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The Scotsman
Aid agencies warn four million may die


AID agencies are warning of a fresh catastrophe looming in Africa that may dwarf the crises in Niger and the Sahel, putting four million lives at risk.

Severe food shortages are beginning to hit southern Africa, with Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe worst affected. Some ten million people are reported to be facing severe food shortages, with the crisis set to peak between November and February.

As was the case in Niger, aid has been slow coming in. The appeals for assistance for those countries affected by the tsunami earlier in the year, coupled with the Niger appeal and now the hurricane-affected United States, appear to have depleted resources and created a threat of donor fatigue.

Oxfam is urging United Nations member states to commit an additional $1 billion into a UN emergency reserve fund to enable resources to be released when they are needed.

Yesterday one of the aid agencies senior African officials, the Malawi country manager Nellie Nyang'wam, warned that the fate of millions of people depended on the international response.

"If we respond, we will save lives," she said. "If there is no response, we will lose more lives."

She estimated that 30 to 40 per cent of the ten million people expected to be affected by food shortages would be in danger of losing their lives.

"Even with a response, there will be severe suffering," she said, adding: "The Niger crisis was forecast six months in advance, yet rich countries did almost nothing until the 11th hour. People died as a direct result.

"Now, there is an impending crisis in southern Africa. The situation is very different, but the principle is the same. If rich countries wait, once again, until TV crews arrive before giving enough money, people in southern Africa will pay the price of their neglect."

The international community, and the UN in particular, was heavily criticised last month for failing to react to the warnings over Niger, where only a last-minute rush of aid averted a complete disaster. Then, as now, aid agencies had been warning for months that a combination of severe drought and other factors would be impossible to overcome.

In the case of southern Africa, the fear is that a population already weakened by the spread of HIV/AIDS will be less able to withstand the additional strain of famine.

Ms Nyang'wam, who was visiting Scotland yesterday, conceded that there was a risk that other disasters might make it harder to raise money for another African famine.

But she said: "It is simply not good enough to make excuses when so many lives are at stake. We have to respond when these events occur. It is not good enough to stand by just because disasters all happen at once."

Oxfam started food distribution in Malawi this week. The agency estimates that four million people are at risk there, just three years after the last major famine to hit the country.

Another four million people are at risk in Zimbabwe, one million in Zambia, 400,000 in Mozambique, 500,000 in Lesotho and 200,000 in Swaziland.

Oxfam blames a "cycle of deepening poverty" for the impending crisis. The agency says that the ability of people in the region to deal with the failure of the rain has been hampered by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other economic factors.

The UN is due to discuss the request for emergency funding at a summit in New York on 14 September.

Judith Robertson, the head of Oxfam in Scotland, urged the UN to come up with a permanent fund that could be used to avert future crises.

"Rich countries spend $1 billion every day on supporting their farmers. If they pledged the same amount every year to a permanent emergency fund at the UN, preventable crises like Niger and southern Africa would not happen because money would be available as soon as a country needed it," she said.

The next harvest in southern Africa is due in March and although there has been sufficient rain in some parts of the region, long dry spells at crucial points in the growing season have hit the development of the maize crop.

While there are some food surpluses available in the region, in South Africa, Tanzania and north Mozambique, the problem is a shortage of funds in the affected countries to pay for it.

The two countries expected to be hardest hit are Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, where life expectancy is a mere 39 years, and Zimbabwe, where the policies of Robert Mugabe's government have been blamed for creating avoidable hardship.

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Zim Online

Zimbabwe: Mugabe plans fresh farm seizures

HARARE -- President Robert Mugabe’s government will launch fresh farm seizures to ensure every “native black Zimbabwean” owned a piece of land by the start of the next rainy season around November.

State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, who doubles as land reform chief, on Tuesday said the government would move to take remaining land from white farmers for its controversial fast-track resettlement programme, which analysts say has largely benefited Mugabe’s cronies.

Mugabe denies the charge, and his government says the reforms have created more than 500 000 black farmers, up from the 4 500 white commercial farmers who used to own 70 percent of the most fertile land in Zimbabwe.

The Harare government has also publicly said it had completed land seizures and was now working on improving output on the former white-owned farms.

But Mutasa told ZimOnline: “We are going to take the land from whites and we are not mincing our words about that ....we will not rest until every black person, every native Zimbabwean has a piece of land.”

Mutasa’s comments came in the aftermath of the passage in Parliament of a constitutional amendment Bill last week, which seeks to bar white farmers from challenging the seizure of their land in court.

He also told state media after the amendments were passed that the government would issue new title deeds to black farmers resettled under the much criticised reforms.

According to the amendments, farmers have up to 30 days to surrender title deeds once their land is gazetted for resettlement.

Most white farmers have clung to their title deeds even after being forcibly removed from their farms.

Mutasa yesterday said the unavailability of land to many Zimbabweans was partly responsible for worsening poverty in the southern African country. “We are poor not because we do not have the skills, but because we do not have the land which is what we fought for,” the Security Minister said.

Government critics blame the land seizure drive, which was led by bands of war veterans from the ruling ZANU PF party, for destabilising commercial agriculture and plunging once food exporting Zimbabwe into severe food shortages since 2001. But Mugabe says repeated drought is responsible for his country’s long-running food crisis.

