Archive for January 2nd, 2008

Serowe: Project on track

source: BOPA
31 December, 2007

SEROWE – The Central District Council has dispelled fears of Serowe residents over a slow rate of constructing the villages internal roads.

A council official said the project was on track and would be completed on time.

The P102 million project, which was awarded to Unik Construction Engineering, started in May, this year and is expected to be completed on or before November 2009.

Work which is at 26 per cent, entails upgrading of about 36 kilometres of roads to bitumen standard with associated stormwater drainage and three locations of off-site drainage and rehabilitation of driveways at bus rank, parking areas and mall roads.

Acting Council Secretary, Mr Nelson Molepolole, told BOPA that the council was satisfied with the projects progress.

We are optimistic that the contractor will meet the deadline despite few hitches here and there and the contractor has programmed to work in sequence of three zeros and rehabilitation of the bus rank and mall roads will commence in February, 2008.

Mr Molepolole said the roads will be upgraded to provide access to [continue reading]

source: News24
01/01/2008 13:24 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Plans are under way for Southern Africa to provide about 19 airlines for the World Cup that SA will host in 2010, Zimbabwe’s state-controlled Herald newspaper said on Tuesday.

Experts from the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa are due to meet in SA later this month to map the way forward, the newspaper said.

Air Zimbabwe chief executive Dr Peter Chikumba will participate at the meeting.

He said that the airlines had made an undertaking to ensure that adequate transport would be available.

“There will be sufficient capacity to move the passengers to their destinations of choice,” Chikumba was quoted as saying.

About three million tourists are expected to visit Africa for the global world soccer showcase, the report said.

Meanwhile, Chikumba said Air Zimbabwe would introduce new routes soon.

He said the carrier would start flying to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
31 December, 2007

LETLHAKANE – Employment of special constables has improved the low morale of police officers, Supt Sehubakgosi Tsekele of Letlhakane Police Station has said.

Supt Tsekele said rising crime rate and shortage of staff brought the idea of hiring special constables, who helped to stabilise the problem.

Speaking during the special constables graduation ceremony at Letlhakane Police Station last Friday, Supt Tsekele told the 14 graduates who have undergone a two-week training that their goal was to prevent crime and ensure that society was safe and secure, saying he trusted that they would deliver the service.

Supt Tsekele encouraged graduates to put into practice the skills they acquired and to conduct themselves in a positive manner. He also reminded them to pass information to the office while off duty.

Meanwhile, the guest speaker, Kgosi Ewetsemang Rethatoleng said special constables should be prepared to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
31 December, 2007

GABORONE – Failure to estimate an accurate number of users for the Government Accounting and Budgeting System (GABS) project has cost government over P9 million.

The Office of the Auditor Generals Report (OAG) has revealed in a review of the GABS project that the assessment of GABS users was not based on a proper survey of users and their requirements.

The report states that Ministry of Finance and Development Planning users of the system to be 1 000 but had to be increased to 2 500 during the projects implementation.

This change therefore increased the project scope and made a significant implication on the project costs to the extent that an extra P9.3 million had to be allocated to cater for the increase in the scope of work, during implementation of the project.

The report reveals that failure to estimate the number of users has in turn affected the project scope, adding that GABS project management did not carry out an [continue reading]