Archive for May 19th, 2007

source: BOPA
18 May, 2007

GABORONE – The Independence Electoral Commission (IEC) has resolved to conduct voter registration for the 2009 general elections between October 2 and September 22.

According to a news release from the IEC the registration will be conducted at all polling stations in the 57 constituencies countrywide.

The release says polling stations will remain open between 8am and 6pm during the stated period. It says registration as voter is open to Botswana citizens who are 18 years and above with a valid identity card (Omang).

It further says registration should be done at a polling station within the polling district where one has residence or if he/she has more than one residence he/she should register at a polling station within a polling district where he has a principal residence. BOPA

source: news24
18/05/2007 18:52  – (SA)

Pretoria – Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair will pay a farewell visit to South Africa at the end of the month, deputy foreign minister Aziz Pahad said on Friday.

Blair, who earlier this month announced he would leave office on June 27, would arrive in South Africa on May 31 for his last official visit to the country.

He is expected to meet President Thabo Mbeki during his visit.

Paying tribute to Blair, Pahad said he did much during his time in office to put Africa high on the agenda of the international community.

“We hope that the good foundation laid by Blair would be taken up by the new prime minister,” Pahad said.

While his last visit might be a farewell visit, Pahad said it was still important as it comes a head of the G8 summit in Germany in June.

He said Mbeki would engage on Blair to see how he could, even out of office, assist with finishing the programme of support to Africa that he had started at the G8 Summit held in Gleneagles, Scotland. news24

source: IOL

May 18 2007 at 04:57PM

Opposition parties on Friday have demanded answers on the troubled eNaTIS traffic system, following allegations the Auditor-General (AG) has warned of problems before the system was introduced.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said it had urgently tabled questions in Parliament to Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, following media reports that revealed that the AG warned the government in December about shortcomings in eNaTIS, said MP Koos van der Merwe, the IFP’s Chief Whip.

“We have been keeping a close eye on the crisis that has unfolded over the past four weeks relating to eNaTIS – South Africa’s upgraded transport information system – that has cost government and the tax payer a staggering R408- million,” said Van der Merwe.

“The IFP is alarmed by reports that minister Radebe had been warned by the auditor-general that the system was doomed for failure. In fact, the auditor-general stated in his final report [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 May, 2007

DURBAN – Botswanas tourism operators and service providers who participated in the just ended South Africas tourism conference have said they expect an increase in business as a result of their attendance of the annual showpiece.

They told BOPA in an interview that they managed to meet new clients at the event that showcased a variety of Southern Africas best tourism products and services.

The show attracted international visitors and the media from across the world. According to the South African Tourism as the 2007 show attracted, 12 223 delegates representing a six per cent increase from last year while exhibiting companies were about 1 680.

Botswana was represented by 42 exhibitors from various operations, including accommodation providers, tour operators, game lodges, transport providers, camping and safari companies.

Marketing Manager of Nitani Private Game Reserve, Ms Tarryn Pichen, said they made contact with 40 new travel agencies and tour operators representatives.

She said they therefore anticipate growth in their business because of the promises that these companies have made.

She however indicated that they can only realize the increase in trade after her company has made business with their new potential clients.

Another exhibitor who attended the indaba the first time, Lulu Kati Kati Day Spas Lulu Rasebotsa-Tibone said they expecting an increase in business.

Mrs Rasebotsa-Tibone said: We got promises and we hope to get business from them. Marketing Manager of Tuli Safari Lodge, Mrs Liz Cavell-Taylor, said her company managed to meet 20 new clients who were international tour operators and travel agencies.

She added that their objective of exhibiting at the indaba has been accomplished as they managed to forge links and build relationship with international buyers. Another new comer to the tourism indaba, Tautona Lodge, also foresees growth in business as a result of participating at the fair.

Its manager, Mrs Martie Boshoff, said they managed to meet 30 travel agencies and tour operators representatives who have promised to book for tourists with them.

She said the fair has given them a platform to see clients face to face. Maun Lodge Sales and Marketing Executive, Ms Becky Radinotshe, said they met more clients compared to last year.

Additional clients mean the business will grow, she said. BOPA

source: allAfrica

Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)

18 May 2007
Posted to the web 18 May 2007

Kuda Chikwanda
Harare

RESERVE Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono yesterday defended the central bank’s quasi-fiscal activities and said he would continue to print money despite International Monetary Fund (IMF) protests that this fuelled inflation.

Gono’s remarks yesterday suggested that government would continue to print money to fund its operations. This comes just over two weeks after the IMF warned that Zimbabwe’s inflation could hit 6 000% by next year.

Inflation surged to 3 713,9% for April, raising fears that it might rise well above the IMF’s 6 000% projection for next year before December. Gono said he would continue with quasi-fiscal activities because he was operating under unique circumstances such as the current economic crisis and the land reform exercise. Addressing MPs in Harare on the role of the RBZ, Gono said the central bank’s interventionist measures – viewed as damaging by IMF and local economists – would continue because government ministries had failed to carry out their mandate.

“We offer no apology, we offer no remorse for our intervention in all spheres of the economy, when we do the unorthodox,” Gono said. “We have to do the unorthodox, to go into those areas which traditional economics written before World War Two sees as unorthodox,” Gono said. Gono said the central bank had come under pressure to source funding for cash-starved government departments which had been failed by the budgeting system.

“We say no to tradition and yes to conviction. People are not interested in job descriptions. People are interested in deliverables,” Gono said.

He attacked senior government officials for incompetence and corruption, which he [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 May, 2007

GABORONE – President Festus Mogae is scheduled to deliver the opening address at the ninth German World Bank Forum (WBF) 2007 on the theme: Africa on the Rise in the German capital, Berlin, on Monday.

The WBF is an annual event, which is organised by the World Bank and German Ministry of Economic Coooperation and Development, to address different issues. This years theme is focused on sustainable development in Africa.

Since the first WBF meeting in 1995, the event has come to be known as Germanys high-level flagship event, raising and sustaining interest in development issues across multiple constituencies.

It brings together government ministers, chief executive officers, presidents and leading personalities. Approximately 50 per cent of the participants come from the private sector.

This years meeting is of special importance in the context of Germanys presidency of the European Union and G8. Consequently, it is one of a series of events linked to the countrys twin roles.

Besides Botswana, Germanys federal development minister, Ms Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul and the World Bank, have invited high-level government representatives from Africa to discuss how German companies and organisations can support [continue reading]