Archive for April 4th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
BY KHONANI ONTEBETSE
03 April 2009

They Had Sued the State for P2.5 Million
Two foreign nationals suspected to be members of the radical Muslim movement, Al-Qaeda, were deported last month. According to information reaching The Gazette the men, of Somali origin, travelled on foreign passports that were not issued by their country.
It was further suspected that the two men had carried out money laundering through their car dealership. “They could not account for the passports that they were using; when these were scanned their security features were found to be suspect,” said our source.

The Ministry Of Labour and Home Affairs Principal Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Lebogang Bok confirmed the deportation of the two men. “We can confirm the deportation of two foreign nationals (named) through a Presidential Decree,” she said.

Asked to confirm if the two were linked to Al-Qaeda, Bok said, “we are not aware of that information because [continue reading]

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source: Mmegi
02 April 2009

The Botswana Local Police and Botswana Police Services merged yesterday. A press statement from BPS says that it should be noted that the merger is a process, so services that are offered by the Local Police will continue until the merger is completed.

“The merger will be done in phases until full integration is achieved. No services should be disrupted in the process of the merger,” says the police statement.

Public relations officer for Botswana Police, Senior Superintendent, Christopher Mbulawa, said the local police will continue wearing their uniform and carrying their ID cards until further notice.

“All local police should remain doing their normal duties at their stations until [continue reading]

source: BBC News

South African prosecutors say they will announce on Monday whether they will drop corruption charges against African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma.

South Africa media has been full of speculation that the charges will be dropped but a prosecution spokesman said the decision could go either way.

Mr Zuma is widely expected to become president after elections on 22 April.

He denies the charges, which relate to a multi-million dollar arms deal, and says they are part of a political plot.

Mr Zuma was first charged with graft, money-laundering and racketeering in 2005, but has yet to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer
02 April 2009

The Industrial Court has dismissed an urgent application by Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) against Tati Nickel Mining Company with costs saying it was frivolous and vexatious. BMWU rushed to court last month seeking an order to declare that Tati Nickel Mining was in breach of collective labour agreement entered into between the two parties.

The union wanted the court to declare that the company was in breach of a duty to bargain in good faith and consult meaningfully when it decided to unilaterally implement a Voluntary Separation Scheme communicated through a brief dated February 27, 2009.

BMWU sought a court interdiction restraining the company from implementing the terms of the Voluntary Separation Scheme.

Justice Herald Ruhukya ruled in favour of Tati Nickel Mining confirming arguments raised by their attorney Mabakiso Chilisa that [continue reading]

source: News24
03/04/2009 14:11 – (SA)

Nelspruit – Fines for breaking the rules of the Kruger National Park (KNP) have increased by 250% this Easter season.

Manager Abe Sibiya said on Friday that KNP protection services personnel and SA Police Service (Saps) members will set up stop and search points and conduct visible policing.

“Fines for misbehaving in the KNP have also been increased sharply by an average of 250% compared to the fines that were approved in 2004,” Sibiya said in a statement.

Revised fines include about R500 for feeding animals, about R1 000 for removal of any material, and from R700 to R1 500 for staying overnight without paying the applicable fees.

All other fines range from R500 to R1 500.

Monitoring will focus on the southern half of the KNP, below the Olifants River, where [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
WANETSHA MOSINYI
Staff Writer
02 April 2009

Diamond exploration and mining company, Firestone Diamonds, said Monday it expects annual revenues of up to $30 million after it recovered high grade and high value diamonds from its BK11 kimberlite near Orapa.

The company said selective mining in the western side of BK11, which is estimated to contain about seven million tonnes of kimberlite, is likely to produce revenues of about $20 per tonne.

The diamonds were valued at $175 per carat in March 2009 and had a grade of nine to 15 carats per hundred tonnes.

“These results are particularly significant as they are based on current rough diamond prices, which have fallen by [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
02 April 2009

A staunch ZANU PF stalwart who instigated, and in most cases led, violent farm attacks against sugarcane farmers in the Lowveld for almost a decade, has been arrested and is set to face serious jail time.

Admore Hwarare, the chairman of the Commercial Sugar Farmers Association of Zimbabwe (CFSA), along with two top officials within the association, were all arrested this week for embezzling hundreds of thousands of US dollars from other CFSA members. Hwarare has faced similar charges before but he was able to dodge them and possible jail time because of his ZANU PF links.

Hwarare, who is also linked to the ZANU PF-loyal, Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) who have also been involved in recent farm attacks, has over the years stolen several farms in the name of Robert Mugabe’s land grab. He has never been shy in using violence to hasten his land invasions, and once even threatened to kill a young woman on one of the farms he stole. Hwarare was also in the forefront of violence against [continue reading]