WINDHOEK – Biased social taboos about monthly periods continue to be deprived girls and women in NAMIBIA of chances to take part freely and easily in school and other social activities.

Healthy and comfortable facilities can improve female lives (Pic. Namibia Economist)

NBC News says the situation has driven the WOMEN’S ACTION FOR DEVELOPMENT to launch a campaign on menstrual hygiene management in the capital, WINDHOEK.

Biological experts long proved that the uterus lining gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg every month or so, if a woman becomes pregnant; but if such action fails, the body releases that lining through a process known as menstruation or a period.

However, monthly periods remain distorted among a number of cultural groups around the world – especially in AFRICA and ASIA, where the blood is associated with filthiness and shame.

The WOMEN’S ACTION FOR DEVELOPMENT in NAMIBIA says it is, therefore lobbying to counter the perceptions of impurity and disgrace that such cultures ascribe to menstruation.

The group has dubbed its campaign: My Periods is Awesome, with the aim to create a positive perception of menstruation and other natural processes in girl-children and women.

NBC News says a former Executive Director of the organisation has addressed delegates to the launch of the crusade, saying only 17 percent of female learners in rural areas have access to good sanitation facilities.

VERONICA DE KLERK also says 29 percent of schools in the SADC country have flushing toilets, while at least 25 percent of girls have toilets mixed with the ones used by boys.

She says such type of facilities available to girl-children during menstruation often force them to miss or drop out of school.

Ms DE KLERK says lack of suitable infrastructure robs women of healthy, safe, and hygienic menstrual management, as well as their privacy.

Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Permanent Secretary SANET STEENKAMP says NAMIBIA will only realise quality education when society takes care of the health of adolescent girls.

The WISE ECONOMY Association of SWEDEN, which says all humans have the right to live lives with dignity and independence, has funded the menstrual health campaign in NAMIBIA./Sabanews/cam



HARARE – The ZIMBABWE Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, has lost ONE of its most celebrated news producer-presenters.

The late Patience Hondo (Pic. Timeline Photos)

The national broadcaster has posted a brief story on the death of PATIENCE MAHUKU HONDO, saying she passed away after a short illness this week in the capital, HARARE.

It says the late 39-year-old journalist graduated with an Honours Degree in ENGLISH and Communication Studies from the MIDLANDS State University in 2004.

Ms MAHUKU HONDO joined the ZBC News Department on the FIRST of DECEMBER 2005 as a Television News Producer after her studies.

She assumed the position of Producer-Presenter on the National Languages Desk in 2009, presenting Chi-SHONA news on RADIO ZIMBABWE.

Colleagues, friends, and relatives have mourned her today (THURSDAY) in the WARREN PARK suburb of HARARE. She leaves behind husband LUCIOUS HONDO and THREE children.

The body of the late ZBC employee has been due to be carried to the Eastern ZIMBABWE highlands of RUSAPE, before burial tomorrow afternoon./Sabanews/cam



HARARE – At least FIVE people have been confirmed dead following a suspected cholera outbreak in TWO suburbs of the ZIMBABWEAN capital.

Children in poor high density areas are the most exposed (Pic. red Sky News)

THE HERALD says the disease has invaded CLENVIEW-THREE and BUDIRIRO high-density areas in the last TWO days, when it infected another 36 people.

It says the health authorities have admitted the suspected cases, 11 of them confirmed as cholera, to the BEATRICE Infectious Diseases Hospital in the HARARE township of MBARE.

An earlier report in the SUNDAY MAIL says the country experienced the deadliest cholera epidemic between AUGUST 2008 and JUNE 2009, when ONE-THOUSAND people from 98-THOUSAND recorded cases died.

It says the deadly disease started in the dormitory town of CHITUNGWIZA and spread across the country at a record speed, before causing havoc beyond the national borders.

The State-owned weekly says cholera killed FIVE people in APRIL in CHEGUTU Town, just outside the capital, but the Ministry of Health managed to contain the ailment.

The latest outbreak report comes amid reports saying HARARE water is not suitable for human consumption, which spells doom for families without easy access to boreholes and other protected sources.

Medical experts say the situation of poor water and sanitation facilities is rendering HARARE and CHITUNGWIZA fertile breeding grounds for the bacteria that causes cholera.

They say the infectious disease causes severe watery diarrhoea that can lead to dehydration, and even death if untreated, yet the World Health Organisation reports at least 150-THOUSAND cases each year.

UNICEF says cholera is a preventable disease that is often regarded as a barometer of inadequate access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

It says deaths due to severe illness and dehydration are not necessary, regrettable and people should considered it unacceptable.

