Archive for April 18th, 2007

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 17, 2007
Posted to the web April 17, 2007

Chandapiwa Baputaki

Botswana Railways (BR) and Spoornet of South Africa have finalised bilateral business discussions by sealing an agreement at a colourful occasion in Kasane over the weekend. The agreement will result in a joint business and harmonisation of expectations in terms and allocation of resources.

The state owned BR went into discussions with Spoornet – Africa’s biggest rail outfit – 18 months ago for a bi-lateral business agreement that would see Botswana benefiting from business from South Africa.
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After a closed-door meeting in Gaborone last year, a joint task team comprising officials from the two organisations was set up to negotiate and agree on various issues. The issues included increasing tonnages on the BR corridor; resource sharing and improving transit container traffic; and general cargo.

BR’s director marketing and supply, Taolo Sebonego noted after the signing ceremony that once put in place, the task team reviewed BR and Spoornet business agreements and identified areas of mutual benefit and opportunities for business growth.

“Key to this was the harmonisation of our operations across our two borders with [continue reading]

source: News24
17/04/2007 21:31 – (SA)

Pretoria – Hours after transport minister Jeff Radebe gave the upgraded transport information system the “all clear” on Tuesday, vehicle testing and licensing stations in Johannesburg and Pretoria still were not up and running.

The new service was electronic and meant traffic-related transactions could be done through automated-teller machines (ATMs) and the internet.

Radebe gave the system the “all clear” at a launch in Midrand on Tuesday.

“There is no reason that members of the public cannot go to the dedicated sites,” he said.

However, Tshwane metro spokesperson Alta Fourie said the system was going on and off.

“It starts and then goes off. So, all our drive-through centres will be closed for the whole week to avoid traffic problems,” she said on Tuesday.

Public asked to be patient

Technicians were attending to the problems, but she did not know when the system would be up and running again.

In Johannesburg, metro chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar said: “No learner’s licences, no driver’s licences, no renewals.”

He called on the public to be patient.

“The stations are experiencing technical problems. We don’t know [continue reading]

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source: IOL
April 17 2007 at 11:27PM

President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday launched the first of South Africa’s six new Nepad e-schools, information technology company Hewlett Packard (HP) said.

The first school to be equipped with an HP computer lab, complete with servers, personal computers, printers, faxes, scanners, copiers and wireless connectivity, was the Maripe Secondary School at Bushbuckridge in Limpopo.

The launch was part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) e-schools project, which aims to increase the use of technology in education and to increase information technology (IT) skills.

“Through our workshops, teachers and the local community will be able to learn the ICT (information and communication technology) skills that are needed to participate as equals in the global knowledge economy,” chief executive of HP South Africa, Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe, said.

She said less than 20 percent of the global population has access to IT, while in Africa, only one in every 130 people has a computer.

Mokgosi-Mwantembe said the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

The Voice (Francistown)

April 17, 2007
Posted to the web April 17, 2007

Whether we admit it or not. We are in a state of emergency! Period. But why is no one talking to us? What are our government, party leaders and employers up to? We want explanations.

The national companies we entrusted the government to run are ‘restructuring’, ‘creating space’ and offering employees ‘early exit and retrenchment’.

That Debswana, Botswana Meat Commission, Botswana Power Corporation, Botswana Railways, Air Botswana and a thousand others are ‘retrenching’ workers-through space creation among other schemes-some dirty.

My blood ran cold when I heard that ‘some’ top brass were ‘being’ given packages in one of the companies we hold dear for the development of our country.

We found this frightening. Unemployment is being increased in a country already grappling with this menace. The companies we have mentioned are the very essence of [continue reading]