SWAKOPMUND – The OHORONGO CEMENT AND BUILD IT Academy in Western NAMIBIA has a scheme set to improve accommodation structures in poor areas of the country.
NBC News says Marketing Manager CARINA SNOWDEN has revealed the institution has so far trained 132 unemployed and low-income citizens.
She has told the media in the coastal city of SWAKOPMUND the training has benefited trainees from ERONGO, OMUSATI, OSHANA, OSHIKOTO, OTJOZONDJUPA and KHOMAS regions.
Ms SNOWDEN says the project aims to have a qualified brick-maker who can train others in every village, until everyone in the country has the skills to do the job.
She says 16 trainees have been enrolled for the ERONGO training, before the program moves on to KAVANGO EAST and WEST, as well as ZAMBEZI provinces over the next THREE months.
The official says the OHORONGO CEMENT AND BUILD IT Academy brick-making program is due for completion in the rest of the regions by JULY this year.
ERONGO Regional Governor CLEOPHAS MUTJAVIKUA has encouraged the trainees to use their new knowledge to create employment and earn some income for their families.
The NAMIBIAN State official has given the academy TWO brick-making machines donated by the TURKISH Embassy, which has pledged to buy the bricks made by the trainees as long as they meet the required standard./Sabanews/cam
BLANTYRE – The UNITED STATES Aid for International Development, USAID, is helping the people of MALAWI to fight the destructive fall armyworm.
MBC News says the USAID assistance has so far included media campaigns to educate farmers on pest identification and control as well as training sessions for farmers.
The group has also produced technical messages for use by extension workers and has distributed ONE-THOUSAND-400 pheromone traps as part of a national early warning system.
The national broadcaster says USAID has further funded a scheme to test 11 pesticides for efficacy in controlling fall armyworms.
It has facilitated a visit by SOUTH AFRICAN experts to assess the situation and provide training on pest identification, estimation of infestation rates, and control measures to public and private sector extension workers.
The move comes after a global experts gathering to produce an Integrated Pest Management Guide to help scientists, extension agents, and farmers tackle the voracious fall armyworm across the AFRICAN Continent.
MBC News says FALL ARMYWORM IN AFRICA: A GUIDE FOR INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT, is jointly run by the USAID Feed the Future Initiative, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, and the CGIAR Research Program on Maize.
It says the guide contains tips on pest identification, available technologies, and best practices for managing fall armyworm; which was FIRST confirmed in AFRICA in 2016.
The guide is based on scientific evidence and has expert advice for plant protection groups, extension agencies, as well as research institutions.
It is also helpful to governments working with smallholder farmers to better understand fall armyworm and the major challenge it will pose to AFRICA for years to come.
The fall armyworm, which is native to the AMERICAS, can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food produced by more than 300-MILLION AFRICAN smallholder farm families.
MBC News also says since the 2016 discovery of the fall armyworm, the crop pest has since appeared in more than 30 AFRICAN countries, posing a significant threat to food security, income, and livelihoods.
The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International says without proper control, the fall armyworm can cause extensive maize losses of up to SIX-BILLION-600-MILLION US dollars per year across the 12 major AFRICAN maize producing countries./Sabanews/cam
JOHANNESBURG – The ruling ANC Party of SOUTH AFRICA has mourned the death of the leader of the opposition MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, MDC-T of ZIMBABWE.
MORGAN RICHARD TSVANGIRAI, who has been suffering from colon cancer, died at age 65 in a clinic in the SOUTH AFRICAN commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG.
ANC Deputy Secretary General JESSIE DUARTE made the statement this (WEDNESDAY) evening after delivering her Party response to the immediate resignation of President JACOB ZUMA from office.
Media reports say ONE of the MDC-T Party Vice Presidents, ELIAS MUDZURI, has announced the death of Mr TSVANGIRAI through his Twitter handle.
Mr MUDZURI has described the late former trade union leader, and former Prime Minister in a coalition with former President ROBERT MUGABE, as an icon and fighter for democracy.
In neighbouring SOUTH AFRICA, President ZUMA has avoided a vote-of-no-confidence by the ANC lawmakers and the opposition.
The move comes after the ruling party’s National Executive Committee recalled him from the office of State President for unspecified reasons, an action the former Head of State has described as unusual.
However, he says he respects the revolutionary party that he has served since he was a teenager and has had to follow the Committee ruling; according to the Constitution of the country.
President ZUMA had earlier told SABC News in a live interview members of the NEC failed to give him any reason why they wanted him out, and he suspected foul play in the whole procedure.
He also says it is only TWO months after the National Conference and there is no other purpose of rushing his exit, except that the scheme has long been on the minds of people behind the push.
