Mnangagwa congratulates Eureka Gold Mine chief executive officer Michael Fowler (left) and process director Mark Evans (Pic. The Herald)

GURUVE – President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE has officially reopened EUREKA Gold Mine in the north-eastern district of GURUVE.

THE HERALD says the authorities expect the plant to produce at least ONE-POINT-FIVE tonnes of the yellow metal per year at full production capacity after the next 18 months.

It says the reopening of the mine follows a capital injection of 60-MILLION US dollars by DELTA GOLD, a subsidiary of DALLAGLIO Investments – which has interests in RUMANIA and ZIMBABWE.

EUREKA Gold Mine, which stopped operating some 15 years ago, will employ at least 400 people when operating at maximum capacity.

President MNANGAGWA says his push is to partner investors to exploit the national resources for the benefit of communities and the rest of the nation.

He says the resources that are underground in GURUVE belong to the people in the area, but if they fail to exploit them, they will remain underground while families also remain poor.

Therefore, there is need for investors who will assist in the harvest of the minerals in order to develop as communities and as a nation, meaning the resources can only be useful to people after extraction.

President MNANGAGWA says his administration is focusing on economic development more than politics, and the reopening of EUREKA Gold will contribute significantly to the national gold production.

He says the event offers an opportunity for the mine to make its contribution to the national gold output expected to reach 100 tonnes per year in the next FIVE years.

People in GURUVE should therefore, start thinking big from the onset – because there are new immense possibilities that are overflowing in the sector.

President MNANGAGWA has also called on the miners to adopt new technologies to maximise output, saying equally vital is need to create more jobs gradually and foster mutually beneficial ties with communities around the area.

He says they have shown confidence in the country and their funding of the resumption of the mine shows how sure investors have become about the bright future of the SADC country.

President MNANGAGWA says his administration has resolved to take advantage of the natural resources in the country to grow the economy that has been battered for close to FOUR decades since independence in 1980.

He describes such a move as essential to create decent jobs and improve the standard of living of the people throughout the country.

The Head of State has told investors he will ensure their moneys are safe in ZIMBABWE, and the State will continue to facilitate exploration and establishment of new mines, re-open closed ones, and increase capacity utilisation.

EUREKA Gold Mine Process Director MIKE EVANS says they will equip the repository with a Carbon-in-Pulp plant, a modern facility to trap gold.

He says the company will employ 250 to 300 workers between now and construction, and another 400 when in full production.

They will start with a target of about 150 kilogrammes of gold per month, and, as they go deeper, more than 200 kilogrammes per month; and they expect to be running at maximum within 18 months.

Mr EVANS says TWO pumps arrived this week to remove the water from the pit, and FOUR more pumps are on the way, while they plan to get additional power reticulation to the pit to power them up.

He says the management hopes to start that within TWO weeks so that in THREE months later, they will be ready for the miners to comments operations.

The mining sector, like most other industries, had for some 90 years, up to independence, been connected to the mostly white commercial farming community who benefitted from the RHODESIAN colonial minority rule.

However, biting economic hardships following a World Bank and IMF sponsored Economic Structural Adjustment Program, and persistent droughts, the majority blacks could bear it no more and they violently invaded the farms en masse.

Since the fall of the former dictator ROBERT MUGABE last NOVEMBER, ZIMBABWE has been on the diplomatic offensive to win back foreign investors who left in sympathy with the displaced former commercial farmers./Sabanews/cam



Foreign Affairs Secretary Barry Faure and EU Ambassador Marjaana Sall (Pic. SNA)

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES has received about 12-MILLION US dollars to improve trade facilitation and enhance the capacity of the public and private sectors.

National news agency, SNA says the arrangement is under a newly signed economic partnership agreement with the EUROPEAN UNION.

It quotes the SEYCHELLES Foreign Affairs State Secretary BARRY FAURE as saying the accord goes beyond a conventional free trade agreement, because it opens the EU markets fully and immediately.

He says it allows long transition periods for partner countries to open up partially to EU imports while providing protection for sensitive imports.

The economic partnership agreement is expected to boost SEYCHELLES exports by encouraging economic diversification, production of higher value products and exploitation of niche markets.

