Archive for November 11th, 2007

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)

11 November 2007
Posted to the web 11 November 2007


The Southern African Development Community (SADC) says the region is ready to open the SADC Free Trade Area (FTA) next year as per the set milestones.

SADC Council of Ministers Chairperson Kabinga Pande said this follows the review of progress towards the unveiling of the SADC FTA.

Addressing the Post Extraordinary Council of Ministers on Saturday Mr Pande said, the SADC Ministerial Taskforce has since received the Draft Roadmap aimed at establishing the Customs Union.

Mr Pande said the resolve of the SADC governments to open the SADC FTA in 2008 will remain unshaken as SADC has reaffirmed its commitment to the set milestones for the establishment of a SADC Customs Union.

He said the Extra Ordinary Council of Ministers also dealt with issues aimed at adjusting and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Morula Morula
11.11.2007 2:44:08 P

Mediations talks between the management of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation and Botswana Telecommunications Union (BOTEU) regarding packages for those who will be retrenched from the BTC are reported to have failed to produce results early this week.

This was confirmed by BOTEU Vice President, Nathaniel Kebalefetse.
Kebalefetse said the mediation talks failed after they could not agree on what the corporation was offering them as retrenchment packages.

”We failed to agree on the package they were offering as was the case before the mediation”, said Kebalefetse.

Asked what would the next step be, he said that they were planning to meet their [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
11.11.2007 2:42:43 P

Diplomatic relations between Japan and Botswana have deteriorated despite millions of Pula spent by Botswana last year in an attempt to court the Asian giant.

Sunday Standard can reveal that Japan has filed a complaint with Botswana through their office in South Africa against the Botswana Ambassador in Tokyo, Oscar Motswagae, and Japan recently called off a planned visit by crown prince Naruhito to Botswana.

The situation has not been helped by the shoddy treatment a Japanese visiting delegation received in Botswana last year. The alleged shoddy treatment of the Japanese delegation by the National Aids Coordinating Agency (NACA) has branched off into a clash between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NACA.
In an attempt to get to the bottom of the fiasco, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of [continue reading]

source: ZimNews
author/source:Mail & Guardian (SA)
published:Fri 9-Nov-2007
posted on this site:Sun 11-Nov-2007

The three animals had had their horns sawn off by wildlife veterinarians
Harare – Poachers have shot dead three black rhinoceroses – a species listed as the most highly endangered large mammal on Earth – on a private conservancy, its owner said on Thursday. John Travers said poachers armed with AK47 automatic rifles on Wednesday night evaded the armed guards surrounding the rhino at the Imire game park about 100km east of Harare and shot dead two females and a male, but left a four-week-old calf unharmed. Zimbabwe in the 1980s had the largest population in Africa of black rhino, about 7 500, but a wave of poaching all over Africa – driven by demand for the horn in the Far East as a cure for fevers and a sexual stimulant and in Yemen where it was used for dagger handles – decimated the population, including Zimbabwe’s. The horn is composed of tightly compacted hair fibres, and has no other pharmacological properties, according to biologists.

About 1 500 of the surviving population were captured in the Zambezi Valley on Zimbabwe’s northern border and taken to apparent safety in national game parks and conservancies in the interior of the country. About 500 are still left, according to wildlife experts, but they have come under increasing [continue reading]