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  • Zimbabwe drops plans for single uniform for schools
    29 may 2002 21:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday dropped controversial plans to introduce a single uniform for all schools in the country, following a storm of protests from parents, pupils and other interested parties. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe doctors stop overtime duties over pay
    29 may 2002 20:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- State doctors in Zimbabwe said Wednesday they would stop overtime night and weekend duties with immediate effect over a pay dispute with their employer. Full text...

  • Mauritian workers to demonstrate against wage increase
    29 may 2002 18:02:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Trade union leaders in Mauritius have called a workers' demonstration on 12 June to protest against a 6. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's unions launch a 48-hour strike
    29 may 2002 16:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Institutions of learning and health services in Ouagadougou remained totally paralysed on Wednesday during the second day of a 48-hour strike launched by Burkina Faso's Labour Unions. Full text...

  • South African province works on sanitation services
    29 may 2002 13:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The government in South Africa's Gauteng province will spend R1. Full text...

  • Benin devotes 1.2 billion to poverty alleviation
    28 may 2002 12:35:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has set aside 1. Full text...

  • Kenyan teachers seek full payment of increment by govt
    27 may 2002 15:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) that embraces teachers in the country is asking the government to implement the remaining phases of salary increment announced for teachers in 1997. Full text...

  • Article 19 Accuses Gambia of Limiting Press Freedom
    27 may 2002 13:27:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Article 19, an international organisation that fights for press freedom, has expressed concern over the "excessive control" of the public media in the Gambia by President Yahya Jammeh's government. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Reacts to Labour Union's Ultimatum
    27 may 2002 12:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the six-week ultimatum given by the labour union for the government to raise wages of public workers by 25-percent or face a nationwide strike, saying there was no way the government would meet the demand. Full text...

  • Student killed in Burundi demonstrations
    27 may 2002 11:35:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- One student was shot dead while many others were wounded during recent demonstrations by Burundian high school students protesting against a three-week strike by their teachers. Full text...

  • Habitual thief pounces on President Mugabe
    27 may 2002 08:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A habitual criminal, released from prison last month under presidential amnesty, has pounced on President Robert Mugabe who freed him and others from jail. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earmarks 20 billion Zimbdollars for food relief
    27 may 2002 07:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government disclosed it had set aside 20. Full text...

  • Workers threaten another strike in Burkina Faso
    26 may 2002 16:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's trade unions are threatening another strike for 28 and 29 May, to force government to address the demands they made 1 May 2001. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans oppose new govt school uniform policy
    25 may 2002 12:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabweans reacted angrily Saturday to a government order Friday for all schools in the country to use one set of uniforms to cut costs for transferring pupils. Full text...

  • Sudanese woman delivers a quadruplet
    25 may 2002 11:34:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A woman in Khartoum recently gave birth to three boys and one girl while she was expecting twins, press reports said in the Sudanese capital Saturday. Full text...

  • Social Security net to widen in South Africa's Gauteng Province
    24 may 2002 10:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's provincial government of Gauteng will widen its social security net to ensure that people qualifying for grants benefit, Gauteng social services and population Development Minister Angelina Motshekga has said. Full text...

  • Kenya decries mass student exodus to foreign universities
    23 may 2002 17:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- Kenya's minister for education, Henry Kosgey, Thursday decried the massive exodus of Kenyan students to foreign universities, saying it costs the government billions of US dollars through education fees abroad. Full text...

  • International panel submits report on Sudan's slave probe
    23 may 2002 16:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The US-led international Commission that probed slavery allegations in Sudan says it found human rights violations, including abduction of women and children, by the two sides to the civil war in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia stays education reforms in wait of stakeholder input
    23 may 2002 07:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has put on hold plans to restructure the ministry of Education, after trade union leaders threatened non-cooperation on grounds that other stakeholders had not vetted the envisaged changes. Full text...

  • Benin University students launch strike
    22 may 2002 22:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's National Union of Students and Pupils Wednesday launched a two-day strike to press for the release of two of their leaders detained in March this year. Full text...

  • South Africa, Botswana Deport Illegal Zimbabwean Immigrants
    22 may 2002 18:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South Africa has deported more than 2,300 illegal Zimbabwean immigrants and Botswana is sending home about 300 Zimbabwean border jumpers daily, immigration officials here said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 4,000 workers at Swazi Sugar Company strike for pay rise
    22 may 2002 17:43:00
    Big Bend- Swaziland (PANA) -- Over 4,000 employees of the Durban- based sugar refinery company, Illovo Sugar Limited on Wednesday began striking following the collapse of salary negotiations with the Swaziland branch of the company in Big Bend. Full text...

  • Senegal's school attendance rate worries World Bank
    22 may 2002 17:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Bank has expressed concern about Senegal's education policy, describing a 69. Full text...

  • Thousands of Algerian inmates get presidential pardon
    22 may 2002 16:40:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Tuesday granted pardon to 5,100 Common Law offenders on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammed, which will be celebrated on Friday, official sources indicated in Algiers. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau government pre-empts strike by civil servants
    22 may 2002 16:30:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- To avert a strike threatened by the country's Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (UNTG), the government of Guinea-Bissau has promised a month payment of salary arrears owed civil servants. Full text...

  • Land shortage forces Council to bury two people in a grave
    22 may 2002 13:05:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- A row has broken out between residents of Swaziland's capital Mbabane and the City Council over a decision to bury two people in a single grave following a shortage of burial space in the city. Full text...

