Archive for October 12th, 2009
source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
11.10.2009 8:22:45 P
The para-statal Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) this week revealed that it has committed substantial amounts of funds towards the BOTSGATE backbone as it moves to mitigate criticism from corporate organisations and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) about the efficiency of bandwidth.
In the next three years, BTC has committed US$ 5 million towards the enhancement of BOTSGATE, according to the para-statal’s head of wholesale division, Duncan Pie.
Pie revealed the investment will beef up [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
9 October 2009
Thousands of Zimbabwean asylum seekers are to benefit from the relaxation of immigration laws by the British government.
From July, the UK government quietly loosened the immigration rules for asylum seekers in order to clear a backlog of cases. The British government two years ago halted its policy of returning Zimbabwean asylum seekers because of the dire political situation.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees describes an asylum seeker as an individual who has sought international protection and whose claim for refugee status has not yet been determined.
SW Radio Africa can reveal that in the last few months, hundreds of failed asylum seekers from the MDC were granted leave to remain in UK after their cases were reviewed on an individual basis.
Reports in the British media on Friday said as a result of the changes, some [continue reading]
source: Sunday Standard
by OLIVER MODISE
11.10.2009 8:50:30 P
With only a few days left before General Elections, controversy has erupted between the Manual Workers Union, on one hand, and the ruling party, on the other.
This was after the Union leadership issued leaflets and campaign posters lobbing voters to reject senior members of the A-Team faction of the Botswana Democratic Party.
Vice President Mompati Merafhe tops the name and shame list of parliamentary candidates the union call “enemies of democracy.”
Others are Jacob Nkate of Ngami, Shaw Kgathi (Bobirwa), Neo Moroka (Kgalagadi South), Peter Siele (Ngwaketsi South), Phandu Sekelemani (Francistown East), Kentse Rammidi (Kanye North) and Edwin Batshu (Nkange) as the men not to be voted for.
Other than calling them “enemies of the people” the Union does not [continue reading]
The Southern African Development Committee (SADC) Observer Mission for next Friday’s Botswana elections has said it will monitor access to media by political parties.
Speaking to political parties, media and other stakeholders, the head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission, Francisco Madeira said yesterday that they will determine how independent the judiciary is before and after elections. Madeira is the Mozambican Diplomatic Affairs Minister. He said his team has more than 40 observers from all SADC member states. He stated that so far observers from Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania have arrived in [continue reading]
09 October, 2009
GABORONE – Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) has adopted strategies to improve its efficiency in carrying out its mandate of providing citizens with affordable accommodation.
This it seeks through horning management skills, adopting new construction technologies and forming joint ventures with local companies.
BHC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Reginald Motswaiso notes in the companys financial report that it has over the years developed extensive project management skills enabling it to deliver housing projects on time.
In an endeavour to help the government and its agencies to deliver institutional houses in an efficient and cost-effective manner, the corporation has made available its project management skills to both the government and [continue reading]
Business Day (Johannesburg)
12 October 2009
Johannesburg — AGRICULTURE, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat- Pettersson is spearheading a new drive to establish white farmers from SA throughout the African continent — partly because SA’s redistribution programme will create land shortages at home.
Joemat-Pettersson said at the annual congress of farmers’ union AgriSA on Friday that the government remained committed to transferring 30% of white-owned farmland to blacks in five years, but this would leave little room for white farmers to expand in SA.
“If we can’t find opportunities for white South African farmers in this country, we must do it elsewhere in the continent.”
She announced the government was [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
09 October 2009
Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono has confirmed his long held status as Mugabe’s blue-eyed boy, by freezing the bank accounts of Nestle Zimbabwe, a week after the dairy firm stopped buying milk from Grace Mugabe. Following pressure from human rights groups Nestle announced it would stop buying milk from Gushungo Dairy Estate, which was controversially acquired by Grace along with 6 other farms. A report in the weekly Zimbabwe Independent newspaper quotes Gono confirming the RBZ had ordered a forensic audit into Nestlé’s dealings.