Simple home remedies like Salt and Sugar Solution or the now widely available Oral Rehydration Salts can prevent the progression of the disease from mild to severe and to death.

The world body says the ZIMBABWE Integrated Diseases Surveillance and Response Technical guidelines list cholera among the diseases that must be reported on a daily basis during epidemics./Sabanews/cam



WINDHOEK – The pressure group LANDLESS PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT, LPM, of NAMIBIA has applied to the Electoral Commission to register as a political party.

Landless People’s Movement Leader Bernadus Swartbooi (Pic. The Namibian)

Logistics and Events National Co-ordinator IVAN SKRYWER has led the delegation that handed in their letter this (THURSDAY) morning at his office in the capital, WINDHOEK.

Commission Director THEO MUJORO has received the application and explained the process to the LPM leadership, saying he will contact the group when registration is complete.

The national broadcaster says the Constitution requires an application for new party to include proof of about THREE-THOUSAND-500 registered members, who hold voters’ cards, and a registration fee of 25-THOUSAND NAMIBIA dollars.

Meanwhile, THE NAMIBIAN quotes the LPM Chief Campaigner as saying his group is GOD fearing, and it will restore the dignity of people if elected into power during the 2019 national elections.

BERNADUS SWARTBOOI says people in urban areas will get free plots of land within the FIRST 100 days, and the LPM will expropriate farmland measuring TWO-MILLION.

However, he does not say whether, or not, the group that advocates for ancestral land restitution will expropriate land without compensation.

Mr SWARTBOOI says they want to reduce the size of the Cabinet, and the number of parastatals, as well as trim the government by merging some ministries into one in order to save the nation billions of dollars.

He has pledged job creation, especially for the youth, unlike the current administration that he claims focuses on a building model to allow politicians and permanent secretaries to line their pockets through shady construction tenders.

Mr SWARTBOOI has condemned the government for excluding the LPM from the planned OCTOBER Land Conference, which he also calls an agenda to marginalise further people who have already lost their land.

The NAMIBIAN pressure group leader has ruled out the ability of the HAGE GEINGOB Administration to deal with the land, alleging the State will be another respondent in land claims./Sabanews/cam



ZANZIBAR CITY – The President of the TANZANIAN semi-autonomous islands of ZANZIBAR has called on people in his country to stop occupy land illegally.

City street in Zanzibar (Pic. Getty Pictures)

ALI MOHAMED SHEIN says his government will not tolerate law abusers, and it will not fold its hands as criminals set up homes in protected and non-residential areas.

The DAILY NEWS says his comments come after a trip to a FOUR-POINT-THREE-hectare plot reserved for the ZANZIBAR High Court at TUNGUU in the Central District, in South UNGUJA.

President SHEIN has expressed dismay after disturbing reports saying a number of people have invaded the area.

He says the authorities and residents should not allow such acts, because it is against the law to grab State land reserved for socio-economic development projects.

The ZANZIBAR Archipelago in the INDIAN Ocean, 25 kilometres off the Coast of Mainland TANZANIA, comprises many small islands – the largest of them being UNGUJA and PEMBA.

The 2002 Census, the most recent, shows the ZANZIBAR population at 984-THOUSAND-625, with about TWO-THIRDS of the people living on UNGUJA or ZANZIBAR Island, most of them settled in the densely populated west.

Besides ZANZIBAR CITY, other towns on UNGUJA include CHAANI, CHWAKA, MBWENI, MANGAPWANI, and NUNGWI; while outside the urban centres most people live in small villages of farmers and fishermen.

ZANZIBAR has diverse ethnic origins, with the FIRST permanent residents seeming to have been the ancestors of the BANTU, HADIMU, and TUMBATU, who began arriving from the AFRICAN Great Lakes mainland around AD-ONE-THOUSAND.

However, President SHEIN says all ZANZIBAR land is under the government and nobody has the right to occupy open areas on the islands unlawfully.

He has urged people to follow the right procedures whenever they want to reside anywhere, saying persons who invaded and built houses in the area have breached the law and have to vacate.

The ZANZIBAR Leader has commended SOUTH UNGUJA Regional Commissioner for removing the trespassers, saying the State never permitted use of the area for residential purposes./Sabanews/cam



DAR ES SALAAM – Health Minister UMMY MWALIMU of TANZANIA has launched a cell phone-based application that supports testing, treatment and improves adherence to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu (Pic. Daily News)

The DAILY NEWS says fast ART self-assessment and ARV refill is a part of mobile phone health initiative that HIV patients use for self-check in, and an appointment reminder for patients.

The UNITED STATES President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, supported the launch with support from the WALTER REED Army Institute of Research and the HENRY JACKSON Foundation Medical Research International.

