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    Britain cuts funding for mine clearance in Angola

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    During 2010 Britain reviewed its support for international mine clearance programmes. The result was a complete cut to all funding for mine clearance in Angola. Read the article by Alex Vines, Director of Regional and Security Studies at Chatham House, on the subject. Clearing the Killing Fields (pdf)

    South Africa Trade Union Federation calls for transformational change of international financing

    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

    Congress of South African Trade Unions, 23 May 2011 The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted the debate around the replacement of Dominique Strauss-Khan as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. COSATU agrees with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Wayne Swan – co-chairs of the G20 IMF Reform [...]

    South Africa local elections 2011

    Monday, May 23rd, 2011

    These were elections for the councils at city and district level. Provinces are elected as part of the national elections. The last local elections were held in 2006 and the last national elections in 2009.

    Britain freezes Malawi aid

    Monday, May 23rd, 2011

    Reuters, 19 May LILONGWE, May 19 (Reuters) – Britain said on Thursday it had frozen new aid to Malawi pending a review of its ties with the southern African country after the mutual expulsion of diplomats in April.

    Swaziland financial reform panned by IMF

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011

    Mail & Guardian Online, 19 May 2011 The International Monetary Fund gave Swaziland’s financial reform programme a harsh review on Wednesday, a major blow to the crisis-hit kingdom’s urgent attempts to secure international loans.

    Swaziland may be taken to African Court

    Monday, May 16th, 2011

    Times of Swaziland, 15 May 2011 Swaziland may be taken to the African Court on Human and People’s Rights for alleged violations of human rights. The African NGO Forum, a body recognised by the African Union (AU), has resolved to force the African Union’s Commission on Human Rights to haul Swaziland before the continental court.

    Swaziland: Police detain 10 unionists

    Monday, May 16th, 2011

    Times of Swaziland, 16 May 2011 Ten unionists were on Saturday detained by police after they were found holding a meeting which the police declared illegal.

    Zimbabwe civil servants exposed by World Bank report

    Friday, May 13th, 2011

    BBC Online Almost half of Zimbabwe’s civil servants are either not qualified or are not working, according to a leaked World Bank report obtained by the BBC. Trade unions estimate that $15m ($9m) of state money is being lost each month paying such workers.

    ‘Broke’ Swaziland can’t pay civil servants

    Thursday, May 12th, 2011

    Mail & Guardian Online, 11 May 2011 Swaziland will most likely not have the funds to pay civil servants their salaries in May and June, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

    Swazi dissidents call for culture, sports boycott

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

    Johannesburg, 7 May 2011, Sapa-AFP Opponents of Swaziland’s monarchy called Saturday for an international culture and sports boycott on the small southern African kingdom.

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