Archive for August 19th, 2009

source: Survival International
18 August 2009

A senior Botswana government official has admitted that the Kalahari Bushmen were evicted from their land to make way for diamond mining in a new book published this month.

The official, a ‘highly placed government employee’ at the time of the 2002 eviction of the Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, told American author James G. Workman:

‘I have seen the plans; I have looked at the blueprints. Don’t quote me by name, please, as I would get in trouble. But of course the water cut-off has to do with diamonds. It has everything to do with diamonds.’

The Botswana government disabled the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: President Ian Khama will announce the date of the general elections when he dissolves Parliament on Friday a cabinet minister has said.

Lands Minister and Selebi-Phikwe East MP, Nonofo Molefhi said during the launch of Ikageleng Phase Two councillor Lekang Mukokomani over the weekend that parties should not wait to know the election date to start campaigns.

He said that the parties should start preparations immediately after general elections because they know that polls are held in the country every five years.

The minister said the [continue reading]

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18 August 2009

The South African government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the safety of all visitors and football fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the government would pull out all the stops to uphold South Africa’s event security reputation during the 30-day tournament.

“The safety of our people and our visitors is non-negotiable,” Ndebele said. “For the past five years the issue of security was perhaps the most consistently voiced issue by the international community. While some of it could be attributed to a fear of the unknown, such concerns must be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Prominent Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) officials have thrown their weight behind the secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi after his criticism of Collins and Newman for publicly defending President Ian Khama in his feud with the central committee of the party.

The President has been at loggerheads with the Central Committee after all his candidates were trounced in party elections last month. Since then he has been accused of by-passing the committee and making unilateral decisions in running the party but last week Collins and Newman publicly exonerated him in an unprecedented move.

The development did not go down well with Motswaledi who gave the law firm a dressing down. In a heated outburst, he lambasted the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/08/18 07:58:00 PM Evan Pickworth

Pretoria – Almost 60% of South Africa’s economy turned in a negative performance in the second quarter of the year, according to executive manager of national accounts, Kedibone Mabaso.

She told I-Net Bridge on Tuesday that this assessment is based on the relative sizes of each sector of the economy and their respective performances in the second quarter relative to the first.

When prompted on which sector did the worst, Mabaso noted that while agriculture, forestry and fishing dropped the most at -17.1% quarter-on-quarter (q/q) seasonally adjusted annualised (saa) from -2.9% in the first quarter, manufacturing’s effective size at 14.4% of the economy makes it the worst performer at -10.9% q/q from -22.1% in the first quarter. Agriculture’s relative size in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

BEIJING: As the global economic recession took its toll, trade volumes between China and Africa weakened by 30.5 percent in the first half of the year.

Speaking to African journalists here this week, the Commercial Counsellor in the Western Asia and African Affairs department in China’s Ministry of Commerce, Xie Yajing, said lower resource prices and declining demand from China had seen trade volumes flag to $37.07 billion in the first six months of 2009 from $48 billion in the first half of 2008.

“Since 2000, average annual growth of China-Africa trade has averaged 3.5 percent,” Xie said. “However, since most imports from Africa consist of natural resources such as metals and oil whose prices have [continue reading]

18 August 2009

It is time for all South Africans to realise the enormity of the opportunities being generated through the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and to make the “psychological adjustment” needed to ensure the tournament’s success, says 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza.

Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Khoza said South Africans had to think of the World Cup as a live, 30-day advertisement for the country that would be watched by a cumulative TV audience of billions around the globe.

“The extent to which the tournament changes lives will be largely determined by the degree to which [the country’s communicators] use the tournament,” Khoza said.

He referred both to the progress that had already [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Women have been accused of being a threat to democracy and labelled cry-babies who want to be given parliamentary seats on a silver platter.

Contributing to a debate on a bill that seeks to increase the number of specially elected members of parliament from four to eight yesterday, the MP for Tonota, Pono Moatlhodi broke ranks with his party and attacked women for seeking “special treatment” over and above elected male MPs.

The bill emanates from a motion tabled by the MP for Mahalapye East, Botlhogile Tshireletso last February seeking a constitutional amendment to cater for women whose numbers have fallen drastically in [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-08-18 19:16

Johannesburg – South Africa does not depend exclusively on foreign technology, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

This was based on the Human Sciences Research Council’s 2005 innovation survey, she said in an address at the National Innovation Summit in Gauteng.

The survey found that most innovations were developed by enterprises in South Africa and the influence of foreign partners was comparable to that experienced by other countries.

The study further suggested that current public funding programmes for innovation in South Africa could be intensified and better publicised.

This would establish more trusting relationships between [continue reading]