Archive for June 20th, 2007

source: BOPA
20 June, 2007

GABORONE – President Festus Mogae arrived home yesterday from a three-day official visit to the Seychelles.

Mr Mogaes visit coincided with the 14th anniversary celebrations of the Seychelles adoption of its current constitution, which consolidated the countrys return to multi-party democracy.

Presidential spokesperson, Dr Jeff Ramsay says Mr Mogae together with his counterpart President Michel discussed common concerns between their countries.

These included, among others, the development of regional eco-tourism, and the special status of small middle income developing states in the emerging global economy and the potentially deleterious effects of global warming.

The ongoing process of Seychelles renewing its membership of SADC was also an issue that the two Presidents discussed.

The island pulled away from the [continue reading]

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source: BOPA
20 June, 2007

GABORONE – The combined Information Technology Exhibition (ITEX) and the Food and Beverage Exhibition (FOBEX) 2007 will be held in June 21-23 at Fairground Holdings in Gaborone.

A news release from the Food, Beverage and Information Technology Exhibition (FOBITEX) says Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA executive officer Mr Thari Pheko will officially open the exhibition The release says to date, the organisers have confirmed 32 exhibitors who have booked over 50 stands to exhibit their products and services It says the three-day fusion of bytes and bites is a strategy to boost the magnitude of the exhibitions at the same time harnessing the synergies between the two industries.

The exhibition is expected to attract qualified and quality visitors who will be gathering market information and technology updates, meeting with suppliers and buyers, sourcing for products and services, establishing new distribution channels/agents and placing orders.

The theme for the ITEX 2007: Networking the Economy, Bridging the World Closer recognise that in todays world, order, core national assets of competitiveness are found in research and development, intellectual property, core competence and other knowledge resources.

The release further says it has been proven the ICT, if [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

19 June 2007
Posted to the web 19 June 2007

Chandapiwa Baputaki

Many students may still be facing rip-offs by vocational institutions running courses that are not accredited with the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA), marketing manager Mhitshane Reetsang says.

This came to light yesterday after complaints by some Pula Care Vocational College students who had gone to BOTA offices in Gaborone to collect their certificates, only to be told that they had been ripped off. “If the institution is only registered but not accredited with us then we tell them (students) that they have been ripped off and they should go to their respective institutions to collect their certificates,” Reetsang said

She indicated that they have been doing many campaigns around the country for students to only enroll with BOTA accredited institutions but “still they choose to join these institutions without checking first with us if they have doubts”. She stated that [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 20 2007 at 12:23PM

By Daily News Reporters and Sapa

The government has given public service unions a deadline of 6pm today to settle the strike and accept a 7.5 percent wage increase or the deal is off.

The state warned that should unions not sign this evening’s deadline, it will revert to its previous lesser offer, making it the final offer from the government.

There is also the implied threat that the government will simply go ahead with the introduction of the wage offer that it had offered to union negotiators.

This final offer comes at a time when the public has grown increasingly critical of the behaviour of striking teachers and nurses, with more than 13 school days being lost and an unknown number of deaths of patients at public hospitals affected by the strike. Even union leaders have spoken of the need to settle.

Before entering the latest round of talks that ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the time had come for a settlement in the public service wage dispute.

“We share the sentiment of almost everyone in the country that 19 days has been  [continue reading]

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TIM CORNWELL ARTS CORRESPONDENT (tcornwell@scotsman.com)

SHE was voted one of the world’s most beautiful women and her extraordinary vocal skills have won her two coveted Grammy awards.

Now the American jazz and blues singer Jill Scott, 35, faces the challenge of playing the “traditionally built” Botswana heroine of The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
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Scott has won the central role in the television series of the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, penned by the Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith, it was confirmed yesterday.

A 90-minute pilot costing £20 million is being filmed in Botswana, where the stories of Mma Ramotswe, the philosophical but persistent lady detective, are set. It is directed by Anthony Minghella, who made The English Patient.

The shortlist for the role is said to have included the rap star and actress Queen Latifah, as well as the former Botswanan minister of health, after a sustained effort to find a Botswanan actress.

But a publicist for author Alexander McCall Smith confirmed Ms Scott’s selection after the news began leaking out.

The screenwriter Richard Curtis, who co-wrote the script with Minghella, told The Scotsman: “I’m delighted and think she’ll be great – but I’ll know more after I’ve been to the read through in Botswana next week.

“It was Anthony Minghella who found her, and told me to check her out on the web, where she does indeed look perfect.”

Jill Scott grew up in Pennsylvania and studied to be a teacher before she began performing poetry readings.

She became a singer after [continue reading]

source: news24
19/06/2007 20:22  – (SA)

Johannesburg – South Africa has become the first African country to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s anti-bribery convention.

South Africa has signed the convention in France and took a seat on the Oecd working group on bribery of foreign officials in international business transactions.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Service and Administration, Lewis Rabkin, said: “South Africa is now party to and active member of all the regional and international anti-corruption instruments.”

These included the Southern African Development Community’s protocol on corruption, the African Union convention on the prevention and combating of corruption and the United Nations convention against corruption.

Rabkin said South Africa would use the collective experience and knowledge of the working group to improve its national integrity system and fight bribery. news24

source: IOL
Melanie Gosling
June 20 2007 at 04:25AM

South African taxpayers will have to fork out R400-billion to pay for Eskom’s planned nuclear programme, an independent study has revealed.

