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southern africa / economy / other libertarian press Wednesday September 20, 2017 - 17:53 by Philip Nyalungu   text 1 comment (last - monday february 05, 2024 - 19:02)
A sharp increase in fuel prices on Wednesday 6 September will hit the working class and poor hardest. The official reasons for the price hike are rising crude oil costs and the weak Rand. Government tax is also rising. Energy Minister Mamoloko Kubayi claims 4.6 cents a litre will go towards salary increases for petrol station workers.

The reality is rising prices get passed directly onto ordinary people by, for example, increases in taxi fares and food prices. ... read full story / add a comment
Demonstrators burned barricades and tyres during protests over soaring prices in Maputo [Reuters]
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Friday September 03, 2010 - 00:09 by Al Jazeera   image 1 image
At least six people have been shot dead in Mozambique's capital during clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against rising food and fuel prices. Police opened fire on protesters throwing stones and setting fire to tyres and barriers, but it was not immediately clear whether their bullets were responsible for the deaths. According to the AFP news agency, one boy was shot in the head and left dead in the street, while a police spokesman told Reuters two children were killed in the violence. Red Cross rescue teams in the impoverished southern African country said demonstrators were killed during separate protests in Maputo on Wednesday. "We have had 42 cases at the hospital. Twenty-three were wounded by gunshots. Two are being operated on at the moment. Nineteen have wounds from physical attacks. One died," Antonio Assis da Costa, director of emergency services at the Red Cross, told AFP. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Tuesday July 13, 2010 - 05:21 by John S. Saul
I first knew Mozambique through close contact in Dar es Salaam with FRELIMO in the early and difficult years – the 1960s and the first-half of 1970s – of its armed liberation struggle. Then Mozambique was seeking both to unite itself and to find political and military purchase against an intransigent and arrogant Portuguese colonialism. And FRELIMO – under the leadership of, first, Eduardo Mondlane (to be assassinated by the Portuguese) and, after him, of Samora Machel – did indeed manage, by 1975, to lead the country to victory. Along the way, FRELIMO succeeded in liberating zones in Mozambique adjacent to its rear bases in Tanzania and Zambia where it built a new social infrastructure of agricultural coops, schools and health services. Equally important, it forged an impressive corps of politically conscious and disciplined leadership cadres (see Cabaço, 2001 and 2009). ... read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / economia / stampa non anarchica Monday June 21, 2010 - 19:21 by Dale T. McKinley
Corre un bel rischio chi volesse tentare un approccio critico, pubblico e non apologetico, dei Mondiali di Calcio, proprio mentre nel nostro paese siamo al culmine della frenesia collettiva per le aspettative di buoni risultati, nutrite da un buon sentimento nazionale e da una diffusa eccitazione. Ma è un rischio che bisogna proprio assumersi poichè, indipendentenente al contesto, è sempre necessario distinguere il mito dalla realtà. Nel caso del "più grande spettacolo del mondo", dando pure per scontati sia la bellezza che il divertimento insiti nel gioco del calcio, la fabbricazione del mito ha creato una situazione di ebbrezza, un sorta di forte e veloce euforia che oscura la realtà, a cui seguirà una rapida caduta depressiva nel ritorno alla realtà. [English] ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Friday June 18, 2010 - 04:48 by Dale T. McKinley
Offering an unapologetic public critique of the FIFA Soccer World Cup at the height of the collective frenzy of positive expectation, feel-good nationalism and general public excitement that now exists in our country is a risky thing to do. But it is a risk that needs to be taken precisely because, no matter what the context, myths always need to be separated from realities. In the case of the ‘greatest show on earth’, leaving aside the very real beauty and enjoyment of the game of soccer, the myth-making has created a situation akin to inhaling tik – a short-lived high/euphoria that obscures all reality, followed by a rapid, depressing ‘come down’ back to that reality. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Friday January 15, 2010 - 18:12 by Richard Rooney
Swazis may face widespread hunger following an admission from the Swazi Government that it does not have the money to subsidise farming this year. In particular Swaziland staple food - maize - will be badly affected. Minister of Agriculture Clement Dlamini said there ‘was no money in place’ to subsidise the cost to farmers of seeds, fertiliser and other necessities.. He said without the subsidies it was impossible to ensure food security. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Thursday January 14, 2010 - 16:41 by Richard Rooney
The Swazi Government has ordered 14 percent cuts in all department budgets in order to stop Swaziland going into bankruptcy. A total of E1.5 billion must be cut straight away, says Swaziland’s Finance Minister Majozi Sithole. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Tuesday December 01, 2009 - 22:40 by Richard Rooney
I’ve been warning for some time that the kingdom ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch is living beyond its means. With 70 percent of the one million population earning less than one US dollar a day and receipts from the Southern African Customs Union about to be cut to ribbons, there is next to no money coming into the government in Swaziland. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Thursday May 29, 2008 - 15:55 by Anti-Privatisation Forum   image 1 image
The Anti Privatisation Forum attended the Energy Summit on the 16th May 2008 and the ongoing NERSA Public Hearings on the 23rd & 27th May 2008 in regards to ESKOM's proposed 53% tariff increase. It is clear that these processes were necessary to find a common solution to the current energy crisis in the country so that there could be a common vision. But as the APF, we would like to make it clear that the voices of the poor are not listened to by the government and big business in the process. The Energy Summit took a resolution to propose a smooth tariff increase over a period of five years and organised labour agreed with these resolutions. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Tuesday April 15, 2008 - 15:53 by Swazi Media Commentary
Swazi people threatened with starvation are being forced to pay cash to receive food aid that has been donated free of charge by international agencies. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / other libertarian press Wednesday April 02, 2008 - 21:31 by Blackstone
South Africa is particularly rich in mineral resources and is one of the leading raw material exporters in the world. Rightly so, South Africa can produce all the minerals necessary for her economic independence. Gold, diamonds, platinum, chromium, manganese, uranium, ire ore and coal make up 60 % of it's main exports. The country is also number one globally in exporting platinum, chromium, vandium and manganese. Africa is also the world's largest gold producer. It has enormous gold ore reserves representing 40% of global reserves. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Friday March 21, 2008 - 22:37 by Anti-Privatisation Forum
The issue of electricity in South Africa, in particular with ESKOM, is about the generation and distribution of electricity in Africa. As indicated in our country’s Constitution (in the bill of rights) electricity is a right. ESKOM has an attitude that electricity is a privilege not a right hence the ridiculous tariff increment of wanting to charge more than 53%. The Anti Privatisation Forum is condemning this increase and it is mobilising its constituencies against this proposed increase. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Wednesday March 12, 2008 - 14:39 by James Hall
Climate change appears to have permanently altered certain areas of east and southern Swaziland, where good harvests have not been achieved for over a decade.
Agriculture officials and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) now question whether these areas can still support communities. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / other libertarian press Friday November 23, 2007 - 20:42 by Mandisi Majavu   text 1 comment (last - sunday november 25, 2007 - 18:19)
It seems to me that it should be obvious to everyone who has a capacity to morally reason that economic policies that endorse the privatisation of everything we hold dear do not create economic opportunities for the majority of people in South Africa. In fact such policies exacerbate inequality and social injustice. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / other libertarian press Wednesday July 13, 2005 - 17:11 by Eugene Plawiuk
While a limp effort was made at last weeks G8 summit on Africa, to address the need to reduce protectionist trade barriers and subsidies by America and Europe (France in particular) at least there was recognition that Trade not Aid was what will really help Africa develop a capitalist infrastructure. ... read full story / add a comment
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