MRB 
Southern Africa Monthly Regional Bulletin

Index
Vol. 10 2001
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Angola

01/01

Talks on Portugal's debt

02/01

$180m for food projects

03/01

Government wants slow-down in offshore oil exploitation

Russian diamond producer to invest

04/01

Ex-gendarmes help diamond company

05/01

De Beers suspends operations as talks on mining stalemate

Food aid to refugees cut

06/01

Government wants elections despite security issue

Oil firms finance controversial charity

Sexwale makes move for diamonds

07/01

Agreement with SA on sanctions

Campaign against leprosy planned

EU to give more than $132m

Production in fishing sector grows

08/01

IMF warning puts question mark over structural reform

Oxfam hits at government

Query on Dos Santos 'resignation' announcement as hopes for early presidential election fade

09/01

Churches step up pressure on government and Unita

Oil deal with Brazzaville

10/01

Award for anti-corruption work

Three-figure inflation in last year

11/01

Deep-sea drilling fails

Humanitarian crisis continues

Oil revenue boost expected, but still no impact on poverty

Uncertainty remains on Savimbi's whereabouts


Botswana

01/01

Masire back on course in Congo

Slow-down expected

03/01

Defence force to upgrade equipment

10/01

Concern for economy after terror attacks hit diamonds and tourism


Congo DR

01/01

New regime sets out plans to liberalise economy

02/01

Tutsi reparation issue may undermine fragile peace moves

03/01

Contradictory signals emerge from Kinshasa on peace prospects

Nuclear waste threat to Kinshasa

Warring states consider their options as new phase in Great Lakes conflict opens

04/01

Belgian military prepares for worst

Kabila's reshuffle finds some favour

Monopoly on diamond marketing lifted

Plunder report leads to accusations of UN bias

05/01

Kabila decides to lift party ban

Kagame and Mugabe meet

UN's looting report rebutted by Uganda and Rwanda

06/01

Belgian policy seen as fostering partition

Marc Rich comes to the rescue

Ugandans go in again to back Bemba

UN optimism on peace moves contrasts with facts

US donates $21.4m to fight hunger

07/01

Atmosphere warms between donors and Kinshasa

08/01

Aid agencies call for better access in 'worst humanitarian crisis'

Mineral exploitation in Kasai depends on investors

Volatile rebel politicking adds uncertainty to peace conference

Zimbabwean withdrawal made dependent on talks

09/01

Co-operation structure agreed with SA

Death sentences in a 'surreal' trial

Internal dialogue advances but faces many hurdles

Moves towards the disarmament of armed groups

SA peacekeeping 'success'

Slump in computer demand ends coltan profits

10/01

Central African code on refugees

Kinshasa government goes on spending against IMF advice

Negative forces' threaten peace

SA military to be increased

SA steps in as most delegates stay away from Addis 'dialogue'

11/01

Coltan slump may cut fighting

Infighting grows over donors' conference as dialogue stalls

Unrest grows over Gecamines sell-off

12/01

Europeans disagree over co-operation package

Transitional leadership remains sticking point for warring parties

Uranium allegedly smuggled to Iraq


International

01/01

Burundi becomes first US African security focus

Hain moved from Africa job after attack by SA

Rautenbach's bankruptcy hits European banks

SA signs accord with S. American trade bloc

Wide implications for and region from French arms scandal

02/01

Arms deal activist in Germany

New database system

SA ambassadors recycled

US hits at SA empowerment

03/01

India, South Africa to boost economic co-operation

Privatisation enthusiast is US Africa envoy

Swiss introduce new diamond restrictions

04/01

EU trade offer to ACP seems a bid for WTO support

05/01

AGOA has impact on SA exports

Colombia visit puts focus on drug crime

07/01

Trade links run counter to SA's condemnation of Israel

09/01

Changes on all African fronts in wake of attacks as Washington re-casts foreign policy

