New African

Articles from No. 465, August-September

2010 Is Africa's Date with Destiny: Pusch Commey Reports from Johannesburg of an Innovative Way of Mobilising African Support for the 2010 Football World Cup to Be Hosted by South Africa
As the countdown to Africa's greatest sporting event draws closer, so are plans to make it the best event in the world ever. Three years from this summer all roads will lead to Africa. Kick off is 11 June. The final is scheduled to take place in Johannesburg...
A Chilean Example
"Sign no new loans and make no more commitments. Retain Chile in Eximbank's Group D [worst risk] category, requiring all decisions to be made in Washington and raising fees on guarantees ... Examine each Chilean request to international financial institutions...
'Business Is Not Seeking Regime Change'
On 20 July, Zimbabwe's business leaders wrote to the government, via President Robert Mugabe, assuring him and the government that the business sector did not seek regime change in Zimbabwe. "We, the business leaders from the private sector," the letter...
Callisto Jokonya: 'We Are All Guilty'
Callisto Jokonya, a successful businessman in his own right and president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), puts the business side of the argument in this interview with the New African editor, Baffour Ankomah. "We totally agree that...
Chile: Kissinger's Letter
On 9 November 1970, Henry Kissinger, on behalf of the US National Security Council, wrote the following "Top Secret, Sensitive Eyes Only" National Security Decision Memorandum 93 to the American secretary of state, secretary of defence; director, Office...
Commerce without Morality ... Media Reactions to the War on Prices: As Usual, Zimbabwe's Media (Both Private and State-Owned) Have Been Vociferous in Their Support or Criticism of the War against Inordinate Price Increases. Here Is a Sample of the Media Reactions
"Business gave a hostage to fortune". By Joram Nyathi, Columnist, Zimbabwe Independent, (private weekly), 13 July. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was the same in business, the media and the opposition. The response to the government's crackdown on...
Corporate Social Responsibility in the African Context: Interest in African Energy Resources Used to Focus Almost Entirely on North and West African Oil, but While Oil Still Attracts the Lion's Share of Investment, Natural Gas Is Steadily Catching Up in Terms of Importance. Neil Ford Reports
Corporate social responsibility is not a term which resonates in much of Africa. Encouraging the growth of African companies and creating employment can be difficult enough without placing any restrictions on the approach of business. Yet despite the...
Cote d'Ivoire: 'France Played a Negative Role; Mrs Simone Gbagbo, the First Lady of Cote d'Ivoire, Takes No Prisoners When Defending Her Country's National Interest. She Is the President of the Ruling Party's Group in Parliament. She Talked to Our Correspondent, Ruth Tete, about What the French Did in the Ivorian Crisis and Other Matters
Ruth Tete: The Ivorian crisis is gradually coming to an end. What has been the impact on Franco-Ivorian relations? Mrs Simone Gbagbo: I think that France is a bit late regarding the evolution of mentalities in Africa. Some French political and economic...
Eric Bloch: 'Zimbabwe Business Committing Hara-Kiri'
"Since the beginning of February [this year], much of commerce and industry has been pursuing operations in a manner that can only hasten the Zimbabwean economic collapse. The captains of business, and many others, are apparently now driven to pursue...
Ethiopia Wants Its Prince Back
Ethiopia's year-long Third Millennium celebrations kick off on 12 September, but it wants Britain to, first, return the remains of its prince, Alemayehu, who was taken away in 1868 when a British expedition looted Emperor Tewodros' fortress town, Magdala....
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Ghana: A King of Our Times
Eight years ago, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, pictured above, was enstooled as the 16th king or occupant of the Golden Stool of the Asante people. His many endeavours since then have benefited not only his own Asante people, but many other...
Gideon Gono: 'I'm Not against Price War'
The governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Dr Gideon Gono, has refuted media reports, first carried by the Harare-based pro-opposition weekly, Zimbabwe Independent, and later amplified in various media outlets abroad that he was against the government's...
Gideon Gono: 'Zimbabwe Will Not Die'
In this wide-ranging interview about the realities in Zimbabwe, the governor of the country's central bank, Dr Gideon Gono, tells the New African editor, Baffour Ankomah: "Let me just say Zimbabwe will not die. We'll have bruises here and there, but...
How the IMF Fixed Zimbabwe
The IMF, same as the other international financial institutions, like to preach good governance, rule of law, uniformity of treatment, respecting the voice of weaker members and consensus building to developing countries. But, gauging from what the...
Hunting with Hounds, and Running with Hares: Caesar Zvayi, a Zimbabwean Journalist, on MDC Hypocrisy. after Calling for Sanctions to Be Imposed on the Country, the MDC Should Take Its Fair Share of the Blame for the Resultant Economic Problems
ZANU-PF stalwarts have bastardised the MDC acronym to mean Movement for the Destruction of our Country, with the ascetic ones substituting 'movement' for 'morons'. Looking at the behaviour of the MDC leadership, their actions and statements since...
