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South Africa’s Tshwane Mayor is putting a stop to luxury vehicles for city officials



Solly Msimanga won elections in August

Solly Msimanga won elections in August

South Africa has a new executive mayor for the City of Tshwane and he is not about to do business as usual. Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga’s first order of business is to cut back on costs and he has already vocalized some important changes.

  • He has put a stop to all inaugural parties and catered inaugural events for Tshwane’s new executive‚ and has stopped celebratory dinners and lunches that benefit only politicians.
  • He has placed a moratorium on all international travel for politicians and officials of Tshwane. Trips of this nature would only be allowed after applications were made to the mayoral committee, and after being subjected to cost-benefit analyses.
  • He has banned the use of blue lights by politicians and government officials in Tshwane, which had been used to avoid sitting in traffic.
  • He has proclaimed that no new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians‚ and if vehicles currently owned by Tshwane require replacement‚ sensible and low-cost vehicles will be procured.
    He said in a statement:

    No new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians‚ and if vehicles currently owned by Tshwane require replacement‚ sensible and low-cost vehicles will be procured.

    I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars‚ while our people struggle for services‚ houses and jobs.

    A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan.”


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    Miss Algeria 2019 Is Black, Racist Trolls Are Attacking Her But She Won’t Back Down



    The newly crowned winner of Miss Algeria beauty pageant has hit back at critics who have hurled racial abuse at her because of her skin color.

    “I will not back down because of the people who criticised me,” Khadija Ben Hamou told Algerian news site TSA.

    Slurs about her dark skin colour, nose and lips have been made on Facebook and Twitter.

    ALSO READ: Tunisia Becomes Second African Country And First Arab Nation To Outlaw Racism. Here Is What Will Happen If You Break The Law

    Darker-skinned Algerians face discrimination in the North African state.

    Ms Ben Hamou, who comes from the southern Adrar region, said that she was proud of her identity and winning the competition.

    “I am honoured that I have achieved my dream, and I am honoured by the state of Adrar where I come from,” she said.

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    RwandAir Expands its Flight Destinations to Ethiopia



    RwandAir has announced that it will commence flights to Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, in April 2019.

    The Rwanda national carrier will operate five weekly direct flights from Kigali to Addis Ababa with a CRJ-900NG aircraft.

    ALSO READ: Rwanda Officially Joins Africa50 to Boost Infrastructure

    “As an expanding young airline, it is imperative for us to fly to Addis Ababa Bole International airport as it is one of the important hubs in Africa” said RwandAir’s chief executive Yvonne Manzi Makolo.


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    African Vibes Magazine’s Billionaires of 2018



    When it comes to African Billionaires, there are some usual suspects that make the list every year. Unfortunately, 2018 closed on a very bumpy note in the equities market and for many billionaires, this among other things resulted in some considerable loses in fortunes and some billionaires dropping off the list altogether.

    The list dropped by 7 from 31 African billionaires to 24. A few billionaires still managed to grow their fortunes. Most Notably Nigeria’s Mike Adenugu who grew his fortunate the most with a 3.2 billion increase over his 2017 fortune.

    Folorunsho Alakija remained Africa’s richest woman, Mohammed Dewji is still Africa’s youngest billionaire, and South Africa’s Elon Musk maintained the number one spot as the richest African on the list.

    African Countries represented on the Billionaire list

    By the end of 2018, South Africa had dropped 5 billionaires from the previous year. They closed with 6 billionaires, same as Egypt which dropped 2 billionaires from its 2017 list.

    Nigeria maintained its 3 billionaires while last year’s newcomer from Zimbabwe still held his own. The other countries represented are Angola, Algeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe with their first Billionaire.

    African Billionaire Age Distribution

    There are 3 billionaires in their forties, 5 in their fifties, 7 in their sixties, 6 in their seventies and 3 in their eighties. Africa’s youngest Billionaire is still Mohammed Dewji from Tanzania at Age 42.


    The African Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth taken on January 1, 2018. It is based on the Forbes Real-time billionaire wealth calculator. The calculation is derived from stock prices and exchange rates from around the world used to calculate net worths. Some fortunes change from day to day due to fluctuations in the market.

    The list is based on individuals rather than multigenerational families who share large fortunes, though included is wealth belonging to a billionaire’s spouse and children if the current list member is the founder of the fortune. In that case, you’ll see “& family” on the list. Also included are married couples who built fortunes and businesses together. 

    It was an interesting year for African billionaires as some fortunes shrunk and others grew. So let’s look at who is left on the list and how they did in spite of the rough year-end.

    PictureAfrica RankForbes RankNameNet WorthAgeWealth SourceHometown / Residence
    1#35Elon Musk$21.9 B47Tesla MotorsSouth Africa / United States
    2#125Aliko Dangote$10.5 B61Self Made, cement, sugar, flourNigeria
    3#149Mike Adenuga$8.7B65Telecom, OilNigeria
    4#180Nicky Oppenheimer$7.6 B73DiamondsSouth Africa
    5#217Patrick Soon-Shiong$6.6 B66PharmaceuticalsSouth Africa / United States
    6#240Nassef Sawiris$6 B57Construction, ChemicalsEgypt
    7#316Johann Rupert$5.2 B68Luxury goodsSouth Africa
    8#413Nathan Kirsh$4.4 B86Retail, Real estateSwaziland
    9#519Issad Rebrab$3.8 B75FoodAlgeria
    10#572Naguib Sawiris$3.5 B64TelecomEgypt
    11#758Haim Saban$2.8 B73TV network, InvestmentsEgypt / United States
    12#955Strive Masiyiwa$2.3 B58TelecomZimbabwe
    13#958Koos Bekker$2.3 B66Media, InvestmentsSouth Africa
    14#964Mohamed Mansour$2.3 B70DiversifiedEgypt
    15#1033Isabel dos Santos$2.2 B45InvestmentsAngola
    17#1107Aziz Akhannouch$2 B58Petroleum, DiversifiedMorocco
    16#1110Patrice Motsepe$2 B56MiningSouth Africa
    18#1317Othman Benjelloun$1.7 B86Banking, InsuranceMorocco
    19#1387Folorunsho Alakija$1.6 B68OilNigeria
    20#1405Mohamed Al Fayed$1.6 B89Retail, InvestmentsEgypt
    21#1441Mohammed Dewji$1.5 B43DiversifiedTanzania
    22#1463Yasseen Mansour$1.5 B57DiversifiedEgypt
    23#1783Mohammed Ibrahim$1.2 B72CommunicationsSudan / United Kingdom
    24#1786Youssef Mansour$1.2 B73Self Made, diversifiedEgypt

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