Yesterday, farmers’ organisations said their members had not yet accessed inputs and loans for the 2005/06 farming season, once again threatening production in the key sector. - ZimOnline

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Business Report
Zimbabwe set for 'gloomy' farming season
September 7, 2005

Harare - Zimbabwe is headed for another "gloomy" agricultural season because many farmers do not have access to fertiliser, chemicals and seed, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

"Representatives of farmer organisations and the fertiliser industry ... painted a gloomy picture of the coming season saying there is nothing to talk about owing to the failure to deliver inputs to farmers in time," the state-controlled Herald said.

The paper quoted an official from the fertiliser industry, Onisai Machiridza, who said companies had not been given the foreign currency needed to buy inputs to manufacture fertiliser.

Machiridza said that while there were a few stocks of fertiliser, "these had already been bought."

He said companies that manufacture fertiliser locally needed a total of 37 million dollars before December to be able to produce 178 000 tons of the commodity.

Zimbabwe is in the grips of a severe foreign currency crisis. Companies have to apply to a twice-weekly foreign currency auction for cash allocations, but bids always massively exceed the amount of foreign currency available.

The central bank governor, Gideon Gono said this week allocations of foreign currency, including to the vital agricultural sector had been cut back over the past two months to allow Zimbabwe to pay back part of its debt arrears to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Zimbabwe has faced repeated food shortages since President Robert Mugabe's government launched a controversial land reform programme in 2000, which has seen around 4 000 white farmers losing their farms.

The government blames the crop failures on drought, but critics say the inexperience of new farmers and their lack of capital is also to blame.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that more than four million Zimbabweans - one third of the population - will need food aid by next March. - Sapa-dpa
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ZNet | Africa

The Man Who Betrayed the Poor
Even as the G8 promises fall apart, Geldof stays silent

by George Monbiot; September 06, 2005

Two months have not elapsed since the G8 summit, and already almost everything has turned to ashes. Even the crustiest sceptics have been shocked by the speed with which its promises have been broken.

It is true that they didn't amount to much. The World Development Movement described the agreement as "a disaster for the world's poor."(1) ActionAid complained that "the G8 have completely failed to deliver trade justice."(2) Christian Aid called July 8th as "a sad day for poor people in Africa and all over the world."(3) Oxfam lamented that "neither the necessary sense of urgency nor the historic potential of Gleneagles was grasped by the G8."(4) But one man had a different view. Bob Geldof, who organised the Live8 events, announced that "a great justice has been done. .. On aid, 10 out of 10; on debt, eight out of 10 ... Mission accomplished frankly."(5)

Had he not signed off like this, had he not gone on to describe a South African campaigner who had criticised the deal as "a disgrace"(6), Geldof could have walked away from the summit unencumbered by further responsibility. He could have spent the rest of his life on holiday, and no one would have minded. But it was because he gave the G8 his seal of approval, because he told us, in effect, that we could all go home and stop worrying about Africa that he now has a responsibility to speak out.

The uses to which a Geldof can be put are limited. Before the summit he was seen by campaigners as naïve, ill-informed and unaccountable. But he can make public statements with the potential to embarrass politicians. While they don't usually rise above the "give us your focking money" level, they do have the effect of capturing the attention of the press. But though almost everything he said he was fighting for has fallen apart, he has yet to tell the public.

Immediately after the summit, as the world's attention shifted to the London bombs, Germany and Italy announced that they might not be able to meet the commitments they had just made, due to "budgetary constraints"(7). A week later, on July 15th, the World Development Movement obtained leaked documents showing that four of the IMF's European directors were trying to overturn the G8's debt deal(8). Four days after that, Gordon Brown dropped a bomb. He admitted that the aid package the G8 leaders had promised "includes the numbers for debt relief."(9) The extra money they had promised for aid and the extra money they had promised for debt relief were in fact one and the same.

Nine days after that, on July 28th, the United States, which had appeared to give some ground at Gleneagles, announced a pact with Australia, China and India to undermine the Kyoto protocol on climate change(10). On August 2nd, leaked documents from the World Bank showed that the G8 had not in fact granted 100% debt relief to 18 countries, but had promised enough money only to write off their repayments for the next three years(11). On August 3rd, the United Nations revealed that only one third of the money needed for famine relief in Niger, and 14% of the money needed by Mali had been pledged by the rich nations(12). Some 5 million people in the western Sahel remained at risk of starvation.

Two weeks ago, we discovered that John Bolton, the new US ambassador to the United Nations, had proposed 750 amendments to the agreement which is meant to be concluded at next week's UN summit. He was, in effect, striking out the Millennium Development Goals on health, education and poverty relief, which the United Nations set in 2000(13). Yesterday, ActionAid released a report showing that the first of these goals - equal access to schooling for boys and girls by 2005 - has been missed in over 70 countries(14). "Africa", it found, "is currently projected to miss every goal." There is so little resolve at the UN to do anything about it that the summit could deliver "a worse outcome than the situation before the G8." Yet Geldof remains silent.

