Archive for July 1st, 2007

source: Miningmx

Allan Seccombe
Posted: Fri, 29 Jun 2007

[miningmx.com] — DEBSWANA, a world leading diamond producer jointly owned by De Beers and the Botswana government, will spend 10bn pula over a decade to enlarge its mines, build two new plants and explore underground potential at Jwaneng.

Debswana produced 31m carats in 2006, generating profits to revenue ratio of 80%.

At Jwaneng, the largest Botswana mine by value ,a second and final phase is underway to model and understand what diamond potential lies between 400m and 1,000m below surface.

Debswana plans to extend its at Jwaneng pit, the deepest in the group, to take its life to 2022 and to produce an average of 13-14m carats a year. The mine produced 15.156m carats in 2006, and in the year to date it has produced some 4m carats.

“We will go underground in 2022 [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

SW Radio Africa (London)

29 June 2007
Posted to the web 29 June 2007

Last week the United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell caused controversy by predicting inflation would reach 1.5million percent by year-end and lead to an early Mugabe exit. This week the outspoken diplomat told journalists in Vumba, Manicaland province on Wednesday that Robert Mugabe was no longer relevant to Zimbabwe.

According to the news website ZimbabweJournalists.com, Dell said the regime had run out of new ideas to rescue the country from total collapse but pointed out there were some individuals within the government and ZANU PF who were able to offer solutions, should they be allowed to run the country.

The ambassador’s statements seem to be in line with media reports claiming that South Africa and the international community are entertaining the idea of supporting a reformed ZANU PF. Arthur Mutambara, president of one of the MDC factions, says the thinking seems to be that the problem is Robert Mugabe the person, and that anyone else will do just fine. But he disagrees with this.

Mutambara said: “Whilst Mugabe is the personification and cardinal symbol of this misrule, these traits are now deeply rooted within ZANU PF which is rotten to the core.” He said Zimbabwe is facing a systemic problem, a structural problem and an institutional challenge and that Mugabe is simply “the glue that keeps the rot together.”

The opposition movement says a reformed ZANU PF cannot bring [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

28 June 2007
Posted to the web 29 June 2007

Maureen Odubeng

Mmannana Modelling Club’s auditions for ‘Model of the Year’ contest have reached an advanced stage and the organisers are now bracing for eliminations, which start tomorrow.

Although the club is a Serowe-based community project, the organisers decided to cast their net wide and held auditions in different parts of the country from March this year.

Club founder Julie Tshegofatso Boima told Showbiz that they have successfully covered all the intended audition areas and identified 84 hopefuls for the coveted crown.

She further told Showbiz that they have five contestants from Serowe, nine from Palapye, eight from Mahalapye, three from Maun, 10 from Mochudi, 10 from Molepolole, four from Francistown, 10 from Selebi-Phikwe, three from Kanye, three from Jwaneng, nine from Lobatse, and 10 from Gaborone.

She said in the second stage, which she terms the elimination shows, they are planning to cut down the number to three from each area, leaving 36 contestants in the race. She elaborated that for [continue reading]

source: news24
30/06/2007 19:03  – (SA)

Johannesburg – ANC President Thabo Mbeki has said he will stand for a third term as head of the organisation if its leadership asks him to, the SABC reported on Saturday.

“If the leadership generally said look, we believe the interests of the ANC and the country would be best served if we have somebody else, that is fine.

“If they said no, you better stay for whatever good reason, that would be fine, couldn’t act in a way that disrespected such a view,” he told the broadcaster.

Mbeki told the SABC that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

United States Department of State (Washington, DC)

29 June 2007
Posted to the web 30 June 2007

Lea Terhune
Washington, DC

Winding up an eventful trip to Africa, U.S. first lady Laura Bush voiced support and promised more aid for nations struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria, and to those striving to raise literacy levels. She completed her five-day tour in Mali June 29, after visits to Senegal, Mozambique and Zambia.

In Zambia, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul, who accompanied Bush on her trip, announced that U.S. aid to that country would be increased by $266 million over five years.

“We need broader efforts to fight the AIDS pandemic and to prevent new infections especially in Africa because this is where there are 70 percent of AIDS orphans,” he told journalists in Lusaka June 28. The money will come from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Zambia originally was slated to receive $534 million in the first four years of the PEPFAR program, but that amount will be increased to $800 million, he said.

Laura Bush toured Zambian projects funded by PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and an umbrella group of companies called the Global Business Coalition. That organization works with government and nongovernmental organizations to implement aid programs. The first lady announced that 500,000 mosquito nets would be distributed to protect people from malaria, a disease that often takes a greater toll than AIDS in Zambia, according to the Zambia Malaria Foundation.

At Lusaka’s Regiment Basic School, Bush and her daughter, Jenna Bush, inaugurated a [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 30 2007 at 12:41PM

Media group Primedia’s national anti-crime campaign has led to 33 arrests since its launch three weeks ago, Primedia spokesperson Yusuf Abramjee said on Saturday.

“In less than a month, we have received a huge amount of tip-offs via the SMS service and website and through these tip-offs police have made countless successful arrests and seizures for crimes ranging from cable theft, armed robbery and drug dealing to hijacking, fraud and murder,” said Abramjee.

Successes included recovering four stolen vehicles at a complex in Winchester Hills, south of Johannesburg, and arresting two people, and the arrest of eight drug dealers and confiscation of their stock, and information on a murder in Dawn Park, outside Johannesburg.

Director Sally de Beer of the National Police Commissioner’s said the police were excited and [continue reading]