LUSAKA – The government of ZAMBIA has pledged to protect the existing and new business actors in the country.

ZNBC News says Commerce Minister CHRISTOPHER YALUMA has addressed a delegation of 23 business people from INDIA at his office in the capital, LUSAKA.

Old Africa-India ties continue to grow

It quotes him as saying the EDGAR LUNGU Administration has come up with deliberate policies aimed to protect every investment in the country.

He says the 23 INDIAN men and women form the FIRST group of its kind, which clearly shows the confidence of the INDIAN Government in the ZAMBIAN market.

Minister YALUMA has advised the team to consider working with ZAMBIAN traders to help the Sub-SAHARAN AFRICAN traders build their capacity too.

NIRVANA Leading Delegate RAYEES ANJUM has commended the political climate and State policies, which says attracted his team to take a tour of the SADC country and find ways to invest.

He says his group comprises representatives if firms interested to invest in the agriculture, education, health, food processing, and energy sectors, as wide variety of others.

The INDIAN businessperson, whose country boasts of a population of ONE-BILLION-324-MILLION, says he is grateful they have managed to assess areas capable of strengthening the INDIA-ZAMBIA bilateral ties.

Improved farming adds to the current economic boom (Pic. Daily Mail)

A 2017 World Bank ZAMBIA Report: Reaping Richer Returns from Public Expenditures in Agriculture says economic recovery continued that year, although the revival failed to pick up the fiscal pointers.

The country is also a beneficiary of about 450 white farmers who left ZIMBABWE after the then ROBERT MUGABE Administration launched a chaotic land grab and displaced them over the years.

Media reports say the agriculture sector in ZAMBIA flourished to the extent of exporting maize to the former breadbasket of the SADC Region during the 2016 EL NINO drought.

The traders are sampling the ZAMBIAN markets after INDIA has developed ties with most AFRICAN nations, with whom it shares a long and rich history of interaction marked by cultural, economic and political exchanges./Sabanews/cam



JOHANNESBURG – The AHMED KATHRADA Foundation in SOUTH AFRICA says it is hosting an Anti-Racism School Assemblies Initiative to highlight the inequalities facing the nation.

Anti-racism protest in South Africa (Pic. ILO)

Foundation Spokesperson ZAAKIRAH VADI says the move is part of the Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA, and marks the Anti-Racism Week 2018 from 14 to 21 MARCH, to commemorate the World Human Rights Day.

She says celebrities, struggle heroes, and human rights campaigners will visit primary and high schools during the planned program as ambassadors talking to pupils about racism under the theme: Root out Racism.

Ms VADI says the meetings aim to identify as well as create awareness on and tackle racism, to encourage people to learn about prejudice, speak out against, and report it.

SABC News quotes Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA Director NEESHAN BALTON as saying it is hard to spend a few years dealing with something that has a lifespan of more than 300 year.

However, he says there is determination by victims of racism not to merely accept it but to challenge it through courts and police action.

The Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA Director says they are also seeing, on a day-to-day basis, ordinary SOUTH AFRICANS taking to social to expose instances of racism in the country.

Researchers say the end of apartheid might have removed the legal framework allowing official racism, but the problem is still rampant in SOUTH AFRICA./Sabanews/cam



WINDHOEK – The DOLAM Children’s Home in the NAMIBIAN capital of WINDHOEK has launched a new accommodation scheme to help needy children.

Informal settlement in Namibia (Pic. Africa Review)

NBC News says the organisation has built the facility to help orphans, abandoned or destitute children living in deplorable conditions in the city.

It quotes the Founder of the DOLAM Children’s Home, ROSA NAMISES, as saying they expect to accommodate some 18 children between the ages of  FIVE and 18 at the centre.

She has told the national broadcaster dealing with children raised under destitute conditions brings a number of challenges.

Ms NAMISES says their new house, comprising FIVE bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen, cost of ONE-MILLION-700-THOUSAND NAMIBIA dollars from local and international donors.

In another development, the Institute for Public Policy Research has urged government to reduce housing costs by considering new technologies and alternative construction materials.

Institute Research Associates DIETRICH REMRNERT and PAULINE NDHLOVU say demand for affordable land and housing in cities and towns have exhausted supply.

They say the existing formal market does not readily cater to the majority of NAMIBIANS, who earn much less money and find it difficult to afford decent houses.

