Archive for May 3rd, 2008

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

3 May 2008
Posted to the web 2 May 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi

Botswana is preparing for an influx of refugees fleeing the worsening political crisis in Zimbabwe sparked off by President Robert Mugabe’s shock defeat in last month’s elections.

Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF has sparked off a political storm by declaring that opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, did not win the presidential election by the mandatory majority.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Friday met the contestants in the presidential election for the second time to verify the long awaited results before they are released.

A dispute over the official results of the March 29 poll forced the electoral body to adjourn the verification.

Election officials reportedly told the [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 02 2008 at 09:58AM

By Ntokozo Mfusi

Business owners and residents have collectively heaved a sigh of relief since Eskom’s announcement on Wednesday that there would be no more scheduled power cuts until further notice.

However, business and the eThekwini Municipality have warned users not to abandon their energy-conserving efforts to ensure that the suspension of outages is prolonged.

The manager of the trade and business information chamber in the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Denise Chendip, said the announcement was welcomed by business.

“The business sector wholeheartedly welcomes the announcement, although we must consider that the announcement is short-term and therefore we should still be cautious in our use of electricity.”

The chairperson of the Florida Road Business Chamber and the owner of Europa restaurant, Mike Hollard, was ecstatic at news of [continue reading]

May 03, 2008 03:56am

SOUTH Africa has lifted a 13-year ban on killing elephants in a move conservationists warned could encourage poachers to slaughter the animals for ivory and threaten dwindling tusker populations elsewhere on the continent.

Elephants, once on the verge of extinction in parts of South Africa, are flourishing. Their population in that country has been growing at more than 5 per cent a year as a result of a well-managed national parks industry.

South African authorities want to keep a lid on their burgeoning numbers and protect the elephants’ viability.

Killing elephants, which have no predators and can turn woodlands to grass and stubs in a matter of years, is the best way to control the population, South African officials say.

But the huge mammals have not done as [continue reading]