Monday 20 November 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...
(Swazi Observer 04/25/13)
AT least 15 tourism establishments will be co-exhibiting with the Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) during the forthcoming Tourism Indaba. The tourism extravagant is scheduled for May 11-14 in Durban, South Africa. The co-exhibitors include hotel establishments such as Mountain Inn, Foresters Arms Hotel, Sun International, Sibane Hotel, Hawane Resorts, Global Village, The George Hotel, Mantenga Lodge and Happy Valley Hotel. Other co-exhibitors are Swazi Trails, Ngwenya Glass, Swaziland National Trust Commission (SNTC), Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) and Community Projects. Etinyatsi Tours & Safaris, Nhlangano Casino Royale, Maguga Lodge, Pigg’s Peak Hotel and Casino, Nkonyeni Lodge and Golf Estates, Royal Villas and Holiday Free Finder would accompany the Swazi team as walk-arounds. This means these entities would not be exhibiting...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
( 04/17/13)
MBABANE – A prodemocracy activist in Swaziland, arrested by police allegedly distributing political leaflets, could be charged with sedition. Wonder Mkhonza, National Organising Secretary of the banned People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), was taken in by police on 12 April when he was taking part in activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the Royal decree by King Sobhuza II that turned Swaziland from a democracy into a kingdom, ruled by an autocratic monarchy. The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) reported that Mkhonza was originally detained by police in Lavumisa, a small town on the eastern part of the kingdom on Friday. SSN said this was the police’s way of keeping him from participating in the activities that were planned for...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Times of swaziland 03/20/13)
MBABANE — The country’s judicial system is dead. This was an allegation made by Motshane Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Magongo in Parliament yesterday. The MP said judges were influenced and instructed by government on who to convict and what rulings to make. The outspoken former police officer made an emotionally charged submission in which he was consistent in his view that the country’s Judiciary didn’t afford the nation free and fair trials. Magongo said he was even prepared to go to jail, saying he had experienced jail life before as he spent 18 months at the Matsapha Maximum Correctional facility. He made these submissions before the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, during his ministry’s budget...
(Times of swaziland 03/20/13)
EZULWINI – Government still has a lot of work to do with regards to dealing with the wage bill which consumes a large share of the budget. Yvette Babb, Africa Strategist- Standard Bank Group noted that the public sector wage bill was growing and there was a need for government to strike a balance in this regard. "The issue here is that there are a lot of employees within the public sector as opposed to the private sector. However, reducing employment within government will be very difficult and I do understand the hard decisions that government has to make to shrink the public sector due to the effects that may arise thereafter," she explained. Babb confirmed that government employed twice...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Allafrica 03/12/13)
We are against "all forms of abuse, inequality, inadequate justice system and the clashes between traditional laws and constitutional laws," a press release issued by the Swaziland Rural Women Association (SRWA) stated in connection with the celebration of the International Women's Day in Swaziland, writes Kenworthy News Media. According to the SRWA, the event was held "to let the rural women reassess her value and importance in the society and celebrate her achievements by highlighting all the major roles that are done by women." According to the Swaziland Democracy Campaign, the women at the event "disseminated information to the people, government and perpetrators of violence against women. The women [also] demand clarity as to what is government doing to uplift...
(Allafrica 03/08/13)
King Mswati III has broken his promise to the Swazi people when he said he would freeze the Royal budget to help his subjects during the present economic crisis in his kingdom. Instead, figures revealed publicly for the first time today (8 March 2013) show in fact he has taken a 13 percent increase in Royal spending for the financial year just starting. In October 2012, Swaziland Finance Minister Majozi Sithole told international media the king had asked him to freeze the Royal budget. But, in the budget Sithole delivered last month (February 2013) spending on 'royal emoluments and the civil list' rose to E238 million (US$34 million) for the year 2013 / 14, from E210,000 in the previous financial...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
The Swaziland king and last absolute monarch in sub-Saharan Africa, Mswati III, has had a private underground bunker built for himself and his family, a prodemocracy group says. It is on a specially-built private road connecting two of the king's palaces at Lozitha and Ngabezweni, the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) says. It says the bunker is not connected to either palace, but does not give a reason why it has been built. SSN reveals the existence of the bunker and private road as part of its analysis of the misuse of public funding in Swaziland. In a commentary on the national budget announced last week (22 February 2013), SSN says, 'King Mswati remains by far the biggest financial drain to...
(Google News 02/26/13)
Swaziland's three national security chiefs are to join a growing number of ruling elite in the undemocratic kingdom to receive bullet-proof cars. Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF) Commander Lieutenant Sobantu Dlamini, Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) Commissioner Isaac Magagula and His Majesty's Correctional Services (HMCS) Commissioner Isaiah Mzuthini Ntshangase are each to receive BMW 2013 X5 cars at a total cost of E4 million. They join about 20 members of the Swazi Royal family, headed by King Mswati III, who already have top-of-the-range Mercedes S600 Pullman Guard cars that can withstand an armoured missile assault. Local media in Swaziland have been reporting that the latest three cars are ready to be delivered from Germany next month (March 2013). But, nobody is...
(Yahoo 02/26/13)
Information just released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirms that Swaziland's Finance Minister Majozi Sithole lied when he said the kingdom's economy had recovered. Last month (January 2013), Sithole said that receipts of E12.2 billion (US$1.1 billion) due this year to Swaziland, mostly from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), meant, 'I can safely say the economy is now under control. We have survived the worst economic challenges ever.' Then, earlier this month, the Times of Swaziland newspaper falsely reported in a headline, 'Financial crisis in Swaziland is over - IMF'. It said, 'It is now official; Swaziland is out of the financial crisis it had plunged into since 2010, the IMF has declared.' The paper then allowed Sithole...
(Google News 02/19/13)
Mbabane — As the Swazi government struggles to guarantee a no-cost nationwide primary school system, it finds itself sparring against school principals over the question if it is a lack of funds or an abundance of corruption that is standing in the way of its success. Most recently, the government has asked principals of public primary schools to return an annual top-up fee they have been charging their pupils, without government authority, since the Free Primary Education Programme (FPEP) was introduced here in 2009. It is a request that some principals have refused, saying it could bankrupt many schools in this southern African nation. One principal, who asked for anonymity, told IPS that it was not feasible to refund parents...

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