Archive for May 22nd, 2008
FRANCISTOWN: There was tense silence and only an occasional murmur in the chambers of the City Council of Francistown when the Assistant Minister of Local Government, Olifant Mfa, briefed councillors and public servants on President Ian Khama’s policies yesterday.
Mfa is travelling around the country spreading President Ian Khama’s message. The centrepiece is that those who do not perform up to standard within a given period will lose their jobs.
“If you do not perform well in six months,” he said, “and the job suffers, you will lose your job.”
Mfa said that though he had been sent to deliver the new President’s message at full council meetings, its target audience included public servants.
“Everyone should be responsible and answerable for his or her job,” he said. “No-one will take the fall for another.”
Civil servants should listen to councillors and do as told, Khama’s messenger said, prompting murmurs of disapproval the public gallery which was occupied mainly by [continue reading]
21/05/2008 15:10 – (SA)
Johannesburg – The football world governing body Fifa has expressed concern over this week’s wave of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
It, however, hoped the World Cup tournament’s “unifying power” could help to overcome divisions, Fifa spokesperson Delia Fisher said on Wednesday.
She said the football body was saddened by the loss of life and injuries incurred during the attacks.
“We are obviously concerned about this issue and hope that the Fifa World Cup and its unifying power will help to overcome these divisions.”
Fisher, however, said it was not Fifa’s role as a sports federation to comment on matters of national sovereignty and domestic affairs.
She said Fifa would use the power of football to fight any form of discrimination, racism and violence.
The football body had confidence in the South African authorities to resolve this issue.
On South Africa’s preparedness for the 2010 World Cup, Fisher warned any deviations from [continue reading]
Total credit issued by commercial banks continued to increase this year, upping 2.2 percent in the first two months of the year, Bank of Botswana statistics show.
On the back of increases in credit to domestic businesses, which went up by 4.5 percent to P243.1 million and a 1.4 percent increase to non-domestic businesses to P57.2 million, total credit went up from P13.53 billion in January to P13.83 billion in February.
In the period under review, household credit also went up marginally by 0.7 percent to P57.2 million.
“The share of credit to the household sector in overall credit fell from 59.6 perent to 58.7 percent in January,” says a report from Motswedi Securities.
“Year-on-year overall credit growth, however, increased from 25.6 percent to 26.9 percent.”
The high amount of credit growth has been an upside risk to inflation, particulary the pressures that [continue reading]
source: BBC News
The wraps have been taken off the new version of the XO laptop designed for schoolchildren in developing countries.
The revamped machine created by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project looks like an e-book and has had its price slashed to $75 per device.
OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte gave a glimpse of the “book like” device at an unveiling event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The first XO2 machines should be ready to deliver to children in 2010.
Mr Negroponte said he hoped the design would also be used by [continue reading]
Private doctors on Monday evening toured the state-of-art laboratory of Diagnofirm at an open day at the beginning of a four day programme.
Six doctors were given an opportunity to see what the laboratory does and ‘to put faces to the voices’.
The laboratory manager, Desire Mhlabi said that they have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the early 1990s. “We have grown in response to service demands and continue to expand our span and network of services,” he said.
He said in the past few years they have invested in the latest world-class equipment and technologies in their automated laboratory departments. He added that their IT department ensures real time connection of computer network system to all the branches and sample collection points.
Diagnofirm has branches in Gaborone and Selebi Phikwe, including collection points in Kanye, Francistown, Maun, Gantsi, Mahalapye, Palapye and Serowe where samples are [continue reading]
May 21 2008 at 12:10PM
By Daily News Reporter
Fraudsters are once again using electronic methods to extort money from unsuspecting victims.
A text message proclaiming that the recipient has won a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser is currently doing the rounds, according to Toyota South Africa’s media relations officer Sharon Garson.
“We received calls from people wanting to find out about the competition. Many of the other calls, however, were taken at dealerships before they reached us at head office,” she said.
Toyota SA issued a statement on Tuesday that said Toyota Kenya, which was mentioned in the message as the vehicle’s sponsor, “is in no way associated with [continue reading]
Suashish Diamonds Botswana has applied for a piece of land in Gaborone on which it plans to build its own cutting and polishing diamond factory for expansion.
The piece of land is next to the Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB), the Director Shagi Hahshon disclosed on Monday during a guided tour organised by De Beers Botswana for journalists.
Hahshon said by the end of this year, Suashish will have at least 100 Batswana employees at its current premises in Block 3, adding that anything beyond that number would be over-crowded, hence the need to build a bigger factory.
“We plan to grow,” Hahshon said, “and we are at the right place because Botswana is a rough country (rough diamonds producer), and we are here to take advantage.”
Suashish is one of the 16 sightholders of DTC Botswana and has been [continue reading]
May 21 2008 at 07:30AM
Eskom said its coal stocks had improved in the past month from a critical low of 12 days to over 17 days and that load shedding this winter would only happen “as a last resort”.
But the power utility’s financial director Bongani Nqwababa conceded to MPs that despite the decision to suspend load shedding, the electricity supply still faced many risks.
“We are far from being out of the woods, and we will continue to be vulnerable for the next few years,” he told Parliament’s public enterprises committee yesterday during a briefing on how Eskom would cope in winter.
Nqwababa struck a somewhat optimistic note about Eskom’s capacity for the next few months, but made it clear that his delegation was not mandated to respond to a damning report by the National Electricity Regulator of SA (Nersa) published on Monday.
In the report, Nersa lambasted Eskom, for among other things, running down coal supplies to critically low levels, inferring that [continue reading]
May 21 2008 at 09:57AM
South Africa has emerged with a ranking of 116th in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2008, the index said.
“South Africa has moved down six places since 2007,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.
“This score makes the country less vulnerable to potential terrorist acts.”
The Index is a ranking of 140 countries – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – listed according to their peacefulness. Now in its second year – it was compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on the outcome of the index: “You ultimately can’t have business where you have conflict. So, it is in the nature of self-interest to promote the kind of circumstances and the kind of environment where you can [continue reading]
The Namibian (Windhoek)
21 May 2008
Posted to the web 21 May 2008
NAMIBIA has dropped several places, both in Africa and the world, on an annual study which ranks nations in terms of how peaceful they are.
The Global Peace Index, the brainchild of Steve Killelea, an Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist, ranks 140 countries – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – according to their peacefulness.
Last year Namibia was ranked 64th in the world and eighth in Africa.
The country has since dropped to 77th in the world and 12th in Africa.
Namibia scored lower than last year in areas such as the ‘level of distrust in other citizens’ as the formation of the new political party, Rally for Democracy and Progress, and the negative reception it received from the ruling Swapo Party takes its toll on [continue reading]