The publication says Minister MWALIMU, also in charge of Community Development, Gender, the Elderly, and Children, has addressed delegates during the FURAHA YANGU Campaign in the south-western city of SONGEA.

It says she has commended the intervention, saying it will help HIV and AIDS patients to improve their adherence to medication, decongest clinics, and allow for more, quality time to see an expert.

Minister MWALIMU says as a result, clients will have better access to ARV services, thus improving adherence and retention as well as supporting the SECOND and THIRD Phases of the 90-90-90 UN-AIDS goals.

She says they expect the cell phone-based application to improve the government’s service delivery model for stable clients on ART.

It comprises a virtual self-check-in that allows the client to navigate through an unstructured supplementary service data menu, completing a series of questions similar to those an expert would ask during a typical clinic visit.

The answers qualify the client either for a refill of medication from a nearby pharmacy or pick-up point, or for referral back to the Care and Treatment Centre for physical check-up and management.

Minister MWALIMU says the facility supports the differentiated care models allowing for multi-month scripting and spaced-out clinical visits for stable clients.

The TANZANIAN Cabinet member says the scheme aims to increase retention and adherence to ART through a secure phone-based two-way messaging system./Sabanews/cam



BEIJING – SEYCHELLES has entered into serious deals to link the island nation to the rest of the world with a SECOND underwater communications cable system,

Currently, SEYCHELLES has only ONE fibre-optic cable, built under the SEYCHELLES East AFRICA System connecting the main island of MAHE to DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.

Launching the undersea fibre optic cable at Beau Vallon in 2012 (Pic. SNA)

The new facility will connect the county to the PAKISTAN East AFRICA Cable Express by a submarine cable system, laid on the seabed between land-based stations to carry telecommunication signals across stretches of ocean and sea.

The latest submarine cable system has TWO landing points in the PAKISTANI cities of GWADAR and KARACHI and it stretches across AFRICA as well as EUROPE.

The scheme is part of efforts by CHINA to offer better connectivity between the potentially rich but unexplored AFRICAN markets, according to the PRO-PAKISTANI publication.


The national news agency says President DANNY FAURE has witnessed the signing ceremony this WEDNESDAY in the CHINESE capital, BEIJING, and the project is to start in 2019, with completion in 2020.

SNA quotes Information Communication and Technology Principal Secretary BENJAMIN CHOPPY as saying the contract marks the start of achieving ONE of the strategic national infrastructure projects.

He says with the SECOND submarine cable link, the country achieves a long-desired goal of security in its international telecommunications links, as connectivity to the rest of the world is indispensable for a small island developing state.

Earlier on President FAURE told citizens during his 2018 State of the Nation Address on SIX MARCH, in case of an accident with the FIRST cable, the SECOND cable provides an alternative route.

His comments came after telecommunication services in the country were interrupted for close to HALF a day due to civil work carried out in DAR ES SALAAM in mid-JANUARY.

However, Principal Secretary CHOPPY says by joining the PAKISTAN East AFRICA Cable Express, SEYCHELLES links with the rest of AFRICA and ASIA – as well as directly with EUROPE./Sabanews/cam



China and Africa continue to strengthen ties (Pic. Agencies)

BEIJING – President HAGE GEINGOB of NAMIBIA says sovereign AFRICAN countries will not be stopped from building and maintaining relations with CHINA.

He has addressed fellow leaders in the CHINESE capital, BEIJING, during discussions to examine claims about the SINO-AFRICA ties constituting neo-colonialism.

President GEINGOB says relations between the ASIAN giant and the continent have progressed well, and the benefits are tangible, despite the criticisms.

He says AFRICAN should not be prevented from attending gatherings such as the Forum on CHINA–AFRICA Cooperation.

The NAMIBIAN Leader, who also chairs the SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY, says AFRICA never received any compensation for exploitation of its natural resources, including what GERMANS looted after World War TWO.

President GEINGOB says CHINA, on the other hand, has helped many countries to re-build, and it has seen potential for lasting cooperation with AFRICA.

Furthermore, he has commended CHINA’s non-interference in domestic politics of AFRICAN countries, as President XI JINPING announced at the opening of meeting.

President GEINGOB has pledged NAMIBIA’s readiness to help implement the new partnership initiatives between the continent and CHINA.

The new SINO-AFRICA initiatives include industrial development, the green economy, and agriculture.

The CHINESE Head of State says his country will implement the projects in the next THREE years and beyond.

