Archive for July 13th, 2008

source: BOPA
10 July, 2008

TSHABONG – Small scale entrepreneurs have been urged to take their businesses seriously as high production could result in the creation of employment for other people.

A Consultant at Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC), Mr Poloko Thobega , said this during a Productivity and Quality Awareness workshop organized by Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) in Tshabong.

Mr Thobega said if the small businesses were productive, poverty could be eradicated as many Batswana would find jobs and that would put the country in a better position to compete globally.

He said productive small businesses should also play a meaningful role in addressing inflation, shortage of skilled workforce and poor work ethics, as government alone could not bear the whole burden.

Participants were encouraged to create quality leadership in their organizations, which could lead and address challenges facing the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 July, 2008

RAMOTSWA – Village Development Committees have been asked to be in the forefront and partner with the Department of Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) to fight corruption.

Speaking during a workshop organised for members of VDCs in the South East District, a DCEC official, Mrs Erica Ndlovu, advised them to come up with strategies that could help the department to fight corruption.

Mrs Ndlovu said it was crucial to work with the communities as they could play a vital role in helping the DCEC in the anti-corruption fight.

She described corruption as a disease that needed a lot of funds to fight. She added that the DCEC could only win it if other stakeholders joined the department in the fight.

“That is why we organised this workshop to share ideas and learn about corruption as its outcome is bad and affects all of us”.

Mrs Ndlovu said corruption could also affect the economy of the country and also progress of developments in the country.

She said the department needed involvement of all stakeholders, including the VDC members who were familiar with [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Friday, 11 July 2008 11:27

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai have made a dramatic climb-down from their intransigent positions in inter-party talks under mounting pressure from South African president Thabo Mbeki, it has emerged.

The move demonstrates Mbeki’s increasing leverage in the convoluted mediation process despite stinging criticism of him for his failure to wring a solution from the two men over the past eight years.

Sources said after the botched meeting between Mugabe and Tsvangirai last Saturday, Mbeki has been piling pressure on the two leaders to drop rigid preconditions to dialogue and dispatch chief negotiators to Pretoria where crisis talks began yesterday.

The negotiations centre on a government of national unity. The sources said Mbeki has advised Mugabe to defer the appointment of a new cabinet to give a chance to the talks because a breakthrough could be found soon. Mugabe had wanted to announce a new cabinet since last week.

He has been claiming he would not talk unless he is recognised as [continue reading]

source: ZimNews
author/source:Times (UK)
published:Sat 12-Jul-2008
posted on this site:Sat 12-Jul-2008
James Bone in New York and David Robertson

Britain’s diplomatic strategy in Zimbabwe collapsed last night in an historic defeat for the West in the UN Security Council that will have repercussions across Africa and beyond. Russia and China wielded their veto to kill a resolution imposing UN sanctions on President Mugabe and his inner circle in a defining vote in the 15-nation council. Sir John Sawers, the British Ambassador to the UN, said: “The people of Zimbabwe need to be given hope that there is an end in sight to their suffering. The Security Council today has failed to offer them that hope.” Russia declared that it was casting its veto to prevent the council, under the influence of Western members, from meddling in the internal affairs of a UN member state. “We have seen an effort to take the council beyond its charter prerogative,” Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, declared. “We believe such practices to be illegitimate and dangerous, leading to a realignment of the UN system. This draft is nothing but the council’s attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of a member state.”

China, which supplies arms to Harare, said that the Zimbabwe crisis did not constitute a threat to international peace and security, over which [continue reading]

source: News24
12/07/2008 09:47 – (SA)

Johannesburg – South Africa welcomed the decision of the United Nations Security Council not to impose sanctions against Zimbabwe, foreign affairs said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said SA voted against the draft resolution on Friday, in accordance with the African Union Summit of head of states and government decision to “encourage President Robert Mugabe and the leader of the MDC to honour their commitment to initiate dialogue with view to promote peace, stability, democracy and reconciliation of the Zimbabwean people”.

He said South Africa was facilitating talks between Zanu-PF, the MDC of Morgan Tsvangarai and MDC of Arthur Mutambara, in Pretoria.

“It is our considered view that imposing sanctions would indeed have impacted negatively on the current process among the Zimbabwean political parties. In addition both SADC and AU have not called for sanctions,” he said.

The AU summit in Egypt had appealed to states and all parties concern to refrain from any action that could negatively impact on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 July, 2008

GABORONE – There is no standard to follow when constructing speed humps in Botswana, says Mr Khumo Manyathelo, a senior traffic engineer with the Gaborone City Council.

He said the council’s road manual did not say anything about speed humps, but that it was under review and they would be included.

Mr Manyathelo said the council was using British standards to construct speed humps, and that their height is 75 centimetres.

He explained that the council was neither monitoring nor inspecting construction of speed humps in private properties such as shopping centres and estates because there was no guiding manual.

However, some car owners in Gaborone complain that speed humps damage their cars and cause them an inconvenience.

They complain that some speed humps are high and that some are constructed in unnecessary places. Mr Kagiso Hambira, one of the car owners, said the speed humps were poorly designed and too high.

Mr Lesetedi Baakile, another car owner, concurred that some humps damaged cars because they were [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 July, 2008

LETLHAKANE – Pit latrines will no longer be built in schools. This according to the Member of Parliament for Boteti North, Mr Slumber Tsogwane is in line with contemporary health standards.

He however told a kgotla meeting at Mosu on Monday that the government will assess the situation to determine if there is need to construct pit latrines at schools where the water borne system is failing due to water shortage.

Mr Tsogwane explained that 4447 toilets, 4585 teacher’s quarters and 976 classrooms will be built at primary schools under the back log eradication programme during the 2008/2009 financial year. He also stated that Mosu/Thalamabele road will be tarred, adding that Mosu is in the second batch of the 100 villages’ under the Rural Electrification Programme.

The legislator encouraged the residents to register for elections and urged the youth to play a major role in the registration exercise as the future is in their hands.

The village development committee chairperson, Mr Andrew Motlhabani had requested the construction of pit latrines at the local primary and junior secondary schools as well as the teachers’ houses.

He said the water system toilets were not functioning due to shortage of water. Mr Motlhabani complained about delays in [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Friday, 11 July 2008 11:02

AFTER recently storming back to power in a discredited one-man election, President Robert Mugabe is finding out that things are harder than he thought. He has suddenly become amenable to talks.

Mugabe is faced with fundamental questions he cannot resolve even after claiming a “landslide” victory in the poll. He has to deal with his now glaring lack of legitimacy and an economic crisis. He also has to deal with mounting pressure for him to reform or go. Besides, Mugabe needs to use his pyrrhic victory to resolve his succession crisis and a renewal of his fossilised party.

This has put him in a position in which he has no choice but to talk to the opposition, even though his motives remain how to retain the levers of power.

Terrified by his disastrous leadership failures and the looming prospect of rejection at the polls, Mugabe cited some bizarre reasons why he would never allow his bitter rival, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, to rule even if he won. Zanu PF then unleashed a campaign of terror to stop him. At least 100 people were reportedly killed, while thousands of others were displaced and injured in the brutal campaign of violence.

However, the stark realities of lack of legitimacy and economic meltdown are now haunting Mugabe, making him open to dialogue, including with [continue reading]