FAO Says E45m Need for Swazi Farmers

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says that a total investment of E45 million is needed by farmers for tractor drawn implements that are compatible with conservation agriculture (CA) over the next three years.
FAO’s Khanyisile Mabuza says such a development will lead to better use of tractors with reduction in tractor hours per household up to 60 percent.

Geingob’s Warning to NGOs and Govts

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob, says that Namibia fought for self-determination from apartheid South Africa and will not allow foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or governments to undermine the country’s developmental agenda.
Geingob points out that, “We are conscious that Namibia is the product of international solidarity so we appreciate friendly governments and NGOs who understand and respect our developmental needs but we will not tolerate those who interfere and undermine our pursuit of a united and prosperous Namibia.”

Zimbabwe to Crack Down on NGOs

Following this week’s protests which rocked the country, from the prison riots, University demonstrations to opposition MDC-T youths protesting, Zimbabwe securocrats are mulling a crackdown on the civil society organisations which they claim are behind the unrest.
According to Nehanda Radio, “A series of meetings have been taking place and it has been agreed that the civil society organisations in the country are becoming a security threat hence the need to crack them down.”

UN: Women Underrepresented in Politics

South Africa has slipped five positions to 10th on the latest Inter-Parliamentary Union’s list of Women in Parliament.

The Women in Politics Map launched on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, shows that although the numbers of women in government positions continues to inch forward, the slow rate of progress remains an impediment to global development and women’s empowerment.

The consensus is that progress is slow, with only 41 countries, including South Africa, where women make up more than 30 percent of seats in national legislatures.

Empowering Women Key to Development

The African Union (AU) says the empowerment of women is a possible solution to problems women on the continent face, like poverty.

AU chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says empowerment starts with involving women in academia to inspire young women.

Addressing the Africa for Africa Women's Conference in Eastern Cape, Dlamini-Zuma stated that the judicial system needs more women to increase their participation in policy decisions to ensure more balanced implementation of these policies.

Zimbabwe Confirms Eight Cholera Cases

Zimbabwe has confirmed eight cases of cholera, including two on the border with South Africa.

According to the country’s state-owned newspaper, Herald, two children, aged five and 10, had been quarantined with cholera at Beitbridge District Hospital.

Beitbridge district administrator, Simon Muleya, is quoted as saying that, "The two victims are from the same family and according to our rapid response team there are no other cases from the same village.”

Africa Lags in Uplifting Women: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says the African continent is still faced with a deficit in women leadership.

Every year on the 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to take stock of what has been achieved in relation to women emancipation.

Speaking at the Africa for African Women's conference in Port Elizabeth, Zuma says the continent is moving slowly in electing female presidents compared to other regions in the world.

Judgment Reserved in Cell Jamming Application

Judgment has been reserved in the High Court in Cape Town in an application by the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) about the cellphone jamming in the National Assembly during this year’s State-of-the-Nation address.

At the core of SANEF's application is the request for the court to order Parliament to allow broadcasters to take their cameras inside the chamber during sessions and not to depend on the Parliamentary feed.

Amnesty: Rights Violations on the Rise in SA

The global state of human rights is grim and violations in South Africa are on the rise.

This is the message delivered by Amnesty International Southern Africa director, Deprose Muchena, at the launch of its annual report in Johannesburg.

The worldwide human rights watchdog's global report documents human rights successes and failures in 160 countries and found that police brutality, violence against foreigners and intimidation of the public prosecutor were the most prominent threats to human rights in South Africa in 2014.


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