SNA says currently, 58 percent of SEYCHELLOIS exports go to EUROPEAN markets.

It further quotes Secretary FAURE as saying the agreement will support the upgrading of value chains in the manufacturing, agriculture and fisheries sectors, as well as job creation through high-value addition.

EU Ambassador MARJAANA SALL says the new support program will focus on reinforcing capacities of governmental institutions and private enterprises so they can better see trade opportunities in the region and with the EU.

The Envoy says more trade and higher export will boost economic growth, provide more opportunities for private sector development and create more jobs.

Private enterprises will benefit with assistance to increase their productive capacities through acquisition of new equipment and EUROPEAN know-how on how to produce high-value products with export potential.

Public institutions will get help with training so as to better understand and implement trade agreements, and better promote SEYCHELLES products abroad; while the parties have already identified 32 projects for implementation under the deal.

The agreement also makes provisions for business-to-business forum to put EUROPEAN and other regional importers, including investors, directly in touch with traders in the western INDIAN Ocean archipelago.

SEYCHELLES has to date received 46-MILLION US dollars in development aid from the EU under the European Development Fund covering sectors from environment to economic reform programs and education./Sabanews/cam



Sarah Baartman (Pic. Agencies)

CAPE FLATS – Traditional leaders at the CAPE FLATS area of SOUTH AFRICA have called on the authorities to make available tracts of land suitable for initiation schools.

The CAPE FLATS is a sizeable, low-lying, flat area to the southeast of the central business district of CAPE TOWN.

SABC News says residents of KHAYELITSHA say they are scrambling for land to use for this winter’s initiation ceremonies.

It says their call comes after the City of CAPE TOWN began clearing bushes near MEW WAY for a 73-MILLION-rand MY CITI Bus Depot.

The national broadcaster quotes Chief Commander of MDUMISENI Diverse United Kingdom, King ZANOMTHETHO GAWULANA, as saying they have identified land in DELFT, a township on the outskirts of the city.

He says the government should leave the area for the communities and help them identify even more space for their initiations in the WESTERN CAPE Province.

A Mayoral Committee member, ANDA NTSODO, says they are working with communities and traditional leaders to resolve the issue.

In another development, the KHOISAN leaders in the EASTERN CAPE have welcomed the theatre production on the life of their icon SARAH BAARTMAN.

She is recorded as the most famous of TWO SOUTH AFRICAN KHOIKHOI women who, due to their large buttocks, were exhibited as fanatic show attractions in the 19TH Century in EUROPE under the offensive name HOTTENTOT VENUS.

SABC News says the new theatre production, titled RETURN OF THE MOON – A Glimpse of SARAH BAARTMAN, by ROBERT LOURENS, started on WEDNESDAY and will end on SATURDAY at the PORT ELIZABETH Opera House.

KHOISAN activist and member of the Provincial Legislature says it is about the prejudices of EUROPE, and he regards the event as an exciting moment in the history of the indigenous community.

CHRISTIAN MARTIN says he has told the DAWID STUURMAN KHOISAN Movement there is need to support this drama.

He says ONE day they walked to the SABC to complain about the lack of enough viewing of the KHOISAN activities, but they now have ONE that deserves their full support.

A KHOISAN Leader in the NELSON MANDELA Bay, CRAWFORD FRAISER, has also supported the production, saying he will welcome any production that reveals the truth – because the truth will set the people free.

SARAH BAARTMAN was born in 1789 in the CAMDEBOO Valley of the then CAPE Colony and went to ENGLAND in 1810 with her employer, a slave descended who sought to show her for money on the LONDON Stage.

She spent FOUR years on stage in ENGLAND and IRELAND before the employer dumped her into the hands of another man who continued to display her in country fairs.

The new man died man called Henry Taylor brought SARAH to FRANCE and sold her to an animal trainer who made her amuse onlookers at the PALAIS-ROYAL.

Records show GEORGES CUVIER, founder and professor of comparative anatomy at the Museum of Natural History, examined her as he searched for proof of a so-called missing link between animals and human beings.

