Archive for June 30th, 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]