Archive for March 2nd, 2008

source: The Standard

By Kholwani Nyathi

BULAWAYO — Zanu PF politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa yesterday ended speculation of his links to former finance minister Simba Makoni when he joined him at the high table at a rally in White City Stadium.

Dabengwa, a former Home Affairs minister and Zipra intelligence chief during the liberation struggle was unveiled at the official launch of Makoni’s campaign, as one of a number of key Zanu PF heavyweights backing him, in his challenge to replace Robert Mugabe as president.

The war hero was joined at the table by the former Speaker of Parliament, Cyril Ndebele, a highly respected lawyer who featured in the talks which finally led to the Lancaster House agreement.

A number of former senior ZIPRA commanders stood in solidarity with the civilians.

Their virtual defection from Mugabe’s splintering Zanu PF sounded the beginning of a death knell to the Unity Accord between PF Zapu and Zanu PF.

The former Zipra commanders included Roma Nyathi, a deputy to [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 02 2008 at 11:22AM

By Brownwynne Jooste

The Western Cape has the highest wind speeds in the country, and Eskom plans to harness the full potential of this weather pattern as a long-term resolution to the persisting energy crisis.

The state-owned energy utility has put out a tender for the development of a commercial 100MW wind energy farm on the West Coast, north of the Olifants River mouth, near Vredendal. At this stage Eskom is applying for a licence and conducting environmental impact assessments.

The region around Vredendal experiences some of the highest wind speeds recorded in South Africa.

“The area supports other technical requirements for a wind energy facility, in terms of land availability and accessibility to the electricity grid to meet transmission integration requirements,” said Eskom.

The facility is expected to [continue reading]