Her body was exploited for scientific racism and she lived in poverty before dying in PARIS of an undetermined inflammatory disease in DECEMBER 1815, after which they dissected her body and displayed her remains.

For more than 150 years, visitors to the MUSEUM OF MAN in PARIS could view her brain, skeleton and genitalia as well as a plaster cast of her body.

The remains of SARAH BAARTMAN returned to SOUTH AFRICA in 2002, and was buried in the EASTERN CAPE on the SOUTH AFRICAN National Women’s Day; and today a theatre production is showing in her honour./Sabanews/cam



Africa welcomes prospects of Eritrea-Ethiopia war end (Pic. Agencies)

ADDIS ABABA – The AFRICAN UNION Commission has applauded the decision by ETHIOPIA and ERITREA to end their border conflict and allow peace in the HORN OF AFRICA.

Commission Chairperson MOUSSA FAKI MAHAMAT says he is happy ETHIOPIA has committed to respect the ALGIERS Peace Agreement of 12 DECEMBER 2000.

He says he is even more impressed President ISAIAS AFWERKI of ERITREA has since decided to send a delegation to ADDIS ABABA for constructive engagement with ETHIOPIA, and the acceptance by Prime Minister ABIY AHMED of the idea.

The TWO countries signed the peace deal on 12 DECEMBER 2000 in the ALGERIAN capital, ALGIERS, to end a border war they had fought from 1998.

AU Commission Chairperson FAKI MAHAMAT says the leaders of the neighbouring nations have taken what he describes as bold and courageous steps.

He says they should continue on this path, in order to open a new chapter of cooperation and good neighbourliness, because sustainable peace will have a tremendously positive impact on security.

Mr FAKI MAHAMAT says they will further allow progress and integration in the HORN OF AFRICA Region and the continent as a whole, according the MAY 2013 AFRICAN Pledge to end all wars by 2020.

He says AFRICA stands ready to help ERITREA and ETHIOPIA to defeat current challenges and normalise their relations in whichever way appropriate.

ETHIOPIA occupied ERITREA for 30 years after the end of the ITALIAN colonisation of ERITREA in 1952, up to when ERITREANS voted for independence in 1993.

However, the ERITREA-ETHIOPIA borders have not been defined clearly, which has been the cause of the strained relations that resulted in a frontier war MAY 1998 to JUNE 2000./Sabanews/cam



The month of June commemorates and honours heroes and heroines who fought selflessly to change the face of racist South Africa (Pic.The Archival Platform)

MIDRAND – Some former liberation war activists in SOUTH AFRICA have embarked on a project to enlighten young children about events that brought independence to the country.

Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA has a number of such people, most of whom have been frustrated by politicians after fighting colonialism and left to roam the streets of their still impoverished homes.

However, in SOUTH AFRICA there is a non-profit group calling itself the PAN AFRICAN GENESIS, fighting to uplift the lives of military veterans and their families.

Organisation Chairperson SIBONGILE KHUMALO says they have taken it upon themselves to teach the youth about the truth of 16 JUNE 1976 SOWETO Uprising and the national history.

Sibongile Khumalo after the war (Pic. Mail & Guardian)

She says youngsters should know exactly where they come from not just the facts like the killing of the young boy HECTOR PETERSON on the day. People do not hear about how such information penetrates the young minds.

Ms KHUMALO, a military veteran who went into exile when she was just 14 and half years old, says the authorities are not telling them the truth of what happened on 16 JUNE and the experiences of people who left the country.

The former liberation war fighter and some of her peers have this week brought together pupils from different schools around the MIDRAND area of SOUTH AFRICA.

They sat with them around a fire and told them about the truth of SOUTH AFRICAN history, a gathering Ms KHUMALO says used to be called a braai site chat.

She says such events are like in the olden days when their great great grandfathers used to sit them outside to tell them stories that had value, not what you people see in movies.

The elders would tell them real accounts about how things were done and shared their indigenous knowledge.

Another veteran, THANDI MONARENG, has shared with the pupils the story of their FIRST few days in exile, and how apartheid regime agents had caught them earlier at the border with SWAZILAND.

