Archive for June 21st, 2008

source: Mmegi

Sprint Couriers has unveiled an ambitious plan to set up shop in Zimbabwe and Zambia in the next two months.

Sprint Couriers has only been operational for the last one-and-a-half years but has already attracted 50 percent of the courier market in Botswana.

Says the Financial Director of the company, Michelle Roberts: “We stayed focused on the core activity to deliver a superior quality service. To this day, we are happy and proud to be the best courier company with the best network in Botswana.

“We are going regional. We are intending to open offices in Zimbabwe and Zambia as soon as all formalities are concluded with the relevant authorities and stakeholders.

“We would like to see our offices in Zimbabwe and Zambia opening at least one day apart, and this will be some time in August 2008.

“We will continue to explore opportunities to expand our courier business to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Public Agenda (Accra)
20 June 2008
Posted to the web 20 June 2008

Claire Bisseker

Sub-Saharan Africa is enjoying the best period of sustained growth since independence. About 17 non oil-producing countries (representing about 35% of Africa’s population) have grown at about 5% on average for the past 10 years, thanks to better macroeconomic policies, rising investment and greater private-sector activity.

However, this year the mood at the conference was more sombre.

Leaders were asked whether Kenya’s recent explosion into ethnic violence exposed Africa’s soft underbelly – its failure to deal with tribalism. Investors wanted to know what the likelihood was that other nations were also living the lie of unity when below the surface ethnic tensions simmered.

Ghana’s president John Kufuor said it was possible that any other African country could go the way of Kenya because of the artificial boundaries drawn by colonialism and the failure by subsequent leaders to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

HARARE: Zimbabwean companies which exhibited at the Northern Trade Fair in Francistown last month will return to Botswana to participate in the Botswana Consumer Fair in August and the Global Expo in October.

A Bulawayo-based businessman, Themba Ncube, who led a delegation of Zimbabwean business executives to the BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair in Francistown last month said the business Zimbabwean exhibitors generated from Botswana’s second city had encouraged them to return for more expos.

Ncube, who is also the Chairman of the Zimbabwe National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ZNASMEs), said for the next exhibitions, the number of Zimbabwean companies participating is likely to increase.

Thirteen small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) from Zimbabwe exhibited at the Northern Trade Fair.

Ncube said the [continue reading]

source: IOL
Karyn Maughan
June 20 2008 at 08:55AM

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will pursue its corruption case against ANC president Jacob Zuma – whatever the result of its constitutional court battles with him.

Spokesperson Tlali Tlali on Thursday denied any suggestion that the State’s case against Zuma hinged on a favourable Constitutional Court ruling in a series of cases related to his pending corruption trial.

He said the “decision to institute criminal proceedings against Zuma was not dependent on the outcomes of the pending adjudication by the Constitutional Court” or Zuma’s current battle with the State in the Supreme Court in Mauritius.

According to a statement made by Chief Justice Pius Langa to the Judicial Service Commission, Cape Judge President John Hlophe tried to lobby Judge Bess Nkabinde and Acting Judge Chris Jafta to make pro-Zuma rulings – apparently saying there “would be no case against Mr Zuma” if the court did so.

The constitutional court has yet to indicate when it will deliver its [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Thursday, 19 June 2008 22:14

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has rejected a last-minute bid by South African President Thabo Mbeki to cancel next week’s presidential election run-off.

Mbeki met Mugabe in Bulawayo on Wednesday in an eleventh-hour bid to stop the country’s volatile run-off whose campaign the opposition MDC claims has left dozens of its supporters dead or injured.

Mbeki also met Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai for talks in Harare to secure support for his plan supported by Southern African Development Community (Sadc) leaders.

Sources said Mbeki tried to secure a meeting between Mugabe and Tsvangirai to resolve the Zimbabwe deadlock through talks and not the run-off but did not get a commitment from Mugabe. Tsvangirai agreed to meet Mugabe to discuss Zimbabwe’s crisis.

It is said Sadc is pushing Mugabe and Tsvangirai to form a government of national unity.

Wednesday’s meetings marked an escalation in Mbeki’s mediation effort in Zimbabwe. Negotiations have been gathering momentum over the past couple of weeks. Negotiators for Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF and the MDC recently held meetings in Pretoria to find a negotiated settlement to [continue reading]

source: News24
20/06/2008 14:01 – (SA)

Johannesburg – SA is deporting Zimbabwean asylum seekers in violation of international law and should offer temporary residence to all migrants fleeing violence and an economic collapse there, a rights group said.

In a report released on Thursday, US-based Human Rights Watch criticised SA for deporting nearly 200 000 Zimbabweans in 2007, some of whom were asylum seekers forced to return to face potential persecution.

It noted about 20 000 migrants from Zimbabwe, struck by political violence since elections on March 29, make asylum claims in SA every year.

“The surest way for the government to end its violation of international refugee law is to end the deportation of all Zimbabweans, including those fleeing the current violence,” Gerry Simpson, a researcher for the group, said in a statement.

“SA should adopt a comprehensive policy that temporarily grants them the right to [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 20 2008 at 03:55PM

Telkom has asked for a 2,4 percent increase from August 1, it said on Friday.

It had filed the request for tariff adjustments with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).

“We are optimistic that Icasa will approve the proposed tariff changes,” said Godfrey Ntoele, Telkom’s group executive of national sales and marketing operations.

Telkom said the minimum charge for post-paid local calls (0 to 50 kilometres) would increase by 9,4 percent.

The per-second tariff for local calls during standard time would increase by 3,1 percent and during Callmore time, by 9,2 percent.

In the international arena, the overall adjustment was 0,2 percent. Tariffs to certain destinations, such as China, would increase, while call charges to other destinations, such as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: It is almost a week since nurses in local government clinics stopped going out of their way to perform tasks that are not in their line of duty.

In a position paper, signed by the president of the Botswana Land Boards and Local Authorities Workers Union (BLLAWU), Pelotshweu Baeng and secretary general, Moshe Noga, the organisation said: “…though regrettable, but after having exhausted all means to resolve the issue amicably Local Authorities Nurses shall cease to perform non-nursing duties and operate as per approved O and M (Organisation and Methods) exercise job description with effect from 12/06/08 until the above matters have been positively resolved”.

A Francistown-based trade unionist in the teaching profession had a taste of his own medicine last week when on visiting one of the clinics in Francistown, nurses refused to a [continue reading]