Archive for December 27th, 2007

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

26 December 2007
Posted to the web 27 December 2007

Chedza Simon

Privatisation of Government Employee Motor Vehicle and Residential Property Advance Scheme (GEMVAS) and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) is scheduled to be complete end of this year.

This was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer of Public Enterprise Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) Joshua Galeforolwe who expressed confidence that privatising GEMVAS and BTC, will proceed smoothly.

Galeforolwe said at a press briefing this week that privatising GEMVAS, which is a self insurance scheme established to protect government’s interest as a guarantor of loans provided by financial institutions to civil servants for the purchase of motor vehicles and houses, does not mean that civil servants won’t continue enjoying financial benefits from the scheme.

“They will continue to enjoy the package. What we are saying is that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)

27 December 2007
Posted to the web 27 December 2007


HUNDREDS of travellers between Zambia and Botswana are stranded on the Kazungula border after one of the pontoons broke down.

Southern Province Permanent Secretary Darius Hakayobe and security personnel expressed concern at the slow pace of traffic clearance.

Mr Hakayobe said apart from the security concerns, the nation was losing a lot of revenue because other vices like corruption and smuggling could arise from the confusion.

Mr Hakayobe who met border personnel from immigration department, Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and Zambia Police Service, directed ZRA to immediately send reinforcements to facilitate faster clearance of goods after staff complained of manpower shortage which had left the authority at 50 per cent operational capacity.

He also asked the immigration department which had 75 per cent staffing level at the border to beef up [continue reading]

source: The Standard


MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has apparently put his divided faction in order as the countdown for the March 2008 elections begins.

The process began over a week ago when Tsvangirai chaired a national council meeting in Harare where issues threatening the party’s cohesion were finally tackled.

At this meeting, the divisive women’s assembly issue was finally tabled for discussion and a compromise reached.

Since 3 November discussion on the matter had been deferred until chairperson Lovemore Moyo had presented his report.

The report was on what transpired in Bulawayo where Theresa Makone was elected head of the women’s assembly, replacing Lucia Matibenga.

Matibenga, a trade unionist, was dismissed by [continue reading]

source: The Citizen
By Ban Ki-moon

I have not sat still this year. From the very first day that I took office, I have been on the go engaging leaders in their capitals and across the UN community to push progress on four main fronts:

UN Reform. We need to change the UN culture and re-engineer the United Nations for life in our fast-paced modern world. We need to move faster and more effectively in responding to global challenges, within all three pillars of the UN`s work: peace and security, economic and social development, and human rights. As one UN team, we need to be more mobile and more flexible. And we must meet the highest standards of ethics, transparency and accountability.

To better deliver on the world`s expectations and growing demands upon us, I have set out to re-organise key departments. We began with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, improving performance and efficiency by [continue reading]

source: China View
2007-12-26 21:09:55

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — Japan will open three new embassies on Jan. 1 in Botswana, Malawi and Mali to enhance its diplomatic existence in these African nations, Japanese foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Mali has been stepping up cooperation with Japan at various international organizations, the ministry said, adding that Malawi has become a major recipient of Japan’s economic aid, while Botswana has seen a growth in the number of Japanese tourists in recent years.

Besides, Japan will also set up three new embassies in Micronesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Lithuania, respectively. By adding the six new embassies, the total [continue reading]