Archive for April 30th, 2008

source: Mmegi

Botswana is not likely to face milk shortages this year, an investor in the dairy industry has said.

In a statement released on yesterday the investment partners of Delta Dairies, VPB said that after the acute shortages of last year will not be experienced again. The private equity and venture capital firm said Delta Dairies opened the first UHT milk processing plant in Botswana three months ago. The company says it has captured about 10 percent of the local milk market. VPB said the milk products from Delta have been well-received in the country. “A strong awareness and business development strategy has been developed to establish a superior brand position and create loyalty. The campaign has begun rolling out,” said VPB marketing and investor associate Diphuka Osman. The Delta Diaries produces Delta Fresh UHT milk in its factory in Gaborone. VFB said negotiations between the promoters of Delta Dairies and the CEDA Venture Capital Fund began in earnest in 2005 following the completion of a feasibility study funded by the Centre for Development of Enterprise (CDE).

“The study revealed the existence of a [continue reading]

source: IOL
Babalo Ndenze
April 29 2008 at 07:37AM

With an expected increase of 20 to 25 cents a litre next Wednesday, the petrol price is well on the way to hitting the R10 mark in two to three months, economists warn.

The price for petrol on the coast is R8.67 a litre. Next week’s increase should push it to just under R9.

“The increase should be around about 20 to 25 cents a litre. It won’t hit R10 yet, but you’ll probably see R10 at some time (soon),” said Dawie Roodt, chief economist at the Efficient Group.

With trends like the dollar-rand exchange rate, oil price increases and other contributing factors, consumers could expect petrol to reach R10 in “two to three months”, he said.

“I’m afraid we can’t do much as individuals about the fuel price. People could consider getting smaller [continue reading]

source: News24

Johannesburg – A total of 7 868 items of luggage belonging to South African Airways passengers were reported missing from airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London in the three-month period between December 1 and February 29 this year.

That was in stark contrast to figures supplied to Independent Newspapers by SAA last week, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The airline said that according to its figures, about 6 600 of its passengers would have their luggage stolen each year.

According to Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin, most of the luggage – 7 617 items – disappeared from OR Tambo International Airport, while 178 SAA passengers at Cape Town International Airport lost their luggage.

Erwin’s department supplied the figures in response to a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

30 April 2008
Posted to the web 30 April 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi and Agencies

The Zimbabwe government today said soldiers had killed an opposition supporter and wounded two others following skirmishes near a military training camp.

Meanwhile, verification of Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election results is to start on Thursday, more than a month after the vote to decide whether President Robert Mugabe remains in power.

State radio said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had invited presidential candidates to verify the results of the presidential vote from May 1.

“All candidates who participated in the 2008 presidential election or their chief election agents are urged to attend as this exercise will pave way for the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writers

FRANCISTOWN: Zimbabweans have started fleeing to Botswana to escape the political crisis caused by the delay in announcing the results of the presidential poll in the March 29 general elections.

Reports reaching Mmegi indicate that over the weekend asylum seekers from Zimbabwe crossed the border into Botswana at an ungazetted point of entry in the Bobirwa Sub-District. The Zimbabweans entered Botswana near Bobonong, the administrative centre of Bobirwa, which lies 70km east of the copper/nickel mining town of Selebi-Phikwe.

Reports say that the Zimbabwe police and the army have intensified patrols along the border with Botswana and South Africa. However, it is understood that a good number of asylum seekers from Zimbabwe have crossed into Botswana and South Africa.

Francistown District Commissioner, Richard Oaitse told Mmegi yesterday that [continue reading]

source: The Zimbabwe Guardian

SOUTH AFRICA and China yesterday blocked efforts to include Zimbabwe on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council as the group met yesterday.
Lynn Pascoe, undersecretary-general for political affairs, presented a report handed over to him by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change’s Secretary General Tendai Biti, to the 15-member council.

China, Russia, Libya and Vietnam spoke up against any Security Council discussion and action on Zimbabwe. Burkina Faso said that Africa should take the lead and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) should be given the opportunity to mediate in the Zimbabwe situation.

Diplomats indicated that since South Africa, currently chairing the Security Council, was opposed to discussion on Zimbabwe, the issue will no [continue reading]