Archive for April 1st, 2008
Eskom ban on peak-hour TV
01/04/2008 07:14 – (SA)
Johannesburg – After extensive negotiations with Eskom, the SABC has resolved to suspend broadcasting during peak time, between 18:00 and 20:00 for a one-month trial period.
An Eskom spokesperson said that the company had for the past three months, been engaged in talks with all major industries and role players in the industry, to try and cut down on power usage to prevent further power outages.
SABC spokesperson Zelda McKennon told News24 the public broadcaster had initially been opposed to the plan, but had managed to make a deal with Eskom to suspend broadcasting only during peak hours, for a trial period of one month.
After one month, the situation would be assessed. All programmes scheduled to appear in the peak hour slots would be rebroadcast during the [continue reading]
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It’s the 1.April 2008 isn’t it ……
source: The Zimbabwe Guardian
Tue, 01 Apr 2008
THREE members of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party’s Youth League sent to observe Zimbabwe’s election have returned home early saying there is constant surveillance amounting to intimidation by the country’s Central Intelligence Office (CIO), the Zimbabwe Guardian can reveal.
According to the members of the South African observer mission, they returned to South Africa early yesterday after one of their members was allegedly interrogated by suspected CIO members in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city.
“This shows the level of intimidation that is still prevalent in Zimbabwe,” said the observer who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal.
The observer, however, said the mission was [continue reading]
1 April 2008
The University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (CESSM) has become the first facility of its kind on the African continent to receive the Fifa Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) stamp of approval.
The centre, established in 2004, is aimed at integrating sports science and medicine to investigate sports injuries, sports performance, doping in sport, as well as chronic disease.
“Our aim is to be the centre of choice in education, technology, research and service in sports medicine, science, health and fitness solutions,” said CESSM director Dr Demitri Constantinou.
The first of its kind on the African continent and the sixth in the world, the CESSM seeks to offer footballers in South Africa and across Africa not only the best treatment and diagnosis of injuries, but also injury prevention procedures and [continue reading]
1 April 2008
Posted to the web 1 April 2008
With Zimbabwe’s election results trickling out in what appears to be a heavily-manipulated process, what are the true results, particularly of the presidential polls?
Most journalists covering the election from Harare gave most credence on Tuesday to a survey which the independent network of civic groups, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), published on Monday, projecting that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai would win 49.4 percent against President Robert Mugabe’s 41.4.
Since the ZESN’s projection was based on a random sample of 425 of the country’s more than 9,000 polling stations, and estimated its margin of error as up to 2.4 per cent, it left open the possibility of a run-off election between the two main candidates. (The winner has to secure 50 percent-plus-one of the votes to avoid a run-off.)
Earlier, Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change was suggesting on the basis of [continue reading]
By Joseph Balise
March 31 (Bloomberg) — Botswana short-listed six foreign companies to operate Air Botswana, the state-owned carrier, for three years and return it to profit, said Gerald Thipe, permanent secretary in the Transport Ministry.
An evaluation of tenders is expected to be completed by the end of April, Thipe said in an interview today in the capital, Gaborone. A deadline for the submission of proposals to turn the airline around is April 8, he said.
“We want the evaluation process to have been completed by the end of April and the [continue reading]
BY MAUNGO LEBANNA
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for February was in line with our expectations at nine percent, up from 8.4 percent in January. Fuel prices, private school fees and private medical rates were the key drivers of the monthly increase, each recording changes of more than two percent.
Compared to last year, food inflation continues to soar, reaching a record high of 18.4 percent since the 1990s.
Prices of bread, cereals, meat, milk, cheese, oils, fats, and vegetables were among the chief drivers of the increase in food inflation.
Looking ahead there appears to be little respite from spiralling food inflation, as rising wheat prices will result in higher bread and cereal prices, which constitute the bulk of the food index.
In addition, high fuel prices are adding further upward pressure [continue reading]
by Wayne Mafaro Monday 31 March 2008
HARARE – President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF maintained its slight edge over the opposition, winning 12 more seats in the latest batch of election results released to bring its total so far to 43 seats.
The Morgan Tsvangirai-led opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party also won 11 more seats but remains two seats behind ZANU PF with a total 41 seats won so far.
The faction of the MDC led by Arthur Mutambara appears to be making impressive inroads in rural Matabeleland, winning four seats there to [continue reading]
BY LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
The new liquor regulations with reduced trading hours, will be implemented with effect from tomorrow.
According to the revised regulations bars would now open at 2.00 to 10.00 pm from Monday and to Thursdays. On Friday and Saturdays, the bars would open 12.000 until 11.00 pm. Currently the bars close at midnight during the weekends.
Unlike the previous proposed regulations, which suggested that liquors outlets should not open on Sundays, but this time they would be trading. However, the pubs would only open at 3.00 pm and close at 10.00 pm.
The bottle store trading hours would remain the same from 10.00 am and 7.00 pm. Liquor restaurants would open at 2.00 pm and close at 10.00 pm from Monday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, they would open from midday until 11.00 pm. On Sundays and public holidays, the liquor restaurants open at 3.00pm and close at 10.00 pm.
But nightclubs would be the hardest hit by the new regulations. From Monday to Thursdays, clubs would open at [continue reading]
Botswana will host a Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Council of Ministers’ meeting at the Phakalane Golf Estate on Friday.
This will be the 14th SACU Council of Ministers’ meeting after the new SACU agreement came into force in 2004. The meetings are held on quarterly basis.
The SACU secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia says the Gaborone meeting will, among other things, receive a report from the executive secretary, which will provide a strategic overview of the organisation’s progress and challenges experienced in the implementation of the 2002 SACU agreement to date.
SACU says the report will provide an analytical perspective regarding the promotion of deeper regional integration through [continue reading]
Angola Press Agency (Luanda)
31 March 2008
Posted to the web 31 March 2008
The chances of fraud in the presidential, legislative and autarchic elections held simultaneously last Saturday in Zimbabwe “can be set aside”.
ANGOP learnt of the information in Harare from the co-ordinator for the electoral observation mission of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for Zimbabwe, José Marcos Barrica.
The head of the SADC mission said that he based his affirmation on what was observed during the voting process, countrywide.
“We were at 16 polling stations. And what we saw, especially due to the presence of observers and political parties’ officials, at least the main parties and candidates, who guaranteed us that everything was in order, we can say that if we analysed until the voting process, there were no reasons to think about fraud,” stressed the official.
Marcos Barrica said he expects the same control among [continue reading]
BY LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Security will be tight at the inauguration pf incoming President Ian Khama to be held in front of the National Assembly tomorrow.
On Friday Parliament Buildings was a beehive of activity as members of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and other security agencies were combing the area. The soldiers were seen screening everywhere and even searching for suspicious looking objects in the drains.
They also erected barbed wire on the walk path leading to the National Assembly from the Main Mall. Khama, a former military man, cannot leave anything to chance in as far as security is concerned. Journalists were also called to a meeting on Friday, to be briefed about the [continue reading]
By CELEAN JACOBSON | Associated Press Writer
2:21 PM EDT, March 31, 2008
GABORONE, South Africa – Botswana’s president steps down Tuesday, handing over power in the kind of smooth transition for which the country is known — one that contrasts sharply with the political turmoil in neighboring Zimbabwe.
On a continent where leaders are all too often accused of holding on long past their mandate, Festus Mogae, 69, is giving up power before the end of his second term. That allows his vice president, Seretse Ian Khama, a former army commander and the son of Botswana first’s president, to run as an incumbent in elections next year.
“I retire a proud citizen,” Mogae said at a farewell rally held by the [continue reading]