Archive for May 7th, 2007

source: BOPA

07 May, 2007

GABORONE – Mascom telecommunications has introduced a new theme and marketing campaign called Closer to you as a way to remain fresh to their target market.

This however, does not mean that Closer to you will replace In touch with your life. In touch with your life is an integral part of Mascom logo and the essence of the brand.

Speaking in an interview, a representative from Mascom marketing department Lilliana Knowles said: We are trying to bring our customer closer to us.

Closer to you is designed to make Batswana feel connected to Mascom by having scenes common to them and people living in Botswana on their advertisements.

Mascom wants its customers to know that they are a part of this nation and they are [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 07 2007 at 09:43AM

Traffic stations countrywide will be closed on Monday morning as new computer servers are being installed to tackle problems with the eNaTIS system, the department of transport announced.

“People shouldn’t go to the traffic stations until after lunch…at around 2pm,” said spokesperson Collen Msibi.

Msibi said the morning would be used to install new servers ordered last week after the [continue reading]

 source: allAfrica

Business Day (Johannesburg)

7 May 2007
Posted to the web 7 May 2007

Mariam Isa

RESERVE Bank governor Tito Mboweni has made it clear he wants a weaker rand to boost the competitiveness of exports, but is keeping markets guessing on whether interest rates will rise this year to tame rising inflation.

He said repeatedly on Friday that the rand’s exchange rate, which strengthened strongly in the past few weeks, was “out of kilter” with the large deficit on the current account.

“The basic point I am trying to make is that the exchange rate of any country should be a reflection of its macroeconomic fundamentals,” he said at a Mail & Guardian business breakfast.

“If the current account goes into a huge deficit and one continually notices that the trade balance is out of kilter, it says something about the exchange rate being out of balance … Maybe there needs to be some rebalancing. Exports are hurting and imports are having a good time.”

The current account gap ballooned to 6,4% of gross domestic product last year, from 3,8% the previous year, its biggest ratio since 1981.

The deterioration makes the rand more vulnerable to capital flows, and has sparked concern [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 May, 2007

GABORONE – The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) on Friday issued three National FM Radio Licenses to three radio stations, Yarona FM, Gabz FM and new entry in the market, Duma FM.

Speaking at the ceremony held at Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA), NBB chairperson Dr Masego Mpotokwane said the licensing of three private national radio stations heralds a new era in the broadcasting sector in Botswana.

It brought the number of national radio stations to five.

He said the licensing was done in the interest of diversity as espoused by the Broadcasting Act as well as the Draft Broadcasting Policy still to be approved by Parliament.

We believe that these licensees will enable Batswana in other parts of the country other than Gaborone to have access to diverse sources of education, information and entertainment, Dr Mpotokwane said. He said without the free flow of news, information and opinion, citizens would not be adequately informed to meaningfully exercise their democratic rights.

Dr Mpotokwane said the broadcasting industry operated within an economic and business environment, adding that the success or failure of the sector depended on the strength of the economy within which it plays.

He said the licensing of the three radio stations would result in [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 07 2007 at 04:46AM

By Karen Breytenbach

Seven South Africans were aboard the Kenya Airways aircraft that crashed in a remote area in the swampy, densely forested southern part of Cameroon at the weekend.

On Sunday, foreign affairs department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the Cameroonian government had officially confirmed that the wreckage of the plane had been found about 10km from Douala, Cameroon’s commercial capital.

Thomas Sobakam, chief of meteorology for the Douala airport, on Sunday night had no information on the condition of the new jetliner, nor if there were any survivors.

‘Our prayers go out to them’
The Boeing 737-800 aircraft left Douala shortly after midnight on Saturday but failed to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya six hours later.

Airline spokesperson Michael Okwiri said local fishermen reported hearing a loud bang, followed by [continue reading]