Archive for April 17th, 2007

source: BOPA
19 March, 2007

GABORONE – The Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition on Zimbabwe (BOCISCOZ) meet in Gaborone tomorrow to deliberate on the worsening situation in Zimbabwe The meeting comes 10 days following a crack-down by the Zimbabwean police on a peaceful gathering by Zimabweans in which opposition politician, Morgan Tswangarai, and other activists, were beaten up.

BOCISCOZ, which comprises of the Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) the Botswana Council of Non-Govermental Organisations(BOCONGO), the Botswana Secondary Teachers Trade Union (BOSETU), Ditshwanelo and the Media Institute of Souhtern Africa (MISA), says in a statement that the situation in Zimbabwe has reached crisis point. We therefore cannot standby, fold our hands and watch without raising a voice, it says. With the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, BOCISCOZ has invited men and women of goodwill to that meeting billed for Ditshupo Hall to come so that we we can put our heads together and come up with strategies to respond to the rapidly worsening socio-econmic situation.

The statement says it is necessary to come to the recue of our brothers and sisters in their hour of need.

BOCISCOZ says it is deeply concerned about the use of the Zimbabwean police in ways which are reminiscent of the methods used by the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Howver, it has commended MPs who last week did not mince their words when they condemed the continued collective silence by SADC, in keeping with the blind [continue reading]

source: IOL

April 17 2007 at 05:00AM

By Janine du Plessis

Major vehicle licensing and registration hiccups are set to hit the much vaunted eNatis system which will officially be launched by the government in Midrand on Tuesday.

Late on Monday night Tshwane Metro Police admitted that none of the licensing centres in the city would be up and running or even able to switch to the spanking new electronic licensing, testing and registration system.

The new system – which replaces the 14-year-old Natis system – is supposed to improve service delivery to thousands of drivers.

None of the city’s stations – at Waltloo, in Andries Street and Centurion – will be open for business.

This means the city will still not have any [continue reading]

more posts about eNatis

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)
April 16, 2007
Posted to the web April 16, 2007

Wanetsha Mosinyi
Francistown

The resurgence in mining activities continues to positively influence the Francistown economy, breathing new life into sectors like property, land and transport.

Demand for office and retail space in the city has also grown quite significantly this year. Tati Company Property Manager Ogaisetse Khama said the outlook for office and retail space demand is going to get even higher as the mining boom keeps on boosting other sectors of the Botswana economy. Khama noted that after the devaluation of the Pula, many businesses lost their cash flows, which slowed them down but since last year they have recovered and were now demanding space for rent.

Tati Company owns Nswazi Mall, Barclays Plaza and Blue Jacket Square and Khama added that they are doing well as Nswazi Mall has 100 percent occupation of retail and office space. Nswazi houses shops like Pep, Ackermans, and Topline and Spar is the anchor shop at the complex. Both Barclays Plaza and Blue Jacket Square have between 90 percent and 95 percent occupation and he said this is [continue reading]