SOUTH AFRICA AIRWAYS
The premier carrier of South Africa, it is publicly owned by the government. The airline has been in existence since 1994, when it was formed. Headquartered in OR Tambo International Airport, the airline has a fleet size of 57 and operates in 38 destinations. At the 2011 Skytrax World Airline Awards held in the French Air and Space Museum at the Paris Air Show, South African Airways was named the Best Airline Africa. It is also listed as one of the safest airline according to “attainment of IOSA Certification, number of accidents per flight and fatalities per passenger kilometres.” It started a major rebranding process in 1997 through 2005; this also led to its joining the Star Alliance, making it the first African airline to join the world’s biggest airline alliance.
The airline has a ranking of 4 stars by Skytrax five-star ranking criteria. South African Airways also won the 2011 World Airline Awards service excellence category for Africa. This buttresses its April 2011 ad campaign with the catch-phrase “South African Airways: Africa’s Most Awarded Airline.”
Air Mauritius is the fourth largest carrier in Sub-Saharan Africa. Owned by the government of Mauritius, the airline operates out of its main base in Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Air Mauritius has an important standing in the European, African and Indian Ocean regional market; operating just off the southeast coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean the airline is headquartered at the Air Mauritius Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. With a fleet size of 12 and operations in 26 destinations, Air Mauritius also performs a range of services for international airlines.
Air Mauritius is regarded as one of the safest airlines in Africa – this was confirmed by Aviation Safety Network as the airline has not suffered any accident or incident leading to fatality. The airline also placed second at the 2011 World Airline Awards, but retained the “Indian Ocean Leading Airline Prize” for the seventh year it a row in 2011.
It was awarded 3 stars out a five-star ranking by Skytrax.
The largest airline of Kenya, Kenya Airways was founded in 1977 and has its headquarters at the hub of East African air travel – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The airline was privatised in 1996 and is currently a public-private entity, with private shares trading on the NSE, DSE and USE. Kenya Airways has a fleet size of 33 and offers services to 56 destinations. A member of the SkyTeam alliance, Kenya Airways offers its customers access to member airlines’ facilities and network. The Pride of Africa placed third at the 2011 Skytrax World Airline Award for the African region and is listed as sixth on the list of top ten safest airlines in Africa. Although it has recorded a couple of fatal and non-fatal losses in its flight history, it still ranks as one of Africa’s finest airline. It has a 3 star ranking.
Ethiopian Airlines is a wholly-government owned airlines and serves as the country’s flag carrier. Headquartered in Bole International Airport, Ethiopian Airlines is listed as second in the top ten safest airlines in Africa ranking. A proud member of the Star alliance since December, 2011, Ethiopian Airlines operates with a fleet of 42 passenger and 6 freighter planes and offers services to 62 international and 17 domestic destinations.
In 2010, Ethiopian Airlines was named Africa’s most profitable airline by Air Transport World. Although Ethiopia’s flag carrier recently announced it is cutting cost so it can save up to one billion birr to ward of operational difficulties accruing from an increase in expenditure. It also announced record operating revenues registering a growth of 50.4%. The airline has 3 stars from a five-star ranking criteria by Skytrax.
EgyptAir is Africa’s largest airline and the national carrier of Egypt. A government owned airline, it, however, has special legislation permitting it to operate without government interference.
It runs like a private corporation with no financial backing from the government. This happened during a major restructuring in 2002, when its structure was changed from a governmental organization into a holding company with subsidiaries with stakes in Air Cairo and Smart Aviation Company.
EgyptAir has its main hub at Cairo International Airport. An extensive network of domestic services is focused on Cairo, Egypt’s capital. With over 78 aircrafts in its fleet, it operates scheduled passenger and freight services to more than 75 destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. A Star Alliance member, EgyptAir is rated 3 star.
The airline is also a founding member of Arabesk Airline Alliance and the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
to avoid paying a construction fee, jack mubiru, a father of the skateboarding scene in uganda, fabricated a story about building a private enclosure for a pet crocodile. most local officials and neighborhood residents had never heard of skateboarding. yet six years later, the sport has spread from the skate park to the streets, attracting children as young as five and adult women.
photographer yann gross always takes his deck with him on his journeys. during one trip to easter africa, yann ecnountered a group of skaters in kitintale, a suburb of kampala, who had built the first and only half pipe in uganda. he ended up spending several months with the skaters, becoming a full member of the group, documenting a unique skate culture that, given the area’s contingencies, has styles and tricks all its own.
Grew up skating always being told “black people don’t skateboard”.
Kick push all over again
Miss Earth Zimbabwe 2013, Samantha Dika.
“StartupBus is an annual entrepreneurial road trip, during which the ‘buspreneurs’ conceive, build, and launch their startup.
This November, for the first time, it will run in Southern Africa, bringing together 15 African and 15 International entrepreneurs for a truly unforgettable journey…
Participants will be coders (50%), designers (25%) and business developers (25%) all focused on the areas Mobile, Healthcare and Energy.
The goal is to support entrepreneurs in Africa, help international entrepreneurs understand the African market and create lasting ties between both – and finally, of course, the founding of new startups in the areas of interest.”
Africa’s mineral wealth and abundant natural resources are no secret. What we also know of much of these commodities is that, in many African countries, the profits yielded from the industries established with the purpose of securing the wealth and inheritance of the citizens of these nations, more often than not, end up in the hands of greedy politicians, easily bribed leaders, and in the pockets of the mostly foreign multinational CEOs and the companies they work for.
For decades, this has been the narrative of a dire situation that only seems to be worsening, and having equally devastating effects in both the lives of those who live in these areas, and the environment surrounding them.
Nigerian photographer, George Osodi, who comes from Nigeria’s oil rich southeastern Niger Delta region, has seen firsthand just how disastrous and traumatic the exploitation of these communities and the natural resources in these regions they occupy can be. These images show two specific areas where these distressing conditions have become the norm - in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, and in an illegal gold mine in Ghana.