Archive for June, 2008

source: Mmegi

Mobile phone operator, Orange, on Tuesday launched Livebox, a high speed broadband internet service.

This “pioneering service” is based on the most advanced Wimax radio technology which delivers state-of-the-art high speed Internet access via radio link, with no landline connection required.

Livebox is the first service that provides for wireless and internet access from one unit, providing up to eight simultaneous connections at the same time. Speaking at the launch at Phakalane Golf Estate in Gaborone, the Chief Executive of Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA), Thari Pheko, said Orange’s track record in the country speaks volumes.

From humble beginnings in 1998, Orange today boasts of 200 employees and hundreds of thousands of customers. In addition, Pheko said, Orange has [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
30 June 2008
Posted to the web 30 June 2008

Dumisani Muleya

PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki will recognise Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was inaugurated yesterday for a further five-year term after he won a one-man election race, in a bid to find a negotiated settlement to Zimbabwe’s political crisis.

“Mbeki wants Mugabe endorsed in the interests of his mediation,” a source close to the Zimbabwe talks said. “If he says Mugabe’s re-election is illegitimate, he won’t be able to continue in his mediation role.”

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said Mugabe won 85,5% of the vote on Friday, compared with 43,2% in the March election, which Morgan Tsvangirai won with 47,9 %. The commission said voter turnout was 42,4%, almost exactly the same as on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The proposed teaching council is long overdue, teaching organisations have said. This comes after the assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Lebonaamang Mokalake, announced that his ministry is considering establishing a teaching council.

Speaking to Mmegi yesterday, the president of the Botswana Primary Teachers’ Association, Sam Malete, said that these were part of the latest reforms at the ministry and are a move in the right direction. He said that as teachers they want to be the most respected, to be the ‘cream’ of civil service and be role models to their students. Malete said that they want children to aspire to follow a career in teaching.

The council, he said, would aid in behaviour modification, curb sexual relations between teachers and students and abuse of students.

He reminisced about the era when teachers were known as [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Freedom House (Washington, DC)
27 June 2008
Posted to the web 30 June 2008

Washington, DC

Freedom House urges the African Union to lead a global effort to exclude Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe from regional and international bodies, starting with Monday’s African Union summit in Egypt. Mugabe has vowed to attend the summit which comes just days after he held a one-party presidential runoff election marked by widespread violence targeted at opposition party leaders and supporters.

“With these sham elections, Mugabe defiantly squandered whatever good will and legitimacy he had left on the continent,” said Jennifer Windsor, Freedom House executive director. “The African Union can set a powerful precedent and send a clear message of hope to the people of Zimbabwe by isolating Mugabe and pushing for his swift exit from [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

TULI-BLOCK: Farmers in the Tuli Block area are decrying lack of support by traders who prefer to buy from South Africa, leaving local produce to perish due to lack of market.

Farmers expressed concern that traders have abandoned local farmers so much that they prefer to cross the border and buy in bulk to sustain their operations throughout the period when the borders remain closed. As such they say traders only buy from local farmers two to three weeks after the border has closed and their produce are then left to rot either in packages or on the farms, thus incurring huge losses.

Talana Farm has already lost P300, 000 on its tomatoes from the beginning of this season because of lack of market.

Farm manager Janie Willemsa has urged the government to take a firm stand on border closures, expressing the fear that [continue reading]

souce: SW Radio Africa

At 4.17 pm on the 29th June 2008, 84 year old Mr Mugabe was declared the duly elected President of Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe: 2,150,269 votes
Morgan Tsvangirai: 233,000 votes
Spoilt papers: 131,481.

Mugabe declared winner in Zimbabwe’s one-man election

source: Africa Science Service
Written by ASNS in Botswana
Saturday, 28 June 2008

Botswana’s Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi said the country is keen to see the development of young people into future engineers and technologists as there is the challenge of having an adequate technology literate workforce.

Officiating at the Central Region Design and Technology Exhibition (CEREDTEX) in Serowe last week, the minister said she believed that design and technology is one subject that could make a significant contribution to this country.

“I am pleased to learn that the subject aims at producing multi-skilled, versatile, and adaptable youngsters who are capable of making a major contribution to the development of our country”.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi said she found the aspect of harnessing creativity, imagination and originality in students and [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged the international community to intervene in Zimbabwe – by force if necessary.

The former Cape Town archbishop said he would support the deployment of a UN force to restore peace in the country.

He said African Union leaders should refuse to recognise Robert Mugabe as the legitimate president of Zimbabwe.

It is thought Mr Mugabe will be sworn in for another term on Sunday, although final results from the one-candidate election have been delayed.

The opposition boycotted the vote amid claims of violence and intimidation.

‘Powerful signal’

Mr Mugabe was said to have won by a wide margin, but international observers have reported many spoilt ballots, which in [continue reading]

source: The Times (SA)
AFP Published:Jun 28, 2008

HARARE – Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe, certain of victory following a one-man election, is expected to be inaugurated for a new term as president on Sunday, government sources told AFP.

