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Southern Africa Monthly Regional Bulletin

 

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Vol. 8/ 1999

 
Angola
0199:
Unita finds new outlets in war of diamonds and oil
Warning on increased inflation
0299:
Central Africa grouping joined
Emergency announced as president takes over control
0399:
Military experts predict Unita will have to upper hand
SA involved in illicit mining
0499:
Budget gives priority to defence
China gives $600,000
Zimbabwean, Namibian troops to fight against Unita
0599:
Criticism for land-mine use
Government promises major economic reform package by September
Kosovo may divert aid from crisis
Moscow seeks downed pilots
0699:
Aid promises fail to materialise
Envoy recommends tightening of anti-Unita sanctions
Oil shipments to Brazil to resume
Portuguese discuss debt, diamonds
Prices rising at over 40 per cent
Telecomms expand
0799:
$50m needed to restore water projects
Diamond find near Kuito
Humanitarian crisis meets UN mission
Oil exploration leads
SADC summit prepares yet another hard line on Unita
0899:
Government to create aid corridors
Oil price hike boosts budget
0999:
IMF forecasts early aid start
Verbal commitments, but no funding for UN sanctions body
1099:
Contract to train government force
De Beers stops Angolan diamond buying
IMF postpones further talks as government confidence rises
1199:
Diamond club agrees to ban
Endgame for Unita predicted again as UK joins Luanda's drive to isolate Savimbi
EU deal as fish stocks drop
Germany puts forward debt plan
More refugees flee over borders
SA's soft line puts it out on a limb
Tensions with Togo over kidnap claim
1299:
Revamped Su-22s bought in E.Europe
Civil society team press oil issue
Murky oil dealings of ultra-wealthy Luanda elite are exposed

Botswana
0299:
Namibians granted asylum
Optimism that ivory ban will go
Rising inflation brings bank rate raise
0499:
Deficit looms after diamond loss
Ivory sold from stockpile
0699:
Copper mine faces a bleak future
0899:
Mauritius, India pledge investment
Military meet at critical time in Windhoek
Parliament dissolved ahead of elections
1099:
AIDS, drought and poverty challenge ruling party after poll
Rail line under pressure from Zimbabwe
Water scheme delayed
1199:
IMF warns on diversification, credit and spending

Congo DR
0299:
Civil society has peace plan
Cobalt surges to boost Gecamines, ZCCM
Kabila reorganises central bank
Restrictions for gold, diamond areas
0399:
Economy deteriorates amid gloom over war
Gecamines assets seized in SA
Opposition leader forms new party
0499:
Decline in diamond market
Rebels upbeat about advances
0599:
Interahamwe disarmament key to settlement - Ajello
0699:
More talks about talks as both sides reach military impasse
0799:
Peace force logistics are major hurdle as ceasefire deal is signed
0899:
Desperate Kabila is obliged to seek Mbeki's help
0999:
Gecamines misses out on cobalt's soaring world prices
UN role is played down even before peace process begins
1099:
Concern over drop in diamond production
1199:
Ceasefire is void, say rebel groups
Fighting intensifies as Mugabe considers his military options
First Hague hearings
Iran denies selling Scuds to Kabila
Prisoner of war agreement
1299:
Offshore bank offers to finances projects in rebel territory

International
0199:
EU funds fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance
French business committee for SA
Russia plans business group
UK ruling opens way for actions
0299:
Fisheries issues casts long shadow over EU trade pact
Foreign sentiment stays negative as SA stresses 'sound' economy
Highest level Chinese visit to SA
0399:
Last-ditch hard-sell by protagonists of EU pact
SA's naval orders run into German storm
US-SA anti-crime group launched
0499:
Buthelezi scores in Brussels
De Beers reports on campaign to mop up production
Free trade deal makes no opening for EU fishing vessels
SA condemns Nato strikes
0599:
Mandela treads carefully in Kosovo minefield
0699:
Milosevic's son said to transfer funds to SA
SA set to reap benefits of Libyan mediation
0899:
Iraqi officials in talks on SA projects
1199:
Kuwait and SA move to military pact
Pentagon centre for strategic studies
SA is prime user of WTO's anti-dumping measures
SA resumes gold coin exports to US
SA, China keen to expand bilateral ties
1299:
EU and ACP countries fail to agree
Marginalised African states relieved at failure of Seattle WTO
New US policy will seek to stabilise the region
SA and Malaysia in military deal
Swiss clear intelligence service
US sells more goods to Africa, its energy imports cost less

