Archive for August 2nd, 2007

source: IOL
August 02 2007 at 07:51PM

By Heinz de Boer

South Africa is standing on the brink of a new revolution in cyber crime, with espionage, fraud and Internet hacking threatening the country’s top firms and individuals alike.

That’s according to the Deloitte Tip Offs Anonymous team, who presented shocking statistics on the threat computer and cellphone users face.

While SA’s crime remains largely contact based, international research shows emerging economies like SA could become more of a target to electronic information thieves.

The USA, China, Nigeria and Russia rate as some of the top cyber hacking nations, where obtaining personal or corporate information is as easy as the exchange of money.

Hackers in other nations, including Romania and Germany, have also been implicated in extorting protection money from websites or corporates.

Credit card details with pin numbers can be purchased for as little as $150 (about R1 000).

Kris Budnik, director of Security and Privacy Services, warned that there [continue reading]

source: EUX.TV

Lusaka (dpa) – Botswana’s President Festus Mogae on Thursday criticized the Western media for not crusading against arms trafficking in Africa, which was stifling economic development.

During Zambia’s premier agricultural and commercial show in Lusaka, Mogae described the weapons trade in Africa as responsible for the inertia of economic development.

He regretted that the media scrutinized the smuggling of minerals, notably diamonds, as a major contributor to Africa’s bloody conflicts, while little was reported on the proliferation of the continent’s weapons trade.

Praising Zambia’s “impressive macroeconomic and agricultural policies,” Mogae said that adequate roads as well as energy and communications infrastructure, were crucial in spurring and crystalizing economic development.

However, education and professional skills were the most important factors contributing to development, not only in Zambia but also in neighbouring Botswana, he added.

The private sector should be encouraged as the engine for economic development, Mogae said, while Zambia also had the capacity to produce food to feed the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

“Agriculture has the potential … to create wealth for Zambians and Batswanas,” he said.

Mogae also addressed the issue of economic empowerment as a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Media Institute of Southern Africa (Windhoek)

1 August 2007
Posted to the web 2 August 2007

“The Tswana Times” newspaper has accused the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) of denying it advertising as a punishment for publishing an unfavourable report, entitled “Seretse Misled Batswana”, about the corporation on 16 March 2007.

According to “The Tswana Times” editor Sello Motseta the head of Public Relations and Communications, James Molosankwe, came to the newspaper’s offices before the story was published and demanded that it be shelved.

“In the presence of the journalist involved, I gave Molosankwe an opportunity to rebut allegations made by our sources that information published by BTC in its foreword, indicating that the 2007 BTC Telephone Directory and yellow pages were made in-house, was factually inaccurate,” Motseta wrote in a letter dated 30 July, addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation.

In an interview with MISA-Botswana, Motseta alleged that Molosankwe also threatened to stop advertising in the newspaper if the story was published. This threat, according to Motseta, became real when he was informed by his sources at the advertising agency that they were instructed not to give advertising to “The Tswana Times”.

Molosankwe, however, has denied Motseta’s allegations and has indicated that decisions on placement and distribution of advertisements are based on several factors, which may include the nature of campaigns the company runs.

“There are several newspapers that we have not yet placed advertisements on for the simple reason that we have [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Cape Argus (Cape Town)

1 August 2007
Posted to the web 2 August 2007

Staff Reporter

Consumers should expect difficulties in obtaining petrol, gas and paraffin as a strike in the industry is likely to affect production.

This is according to the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), which, together with the General Industrial Workers’ Union of SA (Giwusa), will have been on strike for three days today.

A spokesman for PetroSA, Butana Nkosi, confirmed that certain plants were in the process of shutting down, but he would not be drawn on whether there would be fuel shortages.

But employers were still hopeful yesterday after two of the four unions, Solidarity and the SA Chemical Workers’ Union, accepted an 8% wage rise, with an additional 0.5% in January 2008.

Employers are offering increases of [continue reading]

Sharon Hammond

2 August 2007

The wildfires that have been raging across South Africa have been described as the worst the country has experienced since the 1980s.

Chairperson of the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on water affairs and forestry, Connie September, said this on Wednesday following reports of 17 deaths in Mpumalanga and 13 in KwaZulu-Natal.

