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UN urged to adopt home-grown Africa strategy

13th June 2002 An expert panel recommended that the United Nations embrace Africa’s home-grown development strategy rather than maintain its own aid framework, which it said had failed. 

US blocks China's steel panel request

13th June 2002 The US blocked China’s first-time request for a panel, stating that the safeguard measures were fully consistent. 

Scientists consider use of indigenous knowledge

13th June 2002 More than 40 top scientists and ministers from the Commonwealth countries have entered the final day of their two-day meeting, aimed at finding innovative ways to fight poverty, underdevelopment and unemployment in the developing nations through technological advancement. 

More resources needed for SA roads

13th June 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar says the country needs to allocate more resources and efforts to improve the standards of roads nationwide. 

No decision on Joburg Summit plan

13th June 2002 The fourth and final preparatory committee meeting for the Johannesburg World Summit in Bali was attended by a large number of ministers from both developed and developing countries. By the early hours of the morning of 8 June consensus was not reached on the Draft Plan of Implementation for the... 

Nigeria cell growth beefs firm's results

13th June 2002 The listed telecommunications group that owns 100% of MTN, M-Cell, has announced that turnover for the last 12 months has risen by 49% to R12,43-billion. 

African consulting engineers commit to Nepad

12th June 2002 African Consulting Engineers have committed themselves to interacting with their various governments to facilitate the implementation of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). 

Nigeria says telecoms IPO by August

12th June 2002 Nigeria said it would start a public offering of shares of national phone company Nitel after the appointment of advisers for the deal in August. 

Farm subsidies are obstacle to UN summit – SA

12th June 2002 South Africa slammed rich countries for subsidising their own farmers at the expense of those from the Third World, saying the issue was a major bone of contention ahead of a UN summit it will host on poverty and the environment. 

Mbeki encourages committed North/South partnership

12th June 2002 President Thabo Mbeki says countries of the North and the South should work together in solving problems to effect the necessary changes, as represented by the continent's recovery plan, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). 

First corvette soon for SA waters

12th June 2002 The first of the four patrol corvettes purchased by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of the multibillion Rand arms acquisition deal, will soon be heading to the country’s waters. 

Bidding opens for port concessions

12th June 2002 The bidding game is on for the concessioning of South Africa’s ports to private enterprise operators. 

SA, Morocco in energy joint venture

12th June 2002 State power utility Eskom Enterprises (EE) and the Office National de l’Electricit 

Funding for UN summit almost secure

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2002 The Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) has succeeded in securing nearly all of the funding needed to host the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) from August 26 to September 4 in Sandton, Gauteng. 

Saldanha furnace reline nearing completion

11th June 2002 Steel producer Iscor has confirmed that its Saldanha Steel mill on South Africa’s west coast will resume production soon following an extended shutdown period for maintenance. 

Report into 'free' electricity proposal

11th June 2002 Plans are under way for the executive director of Eskom, Jacob Maroga, to present a copy of a far reaching report to the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 

Italy backs developmental trade agenda

11th June 2002 The Italian government today confirmed a donation of a million euro for the year 2002 to the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund. 

Alternative routes for Gauteng speed train probed

11th June 2002 Various alternative route alignments for the proposed new rapid rail link project, known as Gautrain, are being considered by the Gautrain Provincial Government. 

SA cell No.1 wins Mozambique licence

11th June 2002 South African mobile phone operator Vodacom stepped up its African expansion drive by winning a $15-million licence to set up Mozambique’s second cellphone network. 

Competition body approves packaging takeover

11th June 2002 South Africa's Competition Commission gave conditional approval for packaging giant Nampak's takeover of smaller rival Malbak. 

Ten SA manufacturers show the way in the export market

By: Deborah Spicer     10th June 2002 South Africa's exports grew from R210-billion in 2000 to R251-billion last year in what should not be regarded as an exceptional year for exports, but as part of a sustained pattern of export growth. 

Emerging oil force prospects off SA

10th June 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton has acquired a 90% stake in a prospecting sub-lease for oil in in South Africa’s offshore Orange Basin. 

Chinese to build Uganda solar plant

10th June 2002 A Chinese solar company, Shenzhen Topway Solar, is planning the commissioning of a $500 000 solar assembly plant in Uganda. 

Improved speed for Niger cyber-surfers

10th June 2002 Cyber surfers in the landlocked West African state of Niger should soon feel the benefit of privatisation when their sluggish Internet connections speed up. 

Zambia's plan to diversify economy

10th June 2002 An ambitious programme to diversify Zambia’s copper-reliant economy will only succeed if the government maintains a stable macroeconomic environment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. 

Nigeria makes oil cash call

10th June 2002 Nigeria has made its first cash call payment to its oil joint venture partners since a Supreme Court ruling in March effectively froze such funding. 

Power firm believes Aids infections are declining

10th June 2002 One of South Africa’s biggest employers believes the rate of Aids infection among staff is now on the decline thanks to a comprehensive programme which costs it around R180-million yearly. 

SA to spend billions on adult education

10th June 2002 Government is set to spend at least R1,2-billion in the next two years to increase its resources for literacy and adult education. 

Backing for Addo Elephant Park project

7th June 2002 The council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will contribute $5,84-million to a project that will expand the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, making it the third-largest national park in South Africa. 

Zambia plans to diverisfy economy away from copper

7th June 2002 Zambia drew up a four-point plan to diversify its copper-reliant economy and Finance Minister Emmanuel Kasonde said he would present it to Western donors next month for financing. 

Ghana firm signs West African gas deal

7th June 2002 Ghana’s energy minister said the State power company signed the first big supply contract for the West African Gas Pipeline in an important boost for the $500-million project led by ChevronTexaco. 

US calls for farm export subsidies to be cut

7th June 2002 The US will push in global trade talks for complete elimination of farm export subsidies over five years, Washington’s top agricultural trade negotiator said. 

Africa to recoup undersea telecoms cable cost in two years

7th June 2002 African countries will recoup in two years the $630-million cost of a new undersea fibre optic cable linking the continent to Europe and Asias, the head of South African utility Telkom said. 

$26m electrical-equipment contract for SA smelter

7th June 2002 Power and automation technology group ABB has won a $26-million order to supply electrical and control equipment for the Hillside aluminium smelter, which is being expanded by the BHP Billiton mining group. 

Business signs up for Africa recovery plan

7th June 2002 Business leaders signed up for an ambitious African recovery plan, pledging to stamp out corruption, improve corporate governance and invest for development as well as profit. 

Strategic defence research alliance struck

6th June 2002 A CSIR/Armscor strategic alliance has been established in order to create a world-class technology provider that will maximise the benefit of defence and related technology for the people of South Africa. 

Africa must receive special attention – World Bank

6th June 2002 World Bank President James Wolfensohn called on the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised nations to pledge that more than half of the new aid promised at Monterrey will go to Africa, as the continent struggles to overcome immense challenges like the HIV/Aids pandemic and the lack of basic... 

WTO panel to examine US steel measures

6th June 2002 A bitter row over US steel tariffs intensified when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) gave the green light to the European Union for experts to examine the legality of the measures. 

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