Archive for December 31st, 2008

source: BOPA
30 December, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) has decided to make significant changes to the prices of cattle sold to the abattoirs.

According to BMC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Motshudi Raborokgwe, the price increase would lead to more money being in the pocket of the producer.

Dr Raborokgwe said in a press release recently that the move was due to the development of a plan to increase production at the abattoirs as well as good prices the commission continues to realise in the European Union market.

“The board has decided to make general price increase of P2.00/kg CDM for cattle of all grades delivered to BMC. This P2.00/kg increase is over and above the export parity which will continue to be the basis for cattle payments by the BMC,” Dr Raborokgwe said.

Dr Raborokgwe added that the average weight of carcasses delivered to the BMC over the last 12 months has been 201kh, noting that the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 December, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Norilsk Nickel has suspended operations at the Tati Nickel Mine for 12 days as a result of the recent furnace breakdown of the BCL smelter.

A statement from the mine says they shut down from December 24 to January 5 while various options are being considered.

It further states that 90 per cent of the concentrate produced at the Tati Nickel Mine is trucked to the BCL.

Therefore, the mine is dependent on [continue reading]

UN News Service (New York)
source: allAfrica

The death toll from the worst cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe’s history continues to rise and now stands at 1,608, the United Nations said today, adding that the number of cases of the acute intestinal infection caused by contaminated food or water has risen to 30,365 as of 29 December.

UN agencies are continuing their efforts to help the country to tackle the epidemic, which affects all provinces of the southern African country and comes amid a collapsing health system and worsening humanitarian situation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has in recent days set up a response team comprised of an environmental health officer, epidemiologists and data managers.

The agency has also presented the terms of [continue reading]