DOMESTIC EMPLOYERS URGED TO HONOUR THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES

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Government fights for domestic workers’ rights

LUANDA – The authorities in ANGOLA are calling on employers of home servants to contribute towards the tax obligations of their employees.

The Social Security Institute says it has registered at least TWO-THOUSAND-262 domestic workers between JANUARY last year and this MARCH.

National Director JOSE MANUEL CHIVALA has told reporter on the side lines of a roundtable on the rights of domestic workers only 40 percent of the total contribute to the scheme.

The national news agency, ANGOP, says the official has appealed to employers to avoid registering their workers and fail to deposit the contributions.

State regulations say Social Security is legally mandatory for all employees in ANGOLA who are nationals or foreign residents.

However, the law does not require expatriates to make their contributions in the country, provided they fall under a similar social security system in their homelands.

It says employers and employees pay their social security contributions monthly to the National Social Security Institute, known here as Instituto Nacional de Segurança Social.

They calculate the payments at THREE percent of monthly gross salaries and a few other payments the employees receive.

An employer must withhold contributions owed from their employees and pay the amount to the authorities; and the employer must pay another EIGHT percent of the same gross salary.

The employer must pay the total of 11 percent of a worker’s gross salary to the Social Security Authorities by the 10TH of the month after the month of salary payments.

Social Security National Director CHIVALA says his teams are no longer concerned much about registration of domestic workers, but more about monthly contributions.

He says the Institute has created new conditions under which they are using information communication technologies and other applications to manage business.

The National Director says there is also need for awareness campaigns to ensure the actual number of domestic workers in ANGOLA contribute to the Social Security Institute./Sabanews/cam

AG PLEDGES TO FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

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Attorney General HELDER PITTA GROZ (Pic. ANGOP)

LUANDA – Attorney General HELDER PITTA GROZ of ANGOLA has pledged commitment to lead the fight against corruption and suppression of money laundering.

ANGOLA Press Agency, ANGOP, says he has made the declaration before delegates to the opening of the 24TH General Consultative Council of the Attorney General’s Office.

It quotes Mr GRÓZ as saying it is vital to meet the public expectations created during the electoral campaign of President JOAO LOURENÇO regarding the fight against dishonesty and impunity.

He has repeated the words of the Head of State saying no one is so rich or powerful to feel above the Law, and no one is so poor or devoid of property that they cannot be defended by the Law.

Mr GROZ says the inauguration of the new President in SEPTEMBER 2017 was the beginning of a dream of creating a more just society and hoping for better days.

He says his Office stands to guard against lawlessness, defend collective interests, rights, and freedoms, as well as to investigate corruption or fraud by public agents and prevent money laundering.

Meanwhile, Mr GROZ has issued a statement read on his behalf by Deputy Attorney General MOTA LIZ to the press at the end of a meeting with a specialised commission of legislators.

He says the days of impunity are over; as the authorities will soon go after public officials who fail to declare assets and incomes, after having improved their technical and human capacity to handle case by case to fish out offenders.

The ANGOLAN Attorney General says the move to have all State officials declare their wealth helps the country fight against corruption and create public confidence in government institutions./Sabanews/cam

AUTHORITIES VOW TO FIGHT POACHERS AND ILLEGAL LOGGERS
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CABINDA – The Ministry of Environment in ANGOLA has pledged to fight poaching and illegal logging activities in order to protect animal and plant species in the country.

Environment Minister PAULA FRANCISCO COELHO has given an interview to the national news agency, ANGOP in the northern region of CABINDA.

Angolan Environment Minister Paula Francisco Coelho

She has visited BUCO-ZAU and BELIZE municipalities in the region to explain a program to recruit former military personnel to protect fauna and flora at MAIOMBE National Park.

MAIOMBE National Park Manager JOSÉ MARIA BIZI says the nature reserve needs 65 more officers because the current 15 are failing to manage the 193-THOUSAND hectares.

To mitigate the shortage of staff, the administration now relies on members of the public who volunteer information on poaching and illegal logging, as well as other evils against nature.

The move comes after the AFRICA Sustainable Conservation publication in JANUARY claimed illegal logging of primary forests continued without any real control, with the agreement of corrupt officials.

It alleged columns of trucks belonging to CHINESE companies carried hundreds of cubic metres of wood to ANGOLAN ports, bound for ASIA.

It said there was lack of information on HUAMBO, BENGUELA, BIÉ and other regions regarding forestry resources, which have been inaccessible for 40 years due to armed conflict.

The publication called on the authorities in ANGOLA to end the problem, saying no country should allow indiscriminate plunder of its natural resources for export as raw materials./Sabanews/cam

ABORTION LIKELY TO BE CRIMINALIZED, BUT WITH EXCEPTIONS

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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

ZAMBIA PROPOSES COOPERATION IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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Africa shaking off the Dark-Continent label

LIVINGSTONE – ZAMBIA has called on the SADC countries to ensure cooperation between TWO major forums in the region if the economic bloc is achieve success in its energy programs.

ZAMBIAN Energy Minister MATTHEW NKHUWA says the Southern AFRICAN Power Pool, SAPP, and the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency should work together.

ZNBC News says he has made the call in a speech read on his behalf by SOUTHERN PROVINCE Minister EDIFY HAMUKALE, at the 50TH SAPP Management Committee Meeting in LIVINGSTONE Town.

It quotes Minister NKHUWA as saying energy efficiency and renewable energy are areas that SADC values.

However, he says the region depends heavily on hydro generated power that leaves it exposed to inconsistent supply of electricity due to Climate Change effects.

The Managing Director of the ZAMBIA Electricity Supply Company says his country now has a national Grid Code, which enables it to offer choice of supply for customers and ensure competition among producers.

