Google cuts Huawei’s access to androids licencing

The US-China trade war is escalating and Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei has now become a casualty to the US technology trade ban with China. Alphabet the parent company of Google has suspended Huawei’s smart phone division from accessing Android services.

Android which is also owned by Google will be restricted its service licence from Huawei which could have big implications in the future of the smart phones manufacture as well as future phone revenues. Google has stated that the restrictions are in line with US government policy imposed on Chinese technology companies.

The reason for the technology ban is because of China’s alleged abuse of US intellectual property. For consumers of Huawei smart phones this means that future updates of their android software may be disable, Huawei will still have access to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) licence to develop its software.

The AOSP licence does not encompass applications such as Gmail, YouTube, and the Chrome browser according to; these applications require a commercial agreement with Google.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

South Africa’s economic outlook

South Africa’s part took in the 6th National elections – the African National Congress (ANC) won majority in the parliamentary elections, once again. Now the focus has shifted to economic growth, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) forecasted to be 1.2% in 2019 and 1.5% in 2020 by the International Monetary Fund.

Yesterday Statistics South Africa released its quarterly unemployment numbers which indicated that the unemployment rate has increased in the first quarter of 2019 by 0.5% giving South Africa an unemployment rate of 27.6%.

Corruption in South Africa is also another major concern as this has been noted to affect public morale and distrust in politicians and lowering the voter turnout in the 8 May general elections. 

The government will have to work to restore faith in government organization and institution to get private sector buy-in. The high unemployment rate, corruption, and a negative economic outlook are some of the many issues the reelected government and President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to tackle.voters will be watching and how these problems are handled could determine future elections results.

President Ramaphosa before elections underwent a massive investment drive look to get $100 Billion to spark the economy again and create jobs, as well as a job summit which took place last year. Ramaphosa will need time to see if any of these initiatives help South African citizens.


By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Brazil’s President to speak at a foreign affairs event in Texas

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro will on 16 May be speaking at a foreign affairs event in Texas, United States – the organizers confirmed, last week Wednesday.

The right-wing leader will address business and civic leaders at an event hosted by the World Affairs Council of America. The World Affairs Council of America is a non-profit international affairs group with more than 90 affiliates around the United States.

This has been viewed by the organizers as an opportunity for members to hear from people who hold positions of significance around the world. They further said that they are looking forward to having the President of the biggest country in the Southern Hemisphere and the fifth largest country in the world speak at the event.

READ MORE: Bolsonaro Administration – economists react with optimism


By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

Additional Reporting: Reuters

China retaliates to US trade tariffs

Beijing has responded to the US increase in tariffs on Chinese goods of $200 Billion with their own tariff of $60 billion on US exports. There was hope that the US and China would find a way to reconcile before the trade war deepens and becomes a crisis.

These new tariffs do not show positive prospects for the coming days, with the US also expecting to put new duties on all Chinese goods entering the US valued about $300 billion, as reported by China media has also promised that China will survive its trade war.

China believes that US President Donald Trump is the only reason for this trade war and that one man has brought the US and China under great risk and uncertainty. At the moment neither the US and China  look to be ready to surrender – this could result in  further escalation of the trade tensions.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Cape Town Theatre School to partake in the BRICS Drama Festival in Moscow

Image source: Waterfront Theatre School

Waterfront Theatre School, a Cape Town, South Africa based school will be participating in the BRICS Drama Festival in Moscow. Students from the esteemed theatre school have been once again invited to The University of Theatre Arts in Russia – with the support of the Presidential Grant Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Moscow Culture Department.

Members of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa association during the 10th annual summit of the grouping agreed to more collaboration in arts and culture.

READ MORE:The 10th BRICS Summit outcomes

The 3rd BRICS drama school festival will be held from the 27 May to 6 June 2019. “The project has also received support from the Western Cape Department of Arts and Culture, Proud Partners, the South African National Dance Trust (SANDT) and The M Lahann Trust”, as reported by

This year’s topic is “Greek Theatre and the chosen text is Oedipus Rex”. As per, the Waterfront Theatre School will be focusing on choral scenes in Oedipus Rex. Their performance will be concentrated on the traditional African practices of worship, prophecy, protest, celebration and mourning to the ancient text. The focus will be specifically Xhosa tradition.

