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18 AFRICA Wednesday, October 4 2017 | NEW ERA Zimbabwe’s Mugabe arrives in SAfrica, without wife Grace PRETORIA Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose wife Grace remains at the centre of a legal storm over an alleged assault of a 20-year-old South African, arrived in Pretoria visit. Sources in Pretoria told African News Agency (ANA) that Mugabe and his delegation were welcomed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on Monday evening, but Zimbabwe’s First Lady was not part of the entourage. Grace Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution by the South African government for allegedly whipping Gabriella Engels with an electric cable in a Johannesburg hotel room last month. She denies the allegations. Instead, Grace, 52, says an “intoxicated and unhinged” Engels attacked her with a knife. The South African Presidency last week said President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday, host to South Africa to attend the second session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC) scheduled to take place in Pretoria. The agreement establishing the BNC was signed in April 2015 and inaugurated in October 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe, and it stipulates that the BNC should Expression of Interest (EOI008/2017) meet on an annual and rotational basis. The current BNC session, which will be co-chaired by Zuma and Mugabe, will afford the African leaders an opportunity to review the state of the bilateral relationship between the two neighbouring countries. “It will further provide a platform to strengthen and deepen the warm and cordial bilateral relations between the two countries as well as to review and determine the actual progress made on bilateral undertakings and commitments made during the inauguration Session of the BNC last year,” Presidency said at the time. Zuma and Mugabe TENDER NUMBER: EOI 008/2017 - RESEARCH/STUDY TO ESTABLISH THE LEVEL OF MEMBERS’ (CUSTOMERS’) SATISFACTION WITH GIPF’S SERVICES/ BENEFITS COUNTRYWIDE (IN ALL THE 14 REGIONS) are also expected to deliberate and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, particularly peace, security, stability and development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and some parts of the continent. South Africa and Zimbabwe have good bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back many years. The two countries do not only share strong historical relations but also economic cooperation. Zimbabwe is one of South the continent, with trade statistics showing annual growth. In 2016, South Africa’s exports to Zimbabwe amounted to approximately R29.3 billion. There are over 120 South African companies doing business in Zimbabwe in various sectors including mining, aviation, tourism, banking sector, the property sector, the retail sector, construction sector, and the fast food sector and many more. To date, the two countries have signed more than 40 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Agreements. The Agreements and MoUs cover a broad range of areas, which include among others, trade and investment, immigration, defence, transport, agriculture, environment, energy, health, labour, water management, taxation, as well as arts and culture. Zuma will be supported by several ministers including International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nkqakula, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, Home Affairs Minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize and Transport Minister Joseph Maswanganyi. An advance team of highlevel Zimbabwe’s ministers including Defence Ministers Sydney Sekeramayi, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa, Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo and the country’s Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira. - Nampa/ANA GIPF is a defi ned benefi t fund that provides guaranteed pension benefi ts to its members. This means that should liabilities of GIPF exceed its assets, (e.g. poor market performance) the employer undertakes to cover the shortfall. The benefi ts are defi ned in terms of the Rules of the Fund and most of the benefi ts are calculated based on the fi nal average salary and years of service, which is the number of years that the member was employed by the Government or member institution and contributed to the Fund. The researcher must have an in-depth understanding of the economical history and social background of the Namibian society. SCOPE OF WORK • To critically assess the level of customer service satisfaction among each GIPF member group • To critically assess the level of benefi ts satisfaction among each GIPF member group • To compile a report on the fi ndings with realistic, actionable recommendations. PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE: • A brief background of the company and its lead researchers on this study • Certifi cate of good standing from Social Security Commission and Inland Revenue • Reference to similar projects previously engaged in • Provide an itemised breakdown of the quotation • Provide a suitable time frame within which the project will be completed. Detailed Terms of Reference for the researcher are available at a non-refundable fee of N0.00 at the Procurement Offi ce, Third Floor GIPF House, corner of Dr Kenneth David Kaunda & Goethe Street, Windhoek. For additional information please contact: Elton Job Mr Pinehas Mweya Procurement Officer Marketing Officer: R&D Tel: 061-205 1210 Tel: 061-205 1740 Email: Email: Sealed bids quoting the tender number and indicating the service to be rendered should be submitted to: Procurement Office Third Floor P.O. Box 23500 GIPF House Windhoek Corner of Dr. Kenneth David Namibia Kaunda & Goethe Street Windhoek Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Submission deadline: Friday, 20 October 2017 at 12h00 p.m. No documents will be considered after the closing date. GIPF is a fund that provides pension benefits for civil servants and employees of member institutions. Tel: 061-205 1111 Fax: 061-205 1232 Visit Deadly clashes in Cameroon continue, 17 protesters dead JOHANNESBURG Cameroon’s military continues to deploy heavily in the country’s English-speaking regions, the death toll has risen to 17, streets are deserted and social media in the Anglophile areas has been blocked by the government, AP reported on Tuesday. “The worrying escalation witnessed over the weekend has now reached a crisis point,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s Lake Chad region researcher. The bloody confrontations began on Sunday when tens of thousands of protesters demanding independence from the country’s French-speaking bans for public gatherings in the English speaking regions. The protests were planned to coincide with the anniversary of Anglophone Southern Cameroon’s independence from Britain in 1961. French-speaking Cameroon gained its independence from France in 1960. The two sides joined together in October 1961 to form the Republic of Cameroon. Protests at the perceived marginalisation under President Paul Biya’s 35-year rule began at the end of 2016. Those dead included five prisoners were killed by soldiers early Sunday morning after the cause of which is unknown. Two others prisoners were taken to hospital with bullet wounds. A demonstrator was also killed, and two others wounded in Kumbo, after they raised the blue separatist movement, while a woman was also killed in her home. Prior to the outbreak of clashes the ban and security forces, the Cameroon authorities ordered a three-day lockdown in the restive areas banning gatherings of more than four people and ordering the closure of all social and business gathering points. Residents reported fears over the continuing restrictions, in addition to blocking social media platforms such as WhatsApp. However, in the Frenchspeaking regions, political parties, lawmakers and the government organised rallies denouncing the separatist groups. - Nampa/ANA

