Archive for May 17th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, was recently in Mozambique to explore possibilities of importing an extra 50 megawatts of power from that country between now and 2013.

Although supplies from Eskom have been gradually declining since January last year, Botswana expects to have the P8 billion Morupule B power station fully running by 2013, which should go a long way to boost supply.

Botswana currently imports 70MW from Mozambique, but seeks to increase the amount to 120 MW. The power requirement for Botswana in terms of maximum demand at peak time of the day and during the peak season is currently 500MW; 75 percent of this is imported from the Southern African Power Pool, the major portion of which is from Eskom of South Africa, while 25 percent (120MW) of this is sourced from Morupule A Power Station.

While in Mozambique, Kedikilwe also explored avenues of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Busani Bafana
16 May 2009

Bulawayo — While journalists welcomed a pledge by the government to reform the country’s closed media space, fears run deep over a horde of laws that continue to make Zimbabwe a media minefield where a ‘wrong’ story can land a journalist behind bars.

Last Monday the Zimbabwe Independent Editor, Vincent Kahiya and the News Editor, Constantine Chimakure, spent a night in police cells after the newspaper published “falsehoods” in a story that named Central Intelligence Officers and police officers in the alleged abduction and torture of MDC and other human rights activists last year. They were charged under the Criminal Codification and Reform Act.

Co-Minister of Home Affairs, Giles Mutsekwa, told the House of Assembly this week that the journalists were arrested without his knowledge and that of [continue reading]