Archive for August 2nd, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

In a bizarre turn of events the Botswana Democratic Party president Ian Khama is said to have given Francistown South candidate Wynter Mmolotsi a warning letter.

In the run-up to the Kanye congress, which elected the new BDP Central Committee, the youthful Mmolotsi, who is associated with the Barata-Phathi, and who was accused of being divisive and sidelining other BDP operatives in his constituency, had to face Khama and Central Committee members and threatened with a possible recall from standing for general elections.

The Central Committee later advised Khama to make further investigations into the matter and [continue reading]

Business Day (Johannesburg)
Charlotte Mathews
31 July 2009

Johannesburg — A WEAKER dollar helped gold gain traction yesterday after its recent sharp plunge as investors sought direction from dollar movements and indications of inflation or deflation in the US and as jewellery buyers remained on the sidelines.

The spot price of gold dropped to a low of 925/oz on Wednesday, having touched 959/oz on Monday after two weeks of steady gains. By late yesterday it had added 1% to 936/oz.

According to James Moore of The Bullion Desk in London, market sentiment towards equities and commodities weakened on Wednesday after a spate of bad news.

Redemptions from the US SPDR exchange-traded fund, the biggest gold investment fund in the world, continued their six-week trend with another 10-million tons sold.

Moore said these sales were viewed as a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has appealed a court order to pay University of Botswana student allowances it had withheld for June and July.

According to MoE’s deputy permanent secretary, Golekanye Setume, the ministry felt aggrieved by the decision. He said tersely: “We will withhold paying the students pending the decision on the application lodged last week at the Court of Appeal.”

The High Court declared MoE’s decision not to pay the students for the long vacation months of June and July 2009 null and void. Justice Key Dingake ordered that the students be paid their June and July allowances on or before July 30, 2009.

The students had [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 30 2009 at 11:32PM
By Karyn Maughan

British newspaper The Guardian has apologised for its claims that President Jacob Zuma was a corrupt rapist – and agreed to pay him “substantial damages”.

The exact amount to be paid to Zuma will not be made public.

In a statement released on Thursday, Zuma said he was “pleased” that The Guardian had apologised for the March 6 article, which he said was “offensive to me and the ANC”.

‘The publication crossed the line’
“We had to take action in this matter because the publication crossed the line,” he said, stressing that he was a firm supporter of press freedom.

“It is an extremely serious incident when a national newspaper labels an innocent person as being corrupt or being a rapist. I firmly believe in press freedom and freedom of expression. I have fought for these and other basic rights my whole life and I will [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The base metal industry is facing many challenges that can only be overcame if players work together, says the General Manager of BCL, Montwedi Mphathi.

Delivering the keynote address at the week-long Southern African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Fifth Base Metal Conference in Kasane this week, Mphathi said for them to succeed in this volatile environment, industry players must share knowledge and that conferences such as the one he was addressing were the right platform to do so.

Among the participants showcasing their products and services for potential new business relationships and collaborations are RSV, New Concept Mining, InnovX Africa, Panalytical, Protea Mining Chemicals, Scanmin, United Spectrometer, SGS and BCL.

“We face many common challenges as the [continue reading]

Proffesor Ndawonde
30 July 2009

Three visitor information centres were launched in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) this week, to ensure that tourists arriving in the city for the 2010 Fifa World Cup get the best information and advice.

The three centres are based at Port Elizabeth Airport, Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, and the lighthouse at the Donkin Reserve.

Similar centres are planned for other cities around the country, including Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Rustenburg and Nelspruit.

These one-stop shops will supply tourists with information on a range of services, including accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, adventure and travel advice.

Developed at a cost of R6.7-million, the centres are one of South Africa’s World Cup legacy projects, aimed at [continue reading]