Saturday 24 February 2018
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Lesotho Times 06/07/13)
MASERU — The principal secretary designate for the Ministry of Health, Lefu Manyokole, has denied charges that he tampered with the process to award tenders to undeserving catering companies. Manyokole was responding to an article in the Lesotho Times last week that alleged that he had tinkered with the minutes of a tender panel to award the contracts to certain companies. The story was based on documents that were filed in the High Court by a company that lost tenders Mak Investments. The company alleged Manyokole tampered with the tender panel minutes and replaced companies that had won the tender. But Manyokole on Tuesday said the allegations were baseless and were devoid of truth. “The minutes which are alleged to...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Lesotho Times 06/06/13)
MASERU — A current minister and a former minister are the subject of the ongoing investigation into the ID tender scandal. The two whose names are known to the Lesotho Times but have been withheld are suspected to have been the masterminds behind the alleged corrupt dealings with Nikuv International Projects. Nikuv, the Israeli company that was controversially awarded the multi-million maloti tender early last year, has agreed to become a state witness in exchange for immunity. The revelation comes at a time when the investigation into the tender is said to have reached an advanced stage. The investigators are said to be racing against time to complete the probe before Nikuv wraps up the US$292 million project. The government...
(Lesotho Times 06/06/13)
MASERU — The government plans to start issuing Identity Documents (IDs) in the first week of July. Home Affairs Minister Joang Molapo told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday that the plan is to launch the IDs on July 3 “if all goes according to plan”. Molapo said the launch will be preceded by a publicity campaign to educate the people about the new identity documents. He said the ministry has invited tenders for service providers to run the publicity campaign ahead of the launch. The tender, Molapo said, is still being evaluated. “We have to start educating the people now so it’s important to have an aggressive publicity campaign,” Molapo said. “We plan to start running a pilot project very...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(Autre média 06/05/13)
The Board of Directors of the World Bank approved today a grant in the amount of US$20 million for the Government of Lesotho (GoL) for the First Growth and Competitiveness Development Policy Grant. The first in a series of grants to support competitiveness and inclusive growth, this Development Policy Operation (DPO) is a central component of the World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) in Lesotho for 2010-14. It supports two areas of the CAS; competitiveness, diversification and fiscal adjustment, public-sector efficiency. “This operation supports the government’s efforts in implementing the National Development Plan. In particular, it will reduce costs for business, support measures to improve the efficiency of public expenditures and support incomes for poor families and children”, said Asad...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(Public Eye 06/03/13)
MASERU- The general change in the prices of common household commodities, known as annual rate of inflation, increased from 5.0 percent in March to 5.2 percent in April 2013. This is according to the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released by the Bureau of Statistics. The main driver of the increase, according to the monthly report, is the surge in water supply, vegetable and meat prices, although charges for major tools and equipment experienced a significant decrease by 3.1 percent. Annual inflation is calculated by comparing two sets of monthly consumer price indices of different years. The CPI is an indicator that shows changes in the cost of buying a fixed sampled bundle of consumer goods and services as...
(Public Eye 06/03/13)
MASERU- The Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) has embarked on an exercise which seeks to provide cost-effective revenue-collection with minimum impact on business and the public. The initiative, known as the Customs Modernisation Programme (CMP), was officially launched in Maseru yesterday and is meant to address modernisation requirements of the customs and border management function of the LRA. The end-result of the programme, which is expected to be fully operational in 2015, is harmonisation of tax-collection systems used by Lesotho with its partners within the Southern African Customs Union, with a view to ultimately leading to reducing overall taxation costs while also ensuring improved tax-collection. Speaking at yesterday’s official launch of the programme, the Commissioner of Customs ‘Makali Lepholisa said: “The...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Lesotho Times 05/30/13)
MASERU — Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and Democratic Congress leader Pakalitha Mosisili are at odds once again over the composition of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Although the two addressed separate rallies in Maseru on Sunday it was clear that they have diametrically divergent views as to what should be done to the elections body. Thabane is calling for a complete overhaul of the electoral institution while Mosisili wants the coalition government to fill in vacancies and not tamper with the IEC. Mosisili told his DC supporters in Lithoteng constituency that the coalition government, headed by Thabane, is deliberately incapacitating the IEC by withholding funding adding the government was sidestepping the rule of law for the “law of the jungle”...
(Lesotho Times 05/30/13)
MASERU — Lefu Manyokole, the principal secretary designate for the Ministry of Health, is alleged to have tinkered with minutes of a tender panel to give lucrative catering contracts to undeserving companies. The damaging allegation is contained in court documents filed by a catering company that lost the tenders. Mak Investments wants the Ministry of Health to restart the tender process. The company is suing Manyokole and Health Minister Pinkie Manamolela. Mak had tendered for the provision of catering services to Ntsekhe Hospital, National Health Training College and Quthing Hospital but lost out. The company is now challenging the results. In his affidavit Mak Investment managing director Koanya Makhele claims that there is evidence that Manyokole could have employed some...
(Lesotho Times 05/30/13)
MASERU — Prime Minister Thomas Thabane celebrated his 74th birthday on Tuesday. The birthday party was at Tšenolo FM radio station’s office at DLM Shopping Complex in Maseru. When he arrived at the venue Thabane was met by his estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane. The two embraced in a passionate kiss. Thabane told about 200 people, most of whom wore his All Basotho Convention (ABC) party regalia, that nothing in his life hurt him like the death of his mother when he was still young. He said he is still mourning the death of his mother. Thabane’s mother, ’Malekhooa, was burnt to ashes when her house caught fire when he was young. “Perhaps I am this cruel because my mother died...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Mining Weekly 05/29/13)
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Lesotho-focused Paragon Diamonds continues to advance its flagship Lemphane project, and is currently undertaking an extensive bulk sampling programme with the objective of establishing an inferred resource by the first half of 2014. The Aim-listed company reported on Wednesday that the Lemphane kimberlite, at an early stage in its resource evaluation, had already produced diamonds with individual values over $2 300/ct. In line with the group’s intent to develop and bring the operation into production as soon as possible, it had submitted a mining licence application to the Lesotho government in February. If approved, this would allow the processing of 100 000 t in addition to the 30 000 t of surface bulk currently being processed during...

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