Archive for June 29th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi

In his latest decree, Kgosikgolo Kgafela II has banned shebeens in the Kgatkeng District. At a Kgotla meeting addressed by their king on Saturday, the Bakgatla unanimously agreed that shebeens in the district should be closed with immediate effect.

Kgafela declared that by Sunday no liquor should be sold at any home. “We are going to stop the selling of liquor from homes with immediate effect,” Kgafela declared.

He said the regiments were going to see to it that the ban is implemented. Kgafela said the regiments were going to embark on a month long campaign to eradicate the selling of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang

President Ian Khama on Friday raked Gaborone City Council officers over hot coals for failing to collect litter. Addressing a full council meeting last week, Khama expressed concern at the filthy state of Gaborone and urged the council to marshal their resources to ensure that the city is kept clean.

“I am concerned by the filthy state of our capital city. Remember that Gaborone houses government and provides a mirror through which the international community and tourists judge our country” he said.

Khama urged GCC to network with other councils and the private sector to ensure that Gaborone is kept aesthetically and environmentally appealing to visitors and potential investors.

When opening the full council meeting last week, Gaborone Mayoress Veronica Lesole said GCC is awaiting the delivery of four refuse compactor trucks from [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
28 June 2010

There has been a shocked and outraged reaction to claims by Mines Minister Obert Mpofu that two leading international diamond rights groups had tried to bribe him, by offering their support in exchange for diamond profits.

The groups Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) on Monday moved to reject the allegations that they offered to support Zimbabwe’s bid to resume diamond exports in exchange for a 1% cut of the profits. The allegation surfaced at the end of the week-long meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP) diamond certification scheme, where Zimbabwe’s compliance with the scheme’s minimum requirements was hotly debated.

“We reject outright this malicious and unsubstantiated allegation. At no point did any of the non-governmental organisations at the meeting make any kind of offer of conditional support for exports. The violence that continues to plague Zimbabwe’s Chiadzwa diamond fields – and the government’s blatant disregard for KP rules – indisputably signify that no exports should take [continue reading]