Archive for April 24th, 2008

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) is today launching its mobile phone subsidiary, BTC Mobile, at the Gaborone Sun.

The telecommunications parastatal has been awarded the 73 number range. In a press statement, BTC says following the success of its network tryout and constructive feedback, BTC Mobile’s VIP launch today will be followed by a public launch on Saturday and Sunday.

“The key objective of these activities is to reveal the brand of BTC Mobile and declare the readiness of the business,” says a statement making the announcement.

The parastatal’s publicises James Molosankwe says BTC continues to participate in the liberalised telecommunications market “vigorously”.

Trials for the mobile service began last year. Last month, BTC issued [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 23 2008 at 03:21PM

Despite significant inroads into addressing SA’s skills shortage, the problem remains massive, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said on Wednesday.

Briefing the media on the 2007 report of the joint initiative on priority skills acquisition (Jipsa), she said vacancies in the public sector were still unacceptably high.

Further, public schools and university through puts were still too low, the quality and availability of trainers was a major constraint, and rural communities had inadequate access to education and skills opportunities.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said the global situation had changed since Jipsa’s launch two years ago and the initiative had to be “upscaled”.

Urgent attention also had to be given to foreign skills recruitment, because the country did not have the luxury of time for all the necessary training.

However, significant inroads had been made into [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A warrant has been issue for the arrest of Lobtrans manager Sam Asmal following questionable business transactions detected by the police.

The company is under liquidation. Sergeant Thalinah Sethatho of the Serious Crime Squad said that Asmal is required to clarify questionable dealings in his business. “I have been able to talk to him over the phone and he told me he is in South Africa but he is not feeling well. We have informed him about a warrant for his arrest,” she said.

Sethatho said that during their investigations, they came across suspicious transactions where the same property such as a truck was used to acquire money from different financial institutions. The suspect transactions were discovered when creditors went to the police for help. It was realised that a number of creditors had the same claims against the company when the police met [continue reading]

source: The Nation (Bangkok)
Published on April 24, 2008
Supachai Panitchpakdi

The main issue for developing countries arising from the current American credit crisis is the extent to which they are decoupled and protected from it.

The global economic situation is fragile, especially if the financial sector losses of US and European corporations start to spread across the globe.

This spread cannot be discounted since global financial markets are becoming increasingly integrated and interdependent. If the fragility spreads, it would undermine some of the gains made by many developing countries in recent years in managing national debt, including its sustainability and composition. The impacts on the poorest countries would be worse.

Such interlinked risks underline the importance of discussing a new policy agenda on external debt at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) XII in Accra, Ghana. It should also be given top consideration in progress towards an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

An estimated 200 major players in the tourism and leisure sector will converge on the northern tourist hub of Kasane for this year’s Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana’s (HATAB) ‘Open Season’ conference this weekend.

The annual gathering brings together big players in the leisure and tourism sector to engage in critical self-analysis of their industry and map the way forward.

This year the conference will be held under the theme ‘Elevating Tourism Through Service Excellence’.

“We were looking at the fact that we are a multi-sectoral industry,” says HATAB pro Lily Rakgorong. “Some of our success depends on other stakeholders. So we need to improve on service delivery across the board.” The guest speaker at this year’s ‘Open Season’ will be the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Dr Tebogo Matome. Government representatives, including the [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger and Alan Cowell
Published: April 24, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: As Zimbabwe’s political impasse drags into its fourth week, talk of a power-sharing deal between the governing party and the opposition came to the fore Wednesday, though both sides indicated they were unprepared for the compromises that would be required.

An editorial in the state-run newspaper, often used as a mouthpiece for Zimbabwe’s longtime strongman, President Robert Mugabe, floated a proposal for a transitional unity government that would be headed by Mugabe until new elections could be organized.

Lending support to the idea, Jacob Zuma, head of South Africa’s governing African National Congress and potentially a future president of South Africa, the region’s most powerful country, also called discussions over a national unity government “the natural thing” to do given Zimbabwe’s deepening crisis.

Zimbabwe, led for 28 years by Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party, has been plunged into [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC)

22 April 2008
Posted to the web 23 April 2008


The Chinese government should immediately recall the shipment of weapons aboard the An Yue Jiang intended for Zimbabwe and currently off the coast of southern Africa, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao released today, Human Rights Watch urged the Chinese government to cease all arms deliveries to Zimbabwe while the very high risk exists of such weapons being used against the civilian population.

“China prides itself on being a ‘responsible power,'” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 23 2008 at 06:11PM

By David Stringer

London – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Wednesday that Britain will propose an arms embargo on Zimbabwe as it seeks to stiffen international resolve over the country’s failure to publish presidential election results.

Brown outlined the plan as he met ANC President Jacob Zuma for talks in London.

Last week, South African dock workers refused to unload a Chinese ship carrying arms bound for Zimbabwe because of worries that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe plans to use them against political opponents.

“Because of what has happened in South Africa, where there is an arms shipment trying to get to Zimbabwe, we will promote proposals for an embargo on all arms to Zimbabwe,” Brown said during his weekly questions session at Parliament.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, leader of South Africa’s Anglicans, has called for an arm embargo against Zimbabwe.

“On the basis that a heavily armed Zimbabwe would [continue reading]