Archive for May 8th, 2007

source: BOPA

08 May, 2007

PALAPYE- Debswana Group HIV/AIDS Impact Manager Dr. Onalethata Johnson has called for behavioural change among Morupule Colliery Limited (MCL) employees to lead healthier and productive lives.

Giving a keynote address at the launch of a health and wellness programme for the company, under the theme, Adopt healthier lifestyle patterns, she said MCL is committed to ensuring that all its employees and members of the community are given the appropriate support to lead healthier lifestyles.

Wellness and healthier lifestyle, she said was a quest by an individual, to attain a higher level of health encompassing physical fitness, occupational health and safety and testing for HIV/AIDS.

Once you have taken an HIV test with your partner and test negative, you must take necessary measures to ensure that you remain HIV negative and if you discover that you are HIV positive then you must take appropriate action.

Dr Johnson said Debswana has a programme that provides free Anti-Retroviral therapy (ART) and other medication for management of opportunistic infections and related conditions.

She said provision of ART is an example of the companies commitment to ensuring increased productivity and a better quality life for its employees.

Welcoming guests, MCL manager Mr. Cletus Tangane said the wellness programme was initiated to [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 07 2007 at 06:36PM

Foreign ministers from 53 African nations started gathering in Durban on Monday for a two-day meeting on political and economic integration on the continent.

The African Union (AU) foreign ministers’ meeting, which begins Tuesday, was expected to lay the groundwork for a summit gathering African heads of state and government in Accra, Ghana, in July, according to a statement from South Africa’s foreign ministry.

“The matter of the political and economic integration of Africa is a long-standing issue and a historic debate that will not end until we reach this destiny,” Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in the statement.

He pointed out that the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


Lawyers are divided over attempts by the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) to sue government over the controversial Air Botswana privatisation process. The BCP is expected to file an urgent application over the matter. However, some lawyers doubt the party’s capacity to drag government to court over the matter.

They say the party has no legal standing to take such action. Former High Court judge and legal consultant Peter Collins said that in Botswana, no one can bring a matter of public interest to court unless he or she can prove that they are personally affected.
Lawyer Ophaketse Maphakwane shared Collin’s view. He added that the BCP has to show that they are aggrieved beyond any other members of society. “The BCP has to prove that they are directly affected by the privatisation of Air Botswana. Otherwise the whole thing will be flimsy and baseless.”

Lawyer-cum-politician Themba Joina dismissed the BCP’s initiative saying that the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 May, 2007

BOSTON – President Festus Mogae has regretted that many African nations are locked out of the developed worlds market despite their efforts to better manage their economies and to create conditions conducive to foreign investment.

They found themselves locked out of the wealthy countries markets by both high tariffs and non-tariff barriers, he told a Harvard University John F.

Kennedy School of Governments spring conference on Saturday.

He believed Africa should be brought on board since trade is a vital ingredient for the continents economic development, as it opens opportunities and provides access to markets, technology, finance and innovation.

NEPAD (New Partnership for Africas Development) and the G8 Africa Action Plan, among others, recognise that the critical need to improve access of African exports to the markets of the developing world is important.

This is absolutely imperative for sustainable development. Addressing the forum on the sub theme, Challenges and Opportunities of Africa, he said though initiatives such as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Cotonou Agreement have helped to improve market access, there is still more room for improvement.

This has to be approached holistically. It should not, for example result in a situation where [continue reading]


Bongani Mlangeni

7 May 2007

Indaba 2007 aims to introduce industry participants to the fast-growing world on online tourism, as websites are increasingly seen as cost-effective ways for businesses to sell their products and services.

The Indaba will be held at Durban’s International Convention Centre and the Durban Exhibition Centre from 12 to 15 May. Some 12 000 participants are expected, 500 more than in 2006.

The four-day indaba, which will be opened by Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, is a premier event on the annual tourism calendar, providing an opportunity for those involved in the tourism industry to showcase their products and services.

“This is the continent’s most prestigious travel trade show, where the entire South African tourism industry is united in the pursuit of a common objective – to sell our destination effectively in order to grow the industry and [continue reading]