Archive for May, 2009

source: Mmegi

Australian based Tawana Resources (ASX: TAW) has moved to 100 per cent ownership of the Orapa Project in the north-east.

In a statement on Wednesday, Tawana said it will pursue new initiatives for the rapid development and bulk sampling of several kimberlites in this highly prospective area.

The Orapa Kimberlite field is located in north-eastern Botswana and includes the Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa diamond mines which produce in excess of 13 million carats of diamonds per year.

The Orapa Kimberlite field is one of the largest diamondiferous kimberlite fields in the world, containing 79 known kimberlites. Tawana’s high prospective BK24 kimberlite is located 20km from the Orapa mine, 30km from the Letlhakane mine and only 6km from the Damtshaa mine.

Tawana aims to establish the size of [continue reading]

source: ZimNews
author/ (France)
published:Fri 29-May-2009

Woman to be kept in custody “just in case she flies back to Murehwa”
She is remanded in court as expert confirms claims
By Alice Chimora

A 21 year old woman stunned a court when she claimed she flew 75 miles in a winnowing basket with two witches on a mission to kill her brother-in-law. Her claims where collaborated by a witchcraft expert who told the court that “witches can travel from Zimbabwe to as far as South Africa during the night and fly back as soon as their mission is accomplished”. In court Regina Sveto, 21 on Friday “hissed like a snake” and “went into a trance” as Sekuru Nelson Jambaya, the vice president of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (Zinatha) testified leaving a packed court room shocked. All the drama took place at Court 18 at the Harare Magistrates Court where it was jammed to the rafters as court officials, magistrates and lawyers all raced there to watch proceedings in the rather unusual case.

Sveto has pleaded guilty to a charge of public indecency after she was found naked outside her brother-in-law’s house in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
30/05/2009 22:17 – (SA)

Johannesburg – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday he plans to focus on enforcing safety measures to curb mining deaths which have hurt output and to review black ownership in the mining industry.

In a speech delivered to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the new president also said he would ensure local communities benefited from mining activities in their areas.

“We need to vigorously support and entrench a culture of zero harm in this industry … the safety record of our mines has become a central issue that will be placed under the scrutiny of government,” he told the union members at a gala event.

Last week alone, at least nine workers died in mining operations across [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) opened its fourth shop in Botswana at Game City last Friday, giving it a presence of three outlets in Gaborone and one in Francistown.

Other fast-food chains in Botswana include Chicken Licken, Wimpy and Nando’s. The KFC brand is managed by Boitumelo Dijo in Botswana.

With only a few tables inside but more outside, it is essentially al fresco, permitting diners to watch people go by as they eat. Up-market fashion stores Foschini, Jet and Options are close by.

Those in the know say three of the existing KFC outlets are to be re-modelled in the image of this new-fangled one at Game City. The chief executive of Food Management Services, a registered franchisee of KFC in South Africa, says KFC is increasing its presence in Botswana because “the people of this country have been supportive to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
29 May 2009

MEDIA bodies have saluted President Rupiah Banda for condemning the harassment of journalists.

The Press Association of Zambia (Paza), Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) and Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ) said it was encouraging that Mr Banda had condemned the harassment of journalists.

Paza president Andrew Sakala said in an interview now that Mr Banda has condemned the action, the police should ensure that the culprits were arrested.

“We welcome the statement and hope it will be translated into action and by this we mean that the police must be seen to be acting and investigations should start against all the culprits,” Mr Sakala said.

Misa Zambia president Henry Kabwe said that the pronouncement by the president was a welcome development but pointed out that it would be encouraging if the culprits were [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
29 May 2009

The South African Presidency has been accused of deliberately hiding a suspected controversial report on the Zimbabwe security forces role in last year’s deadly post-election violence.

President Jacob Zuma’s office has rejected numerous requests for the report, which was compiled last year by retired army generals, to be made public. The Presidency has made claims that former President Thabo Mbeki, who appointed the army generals to undertake the investigation, never received a written report. Instead, the then SADC appointed mediator in the crisis apparently only received oral feedback from the retired generals.

The Southern African Centre for Survivors of Torture, the South African Litigation Centre and the official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, recently invoked the ‘Promotion of Access to Information Act’ to force the President’s Office to release the report. The groups insist that the report paints a ‘devastating’ picture of state-sponsored violence, which apparently shifted Mbeki’s perceptions on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The number of students to be sponsored in private tertiary institutions has been reduced to focus more on quality of the programmes the executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Council (TEC) Patrick Molutsi, said yesterday.

Last year the institutions admitted more students than they had budgeted for. Molutsi said they had recommended that 8,800 students be shared amongst all the TEC registered institutions but they ultimately admitted 12,300.

“Once that happened we developed a five year projection of how to scale them down,” he said.

He said that when they did a capacity study two weeks ago they looked at the three factors, being the maximum growth of 15 percent as [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
28 May 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara have finally sent a letter to SADC, officially asking them to break the talks deadlock over the appointment of the central bank chief and the attorney general.

