The Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following up on the Council conclusions of 11 December 2017 and in view of the foreseen elections at the end of the year.
On 11 December the Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo following the announcement, on 5 November, of an electoral calendar.
The conclusions stress that it is fundamental, in particular for the legitimacy of the institutions in charge of the transition, to guarantee that the election date, now set for 23 December 2018, is respected.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the northwest of the country, where 17 people died from viral hemorrhagic fever over the past five weeks.
The Health Ministry was informed of the fatal cases near the town of Bikoro in Equateur province on May 3 and subsequently tested five patients suspected of carrying Ebola, the officials said in an emailed statement. Two of the samples tested positive for the Zaire strain of the disease, it said.
“Our country is facing a new epidemic of the Ebola virus which constitutes an international health emergency,” the ministry said. “We have the human resources well trained in this matter who have always been able to quickly control previous epidemics.”
In a warehouse in Cape Town docks on Saturday 17 February the art world will enjoy a thrilling event of a contemporary African art auction, organised by
Art collectors, curators, critics and artists will stream to the Cruise Terminal at the V and A Waterfront to try their chance to acquire an African masterpiece. There will be well established names: as Ayanda Mabulu, whose pieces were bought by President Jacob Zuma, and many other artists, who has not reached zenith yet such as Patrick Bongoy from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Blessing Ngobeni and Mongezi Ncaphayi. Hopefully some of the artefacts will be purchased by Museums to remain in direct contact with general public. However, as art experts say, any remarkable private collection trend to become public if reaching a certain level of quality and amount of artefacts.