Archive for August 24th, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
24.08.2009 7:38:37 A

Botswana’s biggest trade union, the National Amalgamated local & Central Government Workers Union, has called on its members and other Batswana who have registered for elections not to vote for the A-Team faction of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.

The union’s Administrative Officer, Samuel Molaodi, issued a press statement on Friday calling on “all those who have registered to vote to make sure that they vote against members of the A-team in the upcoming elections and restore democracy. It is only through unity that good can prevail over evil, democracy can triumph over autocracy, and freedom can overcome oppression”.

Molaodi stated that “the 2009 elections are by far the most important in the history of the country. The country has seen every facet of Government being militarized. Civil liberties are being eroded at an alarming rate. We have known all along that the President has dictatorial and totalitarian tendencies, but we never imagined that the erosion of liberties would be [continue reading]

24 August 2009

With an average 1 500 applications a day pouring in from around the world, the organisers expect the volunteer applications for the 2010 Fifa World Cup to break the 50 000 mark by the 31 August deadline – surpassing the 48 167 received for Germany 2006.

Over 47 000 applications have been processed since South Africa’s 2010 volunteer programme opened on 20 July.

“We can see how excited people from all around the world are about 2010 in the number of applications we are receiving from volunteer hopefuls,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan said in Pretoria this week.

“They are eager to be part of this World Cup that will showcase Africa’s capabilities to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

CIC Energy, the principal equity holder in the multi-billion pula Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP), plans to shed its shareholding in the project to allow investors to pump in funds needed to bring the coal-fired export power station to commercial production.

The Canadian company has already signed off 35 percent equity in the project to International Power Limited, its partner in MEPs development. This 35 percent shareholding is in CIC Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary, Meepong Resources, through which CIC is developing the MEP. Meepong Resources owns Mmamabula East and Mmamabula South, which are the resource areas for the MEP’s coal mine and power station.CIC Energy is expected to sell off another portion from its 100 percent shareholding in Meepong as part of a slew of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

BEIJING: The China-Africa Development Fund (CADF) says it is keeping a close watch on developments at the Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP) with a view to snapping up a stake.

Speaking to Mmegi here on the sidelines of a briefing of African journalists, the Assistant Manager in the Fund’s Southern Africa Investment department, Liu Xiaolei, said they have held talks with CIC Energy in the past and that though nothing has materialised yet, they are still hoping to come on board before financial closure in the lucrative project.

“Initially, we were interested in the Morupule B Power Project in Botswana, but we are told the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
02.06.2009 2:13:24 P

Ministers for Agriculture and Food Security in the Southern African region have said that despite the economic slow-down that affected the region the food security in the region is reassuring.

The ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said this at the end of their meeting recently where the issue of the implementation of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan of Action on Agriculture and Food Security was the key issue.

It was observed at the meeting that most member states are set to achieve improved yields in crop production this year than in 2008/2009 due to favourable rains that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
24.08.2009 7:46:06 A

In a telephone interview, a spokesperson of South Africa’s North West Province police, Superintendent Lesego Metsi, confirmed at the weekend that they recently arrested a Motswana national on suspicion of ivory smuggling.

He said the suspect, Lenyeletse Sedimba, 35, was arrested while attempting to cross into South Africa at the Bray border post.

Metsi said the arrest came after the South African police service received a tip off that a suspected Botswana ivory dealer was smuggling ivory into South Africa.

“We have not yet established exactly who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Concerns over political stability, security of tenure, infrastructure, shortage of skills and especially health and safety are among factors debilitating against Africa’s share of global exploration spending, writes THATO MOSEKI

Researchers in the mining industry say Africa’s plethora of operational risks is the biggest factor reducing the continent’s share of global exploration spending in the industry.

According to experts from the MSA Group, while global exploration spending reached US$12 billion in 2008 – a record high historically – Africa’s share of this has been declining.

MSA statistics indicate that Latin America is receiving the lion’s share of exploration spending (25 percent) while Africa’s allotment slid below 15 percent in 2008. This is [continue reading]