On Wednesday we had spoken to two senior MDC officials who had told us that Tsvangirai would be writing to SADC before the end of the week.
But Gordon Moyo, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, told us on Thursday the letter, co-authored by the two leaders, was dispatched late Wednesday.

‘There is one letter that was sent via the South African embassy for onward transmission. This letter represents the views of the two principals (Tsvangirai and Mutambara). But what is important is what is contained in the letter rather than who wrote it,’ Moyo said.

This highlights the problems journalists face in trying to clarify issues with the government, given the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Francis Kokutse
28 May 2009

Accra — African governments should invest in creating jobs, providing social services and building food security to shield people against the effects of the global economic and financial crisis.

They should also develop micro-credit facilities to make money available to small businesspeople and boost economies.

These proposals were raised at a two-day conference of the European Commission and the European University Institute (EUI) entitled “Financial markets, adverse shocks and coping strategies in fragile countries”, which brought together 80 researchers and policy-makers from Africa, Europe and international organisations in Ghana’s capital Accra last week.

The workshop was held as part of the preparations to produce [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Partisan politics at the University of Botswana (UB) will be a thing of the past after November 1 when the new policy on partisan politics on UB campuses will be implemented.

The UB vice chancellor, Professor Bojosi Otlhogile, revealed this at the full council meeting yesterday. He said the policy was formulated after the 2006 crisis at the institution.

He said the majority of UB lecturers and students were involved in politics. Before he presented the policy for approval before the UB senate, he briefed the secretaries generals of all the political parties. Otlhogile informed the Francistown councillors that the UB senate approved the policy in March but it will become operative on November 1. He regretted that whenever there are student representative council (SRC) elections, the majority of political parties literally camp at the UB campus, campaigning tirelessly. Those UB employees who wish to [continue reading]

source: News24
28/05/2009 20:17 – (SA)

Cape Town – NGOs on Thursday accused President Jacob Zuma’s office of covering up the existence of a damning report by retired generals about the role of the military in post-election violence in Zimbabwe last year.

Zuma’s office has rejected requests to release the document, saying it did not exist as the generals commissioned by former president Thabo Mbeki to investigate abuses never reported to him in writing.

Piers Pigou, the director of the SA History Archives (SAHA), said he believed the presidency was lying.

“It makes no sense that these people would provide Mbeki with only oral testimony. We think the presidency is setting itself up to be questioned. It is very [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Mariam Isa
28 May 2009

Johannesburg — INFLATION subsided more slowly than expected last month, but the odds are still very much in favour of the Reserve Bank cutting interest rates aggressively today.

Confirmation that the economy slipped into its first recession in 17 years will take precedence over the fact that inflation is still well above its official target range.

Consumer prices rose 8,4% in the year to last month, below a rise of 8,5% in March but above consensus forecasts for an 8,3% rise, Statistics SA said yesterday.

Analysts say the figures pale in comparison with Tuesday’s news that economic output shrank 6,4% in the first quarter, its steepest fall in nearly a quarter of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

GABORONE: Botswana government has approved over P2 billion in tax concessions for the Mmamabula Energy Project and extended coal prospecting licences in the country.

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, told the press on Monday that consultations with South Africa on the project are going on well. South Africa, through their power utility, Eskom, will be the largest consumer of Mmamabula electricity.

Kedikilwe said he recently briefed South Africa’s Energy Minister, N Sonjica, about the project, and emphasised the tight timelines of the project, and the need for both governments to be well coordinated in their actions.

Kedikilwe said the consideration of the tariff offer by the Eskom board was crucial. He also said he [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:39

Anti terrorism bullets were used, one from a 15 cm distance

It was murder – Bayford A post mortem conducted on Monday has revealed that eight bullets went through John Kalafatis’ body on the fateful Wednesday night, May 13, 2009.

The Gazette can exclusively report thatanti-terrorism bullets were sprayed into Kalafatis’ body. Although all bullets in Kalafatis’ body appeared to be fatal, one went into the back of his head, another pierced his spine, two hit him in the neck, while four went through his back. Anti terrorism bullets are described as being able to “go through any bullet proof device such as a vest, and they are good for targeted shooting”.

It is understood that the [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 27 2009 at 09:33AM
By Wendy Da Costa and Simphiwe Ndwandwe

Each of President Jacob Zuma’s three wives should be considered a first lady, the spousal support office in the Presidency has said.

Director Ntsiki Sisulu-Singaphi dismissed any notion that Nompumelelo Ntuli – also known as MaNtuli – was the official first lady after she attended a public engagement with schoolchildren in Durban on Tuesday.

Zuma also has two other wives: Sizakele Khumalo and Thobeka Mabhija.

Sisulu-Singaphi noted that Ntuli had been booked for Tuesday’s engagement “in her own capacity” before Zuma was inaugurated as president.

She said the spousal support office worked according to the constitution, which made provision for polygamy and therefore [continue reading]