Archive for March 28th, 2008

source: Mmegi

MOGOMOTSI MOLOI
CORRESPONDENT

Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) has revamped its mentoring programme by adopting an assignment-based approach.

CEDA research and public relations office manager Oabile Regoeng said the move is part of a drive to improve services. He stated that with the new assignment based mentoring approach, CEDA identifies skills’ gap at the project appraisal stage with a view to helping the potential investor to refine and better develop their business ideas, plans and other matters deemed critical to set up a business.

The objective of the new approach is to enhance prospects of success. Regoeng indicated that CEDA has post-approval mentoring services. The mentoring system has two different programmes. One is concerned with implementation mentoring while the other is needs-based. Under implementation mentoring, a qualified mentor or consultant is appointed to assist the [continue reading]

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source: The Times of Zambia

From CHARLES MANGWATO in Gaborone

PRESIDENT Mwanawasa and his Botswana counterpart, Festus Mogae, yesterday held private talks at the Office of the President in Gaborone.

The details of the talks. which lasted for over one hour were, however, not made available to the media.

Dr Mwanawasa arrived in Botswana yesterday for a two-day official visit to that country.

Earlier, President Mogae hosted a luncheon in honour of Dr Mwanawasa at the Phakalane Golf Estate in the outskirts of the capital, Gaborone.

The luncheon was also attended by the Botswana vice-president, Ian Khama, while [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 March, 2008

JWANENG – Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) has dismissed claims that it declines to finance young farmers who do not have access to the use of ranches.

The agencys communications manager, Mr Oabile Regoeng dismissed the claims Thursday in an interview with BOPA.

He said CEDA does not confine itself to farmers operating from ranches only, saying farmers operating from open spaces were also assisted provided the organisation was satisfied with the profitability of the undertakings.

He said an applicant wishing to breed cattle or small stock on a commercial scale, using communal grazing lands had to prove beyond any reasonable doubt to CEDA that the enterprise would yield desired results and that the animals would be secure.

At present, Mr Regoeng said the agency had helped more than two applicants who were operating from commercial grazing areas.

CEDA says it is incumbent upon the applicant to show how he or she will conduct his or her business in a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)

27 March 2008
Posted to the web 27 March 2008

Tshwarelo Eseng Mogakane
Nelspruit

Members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have signed a deal to speed up the process of establishing a single visa system, or Univisa, for travelers in the SADC region.

Spokesperson for South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Moses Rannditsheni, said a Univisa would ease the movement of travelers within southern Africa.

“The Univisa will facilitate efficient movement in the region, which will positively impact on tourism revenue for all member states,” he said on Thursday.

“This process seeks to bring to an end delays and the inconvenience of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
27 March 2008

This Saturday marks a defining moment in Zimbabwe’s history as millions are expected to turn up at the polling stations to cast their votes. But a growing number of analysts have said the chances of a free and fair poll are slim. Many obstacles have been put in front of the opposition and the arrest of a pilot meant to ferry Morgan Tsvangirai to several rural rallies this week served as a good example of the uneven electoral field. The MDC leader had to cancel his rallies, much to the disappointment of waiting supporters. Meanwhile Robert Mugabe’s trips to rural areas using three air force helicopters went ahead as scheduled.

Serious concerns also remain over the use of postal ballots by members of the security forces. Conflicting reports say only 20 000 required their use and yet 75 000 actually voted, not just once but several times. Then information leaked to the opposition suggests the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ordered Fidelity Printers to print 600 000 postal ballots. Given that Robert Mugabe beat Tsvangirai by about 400 000 votes in the controversial 2002 presidential election, the math is not lost on many analysts. Even worse are accusations that 9 million ballot papers have been printed, when the number of registered voters is officially 5,9 million. Little wonder the MDC say they [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Zimbabwe Guardian (London)

27 March 2008
Posted to the web 27 March 2008

Ezekiel Chiwara

A LANDMARK hearing next week, prior to a final ruling by a Southern African Development Community (Sadc) tribunal, might decide the future of Zimbabwe’s programme of land reform, The Zimbabwe Guardian can reveal.

The ruling could, in addition, determine whether white commercial farmers – who bought farms after 1980 with the blessing of the government – can retain ownership or be compensated for their farms. At the heart of the case is that land is being taken from white farmers solely on the criterion of race, and that an amendment in Zimbabwe’s constitution made it [continue reading]