Archive for July 19th, 2010

source: Mmegi
MARANYANE NGWANAAMOTHO
Staff Writer

This year’s national agricultural show has been cancelled. The show, which was to be held in Gaborone from August 9-14, has been cancelled due to the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever and other livestock diseases.

In an interview with Mmegi yesterday, Boikhutso Rabasha of the public relations unit of the Ministry of Agriculture said if the show was held, it would attract livestock from all over of the country and thus perpetuate the spread of the diseases.

“Rift Valley Fever is spread from one animal to another through mosquito bites,” Rabasha said. “The show has been cancelled because we want to contain the disease.”

She said she hoped nothing would prevent the show from taking place next year. “After August, we approach the ploughing season,” she said. “Therefore, we [continue reading]

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source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
Nqaba Matshazi
17 July 2010

Harare — FIVE years after he was unceremoniously kicked out of Zanu PF for allegedly plotting against President Robert Mugabe, Jonathan Moyo is back at the centre of the party’s intricate succession politics, with sources claiming he has risen to be one of the most powerful people in the country.

A high level source last week revealed that Moyo was now the main strategist in the Zanu PF faction led by Emmerson Mnangagwa and was working with security forces to manage the octogenarian leader’s exit to avoid a total disintegration of the party.

Mugabe turned 86 this year but has signalled his intention to contest future elections set for next year. Analysts say the securocrats want him to remain at the helm as a figurehead.

Moyo, who is reported to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

Players in the diamond cutting and polishing industry are reportedly treading with caution following Government’s award of mining licences allowing two new diamond mines to market their produce on the open market.

The 16 diamond cutting and polishing firms are Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) sightholders with exclusive rights to all production from Debswana. However, the entry of production from Firestone’s BK 11 Mine near Orapa and forthcoming supply from African Diamonds AK6 has unruffled monopoly feathers. Sightholders who spoke to BusinessWeek on condition of anonymity this week said while there was high interest in the industry to tap into [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 18 2010 at 02:10PM

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, turned 92 on Sunday, as the world celebrated the first international day in his honour.

World leaders united in wishing the anti-apartheid icon well on his birthday as well as hailing his contribution to global politics and the fight for human rights.

The increasingly frail Nobel peace laureate was celebrating the day quietly with his extended family and grandchildren at his home in Johannesburg.

“He is very well…he is healthy and taking into account the kind of life he had, it is really heartening… he is getting old, he is getting frail but he is absolutely healthy, full of life, spirits high,” Mandela’s wife Graca Machel told [continue reading]