Archive for December 8th, 2007

source: BOPA
07 December, 2007

SEROWE – Ipelegeng Development Trust is committed to help Bangwato to produce sunflower in their fields to improve their livelihoods.

Speaking at a kgotla meeting in Serowe Project Manager, Mr Montshwari Mooketsi said the purpose of the meeting was to brief morafe about the project, request for land and the benefits they could enjoy when pledging their fields for sunflower.

Ipelegeng Development Trust is a brainchild of Serowe North-East MP Mr Dikgakgamatso Ramadeluka Seretse to develop the constituency and to empower its community.

Mr Mooketsi told the meeting that Continental Aid Surface Green, a company which originates from South Africa will be responsible for planting and harvesting of sunflower.

He said the sunflower will be used for production of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
07 December, 2007

The global media had it’s eye on the European Union/Africa summit that began in Lisbon Friday, amidst all the controversy over the attendance of Robert Mugabe. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has stayed away as promised and several anti-Mugabe groups are in Lisbon to protest his presence and to highlight the disastrous results of his failed policies back home.

Early reports on the first summit day show that Mugabe had already invited attention after he commandeered a plane to take him to Lisbon on Thursday, leaving hundreds of passengers due to fly from London to Harare stranded for more than six hours at Gatwick Airport. Arriving in Portugal Mugabe is reported to have slipped out a side exit at the airport, avoiding the many waiting journalists.

In Lisbon our reporter Lance Guma said that Mugabe is dominating the headlines and he had switched hotels as rumours circulated that dramatic stunts by protestors were being planned. Central Intelligence Operatives have been [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 December, 2007

GABORONE – Despite SADC being one of the most peaceful regions in Africa, it is faced with some major problems that need to be tackled collectively.

Addressing participants at the Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisation (BOCONGO) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mogoditshane SADC executive secretary Dr Tomaz Augusto Salomao said SADC know peace and stability was critical in the region.

In addition, he said it is important that people in the region are made aware of that because peace starts at home.

Dr Salomao however, acknowledged that there were pockets of instabilities in some countries in the region such as DRC, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

He said these instabilities could lead to poverty as at the moment 50 per cent of people in the region live in poverty.

This region has a population of about 240 million and about 120 million of that live under $1 a day, he said. He also told the audience that war devastated Mozambique, adding that about [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 December, 2007

SEROWE – Central District councillors have called for an in-depth study and consultation to ascertain the suitability of a place earmarked for the Serowe Sports Complex.

They said the move will help to avoid a repeat of a scenario where government funds were poured down the drain to build the defective sport complex in the village.

They said this in response to an address by the Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, Maj. Gen. Moeng Pheto during a full council meeting on Tuesday.

The Minister briefed them on the relocation of the sports complex, which is falling apart due to its construction on a black cotton soil, which unsuitable for holding structures.

Swaneng Cllr, Mr Bafana Motseothata supported by other councillors gave the ministry the go ahead to relocate the sports complex but however advised all stakeholders to pay attention to all the necessary procedures to monitor progress on the project.

He accused the Department of Buildings and Engineering Services of negligence by allowing the construction of the undertaking on an unsuitable soil.

Boseja/Flowertown Cllr Boniface Kenosi suggested that equipment and items such as the sound system and lights should be salvaged from the old building for use in the new complex or [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 December, 2007

SEROWE – The Deputy Director of the Department of Town and Regional Planning, Mrs Segomotso Maroba says Mmaphashalala and Mookane villages are proposed planning areas.

Briefing the Central District full council meeting on the Mmamabula energy project on Wednesday, Mrs Maroba said, The project has been given a very high priority and it is very progressive.

She said one of the concerning issues is the planning area where the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act apply.

The Act, she said makes provision for the orderly and progressive land development and the granting of planning permission to develop such land.

She said according to the legislative and administrative framework, Section 4 of the Town and Country Planning Act empowers the Minister to declare planning areas.

Within two years after declaration, the Minister is mandated to prepare a [continue reading]

source: The Zimbabwe Independent

Kuda Chikwanda

ZIMBABWE will receive free electricity until March next year from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in return for increased military support to prop up security around President Joseph Kabila, the Independent has learnt.

Under the arrangement, Zesa Holdings will continue to receive 80 Megawatts (MW) from DRC’s power utility SNEL but will not be required to pay for the imports under the arrangement.

Instead Zimbabwe will be required to send in more military personnel to the DRC to assist Kabila’s security team and this will be taken as payment. Zimbabwe has maintained its presence in the DRC, through a small team that has helped guard Kabila since the death of his father, Laurent Desire Kabila who was assassinated by his bodyguards in 1999.

Sources close to the developments said the deal was discussed some weeks back when a [continue reading]