Archive for September 7th, 2010

source: Mmegi

The police weekly report indicates a significant reduction in armed robbery, burglary, theft and murder in August compared to July.

In August, 80 cases of armed robbery were recorded compared to 123 in July. Cases of house break-ins and theft also dropped from 320 in July to 177 in August. There was a notable reduction in burglary and theft in August, which recorded 240 cases compared to 400 the previous month. Road accidents claimed 34 lives in July and 32 in August. The police have attributed the reduction in criminal offences to strategic operations and initiatives such as cluster policing and [continue reading]

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source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
06 September 2010

Since Wednesday there has been intermittent jamming by Robert Mugabe’s regime of short wave broadcasts from SW Radio Africa. Using a heavy noise like a slow playing record, some of our programming and news bulletins have been drowned out.

Experts say jamming radio broadcasts is expensive to do and you need a lot of power. Last week our sources said the Central Intelligence Organisation, which falls under the President’s Office, is running the operation.

The Zimbabwe National Students Union criticized the jamming describing it as ‘an attempt to subvert a people’s right to receive and impart information as prescribed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Zimbabwe is a signatory.’ The union said it had hoped the inclusion of the MDC in government ‘was a buffer against such authoritarian tendencies’ but it seemed ‘politicians are of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Development of the proposed Trans-Kalahari railway line (TKR) is critical for Botswana’s ability to unlock the potential of its coal resources.

That’s according to Gabaake Gabaake, permanent secretary for Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, who was interviewed by Miningmx at the Africa Down Under conference in Perth, Western Australia.

But Gabaake maintained any development would have to be driven by the private sector, with facilitation from the governments of Botswana and Namibia.

That view is challenged by sources at the conference, who feel that both governments will have to get involved directly in raising the funds needed.

The Botswana and Namibian governments are currently working on a feasibility study on the TKR project, while discussions are under way between various coal companies to undertake a bankable feasibility study. The proposed line would link to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wilson Johwa and Alistair Anderson
7 September 2010

Johannesburg — PUBLIC sector unions suspended their strike yesterday, but threatened more action if their original demands are not met.

The three-week-long strike was called off pending the outcome of negotiations that resumed yesterday and will run for 21 days.

Union officials said the suspension of the strike did not equate to acceptance of the offer of a 7,5% wage increase and R800 housing allowance. “It doesn’t mean that now that we’re negotiating, we’re accepting the offer,” said Thobile Ntola, president of the South African Democratic Teachers Union.

Public servants are expected to resume normal operations today, bringing relief to public schools and hospitals, which have been the worst affected. Matric preliminary exams in several provinces were postponed. Some schools were disrupted by [continue reading]