Archive for May 5th, 2008

source: allAfrica
Leadership (Abuja)

5 May 2008
Posted to the web 5 May 2008

The IMF is working with vulnerable member countries to assess the fiscal, balance-of-payments, and income effects of higher food prices and of higher commodity prices more generally.

Several countries have asked for extra financial support to cover higher food import costs, and an IMF mission will shortly travel to Haiti to review the country’s need for increased financial assistance.

External Relations Department Director Masood Ahmed recently told a news conference that the IMF is also “working with the member countries that are likely to be affected to assess the impact of the higher food prices, and of higher commodity prices more generally, on their balance of payments and fiscal situation.”The impact of food price increases on the most vulnerable populations, notably the urban poor, has significant social implications-as attested by recent food riots and strikes in several African countries.

Many sub-Saharan African countries have [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Saturday, 03 May 2008 18:12

Botswana has set up a temporary refugee centre to receive Zimbabweans fleeing politically-motivated violence which began after the disputed 29 March election results.

In a statement released on Friday, the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse, said there had been an influx of Zimbabweans seeking refuge and international protection in the aftermath of the polls.

“For some time we have been receiving illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe seeking economic opportunities who have been crossing at un-gazetted entry points into Botswana,” he said.

Few of these people sought asylum, Seretse said.

“But, since the elections, we have received a number of people actively seeking political asylum and international protection and alleging they feared for their lives,” he said, adding there was a probability the numbers would grow.

The government’s decision to set up the temporary facility comes amid growing fears in [continue reading]

source: IOL
Maureen Isaacson
May 04 2008 at 10:29AM

A historic judgment has consigned prepaid water meters to the dustbin of history. It has also highlighted the attitude of the City of Johannesburg to the plight of the majority of poor, uneducated, sick and HIV and Aids-ravaged residents of Phiri township, Soweto.

The Johannesburg High Court has declared prepaid water meters unlawful and unconstitutional. Five poor residents of Phiri, who have been in dispute with the city for the past four years on behalf of themselves and their community, have won the battle for their constitutional right to free water. The application was heard over three days in December.

Judge MP Tsoka ordered the City of Johannesburg to provide a full range of water-delivery options. The limitation of free basic water to the present 6 kilolitres per household per month was set aside by the court, and [continue reading]