Archive for October 15th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

In the wake of negative outcomes from South Africa’s recently released draft Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP2010), Australian resource development outfit, Aviva Corp, says it is re-assessing its 1000 megawatt (MW) coal-fired plant and coal export project at Mmamantswe in the Kgalagadi District.

The project’s success is hinged on South Africa’s IRP2010, a policy document guiding that nation’s energy development, import and consumption plans over the 20-year period to 2030. Eskom and other state energy entities will use the IRP2010 for the procurement and planning decisions through to 2030. Aviva had been hoping IRP2010 would have provision for Independent Power Producer (IPP) supplies of fossil fuel from Botswana within the timeline of Mmamantswe’s proposed development.

It was highly likely that such an outcome would have [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
14 October, 2010

The delegation sent by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to Zimbabwe, to try to resolve the latest crisis in the unity government, arrived on Wednesday. Unconfirmed reports say they have met with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai but failed to secure a meeting with Robert Mugabe. We were unable to contact any of Zuma’s delegation members for an update.

Upon their arrival Wednesday the team of Charles Nqakula, Mac Maharaj and Lindiwe Zulu tried to downplay the seriousness of the row that has developed between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, with Nqakula saying: “We are back here as part of our monitoring exercises to check with political parties here what has happened since the last summit.”

But the trio arrived without an appointment, which confirms the fact that the trip was made in a hurry and Mugabe’s lack of interest in seeing them immediately.

Regarding the crisis created in the unity government by Tsvangirai finally standing firm against [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-14 21:29

Johannesburg – A poacher was shot dead and another wounded in the Kruger National Park, SABC News reported on Thursday.

The men were allegedly found armed inside the park on Wednesday by rangers who were patrolling, Sanparks CEO David Mabunda said.

A shoot-out ensued and one of the men was killed.

His accomplice escaped, but was arrested later while he was being treated at a hospital.

A rifle, cellphone and ammunition was found on the dead man, SABC News reported.

Since the beginning of the year, 232 rhino had been poached throughout South Africa, 104 of them from the [continue reading]