Archive for April 5th, 2007

source: IOL
April 04 2007 at 11:45PM

Traffic information will be managed online from mid-April, the transport department said on Wednesday.

The changeover to the electronic system would start on Thursday and be officially launched by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe on April 17, said spokesperson Ntau Letebele.

He said the existing National Traffic Information System (Natis) records vehicle registration and licensing; records and manages the licensing of drivers and learner drivers; circulates details of stolen vehicles; and records SA Bureau of Standards safety decisions.

It administers R3-billion a year and is used at more than 1 753 sites throughout the country, doing about 40 000 transactions an hour.

‘The new driving licence booking system will validate examiners’
However, it was now 14-years-old and had “severe technical limitations” when it came to the department’s strategic plan, said Letebele.

The new electronic system (e-Natis) would have enhanced law enforcement capabilities and would allow people to do transactions over the Internet and using ATMs instead of physically visiting traffic departments.


Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)
April 4, 2007
Posted to the web April 4, 2007

Air Botswana’s high season winter timetable has just taken off. It adds a second direct service five times a week between Johannesburg and Maun, to cater for tourist passengers.

According to an AB statement, the extra flights are operated daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays by ATR42-500 turbo-propelled aircraft.

“They are in addition to the daily service carried out through the week on the same route by BAe 146 jet aircraft. The timings of the two services are staggered in the morning and afternoon to give passengers more travel options in both directions,” the statement says.

Passengers arriving in Johannesburg on long-haul flights transfer readily onto Air Botswana services for their onward flight to Maun, gateway to the great Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s premier tourism destinations.

Equally, also enhanced to cater for tourist traffic is the Gaborone-Kasane service, with the addition of a third flight a week, on Tuesdays.

Air Botswana operates multiple flights daily between Gaborone and Johannesburg, totalling 27 services a week in both directions. The airline maintains its Gaborone-Harare service three times a week, and domestically operates from Gaborone to Francistown, Maun and Kasane.

Meanwhile, the national airline has noted that sustained low traffic has necessitated the suspension of the Maun-Cape Town, Francistown-Johannesburg, Gaborone-Lanseria and Maun-Kasane services.

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