Lesotho
0199:
Looted businesses fail to get insurance pay-out
0299:
First hydro power station
0399:
Land claim raises its head again
0499:
Talks on 'crucial' water treaty
0599:
Nerves continue as troops leave
0699:
EU funds major roads programme
Training begins to rebuild army
0799:
Highlands project yields jobs
Massive cereal shortfall
Parliament passes R2bn budget
0899:
Highlands authority chief charged
Petrol, diesel prices increased
1099:
Food relief programme launched
1199:
Compensation for SADF raids
Delay in polls ahead

Malawi
0199:
Electoral body broke ahead of polls
Food aid
Minister sacked ahead of probe
Tentative backing by IMF for debt relief
0399:
Privatisation drive drags
Rumours fly as parties gear up for May 18 election contest
0499:
Norway gives additional funds for poll
0599:
Central bank allays fears of economic slump
Good maize crop forecast
0699:
New government has to grapple with economic concerns
0799:
Concern over ineffectual fight against growing corruption
Violence and price hikes follow election
Y353m grant from Japan
0899:
Illegal cross-border trade costs millions in forex
Journalists form environment body
New legislation to curb child labour
0999:
EU warns of 'explosive' situation
Structural adjustment - privatisation under scrutiny in new sober mood
1099:
Consortium to operate rail system
Deficit may delay ambitious $20m national energy programme
1199:
EU gives support to ease Aids crisis
National radio targets marginalised communities
1299:
Doubts about credibility of official inflation target
New look taken at old export crop

Mozambique
0199:
Chissano hurt by aides' shady business deals
Finns expand de-mining project
Parliament approves budget aiming at 8% growth
UNDP disputes World Bank estimates
0299:
Portugal reschedules part of debt
Portuguese investors create 7,500 jobs
0399:
Another cashew factory to close
Arbitration over electricity dispute
Arms purchases tied to Russia?
Chissano in anti- corruption talks
Major flooding adds point to debt relief
McBride's car stripped
Sugar industry competitive soon
Wenela plans to reopen recruitment offices
0499:
EDM satisfied with performance
General elections may be delayed
Government postpones VAT
Premier defends nationalisation
0599:
Stock exchange to open soon
Airline has third year of profit
Australia will boost agriculture
Blanchard enterprises to invest $1.5 million in tourist scheme
Denationalisation bill defeated
Elections may still be held this year
French firm heads water consortium for cities
HCB wants arbitration on dispute
IMF puts pressure on cashew industry
Increased sugar production
Ireland pulls its aid to Inhambane project
Macro-economic targets set
Plans for extension of electricity network across country
Port modernisation prioritised
State revenue less than planned
US Pande gas deal is largest investment yet
0699:
Donors dissatisfied with reporting
0799:
Ban on elephant hunting lifted
Confidence mounts of sustainable growth after boost through $3.7bn debt cut
EU pledges $6 million
Health care in crisis as Aids bites deep
Plans to repair Sena rail link
Spain to train police special units
0899:
Agreement on Incomati Basin
Agreement over repatriations
Australia adds support to Proagri
Co-operation with Portugal's Telecom
Elephant restocking for Gorongosa
First telecentres inaugurated
Funds fail for strategic rail link
Investment in marijuana?
Major titanium find in Chibuto
Ponta Dobela agreement signed
Private sector conference ahead
0999:
Demonstrators march for Timor
Diamond prospecting
French navy to monitor coast
1099:
Foreign investment grows
New census shows 17 million people
Sugar production increases
1199:
Eco-tourism project cancelled
National land mine survey next year
1299:
Intrinsically democratic' poll sees Frelimo win again
Prime position lost by opposition

Namibia
0199:
Drought relief
Economic recovery anticipated
SAA, Air Namibia announce "commercial alliance"
0299:
Airport upgrade and road link put Walvis on the map
0499:
Nujoma shifts Toivo into labour
Regrouping in local beers wars
0599:
Government spurns Aids programme
New unemployment figures
0699:
Karakul in high demand in Copenhagen
0799:
Ex-detainees seek truth from Swapo
0899:
Opposition party names leaders
Power line completes grid
Rebel attack in Caprivi has potential to spill over borders
0999:
Epupa delays hurting Namibia
ICJ ready to rule on border dispute
Warning about diamond trade
1099:
Mining giants sign exploration deal
More airlines fly in
Nujoma announces poll date
Protests against proposed new dam
1299:
Clear majority and fair economic prospects for Swapo

