Archive for December 28th, 2008

source: BOPA
24 December, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – The Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) envisages building 29 000 houses during National Development Plan 10 but this milestone could be held back by an acute shortage of land in strategic places around the country.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony to officially mark the development of 545 housing units in Gerald Estates in Francistown the corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Reginald Motswaiso said they intend to build about 4 000 houses in Francistown but unfortunately the 313 039 metres squared piece of land was the last piece of land to be allocated to BHC.

“This milestone can only be achieved if there is sufficient land for carrying out projects of the envisaged magnitude, and it would definitely help us go even further should the land we acquire be serviced.

This calls for even stronger collaboration between and amongst all stakeholders especially but not limited to [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Guardian
Our reporter/VOA
Sat, 27 Dec 2008

ZIMBABWE’S opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has received his passport together with a letter from President Robert Mugabe inviting him to join a unity government, MDC sources told VOA Friday.

Tsvangirai’s travel documents were hand-delivered by South African High Commissioner to Botswana Milo Moopeloa.

The MDC leader had spent more than a year without a passport.

Sources in Harare and Pretoria are said to have told VOA that President Mugabe’s letter to Tsvangirai was the required official communication inviting him to [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 27 2008 at 01:48PM
By Sheree Bega

Wildlife lovers around the world now have a bird’s-eye view of the mysterious breeding habits of South Africa’s only breeding population of lesser flamingoes at their acclaimed artificial breeding island in Kimberley.

A new live-streaming website, run by Africam, has been installed at Kamfers Dam, and for the first time, it offers rare close-up images of chicks hatching out of their eggs, parents feeding their chicks, as well as a rare glimpse into the breeding behaviour of 20 000 lesser flamingoes gathered at the permanent wetland.

The website project, co-ordinated by the Save the Flamingo Association, together with BirdLife SA and Africam, was unveiled this week.

Lesser flamingoes breed only at vast open pans and [continue reading]

source: The Star

GENEVA (AP): The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to over 1,500 and case fatality rates are increasing, the United Nations said Saturday.

Some 1,518 people have now died of the disease and a total of 26,497 cases have been recorded since the start of the outbreak in August, the World Health Organization said. More than two-thirds of deaths occurred in December alone.

Agency spokesman Paul Garwood said the cholera outbreak is still not under control and that neighboring countries such as South Africa and Botswana, where the disease has also been reported, should scale up their disease monitoring and preparedness. But the U.N. agency is counseling against mass vaccination campaigns, which it says are unproven and [continue reading]