Archive for May 15th, 2007

source: IOL

May 15 2007 at 10:25AM

By Colleen Dardagan

Durban and Johannesburg were ready for the 2010 soccer World Cup, delegates at the Tourism Indaba heard on Monday.

However, there was no similar assurance from Cape Town, casting doubt on whether that city would be set to meet Fifa’s stringent deadlines ahead of the World Cup.

With more than 500 press representatives at the event, officials from Durban and Johannesburg seized the opportunity to map out comprehensive infrastructural, transport and security plans, while Cape Town’s Routes Unlimited chose to unveil tourism strategies aimed at targeting more visitors to the city before, during and after the event.

Durban’s Head of Strategic Projects, Julie-May Ellingson, fleshed out the city’s R4-billion strategy, which included detailed plans of proposed uses for the multi-purpose R2,6-billion Moses Mabhida Stadium and R1,4-billion public transport and roads upgrade strategy.

“We are confident that at least 85 percent of the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
14 May, 2007

GABORONE – The Assistant Minister of Education Mrs Moggie Mbaakanyi says it is time for Batswana women to stand up and start their own businesses and show their male counterparts that they are also capable of doing a sterling job in business.

Mrs Mbaakanyi was giving a keynote address at the start of a two-day Women Leadership Conference held Friday at Gaborone Sun Hotel.

The conference, which ended on Saturday was organized and facilitated by Ms Ouma Rammidi of Omni Consulting.

One of the dignitaries who graced the conference was First Lady Barbara Mogae, who also addressed the conference.

Meanwhile minister Mbaakanyi said women were as capable as their male counterparts and therefore they should not leave opportunities to pass them by.

She however said she was excited by the fact that women were now realizing their potential as evidenced by the convening of this conference to share ideas on how they could better venture into business.

She said while the government and the entire SADC governments were concerned about empowering women, they too should strive to empower themselves by using available opportunities at their disposal.

She also said they should strive to diversify their businesses and not only focus on one business as that could pose some challenges at a later stage.

Mrs Mbaakanyi told the over 60 participants that as a legislator and a business woman she will never focus only on her meat processing company alone, adding that she intends to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

11 May 2007
Posted to the web 14 May 2007

Stryker Motlaloso

Cabinet minister Phandu Skelemani has called on the European Union (EU) to support southern African countries on the elephant conservation dispute at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Speaking at the Europe Day celebrations in Gaborone on Wednesday, the minister urged the EU to back the conservation proposals submitted to CITES by Botswana and its southern African neighbours Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

CITES holds its conference at The Hague, Netherlands on June 3. For years, Botswana and its southern African neighbours have been seeking to cull their excess elephant populations or to remove the animals from the list of endangered species. But countries like Kenya, whose elephants have been endangered by poaching, have fiercely opposed the proposals with backing from powerful American and European conservationists.

Meanwhile, Skelemani said the EU has played a pivotal role in Botswana’s development process. He asserted that EU assistance to Botswana focused on sectors such as [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 14 2007 at 10:50PM

Police made 13 000 visits to the eNaTIS system on Monday, the transport department said after claims that it was incompatible with the police stolen vehicle registration system.

Spokesperson Collen Msibi was reacting to a Democratic Alliance statement that the new licence and vehicle registration system, the electronic National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS), remained a disaster.

“eNaTIS is incompatible with the SAPS stolen vehicle registration system and aspects like the re-registration of recovered stolen vehicles are at a standstill,” claimed Gauteng’s DA spokesperson on transport, James Swart, after the party visited a licence centre.

Msibi said this was untrue.

Swart added that although the system was not crashing as much as it did last week, transactions were very slow to process.

“Some single transactions are taking up to 45 minutes,” he said. “Efficiency is down to about a quarter or less of what it was under the old system.”

Msibi rejected this, saying [continue reading]

source: BOPA

14 May, 2007

KANYE – The recent incident in which some Lobatse Senior Secondary School students were sent back home because they owed school fees has reverberated all over the country, sending a shiver down the spine of every parent.

In Kanye, it was crunch time for students and their parents as the headmaster of Seepapitso Senior Secondary School, Mr Francis Semathane, warned of similar siuation if they fail to pay.

As a result, Mr Semathane more students have started paying their school fees in a bid to avoid being sent home.

Mr Semathane says the Education Policy states that every pupil should pay their school fees or face exclusion from school.

He says the school usually encourages parents to pay school fees at the beginning of school term to avoid inconveniencing their children in their studies, but some of them fail to do so.

He says those who have completed school without settling their fees will not be given their certificates or testimonials until they have paid in full.

He says the school has done everything to communicate with the parents through letters and meetings, which are often poorly attended.

Mr Semathane says ever since last year they have held three meetings with the [continue reading]

 source: IOL

May 14 2007 at 06:56PM

An application by losing national lottery bidder Igwija Gaming to force the Lotteries Board to supply detailed information on other bidders was premature, a Pretoria judge ruled on Monday.

Judge Francis Legodi said it was a well-known fact that there was no national lottery running at the moment and it would be prudent not to deal with Igwija’s application at this stage, before a fresh decision had been made by the Lotteries Board and Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa. He postponed the application indefinitely.

He said if Igwija was to be chosen as a preferred bidder, the application might be an exercise in futility.

Furthermore, an untenable situation could arise where one [continue reading]

source: India Times

SURAT: South Africa’s plan to change the laws governing its diamond sector, including the proposed export duty on rough diamonds, has become a major cause of concern for the Indian diamond industry.

Industry experts believe that a move of this sort from the government of the world’s largest mining country might create a problem with the Indian industry on the sourcing of roughs from mines in South Africa. The prices of roughs may also see an upward trend.

The Indian diamantaires do not source roughs directly from South Africa. Around 60% of the roughs are sourced from Antwerp and the rest from Dubai and Russia. However, a majority of diamonds sourced by Antwerp come from the African mines in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

South Africa is aiming to stimulate more gem-cutting, especially by South Africans. Its parliament is [continue reading]