Archive for September 29th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana government and Basarwa communities are expected to wrap up negotiations on the use and management of resources in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).

Responding to Mmegi questions regarding a call by Survival International for tourists to boycott Botswana’s tourism, government spokesman Jeff Ramsay said the human rights organisation was just trying to get attention after realising that government and Basarwa are about to resolve the matter amicably.

Survival International yesterday called for tourists to boycott Botswana accusing it (government) of not giving water to Basarwa living in the CKGR. The call coincides with World Tourism Day, September 27, which Botswana is using to promote her ‘cultural diversity and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica (Washington, DC)
Charles W. Corey
28 September 2010

Africa is the “last frontier of international investment,” and Africans need to be ready to make choices and take action to take advantage of this situation, according to Christopher Gardner, founder and chief executive of the Chicago-based brokerage company Gardner Rich LLC.

In addition to his financial career, Gardner is also a best-selling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is probably best known as the inspiration for the acclaimed film The Pursuit of Happyness, based on his 2006 autobiography.

Homeless and the sole guardian of his young son in the early 1980s, Gardner refused to give up on his dreams. He climbed the financial industry ladder from the very bottom. Today, as the chief executive officer of his own brokerage firm, he is tireless in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

As the December deadlines for the signing of a key trade agreement approaches, another round of negotiations between SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) countries and their EU counterparts will get underway in South Africa next week.

In June, ministers from the seven EPA countries met in Gaborone and approved timelines for the finalisation and signing of a comprehensive EPA with the EU. Under the agreement, the states committed themselves to resolving sticking points that have seen negotiations drift past the original December 2007 deadline, enforceable by the World Trade Organisation.

The SADC-EPA group also committed itself to [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 28 2010 at 09:41pm

The South African government is committed to creating favourable conditions for investment and trade, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

“We hope that we can expand our areas of co-operation and take our partnership to a higher level,” Zuma said in Belgium during a gala dinner held in his honour.

He said the relationship between South Africa and Belgium continued to grow, despite the global recession in 2009.

“Trade between our countries has increased in the last six months… Belgium is our fourth largest trade partner in the European Union, with total trade amounting to two point one billion Euros.”

He said the two countries had also seen new areas of co-operation in the fields of education, rural development, customs co-operation, renewable energy and science and technology.

“For us as South Africa, international trade is an instrument to help us achieve economic growth, so [continue reading]

Zim bans used car imports

source: Mmegi

HARARE – The government has banned the importation of second-hand vehicles as part of a raft of new measures aimed at arresting the carnage on the country’s roads.

According to Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use) Regulations published in the government gazette of September 17, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development is also phasing out left-hand vehicles.

The regulations that will also hit hard owners of unroadworthy vehicles and cripple local car dealers come into effect on March 1, 2011. Vehicles older than five years will be affected and the move will push the price of locally assembled cars beyond the reach of many.

The statutory instrument says in part: “No person shall import any vehicle for registration and use on any road in Zimbabwe if the year of manufacture from the country of origin is more than five years.” “Provided that this shall not apply to any motor vehicle registered in Zimbabwe before the 31st of March, 2011.”

Used Japanese cars have become popular with Zimbabweans over the years as they are cheaper than those assembled locally. Previous attempts by government to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
28 September 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma will this week urge the European Union to lift targeted sanctions on members of the Mugabe regime. Zuma is attending an EU-South Africa summit in Brussels, Belgium and according to Foreign Affairs spokesperson Saul Kgomotso Molobi, “South Africa will set out the AU position, which calls for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe.”

South Africa played a key role in cobbling together the half-baked power sharing deal in Zimbabwe, after Mugabe and his ZANU PF party lost elections in March 2008. The Joint Operations Command which groups together all arms of state security had by then led a murderous campaign of retribution to punish mostly rural voters who voted for Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party.

Mugabe has however refused to honour the same agreement that offered him a lifeline and has instead hid behind the targeted sanctions as an excuse for the lack of progress in the country, demanding they be lifted first. This week a delegation from the coalition government met US politicians in a futile attempt to get that country to remove similar measures. The US said although it recognized the [continue reading]