Archive for January 8th, 2008

source: BOPA
08 January, 2008

PALAPYE – The General Manager of Debswanas subsidiary Morupule Colliery Mr Cletus Tangane says 2007 has not been a good year for the coal mining company.

Mr Tangane said during the handing over of a two-roomed house donated to a disadvantaged family in Palapye over the weekend.

This has not been a good year for us colleagues. Total production by end of this year is projected at only 827 300 tonnes of coal as opposed to what we have budgeted for at just over a million tonnes.

This represents a shortfall of 18.7 per cent, a great shortfall in production indeed.

Mr Tangane also indicated that their sales are 24.9 per cent below budget which represents a shortfall of almost one quarter.

He said that they had budgeted to sell over a million tonnes of coal during 2007 and they project that they would only manage to sell 764 043 tons of coal by end of the year.

All I am saying is we have not been able to sell as much as we had planned to.

Mr Tangane attributed the shortfalls to challenges which ranged from breakdowns to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 January, 2008

GABORONE – The Ministry of Local Government is still planning to introduce the coupon system for the destitute and orphans to purchase food Local Government minister,Ms Margaret Nasha said the Gaborone City Council is working on awarding tenders to companies that would supply the coupons.

She said the coupons would be made in such a way that people are unable to duplicate them, adding that they are going to ensure that the coupons are not exchanged for cash.

These coupons are going to bear the label that they should not be exchanged for cash, she said.

The coupon system will replace the current system whereby local shops are awarded tenders to supply the destitute with food hampers.

The minister said the coupon system will address the perennial complaints of the destitute and orphans that they are usually supplied with expired food items.

She said the new system will enable them to buy food at any place of their choice.

These people will now have a choice to buy food items at grocery stores such as OK Foods, Spar and others, she said.

Ms Pinkie Makwati, a mother of three and a guardian to two orphans, said she cannot wait for the coupon system to be introduced as it will address their problems with [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 January, 2008

GABORONE – There were 7 567 work permit holders at the first of June 2007, of which 5 623 were employees while 1 944 were self-employed.

Government Statistician, Mrs Annah Majelantle, says the majority of work permit holders were males accounting for 5 898.

She also revealed that most of the permit holders — 44.7 per cent — were Zimbabweans, followed by Chinese and South Africans with 10.8 per cent and 10.1 per cent respectively.

The least work permit holders were from Ghana, she said.

Mrs Majelantle noted that the majority, 3 275, of the work permits holders were between the ages 30 and 39.

There are differences in the age distribution between self-employed persons and employees.

Meanwhile, the government statistician added that a greater proportion of employees 46.4 per cent were in the age 30-39 years while the self-employed contributed 34.2 per cent for the same age group.

She also indicated that most employees, 23.0 per cent, holding work permits were engaged in [continue reading]

source: IOL
Maureen Marud
January 08 2008 at 11:57AM

Bread prices are set to go up again, but bakeries have remained tight-lipped about the planned increases.

The Cape Argus has learnt that the price of bread is set to rise substantially from as early as next week.

A staff member at Pioneer Foods confirmed on Tuesday morning the bread price would “probably” rise, but she could not say when and by how much.

An anonymous caller to the Cape Argus on Monday reported that Albany would raise its bread prices on Sunday and Sasko and Duens would do likewise next week.

The Cape Town office of Albany referred the Cape Argus to holding company Tiger Brands in Johannesburg, where several staff members claimed ignorance, although one said he was aware prices would go up “in three weeks”

The company secretary promised to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 January, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – The City of Francistown Mayor Mr Buti Billy has been re-elected.

The elections did not produce the expected fireworks as Mr Billy was unopposed An ecstatic Mr Billy, said he was thankful for the unwavering support he had for the two terms he held the office.

It is now his 3rd term as the Mayor of the northern city.

Specially elected Cllr Ms. Lamodimo Dikomang who was also unopposed has been elected Deputy City Mayor.

She is from Francistown South while the Mayor is from East.

Mr Billy thanked fellow councillors for the good cooperation and team spirit they displayed throughout the years.

He heaped praises on ward development committees for working hand in hand with the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 January, 2008

GABORONE – Farmers in Kopong and Mmopane areas who took the advantage of early rains in October and planted cash crops are concerned that they could loose out on a promising yield as the current heat wave continues to wreak havoc on their corps.

