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



Port of Dar es Salaam

DAR ES SALAAM – At least 16 foreign ships have vanished from the INDIAN Ocean waters in TANZANIA, and the State has ordered all security organs to launch a search.

The DAILY NEWS quotes Livestock and Fisheries Minister LUHAGA MPINA as saying the incident comes amid increased scandalous acts involving government officials and foreigners at sea.

The paper says he has revealed the information after inspecting a fishing vessel owned by the XISHIJI 37 Company of CHINA, which recently docked at the DAR ES SALAAM Port.

In this case, Minister MPINA says the authorities had given Deep Sea Fishing Licences to 24 vessels but only EIGHT have undergone inspection.

The rest of them simply vanished, and the government has discovered some of its officials are involved in the disappearance of the ships, as well as in the other criminal activities.

Minister MPINA says the law-enforcement agencies are chasing up the vessels and are certain to catch the suspects, because they have all their registration particulars; and his Ministry will take tough measures against the employees involved.

In another case, he has directed officials to move to DAR ES SALAAM Port a fishing vessel seized from the BUAH NAGA ONE Company of MALAYSIA.

A Special Task Force patrolling the LINDI and MTWARA coastlines arrested the ship on 25 JANUARY after they found it with fins and gills of 30 sharks, as well as FOUR tonnes of protected rare species of the sea.

Minister MPINA says the vessel violated the laws of the SADC country and the State ordered it to pay a fine of 350-THOUSAND US dollars, within SEVEN days after the seizure, which is still outstanding.

He has told his Permanent Secretary YOHANA BUDEBA to seek a court order to confiscate the ship, the 42 tonnes of fish, and the FOUR tonnes of rare species on board for auctioning.

The government has also launched a search for yet another vessel owned by TAI HONG NO-1 Company, which was escaped arrest after officials found 44 shark fins aboard.

It is not clear however, how the Captain managed to pull away and vanish into the ocean before the security could arrest his ship: which they also later found with links to more offences such as environmental pollution.

The Minister says the current government of TANZANIA took office and amended the Deep Sea Fishing regulations of 2009, adding more sections to curb illegal fishing, so that the nation could benefit fully from its resources./Sabanews/cam



Late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai – far right – with President Emmerson Mnangagwa – centre


The late leader of the opposition MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, MDC-T died last night in the SOUTH AFRICAN commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG, after suffering from colon cancer for some months.

COSATU National Spokesperson SIZWE PAMLA says his organisation is shocked and saddened to hear of the news.

He says as workers of SOUTH AFRICA they see Mr TSVANGIRAI and remember him as a man who dedicated most of his life to trade unionism – fighting for the rights of workers.

Mr PAMLA says not only did Mr TSVANGIRAI confine himself to fighting for the rights of workers, but he went further to really fight for all ZIMBABWEANS in general.

Meanwhile, the family of the veteran opposition leader say they were at his bedside over the past week, before his death last night at the age of 65.

Mr TSVANGIRAI founded the MDC Party in 1999 after falling out with the ruling ZANU PF over a number of economic decisions and policies that were bearing heavily on the population.

He became the fiercest opponent of former President ROBERT MUGABE, upsetting the 93-year-old veteran nationalist’s hold on power with SIX percent of the vote in the historic 2008 Presidential election.

The brother of Mr TSVANGIRAI, COLLINS, says the death of the opposition leader is an unfortunate event to the family and to the rest of the nation at large.

The younger Mr TSVANGIRAI says they have made arrangements to take the remains of the late opposition leader home to ZIMBABWE.

The government of ZIMBABWE has also acknowledged it has been consulting with the family of the late former Prime Minister to ensure a decent send-off for the politician, who will receive a State-assisted funeral./Sabanews/cam


Mnangagwa accords Tsvangirai State-assisted funeral
HARARE – President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE has described the late former Prime Minister MORGAN TSVANGIRAI as a strong trade unionist and opposition politician.
The late veteran opposition leader, who formed and headed the MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, died of colon cancer last night in a clinic in the SOUTH AFRICAN city of JOHANNESBURG.
President MNANGAGWA says Mr TSVANGIRAI, former Prime Minister of ZIMBABWE during a coalition government, will be remembered for his strong fight for free and fair elections.
He says the MDC-T Leader was also ready to stretch and reach out across the political divide for a Government of a National Unity after the polarising 2008 elections.
President MNANGAGWA says both in and after the Government of National Unity, Mr TSVANGIRAI remained a national figure who adamantly insisted on free, fair, credible and non-violent elections.
He says the late former Premier was focused on strengthening national democracy and the country’s overall re-engagement with the rest of the world.
President MNANGAGWA says Mr TSVANGIRAI and his MDC-T Party made some controversial decisions in the past, but the country must validate his beliefs in the 2018 General Elections – in tribute to him and to national democracy.
He says leaders of all parties contesting the forthcoming harmonised polls owe him such action in the SADC country, which deserves unfettered peace and stability.
President MNANGAGWA says he would like to build national political consensus ahead of the elections, and he has pledged to invite political party leaders soon for a day-long Consultative Meeting.
The ZIMBABWEAN Head of State says his government has consulted with the family of the late former Prime Minister to ensure a befitting send-off for the politician, who will receive a State-assisted funeral; although his supporters preferred a Hero Status./Sabanews/cam



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.

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


Fall armyworm-infested maize cob
 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.
MDC-T Leader Morgan Tsvangirai
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.
Former President Jacob Zuma
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



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


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