Archive for December 23rd, 2007

source: Mmegi


The year 2007 has been a hive of economic activity with all sectors recording significant investments, although mining will stand out as the most vibrant sector in the year.

All the macroeconomic indicators seem to be pointing in the right direction with inflation being tamed to manageable levels, although at 7.7 percent in November, it is still out of the central bank’s objective. Increased economic activity is likely to boost the GDP while the central bank seems to be scoring points on the exchange rate management front. However, although authorities will be pleased with achievements made on the economic front, particularly the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the mining sector, a damning report by the United Nations released towards the end of the year spoiled the party a bit.

The report revealed that the country’s high income levels have not been converted into an improved standard of living for Batswana. With a GDP per capita of [continue reading]

source: IOL
Melanie Peters
December 22 2007 at 03:48PM

Internet billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has been named one of the top 15 technology “brains to watch” by the internationally respected online publication, TechWeb.

The website described Cape Town-born Shuttleworth as Microsoft’s worst nightmare come to life. “Kind of the Freddy Krueger to Microsoft’s unsuspecting teenager in a horror movie for the hi-tech set.”

TechWeb described Shuttleworth as a technologist, venture capitalist, social experimenter, philanthropist, and Russian-trained space traveller.

He also originated the world’s fastest-growing Linux distribution, Ubuntu.

Shuttleworth, who was head boy at Bishops and is now based in London, is said to be an innovator who will help shape the business technology world in the new year.

Shuttleworth founded Thawte Consulting, which developed digital certificates that made online [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


Botswana police officers currently training as helicopter pilots in South Africa are reported to be making progress in their training.

The 10 cadets comprise two women and eight men and Deputy Commissioner of Police responsible for Support Services Ikwatlhaeng Bagopi and other high-ranking officers recently visited their training institutions. Constables Razor Lefadola and Joyce Dikosha impressed the officials, as they were able to fly solo. “The rest are expected to fly unaccompanied before end of this month except Constable Razor Leadplant who was already a pilot when he went for training,” Assistant Superintendent Dipheko Motube of the Public Relations Unit said in a statement.

The first group of six trainees is expected to complete training by September next year while the [continue reading]

see: Botswana launches Police Airwing with three Eurocopter AS350 B3 Helicopters

source: The Zimbabwe Independent

Constantine Chimakure/ Dumisani Muleya

VICE-PRESIDENT Joseph Msika reportedly remonstrated with President Robert Mugabe at the high table where they were sitting last week during the closing session of the Zanu PF congress as tempers flared over militant war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda’s bid to address the gathering against the party’s decision to bar him.

This came as more evidence emerged this week that Mugabe was unprocedurally endorsed as the party’s presidential election candidate next year.

Senior politburo members who were seated close to the scene of the drama in which Msika and Zanu PF chair John Nkomo almost walked out of the congress in protest at Sibanda’s actions said the fiery ruling party deputy leader lashed out at Mugabe in remarks that left him shaken. The public brawling by officials also shook onlookers.

When Sibanda tried to hijack the congress, Msika turned to Mugabe and said: “This is your rubbish, we warned you that this boy is undisciplined and look at what has happened. I can’t take this rubbish, I’m going. John let’s go.”

Those who witnessed the unprecedented incident — which was broadcast live on state television — at close quarters said [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


KASANE: Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning and Chobe Member of Parliament (MP) Duncan Mlazie says there is an urgent need to construct the proposed Kazungula Bridge to speed up traffic flow between Botswana and Zambia.

Mlazie said the project needs to be treated as special, as abnormal trucks have invaded Kasane because the pontoon at Kazungula often breaks down and cannot ferry the trucks and passengers across the Zambezi River fast enough.

He disclosed that presently there are about 300 trucks on a space of about 10km to 13km waiting to be transported across the [continue reading]

source: News24
Caiphus Kgosana

Johannesburg – Just hours after President Thabo Mbeki and newly-elected ANC leader Jacob Zuma pledged to work together, a war of words has erupted over Mbeki’s appointment of a new SABC board.

Zuma allies the ANC Youth League and Cosatu are up in arms over Mbeki’s decision to go ahead with the appointment of a 12-member SABC board despite opposition from within and outside the ruling party.

The youth league’s spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, has even warned that if Mbeki “undermines ANC decisions, we will have to recall him”.

But presidential spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga said the President had acted within the law.

Mbeki backers say the Zuma camp is just trying to flex its muscle.

“They are trying to say that before he does anything, he must call [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
21 December 2007

The election of Jacob Zuma to head the African National Congress and possibly South Africa is not likely to affect that country’s foreign policy towards Zimbabwe. Those hoping for a change of strategy have already been disappointed with his comments at a press conference where he said he will stick to Thabo Mbeki’s quiet diplomacy approach. Zuma believes Mbeki’s approach is working: ‘It’s not going to be useful to us to stand on the rooftops and criticise Zimbabwe.’

Zuma then immediately launched into a speech praising several African political parties, including Zanu PF. He criticised what he called western sanctions against Zimbabwe arguing; ‘I don’t think sanctions have produced anything. What has worked in Zimbabwe outside our engagement? Nothing.’ Observers however point out that the [continue reading]