The farmers had planted such crops as Jugo beans (ditloo), peanuts (manoko) sweet reed and maize with hopes of earning quick cash.

Most of the farmers who planted in October were those who used their own tractors like Mr and Mrs Mazhinye who stand to lose out out because of the scorching heat. Mr Mazhinye was however optimistic that if it could rain within seven days their yeild could be saved.

The farmer has planted ten hectares of maize and another ten hectares of mixed crops in Mmopane.

However, Mr Mazhinye is not happy with the way government designed agricultural schemes, as there are no schemes for middle-income arable farmers like in the case of pastoral farmers.

Mr and Mrs Mazhinye had wanted to drill a borehole in their more than 20 hectares field in [continue reading]


8 January 2008

World football governing body Fifa has issued a warning about e-mails that refer to the 2010 Fifa World Cup and inform recipients that they have been selected as prize winners in a lottery draw.

“Many of these e-mails appear to be official and most of them ask recipients to provide their personal details, including bank account information, in order to claim the prize money,” Fifa said in a statement on its website in December.

Fifa said that all such lotteries – which claim to be organised on behalf of, or in association with, Fifa and/or the 2010 local organising committee – “have no connection with or [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
East African Business Week (Kampala)

7 January 2008
Posted to the web 7 January 2008

Mbonea Israel
Dar es Salaam

The construction of the 13, 700 km Sea Cable System connecting the South and East Africa countries of South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania with India and Egypt has commenced.

SEACOM Limited and its supplier -Tyco telecommunications, a business segment of Tyco Electronics Limited and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services are carrying the project.

Speaking to the East African Business Week last week, Brian Herlihy, the president for SEACOM Ltd., said that the Sea Cable system that will have 1.28 Tbps capacity is expected to be completed by June 2009.

SEACOM attained full and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Monitor (Kampala)

8 January 2008
Posted to the web 7 January 2008

Martin Luther Oketch

THE past decade has witnessed growing diversity in income levels and economic growth across Africa, however, the World Bank report 2007 reveals that despite these positive signs, Africa is not growing rapidly enough to substantially reduce income poverty in the next five years.

Now the World Bank says it is well positioned to mobilize private and public development finance to increase annual growth to 7 per cent, the minimum necessary to have significant impact on poverty reduction.

The World Bank report show that sixteen countries grew by more than 4.5 per cent a year over this period, and several of them [including Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda] also diversified their economies and exports.

“The fastest- growing group of non-oil-production producing African countries, which together represents 36 per cent of population in Africa, grew at an average rate of 5.5 per cent. In contrast, the 13 slowest-growing countries, which represent [continue reading]

A glimmer of hope for Kenya

source: The Standard

Published on January 8, 2008, 12:00 am

By Standard Team

The United Kingdom pushed for a repeat presidential election as President Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement’s Mr Raila Odinga, appeared to edge closer to the dialogue table, on the eve of the arrival of Ghanaian President Mr John Kuffuor.

Monday night, Kibaki — in a dispatch to newsrooms by the Presidential Press Service — invited Raila and five other members of his party to a meeting on Friday at 2.30pm “to dialogue on the stoppage of violence, consolidation of peace and national reconciliation”. Also invited are nine senior clergymen.

Earlier, Raila had raised expectations for a quick political settlement when he said ODM was ready for negotiations and dialogue to break the post-election impasse.

In the same vein, the party called off countrywide protest rallies planned for Tuesday to allow mediation talks to be conducted in [continue reading]

source: ZimNews
author/source:Mail & Guardian (SA)
published:Mon 7-Jan-2008

Manufacturers complained that the government-imposed prices meant they are unable to cover their costs

Harare – Several firms and shops in Zimbabwe face prosecution after they breached price ceilings imposed by a state pricing watchdog, a state daily reported on Monday. “We are aware of some manufacturers and service providers who are contravening the pricing regulations,” the government mouthpiece Herald quoted Goodwills Masimirembwa, chairperson of the national incomes and pricing commission, as saying. So the commission has listed them and has since provided police with the information for them to take action.” Among companies that flouted the pricing regulations were bakers, dairies, beverage makers, transporters and medical insurance companies, he said. Nearly five years ago, Zimbabwean authorities introduced price controls on commonly used goods as part of a series of measures to rein in runaway inflation, which currently stands at about 8 000%, according to official figures.

President Robert Mugabe’s government last June ordered businesses to halve the prices of their goods and [continue reading]