Archive for September 28th, 2007

source: Mmegi

NEW YORK: President Festus Mogae gave the keynote opening remarks at a Round-table Discussion on Democracy and Human Right, which was held at the United Nation’s Headquarters.

The Round-table was convened and chaired by the US President, George W. Bush. It was attended by an additional 25 Heads of State and Government from Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as Africa. In addition to Botswana, SADC was represented by the leaders of Tanzania and Zambia.

Mogae had been invited by Bush to specifically share his insight into Botswana’s own progress as a democracy.

In his own welcoming remarks the US president stated that the forum brought together “people who love liberty and who understand that freedom is universal.” He further noted that [continue reading]


source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)

27 September 2007
Posted to the web 27 September 2007

David Cronin

Senior World Bank staff have asked the European Union to consider extending the end-of-year deadline it has set for a series of free trade agreements with Africa.

Peter Mandelson, the European commissioner for trade, has repeatedly warned that African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries will have steep tariffs imposed on their exports to the EU if they do not sign Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) by Dec. 31.

Although economists at the 185-country World Bank say they favour moves to boost trade between Europe and Africa, they have suggested that more time is needed to thrash out the kind of comprehensive market liberalisation accord favoured by the European Commission.

This point has been raised during [continue reading]

source: SW radio Africa

By Lance Guma
27 September 2007

Robert Mugabe avoided tackling issues to do with his own country and instead launched a long tirade against western countries when he addressed the United Nations summit in New York on Wednesday. He sought to deflect attention from his poor human rights record by accusing US president George Bush of hypocrisy for lecturing him on human rights. Bush had described Mugabe’s regime as ‘tyrannical’ and accused it of launching an, ‘assault on its people.’ He put the country in the same bracket as Belarus, Syria, Iran and North Korea, branding them ‘brutal regimes.’

Mugabe who looked visibly irate, hit back saying the US president had the blood of many nationalities dripping from his hands and cited US military intervention in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) is embarking on a new licensing system that will give it greater powers to adjust to the new media environment.

The Botswana Telecommunications Authority (NBA), the body under which NBB falls, recently kicked off the process by opening a tender for the initial stages of the process.

The new framework is expected to adjust the range of mechanisms through which licensing of broadcasting entities will be done and allow more jurisdiction for the NBB.

“It has always been a concern of the Board that the prevailing legal framework for the regulation of broadcasting in Botswana was inadequate with regard to emerging broadcasting technologies and the convergence of services such as [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)

27 September 2007
Posted to the web 27 September 2007

Emmerson Muchangwe
New York

Portugal says it will not discriminate on delegates to the EU-Africa summit in Lisbon at the end of the year. And President Mwanawasa yesterday held closed-door talks with Portuguese Prime Minister, Louis Amado at the United Nations headquarters in New York which mainly centred on the Lisbon EU-Africa summit.

The Portuguese secretary of state for foreign affairs told ZANIS in New York that it was unfortunate that the agenda of Zimbabwe’s invitation to the summit was being given more prominence at the expense of other issues relating to the forthcoming summit. Mr Joao Gomes Cravinuo said Portugal, as the current chair of the European Union, would not discriminate when inviting delegates to the summit.

“The issue of Zimbabwe’s participation at the EU-Africa summit will not hinder the holding of a succesful summit,” said Mr Gravinuo. He said the European Union and Portugal in particular were interested in seeing more cooperation between [continue reading]

source: IOL
Andisiwe Makinana
September 27 2007 at 03:26PM

With three years to go before the 2010 World Cup people are already making an illegal profit out of the event.

Head of the communications for the 2010 Local Organising Committee Tim Modise said people who are not licensed to sell 2010 merchandise were abusing the logo for commercial gain and that police had made several arrests in Johannesburg.

Modise said anyone making any financial gain from the 2010 logo “be it pushing advertising or selling merchandise” was committing a crime and would face prosecution.

“The logo is not to advance interests for any financial gain,” said Modise.

He also said people needed to familiarise themselves with guidelines and issues around trademarks and logos.

Fifa released a statement on Wednesday “to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Henry Makiwa
27 September 2007

Zimbabwe’s two teachers unions on Wednesday finally found common ground when the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) called for its membership to join in the national strike.

Most teachers in Zimbabwe went on a go-slow early September in protest at poor salaries, while some went on a full strike a fortnight ago, following calls by the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ).

According to sources, leaders of ZIMTA – largely seen as docile and compliant to the government – told its members to join the strike Thursday after discussions with government for a salary review fell through.

The PTUZ’s general secretary, Raymond Majongwe, welcomed ZIMTA’s “late entry into the fray” describing the teachers crisis as “needing the support of all”.

Majongwe said: “We feel sad for [continue reading]