EAC LAUNCHES FOREIGN MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM

TANZANIA: MARKETS/DAILY NEWS/21/6/18 SABANews 1

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

FORMER PRESIDENT CALLS ON EXPERTS TO END ENERGY PROBLEMS SUN-WISE

SADC: SOLAR ENERGY/DAILY NEWS/20/6/18 SABANews 1

One of the world’s largest solar power plants is in India (Pic. China News)

DAR ES SALAAM – Former President BENJAMIN MKAPA of TANZANIA says experts and institutions across Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA should work out plans to expand the use of solar to generate reliable and affordable power.

He says the sub-region is gifted with abundant sunlight which, if well utilised, can speed up electricity generation, boost the industrial economy and increase youth employment.

The DAILY NEWS says Mr MKAPA has addressed delegates to the launch of the Solar Photovoltaic Guide Book written by renewable energy expert GODWIN MSIGWA in DAR ES SALAAM.

He says Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA is consuming just a single gigawatt out of the 400 megawatts generated around the world.

However, Mr MKAPA says the fact is contrary to the actual situation in the region because most of its countries are still facing electricity problems despite being a sun-belt region.

He says EUROPE, CHINA, the UNITED STATES, JAPAN and INDIA have other major sources of power, but they are also generating solar power.

GERMANY has already connected more than 40 gigawatts to its national grid, while CHINA has more than 70 gigawatts; which shows solar technology is growing and becoming a reliable source of electricity.

Mr MKAPA says his country, TANZANIA, needs to set up strategic plans to boost solar machinery, and the State has to oversee the implementation of the scheme via institutions like the Science and Technology Commission.

The government should seek collaboration with other development partners and experts from public and private sectors.

However, Mr MKAPA says solar energy technology is ONE of the renewable energy technologies use in the country, but it has been fetching a poor market – especially in rural areas.

He says the sector is further facing a problem of experts who can install the solar systems at required standards, which has left the burden on semi-skilled technicians.

The former Head of State says the new the book will help people learning to become engineers in solar energy to get proper guidance that will help them to improve their work.

The EU Development Cooperation Head of Delegation to TANZANIA, JOSE CORREIA, says energy development plays a key role in the national drive for industrialisation in TANZANIA.

He says his group has had a long-term support to the local energy sector, mainly promoting rural energy access and power generation from renewables such as hydropower and solar.

The author of the guide says the manual will be available free to colleges under the TANZANIA Vocational Education and Training Authority, as well as public and private libraries and others./Sabanews/cam

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLAPSES, KILLS 10 AND INJURES EIGHT OTHERS

ZAMBIA: DISASTER/LUSAKA TIMES/20/6/18 SABANews 1
 
Officials ferry the dead from Black Mountain (Pic. zambiawatchdog.com)

KITWE – At least 10 people have been killed after a mound of waste material from refined copper ore collapsed in the WUSAKILA Township in the SECOND largest ZAMBIAN city of KITWE.

 
The LUSAKA TIMES says another EIGHT people have been injured following the collapse of the heap, infamously known in the area as the BLACK MOUNTAIN.
 
It says COPPERBELT Province Permanent Secretary BRIGHT NUNDWE has since halted mining operations at the mountain until further notice.
 
Mr NUNDWE, who has joined the Police as well as the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit at the scene to check on rescue operations, says the accident took place this (WEDNESDAY) morning.
 
He also says TWO of the injured EIGHT persons are in critical conditions, and the other SIX have are admitted at KITWE Teaching Hospital with multiple injuries.
 
The TIMES says the mountain allegedly collapsed due to machinery that was excavating on top while people were picking stones below.
 
It quotes COPPERBELT Police Commissioner CHARITY KATANGA as saying the number of victims may rise, as rescue operations will continue just to ensure no one remains trapped under the slag.
 
Meanwhile, police have had to intervene as news of the collapsed heap of copper waste spread in the nearby WUSAKILA Township and caused commotion and panic among residents.
 
The TIMES says PEREZ CHRISTIAN Church in NDOLA has called on the government and other institutions in the country to put up urgent safety measures at the controversial black mountain.
 
