Timbuktu, the centuries-old Malian center of Islamic learning on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, is rebuilding after Islamist militants razed some of its most revered shrines built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Vidrul SA, an Angolan glass bottlemaker controlled by Castel Group Ltd., may double revenue this year as beverage companies from China, Lebanon and South Africa start local factories to avoid customs tariffs.
Clarisse Kambire’s nightmare rarely changes. It’s daytime. In a field of cotton plants that burst with purple and white flowers, a man in rags towers over her, a stick raised above his head. Then a voice booms, jerking Clarisse from her slumber and making her heart leap. “Get up!”
Amado Kafando tilted his head back, smiled and pumped his fists into the west African sky. “We praised God, and said, ‘At last!’” said Kafando, 45, standing amid the mud huts where he lives with 11 children and no electricity.
Louvre Hotels Group, a unit of Starwood Capital Group LLC, will open as many as 16 hotels in Africa this year, including its first in French-speaking sub- Saharan countries, as business travel fuels the lodging growth.
Cotton farmers who sell their produce to Faso Coton, Burkina Faso’s third-biggest cotton company, are facing delays in planting seeds for the 2011-12 harvest amid late seasonal rains, said Marc Leynaert, the company’s operations director.