ZAMBIA PROPOSES COOPERATION IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

SADC: ENERGY/ZNBC/1/3/18 SABANews 1

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

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

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

STATE REOPENS NORTHERN AIRFIELD TO WORLD TRAFFIC

MOZAMBIQUE: TRANSPORT/RM/14/2/18 SABANews 1

Mocimboa da Pria (Pic. LUSA)

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

PUBLIC INTEGRITY CENTRE SUGGESTS CONSULTATIONS ON CONSTITUTION

MOZAMBIQUE: CONSTITUTION/RM/14/2/18 SABANews 1
Mr Dhlakama (left) and President Nyusi meet in Maputo (Pic. Zitamar News)
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

POLICE CHASE AND CAPTURE TWO ARMED ROBBERS IN TETE

MOZAMBIQUE: ROBBERY/RM/8/2/1/18 SABANews 1
Mozambique Police patrol
CHANGARA – A gang of FOUR men armed with a MAKAROV Pistol has raided a petrol station and took off with large amounts of cash in Western MOZAMBIQUE.
 
RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the incident occurred in the CHANGARA Town of TETE Province, and the thieves managed to grab some EIGHT-THOUSAND-AND-60 US dollars.
 
It says the petrol station was unguarded because the gang had allegedly arranged with the private security company that was supposed to be protecting the facility.
 
The robbers drove off towards the port of BEIRA after escaping arrest using their getaway vehicle, a TOYOTA COROLLA.
However, the police say they caught up with them in the GURO District of MANICA Province when they were trying to change a flat tyre.
 
TWO of the robbers escaped but the authorities arrested the other TWO, FRANCISCO MACHAVA and SANSAO MBOENE; and they managed to recover part of the stolen money, the pistol and 16 bullets.
Anti-cholera campaign teams at work
In a separate development, a cholera outbreak reported in the northern province of NAMPULA has now spread to the LURIO Administrative Post in MEMBA District.
 
Provincial Chief Doctor SULAIMANA ISIDORO has told reporters the FIRST cases in LURIO were diagnosed on 30 JANUARY.
 
She says 22 people have so far tested positive for the disease, which has since killed ONE patient in the area.
 
However, Dr ISIDORO says she is pleased campaigns promoting individual and collective hygiene in the city seem to have paid off, bringing the cholera situation under control.
 
The health authorities in MOZAMBIQUE say they have recorded TWO deaths and ONE-THOUSAND-552 cases of cholera since the outbreak began in SEPTEMBER last year./Sabanews/cam

STATE EXPECTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE FROM GAS

MOZAMBIQUE: GAS/RM/8/2/18 SABANews 1

Natural Gas extraction plant

CABO DELGADO – MOZAMBIQUE says it expects to collect more than 30-BILLION US dollars from gas revenue by 2047.

The UNITED STATES-based company, ANADARKO, has clinched a deal to extract natural gas off the coast of the northern province of CABO DELGADO.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the State has approved a plan for Offshore Area ONE in the ROVUMA Basin, where a consortium headed by ANADARKO has discovered vast reserves.

It says approval of the scheme paves the way for ANADARKO and its partners to take their Final Investment Decision on the project.

Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister ANA COMOANA, the Government Spokesperson, has revealed the information to reporters after a weekly Cabinet Meeting in the capital, MAPUTO.

She says the plan covers extraction of gas from undersea wells, its transportation to onshore liquefaction plants, and storage equipment with the capacity to handle almost SIX-MILLION tonnes of gas a year.

The MOZAMBICAN Cabinet Spokesperson says her country estimates by the year 2047 the natural gas project will generate revenue of 30-POINT-SEVEN-BILLION US dollars, from taxes and shared profits./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT AND FORMER REBELS REACH AGREEMENT ON GOVERNANCE

MOZAMBIQUE: PEACE/RM/8/2/18 SABANews 1

Afonso Dlakama

MAPUTO – The government of MOZAMBIQUE and the former RENAMO rebel movement have agreed to share power in the country, which has known limited peace since independence in 1975.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says President FILIPE NYUSI has disclosed the information in a report to MOZAMBICANS on the peace dialogue between his administration and AFONSO DLAKAMA.

