Archive for July 10th, 2008

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Minister of Lands and Housing, Nonofo Molefhi, has said that he will repossess commercial and residential plots, which remain undeveloped one year after allocation.

He told a full council meeting in Selebi-Phikwe on Monday that the move is meant to curb speculation on land prices. He said his ministry has already started repossessing undeveloped land in Gaborone. “We want to avoid speculation (on land prices). We will repossess undeveloped plots and we have started doing that in Gaborone,” said Molefhi.

He added that most people bought land with a view of re-selling at a profit. Molefhi said such plots remain undeveloped and that his ministry will not hesitate to repossess them one year after relocation.

Local authorities have come under fire for failing to repossess plots, which remain idle long after allocation while the housing waiting list keeps growing.

Molefhi said the Housing Act is on the way to make sure that all [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
09 July 2008

South Africa’s ANC president Jacob Zuma has again strongly rebuked Robert Mugabe for refusing to step down as president.

The ANC leader, who has recently adopted a radically different approach to the crisis from South African President Thabo Mbeki’s widely criticised policy of “quiet diplomacy”, was speaking at a celebratory ANC dinner in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal on Tuesday.

In his speech acknowledging an ANC comrade, Zuma said: “In Africa we have some political leaders who refuse to bow out and try to change the constitution to accommodate themselves as in neighbouring Zimbabwe”.

Zuma, who in December had backed Mbeki’s policy on Zimbabwe, has become increasingly critical and outspoken about the crisis and Mugabe’s stranglehold on power there.

Last month he described the situation as “out of control” and called for urgent intervention by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The long awaited merger between Botswana Police and the Local Police will finally be effected next month.

The task force appointed to work on the modalities of the merger, chaired by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Tsaone Thebe, is said to have finalised arrangements to make sure the exercise is complete by September. Sources within the two forces claim that the task force is under pressure to finalise the merger after an order from the highest office called for the fast tracking of the exercise.

However, Thebe was not ready to share any information on the matter. She said she will only answer questions on the merger once the exercise is complete.

Public Relations officer for the Local Police, Mmolawa Phuthego, declined to speak on the merger. It is said that yesterday at a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
9 July 2008

The World Football governing body, FIFA, have finally voiced concern about the political turmoil in Zimbabwe and have issued a plea to South African President Thabo Mbeki to urgently resolve the crisis.

South Africa are hosting the 2010 World Cup finals but FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday that the crisis in Zimbabwe was adding to the long list of problems South Africa is facing in its preparation for football’s greatest showpiece.

Valcke told a media briefing in Johannesburg that the situation in Zimbabwe had to be solved quickly.

‘It would have been nice for South Africa, with all the other challenges they are facing, not to have the problem of Zimbabwe on top of it all. We add our voice to concerns and we fully support what is being done by all international organisations,’ Valcke said.
Danny Jordaan, the chief executive officer of the South African organizing committee, was more critical of the regime in Zimbabwe when he said Robert Mugabe was resisting Mbeki’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ as well as more vocal international criticism.
He added; ‘Before we come to 2010, we must have a stable Zimbabwe. It’s in all our interests.’ Last week Fifa President Sepp Blatter confirmed the organisation does have a ‘Plan B,’ after concerns were raised about the explosive political situation next door to [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 09 2008 at 06:22PM

Tickets for the 2010 World Cup to be staged in South Africa go on sale on February 2, 2009.

This was announced on Wednesday by the chairperson of the Fifa sub-committee in charge of ticketing for the global soccer event, David Will.

Will and the chief executive officer of Match, Jaime Byrom, the company responsible for the allocation of tickets for the 2010 World Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup, have introduced a revolutionary system to beat black market sales of tickets.

The bottom line is that there will be more tickets available for the genuine soccer fan.

Said Byrom: “It is a simple ticketing system we have devised which we have adapted to the South African market. It was not specifically done to cut out the threat of the parallel market (black market) but we believe the new system will restrict [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Industrial Court has ordered Gaborone Refrigeration (GR) to pay P11,730 to Tapela Kelebetse as his severance benefit for the 129 months he worked for the company.

The company was given up to September 30 to pay the amount. However, the court ruled that Kelebetse was not entitled to notice pay as he failed to give the requisite six-week notice in accordance with the law when he left the company in 2004. He forfeited some leave days to cover for notice days he should have served.

Kelebetse had made application to the court to help him get his severance benefits, leave pay and notice pay. In her judgement, Justice Tapiwa Marumo, said that GR had been duly served with the notice for hearing, but they never showed up, hence the matter proceeded in default of their appearance. Kelebetse testified on oath that he was employed on 7 November, 1993 as a duct erector on a monthly salary of P400. He worked from [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)

9 July 2008
Posted to the web 9 July 2008
Anthony Mulowa

PRESIDENT Mwanawasa has been successfully operated on to improve his breathing as doctors in France continue treating him for hypertension, Vice-President Rupiah Banda has said.

Mr Banda said in Lusaka yesterday in a statement posted on the State House website that Dr Mwanawasa was recovering satisfactorily.

“Following the minor operation yesterday afternoon (Monday 7 July, 2008) to improve his breathing, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Levy P Mwanawasa, SC, is recovering satisfactorily.

“His breathing is much better and Dr Mwanawasa had a restful night at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Ministry of Works and Transport recently endorsed the increase in the axle load limits from 8200 kg to 9000 kg in Botswana to align them with Namibia and South Africa.

This endorsement signals another huge milestone of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee (TKCMC) in their quest to harmonise cross-border procedures, systems and practices on the Trans Kalahari Corridor linking the port of Walvis Bay in Namibia with Botswana and Gauteng province in South Africa consistent with TKC MOU signed by three Governments on 3 November 2003. The new axle load limits of 9000 kg became effective on 17 June 2008.

This means that transporters departing South Africa and Namibia with legal load limits of 9000 kg will be [continue reading]

source: Mining Weekly
By: Creamer Media Reporter
Published on 9th July 2008

Australian explorer Impact Minerals has acquired the remaining 15% shareholding in its uranium prospecting licences in Botswana and now owned 100% of the project, it said on Wednesday.

The company bought the shares from its COO in Africa, John Blaine, for two-million shares in the company.

“Impact’s field work has confirmed that the Botswana prospecting licences are very prospaective for uranium and the acquisition of the outstanding 15% of the equity…provides maximum potential benefit to Impact’s shareholders,” it said in a statement.

The licences cover about 350 km of the strike extensions of rocks that host uranium deposits and prospects near the town of Serule, where ACAP Resources Limited have the Mokobaesi deposit hosted by Karoo Group sedimentary rocks, and reported to contain about 30-million lbs of U3O8 at a cut-off grade of 80 parts per million (ppm).

Early this month, Impact Minerals reported that it had completed a [continue reading]