Archive for April 20th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Brian Benza
Staff Writer

Consumer inflation for the month of March eased slightly from 6.1 percent to 6 percent, the Central Statistics Office reported last week.

In a statement, the CSO said that four group indices recorded changes of at least 1.0 percent between February and March – Clothing & Footwear (1.4 percent), Furnishing, Household Equipment and Maintenance (1.4 percent), Restaurants & Hotels (1.1percent) and Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (1.0 percent).

However, inflation will be expected to register a marked increase next month mainly on the back of the 2 percent hike in Value Added Tax (VAT) which came [continue reading]


source: IOL
April 19 2010 at 05:59PM

The ANC’s leadership remained locked in a meeting on Monday afternoon amid reports that ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema had been formally charged with ill-discipline.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said the officials were still meeting when contacted at about 5pm on Monday.

Another spokesman, Ishmael Mnisi earlier confirmed that the ANCYL matter was an item on the agenda of the regular officials meeting.

The league said its national working committee was in a meeting with the ruling party’s top brass.

Sunday papers reported that Malema had been charged for alleged ill-discipline and bringing the organisation into disrepute.

The censure comes after President Jacob Zuma publicly chastised the fiery youth league president, saying his statements were alien to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

The Family of God Church, popularly known as FOG among its faithful worshippers, became the first church to be banned from operating in Mochudi and the Kgatleng District by order of Kgosi Kgafela on Sunday.

After two of the church’s pastors were flogged by a Kgatla regiment two weeks ago, the Pentecostal church was eventually closed down on Sunday by a delegation of royals led by Kgosi Sekai and Kgosi Kgafela’s personal assistant, Bagopi Linchwe, the church confirmed yesterday.

Kgosi Sekai told The Monitor yesterday that the local pastor’s stubbornness and arrogance was to blame for the closure, especially after the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
19 April 2010

The South African government is yet to make any move to condemn the invasion of a game ranch in Zimbabwe, protected by a bilateral investment protection agreement signed by the two countries last year.

A lodge on Denlynian Game Ranch, which lies just 46 km from the South African border, was invaded by eight men last Wednesday, who then gave the owners of the farm up until Thursday night to vacate the property. The chief game guard on Denlynian Game Ranch was later forced by invaders to leave the ranch and take refuge nearby. A truck then arrived at the ranch and the occupants began stealing items of value from the lodge.

Last Wednesday night the ranch owners son, Arthur Ferguson, was arrested in front on his young children at their home next door to the ranch. He spent a night behind bars at Beitbridge police station without charge before being released on Thursday. Ferguson, a horticulturalist on Benfer Citrus Estate, has still not been charged, although the President of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) Deon Theron, said on Monday that it is likely he’ll face charges for “refusing to leave the property.” The citrus estate is owned by Ian Ferguson, who built up Denlynian Game Ranch into a prized tourism destination.

Since the owners are South African citizens, both properties are protected by a [continue reading]