NBC News quotes a study by the research associates as saying rapid urbanisation over the last decade has put more pressure on urban land and service delivery.

The report also says local authorities are failing to address the nationwide housing crisis and lack of service in the mushrooming informal settlements often leads to disease outbreaks.

On the other hand, it urges the Government to focus a lot more on providing land for the people to build their houses instead of building houses for the people.

Nevertheless, Urban and Rural Development Deputy Minister DEREK KLAZEN says dishing out land could encourage construction of more shacks and other unplanned structures.

He says such a development will undermine strategic development and good administration; although he admits there is need for urgent attention to the land and housing issue.

A 2009 article on the ruling SWAPO Party website says there is no land problem in NAMIBIA, except for a lack of political will to solve the issue./Sabanews/cam



WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA has this TUESDAY become the latest country to report a case of infection by a bacteria that causes fever and muscle aches, often after diarrhoea or other stomach problems.

Listeriosis has a fatal impact on humans (Pic. Daily Maverick)

NBC News says the condition, medically known as LISTERIOSIS, has been detected after an outbreak at the beginning of last year in neighbouring SOUTH AFRICA has so far killed 183.

It says a 41-year-old NAMIBIAN man was diagnosed with the disease on MONDAY and is receiving medical treatment in the capital, WINDHOEK.

The national broadcaster says the report is in a statement from Health Minister BERNARD HAUFIKU, who has banned imports of processed meat products from SOUTH AFRICA.

He has warned NAMIBIANS to avoid eating any such items still for sale in the country, saying the national surveillance and monitoring systems are in full force.

Authorities describe the condition of the current victim as stable, saying he fell sick after he bought and ate so-called VIENNA Sausages in his hometown of TSUMEB in Northern NAMIBIA.

Meanwhile, media reports say more than 900 people have contracted LISTERIOSIS since the FIRST month of last year in SOUTH AFRICA.

They say experts have traced the source of the disease to TIGER BRANDS, producers of a variety of ready-to-eat chilled meats, 300 kilometres north-east of the capital, PRETORIA.

The reports also quote the UNITED NATIONS as saying the LISTERIOSIS outbreak in SOUTH AFRICA is likely the largest-ever worldwide.

People with LISTERIOSIS can suffer from a flu-like illness, infection of the bloodstream as well as, in severe cases, infection of the brain, which can result in death.

Infection mainly affects children and has a THREE-week incubation period, making it difficult to track.

Other AFRICAN countries that have banned meat imports from SOUTH AFRICAN due to LISTERIOSIS are BOTSWANA, KENYA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE./Sabanews/cam



Earthquakes can result from crustal strain, volcanoes, landslides or the collapse of caverns (Pic. UN)

OPUWO – An earthquake has hit the North-western NAMIBIA region of KUNENE, this (WEDNESDAY) morning, leaving a trail of damaged homes and other infrastructure in the ANKER Settlement.

NBC News says the tremor, measuring FOUR-POINT-ZERO-ONE on the RICHTER Scale, occurred about 80 kilometres north-west of KAMANJAB Village – the administrative centre of KAMANJAB Constituency.

It says the authorities have had to evacuate the EDWARD GAROAB Primary School after cracks started opening in the walls and corners of classrooms.

The dining hall, which caters for 178 children resident at the learning institution, suffered extensive damage to the walls and ceiling, including part of the lighting system.

EDWARD GAROAB Primary School Officials say the learning institution remains closed until the SECOND of next month.

They say they have decided to let the young learners stay at home in order to help them recover from the trauma they suffered after the earthquake experience.

KAMANJAB residents say this morning’s quake is the most violent and most scaring of the continuous tremors that have been afflicting them since last year.

Science experts say earthquakes involve movement or shaking of the EARTH’s crust due the release of stresses accumulated because of the rupture of rocks along opposing fault planes./Sabanews/cam



NEW YORK – The political shift and the State bid to rejoin the global community by ZIMBABWE have finally received the most vital recognition.

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner

UNITED NATIONS Development Program Administrator ACHIM STEINER is this week touring the Sub-SAHARAN AFRICAN country to discuss with President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.

The BRAZILLIAN-GERMAN environmental expert comes to ZIMBABWE some FOUR months following the ouster of ONE of the world’s oldest presidents, ROBERT MUGABE.