Brazil will this year host the 11th BRICS Summit. 

READ MORE: Brazil confirms date for the 11th BRICS Summit



ANC retains power in South African elections

The South African election ended with very few surprises as the African National Congress (ANC) the ruling party since the first democratic election in 1994, once again secured another term winning the national vote by 57.5% and earning 230 seats in the 6th Parliament.

The ANC’s nearest rivals the Democratic Alliance (DA) which won 20.8% of the vote and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) which managed to 10.8% gaining 84 and 44 seats, respectively. Victory for the ANC did come with a cost, as the lessor voter turnout as well as other parties gaining ground signal that the party will have to reform in order grow popularity again.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in again as the President of the country on the 25 May 2019 in the City of Tshwane.


By Mokgethi Mtezuka

SA attends WTO Ministerial meeting in India


Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will this morning attend the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Ministerial Meeting in India.

The aim of the ministerial meeting is to exchange views and ideas on how to best address the challenges facing the Multilateral Trading System (MTS), as well as discuss issues of concern to developing countries.

The two-day meeting which gets underway today, is taking place in New Delhi.

This as there are different diagnoses of problems facing the MTS. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the exchange of views among participating countries on current developments in the Multilateral Trading System with a view to promote inclusive growth and development.

“We need to shape a multilateral trade environment that is conducive and supportive of industrialization, and supports structural transformation and economic diversification. This includes recognizing the necessity of policy space for developing countries, especially African countries to pursue our development objectives and promote regional integration,” said Davies.

The Minister further highlighted that the meeting is taking place at a time when global trade is going through a period of uncertainty with an increase in protectionism in some countries and a backlash against trade agreements and globalization due to lack of inclusive growth.

The Government of India that is organizing this meeting, expressed the hope that this meeting will provide a direction on how to constructively engage on the various issues facing the WTO.

These include the current challenges in the appointment of Appellate Body Members in the build up to the next WTO Ministerial Council meeting that will take place in 2020.

The meeting in Delhi will conclude tomorrow.



Russia will continue strategic partnership with South Africa

Image: Getty, Alexey NIKOLSKY/AFP

The Russian foreign ministry said on Sunday that Russia will continue to develop strategic partnership with South Africa – this after parliamentary elections in the country.

READ MORE:South Africa takes to the polls

The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s ruling party since 1994 won majority votes in the polls, 57.5 % and earned 230 seats out of 400 in the National Assembly lower parliament house.

“Moscow is committed to further development of relations of strategic partnership with South Africa in the political, trade-and-investment, humanitarian and other areas and will continue to coordinate actions within the United Nations, BRICS, the Group of Twenty and other multilateral formats in the interests of ensuring global security and strengthening the polycentric world order,” the ministry said.


Source: Tass

Brazil to move the hosting of F1 Grand Prix from São Paulo to Rio

The Brazilian leg of the F1 Grand Prix next year will be moved from its traditional home in  São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. The move comes as the race track Autódromo José Carlos Pace in  São Paulo will be rebuilt taking six to seven months to complete costing.

This departure from São Paulo to Rio ends a thirty-year streak of that race track has held dating back to 1981. The announcement of the change was made by Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro at a military ceremony in the city.

The cost of organizing the F1 event has created huge debts requiring Rio to take on the challenges until the race track is completed. President Bolsonaro also announced a new race track to be built at the Deodoro military based west of the city.



Brazil’s former President hands himself to the police

Brazil’s former President Michel Temer has turned himself to the police over corruption charges. This is the second time that Temer will be jailed over allegations that he partook in extensive corruption schemes.

The Brazil former President was arrested in March and over charges of embezzlement and money laundering, he was placed in “Preventative detention” in Brazil’s Capital, Rio de Janeiro.

Temer, 78, turned himself in on Thursday – “on Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the former president to return to jail while he’s investigated in several cases of alleged corruption related to the Car Wash investigation, a far-reaching probe that has roiled Latin America’s largest nation”, reports Aljazeera.

Michel Miguel Elias Temer Lulia is a Brazilian lawyer and politician who served as the 37th President of Brazil from 31 August 2016 to 31 December 2018.


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By: Kgothatso Nkanyane