"We are very critical of what Bob Geldof did during the G8 Summit", Demba Moussa Dembele of the African Forum on Alternatives tells me. "He did it for his self-promotion. This is why he marginalized African singers, putting the limelight on himself and Bono, rather than on the issues. … The objectives of the whole Live8 campaign had little to do with poverty reduction in Africa. It was a scheme intended to project Geldof and Blair as humanitarian figures coming to the rescue of "poor and helpless" Africans."(15)

"Right from the beginning," says Kofi Mawuli Klu of the Forum of African Human Rights Defenders, "he has acted in his own selfish interests. It was all about self-promotion, about usurping the place of Africans. His message was "shut up and watch me". Without even understanding the root causes of the problems, he used his role to drown the voices of the African people and replace them with his own. There are many knowledgeable people – African and non-African – who could have advised him, but he has been on his own, ego-tripping."(16)

I have heard similar sentiments from every African campaigner I have spoken to. Bob Geldof is beginning to look like Mother Teresa or Joy Adamson. To the corporate press, and therefore to most of the public, he is a saint. Among those who know something about the issues, he is detested. Those other tabloid saints appeared to recognise that if they rattled the cages of the powerful, the newspapers upon which their public regard depended would turn against them. When there was a conflict between their public image and their cause, the image won. It seems to me that Geldof has played the same game.

He seized a campaign which commanded great public enthusiasm, which had the potential gravely to embarrass Tony Blair and George Bush. He asked us to focus not on the harm the G8 leaders were doing, but on the help they might give. When they failed to deliver, he praised them anyway. His endorsement and the public forgetfulness it prompted helped license them to start reversing their commitments. When they did so, he said nothing. This looks to me like more than just political naivity. It looks as if he is working for the other side.

I don't mean that this is what he intended - or intends - to do. I mean that he came to identify with the people he was supposed to be lobbying. By ensuring that the campaign was as much about him as about Africa, he ensured that if they failed, he failed. He needed a story with a happy ending.

There is just one thing that Geldof can now do for Africa. This is to announce that his optimism was misplaced, that the mission was not accomplished, that the struggle for justice is as urgent as ever. But while he holds his tongue, he will remain the man who betrayed the poor.


1. World Development Movement, 8th July 2005. G8 condemn Africa to miss Millennium Development Goals. Press Release.

2. ActionAid, 8th July 2005. ActionAid's reaction to the G8 outcome. Press Release.

3. Christian Aid, 12th July 2005. The G8 - in terms of build-ups it couldn't have been bigger. Press release.

4. Oxfam, 29th July 2005. Gleneagles: what really happened at the G8 summit?

5. DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa), 8th July 2005. Bono, Geldof Reaction to G8 Africa Communique. Press release; Ewen MacAskill, Patrick Wintour and Larry Elliott, 9th July 2005. G8: hope for Africa but gloom over climate. The Guardian; Mark Townsend, 10th July 2005. Geldof delighted at G8 action on aid. The Observer.

6. Matthew Tempest, 8th July 2005. G8 leaders agree $50bn Africa package. The Guardian.

7. Oxfam, 29th July 2005, ibid.

8. WDM, 15th July 2005. Leaks reveal IMF threat to already weak G8 debt deal. Press release.

9. Minutes of Evidence Taken before Treasury Committee, 19th July 2005. To be published as HC 399-i. House of Commons.

10. Eg ABC online, 27th July 27 2005. Australia, US form climate change pact: report.

11. World Development Movement and Jubilee Debt Campaign, 2nd August 2005. Leaks reveal G8 debt deal faces funding shortfall. Press release.

12. BBC Online, 3rd August 2005. Hunger in Mali is being 'ignored'.

13. Eg Julian Borger, 26th August 2005. Bolton throws UN summit into chaos. The Guardian.

14. Patrick Watt, 5th September 2005. Development Under Attack: will the 2005 poverty agenda unravel at the UN World Summit? ActionAid.

15. Demba Moussa Dembele, 3rd September 2005. By email.

16. Kofi Mawuli Klu, 4th September 2005. By phone.

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WorldNetDaily: South Africa to mimic Zimbabwe on farms?
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 3:05 PM
Subject: WorldNetDaily - South Africa to mimic Zimbabwe on farms


South Africa to mimic Zimbabwe on farms?
Marxist government's land-grab policy against whites intensifies

