Archive for March 4th, 2010

source: BOPA
03 March, 2010

As an organ of Government existing within a democratic framework , whose operations are, moreover, strictly regulated and held accountable by an Act of Parliament, the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) accepts, indeed welcomes the fact that our activities are not above criticism.

We are, however, concerned, that certain misguided elements within our community seem to have made it a habit to slander our organisation with a constant stream of unsubstantiated allegations and innuendos.

In this respect, the DIS has been repeatedly and falsely accused of such heinous activities as extra judicial killings, torture, and spying on political activists, e.g. most recently, carrying out surveillance on some Botswana Democratic Party members.

In the interest of accountability to the public we were established to serve, the DIS finds it appropriate to [continue reading]

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source: IOL
March 03 2010 at 10:54PM

London – South African President Jacob Zuma received a royal welcome on Wednesday as he began a state visit to Britain with colour and pomp, although a row over his polygamy threatened to cloud the trip.

Queen Elizabeth II greeted Zuma on London’s Horse Guards parade ground before accompanying him in a black-and-gold horse-drawn carriage to Buckingham Palace, where he is staying for the three-day trip.

In an indication of the importance attached to the visit, Prime Minister Gordon Brown skipped his weekly grilling in parliament to attend the ceremony, which launched a packed agenda including a state banquet on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 March, 2010

1. Summit of the Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho, from 21 to 22 February 2010.

2. Summit was chaired by His Excellency Armando Emilo Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique and the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

3. Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government or their representatives: Mozambique – H E President Armando Emilo Guebuza Swaziland – His Majesty King Mswati III Zambia – Hon. Dr Kalombo Mwanza, Minister of Defence.

4. Summit was also attended by [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN News Service (New York)
3 March 2010

Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in developing renewable energy projects with initiatives aimed at producing clean and ‘green’ energy remaining largely under-exploited, warned a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

A UNEP assessment noted that the entire continent has just over 120 carbon market projects up and running or in the pipeline in areas ranging from wind power to forestry schemes, and harvesting methane gas from landfills to fuel electricity generation makes up 20 per cent of all such initiatives.

Larger economies in Africa such as Egypt and South Africa are home to [continue reading]