Wednesday, October 4 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 19 After Las Vegas massacre, Trump silent on gun control WASHINGTON President Donald Trump condemned the massacre of at least 59 Las Vegas concert goers refrained from addressing calls for gun control or the motives for the worst mass shooting in recent US history. Trump tried to offer consolation and called for unity -- an act that has become a grim rite of passage for modern US presidents. Barack Obama wept as he tried to soothe the nation after the 2012 George W. Bush told Americans that the “nation grieves” after a similar outrage at Virginia Tech university. offered prayers for the victims and announced he would visit Las Vegas House staff on the South Lawn for a moment of silence. GAZA CITY The Palestinian cabinet met in Gaza 2014 in a further step towards the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority retaking control of the territory. which is based in the occupied West a decade-long split between the PA which runs Gaza. Minister Rami Hamdallah renewed his pledge to end the rift. “We are here to turn the page on to its correct direction and establish and comes a day after Hamdallah since a unity government collapsed in June 2015. Hamas has controlled Gaza since seizing it from the PA in a near civil war in 2007 and multiple previous reconciliation attempts have failed. announced they were willing to cede civilian control in Gaza to the The United States and the the formation of any potential unity government. America comes together as one -- and behind the Sunday night massacre -- which injured more than 500 people -- as a 64-year-old former accountant killed himself before a SWAT team Investigators recovered at least 16 bomb-making materials at one of his cautiously to an Islamic State group claim that Paddock was a “soldier of the caliphate” but while his motive instantly rekindled the divisive national debate on gun control. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that now frequently used by gun advocates to diffuse public outrage. “There’s a time and place for a More than two million people has been blockaded by Israel and intelligence Khaled Fawzy is to visit Gaza later on Tuesday and meet with told AFP. Tuesday’s cabinet session took of Palestinian president Mahmud with portraits of Abbas and historic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Hamas security officials were Palestinian Authority agents correspondent reported. “Today we are faced with a historic revival in which we are grappling with our wounds and elevating our that there would be no Palestinian state Nickolay Mladenov said on Monday that he was “carefully optimistic” about the reconciliation talks. political parties themselves continue to show the willingness they are currently showing to work with us he told AFP. But analysts remain sceptical about the chances of a wider reconciliation between the two sides. be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence.” But in the immediate aftermath of rival Hillary Clinton hit out at the gun manufacturers lobby -- the National a congressional push to make it easier to obtain a gun silencer. of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if tried in vain to introduce lasting gun control measures. “Our grief isn’t enough. We can to stop this from happening again.” There have already been over 270 mass shootings in the United States Gun violence accounts for more Hamas retains a powerful military wing that has fought three wars with reject the possibility of dissolving it. o f e n c o u r a g i n g improved relations between Hamas and United States gave a cautious welcome to Hamdallah’s visit. “ T h e U n i t e d States welcomes efforts to create the conditions for the Palestinian Authority to fully assume its responsibilities in special envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote on his Facebook page. But in an apparent he said any Palestinian government “must unambiguously and explicitly commit recognition of the State previous agreements and obligations between the parties and peaceful negotiations.” Hamas does not accept Israel’s right to exist. - Nampa/AFP Caption (Gaza): American voters would like to see stricter rules for buying guns. But the issue is highly sensitive and Trump’s own views have changed markedly over his years in public life. seven-year old children and six adults were mowed down by a disturbed stricter rules. -- who often called Sandy Hook the worst moment of his eight year presidency -- called for the deadlock to be broken and for Congress to act. At that time Trump tweeted: “President Obama spoke for me and every American in his remarks in #Newtown Connecticut.” But since then Trump -- whose White House bid was endorsed by the NRA -- has positioned himself as a defender of the constitutional “right to keep and bear arms.” Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (2nd-R) chairs a reconciliation government cabinet 2017. The Palestinian reconciliation The NRA donated an estimated according to the Center for Responsive who was the congressman for Sandy wake of the Las Vegas attack. “This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this Caption (Mourners): Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday than 50 people and injured more than large crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. - Nampa/AFP time since 2014 as moves intensify to end the decade-old rift between the main political factions. – Nampa/AFP Terror probe opened after homemade bomb found in Paris: sources PARIS The Paris prosecutor has opened an anti-terror investigation after the discovery at the weekend of a homemade bomb at a building in Paris and sources close to the case said Monday. Police discovered two cylinders of gas in the hall of a building in the city’s 16th arrondissement and two others on the sidewalk. They also found a mobile phone linked to to be “a device to ignite” the A local resident alerted gas cylinders around 4:30 am source close to the probe said. According to another were being held in custody Monday night. The terrorist threat remains high in France which has been hit with a series of jihadist attacks since January 2015. The latest attack was on Sunday in Marseille when a knifeman stabbed two women to death at the main train station shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”). He was shot and killed by soldiers. The stabbings bring to 241 the number of people killed in jihadist attacks in France. - Nampa/AFP

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