Archive for November 9th, 2007

source: Mmegi

Boyce Sebetela, the Member of Parliament for Palapye and former cabinet minister will resign his post as an MP. President Festus Mogae is expected to inform residents of Palapye on Friday at a Kgotla meeting that their MP is quitting before the end of the year. Sebetela who succeeded Mogae as Palapye MP in 1998 is expected to rejoin Debswana Mining Company.

Yesterday, the former cabinet minister declined to confirm or deny whether he is resigning. “I would not confirm nor deny,” he told Mmegi. Presidential spokesperson Jeff Ramsay said he would not want to comment on reports about Sebetela’s resignation.

However, he confirmed the Palapye Kgotla meeting and said Mogae would use the forum to make some announcements and share information with the Palapye community.

Mmegi: “What announcements will the President make?
Ramsay: “You will have to come to the meeting and hear what he has to say.”

Though Ramsay and Sebetela are economical with information, the situation on the ground indicates that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

PALAPYE: The tribal administration in Palapye is overwhelmed by complaints about unfair compensation for land repossessed to make way for the new university.

Some of the landowners have complained that they received very little while others got huge sums of money that they did not deserve.

A resident said one villager swiftly developed his farm soon after he got wind of information that there would be compensation for land earmarked for the new university.

She said that the person then got a huge some of money while others got next to nothing.

Senior Tribal Authority, Raditanka Ntebele confirmed that he has received many complaints about unfair compensation.

“Normally we try and solve them. Others are satisfied but [continue reading]

source: BBC News
By Elizabeth Blunt
BBC News, Addis Ababa

General William Ward
General William Ward is Africom’s first commander
The officer commanding the US Armed Forces’ newly created Africa Command has said it will not lead to a militarisation of their Africa policy.

Speaking after meeting African Union leaders in Ethiopia’s capital, Africom commander General William Ward also denied the initiative would lead to establishing military bases, or the stationing of troops on the continent.

Ever since the US government announced the creation of Africom, rumours have been swirling about what it would mean.

There has been a lot of speculation about a new US interest in Africa, because of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
8 November 2007

Police in Harare this week arrested Attorney General Sobusa Gula-Ndebele on allegations of misconduct after he met and allegedly tried to broker a deal with a ‘fugitive’ banker on the government’s most wanted list.

Gula-Ndebele was on Tuesday charged with contravening sections of the Criminal Law, which deals with the conduct of public officers. Police also recorded a warned and cautioned statement before releasing him. He has also reportedly been suspended from office.

Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena on Wednesday said charges against Gula-Ndebele arose from a meeting he held with the former NMB deputy-managing director James Mushore when he visited the country in September.

Mushore and his co-directors fled to London in 2004 fearing arrest on allegations of externalising foreign currency. He has since been based in the United Kingdom until his [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Balancing Act (London)

5 November 2007
Posted to the web 8 November 2007

Russell Southwood

Almost unnoticed the rules of the game are changing and the South African market shows key developments that will transform how markets operate. DSL subscribers there look set to break through the “critical mass” barrier and there are irresistible pressures building up for low prices and no caps. Alongside this development, SAT3 bandwidth prices are now nearly down to the critical US$1000 a meg for volume buyers. Russell Southwood looks at why this is a moment of change for South Africa and how it will also be something that affects the rest of the continent.

Speaking at this week’s Media and Broadcast Congress in Johannesburg, Rudolph Muller of Mybroadband told conference participants that broadband subscriber levels had reached just over 700,000. He predicted that they would reach 1 million in 12 months and 2 million in 2 years as prices came down, capacities went up and restrictions were removed.

Another small straw in the wind is that there were recently 700,000 downloads on the [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.Info
Craig Urquhart

8 November 2007

Government, big business, foreign investors and 2010 role-players are keeping a close eye on the latest strike action which threatens to affect another important World Cup construction project.

Backed by the National Union of Mineworkers, about 1 200 workers at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium have downed tools after spending the past few days deadlocked with management over bonuses, backpay and safety issues.

The Project 2010 column: Craig Urquhart It’s not the first time that 2010 Fifa World Cup projects have been affected by labour disputes. In September, a tense stand-off between workers and management at Cape Town’s 2010 stadium (which, like Durban, is scheduled to host a semifinal) saw several working days lost. And there have been labour disruptions on other 2010-related projects.

For many casual observers, the alarm bells are ringing, particularly because of [continue reading]