The cost of decommissioning the proposed nuclear power stations at the end of their lives will add several hundred billion rand to the bill.

The study found that this massive expenditure would not solve South Africa’s energy crisis, as the proposed nuclear power plants were unlikely to make a significant contribution to the national grid before 2020.

Eskom is forging ahead with the proposed nuclear programme in an energy policy “vacuum” as South Africa has no integrated energy plan, while the public, who will foot the massive nuclear bill, has had no chance to have its say.

Steve Thomas, professor of energy policy at the UK’s University of Greenwich, was commissioned by the Cape Town office of the Legal Resources Centre to assess the nuclear power programme.

His report has been submitted to the environment affairs and tourism portfolio committee, which will hear public submissions on nuclear energy on Wednesday.

Thomas said there was an “aura of panic” around [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 June, 2007

GABORONE – Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) intends to establish a business centre, which will house a business school.

BOCODOLs Director of Financial services, Mr Joseph Mosimane said in an interview that the development will take place as soon as funds are made available.

He said a project proposal for the development of the centre has already been submitted to the Ministry of Education and that permission and funds have been granted.

Everything being equal, the development of the centre should commence during this financial year.

Mr Mosimane said the land between BOCODOL offices and Engine Filling station on the Western bypass, which measures about six hectares, will be the site for the business centre.

The envisaged structure would cost around P10 million at the current rates.

He said the business centre will also house a warehouse to store learners material.

The financial director said BOCODOL has developed a milestone chart to guide the colleges evolution to expand into tertiary education by 2009 and transit into an open university by 2016.

The college has a milestone chart (a well defined strategic direction and growth path) which indicates the development path of the college until the end of NDP 10, he said. BOPA

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19 June, 2007

FRANCISTOWN – Residents of Francistown East have rallied behind the proposed Intelligence and Security Service Act, saying it will help protect the country against all kinds of threats.

Speaking in a Kgotla meeting addressed by the Minister of Justice and Administration, Mr Phandu Skelemani, the residents said the Bill is necessary to enable the country to prevent crime from being committed, as well as to root out people who intended to cause disturbances.

I support the Bill because for many years thieves have been doing as they please. Even neighbouring countries know a lot about us while we do not know anything about them. This is because they have intelligence gathering organs, while we do not, Mr Tirelo Ditiro said.

He said that despite many countries claiming to be friendly to Botswana, there are still security threats and there is need for security agents to trace potential enemies.

Another resident, Mr Tshabalala concurred that one can never trust neighbors, especially because they envious and jelous of the peace and tranquility that are enjoyed in the country.

I can tell you some of our neighbours are not happy that our diamonds are selling and our nation is a success. They are also not happy of our political and economic stability and given a chance they would do something to wreak havoc in our country, he said.

On other issues, the residents said [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Era (Windhoek)

19 June 2007
Posted to the web 19 June 2007

Petronella Sibeene
Windhoek

The SADC Secretariat says the worrying energy security situation in Southern Africa could be overcome in the next three years.

The Director of Infrastructure and Services, Remigius Makumbe, who recently attended the SADC Integrated Committee of Ministers Meeting in the capital, expressed this view.

He said by 2010 SADC countries are expected to overcome the crisis.

The current shortfall is estimated at 1 000 megawatts which constitutes a shortfall of 2.5 percent based on the current demand of 42 000 megawatts.

Cities in most countries in the region have in the past few years been plagued with power cuts and that has been a cause of growing concern. Countries have had to resort to load shedding to meet an increased demand for both domestic and industrial use.

Makumbe said looking at the roadmap developed by the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), the energy problem would be overcome by 2010 and by 2013 the region will enjoy adequate energy resources including a 10 percent reserve margin.

These projections, he added, are based on the anticipated commissioning of a number of planned generation and transmission projects.

Realised in 1995, SAPP was [continue reading]

source: IOL

June 18 2007 at 06:46PM

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said that only God can stop South Africa from hosting the 2010 World Cup.

Blatter, who is in the country to assess the progress made by the hosts who are reconstructing, or building totally new stadiums to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

“Only God can stop South Africa from hosting the World Cup,” the Fifa president said boldly, “but we ask for the Lord’s blessing to make this first World Cup in Africa to be successful.”

At the end of April reports surfaced that Blatter said there are other countries ready to host the World Cup if SA failed to complete the stadiums on time. England, Australia and Germany were mentioned as countries ready to take over if SA failed.

Blatter though was unerring at the media briefing which took place on the grounds of the FNB Stadium, which is under intense construction.

“Germany can definitely host the World Cup in 22 years time,” he said jokingly.

“I have complete confidence that everything is being done accordingly and that SA will host the World Cup, it is not going to any other country.

“I was going to bring my [continue reading]

source: haaretz.com
19.6.07 | 16:57   By Omri Cohen

Ceragon Networks today announced a million-dollar deal to provide high-capacity wireless technology to Botswana’s phone company.

The company said that Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), the national and long-distance communication services provider, chose its wireless solution to increase transmission capacity, to support its growing customer base.

Ceragon is developing high-speed communications solutions for advanced wireless networks. The company says that its FibeAir 1500P will be deployed to improve voice quality and transmission speed, resulting in better customer service as well as the ability to offer multi-media applications.

“We have selected a partner with a strong track record in Africa that can deliver the technology and implement it through a turnkey solution,” commented Gadzani Thangwane, general manager Technology at BTC.

Last night shares of Ceragon climbed [continue reading]