Posted: September 3, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Editor's note: Longtime WorldNetDaily contributor Anthony C. LoBaido has
made no less than six trips to South Africa in recent years and has lived,
worked and traveled all over South Africa and neighboring countries.
By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2005
As South Africa begins its second decade after apartheid's dismantlement in
1994, the ruling Marxist African National Congress has rapidly escalated
what some call "the Zimbabwe paradigm" – moving to more aggressively seize
its white citizens' farms, possessions and futures.
South African President Thabo Mbeki, a devout Marxist, has been a strong
supporter of Zimbabwe despite dictator Robert Mugabe's disastrous policies
in the former Rhodesia, once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa.
Now it appears Zimbabwe's problems have been projected onto South Africa.
Almost 1,700 white South African farmers have been murdered since 1994, with
another 15,000 recorded attacks. White children, babies and the elderly have
been raped and mutilated in these crimes, which often are carried out with
archetype military precision and the use of snipers.
President Bush visited South Africa during his first term in office and
promised to look into the plight of South Africa's white farmers. This after
being given a video presentation by Dr. Pieter Mulder of the Freedom Front
Plus Party. Thus far, the president has publicly said nothing about the
plight of the white Afrikaner farmers and has made Mbeki his "point man" on
the Zimbabwe issue. While Bush did sign a presidential directive calling for
action against Mugabe, American and British influence on the situation
appears negligible. The opposition MDC in Zimbabwe is still cowed into
submission while massive socialist and quasi-Maoist agrarian and land reform
schemes continue to plunge "Zim" into despair.
Now, the Marxist-Leninist cadres of the African National Congress, or ANC,
fellow travelers and sympathizers, are ready to take the next and final step
in the liquidation of South Africa's whites and their wealth. Some years
ago, Mbeki told the world: "Because of colonialism of a special type our
victory in the national liberation struggle did not result in the departure
of the foreign ruling class."
The ANC has enacted a "willing seller, willing buyer" program seeking to
transfer white-owned farmland to black South Africans, but critics have
countered that plan is moving far too slowly for their liking. White farmers
believe government corruption, ineptness and inertia have been the reasons
why farmland hasn't been transferred over very quickly.
Farmers claim they are charging market-related prices for their land, but
the ANC has set far different values on the same land. As such, the ANC
blames the farmers for slowing down their land reform project. The ANC owns
lots of land in South Africa. The problem is the ANC officially doesn't know
how much land it owns.
What is known is that the ANC government could invoke the Restitution of
Land Rights Amendment Act. This Act was passed in 2003 and clearly
authorizes the ANC to expropriate land.
South Africa does not have a Bureau of Land Management, as does the U.S.
Rather, the land custodians come from a troika of governmental tributaries –
agriculture, land affairs and public works.
ANC-owned land most likely stands at 19.8 percent of the total surface area
of South Africa. Between 5 and 10 percent of that land could be
redistributed today if need be. The ANC wants to have 30 percent of all
commercial farmland under black ownership by 2014. As of December 2004, 3
percent of commercial farmland had been redistributed. Adding to the
difficulty is the fact that farming, including genetically modified farming,
has become an increasingly high-tech venture, calling for a high degree of
intelligence, training and dedication. It is one thing to hand over the
land. It is another thing to keep that land fruitful and feed the masses.
Objectively, the ANC needs South Africa's vineyards to export wine. That is
a cash crop Mbeki would not want to sabotage. Also, as long as there are
whites and white farmers in South Africa, the ANC will be able to cry
"racism" and "apartheid's legacy" as a cover for its own corruption. Once
"the white card" has been played, as it has by Mugabe in recent years, the
ANC will have to stand on its own merits. This does not bode well for the
ANC, as two-thirds of South Africa's voters sat out the most recent national
Many white South Africans have fled the rape, crime, murder, HIV and
all-around social disintegration of this once wealthy, anti-communist
nation. Destinations like the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
are now home to the de facto Afrikaner and South African Diaspora. Like the
Hmong, Karen, Montagnards, South Sudanese and Kurds, the Afrikaners will
continue to exist as a people but not as a nation. Because of their
Calvinist background and racial and cultural solidarity, white South
Africans, especially the Afrikaners, are ill-prepared for the realities of
living in post-Christian and post-modern Western Civilization, where someone
like Paris Hilton is not only tolerated but celebrated.
South Africa's farmers are a special breed. The term "Afrikaner" (white
African) is interchangeable with the word "Boer" which is Dutch for
"farmer." The Afrikaners fought off the British in not one but two
Anglo-Boer Wars, and only lost the 1899-1902 Boer War when the British
rounded up 26,000 Afrikaner women and children and starved them off in the
world's first modern concentration camps.
That battle continues today, albeit in another form. A few years back,
British Labor Party Cabinet member Jack Straw visited South Africa and
presented the ANC with millions of pounds sterling of British taxpayer
money, part of which was used for "land reform and justice."
According to groups like Genocide Watch, however, what is going on in South
Africa's killing fields is not justice, but genocide. There are only about
40,000 white farmers in South Africa. The 1,700 murdered from that group is
the highest per capita murder rate in the world. The average murder rate is
7 out of 100,000 worldwide. For the South African farmer it is 313 out of
100,000. The second-highest per capita murder rate in the world is that of
the South African police.
South Africa's farms are also unique in that the ANC has allowed
transnational corporations like Monsanto to make South Africa the world's
foremost experimental laboratory for genetically modified foods. Under the
apartheid regime, only one GM permit was granted. Now they are legion.
GM or GE foods in South Africa are promoted by a group called Africa-Bio.
They in turn are monitored by a group called Bio-Watch. Africa-Bio is seen,
rightly or wrongly by critics, as a public-relations arm of the
transnational corporations operating in Africa and elsewhere.
On one side of the farmland issue are of course South Africa's white
farmers, Agri-SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union. On the other side are
the ANC, the Young Communist League, or YCL, and a group called the Landless
People's Movement, or LPM.
As WorldNetDaily has reported, a few years back, the LPM seemed to be a
poorly funded fringe group unable to articulate its own message in a
meaningful way. However, according to Marge Leitner, a former South African
policewoman and acute observer of the political scene, thanks to
transnational leftist groups, the LPM has been "transformed" into a muscular
force to be reckoned with vis-à-vis the farm issue and shouldn't be
"The Landless Peoples Movement, that radical grouping who, even as recently
as two years ago, were comprised of the rubbish that roams the streets, has
suddenly evolved into a group with quite a bit of clout," Leitner told
WorldNetDaily. "Suddenly they have speakers who are literate and reasonably
articulate. I became suspicious of this and did some digging and lo and
behold, guess what I found out? There is massive international (leftist)
support for the LPM. One needs to keep this in mind as well. Once again,
outside forces, in addition to the leftist Marxist lot here, are involved in
the destabilization of this country. They are definitely in the mix.
Continued Leitner: "This will be a battle for survival! Agri-SA as well as
the TAU are standing firm at this point. The Communists of course are
calling for the nationalization of all land in South Africa."
Specifically, those Communists are working toward amending the Constitution
to allow for all land to be nationalized.
South Africa's Constitution is unique in that it is the only constitution in
the world that grants legal rights for homosexuals and abortion advocates.
HIV/AIDS is not a "gay" issue or perceived as such in South Africa, as
compared to the U.S. Gay rights are accepted as the norm. The land issue
however, is another story completely.
David Masondo, the chairperson of the YCL recently stated there must soon be
an end to the "sunset clause" – granted to the white remnant by the late,
white ex-KGB colonel and ANC leader Joe Slovo – that gave constitutional
property and land rights to individuals.
"Even if it means invasions, we need some kind of review," Masondo recently
told South Africans. The league's national secretary, Buti Manamela, pitched
in with: "We believe there should be no private ownership of land in this
These Communist resolutions are part and parcel of the YCL's national policy
and strategy. Leitner told WorldNetDaily: "This is what is going on with our
farmers. Zimbabwe is in our face! The rhetoric and the hate propaganda have
gone up quite a few notches. It is quite clear from what the Transvaal
Agricultural Union is saying, that they just used the land summit to drive
home the demand for the expropriation of land, irrespective of any
counter-arguments presented by the farmers. All of this will lead to South
Africa joining the ranks of this famine-stricken continent rather sooner
than later."
Because of the pressure exerted by so-called "landless" groups, the ANC has
said it will review its land-transfer policy. The ANC's agriculture and Land
Affairs Minister Thoko Didiza said in July at the national land summit in
Gauteng (the former Transvaal): "What it means is that the state must come
up with a mechanism."
The abandonment of the "willing seller, willing buyer" program for
Zimbabwe-style land invasions would have national and global repercussions
for South Africa, the rand, for South Africa's exports and the willingness
of the socialist Labor Party in the UK to continue funding Mbeki's Nepad
(New Economic Program for African Development) and the African Union, or AU.
The AU seeks the economic, political, monetary and military integration of
the African continent as a sub-block of the emerging world government. Mbeki
has designs on leading the AU and/or U.N. (he recently purchased a 600
million rand plane) though he will continue to micromanage South Africa long
after he leaves the political scene through a web of committees, all which
report directly to him.

