GOVERNMENT AGREES WITH VENEZUELA ON TIES IN DIFFERENT AREAS

ANGOLA: DIPLOMACY/ANGOP/23/2/18 SABANews 1
Angolan President hosts Venezuelan Foreign Minister
LUANDA – ANGOLA and VENEZUELA have pledged to intensify cooperation in the oil, diamond, education, and air transport sectors of their economies.
 
VENEZUELAN People’s Power and Foreign Affairs Minister JORGE ALBERTO has announced the development in the ANGOLAN capital, LUANDA.
 
ANGOLA Press Agency, ANGOP, says he has met with President JOAO LOURENCO and has addressed the media, saying he and the Head of State have discussed the political situation in VENEZUELA.
 
Research has revealed 2017 media reports saying the VENEZUELAN capital, CARACAS, woke up to violent mass protests almost each day from APRIL to JUNE that year.
 
They say the opposition parties wanted President NICOLAS MADURO to leave office, accusing him of moving towards a dictatorship, while he accused them of conniving with foreign forces to cause chaos in his country.
 
The demonstrations reportedly started after the Supreme Court took over the National Assembly following a number of clashes between the TWO bodies.
 
VENEZUELA is located in South AMERICA, with a total area of 916-THOUSAND-445 square kilometres and a population of 31-MILLION-570-THOUSAND.
 
ANGOP says the country has a mixed, but oil-dominated economy, with oil accounting for about ONE-THIRD of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
 
It also says VENEZUELA has since 2005 maintained full diplomatic relations with the AFRICAN Continent, with ANGOLA considered ONE of the most important partners.
 
Ties between the TWO countries strengthened following the AUGUST 2006 visit by former President HUGO CHAVEZ to ANGOLA.
 
Meanwhile, ANGOLA and VENEZUELA have signed an agreement to exempt diplomatic and service passport holders from visa requirements./Sabanews/cam

RITUALIST ARRESTED ACROSS BORDER AFTER TWO MURDERS

SWAZILAND: RITUALS/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/23/2/18 SABANews 1

Owls are associated with witchcraft in African communities

MBABANE – A suspected ritual killer from SWAZILAND has appeared on murder charges before the WITBANK Magistrate’s Court in SOUTH AFRICA.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND newspaper says THOKOZANI MSIBI was arrested after allegedly killing TWO minors in the neighbouring country.

It quotes the TIMES-LIVE publication as saying the Court has remanded the suspect in custody, pending a bail application scheduled for MONDAY.

Mr MSIBI allegedly kidnapped and later murdered NKOSIKHONA NGWENYA and GABISILE SHABANI, who is living with albinism.

The authorities suspect he took the kids from their home in HLALAKAHLE and the police discovered the TWO bodies in separate locations‚ after the children were reported missing.

Media reports quote MPUMALANGA Provincial Corporate Communications Officer Brigadier LEONARD HLATHI as saying they are hunting down more suspects in the matter.

He says the minors went missing on 28 JANUARY this year, after THREE armed gunmen broke into their home and forcibly removed them.

In another development, the TIMES says officials and members of the public have come up with different speculations after an owl appeared in broad daylight at the SWAZI High Court.

It says staff at the Court found the night bird at the entrance of the building between 10:30 and 11:00 AM.

AFRICAN communities mostly believe owls are associated with witchcraft, and the presence of ONE at the court premises has led people into suspecting foul play.

However, wildlife experts say not all owls hunt and eat during the night; and if one sees or hears an owl during the day it means it is a diurnal owl that sleeps at night and feeds during the day.

Nevertheless, the High Court event has forced people to conclude there is something out of the ordinary about it.

After its removal from the entrance, it landed midway by the stairs and remained there for the entire day; and even after High Court staff had knocked off, the owl remained on the steps and never moved an inch since morning.

The Chairman of the SWAZILAND WITCHDOCTORS ASSOCIATION, MAKHANYA MAKHANYA, has dismissed claims that the owl was just flying by like any other bird, saying something is happening since there are ongoing cases./Sabanews/cam

FIRE GUTS GIRLS’ HOSTELS AT SECONDARY SCHOOL

MALAWI: FIRE/NYASA TIMES/23/2/18 SABANews 1
People fight a fire in Mulanje District
MULANJE – A fire has burned down a hostel block at the PROVIDENCE Girls Secondary School in the MULANJE District of MALAWI, destroying a considerable amount of property.
 