The UNITED NATIONS Mission in ZIMBABWE says Mr STEINER will be around from 15 to 18 MARCH, holding meetings with development partners, civil society, and the UN team here.

His discussions will focus on the forthcoming General Elections to see how the world body can support the voting process, and how it can help the country recover its battered economy.

The Communications Specialist in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, SIRAK GEBREHIWOT, has issued a statement saying Mr STEINER will also hold other meetings to better-understand issues.

He will meet neutral entities like the ZIMBABWE Human Rights Commission, Electoral Commission, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and the Gender Commission.

Mr GEBREHIWOT says Mr STEINER will deliver the key address at the launch of National Human Development Report on Climate Change on 16 MARCH 2018 in the capital, HARARE.

The study aims to advise on policy, give more evidence for resilience and livelihood building projects, as well as for advocacy to address Climate Change-related disasters that are now regular in ZIMBABWE.

Mr GEBREHIWOT says Mr STEINER will inspect a variety of projects; including a voter registration facility, a farming expansion scheme, and an HIV and AIDS program.

The official says the FOUR-day-long trip will cover the MBARE high-density suburbs of HARARE and the eastern rural district of MUTOKO, where the UN supports booming community schemes.

The high-ranking UN dignitary, whose visit gives more credit to the new government in ZIMBABWE, will hold a press conference this SATURDAY at the MEIKLES Hotel in HARARE./Sabanews/cam



Gender-based violence remains a menace

RUNDU – A mentally-ill woman has been raped and murdered in the KAVANGO EAST Region of Northern NAMIBIA.

Police in the area have identified the deceased 24-year-old WAYERA PETRINA HAIPOPO from NYONDO Village, 90 kilometres east of the provincial capital, RUNDU.

KAVANGO EAST Crime Investigations Coordinator BONIFATIUS KANYETU says the late Ms HAIPOPO was mentally unwell and used to wander from place to place.

He says a passer-by discovered the naked body of the deceased dumped in the bush two days ago, and investigators have identified body marks showing she was raped before the murder.

Deputy Commissioner KANYETU says they are questioning a number of suspects in connection with her killing, but no one has been charged yet.

The law-enforcement agent has further appealed to members of the public who know the movements of the late Ms HAIPOPO prior to the murder to contact the police.

The killing of the 24-year-old mentally disturbed woman brings to TWO the number of women murdered in a short space of time in the area.

NBC News says police dug up the remains of 26-year-old MUROTUA MBETJIUA last month, and they have charged her boyfriend CASTRO DOMINGO with her murder.

Gender-based violence is a major problem in NAMIBIA, where the government in 2014 had to declare a National Day of Prayer against the murder of women – mostly by their sexual partners./Sabanews/cam



High Court of Swaziland

EZULWINI – The authorities in SWAZILAND say lack of a laboratory to carry out DNA analysis in rape cases is ONE of the major reasons why suspects escape the arm of the law.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says Principal Judge QINISILE MABUZA has revealed the information during a workshop place at the HAPPY VALLEY Resort in EZULWINI Town.

It says the gathering has been discussing ways to enhance redress and accountability for sexual and gender-based violence in the Kingdom, where she detailed some of the challenges judges face whenever they deal with such cases.

The TIMES says Justice MABUZA has shared her own experience during a case she once dealt with; saying years went by without a DNA analysis, which forced her to acquit the perpetrator.

She says another weak link is while the police always do a commendable job in their investigations, there are problems when they got to the hospitals and hand over the survivors to doctors.

Justice MABUZA says no one educates the doctors on what the courts expect and police officers compile the dockets without reading the medical reports to determine whether the laid charges can be sustained, which ends up disturbing the cases.

She says it is worrying that when the DNA analysis evidence goes to neighbouring SOUTH AFRICA it sometimes takes long to return; and the suspect she mentioned escaped because it was already THREE years when the profiles returned.

Justice MABUZA says the delays are often because the lab in PRETORIA has a backlog as it has to service the whole of SOUTH AFRICA and other countries such as LESOTHO, BOTSWANA, and now ZIMBABWE.

She says there is need to lobby the government to consider construction of a big laboratory, which can benefit the country handsomely as it will also service other nations in the Southern AFRICA Region.

Justice MABUZA says judges take the issue of incest seriously and treat it according to the training they received, but there is need for a proper understanding of the term Access to Justice, which she said was TWO-fold.

