Development

​US Reviews Its Aid to Mozambique

The United States (US) has announced that, in the light of the undisclosed loans to the Mozambican state companies Proindicus and Mozambique Asset Management (MAM), it is reconsidering its aid to Mozambique.
 
In a press statement, the country’s embassy in Maputo says that the US is joining other donors in reviewing the packages of aid granted to Mozambique.
 

Donors, Funding Agencies, Suspend Aid to Mozambique

The group of 14 donors and funding agencies who provide direct support to the Mozambican budget have decided to suspend that financial aid, in response to last month's revelations about over a billion dollars’ worth of undisclosed, government guaranteed loans.
 
The loans are to Proindicus (US$622 million) - a company set up to provide security for offshore oil and gas operations and for shipping in the Mozambique Channel - and to Mozambique Asset Management (US$535 million dollars), the latter is intended to provide maritime repairs and maintenance.
 

​Dept to Deal With Unauthorised Grant Debits

Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says new regulations will remove all loopholes in the transfer of social development grants.
 
The Department of Social Development says it is clamping down on institutions that are making unauthorised deductions from social grant beneficiaries.
 
Minister Bathabile Dlamini briefed journalists in Parliament that her department had previously set up a ministerial task team in 2014 to investigate the deductions.
 

​Africa Experiences Sluggish Economic Growth

The African continent has continued experiencing sluggish economic growth despite having huge resources compared to European counties.
 
Africa's growth continued to increase from 3.7 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014, a performance that is underpinned by improved macro-economic management, diversified trade and investment ties with emerging economies, among other factors.
 
Africa's social development indicators, however, reveal the often observed economic performance which includes high unemployment and poverty co-existing with robust growth.
 

​ILO Hails Tanzania's Transformation Drive

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says the Tanzanian government is on the right track in its plans to bring about transformation in the country.

ILO country director for Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, Mary Kawar, says that the country has enjoyed massive economic growth in the past decade - only that the growth has not been inclusive.

"Although the economy has grown in the past decade, the informal economy, low wages and a large number of young people without the right skills, still persist,” she explains.

Malawi’s 10 Oxcarts Worth of Development

There are just too many tobacco farmers; too few other opportunities in Malawi, and too little demand for tobacco globally, and now things are set to get considerably worse.
 
In their article, Greg Mills and Dickie Davis, surrounded by children in the village of Chikasauka 50 kilometres north of Lilongwe, Kamzawa, tells us that he would like to be selected for the Integrated Production System – known universally as the ‘IPS’ - to boost his tobacco farming.
 

​Eskom Gets R2.6bn Green Energy Boost

The New Development Bank (NDB), known as the BRICS Bank, says that Eskom will receive R2.6 billion in assistance for renewable energy projects, part of a package of R11.85 billion in green energy loans it approved this month.
 
A spokesperson for the bank says the Eskom projects would involve transmission lines to carry 670 MW of generation and 500 MW worth of renewable energy projects involving independent power producers.
 

Closing the Gap Workshop (Communication Between Parent and Teenager)

The Parent Centre was established nearly 32 years ago in May 1983 as a project of Cape Town Child Welfare Society. The Centre was initially started as a primary prevention project to reduce the incidence of child abuse through the promotion of positive parenting and effective child management practices that would enhance the well-being and self-esteem of parents and children. This project later grew into a branch of Cape Town Child Welfare Society and in 1997 became an independent, registered Non-Profit Organisation.

Parent Centre: Parenting and Leadership Training Programme

The Parent Centre was established nearly 32 years ago in May 1983 as a project of Cape Town Child Welfare Society. The Centre was initially started as a primary prevention project to reduce the incidence of child abuse through the promotion of positive parenting and effective child management practices that would enhance the well-being and self-esteem of parents and children. This project later grew into a branch of Cape Town Child Welfare Society and in 1997 became an independent, registered nonprofit organisation.

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