Archive for April 26th, 2008

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)

25 April 2008
Posted to the web 25 April 2008

Kagiso Metswamere
Botswana

Botswana has set a good example to other African countries for investing more in education, says North West MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Darkie Africa.

Speaking during an investment seminar held on Thursday at Phakalane golf estate in Botswana, MEC Africa said investment in education in Botswana has set a good example not only in Africa but also internationally.

“We note and congratulate with pride, all the erstwhile leaders of Botswana who through their expertise in the various field of education set and example for the youth of Botswana.

“The focus and the emphasis of Botswana on educating its population is an example that many countries wish to have and follow,” MEC Africa said.

MEC Africa said the North West province should use the fact that [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Friday, 25 April 2008 14:55

The Southern African Development Community has warned Zimbabwe that it will accept no more excuses from the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) if it fails to release the results of the Zimbabwean presidential elections by Saturday.

SADC sent its observer team back to Harare last week to observe the recount of the 23 disputed constituencies where Zanu-PF claims there were irregularities.

The ballots for the disputed constituencies in presidential, senatorial and parliamentary polls, which took place four weeks ago, are being recounted.

Said a senior SADC observer who asked not to be named: I don’t know why we are recounting — it doesn’t make sense to us.

We are expecting the recount to be done by Saturday, then it will be up to them to announce.

But, really, there is no excuse any more.

Beyond Saturday the SADC would not accept claims that the release of results had been [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

25 April 2008
Posted to the web 25 April 2008

Dumisani Muleya
Johannesburg

THE initial results of a recount of ballots from Zimbabwe’s March 29 elections have so far only confirmed the original count.

The recount has been contentious, as it was feared that President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu (PF) would manipulate it to reverse their defeat in the parliamentary poll.

Zanu (PF) lost its 28-year grip on power to the combined opposition.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has claimed victory in the presidential poll, the results of which have not been released. The recount is for 23 out of 210 constituencies. Two were won by Zanu (PF) and the rest by the MDC.

Sources close to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and both political parties yesterday confirmed that nine recounts had been completed and the original tallies were upheld.

The MDC had retained its [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

25 April 2008
Posted to the web 25 April 2008

Lesley Stones
Johannesburg

SA’s significance in the world economy is at risk of being eroded by its lack of internet access and high cost of telecommunications.

The Networked Readiness Index cites a lack of competition in the telecoms sector as a prime factor hindering SA’s economic growth and social development. Low internet penetration, the minuscule degree of high-speed broadband access and high costs are the worst constraints. Erratic power supplies and a lack of engineers and technicians also inhibit SA’s development.

The report by the World Economic Forum studies the effect that information and communication technology (ICT) has on the development and competitiveness of 127 nations. SA now ranks 51st, down from 47th last year, continuing its plunge of 10 places from 37th the previous year.

Although SA has a good business and regulatory environment on which to build, the benefits of that are [continue reading]

source: The Herald (ZIM Government)
Herald Reporters

POLICE yesterday arrested 215 people after raiding MDC-T’s Harvest House headquarters in central Harare on allegations of committing acts of political violence countrywide and going into hiding.

Police also searched offices of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network in the city seeking evidence showing Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials were paid through ZESN to corruptly alter the outcome of the March 29 elections.

Chief police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said the information they had indicated that most of those who had participated in post-election violence had sought refuge at the MDC provincial and national headquarters.

“Police rounded up 215 people at Harvest House this afternoon and these will be screened against participation in politically motivated criminal activities around the country,” he said.

Asst Comm Bvudzijena said just after the elections, police issued a statement that they had [continue reading]