President Zuma to Launch the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Tshiame, Harrismith

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, J.G Zuma will launch the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Tshiame, Harrismith, in the Eastern Free State, on 25 April 2017.

The President will be joined by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Dr Rob Davies and his the Deputy Minister Gratitude Magwanishe, the Premier of the Free State, Hon. E. S. Magashule, MEC for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in the Free State, Hon. Dr Benny Malakoane and the MEC for Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State and Head of Provincial Economic Cluster, Hon. Sam Mashinini.

Other dignitaries include Executive Mayor of Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, Cllr. Malefu Vilakazi, and the Executive Mayor of Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality, Cllr. Vusimusi Tshabalala.

According to Minister Davies, the launch of the 1038-hectare MAP-SEZ is another significant milestone in the implementation of the department’s Special Economic Zone Programme, which is aimed at accelerating economic growth and development in designated regions of the country.

“The Industrial Policy Action Plan identifies SEZ’s as key contributors to economic development. They are growth engines towards government’s strategic objectives of industrialisation, regional development and employment creation. The SEZ programme has entered a full implementation phase. This is one of the critical instruments that the dti is using to accelerate industrialisation in the country,” says Minister Davies.

He adds that more importantly, the SEZ programme is a critical tool for the attraction of the foreign direct investments (FDIs), creation of decent jobs, establishment of new industrial centres, as well as development and improvement of the existing infrastructure.

“The MAP-SEZ will create opportunities for manufacturing as well as a regional and international trade environment with added value chain within the Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality. The social and economic benefits, as well as regional development, will be key and will be enhanced by creating a prosperous trade city and functional trade ecosystem (SIP2), which will enable the beneficiation of mineral and natural resources and attract foreign direct investment. The priority sectors for the MAP-SEZ are automotive, agro-processing, logistics, ICT, pharmaceuticals and general processing”, says Premier Magashule.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.


A Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is defined as a geographically designated area of a country set aside for specifically targeted economic activities, which are then supported through special arrangements and support systems to promote industrial development. A number of incentives and benefits are available to ensure SEZ’s growth, revenue generation, creation of jobs, attraction of FDIs and international competitiveness. These include a preferential 15% corporate tax, building allowance, 12I Tax Allowance and customs controlled area.

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Humanitarian Coordinator condemns horrific killing of aid workers in Wau

The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has expressed shock and outrage after being informed of the killing of three workers involved in the delivery of vital food aid in Wau, less than one week after he called for an end to all attacks against aid workers in South Sudan.

“Just last week, I appealed for an end to the targeting of innocent people in this conflict,” said Mr. Owusu. “And yet yesterday I learned that three porters were heinously killed while making their way to a World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in the midst of security operations in Wau town on 10 April. I am appalled by this abhorrent act and demand an urgent investigation to identify those who are responsible and bring them to account.”

The deaths bring the number of aid workers killed in South Sudan to 82. Fourteen aid workers have already been killed in 2017, compared to 24 in all of 2016.

“There are no words left to explain the level of frustration and outrage I feel regarding the continued attacks against humanitarians in South Sudan who are simply trying to help the civilians who are suffering as a result of this conflict,” said Mr. Owusu. “I join WFP in sending my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the three brave men who lost their lives this week in the service of the vulnerable people in this country.”

Separately, 60 humanitarian workers have had to relocate from multiple locations in Jonglei yesterday and today – including Waat and Walgak – due to intensified conflict in the area. Early indications are that the civilian population is also fleeing, though the number of people displaced has been unable to be verified due to the highly fluid situation.

“I call on the parties to the conflict to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and ensure the proportionality of their actions,” said Mr. Owusu. “I am deeply disappointed that, despite the assurances that we have received and the commitments that have been made, humanitarians are again having to relocate, and civilians again being uprooted, in an area where needs were already high.”

