Archive for May 10th, 2008

source: Mmegi
EDITOR

The unannounced visits by President Ian Khama and Education and Skills Development Minister Jacob Nkate signal positive steps in the right direction by the new government and its top officials.

Khama kicked-off the surprise visits by going to Princess Marina Hospital. Nkate followed suit by appearing at Ledumang Senior Secondary School unannounced on Tuesday this week to get a feel of things. While we do not seek to endorse management by fear and intimidation, it suffices to say that such visits will assist in jerking up some of the civil servants sleeping on the job. They will realise that they need to be productive and speed up service delivery.

For the record, government had to come up with a number of programmes and policies such as Work Improvement Teams (WITS) and Performance Based Reward Systems (PBRS) with the full intention to cultivate a culture of productivity and in turn improve service delivery. But alas, such efforts have come to nothing in terms of transforming the mind set in our civil service and other government departments including schools.

The lethargy and endemic poor service delivery has not improved in [continue reading]

source: BBC News

South African President Thabo Mbeki has left Zimbabwe for home without comment after crisis talks in Harare with his counterpart Robert Mugabe.

Mr Mbeki, who is thought to advocate a national unity government as a way to resolve the presidential poll dispute, had been expected to brief journalists.

Zimbabwe has still to announce the date of a run-off between Mr Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mr Mbeki’s visit came amid concern that poll-related violence is escalating.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), remained in South Africa, in self-imposed exile.

He has not been in Zimbabwe for the past month although there is growing pressure on him to return home and rally his [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MICHAEL APPEL

MIDRAND: Head of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Observer Mission to Zimbabwe Marwick Khumalo told reporters yesterday that a run-off election, if decided upon, could be held within the next 12 months.

“… last night [I] spoke to the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [George Chiweshe] who told me that it is not practical to organise a run-off election within the stipulated 21 days after the election results were announced.

“Logistically and in terms of procurement of election goods it would be almost impossible and impractical to hold it within 21 days,” said Khumalo.

Khumalo – who remained tight-lipped on a possible timeframe for a run-off said – that Chiweshe did allay his fears that a run-off election would be postponed indefinitely by saying it would not be held in more than a year.

Should such a situation unfold, he said, the [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info
Nthambeleni Gabara
9 May 2008

The South African government has identified the Broadband Infraco-led African West Coast Cable (AWCC) project as a lead initiative to create a sustainable, competitive international bandwidth market in the country.

This view emerged during a meeting held between the office of the Presidency, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin and Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri over the weekend.

“The decision is in line with [President Thabo Mbeki’s] statement in this year’s State of the Nation address to complete the licensing and the operationalisation of Infraco as well as the completion of the process to launch undersea cables in partnership with other governments on the continent and the private sector,” read a statement by the Department of Communications this week.

The AWCC is a 3.8 terabit cable that will stretch from Melkbosstrand, outside Cape Town in the Western Cape province, to the United Kingdom with capacity terminating in London.

The project, which is expected to be functioning in the middle of 2010, will have branching units to at least 10 countries along the west coast of Africa and have a design length of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Era (Windhoek)
9 May 2008
Posted to the web 9 May 2008

Desie Heita
Windhoek

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia has given Skorpion Zinc Mine notice of an industrial stayaway effective today at midnight.

Skorpion Zinc Mine has been locked in negotiations with the Mineworkers

Union of Namibia (MUN) over wages and salary increments since April 21.

“We have received the notice of strike and obviously we are doing everything we can to avert the strike,” spokesperson for Skorpion Zinc, Usi //Hoebeb, said yesterday.

Negotiators for the mine management and the union failed to reach consensus on their own and went to a conciliation board on April 29 and 30.

Arbitration by the Namibian Labour Commissioner failed, leading to the call for a strike. MUN members make up nearly three-quarters of Skorpion Zinc’s 650-strong workforce. Anglo Base Metal owns the Skorpion Zinc mine.

Yesterday, the two parties held a meeting in Windhoek to [continue reading]