Archive for December 1st, 2007

source: Rapaport News / diamonds.net
By Jeff Miller Posted: 11/30/07 09:45 [Submit Comment]

RAPAPORT… On November 14, the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana selected 16 sightholders for the contract period of three years (2008-2011.) Mumbai-based Suashish Diamonds Ltd., through Suashish Diamonds Botswana, made the list as the first brand from India to receive that status in Botswana.

Ashish Goenka, managing director of Suashish Diamonds, said, “Suashish Diamonds has embarked on an aggressive expansion plan and our Botswana cutting and polishing facility has become operational in October this year. Becoming a DTC Botswana sightholder will also ensure that we get regular, assured supply of rough diamonds at [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Commonwealth News and Information Service (London)

30 November 2007
Posted to the web 30 November 2007

Promoting faster telephone and internet connectivity for rural communities in the 18 Commonwealth African countries – that is the aim of a Commonwealth Connects project known as the Commonwealth African Rural Connectivity Initiative (COMARCI).

The £1.2 million project was launched in Kampala, Uganda, on 22 November 2007 on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, with a £50,000 seed funding from the Government of Malta through the Commonwealth Connects programme. It involves collaboration with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and the International Telecommunications Union.

The Chief Executive of the CTO, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah said: “There is no longer debate about the role information and communication technology (ICT) plays in the development process, and especially how mobile phones and the internet are helping to transform Africa’s economies. However, if Africa is to achieve the majority of [continue reading]

source: News24
30/11/2007 19:22 – (SA)

Nelspruit – Workers at the Mbombela world cup soccer stadium in Nelspruit downed tools once again on Friday, said the Mpumulanga 2010 office.

It said the protest action began while negotiations between stadium contractors and organised labour were in progress on Friday.

Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou had a visit to the site on Friday temporarily put on hold because of the protest.

Last week, members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) who downed tools at the stadium in Mpumalanga, came back to work after negotiations.

At the time, provincial deputy director-general of the World Cup 2010 Project, Desmond Golding, expressed his confidence that the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Henry Makiwa
29 November 2007

There was a “million-man” march to show support for Robert Mugabe as the ruling party’s presidential candidate in Harare on Friday.

But there were scenes of violence in Highfield, Glen View, Budiriro, Mufakose and Glen Norah townships, where workers who had queued for transport into the city were forced onto trucks by Zanu PF thugs, to attend Mugabe’s Zimbabwe Grounds rally.

Witnesses said thousands of Harare residents were also disrupted from doing their normal daily business, after Mugabe’s largely bused-in thugs went on a rampage Friday morning. Residents of Highfield Township, where Mugabe was holding a rally on Friday afternoon, said spates of violence began on Wednesday when Zanu PF youths began beating up any person wearing red. Red has a historical and symbolic representation of the opposition MDC.

Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said police and soldiers simply watched or assisted the ruling party’s militia as it terrorized the people.

He said: “Many people, including [continue reading]