Archive for August 25th, 2007

source: The Times (SA)
Sapa Published:Aug 24, 2007

Botswana president Festus Mogae is concerned about Botswana’s trade imbalance with South Africa.

Botswana has repeated its criticism of the unhealthy trade balance with South Africa, saying it is heavily skewed in favour of its economically stronger neighbour.

Speaking during the welcoming of foreign diplomats by President Thabo Mbeki at Tuynhuys, Botswana’s newly appointed high commissioner, Motlhagodi Molomo, said Botswana president Festus Mogae was concerned about the trade inequality between the two countries.

“Mogae expressed concern that whereas Botswana is South Africa’s largest trading partner, the balance of trade has remained skewed in favour of South Africa and there is a need to promote a healthier trade balance in order to generate equitable growth between the two countries,” she said.

In response, Mbeki said [continue reading]

source: News24
24/08/2007 18:57 – (SA)

Cape Town – President Thabo Mbeki on Friday dismissed suggestions that Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders have recklessly ignored Zimbabwe’s problems in the interests of solidarity.

Writing in his weekly online newsletter, Mbeki accused Business Day newspaper of publishing on Monday a “a wholly fabricated story” alleging SADC leaders were divided over Zimbabwe, and describing a discussion at last week’s Lusaka SADC summit meeting “that never took place”.

“This is consistent with an unethical practice in sections of our media in terms of which they manufacture news and information and communicate complete fiction as the truth,” he said.

The newspaper manufactured an [continue reading]

source: BBC News
By Peter Greste
BBC News, Johannesburg

A South African minister has said there is no need to build camps to cope with an influx of people fleeing the crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

The Home Affairs minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, made her remarks after meeting the head of the United Nations refugees agency, Antonio Guterres.

Mr Guterres told a news conference that contingency plans for a wave of Zimbabwean migrants are now in place.

An estimated 3,000 Zimbabweans cross the border daily into South Africa.

Most fleeing Zimbabweans are desperate for food, money and jobs.

By any definition it is a serious humanitarian crisis. And Mr Guterres has been touring the region looking at ways of dealing with it.

‘Integration, not camps’

Now, Mrs Mapisa-Nqakula says building camps is [continue reading]

source: Voice of America

The South African government criticized local media Thursday for publishing what it called “misleading” and “sensationalist” reports on the Zimbabwe crisis.

The accusation from the cabinet followed a briefing by President Thabo Mbeki on last week’s Southern African Development Community summit in Lusaka, Zambia.

The cabinet issued a written statement saying that contrary to media reports, regional leaders had agreed on the Zimbabwean situation and that the facilitation process – diplomatic language for Mr. Mbeki’s crisis mediation – was on course.

The statement added that the cabinet rebuked “misleading and fictitious reports in some South African media” which said that SADC leaders were divided on how to move forward on Zimbabwe, and that the talks between Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change were in trouble.

One target for the criticism appeared to be Business Day, which reported that [continue reading]