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  • Regional meeting discusses girl-child rights
    21 may 2001 17:42:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A regional meeting on the rights of girls to education and related issues, opened Monday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Kenya water privatisation bid goes controversial
    21 may 2001 17:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In moves to privatise Kenya's water supply, the awarding of a 10-year billing and revenue collection contract to a French firm has sparked off a controversy in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Dar es Salaam port moves to check container thefts
    21 may 2001 16:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Racked by persistent complaints from hinterland clients about container thefts, gross inefficiency and corruption, the East African port of Dar es Salaam has swung into action. Full text...

  • Zambian civil servants go on strike
    21 may 2001 16:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Civil Servants Union of Zambia (CSUZ) has called on the government to commence negotiations with it, after workers of the Public Service went on strike Monday, demanding higher pay and improved conditions of work. Full text...

  • Reserve Bank warns of computer scam
    21 may 2001 13:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Reserve Bank Monday warned the South African public to look out for foreign con men preying on Western Cape schools by pretending to offer free computers, then tricking them into paying thousands of Rands for freight charges. Full text...

  • Opposition wants death of teenage drug addict probed
    21 may 2001 13:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Monday urged South Africa's Human Rights Commission to investigate alleged mistreatment of patients at the Noupoort drug care centre. Full text...

  • Police says Kenya is major transit for drugs
    21 may 2001 11:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has been named as the chief transit country for hard drugs and other narcotics destined for the lucrative European and North American markets. Full text...

  • South African entrepreneur wins world title
    21 may 2001 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Best Entrepreneur, Cape Town-born Zitulele Combi, beat entrepreneurs from 18 countries this weekend in Monte Carlo to win the world- acclaimed trophy of "Ernst Jordan Grand Prix (Ireland: Eddie Jordan); Juniper Networks (United States: Scott Kriens); Williams Industries Inc. Full text...

  • South African entrepreneur wins world title
    21 may 2001 10:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Best Entrepreneur, Cape Town-born Zitulele Combi, beat entrepreneurs from 18 countries this weekend in Monte Carlo to win the world- acclaimed trophy of "Ernst Jordan Grand Prix (Ireland: Eddie Jordan); Juniper Networks (United States: Scott Kriens); Williams Industries Inc. Full text...

  • South African police go high tech
    20 may 2001 19:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police have introduced a hi-tech mobile X-ray machine to help them in random searches for firearms and drugs. Full text...

  • State broadcaster in coalition with board
    20 may 2001 17:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A sharp row has arisen between Namibia's state owned Broadcasting Corporation and its board of directors following a directive last Monday asking the national television to broadcast President Sam Nujoma's autobiography. Full text...

  • Dissenting voices as anti-corruption war begins
    20 may 2001 17:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The trial of several cases of corruption is expected to begin soon in Nigeria as the country seeks to shed the tag of the "most-corrupt-nation" tied to its neck by the German-based Transparency International. Full text...

  • Sudan gets 15 million dollar EU Grant
    20 may 2001 15:26:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The European Union has approved a grant of 15 million US dollars to assist Sudan overcome the effects of an acute food and water shortage. Full text...

  • Speeding car kills 4 pupils in Kenya
    19 may 2001 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four primary school pupils were killed when a car ran over them as they walked home from school along the Kapsabet-Kisumu highway in western Kenya, the local press reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Five die in Namibia road accident
    19 may 2001 15:37:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Five people died in Rundu Friday evening after a vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a truck of the Angolan armed forces (FAA) at Mashare, about 45 km east of the Namibian town of Rundu. Full text...

  • Elephants trample farmer to death
    19 may 2001 14:09:00
    Plumtree- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A stray herd of elephants from Botswana trampled on a Zimbabwean farmer to death after he tried to chase them away from his fields, police said Saturday. Full text...

  • Mbeki says marketing body should sell vision of hope
    19 may 2001 10:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African president Thabo Mbeki Friday presented his vision of hope for South Africa to members of the International Marketing Council. Full text...

  • Mbeki says marketing body should sell vision of hope
    19 may 2001 10:30:00
    Johannesburg- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African president Thabo Mbeki Friday presented his vision of hope for South Africa to members of the International Marketing Council. Full text...

  • Minister praises role youth play in society
    19 may 2001 09:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Youth and Sports Minister Joel Libombo Friday praised the work being carried out to consolidate youth organisations in the country. Full text...

  • Rights Group denounces Ethiopian Federal Court ruling
    18 may 2001 23:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Human Rights Watch has condemned Friday's ruling by Ethiopia's Federal High Court on the continued detention of two rights activists in the country. Full text...

  • Regional police swoop nets stolen cars, arms and drugs
    18 may 2001 22:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- In a combined effort, police from Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Uganda have impounded 103 vehicles, several kilogrammes of narcotic drugs and illegally firearms in four regions in Tanzania. Full text...

  • More Tanzanian refugees return to Pemba
    18 may 2001 22:08:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Another batch of some 220 Tanzanian refugees returned to Pemba Island from Kenya Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa deports 43 Malawians
    18 may 2001 20:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Forty-three Malawians deported from South Africa arrived home amid emotional scenes Friday at Chileka Airport in Blantyre. Full text...

  • Cape Town neighbourhood gets rotating home
    18 may 2001 19:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The first private home with an upper storey built of bricks, concrete and steel that can revolve on a full circle of 360 degrees has been completed in South Africa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's population to reach 129 million by 2030
    18 may 2001 12:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's population is expected to rise from about 65. Full text...

