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Meet Beny Steinmetz of Koidu Holdings

2014-04-15 21:01:09

Editor’s Note: Many Sierra Leoneans know of or have heard of Koidu Holdings, the giant foreign company mining diamonds in Kono district in the east of the country where some of the largest deposits of diamonds in the world can be found. Its owner, Beny Steinmetz, also owned a vast iron ore mine in neighbouring Guinea but lost it when the Guinean government recently investigated him and found him guilty of corruption. Steinmetz was allegedly very close to former Guinean President (...)Read the full story »

Abacha Traders Plead to be relocated January

29 October 2013
By Zainab F. Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. His Worship the Mayor of Freetown, Sam Bode Gibson (photo) last Tuesday met with traders based at Sani Abacha Street traders together with some of their executive members and accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Usu Boie Kamara. The traders came with the Minister to appeal to the Mayor for them to be relocated in January 2014 instead of the 15 October, 2013 as was previously arranged. It could be recalled that the traders were (...)

Company Profile: Sierra Rutile

28 October 2013
Overview Sierra Rutile is a leading mineral sands company, operating world-class assets in Sierra Leone. Sierra Rutile is in the process of significantly expanding its core rutile production, with associated increases of zircon and ilmenite by-products. Products Sierra Rutile’s core product is rutile, one of a group of titanium dioxide minerals (TiO2), predominantly used in the manufacture of white pigment. Rutile, as well as other TiO2 minerals, are used in the pigment industry, (...)

APC-Minnesota Chapter Retreat to Iowa

26 October 2013
By Joshua Murray, APC-Minnesota Chapter. Recently, the leadership of the Minnesota Chapter led a ten man delegation to the State of Iowa for an annual retreat and reactivation of our extended membership in Iowa. The trip was led by the President and other important dignitaries of his cabinet, and also the Minnesota aspirant for the North American Branch Chairmanship, Mr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh. The trip took off from the residence of Mr.Komba Fayai, PRO and External Relations Minister of (...)

High-Powered FIFA Delegation to visit Freetown

22 October 2013
The world’s governing Football body FIFA, will be sending a high powered delegation to Sierra Leone from the 22nd - 29th October 2013 to conduct a FIFA PERFORMANCE PROGRAM(FPP) with the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and in a bid to RAISE THE GAME. The seven man strong delegation will comprise of FIFA Senior Development Program Manager for Africa Francesco Bruscoli, Senior Manager responsible for financial assistance from FIFA Christophe Suppiger, Head of FIFA office in (...)

Remembering Joanna Gbeh Passawe

17 October 2013
By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore ll, USA. Joanna Gbeh Passawe (photo) , affectionately called Aunty Jo, was a source of the Nyanfore - Nimeley family history. She was the matriarch and advisor. I met her over fifteen years ago in the US, though as a boy in Liberia, I had heard of her. She was a daughter of Princess Nyanfore Gboyonoh, a tough and strong Grandcess woman from Liberia. Grandaunt Gboyonoh called herself “woman pass man”, because of her strength and energy. I did not (...)

PV Publisher to Write AKB’s Biography

16 October 2013
By PV Staff Writers This year has been full of honours and accolades for Patriotic Vanguard publisher and CEO Gibril Gbanabome Koroma. In addition to being invited by the African Union, the biggest and most prestigious organization on the continent to attend a media conference in Arusha, Tanzania, he has also been commissioned recently by the highly respected Mallam O. and Jariatu Sankoh Foundation (Sankoh Foundation) to write a biography of one of the most educated (if not the most (...)

Saudi Arabia: Sheikh Sillah Says Pilgrims Are Safe

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 16 October 2013
The Spiritual Leader of the United Council of Imams and a member of the Hajj Committee which is responsible for coordinating hajj affairs and transporting pilgrims, Sheikh Ahmad Tejan Sillah, says Sierra Leonean pilgrims are performing the Hajj safely and described it as one of the most organised trips to the Holy Land. Speaking to The Patriotic Vanguard Freetown Bureau from Saudi via cellular phone, the Imam says Sierra Leone has a total of nine hundred and twenty pilgrims this (...)

About the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

13 October 2013
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) is a continental court established by African countries to ensure protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It complements and reinforces the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Court was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, (...)

When Activists become Agitators

11 October 2013
Opinion Titus Boye-Thompson, Strategic Media & Development Communications Unit, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The spate of ultimatums handed out to Government recently underlines a fissure in the relationship between civil society and Government but not in the way most observers have decided to comment. There is an unspoken memorandum of understanding between Government and non-state actors to the extent that when Government is exuding a certain level of control on state affairs and (...)

First Canadian Woman to win Nobel Prize in Literature

11 October 2013
Credit: CTV News. Beloved Canadian author Alice Munro says that winning this year’s prestigious Nobel Prize for literature feels "wonderful." The Swedish Academy announced the decision Thursday, calling the 82-year-old author from Wingham, Ont., a "master of the contemporary short story." She is the first Canadian and the 13th woman to win the award. Saul Bellow, who was born in Quebec, won in 1973 as a naturalized U.S. citizen who identified as American. Reacting to news of her (...)

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Tax Incentives and the Suffering Masses of Sierra Leone

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

This week, we look at tax incentives offered to foreign mining and agribusiness companies operating in Sierra Leone. A report, released today by the international NGO, Christian Aid, has bad news (...)


Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)