Archive for April 18th, 2008

source: BOPA
17 April, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Citizen contractors have been urged to double their efforts and stop embarrassing government after being awarded tenders by the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Board Addressing a kgotla meeting at Minestone Park, Francistown East MP Mr Phandu Skelemani said it was disheartening for local companies to be associated with incomplete projects after being given million Pula tenders.

He cited a school in his area whose tender was awarded to a local contractor and up to date it was not complete.

Mr Skelemani warned residents of Francistown East and those aspiring to bid for future tenders that once a construction company failed its mandate to meet the requirements of the tender they would be blacklisted On other issues, Mr Skelemani briefed the meeting about the newly introduced Trade and Liquor Act and asked residents and business owners to abide by the new regulations and cooperate with law enforcement officers.

He also expressed concern about council social workers who did not assess families thus resulting in some children being sent back home for [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 18 2008 at 10:35AM

By Staff Reporters and Joe Lauria

President Thabo Mbeki did say there wasn’t a crisis in Zimbabwe – but he’s adamant he was talking about the election and not the country.

And even after all the furore, he still won’t agree there’s a crisis.

He was quoted as saying on Saturday at a news media conference in Harare after he had met Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe: “There is no crisis in Zimbabwe.”

But despite the outcry, there was no denial – until Wednesday night in New York. Speaking at a newsconference after chairing a summit of the UN Security Council and African Union at the United Nations, Mbeki said: “I never said any such thing.”

Mbeki said he was responding to a question on whether Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa had invited him to last weekend’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting because there was a crisis.

Pressed further, he declined to say whether the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

STAFF WRITER

Investec Asset Management this week launched its Africa Middle East Fund, which will build on asset managers’ established frontier market capability in Africa and target an international client base.

According to a statement released by Bakang Seretse of Investec Botswana, the fund is open-ended and daily traded, and will invest across the entire African continent, including the Middle East and Gulf countries.

Its investment will span roughly 25 countries, a population of over a billion people and a market capitalisation of $1.5 trillion. Seretse says a team comprising Amr Seif, who was formerly a Portfolio Manager for EMEA Funds at JP Morgan and Roelof Horne, and Portfolio Manager of the successful Africa and Pan-Africa Funds, will manage the Africa Middle East Fund.

Seif says Africa and the Middle East is an emerging region within [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 April, 2008

GABORONE – Young women have been advised to emulate their male counterparts and venture into business.
Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) official, Ms Neo Mahube said this during the Becoming a Diva event held on Sunday.
The event attracted women from all walks of life.
Ms Mahube said as much as women want to be treated equally, they should also realise that they have to be financially free.
She said LEA desires to see more women enter their doors to start business.
Ms Mahube cautioned women against starting a business because they are broke as such ventures are likely to fail.
She said they should start something that they really enjoy and have time for.
The motivational speaker at the event, Ya Rona FM presenter, Ms Tumie Ramsden also encouraged women not to hold back their dreams because [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 April, 2008

JWANENG – Electrification of some ranches in the Southern District and Molopo area is expected to top the agenda when the southern beef farmers association gathers for a general meeting this Saturday in Jwaneng In an interview, Southern Beef Farmers Association (SBFA) chairman, Mr Tshepo Masire, said negotiations with the Botswana Power Corporation regarding the electrification of the ranches were progressing well.

Southern farmers intend to raise funds to pay for electrification of their ranches with the aim to improve beef production and cut costs in the long term.

Other issues to be discussed at the Saturday meeting include evaluation of the report on the last Field Day held at Marigane Ranch and progress report of the association.

Mr Masire announced that the 2008 SBFA Field Day will be held on the 7th June at Mr Leon Groblers Ranch near Thankane.

Meanwhile, Mr Masire expressed concern over delays by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
CORRESPONDENT

The revised liquor trading rules, which have reduced business hours of nightclubs, will also have a telling effect on the entertainment industry.

According to the new hours, nightclubs now open at 7pm and close at midnight from Monday to Thursday. Over the weekends, they open at 7pm and close at 2.00 am. On Sundays and public holidays, they operate 3pm to 10 pm.

Steve Raman, who owns four nightclubs in and around Gaborone, says the new regulations are going to affect his business adversely. He laments that the revised regulations have dealt a big blow to his businesses. “This is going to lead to a tremendous loss of business.”

He said despite the fact that business is going to be drastically reduced he will still be paying the same [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
April 17, 2008

Members of the MDC-UK demonstrated at the Zimbabwe Embassy in London on Thursday, beginning three days of protests that are planned at the Embassy this week. Friday, April 18 is Zimbabwe’s Independence Day and there will be protests at the Embassy in London, at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and at also one in Vancouver, Canada.

At the London protest on Thursday, MDC activist Bernard Matongo said the police blocked the doors to the Embassy on the Strand, as MDC members attempted to go inside. He explained that the police were trying to prevent a repeat of what transpired on Tuesday when activists from the MDC-UK Women’s Assembly made it past the lobby area and took down the obligatory photo of Mugabe.

Matongo said that at the Thursday protest they sang and chanted at the Embassy entrance while others collected signatures for a petition to present at the South African Embassy later the same day. About 30 pages of signatures had been collected so far. “Nowhere in history have elections been held and results not [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

African National Congress (ANC)leader Jacob Zuma, in his toughest statement yet on Zimbabwe, expressed apprehension today at the post-election deadlock there and its impact on the neighbouring region.

In a widening disagreement with President Thabo Mbeki, Zuma said: “The region cannot afford a deepening crisis in Zimbabwe. The situation is more worrying now given the reported violence that has erupted in the country.”

Zuma ousted Mbeki as leader of the ANC in December and has moved gradually to increase his influence at the expense of his rival.

Mbeki says there is no crisis in Zimbabwe but Zuma has called several times for the rapid release of delayed presidential election results.

“We once again register our apprehension about the [continue reading]

source: News24
17/04/2008 22:48 – (SA)

Durban – Opposition to a shipment of arms being offloaded in Durban and transported to Zimbabwe increased on Thursday when South Africa’s biggest transport workers’ union announced that its members would not unload the ship.

SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) general secretary Randall Howard said: “Satawu does not agree with the position of the South African government not to intervene with this shipment of weapons.

“Our members employed at Durban container terminal will not unload this cargo neither will any of our members in the truck-driving sector move this cargo by road.”

He said the ship, the An Yue Jiang, should not dock in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

17 April 2008
Posted to the web 17 April 2008

Harare

Zimbabweans will commemorate independence day on Friday as a deeply divided and uncertain nation, shaken by a rising tide of political violence in the aftermath of last month’s election in which the opposition for the first time won a parliamentary majority.

Human rights organisations say hundreds of people have fled rural areas where the army, police and war veterans have spearheaded terror campaigns against civilians for daring to vote against ZANU-PF, the party of President Robert Mugabe, in the 29 March poll.

“This government has declared war on its citizens and we don’t know what it will take to get the world to pay attention,” said a doctor working with the displaced, who asked to remain anonymous.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday called for an international criminal court to try the [continue reading]