Archive for November 5th, 2009
Botswana is the most peaceful country in southern Africa and is ahead of its former coloniser, the United Kingdom, in terms of universal peace points.
Botswana is at 34th position with 1.643 points, followed by the United Kingdom at 35th position with 1.647.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says Botswana is above all African countries. Malawi is second in Africa at 47th position with 1.711 points.
The least four peaceful countries in the world are Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, in that order.
But at 34th position globally, that makes Botswana the most peaceful country only [continue reading]
04 November, 2009
GABORONE – A former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor recently appeared before the Serowe Magistrate Court charged with giving false information to a person employed in the public service contrary to Section 131 (a) of the Penal Code. According to a media release from the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), the accused, Prince Kgwaneng on or about January 29, 2001 at Serowe, with intent to deceive gave false information to the secretary of the Serowe Land Board.
The release says the accused falsely stated in the land board application forms (application for customary land rights) in respect of a borehole application by himself that he had consulted with concerned persons as required by the land board procedures in applying for the said borehole, when in fact he had not [continue reading]
FRANCISTOWN: The President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the North, Christopher Masunga said the presiding officers, Dikgosi and court clerks are faced with many challenges such as lack of training in judicial matters.
“It is a serious issue because we see that people complain in the way the cases are recorded from these courts because they miss important details of the case at times.
The other problem facing Customary Courts is that of insufficient resources especially computers and Information Technology (IT) training,” said Masunga. The result is [continue reading]
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)
4 November 2009
Maputo — The SADC (Southern African Development Community) body on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (commonly referred to simply as “the Troika”) will hold a summit in Maputo on Thursday, mainly to discuss the current crisis in Zimbabwe.
SADC Executive Secretary Tomas Salomao told reporters on Wednesday that the three major players in Zimbabwean politics, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Arthud Mutambara, and President Robert Mugabe, will attend, as will all three members of the Troika, its current chairperson, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, its past chair, Swazi King Mswati III, and the Troika deputy chair, Zambian President Rupiah Banda
Also expected at the summit are the current chairperson of [continue reading]
Maun residents have accused the newly opened Letsholathebe Hospital of polluting Thamalakane River.
The residents say the hospital is a threat to their health because it is releasing sewage into their source of water and food. “We use this river for fishing, farming, human consumption and other recreational purposes,” said a resident on condition of anonymity.
She expressed fears that they might get sick from using water from the river. She said their children might catch infections when [continue reading]
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
4 November 2009
Harare — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s threat to appoint interim ministers to plug the gap left by the “disengagement” of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) from the unity government could lead to a review of donor funding, a highly placed official from a major donor country told IRIN.
“We are still monitoring developments. No decision has been made to appoint acting ministers, but that would certainly send a wrong message, and could get donors who want the situation in Zimbabwe to improve to review their financial commitments to the inclusive government,” said the official, who declined to be identified.
The Global Political Agreement (GPA), signed in September 2008, paved the way for [continue reading]
Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Aviva Corporation plans to place its Mmamantswe Integrated Coal and Power Project on care and maintenance pending the outcome of Independent Power Producers’ (IPPs) decision from Eskom of South Africa.
The future of the Mmamantswe project, along with many other IPPs such as CIC’s Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP), hangs in the balance because Eskom, which is supposed to be the projects’ off taker, is yet to commit to any agreements to purchase power from them.
Eskom has highlighted the need to finalise its internal funding mechanism before [continue reading]
04 November, 2009
GABORONE – The ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation has announced the appointment of two former members of Parliament to ambassadorship.
The duo is the former MP for Kweneng South, Ms Gladys Kokorwe as well as former MP for Shoshong, Mr Duke Lefhoko.
Ms Kokorwe has been appointed Ambassador designate to Zimbabwe while Mr Lefhoko is High Commissioner designate to Namibia.
Ms Kokorwe has served the country for 23 years in various capacities. She worked in the civil service from [continue reading]
04 November, 2009
GABORONE – Emergency medical service providers have been urged to provide appropriate service and ensure compliance with professional standards so that clients get professional service.
This was said by the Managing Director of Medical Rescue, Mr Rockie Mmutle during the stakeholders seminar and signing of the memorandum of agreement with emergency medical service providers.
According to Mr Mmutle, emergency medical service providers intend to provide professional service to all Batswana and also want their services accessed country wide because non professionals assisting patients during accident can [continue reading]
04 November, 2009
SEROWE – The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) in Serowe has donated a one roomed house, toilet and standpipe to a pensioner in Paje.
Speaking at the official handing over of the donation, the Member of Parliament for Serowe North East, Mr Dikgakgamatso Seretse said as a leader, he was motivated to find that different organizations and individuals continue to show compassion to the less privileged members of the society.
He noted that through the donation, the department was not only showing love but was also in line with the Setswana morals of showing compassion to fellow citizens.
He called on other organisations and companies to emulate the DWA for the betterment of [continue reading]
Johannesburg – A large number of companies are not implementing environmentally sustainable business strategies, a survey released on Wednesday has revealed.
More than 40% of the companies surveyed were not doing so, thereby jeopardising their own long-term sustainability, according to the Supply Chain Intelligence Report 2009.
The study into the supply chain and logistics practices of business in SA was conducted by Terranova Research and based on over 200 interviews with [continue reading]