It quotes PEREZ APOSTOLIC Leader ALICK KAPANDULA as saying the Ministry of Mines should re-exam the safety of the mountain, and study the currently threatening situation.
 
Controversy has always surrounded the copper waste heap due to persistent fighting between members of the public and NKANA ALLOY Company, which owns it.
 
Former Mines Minister CHRISTOPHER YALUMA last year had to order a suspension of exploration works at the infamous black mountain to allow the authorities to help solve the discord.
 
ONE researcher says services provided by mining firms varied over the years, from minimal at the beginning in the 1920s to a period of plenty up to the late 1970s when they slowly decline due to depressed world copper prices.
 
The withdrawal of welfare provision from the mid-1990s has radically changed the well-being of ZAMBIANS and the character of their urban areas, resulting in towns becoming like villages./Sabanews/cam

ELECTION CAMPAIGNS HOT UP AMID CALLS FOR PEACE

ZIMBABWE: CAMPAIGNS/THE HERALD/20/6/18 SABANews 1

ZANU PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa (Pic. The Herald)

HARARE – People of ZIMBABWE are for the FIRST time since independence in 1980 enjoying unequalled peace, just a few weeks before the most contested general elections in the country.

THE HERALD says President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA has also called on all political parties and candidates to continue preaching peace and unity among the people.

He has released an audio message on different media platforms, including his ED Has My Vote Facebook page, saying he is happy with the tranquillity in the country so far.

The Head of State says the contest for votes in the forthcoming polls on 30 JULY should be on ideas and not physical clashes between and among candidates.

He says while the country could be facing a few challenges, there are already glaring signs of change since his new administration took over the reins of power last NOVEMBER.

President MNANGAGWA says ROME was not built in ONE day, but the foundation for a better ZIMBABWE has already been laid; and it is there for everyone to see.

He emphasises ZIMBABWEANS should all be united and work to develop their country, because no one else but themselves can develop their nation.

However, the opposition MDC ALLIANCE is singing a different song about the situation ahead of the national ballots, with its leader, NELSON CHAMISA, threatening unrest if he does not win.

MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa (Pic. The Herald)

He has accused the Electoral Commission of colluding with the ruling ZANU PF to rig the votes, saying he will mobilise people to block President MNANGAGWA from taking office if his demands are not met.

Nevertheless, the ZANU PF Leader has avoided any verbal confrontation with his opponents, calling on his party members and the security forces to do the same.

On the other hand, the rest of the (21) opposition presidential candidates have also remained non-violent despite the preaching of Mr CHAMISA.

This will be the FIRST time in the history of independent ZIMBABWE for the country to hold general elections without much political violence both in the urban and rural areas./Sabanews/cam

AGENCY WORRIES OVER LOW EXPORT RATES

NAMIBIA: TRADE/NBC/20/6/18 SABANews 1

Reduced export rates worry State

WINDHOEK – The NAMIBIA Statistics Agency has blamed the rising national trade deficit on low exports.

The organisation says the difference between the monetary value of exports and imports has risen by 71 percent during the FIRST QUARTER of this year.

The trade shortfall stands at EIGHT-COMMA-FOUR-BILLION NAMIBIA dollars, compared to FOUR-COMMA-EIGHT-BILLION dollars at the same time in 2017.

The agency says NAMIBIA exported goods worth 18-COMMA-EIGHT-BILLION dollars against imports worth 27-COMMA-TWO BILLION dollars in the FIRST FOUR months.

NAMIBIA’s leading export market has been CHINA for copper cathodes, ores and concentrates; which brought in THREE-COMMA-FIVE-BILLION NAMIBIA dollars.

SOUTH AFRICA has bought diamonds, live animals and fish worth THREE-COMMA-FOUR BILLION dollars, while BELGIUM bought copper cathodes worth TWO-COMMA-FOUR-BILLION dollars.

More than 35 percent of the total value of goods exported were destined for the EUROPEAN UNION, making it the country’s largest export destination in the period under review.

