Archive for February 22nd, 2009

source: Google News

GABORONE (AFP) — One of the world’s largest game parks located in Botswana may soon host mining activities, officials said Saturday, after the government granted exploration licences to 14 foreign firms.

The 112 licences were awarded over the past six years for companies to do diamond, uranium, coal and base metals exploration in the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR) in central Botswana.

Besides wildlife, Botswana’s largest game park of 52,800 square kilometres (32,800 square miles) has also been home for thousands of years to people known as the Kalahari Bushmen.

According to Wildlife Minister Kitso Mokaila, the reserve’s vast size — equivalent to Swaziland and Lesotho combined — justified allocating part of it to foreign mining companies.

“Why would I want to deny a country that started off as the 26th least developed country the opportunity to do mining? We all know what mining activities have [continue reading]

source: The Zimbabwe Times
February 20, 2009
By our correspondent

THE number of cases affected by Zimbabwe’s outbreak of cholera has now exceeded the 80 000 mark, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Friday.

The death toll since the outbreak began last August reached 3 759 out of a total of 80 250 cases on February 19, according to the latest update by the WHO and Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry.

That compared with 78 882 cases and 3 712 deaths recorded on Tuesday.
WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said there were still problems with the health delivery system in Zimbabwe, where the country’s ravaged economy and spiralling inflation have particularly affected the earnings of [continue reading]

source: IOL
February 21 2009 at 06:06PM

Some 216 975 ticket applications for the 2010 soccer world cup had been received from 125 countries by Saturday, Fifa said.

“These are fantastic numbers, underlining yet again the fervour taking hold around the world for the 2010 World Cup, the first on the African continent,” said Chairperson of the Fifa ticketing Sub-committee, David Will.

He said the numbers – which include only online- applications via Fifa’s website and not those handed in via First National Bank branches – indicated that the ‘football family’ want to be part of the event.

The greatest application for tickets thus far has come from South Africans, followed by applicants from Great Britain, the US, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and [continue reading]