Archive for December 13th, 2007

source: Mmegi


Brigadier General Olekanye Mabengane of the Botswana Defence Forces (BDF) has said southern Africa must consider a joint defence unit to counter terrorist attacks and foreign invasions.

Speaking in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe during a bi-lateral defence cultural exchange games at the National University of Science and Technology, Mbegane said that like any region, southern Africa has to ensure that its peace and security remains a top priority. He said the region could be a target for terror attacks or foreign invasions because of its vast natural resources.

“Our region needs to be ready to defend its territory from foreign invasion because the world is no longer safe and the only [continue reading]

source: MmegiBRIAN BENZA

Discovery Metals Limited has announced a further 46 percent increase in the copper resource at the company’s wholly-owned Maun project in the NorthWest District, bringing the total resource in the project to 46.1 metric tonnes.

In an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange where it is primarily listed, the company said the latest increase follows the definition of an inferred mineral resource of 14.5 metric tonnes at the Plutus Prospect within the project. This means that during 2007, total inferred mineral resources for the Maun Project have now been increased by 130 percent.

Discovery had to suspend its trading on the local bourse from Thursday last week, pending the announcement of the new [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
12 December, 2007

On Tuesday the new Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal in Namibia finally held a hearing in the case brought by Zimbabwean white farmer Mike Campbell against the government of Zimbabwe. The farmer is seeking an interim order blocking the government from interfering with operations on his farm. There was a three-hour preliminary hearing, after which the President of the SADC tribunal Judge Onkemetse Tshosa, said they would deliver a ruling before the end of the week.

Lawyer Matthew Walton from Walton Jessop Associates, part of the team representing Campbell, explained that a full hearing of the arguments is to be conducted early next year. A brief report from Advocate Adrian De Bourbon, who was chief defence counsel for Campbell on Tuesday, said lawyers for the Zimbabwe government told the court they would abide by the order if granted. This means the Zimbabwe government promised not to evict Campbell or his employees until the full hearing, if the tribunal orders it.

De Bourbon also reported that the proceedings in Namibia were held in a very professional manner. Lawyers for the Zimbabwe government, headed by [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 12 2007 at 02:13PM

Gauteng crime rates are still unacceptably high and the province will continue to implement safety strategies to combat festive season crime, Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia said on Wednesday.

Briefing the media in Johannesburg on festive season policing, he said crime blitz operations, road blocks and searches would be conducted throughout Gauteng.

Combating crime during the festive season could only be done through visible policing, he said.

“To enhance safety, the South African Police Services will work closely with the metropolitan police department and the South African National Defence Force across the province.”

The safety strategy was a result of an increase in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


NKOYAPHIRI: A young entrepreneur from Mathangwane, Thabiso Nkao, is running a vibrant business-manufacturing window frames, doorframes, cardboard frames and sliding doors out of steel here.

In an interview with Mmegi, Nkao says he started his business two years ago without the financial assistance of any bank: “My products are very good and affordable.”

He imports raw materials from South Africa, which are certified by the South African Bureau of Standard (SABS), and assembles them into finished products in this working class neighbourhood just outside Gaborone.

“The essence of the job is to [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 13 2007 at 05:51AM

By Sinegugu Ndlovu and Sapa

KwaZulu-Natal has the highest incidence of tax evasion in the country, and those concerned should be prepared to be named and shamed in a swoop on defaulters.

South African Revenue Service (Sars) Enforcement Operations Manager Jonas Makwakwa said in Durban on Wednesday that five of the country’s 11 most non-compliant areas were in KwaZulu-Natal – Durban North, Durban Outer West, Durban Inner West, Durban Central and Pietermaritzburg.

However, defaulters are about to feel the long arm of the law, with 80 of those involved scheduled to appear in court in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday. Eleven defaulters who have [continue reading]

source: PR Inside
2007-12-12 05:48:31 –

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand imposed extra travel sanctions against Zimbabwe on Wednesday while continuing its condemnation of President Robert Mugabe’s regime and its suppression of dissent.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an existing travel ban had been extended to block adult children of Mugabe’s associates from gaining student visas
and permits for entry to New Zealand.
Australia and the U.S. recently imposed similar restrictions.
Wellington had already imposed targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe’s leadership _ including barring them from traveling to the country and using New Zealand banks. New Zealand has little [continue reading]