Archive for March 13th, 2008

source: Mmegi

BY FRASER MPOFU

HARARE: Johan Verhoef, the international co-coordinator of the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation area involving Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, says the initiative of the three countries will help Botswana and Zimbabwe benefit from the 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa.

Verhoef, from South Africa, says the Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) linking South Africa and its neighbours hold a lot of promise for southern Africa.

He says while South Africa’s tourism and hospitality sectors are bracing up for healthy benefits that are likely to accrue from hosting the FIFA World Cup in two years’ time, its neighbours must also put in place strategies to ensure that they also benefit, and the TFCA plan is one of them.

Verhoef was addressing a two-day strategic planning workshop in Gwanda, a town in southern Zimbabwe last week Wednesday.

“Initiatives like the Limpopo-Shashe TFCA can help [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

12 March 2008
Posted to the web 12 March 2008

Harare

Zimbabwe’s political opposition parties and civic society organisations are castigating senior members of the armed forces for declaring they will not respect any president other than Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe, 84, is facing his toughest presidential challenge since assuming office in 1980 after Zimbabwe won its independence from Britain. The presidential election on March 29 will see the top job contested by Mugabe, leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party; Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of one of the two factions of the split opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and Mugabe’s former finance minister, Simba Makoni.

General Constantine Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, told a local newspaper they were opposed to those contesting the election against Mugabe. “Elections are coming and the army will not support or salute sell-outs and agents of the West before, during and after the presidential elections … We will not support anyone other than President Mugabe, who has sacrificed a lot for this country.”

Chiwenga has garnered support from Paradzayi Zimondi, commissioner of prison services and a retired army major-general, who has [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

TUMELO SETSHOGO
CORRESPONDENT

The Minister of Minerals Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) Ponatshego Kedikilwe says the government is confident that Discovery Metals will expand the mining sector in the country and create employment.

The company is anticipating the employment of some 400 personnel on its construction project and another 250 to run its operations. Kedikilwe said this will have a positive impact on Botswana’s economy and the lives of the people. He was speaking at the opening of Discovery Metal offices at Gaborone International Commerce Park on Monday.

He said the employment capacity of the company is remarkable considering that currently it employs 18 people, all of them Batswana. “It is evident that the company embraces both enlightened self-interest and government’s policy thrust with respect to good employment practices and labour relations based on mutual respect and meaningful consultations,” said Kedikilwe.

He added that Discovery Metals provides its employees with transport and meals, sufficient protective equipment and “there is access [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

13 March 2008
Posted to the web 13 March 2008

Mathabo Le Roux
Johannesburg

BUSINESS confidence dived to its lowest level in seven years in the first quarter of this year, as the cyclical economic downturn started to bite.

But rolling blackouts in January and concerns about political changes have also contributed to dampen the mood in the country, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) said yesterday.

The bank’s business confidence index, compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), fell by 19 index points to 48, from 67 in the fourth quarter of last year — its biggest single drop between successive quarters in 24 years.

The drop means that fewer than half of respondents were comfortable with the prevailing business conditions, compared with more than two-thirds being satisfied only four months ago.

The index paints a [continue reading]