The stakes of this grand game have not been lost on the Afrikaner farmers.
According to the TAU:
The newspaper headline 'Land Shock' encapsulated in essence the cumulative
hot air, socialistic demands and racist resentment which characterized the
land-reform summit held over five days at taxpayers' expense during the last
week in July this year. The results of the summit were pre-ordained – we
knew the minister of land affairs would ruminate on abolishing the "willing
seller, willing buyer" principle – the linchpin of rural property security
in South Africa – that the chattering land-grab classes would reiterate
their ideological claims, and that the commercial farming sector would
present logical and reasoned arguments to a summit which was clearly not
The conference can be seen as a prelude to more and more assaults on the
commercial farming sector in South Africa. The reiteration of clauses in the
communist-contrived "Freedom Charter" of 50 years ago (the land shall belong
to those who work it) was given prominent play, and it is clear the summit
was to prepare South Africa for a Zimbabwe-style grab of productive
commercial farms in the not-too-distant future.
The most ominous revelation was Thabo Mbeki's statement – reported on the
BBC's website (but not widely disseminated in South Africa) – that the
Zimbabwe land grab was delayed "so that negotiations for South Africa's
liberation would succeed." Mbeki said that when South Africa was negotiating
its "transition to democracy" (at the time Zimbabwe started its land grab),
the Organization of African Unity had asked Zimbabwe to stop the program as
it would "frighten the apartheid government in South Africa."
In essence, Mbeki is telling us that the wholesale land theft which was to
proceed in Zimbabwe was put on the back burner so as not to frighten South
Africa's whites who were in the process of surrendering their sovereignty on
the false premise of power-sharing. This masterful sleight of hand worked,
of course, and it is evidence of Mbeki's supreme self-assurance that he
would tell the world of this now, when his own government is relentlessly
harassing and hobbling South Africa's commercial farming sector.
The summit revealed the stark chasm which exists between the realists and
the ideologues in South Africa, the last country in Africa to produce enough
food for its own people. Given the vivid examples of Africa's inability to
feed itself – Zimbabwe, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Angola, Mozambique are but a
few – one would think that those governing South Africa would be more sober
in their land-reform goals. But logic in the Western sense plays no part in
the thinking of a government which is prepared to hand over R6 billion of
taxpayers' money to the heinous tyrant now destroying his country, Zimbabwe.
This lack of logic could be seen in the ludicrous demands, vicious
accusations and lying propaganda which emanated from the land summit.
Will the world sit by and allow those in power to destroy the last remaining
working country in Africa? Does the world want another Zimbabwe, another
Niger? South Africa's commercial farming sector appeals to the world to wake
up and monitor the deliberate efforts by the SA government and its cohorts
to drive South Africa's white farmers off their land, thus bringing the
spectra of famine ever closer.
How of all of this will shake out is anyone's guess. Will the world come to
the aid of the South African farmers? What is certain is that the Afrikaners
have been on their own for over 100 years, independent of the emerging,
Western-led, transnational, multicultural, globalist system. And like the
Amish and Mennonites, they'll probably be on their own for at least 100
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Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 7:12 PM