Across South Sudan, humanitarian needs continue to rise, while the operating environment is becoming increasingly dangerous and difficult. In March alone, 79 humanitarian access incidents were reported.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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Public Service and Community Interpreting in Africa


On the 6 October 2017, the Institute of Multilingualism at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, will host a 1-day workshop organized by the Swiss Society for African Studies ( and the Institute of Multilingualism (

Linguistic diversity in African societies involves a wide range of translating and interpreting practices among speakers for mutual understanding. In many cases, daily social interactions, rather than formal training, provide the context and basis to act as interpreter. But many formal settings, such as the administration or educational institutions, continue to be dominated by former colonial languages, which are languages spoken only by a minority of the population. Interaction between representatives of these officially monolingual institutions and plurilingual speakers are often mediated through practices of interpretation that vary in their degree of formalization and professionalization. So far, very little training exists for public service or community interpreting in Africa. This poses serious challenges to equal access for all citizens to public services, which is particularly evident in court and in administrative settings in post-colonial contexts in Africa.

This workshop serves as a platform to bring together interested scholars from Africa and Europe looking at various aspects of public service and community interpreting in African societies. We want to rethink inherited language politics and attitudes towards the use of African languages in formal settings and the repercussions this has on an equal access to justice, for example. We encourage contributions from researchers in African Studies, anthropology, language and literature studies, (socio)linguistics, translation and interpretation studies, but also members of NGOs and applied scientists who are interested in exploring public service and community interpretation in Africa.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mamadou Lamine Sanogo (Institut National des Sciences des Sociétés INSS, Ouagadougou). Dr. Sanogo is senior researcher at the INSS and an expert on language and politics in Burkina Faso. His recent work has focused on the translation of official texts into national languages, the compilation of a Jula-French dictionary, and particularly the elaboration of legal vocabulary in Jula.

Paper proposals should include full contact details (email address, full mailing address, affiliation) and an abstract of up to 250 words.

The final deadline for electronic submission of proposals is the 30 April 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent out no later than 1 June 2017. Proposals should be submitted to:

Workshop registration will cost 50 CHF for all participants (paper presenters and attendees).

Looking forward to seeing you in Fribourg!

The organizers,

Prof. Alexandre Duchêne (University of Fribourg,

Natalie Tarr, MA (University of Basel,

Dr. Gabriele Slezak (University of Vienna, (

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CFP : Journal of West Africa History, Ghana Nigeria Independence issue


Journal of West African History, Volume 5, Issue 1 (March 2019): Special Issue: 60th Anniversary of Ghana and Nigeria Independence

Founding Editor-in-chief: Nwando Achebe

Associate Editors: Hilary Jones and John Thabiti Willis

Book Review Editor: Harry Odamtten


The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that publishes the highest quality articles on West African history. Located at the cutting edge of new scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political history of West Africa, JWAH fills a representational gap by providing a forum for serious scholarship and debate on women and gender, sexuality, slavery, oral history, popular and public culture, and religion. The editorial board encourages authors to explore a wide range of topical, theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in new and exciting ways. The journal is committed to rigorous thinking and analysis; is international in scope; and offers a critical intervention about knowledge production. Scholarly reviews of current books in the field appear in every issue. And the publication is in both English and French; an abstract in both languages will be provided. Michigan State University Press publishes JWAH.


2017 and 2020 will mark the 60th anniversaries of independence from British colonial rule in Ghana (1957) and Nigeria (1960).  In honor of these momentous occasions, the Journal for West African History (JWAH), published by Michigan State University Press, invites scholars to submit papers that commemorate the 60th anniversaries of the independence of Ghana or Nigeria. We are particularly interested in papers that speak to the aspirations, achievements, setbacks, and problems associated with independence and its aftermath. Please see submission guidelines for detailed expectations. Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. See what we have available for review on our Books for Review page. Please contact our book review editor at for more information.
Manuscripts should be submitted online at The deadline for the receipt of papers is January 31, 2018. All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 5, issue 1, scheduled for publication in March 2019.

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