Reporter’s Notebook – the Day South Africa Woke-Up

[Daily Maverick] When it finally happened, it wasn’t only the sacking of Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas that was shocking. It was the scale of the bloodbath, aka reshuffle, the sheer number of Ministers who were gone. And then came the reaction, the …

[Daily Maverick] When it finally happened, it wasn't only the sacking of Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas that was shocking. It was the scale of the bloodbath, aka reshuffle, the sheer number of Ministers who were gone. And then came the reaction, the huge, swirling mass of anger expressed through a massive flood of anger (heated words, screaming shouts, spiteful actions), that indicates President Jacob Zuma has badly divided the country he is paid to unite. For this reporter, it was a day unequaled in breaking news, movin

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Future Can’t Be Dictated By Politicians – Business Magnate

[News24Wire] Business magnate Patrice Motsepe said despite politicians’ overpowering influence in the status quo, the future of the country is in the hands of its ordinary people.

[News24Wire] Business magnate Patrice Motsepe said despite politicians' overpowering influence in the status quo, the future of the country is in the hands of its ordinary people.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

How a Genetic Rescue Mission Could Save the Pink Pigeon in Mauritius

[The Conversation Africa] A research project using conservation genomics has been launched to save the Pink Pigeon in Mauritius. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked the projects lead researchers about the bird’s plight and their unique con…

[The Conversation Africa] A research project using conservation genomics has been launched to save the Pink Pigeon in Mauritius. The Conversation Africa's Samantha Spooner asked the projects lead researchers about the bird's plight and their unique conservation approach.

source: AllAfrica News: Mauritius

Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas – the Faces of the Resistance

[Daily Maverick] Who would have thought that South Africa would have to fight for its liberation for a second time – and so soon after the anti-Apartheid struggle ended? President Jacob Zuma’s stealth move in the dead of night to reshuffle his Cabinet,…

[Daily Maverick] Who would have thought that South Africa would have to fight for its liberation for a second time - and so soon after the anti-Apartheid struggle ended? President Jacob Zuma's stealth move in the dead of night to reshuffle his Cabinet, axing five ministers and two deputy ministers, has completed the surrender of the state to a corrupt network. In a day of high drama and emotion, the two primary targets of Zuma's axe, Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas, asked South Africans to "connect the dots" and "organise

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Mugabe’s Rivals Hail Appointment of New Chief Justice

[News24Wire] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s opponents together with the country’s legal fraternity have reportedly applauded the recent appointment of the southern African nation’s chief justice Luke Malaba.

[News24Wire] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's opponents together with the country's legal fraternity have reportedly applauded the recent appointment of the southern African nation's chief justice Luke Malaba.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

ZRA Dismiss Alleged Corrupt Tender Worth K140 Million Tender

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) is fighting back allegations of corruptions in a tender awarded to a Chinese firm worth K140 million. Opposition UPP leader Saviour Chishimba who is on an onslaught revealing alleged shady details obtaining in the ruling … Continued

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The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) is fighting back allegations of corruptions in a tender awarded to a Chinese firm worth K140 million. Opposition UPP leader Saviour Chishimba who is on an onslaught revealing alleged shady details obtaining in the ruling Patriotic Front government has made claims a deal by ZRA with a Chinese firm had corruption written all over it. But ZRA boss Kingsley Chanda says Chishimba’s claims are unfounded and should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve. Public corporate communications manager Topsy Sikalinda has issued a statement on behalf of the ZRA boss stating the tender was above board and done with the blessings of the Zambia Public Procurement Authority. BELOW IS A STATEMENT ISSUED BY ZRA The Zambia Revenue Authority has dispelled with contempt, allegations by the United Progressive Party President Saviour Chishimba purporting that the Authority dubiously awarded a contract for the design,supply, delivery, installation, supervision, configuration, testingand commissioning of an invoice management system otherwise known as electronic fiscal devices to Rightlux Services and Inspire Group. ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda says pursuant to the law, the Authority in line with section 26 of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) No. 12 of 2008, and the Public Procurement Regulations Statutory Instrument No. 63 of 2011 reading in particular, regulation 12, issued a tender to facilitate the procurement of the design, supply, delivery, installation, supervision, configuration, testing and commissioning of an invoice management system (electronic fiscal devices) in the newspapers for six weeks with a further extension of one week. Mr Chanda said the closing dates of submission of bids was Friday 3rd February, 2017 and at the time of closing a total of 10 bids were received. He said the bids were subjected to a three-phased evaluation criteria namely preliminary, technical and commercial evaluation in accordance with the tender evaluation criteria that was provided for in the solicitation documents. After evaluation the best bidder was recommended to the Zambia Revenue Authority tender committee in accordance with the Public Procurement Act (PPA) No. 12 of 2008 for award. Mr Chanda said contrary to the incorrect information being circulated by the UPP President, the best evaluated bid value is K84 million and not the alleged K140 million. The Commissioner General indicated that the Contract has not yet been awarded as alleged but the Authority wrote a notice to all the bidders indicating the best evaluated bidder and the value of the proposed contract in order to allow for any substantive objections. At present, this has been appealed against and the due process is being followed to ensure that all concerns from aggrieved parties are addressed. Mr. Kingsley Chanda wishes to state that the tender process is still in progress and is being done transparently and in strict adherence to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) No. 12 of 2008. The authority is a public institution meant to serve every Zambian regardless of their political affiliation. It is therefore NOT right for any politician to start dragging the authority into politicsâ€. Mr. Chanda has assured all Zambians that the contract will be offered to the best bidder in accordance with the Laws of the Republic of Zambia. Issued by: Topsy Sikalinda Corporate Communications Manager Zambia Revenue Authority The post ZRA Dismiss Alleged Corrupt Tender Worth K140 Million Tender appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Power Tools Bus Driver Evans Chabala Receives Triple Excellence Awards

The driver of a Power Tools Bus who saved 43 passengers has been honored with a Safety of Excellence Award. Evans Chabala avoided a head on collision with a speeding Fuel Tanker that overturned and burst into flames on the … Continued

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The driver of a Power Tools Bus who saved 43 passengers has been honored with a Safety of Excellence Award. Evans Chabala avoided a head on collision with a speeding Fuel Tanker that overturned and burst into flames on the Great North Road. His alert action on the wheel has been heralded as an act of excellence. More than 44 people were in the bus. Kitwe District Commissioners Binwell Mpundu awarded Chabala the Safety of Excellence award on behalf of the Zambian government. The driver has received further recognition from both RTSA and Power Tools. Zambia has recently suffered numerous disasters on the road some of which has been attributed to reckless driving with a lot of lives lost. The government was forced to enforce a ban on night travel for public transports as a result of the increased road carnage. The post Power Tools Bus Driver Evans Chabala Receives Triple Excellence Awards appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Bashir Visits Jordan Despite Warrant

[Nuba Reports] in Jordan on March 28 for the annual meeting of Arab leaders, defying the travel ban derived from his International Criminal Court arrest warrant. In 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Bashir on charges of genocide, cr…

[Nuba Reports] in Jordan on March 28 for the annual meeting of Arab leaders, defying the travel ban derived from his International Criminal Court arrest warrant. In 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Bashir on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan