Archive for July 18th, 2008

Ministry increase herd

source: BOPA
16 July, 2008

MAUN – The agriculture ministry plans to increase the national herd from 2.5 million to 3.5 million in the next five years. Officiating at a farmers field day at Moremogolo Ranch ,Minister Christian De Graaff said his ministry has already proposed several initiatives towards realising the dream.

He said proposals were being developed on the best use of Banyana Farm. One of the options being to subdivide it into smaller and economic farming units which could be made accessible to investors.

Mr De Graaff also said the ministry had advertised 15 state farms including Shorobe quarantine which has been divided into four farms. He also briefed the farmers about agricultural service centres which were to be established.

The government, he said, would fence some farms which would accommodate 219 farmers.

These farmers would be assisted with equipment including seeds and fertilisers. He told the audience that the ministry was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana’s 20-ton elephant ivory is heading for China, after the latter won the right at a UN wildlife meeting on Tuesday to import elephant ivory from Africa under strict conditions, a UN spokesman said.

Four countries, namely Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, are permitted under a deal reached at The Hague last year to make one-off sales of registered ivory stocks.

“China was accepted as a trading partner to import ivory from the four authorised countries in southern Africa,” said Juan Carlos Vasquez of CITES, or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

To gain permission, Beijing had to prove it had the capacity to fight illegal domestic trade in ivory, which is used mainly in jewellery and carvings.

The CITES committee agreed that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 July, 2008

PALAPYE – The Minister of Education and Skills Development Mr Jacob Nkate visited several Palapye schools last week.

He visited Lotsane Senior Secondary School, Mmaphula Junior Secondary School, Boipuso Primary School and Ratsie Setlhako Primary School.

The minister attended a few class and addressed students. He urged them to study and desist from disrespecting teachers and vandalizing school property.

The minister told students that his government is disturbed by indiscipline in schools. He also told the students that school authorities have his support in dealing with indiscipline, saying those who misbehave would be expelled.

All the school heads of the visited schools informed the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
17 July 2007

Jean Ping, the African Union Commission chairperson, is expected to meet with President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa on Friday to discuss the ongoing talks between ZANU PF and the two MDC formations.

Mbeki has been the sole mediator on the Zimbabwe crisis and the MDC is insisting that an additional mediator be appointed to work with the SA President, who is accused of favoring ZANU PF.

Meanwhile, the National Executive Committee of the Tsvangirai MDC met on Thursday for a briefing on the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreed upon by the main political parties, but waiting for signing. The MOU lays out conditions for talks that are supposed to lead to a resolution of the crisis.

It was impossible to get clarification on what was actually discussed by the [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 18 2008 at 09:08AM
By Fiona Forde and Hans Pienaar

Pressure is mounting on President Thabo Mbeki to negotiate a speedy settlement in Zimbabwe, with Kofi Annan calling on him to accept the Zanu-PF chief and his Movement for Democratic Change counterpart as equals.

And church leaders from Southern Africa on Thursday called for immediate sanctions on Zimbabwe.

“Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai must be able to enter into a dialogue on an equal footing, as two leaders,” Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general, said on Thursday night.

‘The mediation effort should have but one master’
He was speaking at Unisa in Pretoria, where he received an honorary doctorate in literature and philosophy.

Progress can be made only when the conditions are right, Annan told the gathering.

He said he was speaking on behalf of The Elders – a group that includes Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and former US president Jimmy Carter – in calling “for a speedy and robust mediation to resolve the political crisis” and to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Elders (London)
17 July 2008
Posted to the web 17 July 2008

As the Elders meet in Johannesburg, in the wake of a Zimbabwean election that African observers deemed to be neither free nor fair, the people of Zimbabwe are living in an atmosphere of continued political violence, their economy is in a freefall, and uncertainty is a central feature of their daily lives.

This crisis of governance must not be allowed to continue, for human lives and livelihoods are at stake. We all have an interest in and all share a responsibility for its resolution.

The Elders therefore call for a speedy and robust mediation to resolve the political crisis, create a democratic and effective government and start a process of reconciliation and healing.

That mediation effort should have but one master: the Zimbabwean people. And they in turn should know that they have the support of the international community. They do not stand alone.

Progress requires certain conditions to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

BLANTYRE: Great opportunities do exist for Africa to eradicate poverty and sustain high economic growth and development but only if countries pay particular attention to development programmes that address key sectors of growth and human resource development.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) secretariat official, Sloans Chimatiro, said during the Malawi National Stakeholder engagement that Africa is constrained by lack of common and strategic understanding of the scientific challenges faced by various sectors.

He also added that in many African countries there is a systematic fragmentation between knowledge, innovation and overall national development strategies. “Therefore, Africa has not been able to use or diffuse technology into the problem and there is also poor infrastructure development that is necessary for compliance with the trade rules”, he said.

However, despite the vast human and natural resource endowments that [continue reading]

source: IOL
Staff Reporter
July 18 2008 at 12:04PM

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has used his birthday message to Nelson Mandela to deal with sceptics who have speculated that the 2010 World Cup would be taken away from South Africa and given to Brazil.

