Arkiv för mars, 2009

Botswana gave flavour to the AGM 2009

måndag, mars 30th, 2009

Did you miss the Annual General Meeting? Here comes a small report from the SweZam AGM – which was held on the 14th of March 2009.

Some two dozen members of the Swedish-Zambia Association made their way to Etnografiska museet on March 14 for the Annual General Meeting, one of the regular features on the Swe-Zam calendar.

Swedish journalists recounted their scary story

Early arrivals heard Swedish journalists Jenny Söderqvist and Helen Åberg recount their terrifying experience of coping in the Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana after their hired vehicle exploded and they were stranded without water among wild animals. The two made headlines in Sweden when their ordeal was reported in May 2006, and they have also written about their experience in the book, Exit Kalahari.After their exciting story, the respective friendship associations met for more mundane discussions at different locations in the museum.

The ambassador of Zambia - Mrs Joyce Musenge and her husband

The ambassador of Zambia - Mrs Joyce Musenge and her husband (click for bigger photos)

The writer of this article together with the ambassador, Mrs Matsson and the husband of the ambassador Owen Mwiinga and his daughter Elsa Ambassador Mrs Joyce Musenge with husband, Margareta and Karl-Johan Sonnegård and Rolf and Marianne Svanström.

The AGM was chaired by Rolf Svanström

Swe-Zam Chairman Rolf Svanström made a summary of activities during 2008, including highlights from the Youth Rights Information Centre project at Mindolo. Members supported extending this project, giving the incoming board one of its first tasks. But as Treasurer Elisabeth Persson and others noted, there is need to raise more funds for the mandatory portion that Swe-Zam has to pay in order to secure funds from Forum Syd. Members, including those not able to attend the March 14 meetings, were invited to suggest means to raise funds – contact information for the board is offered on the website and in the Newsletter.The meeting also approved some amendments to the constitution, and elected a new board for the coming year.

Drinks and food were delicious as usual

With the formalities taken care of, it was time to get a drink and mingle with members and guests from other associations before finding a seat at one of the dozen tables set up in “verkstan”.The buffet offered dishes familiar from both Swedish and Southern African dinner tables, including a classic meat dish from Botswana with pounded meat cooked off the bone.Unlike previous years, there was no disco. The joint events ended with a special showing of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” an adaption of Alexander McCall Smith’s first book in the best-selling series on Mma Ramotswe. Quite a few chuckles were heard afer the film as people went to get their coats and headed out into the wintry Stockholm night.

The audience were really looking forward to watching the exclusive filmThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was showed exclusively for the guests of the AGM

Text: Lennart Simonsson, SweZam

Vattenmassor hotar Zambia och Namibia

torsdag, mars 26th, 2009

Zambia och Namibia har drabbats av de svåraste översvämningarna på minst 40 år. Vattenståndet i floden Zambezi är rekordhögt. Skördar har förstörts och hela byar har dränkts.

I Zambia har flygvapnet försatts i beredskap att evakuera civila och i Namibia har undantagstillstånd utlysts sedan fördämningar sprängts av vattnet i den smala Capriviremsan som skjuter in som en djup kil mellan Zambia och Botswana.

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Svensk journalist greps i Zambia

torsdag, mars 19th, 2009

Den svenske journalisten Ola Wong greps i Zambia. Wong, på uppdrag för biståndsorganet Sidas tidning OmVärlden, och kanadensiske fotografen Jackson Lowen släpptes efter förhör.

– Först sade de att de misstänkte oss för spioneri, säger Wong till TT.

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Monthly letter from MEF – February 2009

måndag, mars 2nd, 2009

Greetings from Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation (MEF)!
 Kindly find attached the Mindolo News for February.

Extract from the letter:

– Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation has attracted 141 participants after the introduction of Zambian based courses in the 2009 academic year.

– Launch of 2009 academic year in pictures.

– Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation needs to raise K350,000,000 ($61,403) in order to celebrate its Golden Jubilee in October this year.

Thanks, Kashoki Henry Nsofwa, PR-officer Mindolo

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Wilting flower exports hit Zambia

söndag, mars 1st, 2009

A thriving business exporting roses to Europe is in danger of collapse due to the global downturn. On the outskirts of Lusaka, Angelique and Watze Elsinga have been growing roses for export for the last 14 years.

Watze and Angelique Elsinga grow roses for export

Watze and Angelique Elsinga grow roses for export

But now the speed of the global downturn is forcing them to give up the business, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of workers and their dependents. The sudden collapse of the prices paid for roses in Europe, due to diminishing demand and oversupply, has made their business uneconomic. And they are being forced to sell their farm as they can no longer keep up their loan payments to Barclays Bank, which is demanding immediate repayment.

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