Archive for August 11th, 2007

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
10 August, 2007

The state run Herald newspaper reported that the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) had cancelled Telecel Zimbabwe’s license. A statement issued by the Authority said the owners of the company had failed to “regularise the company’s shareholding structure, which was heavily skewed in favour of foreigners.” Under the conditions of the licence, the foreign ownership of the company was limited to not more than 49% as required by the Communications Act. Telecel International held 60% of the shares, and this left 11% disputed shares that Telecel was required to restructure.

According to The Herald, Potraz had given Telecel Zimbabwe a deadline of June 30 this year to change the shareholding structure or risk losing its licence. Businessman James Makamba and Jane Mutasa reportedly gained control of the company after paying US$3,5 million to Telecel International for the disputed 11% shares. Makamba is reported to have said he notified Potraz of this development, but the license was cancelled regardless.

St Marys MP Job Sikhala, who is on the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Communication, said Leo Mugabe could be trying to take over Telecel using his political connections to his uncle Robert Mugabe. Leo Mugabe also sits on the Communications Portfolio Committee. Sikhala said he has no doubt that Leo flexed his political muscle to influence the decision by Potraz. He explained that Leo once tried to buy shares in Telecel but his cheque bounced.

Sikhala said Leo Mugabe is always using his political clout to [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Victoria Burnett
Published: August 10, 2007

TORRIJOS, Spain: Fatou Faye was not the first person to head for Spain from her run-down corner of Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Half a dozen friends and relatives left before her, squeezing into wooden fishing boats and wagering their lives on the high seas for the chance of a future in Europe.

“Some succeeded,” Faye said flatly. “Some were sent back. Some drowned.”

But there was no dangerous sea voyage for Faye, a 32 year-old mother of two who came to Spain under circumstances that thousands of her compatriots dream of: on a plane, with a visa and a job that pays five times what she earned at home.

Faye is one of the first Senegalese workers to be hired under a Spanish labor plan designed to help dissuade young Africans from throwing themselves on the mercy of the Atlantic in the hope of reaching Europe, by offering legitimate passage to some. The program, promoted by the Spanish and Senegalese governments, aims to bring hundreds of workers to Spain this year with renewable one-year visas and jobs.

“I thought, ‘Thank God. I will be able to help my father and mother, my brothers and sisters,’ ” Faye said of the moment when she heard she had a job working for Acciona, a major Spanish building and services company.

In January, she flew with 72 others to Spain, where Acciona helped her find the three-bedroom house she shares with four other Senegalese on the edge of this small industrial town. She now earns €700, or $960, a month after tax – the same as her Spanish counterparts – as part of an Acciona cleaning team at a ham factory.

As Europe struggles to cope with an unstinting flow of desperate migrants to its southern shores, Spain’s African initiative, and the blend of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Cape Argus (Cape Town)

10 August 2007
Posted to the web 10 August 2007
Di Caelers

Sacked deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge says she was fired for “just doing my job”.

Breaking her silence for the first time over her axing by President Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday night, Madlala-Routledge made it clear to a large media contingent this morning that she had broken no rules and so had not been prepared to consider resigning her post.

The former deputy minister was adamant that, rather, she had fulfilled her responsibilities and obligations in line with her position.

Although she did not directly attack the President, Madlala-Routledge made it very clear that she would not be backing Mbeki in the succession race.

Making reference to struggle heroes like Govan Mbeki and Albert Luthuli, she said she would campaign hard between now and December when the ANC meets to vote for a new president to “get a leader that I think will be brave and stand up for the truth”.

She would not be drawn on a potential name for a successor to Mbeki, but Madlala-Routledge said she would help make sure the new president would “succeed in uniting the ANC”.

“It is very important that we choose a leader the whole country will support,” she added.

Officially, Madlala-Routledge said, she had been fired for paying an unannounced visit to Frere Hospital on July 13 and “for my response to the shocking situation I found in the maternity ward”.

Another reason for her dismissal was the “publicised report of a request by an anonymous whistle-blower (for an investigation) into the unauthorised trip I undertook to Madrid”.

In respect of her Frere Hospital visit, Madlala-Routledge said she had been doing her job in line with what was expected of her as a member of the executive.

“I considered it my duty to respond quickly to a report about babies dying I was shocked by [continue reading]