The NYASA TIMES newspaper quotes a witness as saying the blaze started at around FIVE O’clock in the morning, consuming part of the BUNDA Hostel.
 
It says people around the school, the Police, and power supply officials from MULANJE rushed to the scene to help put out the fire, which destroyed belongings such as clothes, books, and bags of some students.
 
Deputy Headmaster ALLAN KHWISA says the cause of the fire will be established after ongoing investigations, although they suspect it could have emanated from electrical fault.
 
He says they will also have a list and assess the value of damaged property after the investigations.
 
SHIRE Highlands Education Division Senior Inspector SAMUEL MANDAUKA has commended fire fighters from BLANTYRE City Council for their rapid response.
 
The TIMES says there have been calls to have firefighting equipment in all councils, since this is the FOURTH such accident to happen in MULANJE District in recent times.
 
Different fire outbreaks destroyed a kitchen at MULANJE Secondary School, a hostel at MULANJE District Hospital and the entire MULANJE Boma Market, before the recent incident in the SOUTHERN Region of MALAWI./Sabanews/cam

PEOPLE GO WITHOUT FOOD WHILE STATE ORGAN IS STUCK WIT SURPLUSES

NAMIBIA: FOOD/NBC/23/2/18 SABANews 1
AMTA at work
WINDHOEK – The Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency in NAMIBIA says it has stocks of rotting food surpluses, despite that the State is struggling to feed hungry families nationwide.
 
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Deputy Minister ANNA SHIWEDA says the bureau has tried over the past THREE years to offer its surpluses, which often go to waste, to the Food Bank.
 
The Food Bank, a brainchild of President HAGE GEINGOB, feeds 22-THOUSAND-354 households as well as 95-THOUSAND-536 individuals.
 
NBC News says the State facility distributes handouts from its own reserves, through food donations or has to buy food parcels from major retailers, some of which the Agency can offer freely.
 
It quotes Deputy Minister ANNA SHIWEDA as saying the Agency wrote to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to enter into an agreement to contribute to the Food Bank, but it has not received any response up to now.
 
She has revealed the situation during an interview with NBC News during the FOURTH Annual General Meeting of the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency in the capital, WINDHOEK.
 
The Agriculture Ministry has to ensure food production and security, and supply the Food Bank from its Green Scheme projects or with surpluses from the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency.
 
Deputy Minister SHIWEDA says the authorities can further supply such foodstuffs towards school-feeding programs, military bases, as well as needy old-age homes.
 
She says they will in future build additional structures where they will store food to avoid wastage due to rotting.
 
The NAMIBIA Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency came into existence THREE years ago after the government had created the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare./Sabanews/cam

STATE ADVISES ON NEED FOR PLANS TO SAVE LIVESTOCK

NAMIBIA: GRAZING/NBC/23/2/18 SABANews 1

Drought is the major enemy of livestock producers

WINDHOEK – The government of NAMIBIA has advised farmers to come up with plans to save their livestock in the face of insufficient pastures in the country.

NBC News says the Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer in the Agriculture, Water, and Forestry Ministry has made the call.

It quotes JOHN SHOOPOLA as saying farmers have to plan properly to prevent or reduce the effects of poor rainfall, and ensure their livestock survive the drought.

He says areas south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence, also referred to as the Red Line, have bad pastures due to poor rains recorded; but the northern parts of the country got better rains.

The Veterinary Cordon Fence is a pest-exclusion boundary separating Northern NAMIBIA from the central and southern regions.

Mr SHOOPOLA says even if the affected areas were to receive good rains for the remainder of this season it will be too late for the grass to grow.

He says the situation will put livestock under stress if the farmers do not effectively manage their pastures, or even sell off less productive and old livestock.

Mr SHOOPOLA has further advised producers to ensure their livestock have enough water, feeds, and minerals like vitamin supplements to help them overcome the dry spell.

The NAMIBIAN veterinary expert says farmers should also vaccinate their livestock against all diseases while they are still strong, and feed them continuously to withstand the hardships.