The former guerrilla fighter, who did not receive formal education during childhood, was born on 12 APRIL 1942 in the NKANDLA area of the KWAZULU-NATAL Province.
His father, a policeman, died when President ZUMA was only FIVE years old, and he was left in the sole care of his mother who was a domestic worker.
The SOUTH AFRICAN Leader was 17 years old when he became member of the ANC in 1959, joining the military wing of the group, UMKHONTO WE SIZWE, within the following THREE years, at age 20./Sabanews/cam
CABO DELGADO – The government of MOZAMBIQUE has reopened the MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA Airfield in the northern province of CABO DELGADO to international traffic.
RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA has the nearest sizeable runway to the natural gas operations in the neighbouring district of PALMA.
The national broadcaster says the authorities expect the airfield will mainly support the companies processing the natural gas in the area.
It says Transport Minister CARLOS MESQUITA has told reporters during the reopening ceremony cargo planes will now fly into MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA.
He says he expects the airfield to generate a variety of opportunities for local development by supporting tourism and fishing, as well as a base for emergency operations in the far north of the country.
Minister MESQUITA has called on all State institutions involved in the movement of people and goods to make maximum use of the potential of the airfield.
He says the reopened airfield should serve the Transport, Interior, and Health ministries, as well as the Customs and Immigration Services to reduce the time travellers are obliged to wait.
The airfield reopens despite after the gunning down of TWO people and injury of TWO others in an attack in MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA, where bandits burned 27 houses in the villages of MITUMBATE and MAKULO.
However, the government of MOZAMBIQUE and the former rebel-RENAMO movement have agreed to bury their differences and start working together to rebuild the war-battered SADC country./Sabanews/cam
MAPUTO – The MOZAMBIQUE Public Integrity Centre has encouraged public consultations on constitutional changes to end the direct election of mayors in the country.
The call comes after President FILIPE NYUSI announced plans to end the direct selection of municipal presidents.
However, RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the Public Integrity Centre has issued a statement early this week, saying the issue requires a referendum – not a simple vote by Parliament.
The national broadcaster says the proposal to amend the Constitution has gone before the National Assembly after a peace deal between the State and rebel RENAMO Leader AFONSO DHLAKAMA.
It says the party that wins elections now has power to pick provincial governors and district administrators, and it will choose mayors in the municipal assemblies it controls.
However, Mr DHLAKAMA says a Referendum is not necessary because the changes are the result of negotiations between the government and the opposition.
The debate on whether or not to consult the public on the issue of provincial, district and municipal administration comes after the government and RENAMO agreed to share power in the country.
President NYUSI reported to MOZAMBICANS on the peace talks he held over years with Mr DLAKAMA, who had been leading a terror group of bandits trained by the RHODESIAN Central Intelligence Organisation in 1975.
President NYUSI managed to silence the guns and brought the veteran rebel leader to the discussion table, in a process that has seen some stability since CHRISTMAS 2016.
They agreed to revise the national Constitution, in order to bring a fresh provision for the governance of regions of the country.
The MOZAMBICAN Leader says the system will start to apply from 2019, when a political party or a coalition will propose to the Head of State a Governor for each province in which they win general elections./Sabanews/cam
BLANTYRE – The government of MALAWI has suspended the registration of Subscriber Identity Module, SIM cards amid allegations of anomalies in the exercise.
ZNBC News says Information and Communications Technology Minister NICHOLAS DAUSI has announced the decision in the National Assembly.
He says the government has made the move after noting there are indeed issues that need rectification before the implementation.
The national broadcaster says the development follows concerns from some Members of Parliament after the Minister gave a ministerial statement in the House on MONDAY.
It says MANGOCHI SOUTH MP LILLIAN PATEL has commended the State for listening to the concerns of lawmakers and the nation at large, because people need to be fully aware of the process before it starts.
Earlier media reports say the MALAWI Communications Regulatory Authority this MONDAY ordered all mobile phone users in the country to register their SIM cards.
It warned mobile phone users in the country would not be able to use unregistered SIM cards starting from APRIL this year, before the current order to halt the registration.
Meanwhile, ONE online publication says the suspension of registration comes after concerns over alleged State spying and long queues in verification.
It quotes Minister DAUSI as saying long queues had been witnessed at service providers, as hundreds of people trooped out to register their SIM cards to beat the deadline.
He says the authorities understand the need to register SIM cards is a legal matter, but they are a listening government that respects the people to ensure smooth implementation of the law.
The MALAWI Communications Regulatory Authority says the mandatory registration of SIM cards and generic numbers will help prevent criminal cases encountered in the absence of such a provision./Sabanews/cam
DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA says it will soon set up a University of Transportation, after securing a grant worth 62-MILLION US dollars from the government of CHINA.
