marwin El Kamash (3:52,42). The latter took part in the South African championships in Durban in April.

Those were the only podium finishes for South African swimmers.

In women’s action teenager Mariella Venter took fifth in the 100m backstroke (1:01.78) and sixth spot (2:16.61) in the 200m back.

Brown and Calvyn Justus got fourth (1:49.67 and 1:51.19 respectively).

In the 100m freestyle there was a fifth, sixth and seventh spot for Brown (49.59), Doug Erasmus (50.63) and Justus (50.76).

And Michael Meyer took second place in the B final 200 IM (2:05.03) after going 2:05.87 in the preliminary rounds.

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

South Africa: Minister David Mahlobo Notes US Terror Alert

The South African government has noted the terror alert issued by the US Embassy in Pretoria over the weekend which is part of the US government standard precautionary communication to its residents.

The security services of the country have liaised with the Americans on the concerns they have and these engagements will continue as part of the ongoing work.

State Security Minister David Mahlobo said it is the responsibility of the South African security forces to ensure that all people within our territory are and feel safe. “We remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger posed by the alert”.

The security services will continue to work on matters of violent extremism and terrorism amongst others and ensure the safety of all citizens and residents.

Source: South African Government.

South Africa: I Remember Waiting. Waiting for Muhammad Ali

KHADIJA PATEL reflects on that time she looked out of the windows of her mother’s car, searching for Muhammad Ali.

My mother believes that much of what I relate from the diffuse images of sight and sound imprinted on my being are stompies of the whole other world I have living in my head. Some of my childhood memories, she says, are mine alone, disavowing any prior knowledge, or association to the more colourful recollections of my childhood.

I remember absorbing the world that poured out around my feet. I could not know it then but mine was a world teetering on the precipice of great change. It was not just my own world pouring out around my feet. But for the grown-ups filling the streets of my childhood, the world was pouring out at their feet too. A severely constricted world was opening, bringing with it opportunity, hope, apprehension and new political orders to navigate. It also brought nearer the pinnacle of human endeavour, as seen on TV.

I remember being a little girl sitting inside my mother’s Toyota, outside my school long after the school bell had rung one afternoon. I remember staring out the windows at the throngs of people who had gathered there. I remember the men smoking, chatting among themselves and laughing. I remember one group of people standing in the corridor of the entrance of the school, as though they were standing guard. I don’t remember their faces. I don’t know who they were. But I remember people congregating at my school as if it too, for a time, was important to them.

I remember another group of people standing on the corner, across the road from us. And I remember us still sitting in the car. I remember looking out of the car and watching. And waiting. I remember moments stacking together slowly like brightly coloured rings of plastic falling around a stark, white post. But I don’t remember being impatient. I don’t remember wanting to be anywhere else.

I remember watching the people gathered outside with rapt interest. There seemed to be hundreds of people outside the school. And there was a sense of expectation. And excitement. I don’t remember my mother saying anything. But I somehow remember her being determined for us to continue waiting.

We were there to see Muhammad Ali after all.

There, on the border of Fordsburg and Newtown, in downtown Johannesburg, the school building, then as now, was a humble relic of the city’s fraught history. But somehow it was a stop on Muhammad Ali’s tour of South Africa, in 1993. I did not recall the year, as I usually do, by which grade I was in at school. It took some furious Googling to finally discover among the many, many tributes to Ali that have been published since his death, that Ali visited South Africa in 1993. I would have been a whole nine years old.

I don’t think I could have possibly known anything about Muhammad Ali back then. How could I have understood his greatness? I might have known he was a boxer – a great boxer – only because my parents are avid sport fans.

I don’t think, however, I could fathom why it was important for my mother to want her children to see him. And while my sister must surely have been with us in the car that day, I don’t actually remember her being there.

In my mind’s eye, it is just my mother and I, waiting for Ali outside the school gates. I don’t recall what happened next. But I do remember later that day driving past the 23rd street mosque in Fietas. Mohammed Ali was expected there too. And I remember the many, many cars parked outside. Here too, people were waiting for Ali.

Between the school and the mosque, I don’t remember actually seeing Muhammad Ali. I don’t even know if he did eventually visit Fordsburg and Fietas that day. But this memory of waiting for him intrudes on me every so often.

I cannot claim to have had my life immediately altered by the sheer act of waiting for him. But I can understand now, how important it was for me, as a child, to understand, without it being said, that people with skins tainted by the gaze of the oppressor – people with names like mine – could also touch the world.

We are, I think, at any moment, a complex product of time, and memory, being, and ambition. And, I think some part of who I am now was undeniably formed by that child in the car, waiting for the light of Mohammed Ali to grace the halls of her familiarity.

Source: The Daily Vox.


The South African Parliament has launched the process for the nomination and application process to select the country’s next public prosecutor (ombudsman).

Incumbent Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s seven-year term ends in October and Parliament has tasked an ad hoc Parliamentary Committee with finding a suitable candidate by Aug 31.

The nomination process has gone live and the public has been given until June 24 to submit nomination.

In an advertisement for the position posted on Parliament’s website, nominations and applications should be accompanied by CVs and motivation letters.

Last Wednesday, the parliamentary committee chairperson Makhosi Khoza promised that the selection process would be transparent and that “there are not going to be any undercover dealings”.

Under the Public Protector Act, the candidate must be: a South Africa citizen, who is a fit and proper person to hold the office and who is a High Court judge, or is an admitted attorney or advocate and who has practised for more than 10 years, or is qualified to be admitted as an attorney or advocate but who has lectured in law at a university for 10 years after qualifying, or has 10 years of specialised knowledge or experience of the administration of justice, public administration or public finance or has been a Member of Parliament for at least 10 years.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed after the local municipal elections on Aug 3.