Archive for May 22nd, 2007

source: IOL

May 22 2007 at 09:00AM

By Barry Bateman

The new and updated South African History Online website launched on Monday will promote the study of history and be an invaluable source of information for teachers and pupils alike.

Minister of Education Naledi Pandor welcomed the new-look site which has had several new sections added and revised, including a comprehensive South African timeline of what’s happened in history, a who’s who and a section that looks at the country’s diverse culture and society.

The site has a section dedicated to the Grade 4 to 12 history syllabus where teachers or pupils can download curricular material.

Pandor said one of the challenges South Africans face as a society was that of teaching children about the past. She said it was made particularly challenging by the country’s history of oppression, separation and state mandated repression.

“The specific challenge is to convey the facts, create new attitudes and build a new and different society.

“This redesigned website makes a significant contribution to bringing history alive for [continue reading]

source: BBC news

Chip-maker Intel “should be ashamed of itself” for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte.

He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop – the Classmate – below cost to drive him out of markets.

Professor Negroponte, who aims to distribute millions of laptops to kids in developing countries, said Intel had hurt his mission “enormously”.

Speaking to US broadcaster CBS, Intel’s chairman denied the claims.

“We’re not trying to drive him out of business,” said Craig Barrett. “We’re trying to bring capability to young people.”

Mr Barrett has previously dismissed the $100 laptop as a “gadget”.

Speaking to the BBC News website earlier this year Professor Negroponte said: “The concept has received a lot of criticism and yet after that criticism they are either copying it or doing things perfectly in line with the concept.

“Yes people laugh at it, then they criticise it, then they copy it.” [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 May, 2007

TATI SIDING – Although Botswana has been ranked as one of the best countries in securing participation of women in the decision-making processes at national and local levels, limited representation of women in different political bodies is still a concern.

The outgoing chairperson of the BDP Womens Wing, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, said women have been elected to parliament and have raised important matters concerning women hence the need for them to have special seats to increase their voice in parliament.

We will during the congress discuss the special seats for women issue and then present it to parliament, so that there could be an amendment of the law, she said.

The mode of electing women to parliament, and the interpretation of the reserved seats will mean that women representatives will find it easier to challenge the government in controversial matters especially those concerning women.

Ms Tshireletso also said culture had influenced the way women in Botswana perceived leadership roles.

As women we were brought up re itse gore moeteledipele ke rre, and because of that we still undermine our capabilities, she said. Another thing is the jealousy issue that is pertinent with women, and I think having special seats will help improve the political performance among women.

She said if women could work together and forget about their [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 21 2007 at 01:20PM

Lusaka – Zambia has received an African Development Bank loan for a study to check the feasibility of building a bridge to help the flow of trucks on a major international route, a treasury spokesperson said on Monday.

Funds from the $55,6-million loan from African Development Fund (ADF), the AfDB’s lending wing, will also be used for programmes to fight poverty and improve rural water supply.

Zimbabwe objected to plans three years ago for the Kazungula bridge to span the Zambezi river near the border shared by Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana on the grounds that its territory would be cut into without permission, a senior Zambian official said.

That objection led Japan to withdraw proposed financing of the project and forced Zambia and Botswana to scramble for alternate funding.

But Zimbabwe’s government later changed its tune after it was included in the development plan. The bridge is expected to remove bottlenecks on a major route for trucks travelling from South Africa to Zambia and further afield into central and eastern Africa.

Zambia currently operates a pontoon at the Kazungula river crossing, but the facility is prone to breakdowns, leading to traffic jams. IOL

source: BOPA
21 May, 2007

KASANE – Three Debswana employees accused of assaulting a Zimbabwean police officer have been granted bail by the Zimbabwean High Court in Bulawayo.

The trio are, Dan Tselaesele, Moses Kgagamadi and Andrew Tlou are alleged to have assaulted an on-duty Zimbabwean police officer at Victoria Falls during a tour organised by Debswana. The tour was an incentive for more than 140 employees who have volunteered to be HIV/AIDS peer educators.

Two of the three employees, Kgagamadi and Tlou were last week slapped with a three months jail term after they pleaded guilty to the charge. Dan Tselaesele however pleaded not guilty and his trial was set for May 16 but did not take place.

Debswana spokesperson, Mr Jacob Sesinyi, said the company managed to bail out all the three employees.

The two employees who were convicted last week have been released on bail pending appeal of conviction, while the other one has been given bail pending trial, he said.

Mr Sesenyi said the bail was granted in Bulawayo since there is no high court in Victoria Falls.

Mr Sesinyi said when the three appeared for the first time they applied for bail but the presiding magistrate refused.

The high court in Bulawayo agreed that if the prosecuting officer did not object to bail, then it was supposed to be granted, he said.

Mr Sesinyi said the three employees will spend a night at a hotel in Victoria Falls and were expected in Botswana on Saturday to await trial.

Mr Sesinyi thanked the Botswana High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, Mr Pelokgale Seloma, who assisted on the matter. BOPA 

source: BOPA
21 May, 2007

TSHABONG – The Department of Tourism is constructing a gatehouse at the camel park in Tshabong at the estimated cost of P67 300.

The Tourism Officer, Mr Khutsafalo Tsile, told BOPA that his department was implementing the second phase of the national eco-tourism pilot project that focused on the use of camels in Kgalagadi.

Tsile said the gatehouse would function as an information centre where information dissemination and souvenir collection and distribution would take place.

He added that houses would be thatched, as they would also serve to entice the tourists to gain the entrance of viewing the camels.

Tsile said the department of tourism has decided to pilot the camel project as eco-tourism programme that would help people to use the natural resources in their areas.

If this project becomes operational it would serve as a training centre on camel husbandry, camel tourism management and marketing, he said.

The project was community-based, with contribution from the Tsamama Trust — comprising Tshabong, Maubelo and Maleshe. Members of the trust took care of the camels and also helped in the construction of the parameter fence.

Mr Tsile said the major setback was that some members of the communities were not committed to contributing or volunteering towards the running of the project. Few residents showed commitment to the success of the project.

The Chairperson of the Tsamama Trust, Albert Rakolele, said that although the gatehouse was still being built, the project was running as people were going through the park to view the camels.

Mr Rakolele said despite the fact that the number of the clients was not that high, the trust believed that it would make money once the project was complete.

He said a client pays P5 to view the camels, and it is P20 to take pictures of the animals.

The other problem was that boreholes that watered the camels were close to the fence. As a result, some people could view the animals without paying.

He said he was optimistic that this project would enhance tourism in this area.

Once fully functional, other species like zebras, eland, springbok, gemsbok and giraffes would be brought into the park to add variety. BOPA