Archive for March 30th, 2010

source: BOPA
29 March, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana cannot ignore the huge business and other opportunities that China offers, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Phandu Skelemani, said in Parliament Thursday Besides being a super power, Botswana was also aware of Chinas increasing role in world affairs when she opened a mission in that country.

Mr Skelemani noted that China had a deliberate policy to help third world countries and Africa in particular, through an initiative called the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

The assistance, he highlighted, covered sectors such as agriculture, health, education, transport and communications. Botswana, he said, actively participated in that forum and had benefitted from programmes under FOCAC.

The minister explained that relations between the two countries dated back some 35 years, and throughout that period, Botswana was a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

South Africa faces increased risks of power cuts from 2011 to 2013 unless co-generation projects come on line and consumers try to conserve more electricity, a government minister said on Friday.

Africa’s largest economy is battling a chronic power shortage that has curbed production at the world’s top platinum producer and a major producer of gold because of electricity rationing by government. The national grid almost collapsed in early 2008, costing South Africa billions of dollars in lost output across all sectors as government enforced rolling blackouts to save the grid. Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan said if demand management initiatives aimed at saving energy were not successful, and if industrial co-generation projects did not come on line, the risk of blackouts would [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-03-30 07:59
Special Report

Harare – Zimbabwe’s political parties failed to meet a Monday deadline set by South African President Jacob Zuma to resolve a power-sharing dispute that threatens to tear apart the country’s coalition, a cabinet minister said.

President Robert Mugabe formed a unity government last year with Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, now prime minister, but the union is fraught with disagreements over how to share power.

Zuma, who is mediating in Zimbabwe, held talks with the two rival leaders early this month and said Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and Tsvangirai’s MDC had agreed a package of measures to rescue the unity government.

Zuma then set a March 29 deadline for Zanu-PF and MDC negotiators to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Calistus Kolantsho

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Selebi-Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU) came under heavy criticism from the business community here during a consultative meeting at the Selebi-Phikwe Town Hall last week.

Andrew Mosweu of Smart Youth Dry Cleaners said nobody cares about Selebi-Phikwe and the agency was jumping to deal with problems in other places like Bobirwa, Tswapong North and Mmadinare instead of dealing with problems in Selebi-Phikwe.

“I came to this meeting expecting to get feedback on the issues that we raised during another meeting that we held towards the end of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Daily Independent (Lagos)
Kingsley Ighomwenghian
29 March 2010

Finance Ministers and Central Bank governors from South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal and Ethiopia began a two-day meeting hosted by the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, on Monday in Lilongwe, capital of Malawi.

According to a report by international newswire Bloomberg, the meeting will primarily assess the impact of the global economic recession on jobs on Africa, and find ways to boost economic growth by spurring regional trade.

The meeting is billed to discuss a report on the level of integration in Africa.

Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Commissioner for Economic Affairs at the African Union, told the AU and UN officials in Lilongwe on March 25 that “regional integration has played only a marginal role in most of our development. I do hope that you will make concrete and actionable recommendations as to the way forward.”

The crisis crippled growth across the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Calistus Kolantsho

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Selebi-Phikwe government hospital has a shortage of high blood pressure tablets. The hospital public relations officer, Obakeng Sukube said that two weeks ago, they ordered 1,000 packets of Nifedipine from Central Medical Stores (CMS) but they only got 50.

“This is a referral hospital and we get referrals from clinics in the region and the drugs were wiped out quickly. The problem is with CMS because they failed to supply us with the quantity we require. Right now, we have placed another order of 1,700 packets but I know we will not get this,” he said.

Sukube explained that Nifedipine comes in two types – the XL and the normal drug. He stated that there can be a negative reaction if a patient does not take the drug for a month or two.

Meanwhile, the hospital management came under heavy criticism from Selebi-Phikwe councillors for locking the gates of [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 30 2010 at 09:21AM
By Carien Du Plessis

South Africa is reaching the point of no return as corruption becomes so endemic and acceptable that it is almost impossible to fight.

In 2004, about R40-billion changed hands during corrupt transactions and this was “growing all the time”, retired judge Willem Heath told an SACP anti-corruption seminar.

Ivor Sarakinsky, from the School of Public Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, added that the tender system was a “big issue” when it came to corruption.

“Bold steps are needed,” he said.

“We need to reappraise state procurement processes.”

Sarakinsky said corruption was getting so endemic that it would soon reach the point of no return.

“Once you reach that point, it is difficult to turn back the [continue reading]