Southern AFRICA has continued to receive heavy rains in MOZAMBIQUE, ZIMBABWE, and parts of ZAMBIA, which have had SEVEN-day-totals of more than 50 millimetres.

SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA, and ANGOLA have had lighter, but still widespread rainfall, which was nearly absent across TANZANIA, the drought-affected areas of MADAGASCAR and across abnormally dry parts of NAMIBIA./Sabanews/cam

SIXTEEN SHIPS VANISH FROM OCEAN, GOVERNMENT BREATHES FIRE

TANZANIA: MARINE/DAILY NEWS/16/2/18 SABANews 1

Port of Dar es Salaam

DAR ES SALAAM – At least 16 foreign ships have vanished from the INDIAN Ocean waters in TANZANIA, and the State has ordered all security organs to launch a search.

The DAILY NEWS quotes Livestock and Fisheries Minister LUHAGA MPINA as saying the incident comes amid increased scandalous acts involving government officials and foreigners at sea.

The paper says he has revealed the information after inspecting a fishing vessel owned by the XISHIJI 37 Company of CHINA, which recently docked at the DAR ES SALAAM Port.

In this case, Minister MPINA says the authorities had given Deep Sea Fishing Licences to 24 vessels but only EIGHT have undergone inspection.

The rest of them simply vanished, and the government has discovered some of its officials are involved in the disappearance of the ships, as well as in the other criminal activities.

Minister MPINA says the law-enforcement agencies are chasing up the vessels and are certain to catch the suspects, because they have all their registration particulars; and his Ministry will take tough measures against the employees involved.

In another case, he has directed officials to move to DAR ES SALAAM Port a fishing vessel seized from the BUAH NAGA ONE Company of MALAYSIA.

A Special Task Force patrolling the LINDI and MTWARA coastlines arrested the ship on 25 JANUARY after they found it with fins and gills of 30 sharks, as well as FOUR tonnes of protected rare species of the sea.

Minister MPINA says the vessel violated the laws of the SADC country and the State ordered it to pay a fine of 350-THOUSAND US dollars, within SEVEN days after the seizure, which is still outstanding.

He has told his Permanent Secretary YOHANA BUDEBA to seek a court order to confiscate the ship, the 42 tonnes of fish, and the FOUR tonnes of rare species on board for auctioning.

The government has also launched a search for yet another vessel owned by TAI HONG NO-1 Company, which was escaped arrest after officials found 44 shark fins aboard.

It is not clear however, how the Captain managed to pull away and vanish into the ocean before the security could arrest his ship: which they also later found with links to more offences such as environmental pollution.

The Minister says the current government of TANZANIA took office and amended the Deep Sea Fishing regulations of 2009, adding more sections to curb illegal fishing, so that the nation could benefit fully from its resources./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER CALLS FOR URGENT PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON ABORTION LAW

NAMIBIA: ABORTION/NBC/15/2/18 SABANews 1

Rundu Magistrate’s Court

WINDHOEK – Health and Social Services Minister BERNHARD HAUFIKU of NAMIBIA says there is an urgent need for public dialogue on the law against abortion.

He says the discussions have become more crucial after the State has recorded SEVEN-THOUSAND-355 cases of illegal abortions last year alone.

NBC News says health professionals detected backdoor abortions in 2017, when women sought medical attention due to heavy bleeding or untreated infections.

It says Minister HAUFIKU has appealed for public dialogue on abortion at a ceremony to hand over contraceptives by the UN Fund for Population Activities in the capital, WINDHOEK.

The national broadcaster says the donation includes 110-THOUSAND units of period delay tablets and solo shot syringes, 200-THOUSAND femidoms and ONE-THOUSAND-100 implants.

It says Minister HAUFIKU has decided to have young people empowered to prevent unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.

NBC News says FIRST Health Minister NICKEY IYAMBO in 1996 issued the Abortion and Sterilisation Bill for public consultation, but later Health Minister LIBERTINA AMATHILA withdrew it in 1999.

Under the NAMIBIAN Law, abortion may only be performed under strict medical supervision; and consent for it may only be given in cases of rape, especially when the life of the mother is in danger.

In another development, the RUNDU Magistrate’s Court in the ZAMBEZI Region has charged a 32-year-old man with the murder and illegal burial of his girlfriend.