Mr DLAKAMA leads a terror group with an undisclosed number of bandits trained by the RHODESIAN Central Intelligence Organisation in 1975, to block the movement of ZANLA guerrilla forces of ZIMBABWE across the MOZAMBICAN Border.

RENAMO is an acronym of the RESISTENCIA NACIONAL MOCAMBICANA, which is PORTUGUESE for the MOZAMBICAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE.

The RHODESIANS and apartheid SOUTH AFRICA sponsored the group to punish the FRELIMO Government of the late SAMORA MACHEL for hosting the ZIMBABWEAN fighters.

Mr DLAKAMA took over after the death in 1979 of the FIRST RENAMO Leader, ANDRE MATSANGAISSA, a dissident killed in combat after raiding a FRELIMO position.

In OCTOBER 1992, way after the independence of ZIMBABWE in 1980, RENAMO signed a ceasefire accord after killing almost ONE-MILLION MOZAMBICANS and a number of ZIMBABWEANS.

Mr DLAKAMA transformed the rebel group into a political party, but still retained huge catches of weapons and military bases in the mountains of GORONGOSA and other areas.

He won 33-POINT-SEVEN percent of the presidential vote in 1994; but grabbed a decisive majority of parliamentary seats in FIVE of the country’s 11 provinces, with the UNITED NATIONS declaring the polls fair and free.

RENAMO contested the processes and results of the 1999 Elections, in which FRELIMO won a much narrower majority of votes, and RENAMO supporters staged widespread protests throughout 2000 in the cities of BEIRA and the capital, MAPUTO.

Repeated discord between the TWO sides led to the resumption of the RENAMO terror war that claimed yet more lives and displaced tens of thousands of others up to around mid-2016.

President NYUSI seems to have 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.

He says they have agreed with Mr DLAKAMA to revise the national Constitution soon, 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

CONTINENT HEADING TOWARDS CHEAPER AIR TRAVEL

AFRICA: TRANSPORT/SABC/31/1/18 SABANews 1

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

GOVERNMENTS ENCOURAGED TO IMPROVE DATA SHARING ON WEATHER

SADC: DISASTERS/SABANEWS/24/1/18 SABANews 1
When disaster strikes, women and children suffer most
HARARE – Governments in the SADC Region have been urged to improve on information sharing to ensure communities are evacuated on time when weather-related disasters strike.
 
The Southern AFRICAN Research and Documentation Centre, SARDC, says people expect increased moisture to improve cropping, but floods can destroy crops and disturb food security.
 
It says excessive rainfall may also increase the incidences of malaria and water-borne diseases in the region as well as the possibility of damage to infrastructure due to flooding.
 
SARDC says ONE of the challenges still affecting SADC member states is the lack of current and reliable data on possible weather scenarios, resulting in many people getting killed or becoming homeless.
 
It says there is also need to retrofit, or to add new technology or features to, public infrastructure such as schools – as they act as both centres of learning and as sanctuaries in cases of emergencies such as floods.
 
The Centre says River Basin Organisations, like the ZAMBEZI WATERCOURSE COMMISSION, ZAMCOM, are making efforts to improve the sharing of information on water flow and climate conditions.
 
ZAMCOM is in the process of strengthening information sharing in the EIGHT Basin States: ANGOLA, BOTSWANA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, TANZANIA, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE.
 
The involved nations share the data through the ZAMBEZI Water Resources Information System Enhancement THREE: Hydro-meteorological Database and Decision Support System, or ZAMWIS-DSS.
 
The SARDC says the main objective of the ZAMWIS-DSS is to support the promotion and coordination of the management and development of resources of the ZAMBEZI Watercourse in a sustainable and climate-resilient manner.
 
Authorities expect that once the system is completed, riparian states will be able to respond better to flood hazards in the future; and the region is taking another measure to set up village-based response systems to respond to floods.
 
The alert system includes the use of traditional knowledge systems in raising awareness through civic education, like, for example, the appearance of large populations of ants will indicate occurrence of floods.
 
Weather and other experts say floods may present opportunities to the SADC Region if countries start prioritizing water harvesting projects to harness rains and use the water for agricultural purposes in future, especially during drought years./Sabanews/cam