Archive for September 2nd, 2010

source: Mmegi

Former Minister of Defence, Security and Justice, Ndelu Seretse, who officially resigned from cabinet on Monday, has been charged with corruption by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

According to the charge sheet, Seretse is said to have acted in contravention of Section 31 (1) as read with Section 36 of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act.

The particulars of the offence are that “between June 17 and 18, 2008 in Gaborone, whilst he was a member of the cabinet of the Republic of Botswana, wherein he served as the minister of defence ,justice and security, and as such responsible for the Botswana Police Service, minister Seretse is alleged to have entered into [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The sudden resignation from his cabinet position by the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security Ramadeluka Seretse has elicited differing opinions from social commentators.

The timing of Seretse’s resignation could not be worse, in some ways, as the opposition parties and the public at large have been calling for his resignation over a possible conflict of interest.

Unhelpfully, the government and Seretse himself have offered conflicting reasons for his departure and the rumour mill is in overdrive. Some say Seretse resigned after the crime-busting organisation, Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) tied up its investigations over possible conflict of interest.

The investigations centred on the award of tenders to RFT Botswana (Pty) Ltd – a company whose directors are the minister’s wife and brother.

The company has won tenders worth over P1 million from [continue reading]

source: Fin24
20 minutes ago Sapa

Johannesburg – Housing and protection against salary deductions and disciplinary action remain the main sticking points as the public sector strikes entered its fifteenth day.

A “flawed process” of communication has also been blamed for the rejection of government’s latest pay offer.

Union members have shunned the state’s wage offer without knowing its details, an official said on Wednesday.

“(Minister of Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi) started communicating the offer to public before we even went to our members,” National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) spokesperson Sizwe Phamla told Sapa.

Cosatu leaders, he said, should not have gone to media and discuss the offer as “they would have never been given enough time to explain the entire thing”.

The union had received cellphone text messages from its [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Claire Ngozo
1 September 2010

Windhoek — The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) has received a major boost as several countries have begun drawing on funds from a $22 billion pledge made by the G8.

Under CAADP, African governments are committed to increase their national budget expenditure on agriculture to at least 10 percent. The Programme, agreed by heads of state at the 2003 summit of the African Union, expects a six percent growth rate in agriculture every year.

Dr Nalishebo Meebelo, the Country CAADP Process Facilitator at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), told IPS that the overall goal of CAADP is to help African countries achieve food security and higher economic growth through agriculture-led development

Meebelo said leaders at the G8 Summit held in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009 pledged to raise over [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

MAHALAPYE: The Sub District Council is considering commercialising the harvesting of sand from Mahalapye River to generate money.

This is necessary because the village is already experiencing an influx of companies from as far away as Gaborone to harvest sand. The village is also experiencing increased sand harvesting due to construction of projects taking place in Palapye. The river’s natural beauty is being destroyed by this heavy and sometimes illegal activity.

The Sub District Council chairman, Galley Moatshe Senai, has indicated that they are still planning to approach the Department of Mines as well as the land board about the issue.

He indicated that they are considering, through their village development committees, to charge for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
01 September 2010

The torture trial of a Norton MDC activist, that will see top ZANU PF officials face questioning, has been postponed until later this month.

Mapfumo Garutsa was abducted in November 2008 and held incommunicado for 22 days, on claims that he committed acts of terrorism and banditry. His captors accused him of bombing two bridges, police stations, and undergoing training in Botswana. Garutsa says he was repeatedly assaulted and denied food during his ordeal, and he is now demanding close to $200,000 from top government officials.

Home Affairs co-Minister’s Kembo Mohadi and Giles Mutsekwa, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and former State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa have all been listed in Garutsa’s case. The activist is also claiming damages from police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, Prisons Commissioner Paradzai Zimondi, Happyton Bonyongwe, Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi (Assistant Director of the CIO) and senior police officers, identified as Senior Assistant Commissioner Nyathi, Chief Superintendent Makedenge, Detective Chief Inspector Mpofu, Chief Superintendent Magwenzi, Superintendent Joel Shasha Tenderere and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

ASX-listed Discovery Metals Limited (DML) on Tuesday reported that a bankable feasibility study (BFS) of its BOSETO copper project, in Botswana, has demonstrated the economic potential for the operations to continue beyond 15 years.

The BFS evaluated all aspects of the development of an openpit mine at BOSETO, which would produce and process three-million tonnes a year of copper/silver ore, over a five-year period.

The purpose of the BFS was to allow for the rapid development of the BOSETO site, with construction starting in the fourth quarter of this year, and commissioning of the concentrator set to start in the first quarter of 2012. The development plan, in turn, evaluated the longer-term mining potential at BOSETO and included the establishment of both an open-pit and underground mine to feed the three-million ton a year concentrator.

The development plan found that from [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 02 2010 at 06:24AM

Hundreds of South Africans got caught up in riots that gripped Mozambique on Wednesday, forcing them to extend their stay in the country and leaving a number of hotels in Maputo scrambling to accommodate those left stranded.

Several people were killed when police opened fire on rioters protesting over rising food, water and electricity prices in Maputo and nearby Matola. The rioters brought much of the capital to a standstill.

Most people couldn’t get to work, and passengers were stranded in Joburg and elsewhere because Maputo’s airport was shut.

Local television station Soico Televisao put the death toll at 10 or more, with at least 11 injuries, though the state news agency, AIM, put the death toll at [continue reading]