She says both the perpetrator and the survivor have rights that the courts have to respect, which means judicial officers have to ensure they do a balancing act.

Furthermore, the SWAZI Justice has pleaded with the police and judicial officers to have meetings constantly in order to discuss issues of bail conditions./Sabanews/cam


Women rights are human rights
LUANDA – The Cabinet Council in ANGOLA has this week discussed a draft law to make abortion a crime in the SADC country.
However, Justice and Human Rights Minster FRANCISCO QUEIRÓZ has told the media in the capital, LUANDA, the document, to be submitted to the National Assembly, includes few exceptions.
He says the immunity against the planned legislation relates to cases where the life of a pregnant woman is in danger and the only way to save her is to terminate the pregnancy.
Minster QUEIRÓZ says other exceptional cases include instances where the pregnancy is the result of a rape or incest, or when the life of the fetus is impossible according to medical scan.
ANGOLA Press Agency says the present law in force is an 1886 piece of legislation that no longer agrees with the social, political and cultural realities in the country.
The World Health Organisation says an average of 56-MILLION safe and unsafe abortions occurred worldwide each year between 2010–2014.
It says the same period witnessed 35 induced abortions per ONE-THOUSAND women aged between 15 and 44, while 25 percent of all pregnancies ended in an induced abortion.
The rate was higher in developing than in developed regions, with about 25-MILLION unsafe abortions estimated to have taken place worldwide yearly, almost all in developing countries.
Each year, between FOUR-POINT-SEVEN to 13-POINT-TWO percent of maternal deaths can be due to unsafe abortion; while close to SEVEN-MILLION women are admitted to hospitals in developing countries after unsafe abortion.
The global agency says abortions are safe if they are done with a recommended method that is appropriate to the pregnancy duration, and if the person providing or supporting the abortion is trained.
The WHO says women, including adolescents with unwanted pregnancies often resort to unsafe abortion when they cannot access safe abortion./Sabanews/cam



UN SDG Number 5 calls for Gender Balance worldwide

DAR ES SALAAM – Rights campaigners in TANZANIA have commended the country for leading others in the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, in the global program to boost the rights of women.

Their sentiments come after a report by the INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION, IPU, saying TANZANIA, also a member of SADC, now has a good number of women leading different sectors.

Records show the IPU is a global inter-parliamentary institution set up in 1889 by FREDERIC PASSY of FRANCE and WILLIAM RANDAL CREMER of the UNITED KINGDOM, as the FIRST permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations.

It was initially for individual parliamentarians, but has now become a world grouping of the lawmakers from sovereign nations.

Parliaments of 178 countries are members of the IPU, which has permanent observer status at the UN General Assembly, while 12 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members.

The TANZANIA GENDER NETWORK PROGRAM, TGNP MTANDAO says the country is yet to attain the desired 50-50 ratio, but it is happy the number of leading women is convincing.

TGNP MTANDAO Executive Director LILIAN LIUNDI has made the comments when she addressed the Women Leadership Summit 2018.

She says TANZANIA ranks number 25 worldwide, with women forming 36-POINT-NINE percent of parliamentarians, compared to neighbouring RWANDA, which tops the list with 61-POINT-THREE percent.

Nevertheless, Ms LIUNDI has expressed dismay that political groups still lack trust for women as none of the registered parties has a female chairperson, yet the country ratified the international and regional protocols.

She says TANZANIA is signatory to conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the SADC Gender and Development Protocol.

Number FIVE of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals calls for Gender Equality, demanding an end to all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

Countries should abolish all violence against women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual, and other types of exploitation; as well as practices like child, early, and forced marriages, including female genital mutilation.

SDG Number FIVE also recognizes and values unpaid care and domestic work, and it calls for the delivery of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies, as well as promotion of shared duties within the household and the family.

It says countries should ensure women take part fully and effectively, with equal chances for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.

The Goal further demands total access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, reforms women rights to economic resources, access to ownership and control of land and other property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, under national laws.

Governments need to enhance use of mainly information and communications technology to promote women empowerment, while they adopt and strengthen policies that promote gender equality and empower all women and girls at all levels.

The TANZANIAN GENDER NETWORK PROGRAM Executive Director says AFRICA is losing 105-MILLION US dollars every year by failing to engage women in economic activities./Sabanews/cam