Prosecutor STEVEN HARADOEB alleges CASTRO DOMINGO killed 26-year-old MUROTUA MBETJIUA and attempted to defeat justice.

Prosecutor HARADOEB has objected to bail for the accused, citing the seriousness of the case, public interest, and the just started investigations.

Magistrate BARRY MUFANA has warned Mr DOMINGO of his legal rights, and the accused says he will hire a private lawyer to handle his case.

NBC News says the deceased woman went missing FIVE days ago from DIVUNDU Area in the MUKWE Constituency, prompting the family to file a missing person report.

It says after TWO days of police interrogation, Mr DOMINGO allegedly confessed to killing Ms MBETJIUA at DIVUNDU, saying he took her body to RUNDU Town and buried it in a shallow grave.

Magistrate MUFANA has postponed the case to 14 MAY this year, to allow investigations to go on and the accused to get a lawyer.

The NAMIBIAN Magistrate has instructed the murder suspect to bring a formal bail application, if he wishes to be released on bail before trial./Sabanews/cam

MORE CONDOLENCES POUR IN FOR LATE OPPOSITION LEADER

ZIMBABWE: CONDOLENCES/SABC/15/2/18 SABANews 1

Late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai – far right – with President Emmerson Mnangagwa – centre

JOHANNESBURG – The TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF SOUTH AFRICAN TRADE UNIONS, COSATU, has expressed sadness over the death of former Prime Minister MORGAN TSVANGIRAI of ZIMBABWE.

The late leader of the opposition MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, MDC-T died last night in the SOUTH AFRICAN commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG, after suffering from colon cancer for some months.

COSATU National Spokesperson SIZWE PAMLA says his organisation is shocked and saddened to hear of the news.

He says as workers of SOUTH AFRICA they see Mr TSVANGIRAI and remember him as a man who dedicated most of his life to trade unionism – fighting for the rights of workers.

Mr PAMLA says not only did Mr TSVANGIRAI confine himself to fighting for the rights of workers, but he went further to really fight for all ZIMBABWEANS in general.

Meanwhile, the family of the veteran opposition leader say they were at his bedside over the past week, before his death last night at the age of 65.

Mr TSVANGIRAI founded the MDC Party in 1999 after falling out with the ruling ZANU PF over a number of economic decisions and policies that were bearing heavily on the population.

He became the fiercest opponent of former President ROBERT MUGABE, upsetting the 93-year-old veteran nationalist’s hold on power with SIX percent of the vote in the historic 2008 Presidential election.

The brother of Mr TSVANGIRAI, COLLINS, says the death of the opposition leader is an unfortunate event to the family and to the rest of the nation at large.

The younger Mr TSVANGIRAI says they have made arrangements to take the remains of the late opposition leader home to ZIMBABWE.

The government of ZIMBABWE has also acknowledged it has been consulting with the family of the late former Prime Minister to ensure a decent send-off for the politician, who will receive a State-assisted funeral./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT MOURNS FORMER PREMIER, ACCORDS STATE-ASSISTED FUNERAL

ZIMBABWE: TSVANGIRAI/THE HERALD/15/2/18 SABANews 1
Mnangagwa accords Tsvangirai State-assisted funeral
HARARE – President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE has described the late former Prime Minister MORGAN TSVANGIRAI as a strong trade unionist and opposition politician.
 
The late veteran opposition leader, who formed and headed the MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, died of colon cancer last night in a clinic in the SOUTH AFRICAN city of JOHANNESBURG.
 
President MNANGAGWA says Mr TSVANGIRAI, former Prime Minister of ZIMBABWE during a coalition government, will be remembered for his strong fight for free and fair elections.
 
He says the MDC-T Leader was also ready to stretch and reach out across the political divide for a Government of a National Unity after the polarising 2008 elections.
 
President MNANGAGWA says both in and after the Government of National Unity, Mr TSVANGIRAI remained a national figure who adamantly insisted on free, fair, credible and non-violent elections.
 
He says the late former Premier was focused on strengthening national democracy and the country’s overall re-engagement with the rest of the world.
 
President MNANGAGWA says Mr TSVANGIRAI and his MDC-T Party made some controversial decisions in the past, but the country must validate his beliefs in the 2018 General Elections – in tribute to him and to national democracy.
 