VICTOR MUNDENDE says most domestic private enterprises continue to take part in the electricity supply industry through power purchase agreements or power supply agreements with his institution.

COPPERBELT Energy Corporation Managing Director OWEN SILAVWE has also attended the 50TH SAPP Management Committee Meeting, and has pledged his firm’s commitment to help increase electricity generation capacity in the country.

The SADC Summit held in AUGUST 1995 in SOUTH AFRICA created SAPP, after member governments, excluding MAURITIUS, signed a deal to form the Power Pool.

Energy ministers also approved the formation of the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and decided it would be hosted by NAMIBIA./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT AGREES WITH VENEZUELA ON TIES IN DIFFERENT AREAS

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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

STATE ADVISES ON NEED FOR PLANS TO SAVE LIVESTOCK

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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

GOVERNMENT TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH CAPE VERDE

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Welcome to Angola

LUANDA – ANGOLA and CAPE VERDE are discussing ways to strengthen and diversify bilateral relations in different areas.

ANGOLAN Foreign Minister MANUEL AUGUSTO has announced the move in his capital, LUANDA, during talks between delegations of the TWO PORTUGUESE-speaking nations.

He says the visit by the CABO VERDEAN officials reflects the common will to increase existing relations.

Minister AUGUSTO says their talks have yielded some 40 legal instruments, including agreements, conventions, and memoranda, at bilateral level.

Meanwhile, CAPE VERDE President JORGE CARLOS FONSECA has sent a message to the ANGOLAN Head of State, JOÃO LOURENÇO.

CAPE VERDE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Communities and Defence, LUÍS FILIPE TAVARES, delivered the message from his President.

Minister TAVARES has told journalists he has also given the ANGOLAN Leader an invitation from his CAPE VERDEAN counterpart to visit the Republic of CAPE VERDE this year.

He says President FONSECA has also invited the ANGOLAN Head of State to take part at the Summit of the Community of PORTUGUESE-Speaking Countries (CPLP), which his island is hosting this JULY.

The CAPE VERDEAN Diplomat says his country wants to strengthen existing bilateral ties with ANGOLA, with emphasis on the economic and business sectors, mainly in fisheries, tourism, maritime, and air transport./Sabanews/cam

CONTINENT HEADING TOWARDS CHEAPER AIR TRAVEL

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Towards cheaper air travel on the Continent

ADDIS ABABA – At least 23 AFRICAN countries have signed an agreement to set up the Single AFRICAN Air Transport Market, SAATM, with the aim to reduce air travel costs.

SOUTH AFRICAN SABC News says the move comes after people of the Continent have, for years, paid sky-high airfares when travelling within AFRICA.

It says the AFRICAN UNION has launched the major aviation trade agreement to change the situation, by allowing the airlines of signatory countries to access each other’s airports freely.

AU Chairperson, President PAUL KAGAME of RWANDA, has revealed the move at the launch of SAATM on the sidelines of the recent AU Summit in ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA.

He says the market is vital for the overall development of the continent, where international air links between many cities are expensive or non-existent.

SABC News also quotes a 2010 World Bank study as saying air travel between AFRICAN countries has for years, been governed by a relatively small number of bilateral agreements.

The report says the situation has been a legacy of the post-colonial era when air carriers from newly independent states connected chiefly with their former colonial powers.

It says many AFRICAN countries restrict their air services markets to protect the shares of national carriers, but the new deal hopes to reduce airfares and increase the number of direct air connections.

The SOUTH AFRICAN Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organisation has told the media companies can now freely access all countries in the single market, without relying anymore on bilateral agreements, whether they exist or not.

Current members of the SAATM are BENIN, BOTSWANA, BURKINA FASO, CAPE VERDE, REPUBLIC OF CONGO, IVORY COAST, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, and GABON.

Others are GHANA, GUINEA, KENYA, LIBERIA, MALI, MOZAMBIQUE, NIGER, NIGERIA, RWANDA, SIERRA LEONE, SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, TOGO, and ZIMBABWE.

Nevertheless, SABC News says the group is hosting some of the continent’s busiest airports, including JOHANNESBURG, CAPE TOWN, CAIRO, LAGOS, and NAIROBI.

The new single air travel market comes as a priority of the AU Agenda 2063 for a peaceful and prosperous AFRICA, and the AU Chairperson says work is ongoing to apply TWO other planks of the Blueprint: a free trade zone and a single AFRICAN passport./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER CALLS ON FISHING FIRMS TO IMPROVE STANDARDS

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Fisheries and Sea Minister Victoria De Barros Neto

BENGUELA – Fisheries and Sea Minister VICTORIA DE BARROS NETO of ANGOLA says her country has reached a stage where it is now focusing on exports.

She says fishing companies should, therefore, improve their production systems in order to meet the requirements of markets such as EUROPE and North AMERICA.

Minister BARROS NETO has addressed delegates in the BAÍA FARTA Municipality, where she introduced the Program to Support Production, Diversification of Exports, and Substitution of Imports to business people.

The national press agency, ANGOP, quotes her as saying the fisheries and the sea sector has resources that, if properly exploited, can contribute to increased exports and reduced imports.

Mostly foreign firms do the fishing in Angola

Minister BARROS NETO says there is need to emphasise on the production of processed fish, canned fish, salted fish and semi-prepared fish.

She says such products can, in the short and medium term, mitigate the importation of canned goods and produce surpluses with quality for the international and regional markets.

Mainly foreign fleets perform fishing in ANGOLA, and the government requires some of them to land a portion of their catch at ANGOLAN ports to increase the domestic supply of fish./Sabanews/cam