Archive for January 31st, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

For the past two years Botswana has experienced a few radioactive incidents. Speaking at an event held to discuss Botswana`s nuclear security support plan Radiation Protection Inspectorate director Stephen Williams said in 2008 his department attended to two incidents in Palapye and Mmamabula Coal Mine.

He said at the mine around December 2008, a radioactive source had contaminated the soil surface on the site when a company engaged in well-logging drilled through the source. After the soil samples were contained in drums, some people stole the drums.

It was through the help of the police that all the drums were recovered and the thieves identified.

“However, we are yet to recover the last drum. The radioactive material could be hazardous especially if one drinks water from [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Miriam Isa
28 January 2010

Johannesburg — INFLATION rose more slowly than expected last month, but breached its official 3%-6% target range for the first time since September, official data showed yesterday.

And the Treasury said it and the Reserve Bank were addressing “the adequacy and effectiveness” of inflation targeting, which has come under harsh criticism.

The annual rise in the consumer price index (CPI) targeted for monetary policy accelerated to 6,3% from 5,8% the previous month, just below consensus forecasts for a 6,4% increase.

This followed nine successive months of slowdown, including two with inflation within its target range for the first time since April 2007. Petrol price cuts a year earlier and last month’s fuel-price hike helped boost the annual increase through “base effects”.

Local markets shrugged off [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 January, 2010

SEROWE – The Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Serowe region has recorded 635 livestock deaths caused by predators since the beginning of 2009 to date.

In an interview, the Regional Wildlife Officer, Mr Amos Ramokate said of the number of domestic animals killed, the predators accounted for the loss of 150 cattle, 160 calves, 90 donkeys and 25 horses as well as 210 small livestock.

Mr Ramokate explained that reports of calves and small stock being killed by the predators were relatively high and he attributed this to the fact that this group is generally defenseless.

He said lions and leopards were reported to have caused havoc in the cattle posts located in the Sandveld area near the Kalahari Game Reserve where they sneaked into the ranches and killed cattle.

Meanwhile, in other areas in the Serowe region, wild dogs, leopards and hyenas accounted for a large number of deaths in relation to [continue reading]

Cobra kills three women

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Residents of Mokobaxane village between Orapa and Mopipi are reeling in shock following the death of three women who were bitten by a snake.

According to village chief, Meshack Kaponene one woman survived the snakebites but is still fighting for her life at Maun Primary Hospital.

He said the incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning, last week while the women were sleeping in the same hut. He said residents managed to hunt for the venomous snake and found it in a shallow hole inside the hut.

“It was a cobra and it appears it bit each of the women more than once, inflicting them with several snakebites. Villagers managed to hunt for it and killed it,” said the chief.

The chief revealed that the deceased were an elderly woman aged 85, her daughter, 45, and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SW Radio Africa (London)
Violet Gonda
27 January 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma is coming under increasing pressure to help break the political deadlock in Zimbabwe.

Despite claims by the partners in the power sharing government that progress was being made, Finance Minister Tendai Biti told journalists in Washington DC on Tuesday that the shaky coalition could collapse if fundamental outstanding issues are not addressed.

The Finance Minister, who is also a negotiator for the MDC-T in the inter-party talks, reportedly called for the intervention of Zuma as they had failed to break the impasse. Zuma is the SADC appointed mediator in Zimbabwe.

However Biti is quoted by Voice of America saying he was optimistic about the future of the country, in spite of the disputes, adding: “This equation can only work if those fundamental foundational cornerstones which brought the Zimbabwean parties involuntarily together are [continue reading]