Archive for July 29th, 2009

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

The delay in the signing of a purchase agreement between regional power giant, Eskom of South Africa and promoters of the Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP) is poised to setback Botswana’s ambitious plans to address its power demand and supply mismatch in the medium to long term.

The snag will result in the delay of the date in which MEP is supposed to start operating, further complicating power shortages in Botswana. Things might get worse after
Eskom’s announcement last week that it is not ready to commit to purchase power from the P22 billion MEP. Eskom is supposed to purchase 75 percent of MEP’s initial 1,200mw scheduled to come on stream in 2013 while Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) gets 25 percent.

Despite the seeming lack of commitment from Eskom, the Botswana government and CIC Energy, the promoters of MEP say there is no cause for alarm. Botswana government MEP coordinator, Modise Modise has said that [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 28 2009 at 07:53PM

Two private schools in Johannesburg, South Africa have closed early for their mid-year holiday after an outbreak of at least nine swine flu cases, schools and government said on Tuesday.

“The private school in Johannesburg, Redhill, closed a week early for their holiday because of nine confirmed cases of swine flu,” Simon Lee of the Independent School Association of Southern Africa said.

A second school also closed because of swine flu concerns, according to Fidel Hadebe from the Department of Health, but it was not confirmed how many cases there were.

The National Institute for Communicable Disease released a statement on July 22 that it was not [continue reading]

source: The Zimbabwe Telegraph

ZIMBABWE – PLUMTREE – The Botswana government has between April and June this year deported over 13 000 Zimbabweans from that country, The Zimbabwe Telegraph reports.

The acting Regional Immigration Officer, Plumtree, Mr Hebet Mudzvova said relations with the Tswana were “fairly deplorable”.

“There are reports of these people using the military to control queues at their side of the border. Some Zimbabwean who are deported are telling us horrific stories of their treatment at the hands of that country’s law enforcement agents. They speak of people being beaten up with sjamboks which is against International Human Rights,” said [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-07-28 22:05
Michael Hamlyn

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that intervention measures will be taken within the Southern African Development Community and other continental structures, should there be any indication that the provisions of democracy inside Zimbabwe are compromised.

“We have noted that since the establishment of the coalition government in Zimbabwe the nature and extent of violence has subsided,” he said, giving a written reply to a Parliamentary question tabled by Athol Trollip, the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

An economist has said that another interest rates cut is not likely this year though, inflation is expected to fall further and settle within the 5-6 percent range in the coming months.

Addressing the media in Gaborone last week, chairman of the Bifm Investment Committee, Dr Keith Jefferis, said that inflation which eased to seven percent in June, is set to continue declining and the rise in fuel prices in June is unlikely to retard the fall. “I expect the annual inflation rate to fall within the Central Bank objective of between 3-6 percent and the June fuel price increase is not expected to derail the decline in inflation.

For the rest of the year, I would expect inflation to be within the 6-7 percent range, although there remains considerable risks from [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 29 2009 at 12:41AM

Strike action at both the SABC and communications giant Telkom has been brought forward, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said on Tuesday.

The union said in a statement this action had been taken after requests from members.

“Our members in both Telkom and SABC have run out of patience and requested their national leadership to allow them to bring forward the strike program of action against these two employers,” the statement said.

CWU members employed at the national broadcaster would be “staying away” from work on July 29 and July 30 countrywide, the union said.

The two-day stay-away would be followed by “other forms of industrial action” from the beginning of August until the “SABC respects and implements the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHANDAPIWA BAPUTAKI
Staff Writer

A study has revealed that Botswana has the lowest rate of mother-to-child transmission ever recorded in Africa or for a breastfeeding population.

This was revealed by Dr Roger Shapiro of the Botswana-Havard AIDS Institute when releasing the findings of a random trial comparing HAART regimens for virologic efficacy and the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission among breastfeeding mothers in Botswana at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone last Friday.

The Mmabana Study, as the programme is called, also revealed that Maternal Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) from early in the third trimester of pregnancy through six months of breastfeeding is a safe and effective strategy for [continue reading]