6th September 2005
Following our last "Good News" report about the abundance of water at Main Camp in Hwange National Park, we have just discovered that the situation in Sinamatella is very different.
We are being inundated with desperate appeals for help because there is NO water in Sinamatella. We are informed that National Parks has run out of diesel to run the pumps and all the water holes have been reduced to pools of mud.
People who have just returned from Sinamatella have reported seeing about 200 zebra and a number of antelope standing around a dry water hole, staring into it as if willing the water to appear. The animals look extremely forlorn, thirsty and dehydrated. They know there is no water anywhere else in the vicinity and in their dehydrated state, they don't have the energy to walk any great distance in search of water, so they wait. There is no doubt that they will all die of thirst if something is not done urgently.
Fuel is very scarce in Zimbabwe but we have managed to find some. The problem now is that we have to pay for it. National Parks have no funds, either to buy fuel for the pumps or to pay their employees' wages. We were told this morning that the employees in Sinamatella have all absconded because they haven't been paid.
In order to get the situation under control, we need at least 5 000 litres of diesel. We have found the diesel and we are now appealing to anyone who can help us pay for it. It costs US$ 1.00 or ZWD 55 000.00 per litre so we are attempting to raise 
US$ 5 000 or ZWD 275 000 000.
If anybody is in a position to help, either with money or diesel, please contact me urgently on the numbers below or email
Johnny Rodrigues
Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
Phone       263 4 336710
Fax           263 4 339065
Mobile       263 11 603 213
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Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 10:56 PM
Subject: ATTEMPTED FRAUD - Hatcliffe Orphanages, etc

A young man just came to my gate collecting money etc. for Rujeko Opharns Home (sic) in Hatcliffe Extension - but he did not know who was behind the gate!  I happen to know that the orphanages at Hatcliffe have all been destroyed, and indeed there was no "Rujeko Opharns Home" in any case.
Please be very wary of these door-to-door collections for such worthy-sounding causes, and report suspicious collectors to the police.
Trudy Stevenson MP
Harare North Constituency
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Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 7:31 AM

at the end of this message).

Sokwanele - Enough is Enough - Zimbabwe

Sokwanele Report: 06 September 2005

Controversy continued to dog Zimbabwean cricket as the country continued the
triangular one-day series of matches against India in Harare.

A small group of white supporters who decided to walk from their apartment
to the Harare Sports Club along Fifth Avenue towards the intersection with
Josiah Tongagara Avenue were stopped by one of President Mugabe's armed
guards and forced to turn back.

They were told that no 'whites' were allowed to walk in the area which is
just a short distance from State House, the President's official residence.

Prior to England's tour of Zimbabwe in 2004, the British Embassy was so
concerned about the safety of British cricket supporters that a cautionary
notice was placed on its website.

Supporters travelling to Harare were warned that access to State House was
restricted from 6pm to 6am, and that the location was protected by armed
guards at all times.

"When passing State House on foot or by car, you should avoid slowing down
or otherwise acting in a manner that might arouse the suspicions of the
guards or police.  If approached at any time by armed guards, police or
military personnel, you are advised to remain courteous and to comply with
their instructions," the advisory said.

It concluded that "Failure to observe the above may result in arrest,
followed by a fine and deportation from Zimbabwe."

Ironically, President Mugabe is Patron of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and an
ardent cricket supporter.  He is on record as having said:  "(Cricket)
civilises people and creates good gentlemen.  I want everyone to play
cricket in Zimbabwe.  I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen."

Despite such comments, President Mugabe's 25 years in office have caused
economic meltdown in this once prosperous African nation and his desperate
efforts to stay in power long after his sell-by date have resulted in
massive human rights abuses.

His first target was the white commercial farming sector which Mugabe blamed
for supporting the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

In destroying this highly efficient sector which not only fed the country
but was also one of the three top foreign currency earners, Mugabe has
turned the nation into a country requiring food aid for almost half the

Five years later, in mid May of this year, Mugabe turned his wrath on urban
black Zimbabweans, the majority of whom had voted for the MDC during a
general election in March characterised by vote rigging on a massive scale.

During Operation Murambatsvina (Operation Drive out the Filth), his police
force indiscriminately destroyed the businesses of informal traders as well
as established municipal market places, shantytowns, outhouses and even
solid brick homes in cities and towns across the country.

Taking place at the height of the Zimbabwean winter when night temperatures
plunge close to zero, this devastating crackdown has left more than 700 000
people homeless or jobless and affected at least 2.4 million poor people.

Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, the special envoy sent to Zimbabwe to assess the
crisis by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, reported that the programme
was a "disastrous venture" that had precipitated "a humanitarian crisis."

Zimbabweans live today in a dangerous dual world.  On the surface life has a
semblance of normality at places like the Harare Sports Club or at popular
tourist resorts where visitors can be forgiven for failing to see beyond the

However, in out-of-town transit camps where displaced people have been
dumped, access is strictly controlled and cameras are unwelcome.  It is here
that thousands of Zimbabweans who have been bruised and battered into deep
trauma can be found.

