Archive for May 31st, 2008

source: BOPA
28 May, 2008

GABORONE – Government has introduced new measures to curb the increasing misuse of government vehicles.

A savingram from the Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr Eric Molale, says regular roadblocks would be mounted targeting government vehicles at strategic locations. Where necessary, the savingram says vehicles will be impounded if there is evidence of abuse.

The Central Transport Organization (CTO) and local authorities are required to strengthen their fleet inspectorate and where possible create synergies.

The CTO drivers License will be withdrawn where there is evidence of continued misuse and abuse and toll free lines will be created where abuse can be reported with ease by members of the public. Accounting officers are instructed to start receiving and scrutinising fleet utilisation logs.

This review will include assessing whether fuel usage is commensurate with the submitted vehicle utilisation logs.

The savingram lists incidents of misuse of government such as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 May, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – The Assistant Minister of Local Government, Mr Olifant Mfa has warned the Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) against failure to complete projects on time without valid reasons.

Therefore, he said, councillors and responsible officers should ensure that contractors engaged for the construction of the councils projects are efficient and deliver within the stipulated time.

He stressed the ministrys intention to crack the whip on construction companies that failed to honour their contracts.

Any company that does not complete its work on time without valid reasons will not get another council tender, he warned.

Mr Mfa said the government would take punitive measures against inefficient councils, as a way of weeding out poor service delivery from the public sector.

He spoke against the transfer of incompetent officers, saying employees who failed to perform their duties should instead be fired.

He conceded that financial constraints hinder councils development efforts but advised SPTC to [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Alan Cowell
Published: May 30, 2008

PARIS: Once again, Zimbabwe is readying itself for what passes for an election – a runoff after the presidential vote in March in which the opposition claimed victory, only to see its hopes of triumph founder in a quagmire of maneuvering and duplicity.

Once again, President Robert Mugabe is assailing his adversaries as the tools of imperialism; once again, his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai is projecting himself as the exclusive agent of renewal and change.

But this time, the regional backdrop to the run-off, set for June 27, has emerged in sharper focus, demonstrating not so much the influence of Zimbabwe’s neighbors as their impotence. In South Africa, in particular, a failed policy on Zimbabwe may be about to cost President Thabo Mbeki his last hope of a legacy, if not the remains of his political career.

Mbeki must now live with the consequences of what he has called the “quiet diplomacy” that, his critics assert, has merely permitted Mugabe to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The takeover master in the publicly trading construction sector, Olympia Capital Corporation (OCC), says it is eyeing another acquisition in Cape Town, South Africa, which is expected to make its shareholders smile, as it will not ask them to part with any thebe.

The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Michael Matu, says the acquisition of the unnamed concern, which is in the manufacturing industry in South Africa, is in the final stages of completion.

“This acquisition will be totally funded by debt, internal resources and an advance from our parent company, Olympia Capital Holdings Limited, which is quoted in the main board (of the) Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) and has a successful US$6.8 million (about P43.8 million) rights issue in late 2007,” explained Matu.

“We do not intend to seek further funds from [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 May, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – The Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) will endeavour to serve its customers with distinction, the organisations Chief Executive Officer, Mr Reginald Motswaiso, said.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony of the BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair, Mr Motswaiso said through the corporations value of excellence, its planning, operations and execution would be geared towards creating legendary customer experience that would be unparalleled.

We will continuously find new and better ways to achieve our goals, goals which will from time to time be motivated by the inspiration to create a positive customer experience, he said. We know that for as long as our products and services are still high in the priority list of the nation, we will continue to be criticised, and all [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
30 May 2008

Robert Mugabe will not step down as President, even if he loses to Morgan Tsvangirai in the June 27 presidential run-off election, Mugabe’s wife Grace claimed on Thursday. Accompanying Mugabe on a rather cynical tour of victims of political violence in rural Shamva, Grace confirmed what a lot of Zimbabweans suspect, that Mugabe will never concede defeat. She boasted; ‘Even if people vote for the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai will never step foot inside State House. He will only get to hear about what it looks like inside State House from people who have been there. Even if Baba (Mugabe) loses, he will only leave State House to make way for someone from ZANU-PF’.

Mugabe and his wife visited a homestead allegedly burned down by MDC supporters. ‘What we saw really touched us. We are not animals but humans. If you burn down someone’s house you want to destroy their life,’ the Zanu PF leader said. This is despite his regime unleashing a terror campaign countrywide that has claimed the lives of 50 MDC activists and influential party officials, and has been responsible for burning down thousands of MDC supporters homes in villages. The violence immediately followed Zanu PF and Mugabe’s defeat in the March 29 election. Claims by Mugabe that [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 30 2008 at 10:57AM

By Deon de Lange and Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

There will be no general amnesty for undocumented foreign nationals in South Africa, the government has confirmed.

However, it is considering a temporary deportation amnesty for the tens of thousands displaced by the violence of the past two weeks.

Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has rebuffed calls by some – including retired ANC stalwart Kader Asmal – for a general amnesty to allow illegal immigrants to come forward and be registered without risking deportation.

A similar process was undertaken in 1996 after the Cabinet declared an amnesty period for undocumented immigrants. During this time, more than 1.6 million foreigners were registered and given permanent residence status in South Africa.

“Is that the route we should take? Those people now [continue reading]

source: News24
30/05/2008 11:12 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Zimbabwe’s government has sent 10 buses and trucks to South Africa to take home Zimbabweans wanting to leave the country over a recent spate of xenophobic violence, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa Simon Khaya Moyo said on Friday.

Speaking to South Africa’s SAfm radio, Moyo also reiterated his government’s earlier commitment to give land to the returning Zimbabweans.

Asked where the land would be found Moyo said there was still plenty of land to be “resettled.”

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s government has evicted around 4 000 white farmers from their land since 2000, mostly without compensation. The land has [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 May, 2008

GABORONE – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and other investigatory committees need to be empowered to diligently assist Parliament in its oversight mandate.

Speaking at an orientation workshop for members of the Public Accounts Committee, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Patrick Balopi said the committee faced challenges that needed urgent attention.

Mr Balopi said the current one-year term of office for committee members hampered their delivery and denied them an opportunity to be experts in committees.

He said due to the magnitude of work of the committee, its members needed to benchmark and acquire skills on accounting so as to make informed contributions.

He said if the Parliament was to effectively perform its oversight role, there was need to assure that [continue reading]