Tuesday 22 August 2017
(APA 06/23/17)
The leaders of South Africa and Botswana have arrived in Swaziland for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) meeting which kicks off on Friday. Both Jacob Zuma and Ian Khama landed one hour apart at the King Mswati III International Airport, with the Botswana leader the first to arrive at 5:30pm. Summit of the Heads of State and Government will be hosted by His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland and Chairperson of the SACU Heads of State and Government, on the 23rd June 2017, in Lozitha. Executive Secretary of SACU Paulina Elago said the main focus of the Summit is to consider the report of the SACU Council of Ministers on progress to implement the Roadmap...
(APA 06/23/17)
Renowned Malawian pastor, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering ECG church has taken Swaziland by storm, his presence disrupting the work schedules of many Swazis. The prophet is in Swaziland for a two-day service that started on Wednesday night, resulting to many Swazis absenting themselves from work to attend. The Prophet attracted people from all over the country, some of whom gathered at the Old Trade Fair Grounds in Manzini as early as 7am in preparation for services that were to start at 6pm. According to some of his followers in Swaziland the arrival of the prophet has saved...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...
(APA 06/21/17)
Swazi MTN, which has run a monopoly in the country for 19 years, has reduced prices, which experts say is the largest margin ever, APA learned on Wednesday. The rates cut were prompted by the introduction of a second mobile communications company, Swazi Mobile, which will go on air for the first time on July 1, 2017. Swazi MTN has reduced local text message charges from $0.06 to $0.02 per SMS, while calling has been reduced from $0.09 to $0.05 per minute for local cellphone to cellphone calls. Economist Mduduzi Mthembu said MTN has been reducing its rates, but this was most definitely the biggest move they have ever made. “The intention is good and will definitely benefit the consumer...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including Saudi-born Salafism and Wahhabism, form the ideological bedrock for most terror groups. According to a study by Leif Wenar of King’s College London based on the Global Terrorism Database, three out of four terror attacks in the last 10 years...
(APA 06/19/17)
The United States and Swaziland will be celebrating 50 years of a healthy relationship in 2018, APA learns here on Monday. The two countries have just turned 49 years of a good relationship, according to US ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson. Peterson said this during her country’s 241st Independence celebration luncheon which was held at the new American Embassy in Ezulwini. His Majesty King Mswati III, who was represented by Prince David, said Swaziland wished “to thank the American people for what we have achieved together.” “We thank you for your role in helping the country in the human capital development,” Mswati said. Peterson said the two countries were yet to go a long way with support each other especially...
(APA 06/15/17)
Swaziland has officially opened an Occupational Health Service Centre for ex-miners suffering from diseases such as Asbestosis, silicosis, HIV and Tuberculosis. The health centre situated in Nhlangano in the Shiselweni region was constructed through part of the $30 million funding by the Global Fund which targeted 10 southern African countries including Swaziland. Representative for TB in the Mining Sector in Southern Africa Dr Julian Naidoo said it has been observed over the years that families of ex-miners have had difficulty trying to access compensation due to illiteracy and failure to provide the necessary information. “This posed financial challenges for the relatives who could not even take their sick relatives...
(APA 06/15/17)
The ministry of health got the highest external funding at $60 million in the 2015/2016 financial year, with the Republic of China on Taiwan being the biggest donor, APA can report on Thursday. A report released by the ministry on Wednesday indicates that the health sector got about 47 percent of the total external funding by external donor while the 53 percent was shared by the ministry of agriculture which had issues of drought to take care of and the ministry of punlci works and transport which deals with infrastructure. “Most of the donot funds were directed to HIV and Tuberculosis prevention, treatment and mitigation...
(APA 06/15/17)
Swaziland will on Friday host the heads of state who will be attending the 5thSouthern African Customs Union (SACU) meeting to be held at Lozitha in Swaziland on Friday 23 June 2017. Participalting countries in the summit that will start at 8am are Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa and Botswana. Heads of state or their representatives are expected to arrive today and they will be lodged at the Royal Villas in Ezulwini for the duration of the meeting. This meeting will be followed by the 44th SACU Commission on June 26-28 and also the SACU Council on June 29 and the SACU summit on June 30, 2017.06.15
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said. "We spent four days in the desert. People died of thirst and the sun in the back of the truck." They finally arrived on the beach at Sabrata, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Libya's capital Tripoli, a key departure...
(APA 06/14/17)
Swaziland’s inflation rate has declined from 6.8 percent in March 2017 to six percent due to a notable decrease in food prices, APA reports here on Wednesday. The Central Bank of Swaziland revealed on Wednesday that, with a better harvest anticipated this year due to improved weather conditions, food prices would gradually go down. “Notable moderations were observed in the prices of rice and cereals, oil and fats, milk and milk products and fruits,” read the report. Transport inflation increased from 1.8 percent in February to two percent in March 2017 while footwear and clothing had reduced prices. The report further states that in May 2017, gross official reserve representing an import cover of 3.6 months stood at US$580 million...
(Others 06/14/17)
MBOMBELA – According to Mick Reilly of Big Game Parks, the three were apprehended just before midnight on Saturday in a joint operation by the Lubombo Serious Crime Police Unit and members of BGP’s elite anti-poaching unit. “The suspects were fatally wounded during an exchange of fire deep within the park,” he said. He added that, although the identity of the deceased suspects has not been confirmed, it is strongly suspected that there are South African nationals from Lowveld syndicates among them. A high-powered hunting rifle, axes, a saw and other items used for poaching rhinos, were recovered on the scene. “With the escalating levels of rhino poaching occurring mainly in KZN and Mpumalanga province in South Africa, as well...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who was supposed to drive him and three women across Nigeria's northern border, was arrested on suspicion of people smuggling. "His house had been under surveillance," explains the 38-year-old electrician in Kano's bustling Sabon Gari district. "The movement of the three...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(Others 06/12/17)
Three men suspected to be rhino poachers were shot and killed on Saturday at Hlane Royal National Park. The men are said to have before their death exchanged fierce fire with the Royal Swaziland Police (Lukhozi Unit) and Big Game Parks rangers deep within the park. Two of the killed alleged poachers are believed to be from South Africa. Police Chief Information and Communications Officer Khulani Mamba confirmed the death of the three suspected poachers after an exchange of gunfire. “It was a joint operation between the Royal Swaziland Police and Big Game Parks after we responded to a tip-off...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as many girls in East Africa and three times as many in Central Africa completed secondary education in 2014 as in 2005, according to the annual African Economic Outlook report, which was published at the end of last month. Yet more...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the platform aims to galvanize their contributions to building and sustaining peace, improving political processes and driving social change, and realizing the U.N. global goals, according to U.N. Women. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted in 2015, include targets on...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the blockage against Cuba," said Geingob. According to Geingob, the conference will lead to the development of the common African strategy in terms of support to Cuba. The delegates also called for the return of the Guantanamo Bay,...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che". The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of...

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