Archive for December 29th, 2007

Road projects on the cards

source: BOPA
28 December, 2007

MOLEPOLOLE – Work on the 24 months re-construction of Metsimotlhabe-Molepolole Road will start in May next year, an acting chief roads engineer has disclosed.

In response to BOPA questions over the status of Metsimotlhabe-Molepolole and Molepolole-Letlhakeng Road reconstruction projects, Mr Boitshwarelo Mokgethi said the former project was at tendering stage for design, which was expected to be awarded next month.

The 10-month design, he said, was expected to start in January next year.

Mr Mokgethi said some spill-overs that Batswana could enjoy, include renting of houses to road construction workers as well as a boost to businesses along the road.

Shortage of materials and water for construction and lack of qualified and skilled personnel were among challenges that Mr Mokgethi said his department expected to face.

He said the Metsimotlhabe-Molepolole Road was expected to follow the existing road alignment, so the department does not envisage a lot of relocations in this project, except where new access roads will be required.

However, it will only be possible to confirm whether properties will be [continue reading]

SA: Zuma charged

source: IOL
December 28 2007 at 06:26PM

Papers have been served on ANC president Jacob Zuma by the National Prosecuting Authority, 702 Eyewitness News reported on Friday.

The radio station said it could confirm that papers were served on Zuma.

Several sources have told Eyewitness News that the papers outlined charges which Zuma will face. It was understood they include corruption, tax evasion and racketeering.

It was not clear at this stage whether Zuma had been given a court date on which to appear or if [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)

28 December 2007
Posted to the web 28 December 2007

Steven Lang
Johannesburg

More than 300 residents of Phiri, one of the poorest suburbs in Soweto, demonstrated outside the High Court in Johannesburg earlier this month to show support for a campaign to have pre-paid water meters declared unconstitutional. After a three-day hearing, the judge announced that he would make his findings known early in 2008.

Merely getting to court to have their case heard was already a victory for Lindiwe Mazibuko, Grace Munyai, Jennifer Makoatsane, Sophia Malekutu and Vusimuzi Paki, the five applicants who had been struggling for more than three years to have their day in court.

A David versus Goliath court drama has set the five unemployed applicants in a class action suit against [continue reading]