Is It Really "Voodoo Economics" Bringing Zimbabwe Down?
America's former ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Christopher Dell, left on 14 July for his new posting in Afghanistan without bidding President Mugabe the "official" face-to-face farewell as demanded by diplomatic etiquette. Derided by various Zimbabwean...
Lighten Our Darkness, President Kufuor! Ghana's Main Hope Lies in Solar Power. Ironically, the Very Sunshine That Is Drying-Up Africa's Rivers and Making It Impossible for People to Rely on Their Hydro-Electric Power Supply System Is What Can Save Africans from Being Perennially Plunged in Darkness
I suppose I should be happy over this report in Ghana's Daily Graphic: "The Volta River Authority (VRA) has dispelled media speculations that it is being forced to shut down its hydroelectric power generating plants. The Director of Hydro at the VRA,...
Lovemore Mushonga: Trade Union Affiliates Support Price War
The government directive for businesses to reduce prices to 18 June levels has been hailed by Zimbabweans across the political divide. Surprisingly, it has been condemned by the Zimbabwe Confederation of Trade Unions (ZCTU) whose leadership has even...
Malawi: Political Lessons from First Lady's Death
That "politicians will always be politicians" has been amply demonstrated in Malawi since the death of the first lady, Mrs Ethel Mutharika, in late May. The intense political squabbling in the months before her death disappeared as the nation mourned...
Mangwana: 'The Goal Is Economic Independence'
In this interview with Caesar Zvayi (first published by The Herald in Harare on 14 July 2007), Munyaradzi Mangwana, Zimbabwe's indigenisation and empowerment minister, tells what lies in store for recalcitrant businesses which will not cooperate with...
Mechanisation to Take Agriculture to New Levels: A New Five-Year Mechanisation Programme Launched by the Government in Conjunction with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Is Set to Revolutionise Farming. Mabasa Sasa Reports
Over the past few years, a combination of drought, lack of agricultural inputs, and general economic malaise have seen Zimbabwe failing to be adequately food self-sufficient. While commodity deliveries to institutions such as the Grain Marketing Board...
Morgan Tsvangirai: 'Price War Is a Poor Election Gimmick'
On 9 July 2007, Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of one of the two factions of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), issued a statement in Harare reacting to the government's clampdown on hyperinflation and phenomenal rising prices. "It is...
Mugabe: 'Snakes in Our Midst'
"If we increase people's salaries today, you see them doubling the prices of goods in shops as if to say we want to drain every last dollar they have. It is in such ways that we see some industrialists here pushing for regime change and we have to...
Nigeria: A New Approach; as the New Nigerian President, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Pictured, Settles into Office, Nigerians and Watchers of Africa's Most Populous Nation Struggle to Grasp a Clear-Cut Direction of Policy and Strategy from His Administration. Ola Sheyin Analyses the Situation
It is not very easy to continually find fault with someone who is predominantly perceived to be passive. And for this reason, Nigerians, who are addicted to disparaging their leaders, will have an increasingly frustrating time, with the governing style...
Rhodesian Rump Capital vs African Liberation: Dr Tafataona Mahoso, Head of Zimbabwe's Media Commission, on Why "African Managers" Employed by Rhodesian Rump Capital Should Declare Where They Stand-With the People and True African Liberation or with the Saboteurs of Zimbabwe's Economy
It is no coincidence that since the beginning of the African land reclamation revolution in Zimbabwe, the US State Department propaganda against Zimbabwe has focused on discrediting the efforts of the government of President Mugabe to construct a Zimbabwean...
Seven Communication Tips an Effective Leader Must Have (II): "When I Send a Man to Buy a Horse, I Don't Want to Be Told How Many Hairs the Horse Has in His Tail. I Wish Only to Know the Points", Said Abraham Lincoln. Effective Communication Calls for Painstaking Search, Selection and Stringing of Picture-Building Words
In my last column, I gave two tips for leaders wanting to produce cutting-edge communication. Here are the rest: * Empathise with the audience Leaders who operate aloof of the people, pass the buck but keep the bucks and look for scapegoats,...
Sierra Leone: Kabbah's Record
From the miserable, blood-drenched nation dismissed by many as beyond salvage, Sierra Leone has conducted two successful multiparty elections since the end of the civil war in 2002 and has had an annual growth rate of more than 7% (the highest in west...
Sinning or Sinned against; George Charamba, Secretary for Information and Publicity, Ties in All the Strands That Make the Real Zimbabwe Story: A Country under Siege by Foreign Forces Who Yet Accuse It of "Digging Its Own Grave". (Please Turn the Page)
Standard Western journalism and scholarship depicts Zimbabwe as a country in travail, or in the words of Todd Moss and Stewart Patrick of Harvard University, "a country on the edge". This Eurocentric perspective spews copious evidence in its support:...