  • Hungry millions in SADC depend on South Africa for maize
    21 may 2002 20:05:00
    Ezulwini- Swaziland (PANA) -- With a projected 17-percent increase in white maize production in South Africa, the country is now the sole hope for the starving millions of people in the entire southern African region. Full text...

  • Burundi authorities threaten striking teachers
    21 may 2002 17:09:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A strike by Burundi primary and high school teachers is into its second week despite repeated warnings of possible sanctions from Education minister Prosper Mpawenayo. Full text...

  • Mauritius trade unions call for demonstrations against govt
    21 may 2002 14:52:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Trade unions in Mauritius have announced demonstrations for Wednesday in protest against what they said were government's anti-labour policy, notably regarding wages. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ratifies labour convention
    20 may 2002 23:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe on Monday ratified an International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention on the right of workers and employers to form and belong to any association of their choice to defend their rights. Full text...

  • Kenyan Chief Justice Dismisses Report on Graft
    20 may 2002 20:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Chief Justice Bernard Chunga went on the offensive Monday dismissing an eminent Commonwealth probe team that had pointed accusing fingers on what it reported as rampant corruption in the judiciary. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau trade union issues strike threat
    20 may 2002 15:20:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The National Union of Bissau- Guinean Workers (UNTG), which comprises 14 trade unions, has threatened a three-day general strike over outstanding pay for government workers, according to UNTG spokesman Sabana Embalo. Full text...

  • UN officials to co-ordinate regional food aid
    19 may 2002 17:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- UN diplomats from southern Africa states met in Zimbabwe at the weekend to plot the purchase and delivery of massive food aid and other humanitarian assistance to the drought-stricken sub-region. Full text...

  • Brain drain costs Africa $4 billion annually
    02 may 2002 11:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Brain drain costs Africa four billion US dollars as at least 20,000 qualified African professionals migrate to the West each year, says an Ethiopian academician. Full text...

  • Airline and space voyager donate to children
    02 may 2002 11:13:00
    Moscow- Russia (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) will donate funds to the "Reach for a Dream Charity" to commemorate cosmonaut Mark Shuttleworth's contribution to science and Africa's renaissance. Full text...

  • 6,000 demonstrate against racism in Reunion on May Day
    01 may 2002 21:21:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- After Jean-Marie Le Pen's surprise showing in the first round of French presidential poll, some 6,000 people demonstrated in Reunion on May Day, Wednesday, against "racism and colonialism. Full text...

  • Prime Minister pays tribute to Mauritian workers
    01 may 2002 18:46:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Aneerod Jugnauth paid tribute to the country's workers and trade unions in a message to mark Labour Day, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Labour leader urges Malian workers to unite
    01 may 2002 18:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Siaka Diakite, Secretary General of the Mali National Workers' Union (UNTM), urged fellow unionists Wednesday to pull together to realise the Union's goal of protecting workers' rights in the country. Full text...

  • Labour Day overshadowed by anti-Le Pen protests in France
    01 may 2002 17:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Labour Day was overshadowed in France Wednesday by demonstrations organised by groups opposed to the policies of French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen. Full text...

  • Kenyan workers get 7 percent salary hike
    01 may 2002 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Wednesday raised the minimum wage of workers by seven percent, which will enable the lowest paid employee to earn 3,210 shillings (40 US dollars), up from last year's monthly rate of 3,000 shillings. Full text...

  • Some Nigerian workers shun May Day celebrations
    01 may 2002 15:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Workers in Nigeria's northern Yobe state have boycotted the 2002 May Day celebrations to protest alleged "glaring gross mismanagement, misappropriation and embezzlement of state resources" by the state government officials. Full text...

  • Strike continues in Guinea-Bissau
    01 may 2002 11:30:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Fourteen workers' unions in Guinea-Bissau are on a general strike pressing for the payment of a three-month arrears of their salaries. Full text...

  • South African workers to celebrate Workers' Day
    01 may 2002 10:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Thousands of South African workers were Wedensday expected to attend Workers' Day rallies organised by the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) at 28 venues around the country. Full text...

  • Trade Unions tell politicians to hands-off May Day rallies
    30 april 2002 11:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Trade Unions in Mauritius grouped under the umbrella body, "Labour Day Committee" have called on politicians to leave labour day celebrations to workers alone. Full text...

  • Swazi police, workers on collision course over May Day
    30 april 2002 09:02:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi police have threatened to "deal" with the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions (SFTU) on Wednesday in case the workers day celebrations turned into a political rally. Full text...

  • President Moi opens first world urban forum
    29 april 2002 13:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi opened the first World Urban Forum in Nairobi Monday with a call for collective efforts to tackle the enormous challenges being posed by the unprecedented rate of urbanisation. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe deploys soldiers to curb wildlife poaching
    29 april 2002 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Monday it had deployed soldiers in all national parks, particularly along the border with Zambia, to curb rising incidents of wildlife poaching. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Frees Prisoners
    25 april 2002 21:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Thursday it would free more than 5,000 prisoners to reduce over-crowding in its jails. Full text...

  • Economic life largely unaffected by Burkinabe workers' strike
    24 april 2002 08:33:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Economic life was largely unaffected Tuesday in Ouagadougou, on the first day of a general strike called by the Burkinabe Trade Union Confederations and Autonomous Unions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to compensate farm workers
    23 april 2002 14:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government said Tuesday it would pay compensation to thousands of farm workers from white-owned farms it was taking over to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

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