Archive for August 18th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Media houses have finally dragged the Botswana government to court over some sections of the 2008 Media Practitioners Act, which they say would seriously curtail press freedom and the flow of information.

The notice presented to the Registrar and Master of the High Court last Friday states the Press Council of Botswana (PCB) as the first among the 32 applicants and the Attorney General as the respondent. The applicants consist of media houses, trade unions and individuals. The case has not yet been allocated a judge.

Applicants argue that the definition of media practitioner in section 2 of the Act is overboard and violates section 12 of the Constitution to the extent that it encompasses non-members of the media. “In order to remedy this defect the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Aug 17 2010 22:07

Johannesburg – Public sector workers will embark on a full-blown, indefinite strike on Wednesday after rejecting the government’s latest pay offer.

“The strike is on,” SA Democratic Teachers’ Union president Thobile Ntola said on Tuesday night at a briefing by Congress of SA Trade Union-affiliated unions and the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC).

“The government went on strike first by refusing to give in to the demands of the workers,” he said.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday) all public sector workers will embark on an indefinite strike until such time that the state comes to its senses.”

ILC chairperson Chris Klopper said its demand of a medical subsidy, housing allowance and recognition of academic qualifications and a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
17 August 2010

A new wave of violence erupted in Chimanimani district on Sunday when some ZANU PF militias armed with machetes, sticks and stones attacked MDC activists at Bvumbura village.

Gun shots were also heard in the area but reports suggest there were warning shots fired into the air by the militias to frighten some of the villagers from confronting them.

Eyewitnesses say that violence began when a militia, accompanied by known ZANU PF activists, attacked homes belonging to several MDC activists.

MDC spokesman for Manicaland province, Pishai Muchauraya, told us the militias destroyed property worth thousands of dollars. Some of the property destroyed included satellite dishes and solar panels.

However, when the home-owners tried to drive the militias away from the area shots were allegedly fired into the air to scare them. But this decision by the home owners to try and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Shareholders of Botswana’s latest diamond junior miner, Firestone Diamonds, will meet next month to vote on a proposed acquisition of South African Kopane, a transaction that will catapult the former from a junior company to a mid-tier miner, if it goes through.

Firestone, which is expected to list on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) soon, last month released details of its proposed takeover of Kopane through a scheme of arrangement.

An all-share offer by Firestone will involve 0,4657 of a share for every Kopane share.

The acquisition is expected to support the company’s aspiration to evolve into a mid-tier diamond producer with potential to produce more than one [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-08-17 22:33

Musina – Since the beginning of this year, 14 795 illegal immigrants have crossed into South Africa from Zimbabwe over the Limpopo river at Beitbridge, the SA Army said on Tuesday.

“This borderline needs a comprehensive borderline plan,” SA Army Colonel Johan Herbst said during a media visit to the border town.

All stakeholders in government departments needed to be on board.

Herbst said there had been arrests every day since the army was re-deployed to the area earlier this year to help the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
17 August 2010

Leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have put off confronting Robert Mugabe over his refusal to abide by rulings of the regional human rights courts, in a move that threatens the credibility of the Tribunal.

SADC leaders have been meeting in Namibia this week for a heads of state Summit which came to an end on Tuesday. It was widely hoped that the Summit would bow to pressure to take action against Zimbabwe for openly snubbing the authority of the Tribunal, which ruled that Mugabe’s land grab campaign was unlawful.

But SADC has instead decided to wait until the completion of a report on Zimbabwe’s refusal to honour the Tribunal, apparently meant to be undertaken by the region’s different justice ministers. That report has not been completed and the issue has been shelved until the next summit in 2011.

The Tribunal in 2008 ordered the Zimbabwean government to [continue reading]