Archive for December 27th, 2008

source: BOPA
23 December, 2008

GABORONE – The Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana remains confident of the long term sustainability of the industry despite the current global economic crunch, which has put the project under severe strain as a result of declining sales.

“We are also closely monitoring demand from our clients and are taking a conservative approach as we enter 2009 and beyond. We are an agile and nimble organisation ready to adapt to client demand as it shifts moving forward,” the company’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Mr Kago Mmopi said in an interview.

He said the long term dynamics of the diamond industry remains strong, saying with future demand growth in China and India, the demand for diamonds is predicted to surpass supply in the coming decade, placing the DTC Botswana in a very strong position.

Mr Mmopi said their belief in the future has encouraged them to show leadership by [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 26 2008 at 07:47AM

Two men were rescued from a 50 metre radio tower in Lenasia on Thursday, after they climbed up to be “closer to Jesus” on Christmas, paramedics said.

“When we arrived at the radio tower at 7.30am, we found two men aged 28, and 30, sitting on the tower from the night before for almost 20 hours with no water or food,” said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

“A bystander who spotted the men sitting on the tower, alerted police and emergency services who then arrived at the scene and tried to persuade the men to climb down.”

He said after the men refused to climb down, paramedics and members of the fire department climbed up the tower to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (Harare)
26 December 2008
press release

On 24 December 2008 eight (8) of the current total of thirty-two (32) individuals abducted over the last seven (7) weeks were brought to the Magistrates’ Court in Harare under armed guard. These individuals were Jestina Mukoko, Broderick Takawira, Violet Mupfuranhehwe, Fidelis Chiramba, Collen Mutemagau, Concillia Chinanzvavana, Emmanuel Chinanzvavana, and Pieta Kaseke. Also present was the two-year old minor, Nigel Mutemagau, who has been missing all along as he was with his parents (Violet Mupfuranhehwe and Collen Mutemagau), when they were unlawfully abducted on 30 October 2008.

Investigating Officer Chief Superintendent Magwenzi (who was present throughout the day at the Magistrates’ Court) refused to [continue reading]