Africa – 10 August 2014

‘Africa has everything except leadership’
The entry of Barack Obama as United States President was characterised by inflated and buoyant expectations by most Africans who thought the Washington song would be sweet melody for the rest of the continent.
In reality, there has been a lingering sense of disillusionment, anxiety and in some instances, outright disappointment in the hearts and minds of many African brothers and sisters.Bulawayo24.com


Zim ready for Sadc summit
THE forthcoming Sadc Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in Victoria Falls next week is an opportunity for the region to deliberate on concepts of beneficiation and value addition for the region to benefit from its natural resources, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Ambassador Joey Bimha has said.
Ambassador Bimha toured the venue which is Elephant Hills Resort yesterday accompanied by deputy director regional cooperation in the Ministry, Henry Mukonoweshuro and expressed satisfaction with preparations. The Chronicle


US-Africa summit: Zim shivers alone out in the cold
The country is divided over its isolated position and cannot attract the investment it needs.
Out of the loop: Zimbabwe was not invited to the US-Africa summit. (AFP)
When African leaders arrived in Washington for the United States-Africa summit on Monday this week, the main story in Zimbabwe’s state press was about a violent row between Zanu-PF Women’s League candidates in Gokwe district.
Zimbabwe, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Eritrea and Western Sahara were not invited to the summit. Mail and Guardian


Billions promised to Africa – here’s how it would be spent
Summit season comes with degrees of “equal partnership” talk, but despite this the headlines are usually around promised money.
Countries have been lining up to court Africa, with investment, hard cash, infrastructure -and often vague words and promises.
IT is summit season in Africa. The US-Africa Leaders Summit is the second major meeting this year, following the EU-Africa summit in March, and comes hot on the heels of similar summits with France, Japan and Arab nations last year. Mail and Guardian