Archive for July 27th, 2008

source: SABC News
July 26, 2008, 16:15

The Botswana government has openly refused to recognise President Robert Mugabe as the true leader of Zimbabwe.

The country has been vociferous in its criticism of Mugabe’s one-man election on June 27, which was boycotted by the opposition Movement of Democratic Change. Botswana’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Phandu Skelemani, says there is currently no legal government in Zimbabwe but only leaders of different political parties seeking a political solution.

He says, however, that Botswana supports meditation efforts by the South African government. Responding to bilateral agreements between Botswana and Zimbabwe, Skelemani said the deals will stand.

Meanwhile, talks to resolve Zimbabwe’s problems are [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 July, 2008

GABORONE -A financial report released on Wednesday from DeBeers shows Despite challenges in the international financial market, De Beers mining company half year results are impressive.

The company has not suffered a great deal from the US financial market crisis and power outages in Southern Africa, which has led many diamond companies in the region to curtail their production in order to reduce power consumption.

The report noted that the company registered a 10 per cent increase in total sales at U$3.74 billion from last years U$3.4bn due to emerging markets in the wake of the US financial crisis.

The report says the overall retail market is however, challenging even though China, Russia, India and the middle East have helped to mitigate the impact of the US slowdown.

It also indicates an eight per cent increase in underlying earnings, an increase attributed to the expansion projects coming on stream.

Diamond Trading Company (DTC) on the other hand also produced good results in the sales of rough diamonds at US$3.3 billion, 10 per cent higher than [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger
Published: July 26, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: As negotiators for President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai began power-sharing talks on Thursday in South Africa, they confronted one seemingly unbridgeable divide: which man would have the real executive power in a unity government?

Mugabe’s governing party, ZANU-PF, insisted that Mugabe, as the victor in a runoff that has been denounced internationally as a sham, would name any new government, The Herald, a state-owned newspaper, reported Friday.

But the opposition says Tsvangirai, who outpolled Mugabe in March elections and dropped out of the runoff, citing murderous violence against supporters, must be in charge. “Whatever transition we come up with, it must be led by Morgan Tsvangirai,” Thokozani Khupe, vice president of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said in an interview on Saturday.

A collapse of the talks could lead to an accelerating implosion of Zimbabwe’s economy and the flight of millions more people from Mugabe’s increasingly repressive rule into neighboring countries, potentially destabilizing the region. The Mugabe government’s economic isolation intensified last week as the United States and the European Union tightened sanctions.

But a settlement that left Mugabe or his allies in power would be a blow to democratic aspirations on the continent after an [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 July, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – In its bid to be more productive and efficient, Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) has effected several changes to its management structure by increasing the number of its deputy town clerks and heads of departments (HODs).

Selebi-Phikwe town clerk Mr Kutlwano Matenge said the changes were necessitated by the reforms in the Organisation and Methods of management structures of councils that were introduced by government recently.

Mr Matenge said the council would now have two deputy town clerks, who would be reporting directly to the town clerk and 12 heads of departments.

He said this would bring bringing the number of the management team to 15.

Mr Matenge said departments such as Social and Community Development, Public Health, Water and Waste Water, Finance and Development, and others would be headed by new HODs .

He informed the council staff that the second deputy town clerk was expected to start work next [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 26 2008 at 10:54AM

By Melanie Peters Thabiso Thakali

The second unit at Koeberg nuclear power station crashed on Friday and rolling blackouts are expected throughout the Western Cape by Monday.

Eskom management and the City of Cape Town confirmed Koeberg’s Unit 1 had gone down at 5.20pm, just four days after Eskom announced Unit 2 had been taken down.

Charles Kadalie, the city’s head of public lighting, said last night: “It’s crisis time again.”

All Eskom staff have been put on alert and told they would have to return to the plant to do different shifts to work on the problem.

Compounding the problem and making blackouts a virtual certainty, technical failures were being experienced at Majuba and Duvha power stations in Mpumalanga this week.

Now Eskom faces the major task of balancing supply and [continue reading]