In a special message to mark Mandela’s 90th birthday, Blatter said, among other things, to Mandela: “See you at the opening ceremony of the Fifa World Cup South Africa on June 11 2010”.

Spanish sports newspaper AS on Thursday claimed on Thursday that Brazil was being lined up to stage the 2010 event if South Africa, the first African host of the tournament, was unable to. The report follows reports in which Blatter said he had a “plan B” in case a catastrophe prevented South Africa from hosting the event.

However, the 2010 organising committee was satisfied that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 July, 2008

GABORONE – Inter-State Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC) is a crucial platform that members should seize to develop a deeper and strong citizenry of SADC, says BDF chief of staff defence logistic command Brigadier George Tlhalerwa.

Speaking during the Seventh Inter-State Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC) logistic working group meeting Brig.

Tlhalerwa said ISDS should be a boost to consolidate collegiality and friendship that exist among nations and the region at large.

He reminded members that during the meeting of the heads of states and government in Sham El Shaik, Egypt the AU reiterated its commitments to build a united Africa that was anchored on regional blocs.

In addition, he said it was observed that the underlying motive behind regional integration had been that collaborative efforts across spatial territorial boundaries in Africa would allow for aggregate economic benefits and overall security integration.

But in spite of various incessant efforts in the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
18 July 2008
Wilson Johwa

LITTLE has been heard of the Southern African Development Community (SADC ) standby force since its launch last year.

The brigade will however be the subject of discussion this weekend when SADC ministers meet to plan for its activation in preparation for deployment on peacekeeping missions.

The meeting in Durban will be chaired by Angola, the present head of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security, which is responsible for the unit. The organ’s recommendations will be made to the SADC summit scheduled for next month when President Thabo Mbeki is expected to take over the chairmanship of the 14-member regional body from Angolan head of state Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.

At its launch during the previous SADC summit in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 July, 2008

BOBONONG Deputy commander in the northern division, Mr Oreeditse Mautle, has said police in partnership with the community are committed to providing a professional law enforcement service for a peaceful, safe and secure nation.

Providing a professional law enforcement service means that the service provided will be characterized by high level of skill, competence, experience, efficiency, effectiveness and affinity for ethical behaviour which has come to be an integral part of our cultural heritage, he said.

Speaking during a one-day workshop in Bobonong, attended by Bobonong, Molalatau and Lepokole village crime prevention committees, Mr Mautle said the Police Service has a vital role in promoting peace and security.

He said the police have pledged to work with the entire community to prevent crime in this country. Peace, safety and security are essential elements to ensure the continued prosperity of the country as articulated in the Vision 2016, and that the Police Service also has a vital role in promoting these attributes.

Mr Mautle told participants that police efforts reflect their serious concern at the [continue reading]

source: SABC News
July 17, 2008, 17:00

South Africa’s Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Lindiwe Hendriks and her Botswana counterpart Ponatshego Kedikilwe have signed the Cross-border Water Supply Agreement in Gaborone, Botswana.

The agreement intends to facilitate water supply across the borderline between the two countries. It is also believed that the agreement will further enhance and deepen the existing relations between the two countries.

The agreement comes after [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: The Francistown High Court will next year host the legal year opening session in the department of Administration of Justice’s endeavours to take the High Court to the people.

The event’s publicity secretary, Letsweletse Mophalane said yesterday that preparations for the event to be held next year February have started. Although the exact date for the legal year is yet to be identified, it is certain that it will be held in Francistown in 2009.

It will not be the first time the event is held here though, as it was first held in 2002 and combined with the official opening of the Francistown High Court by the former President, Festus Mogae. A hall in the court was named after one of Botswana’s finest legal brains, the late Moleleki Mokama.

“The event is brought to Francistown to give the city dwellers and people from the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 July, 2008

BOBONONG – The Botswana Police Service says it is determined to ensure that Botswana attains the Vision 2016 pillar of A Safe and Secure Nation.

Deputy Divisional Commander (North) Assistant Commissioner Oreeditse Mautle, said the aim could only be realised through meaningful partnership with the community.

Also, it requires the service to be highly skilled, competent, experienced, efficient, effective and have affinity for ethical behaviour, which is an integral part of Batswana cultural heritage.

Assistant Commissioner Mautle was opening a one-day crime prevention workshop in Bobonong, recently.

It was also attended by participants from Molalatau and Lepokole. He stated peace, safety and security were essential for Botswana to enjoy continued prosperity.

Assistant Commissioner Mautle explained that police did not only concentrate on [continue reading]

source: News24
17/07/2008 21:14 – (SA)

Cape Town – ANC President Jacob Zuma says Africa must avoid returning to a situation where national armies and soldiers play a role in politics thus undermining stability.

Speaking on Thursday during a visit to the Oliver Tambo Institute of Leadership at Kawaweta in Uganda, he said the role of the army in a democratic state was to defend its people against foreign threats and to defend the institutions created by a democratic dispensation.

“The soldier’s motto is to serve and to protect. That is the fundamental role of the army in a democratic dispensation.

“It is exactly what we did…when we assumed the levers of power in our country, we ensured that our army became a professional army which had a responsibility of protecting the country’s supreme law – the Constitution – and the citizens of the country.

“I know, that this is a perspective we [continue reading]