Archive for July 27th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Isaac Pinielo
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: There was unusual commotion at the Francistown bus/taxi rank on Tuesday afternoon when a woman wearing a miniskirt was stripped naked by unruly taxi drivers.

The woman clad in a skimpy skirt, had just entered the bus rank and passed the vendors in front of the waiting room on her way to the combis on the other side.

As she strolled into the rank, she met raging drivers and conductors who shouted at her, “Ga wa apara, tsamaya o ye go apara (You are not dressed up. Go and dress up)!”

Some of the drivers began hooting in their combis, while others booed wildly. Suddenly the rank became a symphony of impassioned booing and hooting as others joined in the craze and began violently undressing the lady. The excitement reached fever pitch, with jumping and prancing about as [continue reading]

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source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
26 July 2010

Harare — Zimbabwe has threatened to close 9,000 foreign owned firms after they ignored a deadline to submit plans on how they intend to release some of their shareholding to locals.

President Robert Mugabe’s government wants the foreign owned companies with a value of over $500,000 to transfer 51 per cent of their shareholding to locals.

The tough regulations which were initially introduced in March were reviewed last month after causing a split in the unity government.

But despite the changes to the legislation that allow for exemptions to be made on companies who do considerable community service, the government has done little to re-assure sceptical investors.

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE), which was consistently among the top performing bourses in Africa at the height of the country’s economic problems has lost about US$1 billion in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff writer

Choppies store at ‘Maru-a-Pula’ has let go 14 employees – almost all its staff – after they admitted being part of a syndicate that robbed the shop late last week.

Only two old faces remain after the shop hired new staff. Choppies’ head of human resources, Ben Steggling, says the workers confessed in written statements that they colluded to rob the shop, and also pleaded that they should not be investigated by the police. Steggling said the workers offered to resign and pay back the stolen money and goods, but the Choppies spokesman would not say how much the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Irene Madongo
26/07/2010

The MDC-T has announced it will protest to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) over recent diplomatic appointments made by Robert Mugabe, and it is calling for all the posts to be reversed.

Mugabe reshuffled some of the ambassadors over a week ago, without consulting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, contrary to the provisions in the Global Polictial Agreement (GPA), which is causing outrage in the MDC-T camp.

Mugabe has placed Phelekezela Mphoko as the country’s ambassador to South Africa, replacing Simon Khaya Moyo, who now works full time at Zanu PF headquarters in Harare. Mphoko was Zimbabwe’s diplomat in Moscow. Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku leaves his post as the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York to take up a post in Harare, while [continue reading]