Archive for May 23rd, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

In a curious turn of events yesterday, the private media was barred from a press conference called to address media reports on the Mafia-style execution of suspected criminal, John Kalafatis, by security agents in Gaborone last Wednesday night.

Mmegi actually received a phone call from the venue saying the press conference had been cancelled when it was materially underway.Media reports say Kalafatis was gunned down by state security agents as he sat in a car in the Extension 12 suburb of Gaborone last Wednesday night.

In the wake of news headlines by the independent Monitor and Sunday Standard newspapers alleging the involvement of President Ian Khama in the matter, a press conference, exclusive to the government media, took place at the Mass Media Complex on Monday. It was addressed by a high-powered panel that included the [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Thursday, 21 May 2009 19:11

THE South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Manelisi Dubase had an interview with the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on the political developments in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Africa in general. Below are excerpts from the interview.
Question: Madame Secretary, let me just start, first of all, with just a general question about the new government in South Africa. What is your general view on this new government led by Jacob Zuma?

Clinton: Well, it looks like President Zuma is off to a good start. I think his early comments about who would be in his cabinet and how he intended to continue a strong economic programme that will benefit the people of South Africa was very welcome. We look forward to working with the new government.

I know when President Obama talked with President Zuma, he said that this is an area that we believe holds great promise for our two countries to cooperate, and we are excited about the potential for a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica (Washington, DC)
Charles W. Corey

“High-level engagement has already started” between the Obama administration and Africa, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said May 19.

Speaking at a gala reception in Washington marking the beginning of “Africa Week,” Carson said: “Most of the Obama administration’s Africa team is in place, and we are gearing up. We will continue to build on and strengthen the strong bipartisan consensus in Congress and among the people of America that has motivated U.S. policy towards Africa.”

“Over the next four years, we will be focusing our efforts on strengthening democracy, promoting sustainable development, resolving or mitigating conflict, and dealing with transnational issues such as climate change and agriculture,” he pledged.

Additionally, he said, President Obama was expected to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
22 May 2009

Eskom Holdings has signed a €530-million (approximately R6.1-billion) loan agreement with seven European banks to help fund its capital expansion programme, the South African state electricity company said on Thursday.

“This loan will be used to fund part of the foreign content of the Medupi boiler contract with Hitachi Power Europe, and forms part of Eskom’s ongoing funding activities for its investment in infrastructure,” Eskom said in a statement.

Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station is being built near Lephalale in Limpopo province.

The loan agreement was signed between Eskom as borrower and as mandated lead [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Thursday, 21 May 2009 22:11

TEMPERS flared at a tense Zanu PF politburo meeting on Wednesday after President Robert Mugabe’s simmering succession crisis exploded into a charged debate, with some senior party officials demanding for the first time that the party must sort out the issue once and for all.

Well placed sources said the unprecedented debate on Mugabe’s succession — which was postponed to Thursday next week after officials failed to agree on the way forward — left senior party leaders shocked and sensing the beginning of the unravelling of the divisive issue threatening to be the former ruling party’s burial ground.
However, a fierce battle still looms as Mugabe remains determined to hang onto power at all costs by retaining the party leadership for another five years at their congress from December 8-13. This move could leave Zanu PF facing a real danger of a split along its factional and ethnic fault lines.

Already former Zanu PF members led by Dumiso Dabengwa are trying to [continue reading]