Archive for January 18th, 2009
18/01/2009 10:24 – (SA)
Gabarone – The Botswana government reacted on Saturday to an article alleging that the country had passed restrictive media laws which could see journalists imprisoned.
Government spokesperson Jeff Ramsey said “a number of false and misleading statements” could have been avoided had the Associated Press contacted the government for comment.
The article said the Media Practitioner’s Law had been made law over the holiday and without consultation from lawmakers.
Ramsey refuted this and said that the bill was adopted by a final vote of Parliament on December 11, after it had passed through the committee stage.
He added that an invitation by the minister of communication, science and technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, for the public to “enter into dialogue with government” on possible revision of the bill was [continue reading]
The Government of Botswana has gone ahead and passed the controversial Media Practitioners Law, which was assented to by the executive on 22 December 2008 and gazetted on 31 December. This follows a rushed enactment by Parliament in the same month, in which members of Parliament were denied the opportunity to further subject the bill to debate.
The controversial law seeks to establish a Media Council, which represents a name departure from the initial Press Council of Botswana. Among other things, the law requires media practitioners to be registered by a government-appointed body. Failing to register and accredit with the council is punishable by a fine not exceeding P5000 (approx. US$630) or three years in jail. The complaints and appeals committees shall be appointed by the minister, who also has the right to dissolve the council.
MISA-Botswana regrets the latest development and continues to label the law repressive and not different from those used by governments such as Zimbabwe to suppress media rights. MISA-Botswana shall continue to campaign against the law in [continue reading]
source: Afrol News
afrol News, 16 January – Botswana journalists are angered by government’s enactment of Media Practitioner Act earlier this year, which journalists fear it will restrict their work.
According to a statement issued by MISA Botswana, the organisation was not surprised by rushed enactment of the law, since the government had shown its unprecedented determination to enact the law.
The Media Practitioners Act was passed last year, but lawmakers had asked for amendments and it had been expected to go to parliamentary committees for fine-tuning this year, but instead, the government published it in the official gazette over the holidays, making it into a law.
“Every obstacle, including parliament were side stepped to establish a media council that is [continue reading]
source: Southern Times
Southern Times Writer
World football governing body, FIFA, is reported to have written a strong worded letter to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) following the introduction of a constituency league last year.
BFA has received a letter from FIFA seeking clarification on the league. The constituency league was launched last year in July by President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
BFA chief executive officer, Tosh Kgothele, would neither deny nor confirm the allegations.
“I do not want to comment on that issue for now,” said Kgothele.
FIFA development officer, Ashford Mamelodi, is reported to have warned the BFA that Botswana is running the risk of being suspended from FIFA.
He has warned that countries have [continue reading]
source: The Standard
Saturday, 17 January 2009 12:57
BULAWAYO — Ramotswa Steel, a Botswana based Ziscosteel subsidiary that was at the centre of a financial scandal that sucked several senior government officials three years ago, has collapsed.
According to reports from the neighbouring country, the closure of the company will see more than 250 workers losing their jobs.
Ziscosteel chief executive officer, Alois Gowo told standardbusiness the company had not been receiving adequate raw materials from the Redcliff based company leading to its collapse.
“The issue is that the company has closed shop and the management and the board are looking at means and ways of resuscitating it,” he said.
“The primary problem was that Ramotswa Steel has not been producing anything, and this came against challenges at Ziscosteel of not producing steel given that our furnace had broken down.
“So we have not been supplying them with raw materials and [continue reading]
By Nelson Banya
HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai arrived back in the country on Saturday, the first time he has been in Zimbabwe since November last year.
Tsvangirai, who has spent much of the time since then in neighbouring Botswana, arrived on board a South African Airways flight from South Africa and told reporters he was “glad to be back home.”
Zimbabwe’s political parties are set to [continue reading]
16 January, 2009
TONOTA – National leaders have been calling on Batswana to take advantage of the rains in most parts of the country to plough and mitigate against the financial crisis affecting the world and Botswana.
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe and the Member of Parliament for Tonota South, Mr Pono Moatlhodi are the latest to make pleas for the people to take advantage of the good rains to till the land for subsistence and commercial purposes.
Mr Gaolathe, addressing his constituents this week, urged the people to undertake farming as a matter of urgency in order to cushion the effect of the worldwide economic downturn that is having an effect on development in Botswana.
He advised the farmers to make use of the government agricultural schemes intended for that purpose such as the recently introduced ISPAAD especially now when the world is confronted with the acute shortage of essential commodities such as [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
16 January 2009
The central bank on Friday introduced new Zimbabwe dollar bank notes into circulation, this time in the trillion dollar range, in the most recent indication that Zimbabwe is a failed state.
The new notes, ranging from a Z$10 trillion note to Z$100 trillion, is the latest effort by the Reserve Bank to ‘help’ Zimbabweans deal with the country’s out-of-control hyperinflation that experts believe has, unofficially, reached at least a billion percent, if not much more. But with the almost total dollarisation of the economy, coupled with the worthless nature of the local dollar, the new notes will likely be worth less than the ink used to print them in the coming weeks.
The Z$100 trillion note is estimated be worth the equivalent of US$30 and will reportedly only buy 6 loaves of bread from those few traders still dealing in local currency. The collapsed economy and continued introduction of ludicrously high denominations of bank notes is the most visible sign of Zimbabwe’s economic and humanitarian crises, which have left millions of lives at risk in a country torn apart by [continue reading]
January 17 2009 at 03:00PM
By Thabiso Thakali
Not everything that goes up will come down – as consumers are finding out the hard way. Despite the plunging international oil cost – on which many price increases over the past nine months have been based – the benefit of decreased prices is only trickling through to consumers.
International airline passengers are still paying half the cost of their tickets in fuel levies and taxes, despite record decreases in global oil prices to levels last seen five years ago.
There is no sign of a let-up yet, with some airlines indicating this week that they have not been able to fully recover fuel costs, notably when the price of crude oil was at $140 a barrel.
Food prices have also yet to decline, according to the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), but instead food-price inflation has [continue reading]