Failure of confidence will hit emerging markets, says IMF

Pharma copyright issues unresolved before WTO summit

11/01

Cost of AIDS drugs may fade as political issue after deal at WTO

Mbeki's upbeat assessment of WTO talks comes under fire

12/01

South Africa, China to sign nuclear energy pact


Lesotho

03/01

$32m IMF loan may sweeten embittered political life

04/01

Bilateral commission agreed

05/01

Growth fails to reach levels which guarantee political stability

06/01

IMF calls for more spending cuts

07/01

Court will hear from Swiss bankers

Military start mutiny probe

Mining recruiter reorients itself

Road construction to boost jobs

Top of list for clothing exports to US

09/01

Accounting disarray as fraud revealed

11/01

Demonstrations against Water Scheme


 

Malawi

01/01

Constitutional wrangles and anti-corruption action boost opposition to Muluzi

Economy - IMF seeks tighter monetary policy

Government withdraws tobacco credit scheme

04/01

Livestock industry to be privatised

Mass hunger reported

06/01

Fleet of Mercs

Power importing deal takes shape

07/01

embarks on quest for oil

Review of privatisation programme disturbs deals

09/01

Inflation increases to 30%

World Bank warns of AIDS effects

10/01

IMF seeks shut-down of loss-making parastatals

Road maintenance may become easier

Tobacco growing countries fight WHO

11/01

EU bids to boost flagging agriculture

Higher growth based on tobacco


Mozambique

01/01

Cashew export ban signals change in IMF thinking

Gurue to produce 1,200t

Inflation hits government target forecast

Investment sought for first Libombos project

Lisbon to help flood-hit businesses

Renamo holds to demand for governors

02/01

Zambia asked to control Zambezi

03/01

Businessmen arrested for Cardoso murder

04/01

Dhlakama breaks off talks

05/01

Chissano rejects third term

Sugar industry protection mapped

04/01

Floods destroyed 71,000 ha of crops

Priority for North-South link bridge

Unemployment set to rise.

06/01

AIDS hits education

Airline to sell outside holdings

Cahora Bassa power to reach Niassa

Donors' conference scheduled for July

Generic anti-retrovirals available, but patients must pay

Malaysians seek increased trade

Renamo leader ready for talks

Still bottom of SADC human development league

07/01

$312m sought for flood relief

Harvest hopes for 1.7 million tonnes

Linked by fibre optic cable

Macmillan group opens company

Mozal seeks to boost local industry

Sasol to build gas treatment station

Small business programme launched

World Bank optimistic about economy

08/01

Sasol, Petromoc form joint venture

University controversy

09/01

Anti-corruption body launched

Foreign debt relief completion point reached

Latest AIDS statistics released

Sugar exports to US and EU

Two largest banks to merge

10/01

Partners pledge $722m, warn on AIDS

Probe into terror links

11/01

Debt switches urged

Enron failure hits hopes for Maputo steel mill

Focus on money laundering

Germany to grant $43m


Namibia

01/01

Government defends its diamonds

More recruits for Congo war

Trans-Caprivi to be extended

02/01

Concern over cross-border water

03/01

Army has diamond stake in Congo

04/01

New think-tank set up

EC seeks public-private ventures

Maintenance backlog on roads

06/01

Rossing to cut costs

07/01

Farmers seek land reform

Telecom rationalises management

08/01

Steel plant possible for Walvis Bay

Warning on land reform

11/01

EU lays out aid strategy for the next seven years


Region

01/01

Cholera spreads to more SADC countries

ILO and EAC agree on labour

02/01

Burundi gets World Bank loan

Foreign aid and foreign direct investment continue to fall

Industry says it wants to eliminate conflict diamonds

SA budget clears way for increased capital outflows into Africa and abroad

SA business gets strategic foothold in Great Lakes region

SA drugs demand financing Congo conflict

SADC security organ for reform

SADC uncertain about AIDS strategy

03/01

New SA trade strategy for Egypt

Nigeria, SA sign six agreements

OAU to give way to 'African Union'