  • Group opposes hasty deportation of alleged rapist
    18 may 2001 11:47:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A leading human rights group in Liberia has opposed the "hasty deportation" of a Lebanese national accused of raping a 10-year old girl in Monrovia recently. Full text...

  • Lack of video evidence delays Pagad's dramatic trial
    18 may 2001 11:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The case against four senior members of the vigilante group, People Against Gansterism and Drugs (Pagad) is in danger of falling apart as the prosecution has still failed to provide the Cape High Court with video evidence. Full text...

  • Press leak jolts Anti-corruption commission
    18 may 2001 08:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating who leaked confidential statements concerning how 2 billion kwacha was withdrawn from National Assembly accounts and used during the recent convention of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Kabwe. Full text...

  • UNFPA decries dearth of accurate population data in Gambia
    17 may 2001 22:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) office in Gambia, says the absence of accurate data is hampering proper planning and evaluation of its programmes in the country. Full text...

  • Some 10,000 Burundian refugees return home
    17 may 2001 21:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 10,000 Burundian refugees have returned home in the last four months, mostly from neighbouring Tanzania, said an official source in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Swazi MPs want controversial press bill re-tabled
    17 may 2001 21:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Vexed by what they said were the excesses of the local media, Swazi legislators are urging Public Service and Information minister Mntonzima Dlamini to bring back a controversial Media Council Bill turned back a year ago. Full text...

  • WFP distributes food in Angola
    17 may 2001 20:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme has distributed 15 days' worth of emergency rations to about 3,000 people who fled Caxito in Bengo province after a UNITA attack on 5 May, the agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Readers unable to buy Nujoma's book complain
    17 may 2001 19:58:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian readers are complaining that they are unable to buy President Sam Nujoma's 500-page autobiography, "Where Others Wavered," from the country's bookstores. Full text...

  • Kenya may ban mobile phone use by drivers
    17 may 2001 17:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 8 o'clock in the evening of last April 21, Josh Owino, 24, was driving his father's posh BMW from a rugby match between his Nairobi University team "Mean Machine" and their Kenyatta University counterparts, Black Blad, when his car crashed. Full text...

  • Woman Undresses to Protest Against Unfaithful Spouse
    17 may 2001 14:29:00
    Chinhoyi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Hundreds of shoppers in the northern farming town of Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe on Thursday scrambled for a better view of a fueding couple. Full text...

  • Legislators Pass Tough Law to Curb AIDS
    17 may 2001 14:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament on Thursday passed a tough sex law in a bid to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malaysia offers petroleum studies scholarships
    17 may 2001 13:58:00
    Khartoum Sudan (PANA) -- Ten Sudanese students have obtained scholarships to continue higher studies in the field of petroleum at the Malaysian Petronas Technological University, Sudan News agency reported. Full text...

  • Sexually explicit 'Romance' uncut for video release
    17 may 2001 13:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Film and Publication Board has passed the video version of a French art house film 'Romance' for general distribution without cuts. Full text...

  • Spanish arrests 77 illegal African immigrants
    17 may 2001 10:27:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Spain's Civil Guard on Wednesday arrested 77 North Africans who entered the country illegally via the Strait of Gibraltar, the interior ministry in Madrid said Thursday. Full text...

  • South African police deny death of Mozambican migrants
    16 may 2001 21:55:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African police Commissioner Jackie Selebi Wednesday dismissed claims that South African policemen threw 14 Mozambican illegal migrants off a moving train last Friday. Full text...

  • Namibian MP says Africa should have continental police
    16 may 2001 20:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A member of parliament in Namibia, Masake Sitali, Wednesday called for the establishment of an African police organisation alongside the African Union. Full text...

  • Sudan outraged by slavery allegations
    16 may 2001 19:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Sudanese embassy in South Africa Wednesday expressed regret and dismay at the request by South Africa's oppositon party, Democratic Alliance, to the National Assembly to note with disgust that the Sudan has been accused of enslaving segments of its population and of trampling on the rights of minorities. Full text...

  • Govt. appoints new Vice-Chancellors for two Universities
    16 may 2001 19:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has appointed Vice-Chancellors for two of the country's State-owned Universities. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets Institute for industrial safety
    16 may 2001 19:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Institute of Industrial Security and Safety of Nigeria (IISSN), formed by a group of private security outfits in the country, was launched in Lagos Wednesday, with a call on all tiers of governments to adopt more functional security measures. Full text...

  • 19 die in Nigerian road crash
    16 may 2001 18:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nineteen passengers died when the buses in which they were travelling collided with a truck along the Jos-Kaduna road in northern Nigeria Tuesday, press reports said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Court quashes bribery charges against former minister
    16 may 2001 16:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The judge of Lilongwe magisterial court, Ken Manda, Wednesday discharged all three counts of official corruption levied against former finance minister Cassim Chilumpha. Full text...

  • Eyadema tries to calm university unrest
    16 may 2001 15:51:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema on Tuesday met with Lome University lecturers and students, who have been boycotting classes to protest the non-payment of allowances. Full text...

  • Cape High Court visits scene of horrific lynching
    16 may 2001 14:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A delegation of judges, prosecutors and defence attorneys from the Cape High Court on Wednesday visited the scene of the 1996 public lynching of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Full text...

  • South African editor gets Niemen fellowship
    16 may 2001 14:25:00
    Johannesburg - SA (PANA) -- Jabulani Sikhakhane, editor at Large at the Financial Mail, has been selected as the South African Nieman Fellow for 2001-2002. Full text...

  • 200 collective marriages to commemorate Family Day
    16 may 2001 14:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 200 collective marriages are being celebrated in Burkina Faso as part of events marking the International Day of the Family. Full text...

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