Regional News Roundup

SA deals at ZITF

South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry this week celebrated its success at the just-ended Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, where it won the Best Stand Award. Its companies also signed several deals with local companies.

DTI Deputy Minister, Elizabeth Thabethe, who led the South African delegation, said Unica Plastic Moulders got a deal with three Zimbabwean companies, one of which is to supply plastic houseware to Power Sales Group’s 130 stores. Zambrands got orders to supply products that include spices, instant milkshakes, tea and coffee.

ICJ commends Kenya

The Africa Programme of the International Commission of Jurists recently commended the Kenyan Government for a vetting process that it said was conducted in line with constitutional and international standards. It exhorted other African countries to carry out exhaustive measures to determine the state of health of their judiciaries.

An April 24 report of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board in Kenya declared four Judges of Appeal unsuitable to continue serving on the Kenya’s judiciary, after a vetting process that appears to have been consistent with the law and the rules of natural justice. The ICJ said the move would restore the people’s confidence in their judiciary.

Swazi workers suffer

The Swaziland Solidarity Network has expressed concern at the continued exploitation of workers in that country, especially the suppression of their rights by the regime of King Mswati. This year’s May Day celebrations came after the government had deregistered the country’s biggest worker movement; the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland on what the SSN said was an act of political victimisation based on the fear of democracy by the country’s “dictatorship”.

BNF raps Khama’s govt

The opposition Botswana National Front took a swipe at the country’s government for allegedly protecting business at the expense of the masses. The BNF rapped the ruling Botswana Democratic Party’s “hostile” attitude towards workers. It blamed this on the BDP’s sponsorship, which it said came from the country’s big businesses; hence their duty was to protect the interests of the big investor.

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