Sunday 20 August 2017
(Swazi Observer 08/18/17)
IT will be business as usual for banks and financial institutions in the country as the proposed sympathy strike by the Swaziland Union of Financial Institution and Allied Workers (SUFIAW) has been called off. The sympathy strike which was proposed by SUFIAW and was to take place today was called off after the Swaziland Banking Association (SBA) took the matter to court, where they wanted an order stopping SUFIAW from shutting down banks in the country. Chairman of the SBA Dennis Mbingo confirmed that the court had granted an order in their favour. “Yes, we took the matter to court where we were seeking an interdict stopping the proposed...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
The U.S. government says the HIV epidemic is "coming under control" in Swaziland, the country with the world's highest prevalence of the virus. The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) said Monday that new infections among adults in Swaziland have dropped by nearly half since 2011. It said the latest research also shows that life-saving anti-retroviral treatment has doubled in the country during the same time period and now reaches over 80 percent of infected adults. PEPFAR has focused much of its efforts on increasing access to anti-retroviral drugs for over 11 million people, mostly in sub-Saharan
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has almost halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers said Monday. The country -- where one in three adults is infected with the AIDS-causing virus -- has vastly expanded public programmes to test people for HIV infection and put them on life-saving anti-retroviral treatment (ART). "The rate of new HIV infections has been reduced by half," Velephi Okello of the Swazi health ministry...
(APA 07/21/17)
Cases of watery diarrhoea have increased from 71 percent to 92 percent in Swaziland between June and the first week of July, Health Minister Sibongile Simelane said on Friday. Simelane said in a report that “this type of diarrhoea remains high when compared to diarrhoea with severe dehydration and persistent diarrhoea.” The minster however assured the country that the figures do not mean there was an outbreak of diarrhoea in Swaziland but only that people are now more aware of...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(APA 07/07/17)
The Swazi government has appointed a 13-member task force to spearhead its fight against money-laundering and terrorism, APA reports here on Friday. Finance Minister Martin Dlamini announced the team through Legal Notice No 101 of 2017 which he said was in line with efforts by the Central Bank of Swaziland and the Swaziland Bankers Association to curb crime. The committee, which is chaired by Joseph Nxumalo, will assist in the enforcement of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act of...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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