Military veterans Thandi Monareng and Sibongile Promise Khumalo share with young people their experiences of being in exile (Pic. SABC News)

She says they went to jail for some time before they were eventually released from custody and fled to neighbouring MOZAMBIQUE.

However, life was hard in the host country – because the authorities took them to a camp where many of the people did not have legs and used wheel chairs after having walked on land mines.

The story reminds Ms KHUMALO of how she had her FIRST monthly periods after seeing the sea in MOZAMBIQUE. As someone from SOWETO, she had never seen so much water.

She says the shock of seeing an endless water body for the FIRST time proved to be too much for an already traumatised 14-year-old girl.

Yet, there was no mother to walk you through the experience. She had legless people around her, went to jail at some stage, and ate worm-infested oats from RUSSIA. And this became the beginning of years of pain and hardship.

Ms KHUMALO says being a young person in exile was hard, and being a young woman made it even worse, as she was later raped in ONE of the camps. Rape and other sexual abuses occurred to many young women.

The end of apartheid brought a lot of expectations to Ms KHUMALO and her comrades, but what they see in the country now is not what they thought they would see.

She says she came back with a lot of anger. But she has overcome the feeling and only remains with the annoyance about how the governments are treating young people after independence.

SABA News says some of the pupils at the braai side chat are from DR MATHOLE MOTSHEKGA Primary School, but when asked who the person is, they do not know.

Ms KHUMALO says such things make her angry because it is a clear indication the government is failing to educate learners properly.

She says veterans know the people after whom the streets are named, because they took care of them in exile. Yet these kids have no idea who it is.

Her daughter, popular TV and radio host MASECHABA NDLOVU has also spoken at the event, describing how it is to be born in exile and not knowing home until she was much older.

Ms NDLOVE has urged youths to live their lives with the courage their 1976 peers had, saying that was the most important thing they can get.

She says crossing the border aware such a move is a recipe for death needs bravery, enough to say I will be part of the change, I have a voice, I can make a difference, I have power.

ONE of the pupils, KHODANI MULAUDZI, says the event has opened her eyes to the realities of being in exile and just how many people fought for freedom but are never spoken about.

She says she has learned that there are so many who fought for national freedom but are not recognised because people only know of NELSON MANDELA and WALTER SISULU.

KHODANI says the TWO icons worked with many other persons closely; but when ONE goes deeper, ONE discovers there are many who actually did more than the celebrated ones.

The SOUTH AFRICAN student says she has decided to do her own research of the national history instead of depending on what she learns at school and in the media./Sabanews/cam



Tanzanian fruit and vegetable farmers at work (Pic. Daily News)

DAR ES SALAAM – The EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, has this week been scheduled to launch a scheme under which member countries can access foreign markets.

The group has received support under the EUROPEAN Development Fund to set up the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Program, which has been dubbed the MARKUP.

The DAILY NEWS says fruit and vegetable growers in TANZANIA and the other FIVE nations of the block will now be able to export their products overseas profitably.

It says farmers in TANZANIA, also a SADC country, KENYA, RWANDA, UGANDA, BURUNDI, and SOUTH-SUDAN, the latest member, stand to benefit if they meet the required standards.

EAC Principal Communication Officer OWORA RICHARD OTHIENO says MARKUP will help small and medium-sized traders across the region to access the EU markets and increase inter-regional trade.

He says it supports producers of a variety of crops, including avocado, cocoa, coffee, horticulture, spices and tea.

Interventions will focus on identification and elimination of barriers to trade; improving competitiveness; and value addition for selected priority sectors.

They will also centre on ensuring compliance with international regulations; providing access to trade finance ventures; and supporting the identification of opportunities for trade and foreign direct investments.

The program will be implemented by the EAC in collaboration with the GERMANY International Development Agency.

The EAC Secretariat and member states will oversee the project implementation by the GERMAN group, mainly focusing on support to the coordination of its Implementation and to the harmonisation of EAC standards.

The DAILY NEWS says the aim is to enhance capacity to exploit fully trade-driven growth potential and strengthen regional integration; amid reports saying the EAC economic growth is consistently surpassing most other AFRICAN regions./Sabanews/cam