Archive for August 8th, 2009

source: Mmegi
RYDER GABATHUSE
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: President Ian Khama is reportedly succeeding in his plans to neutralise the Kedikilwe-Kwelagobe faction in the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Though the faction took control of the party after winning all elective posts at the Kanye congress recently, Khama has been calling the shots ever since. At the first meeting of the new BDP Central Committee on Monday, the President once again asserted himself when all the unilateral decisions and actions he has taken were ratified with little dissent.

To make matters worse, the Central committee rubber-stamped Khama’s decision to allocate top officials to man regions without consultation. The President has [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 August 2009

The United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday, she would press South Africa to use more of its influence to counter the ‘negative effects’ of Robert Mugabe.

Clinton, who is expected to arrive in South Africa on Thursday, told journalists in Nairobi, Kenya that she will raise the Zimbabwe issue with South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also Chairman of the regional SADC bloc.

Zuma earlier this week, following his meeting with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Johannesburg, said he was going to contact Mugabe over delays in implementing the power-sharing accord signed in February.

The South African President said while some progress has been made in implementing the agreement, the remaining problems were ‘difficult, but [continue reading]

source: IOL
2009-08-06 14:17

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has nominated Constitutional Court Judge Sandile Ngcobo to replace Judge Pius Langa, who retires from the position of Chief Justice later this year.

Explaining his choice, Zuma said he had taken the decision “properly” and “objectively”.

“Ngcobo has more experience in that court [than deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke]. He has been there for a long time. He has very serious credentials in terms of his experience.

“The fact of the matter is that I have appointed a judge that I believe is capable,” said Zuma.

After studying at various institutions in South Africa and abroad, Ngcobo became a [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 05 2009 at 11:03AM

Eskom workers have begun preparing for a strike as early as Monday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be a build-up process, we’re going to have massive, mass actions throughout the country, then go on a stay away,” said NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

Seshoka said plans for industrial actions were still tentative and would be finalised after a meeting with other Eskom unions – the National Union of Metal Workers and Solidarity – later on Wednesday.

“Generally we agree that we need to take on Eskom together. We need to consolidate and hear what their members have said,” said [continue reading]