Archive for February 4th, 2010
Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) listed Aviva Corporation says the planned 1000MW Mmamantswe power project is still part of their plans although Eskom’s current position has shifted the project focus from short term to medium or long term.
In a quarterly update, the company which is sitting on 1.3 billion tonnes of coal reserves in the central district near CIC’s Mmamabula, says it is finalising the SRK mining studies for the Mmamantswe Integrated Coal and Power Project although they do not expect any positive feedback from Eskom until late this year.
Eskom was supposed to be the project’s offtaker, but are yet to commit to any agreements to purchase power from them, highlighting the need to finalise internal funding mechanism before dealing with Independent Power Producers (IPP) such as Aviva and CIC energy in Botswana and many others in south Africa.
” The South African regulator is currently hearing submissions on Eskom’s application for a tariff increase. The South African government is instigating an Integrated Resource Planning process. “While good progress is being made, Aviva does not expect [continue reading]
3 February 2010
Pretoria — Government and traditional healers have formed an alliance declaring war on muthi killings, following the death of 10-year-old Kgomo Masego early this year.
Together, they hope to not only reduce, but also prevent incidences.
Traditional healers and the Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya met at the Union Buildings on Tuesday to discuss the challenge of muthi killings and find measures to address the problem.
During the meeting, the traditional healers, represented by National Traditional Healers Organisation, and the ministry agreed to work together to expose the perpetrators of crime and those using such medicines.
Mayende-Sibiya said that while African medicine was part of South Africa’s culture she warned that that this could not be used as an excuse to justify the killing of a human being to heal a person.
“We can’t be a country to live in fear that a child, woman or man has been killed for [continue reading]
03 February, 2010
SELEBI-PHIKWE – Zone seven farmers have been asked to form associations, which they can use to lobby for services in their farming areas.
The Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Oreeditse Molebatsi made this call during a meeting with the farmers committees in Selebi Phikwe recently.
With associations it can be easier to lobby for services and infrastructural development using a single solid voice. Without associations, farmers individual voices are not loud enough to be heard, the assistant minister pointed out.
Mr Molebatsis call came after various farmers committees in the region failed to produce reports to the assistant minister.
He said this was indication that the farmers in the region were not working as a unit and hinted that progress in farming would not be [continue reading]
February 04 2010 at 06:58AM
President Jacob Zuma has confirmed that he is in a relationship with Sonono Khoza, the daughter of soccer boss Irvin Khoza, and that he is the father of her four-month-old child.
Four days after the storm erupted about his extramarital affair, Zuma broke his silence yesterday, insisting the matter should be treated as private.
He had acknowledged being the father by paying inhlawulo (damages) to the Khoza family.
Zuma accused the media of invading his privacy. He asked the public and the media to respect the privacy of the child and that of his family, flaying the press for reporting on the birth of his 20th child in a “harsh” and “unfair” manner.
Although constitutional law experts said Zuma did not enjoy the same rights to privacy as [continue reading]
In what could be viewed as a reconciliatory move, President Ian Khama has reappointed Molepolole North Member of Parliament (MP) Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri to the Cabinet.
Matlhabaphiri is one of the influential members of the Barata-Phati faction of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and is close to the party chairman, Daniel Kwelagobe.
Matlhabaphiri, or Gas, as he is popularly known in BDP circles, has been appointed assistant Minister of Health, replacing Maxwell Motowane who has been deployed to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the same capacity. Motowane has replaced Dorcas Makgato-Malesu who has been promoted to head the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
She takes over from veteran economist Baladzi Gaolathe who has [continue reading]
Feb 03 2010 15:22
Johannesburg – A new airline will begin daily flights between Johannesburg and the Mozambican capital Maputo this month, South Africa’s Business Day newspaper reported on Wednesday.
TTA Airlink, a joint venture of South African regional airline SA Airlink and Mozambique’s privately held TTA airline, will begin daily flights between the two cities on February 14, the paper said.
“The new Maputo service, which leaves Johannesburg in the morning and arrives back late in the day, will allow businessmen to travel to Maputo for a full day’s business before returning home,” SA Airlink spokesperson Rodger Foster told the newspaper.
SA Airlink holds a 49 percent share in the new company, with the remaining stake held by TTA, the newspaper reported.
TTA Airlink also plans to launch a network of [continue reading]
The Teaching Service Management (TSM) has revealed that the Ministry of Education is looking at ways of increasing the Remote Area Service Allowance to attract teachers to work in remote areas.
Acting director of TSM, Matlhogonolo Mokakapadi said they took the decision because they are faced with a problem of attracting teachers to work in remote areas.
He said this is despite having the RASA in place. “Teachers are still reluctant to take up posts there (remote areas) and we have made submissions for transfer policy in terms of incentives,” he said. He added that the most affected areas are Okavango, Chobe, Satau, Gantsi and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
He said that some teachers even turn down appointments to [continue reading]
February 03 2010 at 01:07PM
A taxi driver was arrested on Wednesday after he was caught transporting 49 school children in a 16-seater minibus taxi between KwaZulu-Natal’s Mooi River and Estcourt, national transport department said.
What made the situation even worse was that the driver was five times over the legal alcohol limit, said transport spokesman Logan Maistry.
“Traffic officers arrested the driver of the minibus taxi, who was transporting learners from Mooi River to Estcourt, early this morning.
“The driver is currently detained at the SAPS in Mooi River,” said Maistry.
He was expected to appear in court on Thursday.
Maistry said the children were so tightly crammed into the taxi they could not [continue reading]