Peace force prepared amidst delicate talks on Burundi

Politicians hasten institutional changes to keep pace with demand for peace-keeping

Uganda's Museveni seeks to placate military

04/01

Air companies cash in on Congo conflict's business opportunities

Burundi coup attempt came as rebels began their return

Business under pressure to carry brunt of treatment costs for HIV/AIDS

Call for free movement in FTA

Namibian-an trade booms

Russia prepares major arms push

SA increases stake in ADB

05/01

Conference seeks to overcome African suspicion of WTO

Congo's riches may continue to tempt Uganda's creaking economy

Focus of war may shift to Burundi

LDC trade is lower than predicted

New disaster co-operation body set up

New move to harmonise SADC and Comesa

UN conference on the LDCs rejects demands for debt cancellation and increased aid

US announces infrastructure fund

US buyers hold up progress on conflict diamonds

06/01

ANC helps Museveni

Ghana visit to SA to boost links

Political risk affects stock exchanges

Privatisation pace increases

Spain hosts ADB meeting

Sub-Saharan tourism may double over next decade

Telecomms battle joined between SA and Egypt

07/01

Angola, Mozambique keen on farmers

Attack on UK over land is toned down

Burundi strategy will include Hutu and Tutsi forces

Lusophone defence ministers meet

Project on standards launched

SA oil firm in Sudan

SA seeks defence pact as Mugabe prepares to hand over reins of security organ

SADC launches malaria campaign

SADC seeks common strategy for WTO summit

Uganda's neighbours target Museveni's domestic travails

Warning on restricting dam construction

08/01

Africa loses $12 billion to malaria

African currency, central bank?

Alarm over teachers' AIDS deaths

Diamond empowerment deal opens way for small-scale miners

More roads to join Kalahari corridor

SA oil firm denies Sudan deal

SA pact with Nigeria

Security Organ to be led by Mozambique's Chissano

09/01

$25m Rwandan debt to be cancelled

Copper prices to stay depressed

Dams sought to cut flooding

Roads plan to boost integration

SA firm may build East Africa rail link

SA, Canadian oil group for Uganda

SADC goes to G-8 meetings as a block

Trade terms leave Africa poorer

10/01

Hopes fade that big companies will provide AIDS treatment

Lessons of anthrax drugs case ahead of WTO summit battle on patents

SA adopts more active role in seeking solution to Great Lakes conflagration

SA gets R12bn in final settlement before new SACU pact

SA retailers spread into rest of Africa

SA seeks finance and transport inroads in Uganda

SADC chief backs NGOs

UK and SA favours sought amid Uganda and Rwanda tension

11/01

Conflict diamonds deal raises concerns over competition

Intensification of fighting makes SA's Burundi role controversial

World Bank and IMF sum up

12/01

SA troops try charm offensive in Burundi to deflect hostility

World Bank backs hydropower


South Africa

01/01

Brain drain may be three times higher

Despite economic buoyancy Rand keeps falling back

Government's focus may shift from foreign investors

New faces in Mbeki's cabinet

02/01

Changes to work permit laws?

