Archive for July 23rd, 2008

source: Standay Standard
22.07.2008 6:20:32 P

The government has taken a decision to investigate the activities of all religious organizations operating inside the country.

The investigation, which will entail a thorough audit of the finances of these organizations, will also be extended to such entities registered as trusts.
This comes after wide-spread mischief-making by some of these organisations, with some of them found to be involved in money laundering.

Speaking to The Sunday Standard, the director if Civil Registration in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mabuse Pule, confirmed that the investigations will be intensive.

He said the activities of all churches that are in operation will be probed.
“What we want is to have a data base of all churches; we also want audited reports from churches.”

He said, like every responsible government department, once they smell a rat it is their duty to request audited reports from [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Movement for Democratic Change (Harare)
22 July 2008
Posted to the web 22 July 2008

July 22, 2008

My fellow Zimbabweans,

Yesterday I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Robert Mugabe and Prof. Arthur Mutambara. This document commits our three parties to a framework of negotiations that will take place over the next two weeks.

I know that in signing this Memorandum of Understanding, I represent the hopes and aspirations of millions of Zimbabweans to end this crisis as soon as possible. Honest, hardworking Zimbabweans who want nothing more than a life that offers peace, security, economic opportunity, democracy and social and personal development. This is a responsibility that the Movement for Democratic Change and I take with the utmost seriousness.

This Memorandum offers the most tangible opportunity in the past ten years to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. But, our signatures alone do not guarantee that we will be able to make the most of this opportunity. Our signatures on this document must be [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
Reuters, The Associated Press
Published: July 22, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change began talks in South Africa on Tuesday on a power-sharing deal that could end the country’s political crisis, a diplomat said.

“They have started today at an undisclosed venue,” the diplomat close to the talks said on condition of anonymity.

The two sides signed a preliminary agreement Monday that laid out terms for negotiations.

In Brussels, meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers agreed Tuesday to increase sanctions against President Robert Mugabe’s supporters to keep pressure on him to agree to share power with the opposition.

The EU blacklist of those linked to Mugabe’s government was raised to 172 people, adding 37 individuals and four companies believed to support Mugabe and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
22 July 2008
Posted to the web 23 July 2008

An agreement between Zimbabwe’s political parties to pursue negotiations to establish a new constitution and bring an end to political violence has been met with scepticism by ordinary Zimbabweans trying to survive the country’s 2.2 million percent annual inflation rate.

On 21 July, Robert Mugabe, president of the ruling ZANU-PF party, and opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, signed a Memorandum of Understanding under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community’s appointed mediator, South African president Thabo Mbeki.

As news spread of the deal, widely seen as a ground-breaking initiative, people in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, responded to the images of Tsvangirai and Mugabe shaking hands at signing ceremony with a mixture of disgust, disbelief and indifference.

“This is a major betrayal by [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
22.07.2008 6:23:17 P

Police say they have busted a trans-national criminal syndicate that specializes in credit cards scams.
The syndicate is led and masterminded by a Motswana.

The Public Relations Officer of the Botswana Police, Senior Superintendent Christopher Mbulawa, said they had busted the criminal syndicate, confiscating about 106 false credits cards, along with a devise suspected to have been used sometime last week.

Information reaching Sunday Standard suggests that some Batswana are conniving with some Nigerian nationals based in South Africa to reproduce fraudulent credit cards that are manufactured in South Africa.

It is understood that before the cards are produced, the criminals will connive with petrol attendants, waiters or shop assistants, who will be given a scanning devise that quickly downloads all the information on an unsuspecting customer’s card.

Once the information has been down loaded, the devise will then be taken to South Africa where more duplicate card are produced.

Once the duplication is complete, the [continue reading]

source: News24
22/07/2008 08:29 – (SA)
Ziëtte Olivier, Die Burger

Port Elizabeth – Radio and transmitting equipment that stood on a 30m-high tower at the airport here was stolen at the weekend by suspected scrap-metal thieves.

One of eight transmission towers at the airport was pulled over on Sunday to reach the equipment that contains a lot of copper. The thieves escaped in an airport tractor.

The transmission towers, which are within a 4km radius from the airport, help incoming aircraft to land safely on one of the two runways by sending radio signals from the airport to the aircraft.

Airport traffic has not been affected by the theft said Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Colin Naidoo.

Roger Thomas, a pilot from Port Elizabeth, said he and his colleagues had not been aware on Monday that one of the towers was out of order.

Naidoo was unable to confirm on Monday what had been stolen and what the value of the stolen goods was.

Plenty of damage

“Our insurers were on the scene to determine the loss. A great deal of damage was done to the fence and the tower and they have to be repaired as [continue reading]

source: IOL
Anna Cox
July 22 2008 at 01:46PM

Telkom has stopped supplying phones in areas where there are constant cable thefts, much to the frustration of residents who now have to cope without landlines.

Pat de Luca, who lives on a smallholding in Honeydew, north-west of Johannesburg, has been having problems with breakdowns.

In June, her line went down again, and now Telkom is saying it will no longer replace the cables.

In a response to her query, Telkom stated: “We unfortunately need to inform you that Telkom is not in a position to continue to provide service to you using any technology currently at our disposal. We are in discussion with various local and international players to explore further alternatives to provide cost-effective services in these high-theft areas.”

An angry De Luca says it is ludicrous that she now has to [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
22.07.2008 7:04:05 P

Financial analysts this week denounced interest rate hikes as the major tool to curb the rampant inflation rate that is being faced by the country, saying that the key factors behind the recent developments is beyond Botswana’s control.
“We must accept that we have a problem,” head of Capital Asset Management, Leutlwetse Tumelo, said Friday, adding that “we should not be raising interest rates at all”.

His comments came at a time when the inflation rate for the month of June showed the most stubborn behavior in recent history as it jumped from 12.1 percent in the previous month to 14.5 percent—thanks to the fuel pump prices that were introduced last month.

“Headline inflation in June, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), was 14.5 percent, a large increase of 2.4 percent from 12.1 percent in May.

“As in previous months the higher inflation was mainly a result to [continue reading]