Over 500 dead in renewed CAR militancy

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from OMAN MBIKO in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR)
CAR Bureau
BANGUI, (CAJ News) NO less than 506 people have been killed in recurrent violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) this year.

This is a continuation of volatility for the decade, riddled by a crisis which ignited in 2012 with a violent takeover of power by rebel groups.

The crisis has developed into a complex protracted state of permanent insecurity and fragility which has spilled over into neighbouring countries.

Apart from the deaths, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports that this triggered significant displacement of populations in the seven affected countries.

The crisis is characterised by power struggles among elites, the absence of state institutions and public investment, religious and ethnic tensions and disputes for the control of key resources.

As of 22 August 2022, IOM reported that more than 3,348 million individuals were displaced.

About 20 percent of the uprooted population is displaced within CAR.

Refugees from the CAR are primarily hosted by Cameroon (47 percent of refugees), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (28 percent) and Chad (17 percent).

A series of autocratic leaders has ruled CAR since independence from France in 1960.

The current democracy administration of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has struggled to exert control.

– CAJ News

Partnership poised to push SA digitalisation

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by TINTSWALO BALOYI 
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE new partnership Alibaba Cloud and Business Connexion (BCX) is poised to drive digitalisation in South Africa.

The two parties sealed an exclusive distribution contract to grant BCX exclusive rights and authority to distribute Alibaba Cloud’s products and services in the country.

Daniel Jiang, General Manager of the Middle East and Africa, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, said, the partnership with BCX would bring advanced, secure and reliable cloud services and technologies to businesses in South Africa and beyond.

“We believe our partnership with a local industry leader like BCX will further upscale the local cloud computing market and better support the local businesses to embrace a digital economy,” he said.

Jiang attended the signing ceremony.

Jonas Bogoshi, CEO of BCX, and Selina Yuan, Alibaba Group Vice President and Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International President were present.

Bogishi said Africa was recognised as the next frontier in the adoption of emerging technologies hence the company was proud to partner with a reputable global player, such as Alibaba Cloud.

“The partnership gives BCX the opportunity to expand our reach and services and create additional revenue streams, which is part of our broader strategy to grow our business and expand our partner eco-system,” Bogoshi stated.

It is anticipated the South African market will benefit from greater choice, competitive pricing and hyper-performing ICT and cloud technologies thanks to the partnership.

– CAJ News

 

Boko Haram terrorists surrender

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from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian military has reported the surrender of 17 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, alongside their family members.

The alleged militants reportedly gave up arms in the northeastern Bama local government area of the Borno State.

“Profiling of the surrendered terrorists is ongoing,” the military stated.

The breakthrough is attributed to renewed military onslaughts by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai.

Troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Banki junction led the onslaught.

The Islamist sect has been involved in a violent campaign in northeastern Nigeria since 2009.

Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced during the uprising that has spilled to neighbouring countries.

The influence of the Boko Haram has however subsided in recent years because of infighting and operations by the Nigerian and regional militaries.

– CAJ News

South Africa contemplates Davis Cup walkover

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from DION HENRICK in Cape Town
South Africa Bureau
CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – ON paper, recently-relegated South Africa’s next Davis Cup assignment will be a stroll in the park.

Three factors are projected to work in favour of the South Africans against Luxembourg in the away tie.

Firstly, in the first and only meeting thus far in the Davis Cup, hosts South Africa whitewashed Luxembourg 5-0 in 2016 at Irene Country Club in Pretoria.

The world rankings favour South Africa too. ‘Mzansi’ is ranked 52nd on the Davis Cup standings, ahead of Luxembourg at 76th.

In addition, the North-western Europe country does not have a player listed inside the highest 700 globally, unlike SA!

“Luckily for us, on paper, Luxenbourg have no players currently ranked in the singles top 700, so that makes it a little easier,” admitted captain, Christo van Rensburg.

The skipper however believes the fact that South Africa will be playing away still makes it a tricky encounter.

Also, it is not clear if the hosts will choose to play on grass or hard-court surface.

This will be the fourth tie for South Africa with van Rensburg as a Davis Cup captain.

“And we are playing away, again,” he said.

“So, we will have to wait until closer to the time to see what surface Luxembourg will pick.”

Van Rensburg is also crossing his fingers his top-ranked player, Lloyd Harris, would be ready by February when the matches resume, coming back from an injury.

Boasting a career high ranking of 31, the 25-year-old Capetonian will miss the remainder of 2022 because of a right wrist injury.

“We will see how his recovery progress is going and work on the rest of the team to face Luxenbourg,” van Rensburg said.

South Africa are reeling from their relegation to the World Group II Play-offs last weekend, following a 3-0 loss away to Bulgaria.

The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men’s tennis.

– CAJ News

 

 

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