Archive for December 30th, 2008

source: BOPA
30 December, 2008

TSHABONG – The police are investigating a case in which two South Africans with the help of some Batswana tried to smuggle live wild animals, including elands and kudus into South Africa over the weekend.

Station Commander Mokolobetsi Marata said the police gave chase after locating the suspects who were using two vehicles, one belonging to Batswana and another to the South Africans.

Mr Marata said after the chase the police found the vehicle that was used by Batswana abandoned while the one used by the South Africans was no where to be found. The South Africans are said to have re-entered their [continue reading]

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source: BBC News

The latest figures from the UN and Zimbabwe’s health ministry reveal that two-thirds of the victims of the cholera outbreak have died this month.

The death toll at the end of last week stood at 1,564, with 29,131 suspected cases since August, the UN said.

Figures from the health ministry on 1 December put cholera deaths at 484.

The UN has warned it could take six months to control the outbreak that has been fuelled by the collapse of the health, sanitation and water [continue reading]

Murder cases drop

source: BOPA
30 December, 2008

GABORONE – The Police weekly report from December 15 to 21 shows that Botswana’s murder rate dropped in the past year with 212 murder cases recorded in January 2008 as compared to 239 recorded last year.

Armed robbery cases rose to 2079 in 2008 cases compared with 2003 cases in 2007.

During the 12 months ending in December 2008, 421 people perished on the roads as compared to 463 lives lost in 2007.

Rape cases were higher with 1628 cases reported as compared to 1427 cases reported in the previous year.

In 2008 motor vehicle theft showed an upward trend with 477 cases reported whereas 409 cases were [continue reading]

source: IOL
By Lindsay Dentlinger

A backdated average salary increase of 11 percent awaits municipal councillors in the new year, which will put the total annual salary of the council’s top earner, Mayor Helen Zille, at R858 260.

The Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sicela Shiceka, has by way of a notice in the Government Gazette instructed that the increases be backdated to July. Councillors received only 7 percent in 2008 and an average of 5,75 percent in 2007.

In 2009 Zille’s salary will be almost R200 000 more than when she took office in March 2006, when her salary was R669 214. The mayor’s salary comprises a basic salary of R643 695 and a vehicle allowance of R214 564.

Deputy Mayor Grant Haskin (ACDP) and Speaker of [continue reading]