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Obama’s lightbulb moment on sub-Saharan Africa

Andisiwe Makinana | Bloomberg

“Today, I am proud to announce a new initiative: Power Africa, that will double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa,” US President Barack Obama said.

“We’ll start by investing $7-billion in US government resources and partner with the private sector, who have committed more than $9-billion in investment,” said Obama, while addressing about 800 people at the University of Cape Town on Sunday evening.

Obama was delivering his remarks at the same venue US former president Robert F Kennedy delivered a speech amidst a political storm in 1966.

National government ministers including Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel and social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, premier Helen Zille, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and a number of MPs were among those who attended the event.

Sunday was Obama’s last day in South Africa ahead of his visit to Tanzania, the last country on his three-nation visit on the continent. … continue reading

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