The SOUTHERN AFRICAN CUSTOMS UNION, BRAZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA and CHINA occupied the SECOND and THIRD positions, accounting for 29-COMMA-FIVE percent and 20-COMMA-ONE percent of all exports.

Meanwhile, the Industrialization, Trade and SME Development Ministry says piracy and counterfeiting are increasing in the SADC country.

Theft of intellectual property now rampant (Pic. Agencies)

Permanent Secretary GABRIEL SINIMBO says the situation is a stumbling block, despite progress in research, innovation and technology to advance Intellectual Property awareness.

He says theft of Intellectual Property causes the owners to lose money and it impacts negatively on economic transformation, industrialization, job creation and innovation.

Mr SINIMBO also says the authorities therefore, are planning to introduce a new law prohibiting and punishing copyright infringers soon.

He says the Ministry has certified 37 patents from 64 submissions, a poor intake when compared to issued copyrights and registered trademarks.

The Business Intellectual Property Authority has awarded copyrights to 190 of the 204 businesses that had applied for them; and Mr SINIMBO advises different artists to register their Intellectual Properties.

Despite the rising levels of Intellectual Property infringements, the Authority has registered 924 trademarks out of THREE-THOUSAND-AND-38 applications countrywide.

The NAMIBIA Industrialization, Trade and SME Development has revealed the situation at a TWO-day-long awareness conference held with the AFRICA Regional Intellectual Property Organization in the capital, WINDHOEK./Sabanews/cam

SCHOOLS TO CLOSE EARLY DUE TO FORTHCOMING POLLS

ZIMBABWE: ELECTIONS/THE HERALD/15/6/18 SABANews 1

Polling stations open on 30 July (Pic. The Zimbabwean)

HARARE – The government of ZIMBABWE says schools across the SADC country are this term closing as early as 11 days from now due to the forthcoming general elections.

The votes for councillors, members of the TOW houses of the National Assembly, as well as a State President are taking place on the 30TH of this month.

THE HERALD newspaper says Primary and Secondary Education Secretary SYLVIA UTETE MASANGO has issued a statement today.

She says the authorities have decided to bring forward the THIRD Term to the FOURTH of SEPTEMBER to make up for the lost time. But there has not yet been any comment from teacher organisations on the issue.

The announcement comes as 15 presidential aspirants have so far registered with the national Electoral Commission, with FIVE-MILLION-524-THOUSAND-188 voters registered nationwide.

The major contestants are President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of the ruling ZANU-PF, NELSON CHAMISA of the MDC ALLIANCE and THOKOZANI KHUPE of the MDC-T.

NOAH MANYIKA, VIOLET MARIYACHA, EVERISTO CHIKANGA, BRYAN MTEKI, LANGTON TAUNGANA, DIVINE HOVE, BLESSING KASIYAMHURU, and JOICE MUJURU have also registered for the race.

The last FOUR are KWANELE HLABANGANI, MAPFUMO GAVA, LOVEMORE MADHUKU, and NKOSANA MOYO .

Electoral Commissioner QHUBANI MOYO says the nomination process went on well throughout the 10 administrative regions of the SADC country.

ZIMBABWE is this year holding general elections for the FIRST time without the 94-year-old former dictator ROBERT MUGABE, who is reportedly backing ONE of the opposition groups.

President MNANGAGWA has departed from the political practices of his predecessor and invited almost everyone throughout the globe to come and observe the ballots, which has seen no inter-party violence from the start.

Media reports say the EUROPEAN UNION is for the FIRST time in 16 years deploying its teams to monitor the voting process in the country.

The EU imposed what it called smart sanctions against ZIMBABWE in FEBRUARY 2002 after the MUGABE Administration kicked out the leader of the group’s election monitors, SWEDISH Diplomat PIERRE SCHORI.

However, it was clear from the start the embargo was due to the massive land invasions that displaced the FOUR-THOUSAND-500 white settler farmers; who occupied almost all of the arable land to resettle millions of impoverished indigenous blacks.