Methodist Bishop Ivan Abrahams, who visited the country recently as part of
a South African Council of Churches delegation, said:  "It seems as if the
government war on the poor is a kind of scorched-earth policy to drive
people into submission (politically)."

"I think some of the haunting images that will be etched in one's memory for
life is looking in the eyes of women (in these camps) and seeing no hope,"
he said after visiting the notorious Caledonia transit camp.

He compared the forced demolition of Mbare township close to Harare to a
town that had just been hit by air raids. "I just looked at the places from
where the people were moved and it looked as if there had just been an air
raid, with so much litter ... (I felt) outrage, absolute outrage and immense
anger," he said.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said last week it would discuss
calls by British foreign secretary Jack Straw to ban Zimbabwe from
international cricket over President Mugabe's human rights abuses at its
next board meeting.

"We would now like to ask if the ICC could reflect on whether or not they
see international cricket fixtures against and/or in Zimbabwe to be
appropriate while such widespread human rights abuses are taking place,"
Straw  and culture minister Tessa Jowell said in a letter to the ICC.
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VOA News
Zimbabwe economic team headed for Washington face-Off with IMF board
By Blessing Zulu
Washington - Zimbabwe’s top economic officials were to head for Washington on Wednesday to plead the country’s case before the International Monetary Fund executive board, which is to deliberate on Friday whether to expel the country as a Fund member over debt service arrears which were recently reduced but not entirely liquidated. Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa and Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono were to travel to Washington via Johannesburg, Harare administration sources said, hoping to stave off expulsion with a last-ditch appeal to the IMF board. Reports said the IMF was demanding payment of another $50 million in arrears in addition to the $120 million which Zimbabwe paid last week against total arrears of around $300 million. Harare is also continuing to negotiate with South Africa for a sizeable loan which might enable Zimbabwe to dispose of the $180 million in arrears outstanding as of the latest information Tuesday. But those discussions appear to have hung up on the issue of conditions Pretoria has attached to such a loan, including democratic reforms. Such conditions have been repeatedly dismissed by President Robert Mugabe. Mr. Gono told parliament on Tuesday that the IMF had demanded an additional $50 million. Efforts to confirm this information with IMF officials were unsuccessful.
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Business Day
Harare raises $50m more

Zimbabwe has raised the $50m it needed to avoid expulsion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), sources in Harare said last night, writes Dumisani Muleya. Zimbabwe, which is facing expulsion from the IMF after failing to service its $295m debt, last week unexpectedly paid $120m. It needs to pay $174m to avoid expulsion. The sources said the Zimbabwean delegation, to be led by Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa and central bank governor Gideon Gono, will personally take the $50m cheque to the IMF today. The government is said to have again raised the money from the local exporters’ foreign currency account. The move shows growing desperation within the government about the prospect of being expelled. In the past two days the government has made statements consistent with IMF recommendations for reviving the economy. On Monday Murerwa urged the government to drop price controls.
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Sunday Times
Zimbabwe's blood bank runs dry

Wednesday September 07, 2005 11:53 - (SA) 
HARARE — Zimbabwe's blood bank has virtually "run dry" partly due an urban demolition blitz which has led to the relocation of many donors, a state-run daily today.

The national blood bank now has only 650 units of blood against its standard requirement of 3,000 units, The Herald newspaper said.

The National Blood Transfusion Service said the shortage was caused by a variety of factors including the controversial Operation Restore Order under which urban shacks and shops deemed illegal were razed.

"There is a combination of factors leading to our current situation," spokesman Emmanuel Masvikeni said.

"For instance, there are some of our regular donors who due to Operation Restore Order moved to other places without leaving forwarding addresses, meaning we have no way of following them up."

He said other factors included high transportation costs fuelled by an acute scarcity of petrol and diesel, adding: "People cannot be bothered to come into our clinics and donate."

He said the country's high HIV/Aids rate was another problem. An estimated 1.8 million people are living with Aids in a country of about 13 million.

At least 700,000 Zimbabweans were rendered homeless and many turned destitute following the controversial two-month urban clean-up drive when shacks, houses, market stalls and shops were razed.

A reconstruction effort was launched on June 26, when a UN envoy arrived in Zimbabwe to report on the humanitarian crisis sparked by the operation.

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The Star
The images that enraged top cop

Probe into apparent corruption after exposé
September 7, 2005

By Penny Sukhraj

Gauteng Police Commissioner Perumal Naidoo was so outraged when he saw damning footage of his men seemingly extorting bribes from immigrants that he stormed out of the SABC studios.

Special Assignment's explosive exposé, aired on national television last night, so infuriated Naidoo that he could only manage a terse refusal to comment when the show's producers asked him to do so.

Naidoo was given a special preview of the footage, which showed that officers at the Booysens police station in Joburg had turned the task of rounding up immigrants into a lucrative extortion racket.
Last night, more than 24 hours after Naidoo had been shown the programme, the implicated officers were still on duty and he again
refused to comment when approached by The Star.

But Naidoo's political superior, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia, is demanding swift and "decisive" action following the embarrassing images.

"We expect nothing less than firm and decisive action from the area and the provincial commissioners," Cachalia told The Star last night.

Trevor Bloem, spokesperson for the Safety and Security Ministry, said an investigation would be launched into the matter.

"The police have been alerted to what is happening and will conduct their own investigation: this is what you will expect from the police."