“The inauguration is tomorrow (Sunday) at 10am (0800 GMT),” said one source close to Mugabe.

Another source who is expected to be part of a delegation to an upcoming African Union summit in Egypt said he was expecting Mugabe to be sworn in before his departure on Sunday.

“We have been told to be on standby for the swearing-in and soon after we will go to Egypt,” said the source, who also requested anonymity.

A visitor to State House, Mugabe’s official residence, said tents were already being set up for the ceremony.

Results from the election were expected before the inauguration.

Friday’s run-off went ahead with [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Global bankers have warned CIC Energy that it could be subject to some sort of corporate takeover by another large player in the region due to its rich Mmamabula resource.

The size of the Mmamabula resource is 2.3 billion tonnes.
CIC Energy CEO Warren Newfield admitted to Miningmx online that they feel the company is vulnerable at this point particularly with the value and progress of the project.

“There are very few projects in the world that are multi-billion tonnes in a jurisidiction like Botswana (Mmamabula) that are fully permitted and ready to go into production.”

Asked how the company could protect itself, he said: “The trick is to keep our investors totally abreast of what is happening and to [continue reading]

source: SW RAdio Africa
By Mandisa Mundawarara
June 27, 2008

The people of Harare today stayed away from polling stations, with reports of queues with ‘no more than five people.’ Thabani Moyo told us that he had visited polling stations in the suburbs of Mabvuku, Mufakose, Chitungwiza, Mbare, Mabelreign, Marlborough, Bluff Hill and Eastgate.

Most of the people that he spoke to said that they had gone to the polls ‘out of fear, and to protect their lives.’ There are reports that the war vets were conducting operation ‘Pasi pechigunwe,’ where they were checking people’s fingers for the indelible ink to make sure that they had voted.

He described Harare as looking like a ‘ghost town’ today with most people staying home to avoid trouble.
Thabani also reported that [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger and Barry Bearak
Published: June 27, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: President Robert Mugabe’s enforcers had already begun to rampage across Zimbabwe, beating his political opponents, when television cameras captured a startling image of Mugabe holding hands with the smiling South African president, Thabo Mbeki, a professed champion of African democracy.

It was April 2000. And Mbeki, leader of the continent’s most powerful nation, spoke no evil of Mugabe’s repressive ways.

Eight years later, in April 2008, it was much the same scene. For two weeks, Zimbabwean election officials had refused to issue the results of an election that Mugabe had lost and a new wave of violence was beginning. Again, the despot and the democrat genially clasped hands as Mbeki declared there was no political crisis in Zimbabwe.

The complex relationship between these two men, stretching back almost 30 years, is crucial to fathoming why Mbeki, chosen last year by regional leaders to officially mediate the conflict in Zimbabwe, does not publicly criticize Mugabe or [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The business community here has told the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry that government needs to expedite the creation of an enabling environment and to deliberately promote small- and medium-scale enterprises.

Keith Kgathi, a local businessman, appealed to the Minister Duke Lefhoko to regulate the market to ensure that small businesses benefited from government tenders.

“When you approach parastatals or government departments, they believe that some projects cannot be carried out by a Motswana,” Kgathi said. “The government should intervene to ensure that local businesses are given a fair chance.”

Representatives of the Selebi-Phikwe business community were meeting with Minister Kgathi at [continue reading]

source: News24
27/06/2008 12:26 – (SA)

Johannesburg – President Thabo Mbeki wrote a stinging report to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe in 2001, pleading with him to stop land grabs and admit that the ruling party has failed to create a democratic state.

In a 37-page analysis of the situation in Zimbabwe, written a year after Zanu-PF lost a referendum to the opposition, a landmark event that triggered violent land seizures, Mbeki warns of the consequences.

“Of critical importance… is the obvious necessity to ensure that Zimbabwe does not end up in a situation of isolation … condemned to sink into an ever-deepening social and economic crisis that would result in the reversal of many of the gains of the national democratic revolution.”

Mbeki, who has been criticised many times for failing to speak out publicly against Mugabe, in this document warns of the dangers of “stripping white capitalists of their wealth”.

He says it “would result in the collapse of the economy with disastrous effects”.

The “discussion document” was written in August 2001 and will appear in the June issue of New Agenda, a journal of [continue reading]

siurce: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Ministry of Local Government assistant minister Ambrose Masalila has told a full Gaborone City Council (GCC) meeting that the council will receive P156 million for the roads rehabilitation.

Making the announcement yesterday, Masalila said that a special warrant is to be signed this week and a total of over P536 million awarded to all councils to fix damaged roads.
He urged all the councils to utilise these funds properly. The assistant minister, who was at the council to address the councillors on project implementation, noted that there is a problem in implementation.

Masalila said that they plan to have labour intensive public works as a permanent feature, not during drought, and workers will be rotating especially in the rural areas. He also mentioned that they are hoping to have doctors overseeing clinics and [continue reading]