Archive for March 17th, 2010

source: BOPA
16 March, 2010

LETLHAKANE – Firestone Diamonds is set to open its first diamond mine in the country at the Boteti sub-district near Letlhakane area known as BK11 mine, Boteti sub-district councilors were informed at the Boteti sub-district during the councilors full sub council meeting held at Letlhakane recently.

Chief geologist, Mr Polite Khutjwe told the councilors that the BK 11 mine emerged from the 2006 subsidiary monarch ventures license in which Firestone Diamonds acquired 90 percent of shares while 10 percent was owned by some citizen owned companies.

Mr Khutjwe said prior to the Monarch venture license, the company had obtained a license in several parts of Botswana mainly Boteti and Tsabong districts noting that they were mainly for diamond exploration in [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 16 2010 at 10:43PM

South Africa is spending more than R15-million a year to support polygamist President Jacob Zuma’s wives and children, almost double the budget from a year ago, a minister said on Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Zuma, who currently has three wives, recently admitted to fathering his 20th child out of wedlock with the daughter of a friend, drawing flak for a cavalier attitude to sex in a country with one of the world’s biggest HIV and Aids caseloads.

In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Collins Chabane, a minister charged with monitoring government performance, said the state had a R15.5-million budget for Zuma’s family this [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Mohammed A. Salih
16 March 2010

Washington — Poverty is on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and various forms of corruption threaten to undermine the impact of investments made to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the continent, said the World Bank in a report released Monday on Africa’s development.

The report says the number of people who live on less than two dollars a day has doubled from 292 million in 1981 to nearly 555 million in 2005.

Painting a gloomy picture of Africa’s state of development, the report says the SSA region presents the “most formidable development challenge” of the world. It says thousands of people are dying from preventable diseases on a daily basis, and HIV/AIDS and malaria continue to spread through the continent.

The report also highlights “pervasive” corruption in Africa in a 29-page essay elaborating on the subject. It focuses on “quiet corruption”, a term referring to the “the failure of public servants to deliver goods or services paid for by governments” that do not [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 March, 2010

MAUN – The Minister of Education and Skills Development Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has promised that she will restore both respect and dignity to the teaching fraternity.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi, who was addressing school heads from the North West region in Maun on Friday, noted that teaching was a leadership role in the society and people could only respect teachers if they trust them.

According to the minister, members of the society would respect the teaching profession if teachers adhered to professional etiquette both inside and outside the classroom.

She gave examples of teachers who over indulged in alcohol and muddle up with students at bars or [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Dumisani Muleya
17 March 2010

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma held brief talks last night with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe soon after his arrival in Harare on an official visit during which he will hold critical talks with the country’s bickering political leadership.

Zuma’s intervention in Zimbabwe could determine the future of the weakening coalition government, formed last year in a desperate bid to halt the country’s long-running political instability and precipitous economic collapse.

Zuma, who was not accompanied by any ministers, was welcomed at the airport by Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, among other senior officials.

Zuma will hold substantive talks with the three leaders today.

Official sources said issues which would weigh heavily on the talks during Zuma’s visit included unresolved issues linked to the Global Political Agreement, which is the blueprint of the current government, the new constitution and [continue reading]