Major Shake-Up in State Oil Firm – 55 Top Officials Affected

[Premium Times] As part of the ongoing restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, 55 top management staff were either appointed or redeployed across the company’s operations in a major management shake-up announced on Tuesday.

[Premium Times] As part of the ongoing restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, 55 top management staff were either appointed or redeployed across the company's operations in a major management shake-up announced on Tuesday.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

South African Minister Mocks Buhari, Other African Leaders for ‘Health Tourism’

[Premium Times] South Africa’s Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, on Monday scolded African leaders who seek medical care away from the continent, saying the culture has become a major drain on their countries health expenditures.

[Premium Times] South Africa's Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, on Monday scolded African leaders who seek medical care away from the continent, saying the culture has become a major drain on their countries health expenditures.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Govt Should Stop BabySitting Mining Companies By Reintroducing Windfall Tax – Prince Ndoyi

Former ZANASU vice-president Prince Ndoyi has taken a swipe at government for treating mining companies with kids gloves. Ndoyi says the government was baby sitting mining companies at the expense of the majority poor Zambians The political commentator has challenged … Continued

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Former ZANASU vice-president Prince Ndoyi has taken a swipe at government for treating mining companies with kids gloves. Ndoyi says the government was baby sitting mining companies at the expense of the majority poor Zambians The political commentator has challenged government to reintroduce windfall tax as an alternative for Zambians to benefit from their vast mineral wealth. Ndoyi says the refusal by Mopani Mines to pay the revised electricity tariffs was unacceptable and immoral especially that poor Zambians are paying without protesting. He said the crisis at Mopani is the first true test of Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo’s leadership abilities. “Government including some governments in the past have been babysitting these mining companies, treating them with kids gloves for far too long than we can no longer take. ITS TIME FOR WINDFALL TAX, the Copper prices are booming, conditions are ripe. “We must never forget that, anywhere in the world, the wealth in the ground belongs to its citizen. Now that’s a bit mushy for a hard-nosed businessman, but that’s the reality and that’s where the expectations arise. If you may recall prior to the 2011 Election, late PF President Michael Sata a day before elections said that, “after tomorrow, you must say no to poverty, after tomorrow you must say no to unemployment, what we want is Zambia for Zambians, people are making money over our heads.” If these words remain true to the Patriotic Front government then we must strike while the rod is red hot.” He noted that the mines have been abusing the relationship between them and government. “Our relationship with the mines have proven to be abusive as it is a one sided friendship hell bent on exploiting us, even refusing to pay for electricity at competitive tariffs. “These same mines were adequately consulted and now want to embarrass the government, a govt which has upwardly adjusted electricity tarrifs for an ordinary Zambian business owner. My view is as the prices of copper and other metals continue to boom on the world market, the country needs to benefit as well.” He said. Ndoyi adds that the PF was put in office for the poor people and promised to deport abusive foreign investors. “The Patriotic Front (PF) we all know, must put an end to this, they promised during elections to deport foreign investors that exploit their workforce, increasing corporate taxes and limiting foreign ownership of mines, and Zambians spoke clearly and loudly through the elections and they must reflect seriously on our concerns. “Whilst we have made important macroeconomic gains, admittedly the standard of living of the majority of Zambians remains poor, hence we can’t entertain any job losses from the mines. Prior to privatisation of the mines, World Bank and IMF continued to preach to the Zambian Government that, in order to bring in investment, the country would have to make itself more attractive than its neighbours and competitors by developing an ‘investor-friendly’ regulatory regime.” He accused the World Bank and the IMF of using the country’s dependence on the two institutions to pass laws that have weakened government control on the mines “The World Bank and International Monetary Fund have used Zambia’s dependence on them for aid and debt relief to pass laws– principally the Investment Act and the Mining and Minerals Act, withdrawing many of the controls the state had previously established on the behaviour of companies. “While significant investments have poured in since, it is far from clear that all investors have chosen to take note of those of the country’s laws that do still apply to them – or indeed to honour the commitments they make in the Development Agreements. “Some investors have taken advantage of the fact that Zambian state institutions are too weak to effectively regulate their behaviour. The state itself also seems to have developed political relationships with certain mining houses that mean health and safety, labour, immigration and environmental regulations can be ignored with impunity, causing significant resentment for foreign investors.” The post Govt Should Stop BabySitting Mining Companies By Reintroducing Windfall Tax – Prince Ndoyi appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Uniform Is Holy, Don’t Wear It to Deputy President Events – Women’s League

[News24Wire] The ANC Women’s League uniform cannot be worn to events held in support of ANC presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa, the league in Limpopo said on Tuesday.

[News24Wire] The ANC Women's League uniform cannot be worn to events held in support of ANC presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa, the league in Limpopo said on Tuesday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Ruling Party Call for Rally to Support Grace Mugabe

[News24Wire] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has called for a march and rally in Harare on Wednesday to show solidarity with under-fire First Lady Grace Mugabe who received condemnation after her South African “wrath”.

[News24Wire] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has called for a march and rally in Harare on Wednesday to show solidarity with under-fire First Lady Grace Mugabe who received condemnation after her South African "wrath".

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Election Case – President Says He Won Fair and Square

[Nation] The National Super Alliance last evening concluded that nearly a third of the votes cast in the presidential election could not be accounted for as the forms in which the results were had discrepancies.

[Nation] The National Super Alliance last evening concluded that nearly a third of the votes cast in the presidential election could not be accounted for as the forms in which the results were had discrepancies.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

USAID Administrator’s Remarks Following Meeting with North Darfur State Governor

[USAID] North Darfur State, Sudan -ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: I wish to offer my sincere thank you to all of you, in particular to the Governor, for the very warm welcome today.

[USAID] North Darfur State, Sudan -ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: I wish to offer my sincere thank you to all of you, in particular to the Governor, for the very warm welcome today.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

USAID Administrator’s Remarks Following Meetings in Khartoum

[USAID] Khartoum -ADMINISTRATOR GREEN:  Thank you. Let me say it has been an honor to meet here today with the Prime Minister. And I also enjoyed meeting earlier today with Foreign Minister Ghandour and Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner Adam. I thank them and, in fact, I thank all of the Sudanese people for their hospitality. Our visit is the latest step in an expanded bilateral engagement between the United States and Sudan that began last year. It is evidence of the Administration’s commitment to continue engagement

[USAID] Khartoum -ADMINISTRATOR GREEN:  Thank you. Let me say it has been an honor to meet here today with the Prime Minister. And I also enjoyed meeting earlier today with Foreign Minister Ghandour and Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner Adam. I thank them and, in fact, I thank all of the Sudanese people for their hospitality. Our visit is the latest step in an expanded bilateral engagement between the United States and Sudan that began last year. It is evidence of the Administration's commitment to continue engagement

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan