Thursday
Aug222013

WFSS seeks field interns in South Sudan

Water for South Sudan seeks two South Sudanese interns to assist with field operations for the upcoming drilling season, December, 2013 through May, 2014.

Interns need to have a valid passport, be in good health, fluent in English and local languages and have a desire to work in the extreme conditions of South Sudan.

For more information, and to apply, please read here.

Water for South Sudan, established in 2003, has been drilling water wells in South Sudan since 2005.  As of May, 2013, WFSS has now drilled 177 wells in remote villages of South Sudan, bringing clean water to over 400,000 people.  

Tuesday
Aug132013

South Sudan News- New Cabinet, Oil Developments

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (right) and former Vice President Riek MacharWhile South Sudan celebrated its second anniversary of independence on July 11, 2013 growing pains still afflict the world’s newest nation.  

On July 23, President Salva Kiir dismissed the vice president, Riek Machar, and his entire cabinet. Kiir appointed a new, smaller cabinet on July 31, but did not fill the position of vice president. Several appointees were named to other posts, and some ministries were combined. Some see the recent reorganization as a sign of upcoming power struggles within the ruling SPLM party leading up to the 2015 presidential election. 

In oil news, South Sudan and Sudan have yet to fully implement an oil implementation deal signed in March. The accord broke down with Sudan accusing South Sudan of supporting anti-Sudanese government insurgents. Juba has repeatedly denied the accusations and also accuses Khartoum of backing rebels in Jonglei State.

Sudan President Bashir vowed to close the oil pathways but after an appeal by the African Union and China the deadline has been extended several times, with a new deadline of September 6, to allow the AU to mediate on the dispute between the former civil war foes.

The South’s oil export revenues, and the fees it must pay Khartoum for use of the oil infrastructure, are potentially worth billions of dollars to both impoverished nations.

Other pending issues between the two neighboring countries include border demarcation, the status of South Sudanese in Sudan and the resolution of the oil-rich Abyei border region.

Read more here

Monday
Mar252013

UN envoy says Sudan and South Sudan withdrawing troops from demilitarized zone

A United Nations envoy reports that Sudan and South Sudan have begun withdrawing their troops from a safe demilitarized border zone.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been briefed on the latest agreements between the two countries.

Haile Menkerios, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, told Mr. Ban that both Governments had instructed oil companies to begin producing, transporting and exporting oil from South Sudan through Sudan.

The Secretary-General commended both Governments for their determination to implement their agreements and reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to assist the parties in this endeavour.

Read more here.

Tuesday
Mar122013

South Sudan to restart pumping oil

South Sudan will be able to resume oil production within three weeks and export no more than a week after that, the oil minister said on Tuesday, after the country reached deals on border security with Sudan on Friday.

Speaking to reporters after returning from Addis Ababa, South Sudan's Petroleum and Mining Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said there were few technical barriers to resuming oil output.

"We assume that we will resume as soon as possible," he said, adding it would not take more than three weeks to be able to resume output and no more than 28 days for it to reach the export terminal in Port Sudan.

However, it did not set a date for determining the final status of Abyei, a disputed territory that has been a perennial source of tension between the two sides. An administration and council for the area would be set up by March 17, it said.

Interior ministers from both countries also planned to meet on March 17 to discuss ways of opening up border crossings and easing the movement of citizens between the two countries, 

Read more here.

Monday
Mar112013

South Sudan army says to pull out of border buffer zone

Sudanese Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein (L) talks to his South Sudan counterpart John Kong Nyuon (R), as former South African President Thabo Mbeki (C) looks on.South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has ordered his country's army to pull out of a buffer zone area on the border with Sudan as agreed at African Union-brokered talks, South Sudan's army spokesman said on Monday, March 11.  

The agreement, if adhered to, would be a major step toward resuming oil exports from landlocked South Sudan through pipelines in Sudan, which Juba shut off during a row over fees more than a year ago. Read more here.