Archive for January 7th, 2010

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN:No one was injured when a Botswana Railways (BR) goods train carrying tonnes of diesel derailed early Tuesday morning near Take No Time rail crossing in Tonota.

Thirty-seven train carriages veered off the tracks at around one o’clock in the morning, confirmed Tonota Police spokesperson superintendent Lebang Pilot. The train locomotive remained upright.

No one was harmed, and the incident caused no impact to the road except for the rail line that was being maintained at the time of going to press.

The carriages were carrying diesel and the train driver and his [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 January 2010

Political protagonists in the country have agreed to a hybrid working document to be used as a ‘talking point’ during the drawing up of a new constitution in Zimbabwe.

This has potentially diffused the volatile position that had been taken by ZANU PF to impose the Kariba draft on the people. Instead, the parliamentary select committee that is spearheading the process made a compromise by agreeing to use ‘talking points’ instead of a proper draft document.

Masvingo urban MP Tongai Matutu, a lawyer by profession, told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that they unanimously agreed to do away with any draft and instead will go out to the people with no draft.
‘What we will have are talking points. For example we will ask people how they want their MPs elected; by secret ballot or show of hands. We are not taking any document at all, this is historic and we [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Two diamond juniors have entered into a joint venture to explore and evaluate eight kimberlites in the Orapa region.

According to a statement, JSE-listed Tawana Resources has entered into a agreement with Firestone Diamonds over its kimberlite exploration and evaluation projects in Botswana.

Aim-listed Firestone can earn up to a 70 percent interest in any kimberlites in the prospecting licences controlled by Tawana by carrying the costs exploration up to and including an initial bulk sample in a specific kimberlite.

At that point, Tawana will have the option to fund its remaining 30 percent share of expenses going forward.If it decides not to, Firestone can [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 06 2010 at 10:43PM

The wives of President Jacob Zuma will not vie for the position of “First Lady” because the constitution makes no provision for the title, his office said on Wednesday.

South African newspapers have speculated on which spouse might assume the role after Zuma married for the fifth time on Monday, giving the Zulu traditionalist his third current wife.

“The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (does) not make provision for a First Lady or First Ladies, and there is no such official designation,” the presidency said in a statement.

“The president will be accompanied by any of the spouses to official or public engagements, or all of them at the same time should he so decide. This is his [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 January, 2010

MOKUBILO – Mokubilo and Mmea residents have complained to President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama about acute shortage of water in their villages.

The residents complained during kgotla meetings addressed by the president recently water shortage contributed to lack of developments in their area.

We have been promised a second water tank but the council has failed to live up to its promise, they said.

President Khama also heard that the Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) had been stopped while some residents had not received any livestock under the programme hence the residents appealed for the revision of the scheme.

They also asked for anti-retroviral drugs to be issued from the local health posts.

On other issues, the residents commended government for improved service delivery in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
United Nations Development Programme (New York)
5 January 2010

In Zambia, any change in climate can spell disaster. With a majority of Zambians depending on agriculture, even a slight change in temperature can affect crops like maize with catastrophic consequences for livelihoods.

In the village of Lusitu, in the south of Zambia, the returns from farming have diminished due to severe droughts. According to Eva Chipepo, a local villager, “rainfall is insufficient to give us a good crop yield” and “wild animals have started to wander in the fields”, further destroying crops. Another Lusitu resident confirms that life has become more difficult. “In the past”, he says, “we were able to find solutions to whatever challenges we were faced with. Rivers never ran dry.”

With more frequent droughts, but also floods, says Catherine Namugala, Minister of Tourism and Environment, “the government must look for resources to provide relief to the people”. The country was already struggling to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)
6 January 2010

Maputo — The SADC (Southern African Development Community) Political and Diplomatic Committee, consisting of the foreign ministers of the member states, is meeting in Maputo on Thursday, to discuss preparations for the next heads of state summit of the African Union, to be held in Addis Ababa from 31 January to 3 February.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, SADC Executive Secretary Tomas Salomao stressed that the rotating chairmanship of the AU is due to be occupied by a southern African leader this year. SADC had decided at its 2009 summit in Kinshasa to support the candidature of Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Salomao said that this situation remains unchanged despite the recent deterioration in relations between Mozambique and Malawi. Mozambican President Armando Guebuza had been present when the [continue reading]