Archive for August 13th, 2010

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phandu Skelemani has cast doubt on whether Africa will achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.

The minister was addressing the press yesterday, after returning from the 17th Session of the Executive Council of Ministers and 15th Ordinary Session of the African Union held in Kampala, Uganda last month. The theme of the gathering was ‘Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa’.

Skelemani said that his findings are that African countries are still lagging far behind and with very little progress to [continue reading]

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source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
12 August 2010

Zimbabwean farmers have this week won yet another small victory against the government, in their ongoing pursuit of justice for the unlawful land grab campaign.

The farmers, supported by South African civil rights initiative AfriForum, have been fighting a legal battle in that country’s courts, and trying to force the government to compensate them for the land that was seized in the exercise. On Wednesday the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that the Zim government is responsible for the wasted costs of an urgent court application brought against the farmers and AfriForum, in error last month.

The government mistakenly lodged the urgent application, believing that a planned auction of Zim government owned properties in Cape Town had been organised by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
GREG KELEBONYE
Staff Writer

It is a tough call telling the king that he is very unfair and wrong in his analysis of a given issue. If you were to do it you would crawl to him and in the most humble way, with your face to the floor, ask his majesty if it is possible for him to reconsider the issue.

Even then you can not be sure if he understands you; for all you know your rattling on is a waste of his time. Or worse he could sentence you to death for complaining.

This is the position the Botswana Alcohol industry finds itself in. Following the passing of a number of moratoriums regarding for example the number of hours of operation for establishments selling alcohol, the banning of the sale of alcohol in homes and the raising of the alcohol levy, the industry’s leaders must find themselves at [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 12 2010 at 10:59PM

The government increased its offer to more than a million state workers in an effort to head off a mass strike, sources in the talks said on Thursday.

The government offered to increase the monthly housing allowance to R700 from R630, but kept its wage rise offer at seven percent, the sources said. The unions are demanding an 8.6-percent pay rise and R1 000 for housing.

The talks were held hours before a deadline set by the unions, which staged a one-day strike on Tuesday, for the government to come up with a better deal or risk a prolonged stoppage they say will bring public services to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

A recent Southern African Development Community (SADC)-European Commission (EC) meeting on the future of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) governing trade between the two regions has been described as constructive by a top South African trade negotiator.

The intention to conclude an agreement by the end of the year, and a work programme, including a further three meetings before year-end, had been agreed by the participants.

Department of Trade and Industry, International Trade and Economic Development deputy director-general Xavier Carim did however caution that, while the meeting was encouraging, “we are not out of the woods yet,” and there was still much work that needed to be done. The meeting was held in Brussels at the end of July, and focused on tariffs and rules of origin, as well as unsolved negotiating issues relating to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
12 August 2010

A political row over control of the country’s diamond revenue is expected to intensify, after Wednesday’s multi-million dollar sale of the controversial Chiadzwa stones.

Buyers from the US, Israel, Russia, Lebanon and India jetted into Zimbabwe this week for the auction, which saw 900 000 carats of Chiadzwa diamonds go on sale. The stones were certified for legal trade by the Kimberley Process monitor Abbey Chikane, but represent only an estimated quarter of the stockpile the Mines Ministry has been waiting to sell.

The auction nonetheless still brought in about $70 million, but who the profits will benefit is still of concern. Speaking at the auction, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the government was working on ‘modalities’ to ensure that Zimbabweans benefited from [continue reading]