South Africa: To BEE or Not to BEE; after 13 Years of ANC Rule, the Question Still Persists on How Far the Government Has Economically Empowered Black South Africans. Pusch Coomey Reports
South Africa today is abuzz with BEE (Black Economic Empowerment), a mechanism to rescue blacks from 350 years of economic exploitation, poverty and social degradation. But there are myriad problems. President Thabo Mbeki put it succinctly in his...
Telecom System Cries for Investment: Making a Call by Cellular Phone in Zimbabwe Is Not for the Fainthearted, and at Peak Times Such as Friday Evenings, It Can Be Quite a Harrowing Experience. Baffour Ankomah Interviewed Christopher Mushohue, the Transport and Communications Minister
There are three cellular network providers in Zimbabwe--the Stateowned Net*One, and two private ones Econet and Telecel--servicing a mobile population of 1.5m people. What is more, present targets are for at least one third of Zimbabweans or four...
The Chimera of Equality; Inequality Bestrides the West. Rich and Poor: Never the Twain Shall Meet. If Western Countries Have Not Combated Their Huge Disparities between Rich and Poor in Income, Housing, Education, Jobs-How on Earth Do They Think They Can "Make Poverty History", or Remove Other Inequalities, in Africa?
Equality does not make you equal. "I'm as good as she is." "I can do what he does." But you aren't, are you? You can't, can you? You can only do what you are good at. Do what you're good at. What is that, by the way? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The...
'The Persian Gulf of Strategic Minerals of Our Earth': By Landmass, Zimbabwe Is Twice the Size of the UK. by Population, Zimbabwe Has a 10th of the UK Population. So, Why Does This Relatively Small African Nation Attract So Much Attention from the West to the Point of Even Seeking Regime Change in Harare? Is It Only for the Love of the Africans in Zimbabwe?, Asks Mabasa Sasa
In recent memory, no country in peace time has ever received as much publicity as Zimbabwe has since the onset of its land reform programme in 2000. Since then, its politics and economy have become a free-for-all, often maligned by commentators who...
The Truth about Zimbabwe-South Africa Economic Relations
It is often said that the "Zimbabwean crisis" has had a negative impact on the growth of not only the South African economy but the economies of the SADC region as a whole. This has led to calls (especially by Western governments, their officials and...
The World Bank & Others: The World Bank Helped Zimbabwe in the Past, but No More. It Stopped Lending to Zimbabwe in October 2000. Tom Mbakwe Reports
The World Bank has helped Zimbabwe to fight poverty and improve living standards. To date, the Bank has approved 19 International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) loans and 14 International Development Association (IDA) credits, totalling...
Tony Hawkins: 'I Don't See the Economy Collapsing' ... and Nobody Knows the Rate of Inflation. It's All Guess Work. "There Is No Scientific Basis or Evidence for Making These Projections. They Are Gut-Feeling Projections. I Mean Everyone Is Peering into the Dark. Everyone Is Peering into the Unknown. Nobody Knows!" Baffour Ankomah Reports
Tony Hawkins is a leading, pro-opposition, rightwing, Zimbabwean economist who doesn't count President Mugabe among his friends. But when you stretch the truth too thin on the ground to be trampled upon, even rightwing, anti-Mugabe economists do flinch....
Trade Unions Group Ask Workers to Stand by for Strikes
On 10 July, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the country's umbrella trade unions group, issued two statements signed by its secretary general, Wellington Chibebe, asking workers (in the first statement) to "prepare for national action"...
Trudy Stevenson: Myth and Reality
On 7 July 2007, Trudy Stevenson, the MDC MP for Harare North, and secretary for policy and research of the Arthur Mutambara-faction, issued a statement in Harare in the form of "20 questions" aimed at educating the public about the frustrations they...
'When the Rich Catch a Cold, the Middle Class Sneezes': Mabasa Sasa Went into the Streets of Zimbabwe to Gauge Public Feeling about the Government's Clampdown on Price Increases. Generally, It Was Thumbs Up for the Government
The decision by the government of Zimbabwe to slash the prices of goods and services to 18 June 2007 levels--representing a 50% deduction across the board--has sharply divided the Zimbabwean public, largely along class and political lines as has become...
'Where Did You Get the Money to Pay Us?'
Dr Gideon Gono, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (the central bank) reflects on Zimbabwe-IMF relations. "It is against the overt bias and unfair treatment we received at the hands of the IMF on 8 March 2006, that Zimbabwe lodged a formal complaint...
Zimbabwe Economy: The Real Story
"The Briton said to the Zimbabwean: "On the way here two days ago, I had read from The Daily Telegraph that Harare had completely shut down because of the lack of fuel. So I thought we couldn't even go out of the hotel when we arrive. But that is not...

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