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Kenya: Ex-KBC bosses acquitted fraud charges


The Star

August 17th, 2012

TWO former senior managers at the the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation were yesterday acquitted of charges of flouting procurement rules during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. While acquitting former managing director David Waweru and company secretary Hezekiah Oira, senior principal magistrate Lucy Nyambura said the prosecution failed to call a witness from the world soccer governing body, FIFA, to testify in the case.

The magistrate further said FIFA did not complain over the broadcast and there was therefore no evidence to convict Waweru and Oira. She said the two did not directly negotiate for the deal. Nyambura further said KBC had over the years obtained exclusive rights to broadcast the matches and there was no justification in bringing the charges.

The two had been charged with failing to comply with procurement law, when they directly procured contracts with Fifa and African Union of Broadcasters, to relay the matches, without approval of the Central Tender Committee. Among the complainants in the case were RADIO Africa, which entred into an agreement with the KBC to share rights equally to relay the World Cup.

Radio Africa complained that the state broadcaster breached an agreement giving them exclusive rights to transmit the matches. However, KBC breached the contract when it allowed Citizen TV to broadcast the tournament. In the deal, KBC was to get 60 per cent of revenue collected jointly and Radio Africa the rest. But the magistrate said the Radio Africa can file a civil suit and seek damages over the breach because the KBC-Radio Africa Partnership was civil in nature

South Africa duped by fixers before World Cup – FIFA


Chicago Tribune

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Mark Gleeton, Reuters

March 5th, 2012

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa were duped into allowing an Asian match fixing syndicate to provide them with referees for a series of warm-up games before they hosted the 2010 World Cup, FIFA security chief Chris Eaton said Monday.

The outcome of friendly internationals against Thailand, Colombia, Bulgaria and Guatemala in the weeks leading up to the tournament are all in question after FIFA found the match officials had been provided by a Singapore-based company, fronting for match fixers…Eaton suggested the South Africans were duped rather than complicit in any deceit.

“It should also be said that to date there is no information, suggestion or evidence that any player or team, including the national South Africa team, was in any way complicit with any attempt to manipulate a match outcome,” he said…Read more.

South Africa’s Shabangu assures world of bold new mine law reform


Mining Weekly

By Martin Creamer

October 27, 2011

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has promised bold new South African mine law reform at a top world forum.

Shabangu told a Commonwealth South Africa-Australia forum in Perth that she was pioneering objective criteria in the processing and granting of both prospecting and mining rights.

Moreover, mining rights would be granted with water-use licences and environmental authorisation, to create a single integrated licencing system and, for the first time, rights holders would be allowed to subdivide and sell portions of their rights.

“These are critical steps in our attempt to ensure that our mining regulatory system conforms to international best practice,” the Minister said.

The construct of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act was being beefed up to remove ambiguities and possibilities for the multiplicity of interpretations and South Africa’s new electronic Samrad mineral-rights application system had transparently processed more than 2 000 applications since being introduced on April 18.

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was also currently reviewing the Mine Health and Safety Act to remove ambiguity and to strengthen enforcement.

In a reiteration of her forceful anti-nationalisation stance, she reminded South Africa’s naysayers that South Africa had successfully pulled itself from the economic brink in 1994.

“We were successful in doing it then and I’m convinced we’ll be successful in doing it again,” she said.

The DMR had completed its beneficiation implementation plans for the iron/steel and energy sectors, and would finalise its implementation plans early next year for the beneficiation of pigments and titanium metal production, autocatalytic converter and diesel particulate manufacture, and jewellery fabrication.

Shabangu was pleased that the Commonwealth heads of government had afforded South Africa a chance to present its case.

“We’re part of the global community of nations, with all the benefits and obligations that go with it,” Shabangu said, adding that South Africa was driven to better the lives of all of its citizens with the help of its vast mineral resources.

It had not escaped the DMR that some of the biggest players in the resources sector owed their very existence to South African origins.

Meanwhile, as host to the global 17th Conference of the Partners climate-change summit, South Africa had an extraordinary obligation to lead from the front and create a mining industry that was in tune with international environmental conventions and agreements.

Tensions between communities and mining companies had to be resolved as a matter of top priority, with full consideration for the welfare of the communities and workers.

In addition to their contribution to foreign exchange earnings and taxes, she urged mining companies to continue to work with South Africa to give effect to the reasonable targets that were spelled out in the Mining Charter, including optimal local procurement, the promotion of entrepreneurship and the elimination of single-sex hostels.

“These are not luxuries; they’re a critical part of our attempts to right the wrongs of the past,” she said.

Despite the long and difficult road ahead, she was convinced that a South Africa could be forged that belonged to all the people living in it, as promised both in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution.

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