Archive for March 6th, 2009
Vice President Mompati Merafhe has said that government continues to devote a very big share of the national budget to education.
Speaking at the 10th anniversary of Rainbow High School, Merafhe said education has been allocated 20 percent of the total budget because government is aware that an educated and informed nation is critical to the social and economic development of any society. The vice president said it is imperative that at this stage of development, funds be invested in the education of children must produce educated and skilled people relevant to the needs of the modern economy.
“That is why we continuously review the curricula offered at our schools and rolled various training and development programmes at tertiary level to address the current national skills deficit,” he said. Merafhe said as part of ongoing efforts to diversify the national economy, the government established the Botswana Education Hub to position the country as a centre of excellence in the area of education.
He explained that the hub will support provision of [continue reading]
Business Day (Johannesburg)
5 March 2009
Cape Town — While the government has welcomed the news that Soccer World Cup tickets were selling well, it has expressed concern that not enough has been done to market tickets to South Africans.
Briefing the media after yesterday’s cabinet meeting, chief government spokesman Themba Maseko said there was mounting concern over the fact that South Africans were not buying tickets. He said extra measures would have to be put in place with the local organising committee (LOC) to ensure that both this year’s Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup finals were marketed to South Africans.
He declined to lay the blame at any particular door, saying simply that not enough had been done by the government, the LOC and the host cities and “we must now tackle these problems together”.
In another development, Maseko said a report was [continue reading]
source: Republic of Botswana – Office of the President
This Office is pleased to confirm that H.E. the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, will be profiled on this weekend’s global premier of the new CNN International programme “African Voices”
The progamme will air at the following local (CAT) times throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle East:
Saturday 7th March 2009 at 1430hrs and 2130hrs
Sunday 8th March 2009 at 2000hrs
Non CAT time zone viewers are further advised that the above CAT times are +2 hours GMT and + 1 hour CET.
According to a CNN press release its new show “African Voices,” will:
“Highlight Africa’s most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera.
“African Voices reveals the energy and inspiration of some of the continent’s most interesting and influential characters, as well as of those who think of Africa as home. Presenting the personal insights of the people making headlines and instigating change in Africa and throughout the world,
“African Voices also explores the bigger issues and challenges facing the continent.”
We are naturally pleased that our President was approached to be featured in “African Voices’” premier episode.
The government has put aside P80 million in the current financial year for the construction of the High Court and a Court of Appeal in Gaborone. The project has been in the pipeline for more than five years.
The Minister for Justice, Defence and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse told Parliament this week that the P80 million will be used for the design and construction of the facilities.
The Court of Appeal and the High Court are in Lobatse, the country’s judicial capital since independence. There is another High Court in Francistown but so far the capital Gaborone has only magistrates’ courts and the Industrial Court. The construction of a High Court and a Court of Appeal in Gaborone has raised suspicions in Parliament that Lobatse will lose its status as the judicial capital. But Seretse assured the MPs that [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
05 March 2009
The corruption at the heart of the recent offensive against Zimbabwe’s remaining white farmers was further exposed Thursday, when it was revealed that the High Court Judge who nullified the SADC Tribunal ruling protecting white owned farms, is a direct beneficiary of Robert Mugabe’s land-grab.
Justice Anne-Mary Gowora this week ruled that decisions made by the SADC Tribunal do not apply and cannot be enforced in Zimbabwe. This effectively dismissed last year’s Tribunal ruling that Zimbabwe’s white farmers had a clear legal title to remain on their farms. The Tribunal president at the time also ordered the Zimbabwe government to “take all measures to protect the possessions and ownership” of the farmers’ land – an order which has already been ignored with the recent wave of fresh invasions of farms across the country.
It has since been revealed that Justice Gowora has a clear personal and political motive to nullify the Tribunal’s ruling, as she was awarded land snatched from farmer Ben Gilpin.
Gilpin, who is part of the organisation Justice for Agriculture, explained on Thursday that [continue reading]
05/03/2009 10:02 – (SA)
Johannesburg – Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday denounced South African plans to shut down a makeshift refugee camp on the Zimbabwe border housing thousands of asylum seekers.
South African officials on Friday will close and relocate a mobile refugee office at the Musina municipal showgrounds where an open-air camp of 3 000 to 4 000 Zimbabweans, according to MSF estimates, has sprung up.
“This ill-conceived decision by South African authorities will place Zimbabweans seeking refuge in South Africa at incredible risk,” Rachel Cohen, MSF’s head in South Africa, said in a statement.
South African home affairs spokesperson Siobhan McCarthy told AFP that the [continue reading]
Thu, 05 Mar 2009
South Africa ranks fourth in the world for auditing and reporting standards, the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) said on Wednesday.
“According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009, South Africa received a fourth place ranking for auditing and reporting standards,” the board said in a statement.
Bernard Agulhas, CEO of the IRBA, said the implications of such a ranking should be “very comforting” for South African businesses and financial institutions as well as overseas investors.
“More so in the current financial crisis, regulators and standard setters must make every effort to provide peace of mind to investors and the general public.
“This is made possible through the maintenance of appropriate audit and ethics standards, which, in turn, will provide investors and capital providers with reliable and credible information,” he said.
Given the plethora of laws and regulations auditors were [continue reading]
SELEBI-PHIKWE: The municipality here is trying to recover imprest amounting to P40, 000 erroneously availed to former council employees and a part of full salaries paid to officers who should have paid half salaries, it has come to light in an audit report.
The developments have brought into sharp relief the internal controls of the Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC).
But SPTC has managed to recover P52, 672.47 in imprest erroneously availed to its employees, including town clerks.
A difficulty is that some of the defaulters cannot be traced.
Presenting the audit report for the year ended 31st March 2008 last Thursday, the Chairman of the SPTC Finance Committee, Tebogo Matlhogonolo, said debt collectors would be engaged to recover the money owed.
“Debt collectors are going to be engaged as per tender number SPTC/LA/20/2008 and the tendering process is at an [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
5 March 2008
On Thursday Supreme Court Judge Paddington Garwe ruled in favour of the State, after prosecutors appealed against the granting of bail to MDC politician Roy Bennett. This means the official will remain in custody until a date for the hearing is set.
This was after a High Court judge had ordered the authorities to release the MDC official. Justice Tedius Karwi had last Tuesday granted the MDC Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate bail, which was immediately opposed by the State. The prosecutors were given seven days to launch an appeal and on Tuesday this appeal was dismissed by the High Court judge, who ordered the immediate release of Bennett.
On Wednesday night, lawyers representing Bennett had successfully fulfilled the bail requirements to ensure their client’s release. They paid US$2 000 to the clerk of court and surrendered Bennett’s passport.
But then the lawyers were given the run around by prison officials when they arrived at Mutare Remand Prison.
By 10pm George Loch, one of the lawyers, said the police officials were deliberately delaying processing the paperwork and [continue reading]
March 05 2009 at 04:07PM
A new South African passport with improved security features will be introduced in April this year, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Thursday.
Speaking at a justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing in Pretoria, Mapisa-Nqakula said the passports would be phased in, beginning with re-applications.
She would not divulge what the additional security measures were, saying she was only privy to some of them.
“We [Cabinet ministers] are equally ignorant of that fact. I am confident that the people who designed the passport know what they are doing.”
It was hoped this would help stop the circulation of fraudulent [continue reading]