Friday 15 December 2017
(APA 07/05/17)
The United States has asked Swaziland to redefine ‘Terrorism Act’ before it could be reconsidered for the African Growth Opportunity Agreement (AGOA). This was stated by Prime Minister Banarbas Dlamini when giving feedback to Senate Portfolio Committee in Parliament during the debate of the Suppression of Terrorism Amendment Bill No. 10 of 2010 on Wednesday. The premier said during the discussion of the bill with the Americans and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) it transpired that the initial definition needed to be reviewed.
(Agence Ecofin 07/04/17)
The government of Swaziland is now user-friendly following the launch of e-Government which will enable people to make payments using credit and debit cards, APA learns here on Tuesday. Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini said government transactions would from now be processed from anywhere at any time without having to go to offices. This followed the introduction of the Point of Sales facility that allow debit and credit card usage when paying for government services. “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade is currently working on the soon to be published online provisional company registration which will see locals being able to have their companies registered within 24 hours,” said the premier.
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(APA 06/30/17)
Japan is committed to continue supporting Swaziland in developmental projects, including the construction of schools, the deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan, Shunsuke Takai, announced when he met with Swaziland’s Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini on Thursday. The two officials met at the Cabinet offices in the Swazi capital Mbabane, where Takai made the declaration. At the moment, the Japanese have built 12 high schools in Swaziland over a period of four years. “We thank the Japanese for helping Swaziland build first-class schools across the country. Your footprint in the education sector is commendable,” Dlamini said. He added that Swaziland will continue its relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan, saying such a relationship contributes significantly to fostering peace and...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper," said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as "the...
(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...

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