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    Boom time for Mozambique, once the basket case of Africa

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

    Guardian, 28 March 2012 The shells of stylish colonial-era buildings, like shipwrecks on the ocean floor, still give Maputo a distinct character. But the capital of Mozambique no longer feels like an urban museum. Amid the crumbling grandeur rumble cranes and mechanical diggers, carving out a different skyline.

    Nelson Mandela archive launches digital treasure trove

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

    Guardian, 28 March 2012 “My Darlings,” begins the neat blue script. “Once again our beloved Mummy has been arrested and now she and Daddy are away in jail. My heart bleeds as I think of her sitting in some police cell far away from home, perhaps alone and without anybody to talk to, and with [...]

    Swaziland’s Mswati III cracks the whip on social media

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 27 March 2012 Swaziland is planning a censorship law that will ban Facebook and Twitter users from criticising its autocratic ruler, King Mswati III. Africa’s last absolute monarch is facing growing protests over his undemocratic regime which has pushed the tiny mountain kingdom to the brink of bankruptcy. But Mswati’s justice minister, [...]

    Malawi’s president resists calls to step down

    Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 22 March 2012 Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday responded to growing civil unrest and calls for him to resign by saying he could rule his destitute Southern Africa state “forever”. A loose alliance of opposition and civil society groups backed by influential religious leaders last week gave him a two-month [...]

    Zimbabwe: Ruling sets fear among civic groups

    Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 22 March 2012 Activist Munyaradzi Gwisai emerged from court pumping a defiant fist in the air. His conviction, with five of his colleagues, on charges of plotting to topple Robert Mugabe may silence some of the president’s critics. The group was arrested last year after police raided the venue of what the [...]

    Swaziland: Budget rewards king with millions

    Friday, March 9th, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 9 March 2012 Questions are being asked about Swaziland’s spending priorities following the publication of the national budget, which sees increased allocations for the royal family and the military instead of focusing on the health and social sectors. The country has the highest HIV rate in the world and two-thirds of its [...]

    Mozambique ex-rebel Renamo camp raided by police

    Thursday, March 8th, 2012

    BBC News, 8 March 2012 A camp of about 300 armed Renamo opposition supporters in the city of Nampula in northern Mozambique has been raided, police have said. The former rebels – who fought a bloody 16-year civil war – had been living for weeks in makeshift shelters outside party their party headquarters. They say [...]

    South Africa: COSATU’s General Secretary sets out the reason for the largest trade union mass action for many years

    Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

    COSATU, 6 March 2012 Thank you very much for the opportunity to present our side of the argument to this august gathering of those who inform the opinion of millions of our people. I have been asked to essentially answer a question – why we are marching in March? We are marching against the labour [...]

    SA demands reforms in Zimbabwe before polls

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 5 March 2012 South Africa on Monday dismissed a push by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe for new polls without long-delayed reforms required by the country’s unity deal. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Pretoria expects the power-sharing pact, known as the global political agreement (GPA), to be fully in place [...]

    Maxwell: I was tortured

    Monday, March 5th, 2012

    Stiffkitten’s Blog, 3 March 2012 “I was tied to a bench with my face looking upwards and they suffocated me with the black plastic bag with a huge police officer on my stomach. They [Swazi police] asked me where the guns were and who was going to come to Swaziland to overthrow the king. They [...]