Archive for June 23rd, 2007

source: IOL
June 23 2007 at 12:42PM

The South African Lotto should be up and running again soon. This is according to Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, who told MPs this week that the issues would be resolved “in the very near future”.

Mpahlwa suspended the lottery at the end of March after the Pretoria High Court ruled that the award of the lottery contract to Gidani had been flawed.

It was found that Gidani and Uthingo had links to ANC members and government ministers, which was prohibited in terms of the Lotteries Act. – Staff Reporter ,IOL

source: BOPA
22 June, 2007

GABORONE – Locals will benefit financially and gain experience from the making of the movie The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency about to be shot in Botswana.

The first ever Hollywood movie to be filmed in the country has attracted local fashion designers, actors and extras.

Extras Coordinator ,Andrew Shand of Precious Films said in an interview that they are looking for about 500 people to take part as extras in the movie directed by Anthony Mingehella..

We are looking for at least 500 people. They should be ordinary people.

Family groups are also required. These are the people who will be appearing in the background to make the move real, he said.

He said being part of the movie will provide an extraordinary experience and economic benefit for those selected.

He said people required as extras need not be actors and anyone between 5 and 80 years is welcome.

These are the people who will be walking up and down, sitting in restaurants, driving cars, doing some shopping or walking on the side ways.

They will be paid P75 as daily fee, said Mr Shand.

He said those selected as extras must be able to work a 12 hour day when required.

Mr Shand said casting will take place at Legae Academy on Saturday from 9am until 15 00 hours.

Meanwhile RnB singer Jill Scot will play the role of Precious Ramotswe, the main character in the book.

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source: BOPA
22 June, 2007

MAHALAPYE – Some Batswana are not taking advantage of programmes like ALDEP phase three and the Livestock Management Infrastructure Development (LIMID).

This emerged during kgotla meetings addressed by Assistant Minister of Agriculture Mr Olifant Mfa, at Shakwe and Taupye villages.

Some residents said failure to utilise government schemes is due to lack of proper information and guidance.

Unavailability of water and unhelpful officers are other factors that discourage them from taking full advantage of the schemes.They said if the anomaly is not corrected, ALDEP will fail like its predecessors Shakwe and Taupye extension offices have received 64 and 10 applications respectively since the re-introduction of the schemes.

In his address ,the minister asked residents to consult agriculture extension workers to learn more about government agricultural schemes.

He also told residents that the success of ALDEP and LIMID is dependent of them taking full advantage of such schemes.

Mr Mfa also urged residents not to depend on [continue reading]

22 June 2007

South Africa has proclaimed a new park, the Mokala National Park, to the south west of Kimberley in the Northern Cape, which offers visitors unspoilt views of the surrounding countryside, has an abundance of game and features a wide range of accommodation options and available activities.

The new park, measuring 19 611 hectares, is a replacement for the Vaalbos National Park, which was de-proclaimed after a successful land claim made by the Sidney on Vaal claimants.

According to South African National Parks (SANParks), the new park is similar in size to the old park in size, climate and vegetation, and is in an area that has been protected from mining and other industrial activity.

“Two independent studies were done to look for an alternative site”, explains park manager Deon Joubert, “and both indicated that the Wintershoek area would be ideal for the new park in terms of SANParks biodiversity, conservation and tourism mandates”.

The new park is made up of Kalahari Thornveld, Savanna and Nama Karoo, interspersed with rocky outcrops, and a wetland area that stretches for 18 kilometres.

The park features a wide range of accommodation, as well as restaurants and team-building facilities, while future developments include a day visitor’s area and more rustic self-catering camps.

SANParks has also done a lot of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
22 June, 2007

SEROWE – To mark the beginning of the next national and local level development plans, the Central District has among others identified broad-based national policies and programmes, shortage of physical infrastructure and resources and the escalation of crime, as impediments that call for urgent attention.

Such issues are highlighted in a suggestion paper that was approved by the Central District Council on Wednesday following the recent consultation workshops, which underscored problems that the district was confronted with in the development planning process.

The 14 workshops, which were conducted at the sub-districts to mark the beginning of the District Development Plan 7 and the National Development Plan 10, among others undertook a detailed assessment of policies and programmes as well as their implementation.

They also came up with strategies, standards and guidelines for the intervention of policy makers for the district to enjoy improved service delivery.

Presenting the paper on behalf of the Central District Development Committee (DDC) on Wednesday, the Principal Lands Officer, Mr Molebedi Khuduego said shortage of serviced land, multiple benefits from social welfare programmes and the mushrooming of settlements and squatters were a cause for concern.

Other issues that required attention, he said were shortage of portable water in the district, which was prevalent in 38 villages and an influx of illegal immigrants.

Though the latter was a cause for worry, as the governments effort to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

22 June 2007
Posted to the web 22 June 2007


Laboratory tests in Ghana confirmed that the H5N1 avian flu virus caused the sudden deaths of 2000 chickens at a farm near Togo’s capital Lome, the World Health Organisation representative in Togo told IRIN on 22 June.

It is the first time the virus has been detected in Togo, the seventh West African nation to have reported an outbreak. In neighbouring Nigeria, more than one million birds have been destroyed since the first outbreak there in February 2006; the virus has since been confirmed in 22 of Nigeria’s 36 states.

The farm in Togo, in the town of Sigbehoue, 45km east of Lome, had received a shipment of chicks in February from neighbouring Ghana, according to a Reuters report.

Avian flu was detected in Ghana last May.

The virus is often passed from one region to another when infected birds are transported for sale, Katinka Debalogh, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Avian Flu response coordinator told IRIN. FAO says the virus is also spread through contaminated footwear, cages and egg crates.

“Industrial farms like this one [in Sigbehoue] typically see a lot of movement of live animals, so producers need to be careful about where the birds are coming from,” Debalogh said.

“We’re not yet aware of the precautions that were taken by the farm to prevent the disease, but commercial farms in Africa are often lacking in sound bio-security measures,” she added.

The area around the farm has reportedly been [continue reading]