Political commentators say the UNITED KINGDOM would not have bated an eye had it not been the affected were BRITISH emigrants or their descendants, who had enjoyed the riches of the country since colonisation in 1890.

ZIMBABWE has also received voter observation pledges from regional and continental economic blocs including the AU, SADC, COMESA, as well as so-called pro-democracy organisations./Sabanews/cam

EFFORTS TO EMPOWER WOMEN REACHES PEAK IN LEGAL CIRCLES

TANZANIA: GENDER/DAILY NEWS/14/6/18 SABANews 1

Gender based violence, a world problem

ARUSHA – The issue of women empowerment has reached high levels among different players in legal and other sections of society in TANZANIA.

The development comes amid reports saying gender-based violence remains a significant problem in the country, with the State agreeing it has the potential to cripple the national economy, health, and social welfare systems.

Researchers say the brutality takes many forms, like physical, sexual, psychological, and economic violence, mainly performed against women and girls.

A number of groups have launched awareness campaigns, advocacy, and mass mobilization with local government leaders, the police, health workers, and others, to help people respond to gender-based violence.

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Minister JOHN PALAMAGAMBA KABUDI has recently addressed a Joint Conference on Gender and the Judiciary in AFRICA.

The gathering, organised, by TANZANIAN Judiciary in partnership with the WORLD BANK, has taken place at the SIMBA Plenary Hall at the ARUSHA International Conference Centre.

Minister KABUDI says the State remains committed to address gender-based violence through empowerment of judges, magistrates and other judiciary staff.

He says their ARUSHA meeting is a vital effort in issues related to the role of the AFRICAN courts.

The DAILY NEWS says Vice President SAMIA SULUHU HASSAN opened the THREE-day-long gathering, running under the theme: ‘Building an Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Judiciary.

The meeting brought together Chief Justices, Judges, Magistrates and concerned stakeholders to discuss ways for the judiciary to guarantee the rights of women to live free of injustice and violence, as well as promote their role in social and economic development.

TANZANIAN Chief Justice IBRAHIM HAMIS says female citizens of his country start facing serious problems once their husbands die, when relatives pounce to grab property and other inheritance.

He says such are times when people get to hear women accused of killing their husbands with witchcraft, simply to smear their names in attempts to disqualify the widows from inheriting their husbands’ wealth.

Chief Justice HAMIS says there comes a time when relatives also snatch away children from their mothers, after realising the deceased would have left his fortunes to his offspring.

A 2013 report by the UN World Health Organisation says violence against women says about 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual intimate-partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetimes.

It says some 45-POINT-SIX percent of women 15 years and older in AFRICA have suffered intimate-partner violence, physical and/or sexual, or non-partner sexual violence or both, the highest prevalence in the world.

The WHO study says violence can affect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health of women, and may increase their exposure to HIV and AIDS./Sabanews/cam

REVIVAL OF OLD MINE BRINGS HOPE TO COASTAL AREA

NAMIBIA: RECONSTRUCTION/NBC/15/6/18 SABANews 1

Mining is the biggest contributor to Namibian economy in terms of revenue (Pic. Namibian Sun)

WINDHOEK – The NORTH RIVER RESOURCES mining company in NAMIBIA is hard at work reviving an abandoned lead and zinc mine near the coastal city of SWAKOPMUND.

NBC News says the organisation aims to start exports next year, and a ground-breaking ceremony for the clean-up and reconstruction of the NAMIB Lead and Zinc Mine took place TWO days ago.

It says once operational, the facility is expected to ship out some 10-THOUSAND tonnes of zinc and lead concentrate per month.

The previous owners of the mine, located 25 kilometres outside SWAKOPMUND, abandoned it overnight 27 years ago, leaving behind an environmental mess.

NAMIBIA URANIUM ASSOCIATION Director GABRIELA SCHNEIDER says the clutter has ben hazardous to biodiversity, tourists, and the DOROB National Park.

She has commended the new company for cleaning up the environment and reviving the mine.

NBC News says NORTH RIVER RESOURCES is the property of UNITED KINGDOM-based GREENSTONE Resources and CASTLE LAKE.

