Archive for March 30th, 2007

source: BOPA
29 March, 2007

GABORONE – As Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders, among them Acting President Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, gather in Tanzania today, many are hoping for a solution to the worsening political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

Politicians across the party divide believe the meeting in Dar-es-Salaam, provides an opportunity for leaders to help their ailing neighbour, Zimbabwe, out of turmoil.

Zimbabwe has for some time now been the focus of international attention following what many see as a repressive response to dissenting voices.

The highlight was the recent beating of opposition leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangarai, allegedly at the hands of the state police.

Pictures of his badly battered body appeared in newspapers and were beamed in television screens drawing world wide condemnation.

The silent diplomacy adopted by the region was now being questioned more than ever. As pressure mounted on Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of the region, Zambias President Levy Mwanawasa broke ranks. He spoke openly about the need for intervention and likened the country to a sinking Titanic.

Thus political observers expect the leaders to read the riot act to President Robert Mugabe and impress upon him the need for warring parties to come to a negotiating table.

The regional leaders must put pressure [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 March, 2007

MAUN – An P88 million project to provide infrastructure in game reserves and national parks is expected to create jobs and prepare Botswana for the expected increase in tourists in 2010.

The project, which is co-funded by the government and the European Union, includes the construction of ablution blocks, camping sites and staff offices at Moremi Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi/Nxai Pans.

Speaking at a meeting in Maun this week to mark the commencement of the project, the General Manager of Italtswana Construction Company, Mr Gianni Manis, said his company would employ about 400 people, 99 per cent of them would be Batswana.

An official of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Kingsley Leu, said the project, which was under the wildlife conservation and wanagement division, would improve services for tourists.

Mr Ledu said tourists had raised complaints about services provided at national parks and game reserves.

He said some tourists believed that entry fees at local parks and game reserves were expensive and that they should get value for their money.

The 18-month project was expected to be complete by September 2008.