“We are shocked to hear of the loss of firefighters and tourists due to this fire,” September said. “Furthermore, people have been left destitute as 200 shacks were destroyed and several citizens have been injured and hospitalized.”

She urged all private property owners as well as the government to adhere to the National Veld and Fire Act of 1998 to prevent such devastating fires in future.

“Non-compliance to such important legislation [will lead to] much hardship due to the unnecessary loss of life, livelihood and resources,” she said.

The Act calls for fire danger ratings, stipulates [continue reading]

source: IOL

August 02 2007 at 07:29AM

By Wendy Jasson da Costa

Gauteng’s biggest refugee centre in Marabastad has turned into a slumland where women are raped every night and where refugees – mainly from Zimbabwe – squat for months hoping to get legal documents.

The national assembly’s Home Affairs committee paid an impromptu visit to the Home Affairs centre on Wednesday and its chairperson, Patrick Chauke, labelled the situation “inhumane” and a “massive crisis”.

The smartly dressed MPs were met by hundreds of hungry, haggard looking refugees pushing and shoving to get into the building.

The centre’s director, Mfundo Ngozwana, said at least 1 000 people streamed to their office each day but with a staff of only 15 and unreliable equipment, only 50 to 75 people could be processed.

He said many of them slept outside the building and had been there for months.

“It’s created a slum where [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Vision (Kampala)

1 August 2007
Posted to the web 1 August 2007

Patrick Jaramogi And A. Senyonga

UGANDA is to set up a beef factory in partnership with Botswana, a minister has said. Economic Monitoring minister Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka yesterday explained that the deal followed his trip to study the beef industry in Botswana.

Kiwanuka said the firm, GRM Group, would set up the factory worth $30m (sh50b) either in Kampala, Masaka or Karamoja depending on the results of feasibility study.

“The President instructed that we set up a beef industry in the country. We have identified an investor who is going to partner with the Government to set up this industry,” he announced.

“Botswana is a desert country. It has 2.2 million cattle. But Uganda has seven million cattle, yet Botswana is the largest exporter of meat to Europe. We need to learn from them,” he pointed out.

Once the industry is in place, he [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press
Published: August 1, 2007

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: South African police said Wednesday that farmers on the northern border should stop their vigilante campaign against Zimbabweans crossing illegally into the country.

South Africa’s Human Rights Commission has also raised concerns about the treatment of those caught by the farmers, who claim they have been forced to take action because police have failed to stem the tide of illegal immigrants fleeing Zimbabwe’s economic collapse.

Photographers and television news crews have captured dramatic images of farmers in vehicles used for game spotting patrolling border fences and hunting down those who sneak through the many man-made holes.

Footage shows farmers rounding up men and women and cuffing them with cable ties before handing them over to police.

Police commissioner for Limpopo province Calvin Sengani said, “There is no truth in the allegations … that farmers have taken control of the borderlines in the province.

“Members of the public cannot be allowed to patrol borderlines and public roads and arrest illegal foreigners entering the country, as crossing the borderline is not a criminal offense that justifies harsh action,” he said, the South African Press Association reported.

Farmers could only carry out a citizens arrest if they found a person cutting through their fence or suspected they were guilty of theft or other criminal offenses.

“But then they must call the police. They cannot take the law into their own hands and assault or tie people up. Then they are resorting to vigilantism,” provincial police spokeswoman Superintendent Ronel Otto said.

Official figures for the number of [continue reading]

source: News24
01/08/2007 18:51 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Limpopo police say vigilante farmer patrols do not control the Zimbabwe-South African border.

The statement came after a Sky Television report into vigilantism against border-crossing aired earlier this week.

The report apparently showed South African farmers capturing Zimbabweans trying to cross the border and then handing them over to the police for deportation.

A Beeld reporter last month described how she accompanied a group of farmers in the Musina area as they apprehended three Zimbabweans and handed them to police.

The reporter said the farmers were carrying out daily patrols for illegal immigrants.

Limpopo police commissioner Calvin Sengani said on Wednesday: “There is no truth in the allegations… that farmers have taken control of the borders in the province.

“Members of the public cannot be allowed to patrol borders and public roads and arrest illegal foreigners entering the country, as crossing the border is not a criminal offence that justifies harsh action.”

Allegations that a crisis was [continue reading]