Archive for April 20th, 2008

source: BOPA
17 April, 2008

SEROWE – The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) is in the process of establishing a training academy at Paje, five kilometers north of Serowe.

Speaking in an interview Major Bernard Ragalase said the consultancy for the construction of the academys facilities was currently ongoing.

Major Ragalase said an Environmental Impact Assessment that commenced on February 4 would determine when the construction of the project would start.

He also explained that currently the BDF was temporarily utilising prefabricated structures at Paje, adding that the force inherited the structures from a company that constructed the Serowe-Orapa Road.

According to Major Ragalase the Paje Training Academy would be the second BDF training school to be established in Botswana, the first being the one at Pandamatenga that was established to train privates.

However, he explained that the training school in Paje would offer [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
19 April 2008

The MDC said it rejected the partial recount of votes from March 29 elections, which began on Saturday, and said it would not accept the outcome.

The recount in 23 of 210 constituencies, which is due to take three days, could overturn the results of the parliamentary election, which showed Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF losing its majority to the MDC for the first time. Results of a parallel presidential election have not been released.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said they rejected the process and also rejects the outcome of the flawed process, adding the ‘position of the party is we have nothing to do with the process.’
‘It’s not a recount, it’s a discount of the will and the vote of the people,’ said Chamisa speaking from Gweru, where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is recounting votes from seven of the 23 constituencies.
ZEC began a partial recount of votes from the March 29 elections on Saturday, despite opposition efforts to block it and widespread fears that [continue reading]

source: MarketWire

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – April 18, 2008) – Hana Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:HMG) is pleased to announce that the Company is now aware that its common shares are listed and trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, effective March 31, 2008. Hana Mining’s shares trade under the symbol “4LH” and the designation ISIN “CA4096391012” and WKN number “A0ML37”.

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange, operated by the Deutsche Boerse AG, is the largest of all German stock exchanges and is one of the world’s largest trading centers for securities.

About Hana Mining Ltd.

Hana Mining Ltd. is a junior exploration company seeking to acquire, explore and develop highly prospective precious, base metal and other mineral projects worldwide, with [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 April, 2008

GABORONE – Multitudes of Batswana, young and old converged at the railway station to witness Rovos, a South Africa steam safari train traverses Botswana en route to Victoria Falls.

Rovos, is a South African rail tourism company founded some 20 years ago in Witbank According to a news release from Botswana Railways this is the first steam train to traverse Botswana since the establishment of Botswana Railways.

The organisations public relations officer Ms Alina Masenya told the gathering that it was indeed a great honour for Botswana to witness the steam train since Botswana Railways took over from Zimbabwean Railways some 20 years ago.

For his part, a member of the Botswana Tourism Board Mr Joe Motse told the tourists that Botswana was unrivalled with an abundance of wildlife and natural resources.

He said Botswana with its abundance of wildlife in the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans and Chobe National Park was keen to encourage investment in tourism.

Mr Motse reminded tourists that while in the Victoria Falls, they should also be aware that Botswana offers some of the best natural resources in [continue reading]

source: IOL
Graeme Hosken
April 19 2008 at 04:31PM

Thousands of elite South African police officers will be trained to deal with terrorists, hardened criminals and sport hooligans ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis on Friday announced the plan to train and deploy more than 1 000 additional National Intervention Unit (NIU) and Special Task Force (STF) members.

Pruis was speaking at an award ceremony for 24 soldiers, policemen and women involved in the killing of three suspects and the arrest of five others during an attempted bank robbery in Centurion last year.

The police officers are all members of the STF, the NIU and the SAPS Air Wing.

Pruis said the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
19 April 2008

A Chinese ship carrying arms to Zimbabwe, which was turned away from South Africa, is heading to Angola in hopes of docking there, the transport minister of Mozambique said on Saturday.
Reports say the ship left South African waters on Friday after a court refused to allow the weapons to be transported across South Africa.

Mozambique’s Transport and Communications Minister Paulo Zucula told Reuters that Mozambique has been monitoring the movements of the ship since it lifted anchor and left South Africa.
‘We know that it registered its next destination as Luanda because here we wouldn’t allow it into Mozambican waters without prior arrangements’, he said.

The An Yue Jiang, a Chinese ship, had been at [continue reading]