Archive for October 31st, 2009

source: BOPA
30 October, 2009

PALAPYE – Chinese companies engaged in two government projects are accused of obtaining water from Bonwakatlhako Dam near Palapye without seeking permission from the committee overseeing the use of the dam.

China Civil and China Jiangxi Corporation are involved in the construction of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and the new Palapye Police Station respectively. The Bonwakatlhako Dam chairperson, Mr Seabe Phuthego said in a interview that the two companies have been collecting water from the dam without permission.

We dont know why these companies are doing this to us. What they are doing is not proper and is bad. Mr Phuthego further pointed out that drawing water from the dam in this manner would lead to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Kitsepile Nyathi
30 October 2009

Harare — Zimbabwe could be banned from the world diamond market if a report on human rights violations at one of the country’s notorious diamond fields is considered.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is scheduled to meet in Namibia from Monday to Thursday, where it will consider a final report by a review mission recommending a total ban on Zimbabwe’s diamonds.

The mission led by Liberian Deputy Planning and Development minister, Kpandel Fayia, had in an interim report in July called on the Zimbabwean government, to immediately demilitarise the Marange diamond fields, saying the security forces were involved in human rights violations.

But the final report to be tabled at the Namibian meeting recommends a temporary ban of [continue reading]

30 October 2009

South Africa’s unemployment rate increased by 0.9% to 24.9% in the third quarter of 2009, compared to 23.6% in the second quarter, according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made it clear this week, while announcing his medium-term budget for 2009 to 2011, that job-creation is the government’s top priority and one of the biggest challenges facing the country.

He said the government aimed to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through public works over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects.

Stats SA’s survey showed that employment contracted by 3.6% in the third quarter, translating into a [continue reading]