Ilegal border crossings fall

03/01

Buy local campaign starts as jobs continue to fall

DBSA to boost funds for telecomms

Reserve Bank optimistic about keeping inflation down

04/01

Casino system under fire

E-commerce under scrutiny

Hamburger rating for Rand

05/01

Foreign skills to be recruited

IMF warns on capital outflows

Iscor iron ore offshoot to be sold

Law prepares for Mozambique gas

06/01

First China chamber of commerce

Massive Chinese investment

More 'test' sites opened for AIDS anti-retrovirals

New law will bring foreign skills

Not so fresh ambassadors

Prime interest rate may be down to 14% by year-end

R1bn to stimulate investment

07/01

AIDS brings SA down on UNDP index

IT giant plunges with the Rand

MK veterans to reactivate mines

SMME failures mount

WHO to evaluate TB drug management

08/01

Catholics again reject condoms

Fishing quota system revamped

Immunisation successes registered

New internet law to monitor telecommunications

Port construction backed after concern over Coega

Punitive fines for using illegals

09/01

Air pollution ranks high

Bahrain defence force order

Brazil aims to sell more

Gold mines consolidate

IDC approves deal to save Saldanha

Mbeki again paints himself into a corner on AIDS issue

Money laundering bill approved

Quality of life down says UNDP

10/01

Coal-based drug causes controversy

11/01

Disbursement remains major obstacle to AIDS programme

Platinum production soars

Rand's fall boosts exports

12/01

AIDS effects will slow economic upturn

Government races against time and events to secure stability and growth

Price of food rises as Rand falls

Rising domestic problems may impinge on regional involvement


Swaziland

01/01

Bomb blast hits soldiers

02/01

Bilateral meetings may be set up

04/01

Queen flies out after king falls ill

07/01

US warns of exclusion from trade

08/01

Mass boycott as king announces increased powers


Tanzania

01/01

EU threatens to stop aid after Zanzibar riots

05/01

Database to monitor poverty

06/01

Bid to break SA gemstone grip

Government studies wind power

09/01

Canadian oil project gets go-ahead

Plan to launch EPZs

10/01

Songo Songo project finance agreed

12/01

$3 bn debt service relief agreed


Zambia

01/01

Government seeks jobs for locals

World Bank warns on privatisation

03/01

Major opposition parties form alliance

04/01

Central bank backtracks

Chiluba sacks general

Exports inside Comesa increase

Questions raised on funding of Chiluba's referendum aspirations

05/01

Chiluba names new cabinet

06/01

EU donates ¤ 6m for election

Profit warning at copper mines

07/01

Barotse leaders seek UN referendum

08/01

Floods cause food crisis

Opposition attacks election delay

Tax reforms to boost economic growth

09/01

Rail lines to be leased

10/01

Poverty worst in 10 years

11/01

AIDS loan on hold

Investment flows into copper sector


Zimbabwe

01/01

Commercial farmers head for Mozambique

Companies will be given access to cheap finance in desperate bid to boost economy

Development corridor with SA's Northern Province could produce boom conditions

02/01

Clearing way for early election

Corruption losses calculated

German business plan in balance

Political risk too high for diamond investment

03/01

Empowerment deal under fire from lawyers

RTZ denies delay on mine investment

Sanctions buster is key Mugabe backer

04/01

Companies hit by cost of raw materials

Gold mine reverses closure decision after state bail-out

Mugabe decides to stand again

New international airport

Not much applause for small withdrawal from Congo

Tycoon alleges SA plot over Congo

Veterans drive businessmen off

05/01

EU to consider economic sanctions

Forex is spirited abroad

Fuel hawkers out in force

Hope for tourism lies in eclipse

Poor labour relations cleared path for attacks

06/01

Contradictory signals from Harare as confrontation looms

New threat to Falcon gold

07/01

Army divides between pro- and anti-Mugabe wings

Food shortages loom

Gadaffi saves Mugabe again

Mugabe gets his reward from Congo

Private maize trade to be banned

Zanu-PF seeks to buy its way into hostile Matabeleland

08/01

Denmark suspends aid

Increase in living costs could spark protests

Pressure increases on independent media

US law seen as last straw by Zanu and military hardliners

Zanu's militia take on new direct action role

09/01

Huge logging deal exposed

IMF vetoes further funding

Ruling party backs land deal - but doubts remain

Tobacco farms close

10/01

Mugabe ditches reform plan, imposes price controls

Mugabe seeks to boost SE Asian trade

Power struggle inside opposition

Tactics and good fortune may get Mugabe off the hook

Tobacco production drops sharply

11/01

Arrest increases tension in Matabeleland

Commercial rivalry with SA 'key to Congo incursion'

Diplomatic and sanctions pressure increases on Mugabe

12/01

US offers sweetener as sanctions threaten and SADC backs Mugabe