Archive for March 29th, 2008

source: BOPA
27 March, 2008

GABORONE – Increased costs in education, health and transport indices saw February inflation recording an increase of 0.6 per cent from 8.4 per cent to 9 per cent.

According to a monthly report from the Central Statistics Office , the three group indices each recorded an increase of more than 2 per cent, education leading at 4.2 per cent; health at 3.4 per cent and transport 2.4 per cent.

Towns and cities inflation rate rose by 1.0 percentage point from 8.2 per cent in January to 9.2 per cent in February.

Rural villages rate increased from 8.6 per cent to 9.5 per cent while urban villages inflation increased from 8.9 percent in January to 9.0 per cent in February.

The February national Consumer Price Index was at 111.1, an increase of 1.2 per cent on the January index of 109.8. Rural villages index increased by 1.6 per cent from 109.8 to 112.9 and the towns and cities index moved from 109.1 to 110.4 between January and February.

Urban villages index went up by 0.7 per cent from [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

29 March 2008
Posted to the web 28 March 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi
Harare

Zimbabweans go to the polls on Saturday in what has been described as the country’s most important election, amid mounting worries within the opposition that veteran President Robert Mugabe has already stolen the vote.

There was a mixture of suspense and hope among voters and political players on the eve of the combined presidential, parliamentary, senatorial and municipal elections, in which 5.9 million voters hope to deliver a verdict that will stop the world’s fastest economic decline.

Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is facing the most serious test to his rule from former ally, Dr Simba Makoni, and opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the race for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 March, 2008

GABORONE – South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC), the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) and the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) will be working together to bring the World Cup to the audiences.

SABC Head of International Affairs, Phil Molefe said this on Wednesday at a workshop organised to share information between the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Local Organising Committee (LOC) and local business and sporting fraternity.

Molefe said they mandated SABC, SABA and AUB to establish a consortium to secure broadcasting rights for African countries at reasonable prizes looking at the economical situation of different countries in the continent.

He said they are going to implement this on the basis of the Africa Legacy project, which is intended at [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

28 March 2008
Posted to the web 28 March 2008

Lesley Stones
Johannesburg

WORK has begun on a submarine cable designed to boost Africa’s bandwidth by 2010.

The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) is a fibreoptic link that will connect 21 African countries to each other and the rest of the world to provide fast, high-quality internet access and international communications.

The 25 backers include MTN, Neotel, Telkom and 16 other African operators. They are contributing $247m all told, with more than $50m from the South African players.

The World Bank Group’s IFC division is putting in $18,2m. Five financial institutions are providing long-term loans of [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 28 2008 at 05:32PM

Planned power cuts will occur every other day except Sunday from next week, Eskom confirmed on Friday.

“Predictable and scheduled load shedding that will typically average two to two-and-a half hours of interruption (and) will occur every second day, excluding Sundays,” said Eskom in a media statement.

An exception has been made for Eskom’s Central Region, which means that people using Johannesburg’s City Power would have fewer but longer cuts – four and a half hours a week.

The utility said that the largest portion of the load reduction achieved so far had been from key industrial customers. To make sure that savings were shared equitably, the planned power cuts, which they term load-shedding, would start [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 March, 2008

GABORONE – Local manufactures have been urged to be proactive on trade related issues to better compete regionally and international.

Speaking at a workshop organised by Botswana Confederation of commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM), the Executive Director Ms Maria Machailo-Ellis said government is an umbrella for trade issues while major players are the business people.

Mrs Machailo-Ellis said the NDP 10 Key Policy Paper emphasises the need for private sector partnership in economic diversification and urged local manufactures to take that as a calling to play a part in the countrys economy.

She further advised manufacturers to inform and educate themselves on trade issues to be able to [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 28 2008 at 01:56PM

The retail price of petrol will rise by between 66 cents and 68 cents a litre on Wednesday April 2, the minerals and energy department said on Friday.

It said 91 octane unleaded petrol would go up by 68 cents a litre, 93 octane unleaded and lead replacement petrol by 67 cents a litre, and that of 95 octane by 66 cents a litre.

The wholesale price of diesel with a sulphur content of 0.005 percent would increase by 130 cents a litre.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin would rise by [continue reading]

Mogae completes tour

source: BOPA
27 March, 2008

PALAPYE – President Festus Mogae who completed his farewell tour with a meeting in Lerala says government is seriously considering the introduction of toll gates.

During a Kgotla meeting Tuesday, he said many countries are generating a lot of revenue through toll gates.

The President said revenue generated through toll gates could in turn be used for the maintenance of roads.

Most of the roads in the country are in a bad state and it is not easy to maintain them regularly and we trust that the introduction of toll gates will help.

The bad state of the roads, he pointed out, has been exacerbated by haulage trucks which pass through the country on a daily basis.

On other issues he explained to the residents that the National Development Plan (NPD 10) which will be the driving force behind developments [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
28 March, 2008

The Tsvangirai MDC on Thursday won a major victory over the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. The ZEC agreed to provide them with a complete copy of the voters’ roll, and conceded to demands that all ballots be counted and displayed publicly in each ward and constituency. The MDC had filed a High Court application that was to be heard by Justice Tendayi Uchena, but he never got the opportunity to make a ruling.

Lawyer Alex Muchadehama said the ZEC claimed that they had never denied the MDC a copy of the voters roll and had never held back information on the counting of ballots in the election on Saturday. Muchadehama said this was not true. The MDC had letters and documents as evidence showing that they had written to ZEC officials requesting the full roll, but had never received a response.

The MDC also wanted the ZEC to disclose the composition of the national command centre where presidential ballots were to be counted, and the number of [continue reading]