Archive for January 5th, 2010

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Saturday, 02 January 2010 13:38

Debswana will embark on a project dubbed Cut 8 aimed at extending the life of the Jwaneng diamond mine and one that will “contribute to its growth and sustainability”.

Cut 8 is one of the few projects that Debswana is launching after the company cut project spending to cope with the fall in diamond prices amidst measures that included the temporary suspension of production at all Debswana mines and the closure of Orapa No.2 Plant and Damtshaa Mine.

The Cut 8 project involves the widening and deepening of the existing Jwaneng pit as a short-term alternative to going underground. The project will strip 713 million tonnes of waste in order to expose 75 million tonnes of ore and 95 million carats. This will take place at the rate of 122 million tonnes of [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 04 2010 at 06:16PM

Wearing leopard skins and carrying a Zulu shield, President Jacob Zuma on Monday married for the fifth time, in a traditional ceremony in his remote hometown.

The 67-year-old and his new bride, Thobeka Mabhija, 30 years his junior, danced in an open field at his homestead in Nkandla, a village deep in the countryside of KwaZulu-Natal.

The two formally wed when a tribal elder asked Mabhija if she accepted to join the Zuma family. When she agreed, he pronounced her Zuma’s third current wife.

His first wife, Sizakele Khumalo, whom he married in 1973, attended the ceremony. His second wife Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma was at the homestead preparing for the reception in [continue reading]

source: IOL
2010-01-04 14:35

Johannesburg – Airports in South Africa will not be equipped with full body scanners in the near future, the Airports Company of SA (Acsa) said on Monday.

“Acsa is not considering procuring full body scanners at this stage,” said the company’s spokesperson Nicky Knapp.

“Passengers travelling through an Acsa airport in the immediate future can therefore expect the exact same procedures, vigilance and commitment to safety and security as was the case last week and last month.”

Security measures at airports across the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
4 January 2010

PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has with immediate effect fired Science, Technology and Vocational Training Minister Gabriel Namulambe.

President Banda said, in exercise of the powers vested in him pursuant to the provisions of Article 44(5) of the Constitution of Zambia, has revoked the appointment of Mr Namulambe as Cabinet minister.

This is according to a statement released by Special assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Dickson Jere in Lusaka yesterday.

“May I, take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely on behalf of the Zambian people, for the service that you have rendered to the nation during the period that you served in various portfolios in my Government,” President Banda said in a letter to Namulambe.

The president would announce the replacement of Mr Namulambe later.

Recently, Mr Namulambe came under fire from some sections of society for his [continue reading]

4 January 2010

The arrival of South Africa’s World Cup year, along with signs that the country has begun moving out of recession, bode well for SA’s property sector, says Seeff Properties chairman Samuel Seeff.

In an article published on property investment website Realestateweb on Monday, Seeff said he expected South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to have a positive effect on sentiment – although the effect on actual sales might only be felt in 2011.

By placing South Africa in the international spotlight, the World Cup “will certainly open up the country to potential investors and buyers ,who cannot help but recognise that there is significant value in the cosmopolitan lifestyle we offer when compared to European destinations,” Seeff said.

Luxury homes and villas on Cape Town’s “platinum strip” – which includes the world renowned areas of [continue reading]