Archive for August 24th, 2008

source: Mmegi

The Ministry of Agriculture will take part in the consumer fair for the first time this year.

The ministry took part in the event when it was called the Botswana International Trade Fair (BITF), but stopped after it was transformed to what it is now.

Montshiwa promises a bigger and more interesting show this year. About 400 exhibitors are expected. A large number is expected from Botswana. Others are expected from Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Syria.

The show will once again run under the theme ‘Your Spring Shopping O’Asis’. Montshiwa added that they tried to sell the show abroad, but resources are an impediment.

He added that they are also currently bench-marking their show against other countries and hope that this will help [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
22 August 2008
Posted to the web 23 August 2008
Kitsepile Nyathi

President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF has resolved not to give in to the opposition’s demands for executive powers in any power sharing arrangement.

The move is yet another sign that talks to resolve Zimbabwe’s political crisis might have collapsed.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday described Zanu PF’s plans to convene Parliament next Tuesday as a clear “repudation” of the framework for the inter party dialogue aimed at forging a government of national unity.

Conditions for talks

The parties had agreed in a memorandum of understanding setting the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

De Beers’marketing arm has announced that increments in the prices of its rough diamonds has hit the 16 percent mark.

Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana said in a statement on Tuesday that the 16 percent cumulative figure included a hike this month caused by strong demand.

DTC has increased prices for rough or unpolished diamonds several times this year.
The company concludes its 4th sale of aggregated rough diamond today. The earlier sales took place in April, June and July this year.

DTC corporate communications manager Kago Mmopi said on Tuesday that as with the first three sights, clients visit their offices to view the goods in order to verify that the requirements have been met.

The annual value of the 2008 sales is expected to reach $375 million. By the end of the decade, it is [continue reading]

source: BBC News

The body of the late Zambian President, Levy Mwanawasa, has been flown back to the country’s capital, Lusaka, where it was met by a military honour guard.

President Mwanawasa died in France on Tuesday, having suffered a stroke in June from which he never recovered.

His body will lie in state in Lusaka over the weekend before being taken on tour to a number of provincial cities.

He will be given a state funeral on 3 September, on what would have been his 60th birthday.

Zambian dignitaries had gathered at Lusaka airport to wait for the arrival of a French military plane carrying President Mwanawasa’s body.

After the aircraft landed, a guard of honour fired a salute over the coffin, as a [continue reading]