Region
0199:
Beer war between SA and Kenya
CFA franc pegged to Euro
Despite price falls region bucks worst
SA-built Ugandan 'port' will help link Southern and East Africa
UN and aid workers face security quandary after Angola disaster
0299:
East Africa remakes itself as Southern Africa flounders
Engen enters Burundi oil sector
Mosagrius farmers leaving
Nigeria courts SA
SADC faces cereals deficit
SADC unprepared for millenium bug
0399:
Boost for methane reserves
Riots in Mauritius belie tales of generalised prosperity
SADC to link up stock exchanges
0499:
Burundians wait for their crutches
CFM to purchase Malawi railways
Comesa states reduce tariffs
Delay sought for EA Co-operation
Morocco relations warm up
SA expected to invest in Libya
SA to export maize despite lower yield
SA urges boost in regional trade
Views still differ on crisis force
0599:
UN appoints head of genocide probe
Mozambique is top of the EU development list
SA, Zimbabwe clash over Angola
Tensions over immigrants
Transit permits introduced
0699:
Some 80 percent of SADC unemployed
Malawi is critical of trade agreement with Zimbabwe
SADC suspicions of SACU increase despite free trade goal
Sasol-Chevron project to go ahead in Nigeria
South Africa increases its shares in African Development bank
0799:
Arms trafficking spreads on continent
Burundi's president consults SA generals
Debt relief is bonus for some
Falling gold price hits migrants
Lebombo initiative launched
SA prepares to unveil SADC plan
0899:
Angolan mine treaty violations defended
Commercial airlines defy ban on flights to DR Congo
Crusade for cheap anti-AIDS drugs may yield results
Mbeki government decides to force the pace in ineffectual SADC
More easing of debt burden
Nigeria seeks closer links with SADC
R2.3bn investment from Opic
Tanzania opts for SADC, East African market plan bogs down
Tourism will be SADC priority
0999:
Air Namibia, Zambia Airways link up
Comores stability again threatened
Governments accused of diverting medical funds
Little enthusiasm for SA mediation call
Money laundering targeted
Soros backs Internet in Africa
Tazara rail line to be privatised
World Bank steps in, but presidents steer clear
1099:
AIDS impact on economies discussed
Algeria spent most on SA arms
Animal genetic resources to be preserved
Investment on infrastructure
Lesotho Highlands case highlights depth of corruption problem in region
New effort to combat malaria
New livestock vaccine
Rwandans, ANC in Great Lakes talks
SA, Nigeria begin 'strategic' relationship
SADC to formulate environment policy
US signs $2 million co-operation deal
1199:
Botswana is 'best risk' for French
Eritrea 'buying second-hand MiGs'
Higher profile for SA in Burundi
Nigeria, SA to co-operate on power
OAU steps in
SA share listings boost Nigerian bourse
1299:
AI slams Pretoria over Mengistu
Zimbabwe faces moment of truth

South Africa
0199:
British Aerospace in military deal
IFC to invest $1m in business centre
Internet malaria study launched
Manufacturing down 3.5%
Mbeki stresses interdependence
Mining production up
0299:
Platinum and palladium rising
Trade surplus last year halved
0399:
Gold has recovered its glitter
Pre-election budget wins predictable plaudits
Pressure mounts for cancellation of apartheid debt
Review of lending laws ahead
0499:
BAe will take stake in Denel
Confidence rises slightly
Effort to make business cheaper
Endangered species unit calls for probe
High growth forecast for province
Iscor and Dutch to reduce greenhouse gases
0599:
EU clears part acquisition of SA fruit company
Business confidence improves
More platinum from SA mines
0699:
ANC and PAC supporters most optimistic about economy
Jobs issue tops concerns
New government under constraint as it seeks jobs and investment
0799:
Japan lends $400m for development
Massive job losses loom on mines and in industry
Police come bottom
Sexwale enters diamond business
0899:
Finance department may be challenged on orthodoxy
No more support for falling Rand
Water supply cut-backs ahead
0999:
Billion dollar saving on military refurbishment
Exports to Africa on a slide
Mboweni supports inflation targeting
No speed-up in privatisations amidst concern about jobs
Outrage at diplomat's murder
Unions discover their weakness
1099:
Another N-power station?
Gold price rebound will not save jobs
Investment crash increases pressure for speedier privatisation
SA Breweries to buy top lager
1199:
Afrikaner leaders plead for rights
ANC eyes tighter capital controls
E-trading brings SA in line with trend
Growth fastest in two years
Merger of financial markets proposed
Millennium bug will hit SA markets
New record demand for platinum
1299:
Business confidence hits new high with 3% growth prediction

