Archive for October 1st, 2008

source: Mmegi
By Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

Jobs in the entertainment industry are once more on the line as government is just about to implement the new liquor regulations which prescribe that nightclubs should close early.

Some nightclub owners fear that their businesses will be liquidated because of the new regulations.

The new regulations would have been enforced in April but nightclub owners took the government to court contending that their special licences were still valid. The High Court granted the nightclub owners a temporary reprieve until their special licences expire.

The government appealed against the High Court ruling but the Court of Appeal also ruled in favour of nightclub operators.

The last special licence expires in September. This means the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
30 September 2008

Robert Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai ended another round of talks in Harare on Tuesday without an agreement on the distribution of key ministries, MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said.

‘Unfortunately and sadly there was no agreement, we are still worlds apart in terms of the key ministries to be shared. Mugabe and ZANU PF have not undergone a paradigm shift, they’ve not understood the value of the power-sharing agreement,’ Chamisa said.

The MDC national spokesman told Newsreel, ZANU PF wanted them to come into the agreement as junior partners and ‘as mere accessories.’

‘They want us to be lipstick to a body that is ZANU PF. That is not going to work, infact we’ve said we are not going to countenance a situation whereby we will play second fiddle to ZANU PF,’ he said. Mugabe said on Monday he expected a unity government to be formed by the end of this week, ending an impasse with the MDC over cabinet posts. An outline agreement signed this month between Mugabe and Tsvangirai brought hope that political stability could reverse the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (28/9/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 29 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B3) 27/9/08: REMARKS BY HIS HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, LT. GENERAL MOMPATI S. MERAFHE, MP, AT THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE TRANS KALAHARI FIBRE OPTIC PROJECT AT KOMANA VILLAGE

[Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. It gives me great pleasure to join you today at this important occasion to mark the successful completion of the multi million Pula Trans-Kalahari fibre optic project. Let me thank the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Honourable Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Board Chairman Mr. Leonard Makwinja for inviting me to officiate at this occasion.

2. I am informed that this project was completed both on time and within budget, and this needs to be commended. You will agree with me that the completion of this project is a dream come true for the ICT sector in this country and the region as a whole. I am told that the installation of optical fibre for this project covered approximately 2000 km.

3. Director of Ceremonies, for most people a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Business Reporter

RAMOTSWA: As energy prices continue to soar, farmers in Gamalete area have been advised to consider renewable energy alternatives like the sun. Walter Kgabung, director of technology innovation at Local Enterprises Authority (LEA) told a gathering at Ramotswa village community hall that rising costs of fuel presents a challenge to farmers.

He said making use of renewable energy will not only be cheap but friendly to the environment.

“Currently the farming implements we utilise use oil which keeps going up. It is high time we looked at alternative sources of energy like the sun,” Kgabung explained. “It is not only the sun because today there is also wind which can be used to produce energy,” he added.

It is estimated that Botswana receives over 3,200 hours of sunshine per year, which gives the country one of the highest solar radiation regimes in the world. Ramotswa LEA branch hosted a Renewable Energy Agricultural Show last Wednesday to show the people of Bamalete capital that renewable energy can work.

The show attracted players in the energy sub-sector including [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info

Business tourism, including the trade show and exhibition industry, is booming in South Africa. And no wonder.

Well over 1 000 world-class conference and exhibition venues are available across the country, ranging from intimate bush hideaways to hi-tech convention centres, and all offering a wealth of side-tours: from walking with elephants to first-hand experiences of African culture to luxury shopping and relaxation.

Take a look at our calender of expos forthcoming in South Africa. It’s not an exhaustive list, but aims to cover the major events – including those targeting the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
29 September 2008
Harare

The leadership of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is claiming that state-controlled media are still using negative reporting, in contravention of a power-sharing deal signed by the country’s main political parties on September 15.

President Robert Mugabe, leader of ZANU-PF, and prime minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC, and Arthur Mutambara, leader of a smaller MDC faction, are parties to the deal brokered by former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

According to Article 19 of the power-sharing deal: “The parties hereby agree that steps be taken to ensure that the public media provides balanced and fair coverage to all political parties for their legitimate and political activities.”

It further states, “The public and private media shall refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred, or unfairly undermines political parties and [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 30 2008 at 05:01PM

Commuters and drivers can breathe a sigh of relief as fuel prices drop at midnight on Tuesday.

According to the department of minerals and energy the pump price of 91 octane petrol will decrease by 29 cents a litre, 93 octane by 27 cents and 95 octane by 25 cents.

The wholesale price of diesel drops by 55 or 56 cents, depending on sulphur content.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will drop by 65 cents a litre and the single maximum national retail price by 87 cents a litre.

Fuel supplier Engen said on Tuesday afternoon it had made special plans to deal with the expected rush for cheaper fuel on Wednesday.

“We are asking motorists not to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
INFLATION WATCH
MAUNGO LEBANNA

As expected, headline inflation slowed in August, registering a 0.1 percent increase from 15 percent in July to 15.1 percent.

The slight increase in the August was supported by the transport index, which recorded a 0.6 percent month-to-month decline driven by the 50t decrease in the prices of petrol and diesel.

Although operational costs dropped by 3.3 percent, transport services increased by 10.3 percent as the effects of the hike in long distance bus fares filtered through, making up for the high fuel costs that have increased by more than 50 percent in one year.

Encouragingly the measure of core inflation excluding [continue reading]

source: News24
30/09/2008 17:28 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Finance Minister Trevor Manuel says he expects more officials to resign in the aftermath of President Thabo Mbeki’s removal, but has played down speculation that the ruling ANC could split.

The resignation on Monday of the pro-Mbeki premier of Gauteng, Mbhazima Shilowa, has added to speculation that the party could break apart before next year’s elections.

“I think probably over the next two weeks or so there would be a few resignations like this,” Manuel told the BBC’s Hard Talk programme, during which he was asked whether the ANC was going to split.

“There is likely to be some steadying of the ship over the next period and as that happens individuals will choose to depart,” said Manuel.

Despite the resignations of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
30 September 2008

As the impasse over the distribution of cabinet posts in Zimbabwe’s new government continues, white farmers have become targets of looting and evictions – yet another sign that the deal signed by the country’s political rivals has done nothing to change the situation on the ground.

Since the leaders of the MDC and ZANU PF put their signatures to the long awaited deal, there have been fresh farm invasions in Manicaland, with at least 4 farms in the Vumba area being taken over. Another 2 farms in Old Mutare have also been invaded, with the invaders apparently brandishing ‘fake’ offer letters from State Security and Lands Resettlement Minister Didymus Mutasa.

A recent report on farm disruptions indicates that there has been a definite upsurge in the increase of offer letters being issued by Mutasa, with a high percentage of the new ‘beneficiaries’ being part of the military. The new ‘beneficiaries’ of the land have been arriving on many properties, claiming immediate access to homesteads and crop lands. A further threat to productive farmers has also come from [continue reading]