Google Maps recognises South Sudan as independent nation

By Bizclik Editor

As part of African Business Review’s look back at the biggest news from 2011, we revisit a story from September.

Google has updated its mapping service to reflect South Sudan’s recently acquired status as an independent nation.

The move follows 1,600 members of Change.org signing a petition requesting the update. The petition was started by South Sudan journalist John Tanza Mabus, who lives in Washington.

Mabusu applauded Google’s move, commenting: “The inclusion of South Sudan will give the people of that new nation pride and a sense of belonging, as citizens of a sovereign nation on the map.

“I’m hoping that now that Google has officially recognised South Sudan on their maps, the other major online mapping services will quickly follow suit.

“The people of South Sudan fought long and hard for their independence and suffered greatly. It’s time these maps reflect their efforts and catch up.”

Other online mapping services – such as Yahoo!, National Geographic and Microsoft – are yet to make the amendment to their own websites.

Change.org claims to be the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change. Every month, 400,000 new users sign up.

Share

Featured Articles

Meet the COO: Brook Sims of MAC Diversity Recruiters

Passionate about helping others find their voice, diversity leader and COO Brook Sims talks powerful leadership, diverse teams and being a change agent

Best business books to improve leadership strategy

From strategic guides to inspiring CEO memoirs, these new books dish up plenty of principles, strategies, and anecdotes to help you become a better leader

Shoplazza founder and CEO Jeff Li, ex Baidu, on leadership

Named in Fortune China’s 40 under 40 for 2022, former Baidu head Jeff Li is the entrepreneurial founder and CEO of ecommerce platform Shoplazza

The office shifts to new way of working – workplace special

Leadership & Strategy

Trailblazer: Clorox's DEI leader Shanique Bonelli-Moore

Sustainability

The inspirational CEO story – Dean Forbes of Forterro

Leadership & Strategy