Swaziland
0199:
Asbestos mine given five years
Regional Power Pool joined
0299:
Public outcry over new law
0499:
Electricity may come from Congo
Soft loans end because of alleged wealth
0599:
EU aid seeks to cushion the effects of SA trade deal
0899:
Public sector workers threaten nationwide strike
1199:
Rwandan military helicopters seized

Tanzania
0199:
$20m package
Illovo troubles at Kilombero
0399:
IMF approves third Esaf loan
0899:
Minister criticised for waiving taxes

Zambia
0199:
After a year detainees win a point
Breakthrough on delayed sale of ZCCM copper mines
Lack of enthusiasm for local election
Trade talks with India
0299:
Chiluba blames ZCCM delays
0399:
EU to resume aid to Zambia
0499:
Bid to diversify metal exports
Fall in oil imports
Paris Club reduces debt by $700m
Zamtel cuts telephone tariffs
0599:
Amnesty hammers police force
Business hurt by Congo conflict
Cholera hits Congo refugee camp
Inflation likely to go up
Ndola fire may hit Unita's fuel supplies
0699:
Maize farming uncompetitive
Rehabilitation for Copperbelt road
0799:
Copper mines' purchase on course claims Anglo American
0899:
Blow to hopes for ZCCM as Chileans pull out
EU to help with roads building
Government concerned at deforestation
Growing crime hurts business prospects
0999:
ZCCM bid collapse may force new donors' meeting
1099:
Government ready to sell copper mines
Land allocated to women
Wells contaminated
1199:
Government sells off ZCCM to Anglo American
SA team checks on assassination

Zimbabwe
0199:
Aid 'unaffected'
Boka Bank 'was smuggling funds abroad
Devaluation boosts sugar exports
IMF signals it will pay tranche
Miners seek stake in companies
Offer of free trade with SA
Rural development spending
Tourism to earn ZD6 billion
0299:
Arms imports will cost 2% of GDP
Corruption rampant at oil company
Local poverty increases
SA black business seeks investments
Strategy for the region threatened by Mugabe's challenge to democracy
0399:
Scams hit health delivery service
Trade unions to form political party.
0499:
Amidst economic crisis Zanu seeks to streamline its secret business empire
Anglo talks on platinum mine
Inflation soars to 50%
Power plant agreement with UK on hold pending strategic review
Russian arms sought
0599:
Libya bail-out to arrive 'soon'
Anxiety ahead of IMF meeting
Fears over broadcasting bill
GDP growth less than 2 percent
Lower harvest for Zambezi Valley
Strike ban expires, new law prepared
Unions call off industrial action
0699:
Airport aid talks suspended
Platinum mine closes
Privatisation benefits Mugabe's senior cabinet colleagues
Terrorism charge against Americans dropped
0799:
Default on external debt
Mugabe comes nearer apology for massacres
0899:
Brazilian tanks 'dysfunctional'
Indigenisation battle inside finance company
Inflation at new record level
0999:
Courts on fresh collision course
Donors follow up on IMF
IMF 'good news' spells higher inflation and gloom
Mugabe catches Kabila's plane
New land regulations
Pessimism for economic recovery
1099:
Concern at rail link condition
Congo hands over farm land
Donors await IMF decision on real cost of Congo war
EU suspends aid talks pending IMF deal
Jail for Congo spying
Military companies profit
Wankie coal sale?
1199:
Forex accounts are in Mugabe's sights as currency crisis looms
New budget fails to reassure
Role of Fifth Brigade is acknowledged
Significant changes proposed in new constitution
1299:
Clamp down on forex holdings as economic reforms fade

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