National police spokesperson Phuti Setati said Naidoo would be investigating the matter.

"The investigation will dictate what the next step should be," said Setati.

Naidoo was given a special preview of the footage on Monday afternoon. Instead of commenting on the record, as he had agreed with the Special Assignment team beforehand, he left in a huff with the rest of his entourage, who included officials from the office of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Naidoo's spokesperson, Superintendent Mary Martins-Engelbrecht, said: "At this stage these are just allegations. Nobody has been suspended. The commissioner is not willing to say anything further."

The policemen were caught on camera taking money from relatives of illegal immigrants. The relatives had come to offer R300 to "bail out" their loved ones.

More than once, the officials spoke in innuendos, with questions such as: "Have you brought the necessary things?"

Immigrants, who went undercover to help film some of the footage, confirmed that this was a reference to money. 

One policeman went so far as to say that the R250 brought in was "too short", while another jested while counting the money in the toilets: "If you get me arrested I'll shoot you."

Yesterday, when The Star approached some of the policemen implicated in the exposé for comment, they denied all knowledge of the scam.

A 56-year-old inspector, shown in the exposé sitting in the station negotiating with relatives about the release of an immigrant, said: "I know nothing of that allegation of R300. I was on leave. I didn't take any money."

His colleague, a 34-year-old sergeant, initially answered his phone by saying: "This is my phone. Just stop bothering me!"

Pressed again, he denied all knowledge of the scam, saying:

"I don't know about this. I'm not involved in these deals."

According to Abeda Bhamjee, an attorney at the Wits Law Clinic, allegations of bribery are common and their consistency makes them credible. Her estimate is that immigrants hand about R90-million to corrupt officials each year.

Zimbabwean Clarence Moyo (32) told The Star he was arrested shortly after arriving in Johannesburg last May.

"I could not reply in the local language, and two policemen forced me and another companion into a white truck with blue lines," he said.

The two had been walking in Rosettenville, southern Johannesburg, where Moyo was looking for accommodation.

"The policemen kept driving us around, and stopped now and then and spoke to us as they loaded more people in. I was shaking and didn't know what was going to happen.

"Eventually I realised they were suggesting that we should at least give them 'something' so we don't get to taken to 'the other side'."
Moyo parted with his last wad of cash, amounting to R150 - enough for the policemen to
release him.

"My companion had nothing. But he later explained he could get money and negotiated with the police when they took him to the
police station," he said.

Bhamjee said that in addition to bribes paid to police to avoid deportation, there was a long list of bribes that immigrants had to fork out when attempting to obtain legal status in South Africa.

Immigrants usually had to go to the Home Affairs refugee offices about four times a year to get their initial 14-day permit, and then graduate to two subsequent permits before obtaining refugee status.
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No fertiliser for Zim farmers

Harare - Zimbabwe is headed for another "gloomy" agricultural season because many farmers do not have access to fertiliser, chemicals and seed, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. "Representatives of farmer organisations and the fertiliser industry ... painted a gloomy picture of the coming season saying there is nothing to talk about owing to the failure to deliver inputs to farmers in time," the state-controlled Herald said. The paper quoted an official from the fertiliser industry, Onisai Machiridza, who said companies had not been given the foreign currency needed to buy inputs to manufacture fertiliser. Machiridza said that while there were a few stocks of fertiliser, "these had already been bought". He said companies that manufacture fertiliser locally needed a total of $37m before December to be able to produce 178 000 tons of the commodity. Zimbabwe is in the grips of a severe foreign currency crisis. Companies have to apply to a twice-weekly foreign currency auction for cash allocations, but bids always massively exceed the amount of foreign currency available. The central bank governor, Gideon Gono said this week allocations of foreign currency, including to the vital agricultural sector had been cut back over the past two months to allow Zimbabwe to pay back part of its debt arrears to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Zimbabwe has faced repeated food shortages since President Robert Mugabe's government launched a controversial land reform programme in 2000, which has seen around 4 000 white farmers losing their farms. The government blames the crop failures on drought, but critics say the inexperience of new farmers and their lack of capital is also to blame. The World Food Programme (WFP) says that more than four million Zimbabweans - one third of the population - will need food aid by next March.
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Swiss ban 126 Zimbabweans

Bern - Switzerland on Tuesday increased to 126 the number of prominent Zimbabweans who face travel and finance restrictions, effective immediately, officials said. Most of the 33 people added to the list are cabinet ministers and provincial governors, said a statement from the Swiss economics ministry. The increase is in line with recent decisions of the European Union (EU). Switzerland followed the EU in imposing sanctions on the government of President Robert Mugabe in 2002 after international outrage over allegedly rigged elections. Switzerland remains outside the 25-nation bloc, but often co-ordinates its policies with the EU. The United States also has imposed its own measures. Swiss authorities have frozen a single bank account linked to the Mugabe regime under the sanctions. It contains about $10 000, officials said. Mugabe, 81, has ruled Zimbabwe since it won independence from Britain in 1980. As his popularity has waned, he has attacked journalists and opponents. His supporters have been blamed for helping plunge the country into political and economic crisis. The EU measures include a ban on Mugabe and other government officials from travelling to EU countries, but members of the European Parliament have criticised the restrictions as poorly enforced, noting that French President Jacques Chirac hosted Mugabe in a visit to Paris in 2003, despite the travel ban.
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