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From Zambian Economist
Thu Nov 1 2012, 18:12:00
Government is planning to introduce an online cadastre system for mining licenses in the first half of next year, according to the company developing the software. Cape Town-based Spatial Dimensions will develop an Internet-based system to improve transparency in applying for, awarding and paying for mineral rights. Apparently, the idea is to do all transactions online with no cash changing hands. The system will be in operation by late in the first half of 2013.
Tanzania recently launched an online mining cadastre portal, also using the Spatial Dimension technology. Mozambique also has one in an effect to bring transparency and root out corruption. If indeed it is true, this is a step forward. It would be great if the maps of all mining licences in the provinces could also be made ... [view whole blog post ]
From Enough blogs
Thu Nov 1 2012, 17:01:25
Earlier today, the Enough Project's Raise Hope for Congo campaign launched the first-ever Instagram petition calling for the next president of the United States to prioritize the conflict in eastern Congo.
After watching President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in the foreign policy debate, Raise Hope for Congo was disappointed that Congo was never mentioned. [view whole blog post ]
From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY
Thu Nov 1 2012, 15:00:34
Recently the life and career of Cape Town-born jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin has been the subject of both popular and scholarly attention. In the last two years alone, she's been the subject of an excellent documentary film ("Sathima's Windsong" by anthropologist Daniel Yon) and she is one of four jazz musicians profiled in Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern [...] [view whole blog post ]