It says at least 10 percent shares in the NAMIB Lead and Zinc Mine will go to the 150 workers the company will employ and to a community empowerment trust.

ERONGO Governor CLEOPHAS MUTJAVIKUA says his office has been instrumental in bringing about the broad-based shareholding in the mine.

The NAMIBIAN mining venture has a lifespan of about NINE years, but exploration work is ongoing to extend its continuity./Sabanews/cam

INDUSTRIAL ACTION LIKELY TO CAUSE POWER CUTS NATIONWIDE

SOUTH AFRICA: STRIKE/SABC/14/6/18 SABANews 1

Eskom offices at Megawatt Park in Johannesburg (Pic. EWN)

JOHANNESBURG – The standoff between the SOUTH AFRICAN power utility, ESKOM, and its workers continues amid no indications of a compromise.

However, the organisation has assured consumers it will monitor the situation overnight to see if SOUTH AFRICANS need to brace themselves for another bash of load shedding tomorrow (FRIDAY).

SABC News says the power company had earlier implemented load shedding nationwide from just before SIX up to EIGHT O’clock in the evening.

It quotes ESKOM Spokesperson KHULU PHASIWE as saying the national grid capacity is constrained due to acts of sabotage and intimidation earlier today by members of the trade unions.

He says the power stations that are worst-affected by the industrial action are HENDRINA, CAMDEN, KENDAL and ARNOT, and ESKOM has asked SOUTH AFRICANS to lower power consumption.

SABC News also says in MPUMALANGA, members of the NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS and the NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA have demonstrated at the DUVHA Power Station in EMALAHLENI.

It says they have blockaded the main gate demanding a salary increase from the employer, and they have vowed not to return to work until management meets their demands.

The NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA is the biggest single trade union in the country, with more than 338-THOUSAND members.

It has united with the NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS, which has a membership of 300-THOUSAND and is the largest affiliate of the CONGRESS OF SOUTH AFRICAN TRADE UNIONS.

The national broadcaster says members of the TWO groups have come together to press for their demand of a no less than 10 percent wage increases, a FIRST of its kind by the rival trade unions.

It says ESKOM Chief Executive Officer PHAKAMANI HADEBE has braved a hail of insults to come and receive the memorandum by the demonstrators, whom he told the company is now willing to make them an offer.

Meanwhile the JOHANNESBURG City Power, in the SOUTH AFRICAN commercial capital, says it is currently not load shedding but will do so if ESKOM directs it to do so; but any of its customers without electricity should call./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER OF CULTURE HIGHLIGHTS ROLE OF CHIEFTAINS

ANGOLA: TRADITION/ANGOP/14/6/18 SABANews 1

Traditional leaders play vital roles in Angolan communites (Pic. New Era)

LUANDA – A Cabinet member in ANGOLA has described traditional authorities as instutions that play an important role in the resolution of social problems in communities.

Culture Minister CAROLINA CERQUEIRA has made the remarks in the south-western region of CUANDO CUBANGO, saying chiefs are the bond between the people and the government.

National news agency, ANGOP says she has met with the King of the CUCHI Region, CARLOS KANGANDZI MUKUVA FIVE, ONE of the authorities in CUANDO CUBANGO.

Minister CAROLINA CERQUEIRA says traditional leaders work as messengers reporting the concerns of communities and offering the best ways to sort out such difficulties.

King CARLOS KANGANDZI MUKUVA FIVE has requested the Minister to intervene essentially for the improvement of the education and health sectors in the region.

Researchers say ANGOLA has more than 100 separate ethnic groups and languages or dialects.

They say while PORTUGUESE is the official language, for many black nationals in the SADC country it is a SECOND or even THIRD language.

There are THREE dominant ethnic groups, the OVIMBUNDU, MBUNDU, or AMBUNDU, who speak KIMBUNDU, and the BAKONGO.

ANGOLA further has small numbers of MESTICO, who are of mixed AFRICAN and EUROPEAN descent, as well as ethnic white EUROPEANS; and the State considers traditional leaders very vital./Sabanews/cam