‘There were two or so transactions which were made which we thought
were irregular’ Gono told the paper. ‘These have been explained and things are back to normal. We have to be on the look out for any irregular transactions.’ He denied the probe had anything to do with Nestlé’s decision to stop buying milk from Grace Mugabe’s farm. The paper spoke to [continue reading]
09 October, 2009
The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology (MCST), the Honourable Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, wishes to publicly reaffirm that Botswana TV (BTV) and Radio Botswana are prepared to uphold the Code of Conduct for Broadcasters during Elections.
This commitment is consistent with the previous 28th September 2009 Press Release by the Minister in which she clearly stated that: “The Ministry fully respects the regulatory authority of NBB. In this respect DBS remains committed to working within the recently launched Code of Conduct for Broadcasters during Elections (the Code), which it has volunteered to adhere to. Radio Botswana and BTV thus remain prepared to fully fulfill their obligations to air, free of charge, party political messages, in accordance with Sections 5 and 9 of the Code. We have accepted this undertaking notwithstanding the fact that [continue reading]
Commissioner of Police, Thebeyame Tsimako has declined to disclose reasons for the arrest of four South African citizens at Ramatlabama border gate last week saying he is still awaiting details from his officers.
South African media have reported that the four were arrested after one of them said President Ian Khama looks like a bushman in a portrait.
“All I know is that a South African citizen was arrested somewhere down south for being a common nuisance but I do not have the details. I will find out from my operatives tomorrow,” Tsimako said yesterday. He added that many people have been arrested for the offence in the past hence it would be difficult to [continue reading]
09 October, 2009
LETLHAKANE – Debswana is happy that it is out of the woods largely because of the improving market conditions as well as the mitigating measures introduced since the beginning of the global economic crisis.
But the most important element in this, which is the human resource, is not mentioned anywhere in the commendations.
This was said by the president of the Botswana Mine Workers Union, Mr Rex Tambule in Orapa on Tuesday during a petition to the Managing Director of Debswana in which the union called for a 15 per cent increase in the salaries of employees.
Mr Tambule called on Debswana not to penalise the employees because when [continue reading]
source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Madibana
11.10.2009 8:16:42 P
Mediation in the salaries dispute between the Debswana management Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) has run into a cul-de-sac.
BMWU, having advocated for workers’ rights since 1971, wants a 15 percent pay hike whilst Debswana, the world’s leading diamond producer by value, says ‘zero’.
Contrary to what has been reported about the events of last Tuesday, Jack Tlhagale, secretary general of BMWU, denies that they have resorted to strike action.
The strike had allegedly taken place in the country’s diamond rich towns of Orapa and Jwaneng.
“There was no strike. What simply happened was that a peaceful demonstration was carried out by [continue reading]
October 11 2009 at 11:17PM
Cellphone users should see the first cost cuts by the end of November, the Communications Department said on Sunday.
Spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso confirmed various media reports that the department wanted to see interconnection rates – which cellphone operators pay each other for switching a call between networks – to drop by 30c, from R1.25 to R0.95 by the end of November.
“The discussion [with operators] has been taking place for quite a while and there hasn’t been any movement,” said Rikhotso.
“Hence we as a department would like to see this issue resolved as soon as possible.”
Over the next year the department would like to see the interconnection fee cut to [continue reading]
Tempers are flying off the handle as polling day, October 16, approaches. In a statement yesterday, the Director of Broadcasting Services, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo, accused members of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) of causing chaos at Botswana Television studios before a live broadcast of a political debate last Wednesday.
This week’s programme featured the BCP, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana People’s Party (BPP) and MELS.
Kaboeamodimo says the programme had to be delayed by up to half an hour due to an uncontrollable situation occasioned by supporters of the BCP at the Btv auditorium.
He says he was informed that supporters of the BCP had occupied the Btv auditorium in excess of allocated numbers and were not willing to share space with other people attending the debates inspite of what was agreed with the participating parties prior to the debate.
Kaboeamodimo says the [continue reading]