Archive for July 1st, 2010

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Farmers in North Eastern Botswana would do well to brace themselves for a possible outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) following the outbreak of the disease in Zimbabwe’s Plumtree district.

These revelations were made by Minister of Agriculture,Christian de Graff, during a special meeting of the Francistown City full council on Monday. De Graff said that the disease was found in cattle in Kitwe, a communal area in the Plumtree sub-district of the Matabeleland South Province, only 30 kilometres from the Botswana-Zimbabwe border. As is common in border areas outbreaks on either side of the border soon spread to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jun 30 2010 22:40
Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Johannesburg – The wage dispute at electricity supplier Eskom is set to continue with management and trade unions digging in their heels.

On his first day on the job, chief executive Brian Dames said Eskom’s revised offer was all it could afford and that wage negotiations were still ongoing.

“What we have offered is what Eskom can afford,” said Dames.

“Our last R3.6bn profit does not even cover our interest bill. Surely that’s not a healthy situation. Someone has to look after this company.”

Eskom recently improved its offer to an 8.5% increase in wages and a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

President Ian Khama has berated Gaborone City Councillors for walking out of a meeting he was addressing at the city municipal chambers last week.

Khama has embarked on a series of council meetings where he addresses council leaders with his cabinet.Last week nine councillors walked out on him in protest against the barring of the private media from covering the meeting.

Speaking yesterday at a full Kweneng District Council meeting in [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-06-30 13:15

Harare – The cabinet of the Zimbabwe’s coalition government has agreed to immediately embark on selling diamonds from a controversial diamond field in the east of the country, according to a state-controlled daily newspaper.

The decision, reported by the Herald and citing Minister of Mines Obert Mpofu, flies in the face of a continuing ban by the world watchdog on so-called blood diamonds on the sale of Chiadzwa gems because of human rights abuses.

“It was clear from the meeting that the cabinet agrees with the immediate sale of our diamonds,” Mpofu was quoted as saying in the report. “However, we need to come up with a [continue reading]