Archive for November 22nd, 2007
Minister of Education, Jacob Nkate, says the revitalisation of tertiary education and the expansion of its contribution to poverty eradication, socio-economic growth, peace and stability across the Southern Africa region requires large scale concerted political, technical, commitment and institutional dedication.
Jacob Nkate was giving a keynote address at the ‘Open Access’ leadership summit of the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) at the University of Botswana (UB). He said through research and innovation, tertiary education provides the basis for the society to adapt and advance in this era of modern technology.
Nkate revealed that the government of Botswana is seriously committed to increasing the skills level of its people. “I believe increased government- sponsored access to tertiary education will address the skills shortages we are faced with as well as [continue reading]
Highway Africa News Agency (Grahamstown)
21 November 2007
Posted to the web 21 November 2007
Joyce Joan Wangui
Safaricom Kenya and Google have sealed a pact to deliver e-mail services direct to mobile phones. The partnership is expected to increase the number of internet users from the current 2.7 million to 4.4 million by virtue of Safaricom’s subscriber base.
Under the deal signed last week, Safaricom subscribers with data enabled handsets will now access email services from Google on their mobile phones, toll-free. The partnership follows the unveiling of Safaricom’s third generation (3G) license to be made available to subscribers soon.
3G networks carry data, voice and video services.
According to Safaricom?s CEO Michael Joseph, “The new deal would enable users to access email and internet services wherever there is network coverage.”
Under the new deal, Safaricom would also launch a local version of Google Maps for mobile phones, which will offer subscribers in selected areas user friendly maps and local listings, as well as [continue reading]
25 per cent without paying, 26 per cent paid for from dividends earned
Jan Raath in Harare
President Mugabe unleashed a devastating new blow to Zimbabwe’s mortally wounded economy yesterday, announcing a new law giving the state a controlling stake in mines operating in the country. Under the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, the Government can take over 51 per cent of companies mining strategic fuels and minerals, taking 25 per cent without paying. The balance of 26 per cent it needs for a majority shareholding will be paid for, it said. However, the Bill brazenly asserts that payment will come from dividends earned from the state’s shares in the companies it takes without having to pay. It gives the state seven years in which to do it. The Bill justifies its seizure “in virtue (sic) of its original ownership of all useful minerals in its subsoil”. Companies mining other minerals will be taken over by indigenous Zimbabweans. The method of payment is not specified.
Much of Zimbabwe’s mining industry has been wrecked by Government interference but the ripe plum remaining is the fast-growing multibillion-dollar platinum industry. The largest company with [continue reading]
Despite the view of some analysts that the banking market is over-saturated, the Managing Director of Bank Gaborone is confident that his newly established bank will compete with the big players in the industry and penetrate the market.
Speaking at the official opening of the bank’s mall branch in Gaborone on Monday, Andre Barnard said Bank Gaborone will do so by means of a simple strategy – giving a great service to customers.
“I cannot really say we have any unique strategy or special products that we have up our sleeve to lure customers to the bank,” Barnard said. “What we will endeavor to achieve is to offer the greatest service to our clients and they will spread the gospel of how good our bank is. “With banking, no one institution can really offer any special product.
If our bank were to introduce a new product today, tomorrow other banks would have a product that is [continue reading]
Pressure on Amado to send an envoy to the country and region to assess conditions
By Ndimyake Mwakalyelye
Washington – The European Union will send an envoy to Zimbabwe ahead of the European-African summit next month in Lisbon at which European ministers have promised to deliver a “very firm and very clear” message to President Robert Mugabe. Portugal, which holds the EU presidency and is hosting the summit, is under pressure to mollify European member states which opposed Mr. Mugabe’s participation in the summit but were overruled by the loose consensus among European states that all African countries should be involved, and African solidarity with Mr. Mugabe. Britain was most staunchly opposed to Mr. Mugabe’s participation, though backed by Sweden and the Netherlands. Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared that no senior official of his government would attend the summit if Mr. Mugabe were present.
But a number of European nations nonetheless insisted Mr. Mugabe be confronted with his record on human rights as well as the country’s ever-steeper decline, and put pressure on Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado at a top-level meeting Monday in Brussels to send an [continue reading]
21 November 2007
The penetration of cellphone banking in South Africa has more than doubled in one year, while usage will climb even more sharply in the coming year, the Mobility 2007 research study by World Wide Worx finds.
World Wide Worx has in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) conducted the annual study of mobile technology, mobile commerce and cellphone banking in South Africa, which provides in depth-research among consumers, corporate technology decision-makers and small and medium enterprises.
In this year’s consumer phase of the project, a survey among urban cellphone users, 17% of respondents said they had used their cellphones for banking services, compared to only 8% of urban respondents in 2006. The numbers were even [continue reading]