Archive for July 4th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 10:34

Gaborone launched in South East North

Leader of Opposition in Parliament and Botswana National Front (BNF) leader Otsweletse Moupo has said President Lt Gen Ian Khama will be the first leader of the opposition from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) come 2014, should the BNF loose this year’s general elections.

Launching BNF’s Vice President and South East North Parliamentary candidate, Olebile Gaborone at a well attended party event in Tlokweng on Sunday, Moupo said if the BNF fails to take power after the October 2009 general elections; they will win the 2014 elections.

“If the BNF fails to take power in this year’s general elections, the BDP will be ruling this country for the last time. Come 2010 Khama will be the first leader of the opposition from the BDP,” said Moupo.
He charged that the BDP was engulfed in factional wars than before as a result of Khama, whom he described as a leader of a faction within the BDP. He added that Khama has openly campaigned for some BDP candidates and [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/07/02 10:16:00 PM

Johannesburg – The World Cup organising committee will “engage” construction industry trade unions about a looming strike over wages, it said in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The organising committee has promised Fifa the stadiums to be used for the World Cup will be finished six months before the tournament starts on June 11 2010, organising committee chairperson Irvin Khoza said in Johannesburg on Thursday. A strike could put paid to that, he said.

At this stage, though, all the committee knew of the impending industrial action was that the media was reporting that a major strike was expected.

“While we acknowledge and accept and recognise the democratic right [of workers to strike], there are [continue reading]

source: The Fincial Gazette
Saturday, 27 June 2009 14:33
Njabulo Ncube, Political Editor

PARTIES to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that gave birth to the inclusive government are heading for collision over plans to have the Kariba Draft used as the working document in crafting a new constitution for Zimbabwe, The Financial Gazette can reveal.

The contentious document was crafted in September 2007 by representatives of the three main political parties in Kariba at the height of the negotiations among the protagonists to the Zimbabwe crisis.
South Africa brokered the negotiations.
ZANU-PF has in recent weeks been trying to worm its way out of a constitutional making template being advocated by the larger faction of the Movement for Demo-cratic Change (MDC) citing all sorts of reasons.
Two weeks ago a ZANU-PF Parliamentary caucus recommended that the process be deferred because of [continue reading]

2 July 2009

Exxaro has entered into a prospecting joint venture agreement with Sasol Mining for the development of a new coal mine, the diversified resources company said on Wednesday.

The mine was intended to supply Sasol’s new potential inland coal-to-liquids (CTL) project, Exxaro said in a statement.

“Project Mafutha is an investigation into the development of another CTL project in South Africa and is envisaged to be located in the north-western part of the Limpopo province due to the substantial coal reserves in the Waterberg region.”

Should the project proceed, it would require a new coal mine to produce feedstock for the 80 000 barrels-a-day CTL complex.

“The development will help meet the growing shortfall in South Africa’s domestic fuel production, most notably in the [continue reading]