Archive for November 27th, 2009

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: A number of Chinese were arrested yesterday for working without permits, the police have said.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Chabaesele Kesupetswe said that they nabbed a good number of Chinese in shops and other businesses for working without permits. He accused some Chinese of applying for business permits on the promise that they will employ Batswana but later they bring their compatriots to take up the jobs.

He explained that in some instances, Batswana are offered jobs but still there will be some Chinese working without permits. Construction companies are said to be attracting more foreigners without valid permits and the authorities have [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
26 November 2009

PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has with immediate effect made changes to his Cabinet in a move that has seen Deputy Defence Minister Eustarkio Kazonga being appointed as Local Government and Housing minister.

In a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by special assistant to the president for Press and public relations Dickson Jere, the president said that Dr Kazonga replaces Benny Tetamashimba who died in September.

The president has appointed Chitambo Member of Parliament (MP) Solomon Musonda, as the new Deputy Minister of Health, taking over from Mwendoi Akakandelwa who has been moved to the Ministry of Energy and Water Development in the same capacity.

Mr Banda has also appointed Kalabo MP Sikwibele Mwapela as new deputy Minister of Western Province, replacing Adons Mufalalai who has moved to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Government has started looking for a replacement for outgoing Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joshua Galeforolwe.

The human resource consultancy firm HRMC this week ran advertisements in local newspapers for the position. The deadline is December 11.

Galeforolwe’s term was officially scheduled to end last month. However in September the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Solomon Sekwakwa, made a recommendation to the chairman of the PEEPA board of directors, Blackie Marole, urging the board to extend Galeforolwe’s term for another four months while they [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-26 22:16

Pretoria – South African farmers in Zimbabwe will not forfeit their land or investments as a result of a bilateral agreement still to be signed, a Pretoria judge ordered on Thursday.

Responding to an urgent application to halt the signing of the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments agreement (Bippa) Judge Roelof du Plessis congratulated both parties for reaching a settlement.

“This is a big step the government [of South Africa] has taken. I believe this order is going to go far in assisting our citizens who have investments in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Debswana will spend $3 billion (P20 billion) over the next 15 years on extending the life of Jwaneng Mine.

Cut 8, as the project to extend the life of the world’s biggest diamond operation by production value is styled, “will ensure profitable and continuous production at the mine until at least 2025”, De Beers Managing Director, Gareth Penny, said at a Diamond Town Hall Meeting at GICC on Tuesday. The project is expected to create access to a further 95 million carats of diamonds and create 1 000 jobs during construction.

“This is the single largest investment ever made in the private sector in Botswana and it shows the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Nov 26 2009 17:14

Cape Town – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a €1.86bn loan for Eskom to finance a power project that will significantly boost South Africa and the southern African region’s energy capacity.

“South Africa’s energy problem has been a major impediment to Africa’s leading economy,” AfDB president Donald Kaberuka said in a statement on Thursday.

“The bank is pleased to be associated with this project. We look forward to working with South Africa towards achieving energy security. This operation should be seen in the context of the bank’s ongoing efforts to help Africa bridge the infrastructure gap,” he said.

The Medupi power plant located in [continue reading]