PAMBAZUKA NEWS 201: Zimbabwe: Elections, despondency and civil society's responsibility

Ethiopia may be one of the world's poorest nations but it plans to become information-rich with a massive investment in internet access. Prime minister Meles Zenawi is planning to provide universal net connectivity for the country over the next few years.

Residents of Angola's northern Uige province, the epicentre of a haemorrhagic fever outbreak that has killed more than 150 people, are trying as best they can to get on with their lives despite living under the shadow of the epidemic. Teca Garcia, the resident programme officer in Uige for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), told IRIN that the horror that enveloped the provincial capital in the days after the Marburg virus was identified had eased as the local population learnt more about the bug.

The imminent closure of one of the largest foreign-owned textile companies in Namibia is expected to deal a serious blow to the country's fledgling textile industry. The Namibia Food and Allied Workers' Union (NAFAU) announced on Monday that it had received confirmation of the permanent closure on 30 April of the Rhino Garments factory, a subsidiary of the Malaysian company, Ramatex Textiles. Ramatex invested US $150 million in Namibia's textile sector and started operations in 2002, in the more

Thousands of protesters, sporting the yellow colours of Togo’s opposition, took to the streets of Lome on Wednesday accusing France and the international community of closing their eyes to electoral fraud ahead of a key presidential ballot that is less than three weeks away. Angry marchers brandished banners blasting France and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is helping to organise the 24 April presidential poll.

Former South African first lady Graca Machel has called on women in southern Africa to tackle traditional practices that may contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Addressing delegates from the region at a gender equality conference in Ezulwini, just outside Swaziland's capital, Mbabane, Machel highlighted the impact of the virus on women. "We are the ones who are most affected by AIDS: of the people infected with HIV, 58 percent are women; of the people dying of AIDS, 58 percent are women - more