Klimakrisen er i fuld gang

Klima SwazilandIgen i 2015 er der sat nye varmerekorder i verden og i mange lande, og jorden er nu en grad varmere end før industrialiseringen. Dette går ikke mindst ud over det sydlige Afrika, kan man læse i ny amerikansk klima-rapport.

I Arktis er temperaturen steget med 2,8 grader siden 1900. Maj 2015 var den vådeste måned nogensinde målt i USA, og 2015 den næst-vådeste målt i Danmark. Og den 27. oktober 2015 blev der målt 48,4 grader i Vredendal i Sydafrika, en ny rekord for oktober på verdensplan, skriver American Meterological Society i deres ”State of the Climate 2015”-rapport. Read more of this post

Optimistic Swazi Finance Minister’s budget speech is symptomatic treatment

“It is a bold budget that will boost growth and support the vulnerable … the financial system in Swaziland is generally sound … We remain cautiously optimistic,” Swaziland’s Minister of Finance Majozi Sithole said in his budget speech on Friday.

Others have less reason for optimism. “Swaziland is tied with Somalia as having the worst performing economy in Africa and there is nothing on the horizon to improve the situation,” a Swazi investment counsellor told Business Report in January. Swaziland’s inflation rate, for instance, is worse than Zimbabwe’s.

“We have witnessed consequential events as we went through the tough fiscal or economic crisis, Read more of this post

Economic justice and democracy are interdependent, says new Swazi campaign

“At the centre of poverty is the question of power,” Musa Andile Nsibande of the Swaziland Economic Justice Network (SEJUN) tells Africa Contact. “When we tell people to stand up for their rights, there is a possibility that the balance of power will shift towards the masses, paving way for a full democratisation process.”

To this end, the recently formed SEJUN launched a new campaign, Eradicate Poverty and Hunger, last Saturday [February 11.] in Lavumisa. The campaign takes a rights-based approach to economic justice in emphasizing the right to adequate food in a country where two-thirds of the population survive on less than a dollar a day – many on food aid from the UN, the need for agrarian reform in a country where the absolute monarch in effect controls all land, and the necessity of empowering ordinary people in order to achieve the campaign goals. Read more of this post