Swazis oppose IMF-suggested cuts

According to the Times of Swaziland, “impeccable sources from within the [Swazi] civil service” have said that The International Monetary Fund has suggested “that [the Swazi] government may eventually have to carry out 30 per cent cuts on the salaries of everyone who is on the government payroll.”

In a statement given on May 18, Joannes Mongardini, head of the mission of the International Monetary Fund that had visited Swaziland, said that “the mission continued to encourage the authorities to find means to cut the wage bill by E 240 million, as envisaged under the program. It also fully supported the government’s plan to resume its privatization program.”

The unions and civil society in Swaziland are very much opposed to these cuts, especially as they will be carried out together with the non-democratic and over-spending Swazi regime that is apparently not to have its budget or salaries cut. Read more of this post

Are the EU and US set to pull the plug on Swaziland?

“Swaziland is under pressure to fully democratise,” both from the EU, and from America where “the American government will not fund NGOs and states that are undemocratic,” according to columnist Qalakaliboli Dlamini.

Let’s put aside the fact that the US has, and continues to fund, several undemocratic states for a moment and look at what Qalalkaliboli has to say.

He allegedly received a call from Elliott Gamedze, the Private Secretary of the Minister of Economic Planning and Development, last week, who had asked him to meet with Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Prince Sihlangusemphi. During this meeting the Minister supposedly told Qalakaliboli, “donors have decided to pull the plug on Swaziland because no matter how much they pump into our economy, it would seem they are not making any headway.” Read more of this post

The development of Africa: outsourcing poverty

I asked the question in a previous article, as to whether history showed that humanity is gradually, but irrecoverably, moving forward and becoming more developed, and answered it rather superficially by saying that we are getting there slowly.

But who is getting where and who determines what being developed is? And is development inevitable, as modernization theorists from Rostow to Fukuyama have claimed, as long as the developing nations follow the path of the so-called developed West, is development possible in a more than one way, and is development interconnected or unconnected with European development and wealth accumulation? Read more of this post