The DAILY NEWS says CHINESE Ambassador WANG KE has revealed the information in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.
It says she has delivered a special message to President JOHN MAGUFULI from the CHINESE Head of State, XI JINPING.
The daily quotes unnamed sources as saying the government has asked CHINA for the money to build the learning institution, whose details should be out next week.
It says Ambassador WANG KE has told President MAGUFULI the donation is part of CHINESE support for development projects in TANZANIA.
She says the assistance from the ASIAN country aims to strengthen bi-lateral relations between the TWO nations.
TANZANIA currently has the National Institute of Transport, a public higher learning institution established in 1975 as a training wing of the then National Transport Corporation.
The DAILY NEWS says the National Institute of Transport is responsible for strengthening human resource capabilities of transport operatives and middle level managers.
It says it is the only such training institution in Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA, excluding SOUTH AFRICA, mandated by the government of TANZANIA to offer training in transportation.
The Head of State has also asked the CHINESE Envoy to carry his greetings to President JINPING, saying the support for the scheme institute will play a vital role in the improvement of transport in TANZANIA./Sabanews/cam
WINDHOEK – President HAGE GEINGOB of NAMIBIA has called on members of Parliament to engage in debates that can help resolve national socio-economic issues.
He also says he expects the lawmakers to be accountable and serve the interests of the people, rather than their own benefits.
President GEINGOB says only accountable policy makers who also pass bills on time can give meaning to the SIXTH Parliamentary Theme: Enhancing Partnership to Strengthen Good Governance in NAMIBIA.
He says the Year of Reckoning Declaration means the Government will be judged by its ability to govern effectively, given the increased expectations of citizens.
President GEINGOB says lawmakers, including backbenchers, have been travelling excessively before he banned foreign trips for government officials to cut spending.
NBC News says he has addressed the SEVENTH Session of the SIXTH Parliament in the capital, WINDHOEK, where he has also emphasised the issuing of diplomatic passports to lawmakers should not be seen as an entitlement.
Lawmakers in NAMIBIA are due to debate 20 law proposals, including the Education Bill; the Plant Breeders and Farmers’ Rights Bill; and the Financial Institutions and Market Bill./Sabanews/cam
PRETORIA – President JACOB ZUMA of SOUTH AFRICA has continued to defy calls for him to leave office, even after his ruling ANC Party recalled him from the government.
ANC Chairperson GWEDE MANTASHE says the embattled Head of State will force the party to humiliate him with a vote of no confidence or even impeachment, if he fails to comply.
SABC News says Mr MANTASHE has addressed dozens of ANC members gathered to celebrate the 106TH Anniversary of the Party at BUTTERWORTH in the EASTERN CAPE.
It says his visit to the rural constituency has aimed to report back as tensions and uncertainty of the recall process drags on, with party stalwarts eager to avoid embarrassing the veteran leader.
Mr MANTASHE says the ANC has given no-deadline to President ZUMA, although the party has exhausted other strategies of talking the Head of State out of his position.
He says President ZUMA should have either stepped down on his own accord, or responded to the letter recalling him – by resigning, failure of which he faces a vote-of-no-confidence.
However, Mr MANTASHE says the ANC will submit its own motion of no confidence rather than support the opposition move; but they expect a favourable response from President ZUMA no later than today (WEDNESDAY).
Meanwhile, the opposition AZANIAN PEOPLE’S ORGANISATION, AZAPO, has declared the problem of recalling President ZUMA is an affair of the ANC.
However, SABC News quotes AZAPO President STRIKE THOKOANA as saying the continued discord proves the ANC has failed to lead, and SOUTH AFRICANS should now vote it out.
The SOUTH AFRICAN Leader is due to announce his decision on the move by his party to recall him as a Head of State, but he remains the President of the country until he calls it quits./Sabanews/cam
DAR ES SALAAM – The Parliament of TANZANIA Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee says it is concerned about lack of action against proven corrupt officials in the country.
The DAILY NEWS says the team has called on the State to prosecute thieves and dishonest people who have abused public funds and sabotaged national development plans.
The committee has issued a statement to the National Assembly, raising alarm over former officials of the National Social Security Fund who were dismissed in 2016.
It says they were accused of corruption and embezzlement of public funds, but none of them has appeared before the courts over the TWO years.
The committee says the government has been firm against corruption and over expenditure, and it should act now on the case of the dismissed National Social Security Fund officials.
Committee Chairperson MOHAMED MCHENGERWA says organs like the Social Security Regulatory Authority, the Bank of TANZANIA, as well as the Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau have worked on the matter.
Meanwhile, TWO more parliamentary committees have tabled their reports in the National Assembly demanding action on the shortage of civil servants and fast track reviews of subsidiary legislations in TANZANIA./Sabanews/cam