He says leaders of all parties contesting the forthcoming harmonised polls owe him such action in the SADC country, which deserves unfettered peace and stability.
 
President MNANGAGWA says he would like to build national political consensus ahead of the elections, and he has pledged to invite political party leaders soon for a day-long Consultative Meeting.
 
The ZIMBABWEAN Head of State says his government has consulted with the family of the late former Prime Minister to ensure a befitting send-off for the politician, who will receive a State-assisted funeral; although his supporters preferred a Hero Status./Sabanews/cam

FAMILY SEARCHES MISSING 27-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MOM AND BABY

SOUTH AFRICA: MISSING/SABC/15/2/18 SABANews 1

Sandiswa Sali and baby Luminathi

JOHANNESBURG – The family of a 27-year-old, SOUTH AFRICAN single mother who disappeared ONE week ago with her one-year-old baby are appealing for help from members of the public.

SANDISWA SALI left her home in MIDRAND, JOHANNESBURG, on FRIDAY, the NINTH of this month and never returned up to now; causing relatives to lose hope after desperate, relentless searching.

Her Uncle CHUMILE SALI says he is pleading with SOUTH AFRICANS to help with any information, because the anxiety over the whereabouts of SANDISWA has taken a toll on the family.

He says they are stressed – not sure, if they will find her alive, and even ignorant of what’s happening to her and the toddler. Nonetheless, they are determined to find her and the baby.

Meanwhile, their major concern is that SANDISWA migrated last year from UITENHAGE Area in the EASTERN CAPE Province.

She is not familiar with the commercial capital, since she only moved with her daughter LUMINATHI from UITENHAGE to MIDRAND in OCTOBER 2017; hoping to start a new life and pursue her dream to complete her studies and make a better life.

Her Uncle SALI says they have checked with people in UITENHAGE, in the EASTERN CAPE, but she is not there. They have even phoned the father of the baby, who also says he has had no contact with SANDISWA.

Ms SALI reportedly carried off baby LUMINATHI and took a local taxi heading for the BOULDERS Shopping Mall in MIDRAND, but she carried none of her personal effects – including her cell phone.

She never returned. Yet she had left no message nor to signal she might not come back.

Uncle SALI says they tried to ask around at the shopping complex, and ONE security guard only said he had spotted her outside the mall around SEVEN FRIDAY evening.

He told them she and the baby looked fine at the time he saw them, and he did not suspect anything bad. They have seen the CCTV footage showing Ms SALI and baby LUMINATHI on NINE FEBRUARY at BOULDERS Shopping Mall in MIDRAND.

The family spokesperson says they are thankful to the SOUTH AFRICAN Police, who have been actively searching for SANDISWA since her disappearance.

Moreover, they plead to fellow citizens in the MIDRAND, DIEPSLOOP, and TEMBISA areas who have seen the young, 27-years-old, light-skinned woman with her ONE-year-old baby to call the police at MIDRAND, or any nearest police station.

SABC News has also posted online saying: Have you seen SANDISWA SALI? Help SALI’s family and contact the MIDRAND Police Station with any information that could lead to her safe return: Detective MAKWELA on (+27)(0)113471626 or  (+27)(0)0827835709.

Women are often the major targets of trafficking (Pic. nydailynews.com)

The MIDRAND woman has gone missing amid increased reports of kidnappings as well as human trafficking of children and women in a number of SADC countries, including SOUTH AFRICA. Authorities admit they cannot fight the increasingly problem alone.

ELIZE DELPORT of the MHLAVA Consulting Services of SOUTH AFRICA in 2007 came up with the Paper, based on a UNESCO study – Human Trafficking, Especially of Women and Children in Southern AFRICA: Root Causes and Policy Recommendations.

Even small girls are not spared

The Policy Paper covers the SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN countries of LESOTHO, MOZAMBIQUE and SOUTH AFRICA.

It says trafficking in human beings, especially women and girls, is historical, and has taken many forms, although in the context of globalization it has acquired shocking new dimensions.

The researchers say the problem is a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon involving multiple stakeholders at the institutional and commercial level; a demand-driven global business with a huge market for cheap labour and commercial sex./Sabanews/cam