The 2018 Forum on CHINA–AFRICA Cooperation Summit is the THIRD such gathering after the inaugural 2006 meeting in BEIJING and the 2015 summit in JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA./Sabanews/cam



HARARE – ZIMBABWE has appointed a team of SEVEN world prominent persons to investigate the violence in which SIX people were killed this month in the capital, HARARE.

British Premier Theresa May (Pic. Sky News)

Former President KGALEMA MOTLANTHE of SOUTH AFRICA and his colleagues will be under the watchful eyes of BRITAIN and the rest of the world as they probe the horrific event that brought the city to a halt on ONE AUGUST.

The Commission of Inquiry into Zimbabwe Post-election Violence (Pic. The Herald)

President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA has assembled respected minds from his country, the SADC Region, as well as from AFRICA, the COMMONWEALTH, and the UNITED KINGDOM – the former colonial power.


From the SADC Region, the former SOUTH AFRICAN Head of State is with the former Chief of Defence Forces of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, Retired General DAVIS MWAMUNYANGE.

The THIRD COMMONWEALTH Secretary General and NIGERIAN politician, Chief EMEKA ANYAOKU, is also on the commission, the FIRST of its kind in the history of the country.

The SEVENTH member of the team is UNITED KINGDOM Queen’s Counsel Member RODNEY DIXON, a lawyer practicing from the TEMPLE GARDEN Chambers in LONDON and in THE HAGUE, home to the UN International Court of Justice.

President MNANGAGWA says he has set up the Commission of Inquiry to fulfil what he had pledged to do, to address the sensitive matter in a transparent manner and in the interest of the public.

The commissioners are going to inquire into the circumstances leading to the violence, identify actors and their leaders, the motive, and the strategies they employed, as well as other vital issues.

They will probe the intervention by the ZIMBABWE Republic Police in the maintenance of law and order, and investigate the circumstances that demanded involvement of the military.

The team will consider whether, or not, the degree of force was appropriate to the arising threat to public safety, as well as to law and order; and ascertain the extent of damage or injury resulting in the process.

Before they make recommendations, the commissioners have room to investigate any other matters they may deem suitable and relevant to the inquiry.

The Commission will hand over its final report to the ZIMBABWEAN Head of State within THREE months after their swearing-in, which will be soon after the Forum on CHINA-AFRICA Cooperation next week./Sabanews/cam



CAPE TOWN – Prime Minister THERESA MAY of BRITAIN has added her voice to the global endorsement of EMMERSON MNANGAGWA as the duly elected President of ZIMBABWE.

British Premier Theresa May (Pic. Sky News)

She is in AFRICA on a THREE-day-long tour aimed to boost economic and trade relations with growing nations of the continent ahead of the BRITISH Exit from the EU next year.

Prime Minister MAY has spoken to a SOUTH AFRICAN TV station during her trip to the SADC country, where she wished the former BRITISH colony well despite the post election violence.

She says ZIMBABWE now has a chance to move forward because the new Head of State is making what she describes as a very important statement regarding the FIRST of AUGUST event.

Without admitting directly her MNANGAGWA endorsement, Prime Minister MAY says the ZIMBABWEAN Head of State is an elected President who has shown direction.

She says she is pleased President MNANGAGWA has promised a commission to probe the violence by the opposition MDC ALLIANCE, which took to the streets of HARARE to protest ballots that were still being counted.

At least SIX people were killed after soldiers called in to reinforce the overpowered police opened fire on the retreating protestors, who had started burning and looting both private and public property in a bid to shut down the city.

Prime Minister MAY says people of ZIMBABWE should take the new leadership as an opportunity to shape the future of their country.

Chief Justice LUKE MALABA swore in President MNANGAGWA on SUNDAY after MDC ALLIANCE Leader NELSON CHAMISA lost his challenge of the ballot result last FRIDAY in the Constitutional Court.

Current and former SADC and AFRICAN leaders either attended personally or sent envoys to the historic event, which Mr CHAMISA boycotted – while his shot-time ally, former dictator ROBERT MUGABE, sent his daughter and her husband to represent the family.

However, the opposition politician says he is not done yet – and he is no longer interested in the local judiciary as he will seek redress in the AFRICAN UNION Human Rights Commission.

From the appearance of things on the ground, Mr CHAMISA may be wasting time and giving his supporters false hopes – given that the AU Chairperson, President PAUL KAGAME of RWANDA, also graced the inauguration ceremony.

Reports from the privately run media suggest he is considering mobilising ZIMBABWEANS to stage demonstrations against the MNANGAGWA Administration, which he claims is illegitimately in office.

Nevertheless, the failure by the opposition politician to produce evidence showing how the vote was stolen from him has dampened his chances of gathering people to protest on his behalf and make him the leader of ZIMBABWE as he wishes./Sabanews/cam