Archive for April 25th, 2007

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 24, 2007
Posted to the web April 24, 2007

Tshireletso Motlogelwa

The telecommunications industry is watching keenly to see what will happen after the groundbreaking award of service-neutral licences to Orange Botswana and the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) by the parastatal Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA).

Until the award of the new licences, Orange was limited to mobile phones while the BTC was confined to fixed lines. Orange has said although they were still working out a strategy to take them into the increasingly converging communications industry, they intended to claim more segments of the market.

“This new licence means that we will be able to provide more services and cover more areas. Botswana presents a growing market, and this is true of most of Africa. Africa offers the fastest growth of mobile telecommunication uptake in the world.

“We are glad that we are well in step with that,” said Orange’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mickael Faurie, who was accompanied by the company’s Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer Keabetswe Segole, during an interview with Business Today.

Unlike the GSM licence, which limited the company to services in the mobile sector only, the new one spans different ICT sectors, from landlines, through the Internet, to enhanced mobile services.

In the wake of its unparalleled awarding of ‘wider’ licences, the BTA has said its move was influenced by the fact that ICT technology was converging and services were becoming increasingly interlinked. The BTA has acknowledged Orange Botswana’s parent company, France Telecom/Orange Group, as one with vast experience in the provision of integrated ICT services across the African continent.

In countries like Mauritius, the Ivory Coast and Senegal, the company’s subsidiaries offer fixed lines, Internet and mobile services.

“We are considering every option [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

April 24, 2007
Posted to the web April 24, 2007

Zeph Kajevu

The adoption of new technologies in communication services will contribute to the country’s economic growth, Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) Chief Executive Officer Thari Pheko has said.

Speaking during the awarding of the second and new 15-year service neutral license (SNL) under the new licensing framework to Orange Botswana recently, Pheko explained that fast technological developments made the telecommunications industry move towards fixed-mobile convergence, and this has led to a blurring of the boundary between fixed and mobile services. This would entice communications sector operators to expand their business ventures and generate a substantial return on their investment, he said.

Pheko explained that BTA, as the regulator, will ensure that Botswana continues to achieve a sustainably competitive edge in communications critical to make the economy globally competitive.

Under this new dispensation, Orange would be able to provide all forms of communication in addition to mobile telephony. Because SNL replaces Orange’s original mobile telephone operating license, obtained in 1998, and not a renewal, there were no costs involved for the acquisition. Botswana Telecommunications Corporations (BTC) was the first to receive SNL from BTA during an award ceremony in March after making a formal application.

“Since there is virtually no area of business and social life not impacted by [continue reading]

source: news24
24/04/2007 19:18  Р(SA)

Johannesburg – Government’s new electronic national traffic information system eNaTIS had processed more than two million transactions by Tuesday while receiving heavy criticism for slow service and backlogs from the motor industry.

Department of transport spokesperson Ntau Letebele on Tuesday said the system was processing an average of 13 transactions per second and 45 000 to 60 000 per hour.

“Since April 12 to date we’ve done 2.3 million transactions in total – this means people are getting services on the system.”

Interventions had been implemented to improve performance over the past week to cope with high demands and the slowness of the new system, he said.

Backlogs, technical glitches and shaky, slow systems have been reported since the system [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
STAFF WRITER

SEROWE: President Festus Mogae has accused MPs of blackmail and selfishness at the expense of the national agenda. Speaking at a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Women’s Wing dinner dance in Serowe over the weekend, Mogae said the MPs want to arm twist government in a horse-trading exercise. This involves MPs passing the Judges Bill and government reciprocating by reviewing their salaries.

“They maintained that they wanted their pay structure reviewed before they could pass the Judges Bill. We disagreed hence we suspended the issue and are still to engage in talks.”

The President said the government cannot fail to address national issues to push the interests or give priority to the demands of MPs.

“It will be a great embarrassment to want to address the MPs’ pay structures first at the expense of those of High Court judges. My vice-president and I feel very strong about this issue.”

He stressed that the move is not in anyway intended to punish [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

OPINION
April 24, 2007
Posted to the web April 24, 2007

Chandapiwa Baputaki

A tiff has erupted between President Festus Mogae and the back-bench across the political divide. While the President insists that MPs have been trying to arm twist government by demanding that government review their salaries before they pass the Judges Bill, the MPs on the other hand have denied the allegation, saying it is totally untrue.

Opposition MPs have expressed concern at statements made by President Festus Mogae at a ruling party Women’s Wing dinner in Serowe over the weekend. Mogae said in Serowe that the MPs wanted to hold government at ransom by demanding that they can only pass the Judges Bill if their salaries are reviewed. The sole Botswana Congress Party (BCP) MP, Dumelang Saleshando said the President owes it to the nation to explain where he got the idea that MPs wanted their salaries reviewed before that of the judges. “I am actually baffled and do not understand what could have prompted him to say that. I do not remember any forum where the MPs discussed their salaries, not [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

INTERVIEW
April 24, 2007
Posted to the web April 24, 2007

Following the Botswana Defence Force’s advertisement for the recruitment of the first female cadets into the army, many have questioned whether the age limit tied to qualifications has not been intended to disqualify women at the on-set.Voice journalist, GONTSE GAREEBINE posed a few question to the army’s Director of Protocol and Public Affairs, Lieutenant Colonel Baatweng, on the cut-off age of females hoping to join the army.

Q. There is not many Batswana aged between 18 to 22 with a degree. But your advert for female cadets states that one should be a degree holder between 18 and 24 years of age. Is that not a disqualifying factor on its own?

The BDF has been recruiting male officer cadets with degree qualifications at that stated cut-off age over the years. This has been successful, with the majority of our recruits over the years ranging between 22 and 24 years.

Q. What about 25-29 year old women who want to join the army? Does that mean that they are too old?

Recruitment will be done as per the required qualifications unless otherwise stated. Age may be waived on special cases based on scarce skills.

Q. What are the grounds for deciding on the age of females to recruit into the force?

This age limit is standard for [continue reading]