Archive for July 21st, 2008

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Orange is set to bring the new 3G iPhone to Botswana, according to information from the manufacturer, Apple.

This follows the formalisation of agreements between the manufacturer of the much-hyped device Apple and the global mother company Orange.

Although he was non-committal on pricing, Orange Botswana’s Public Relations Manager, Karabo Tlhabiwe, said the latest status symbol cellphone would retail from US$199 upwards, excluding freight costs. “Maybe a little more for freight costs to Africa,” Karabo warned gingerly.

The mother company recently announced an agreement with Apple under which Orange will take the device across a number of markets, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“The iPhone takes advantage of our widespread 3G networks and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 July, 2008

KASANE – Assistant Minister of Local Government, Mr Ambrose Masalila says the merger of central and local police will take place very soon.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Kasane, recently, he explained that local police officers will be trained to investigate cases.

Mr Masalila said the coming together of the two services followed complaints by local police about poor work conditions compared to their central government counterparts even though they were doing the same job.

“They (local police) will now earn the same salary and be entitled to benefits such as free housing,” he said. On other issues, Mr Masalila informed residents that [continue reading]

–>: Mmegi, 09.07.2008 “Police to merge next month

source: Mmegi

Standard Chartered Bank recently hosted a seminar to discuss Risk Management to its Wholesale Banking clients at Gaborone Sun.

The event attracted about 80 Directors and Chief Executive Officers from a wide spectrum of corporate and parastatal entities, and was arranged in partnership with the Botswana Institute of Directors.

In his opening remarks the CEO David D Cutting said: “We live in turbulent times and the success of our business as well as yours will depend on how well we manage the risks we see and prepare for the ones that are not so easy to see.

Standard Chartered Bank believes that we are the Right Partner to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
21 July 2008
Posted to the web 21 July 2008

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened to seize foreign companies that support western-backed sanctions against his government – on the eve of possible breakthrough talks with his political opposition.

In an apparent backlash against foreign – especially western – pressure, Mugabe’s government has threatened to distribute their assets to companies in the Far East . This is a reflection of his growing closeness to China, which recently helped block a United Nations Security Council sanctions resolution to protest at the sham run-off election that returned him to power.

State-owned newspaper Sunday Mail reported yesterday that Mugabe’s government had begun auditing the ownership of western companies as part of a black empowerment drive “and to counter the possible withdrawal of investment under sanctions imposed and proposed by Britain and the US”.

Most western investments in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 July, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Area District Commissioner, Mr Richard Oaitse says about 215 Zimbabwean political asylum seekers are awaiting assessment at the centre for illegal immigrants in Francistown.

He said the number covers those Zimbabweans who arrived after the June 27 Zimbabwe presidential run-offs. He said the assessment would be done next week Thursday and Friday, adding that those who qualify for the refugee status would be taken to Dukwi refugee camp.

He said so far in their past assessments, almost all those from Zimbabwe had qualified for refugee status but under normal circumstances those who do not qualify are remanded at the centre awaiting arrangements for repatriation to their respective countries.

Mr Oaitse said the story of refugees from [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 21 2008 at 07:13AM

By Angela Quintal

Zimbabweans seeking refuge in South Africa could soon be spared mass deportation, with Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula likely to approve a special dispensation for those who are in the country illegally.

This is in line with a call from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who wrote to Mapisa-Nqakula urging Pretoria to stop the mass deportation of Zimbabwean migrants and to allow them a temporary legal status to remain in South Africa.

“I cannot continue blindly to behave as though nothing is happening across the Limpopo,” Mapisa-Nqakula said on Sunday. She told the Cape Times she was giving the UNHCR’s call “very, very serious consideration” and had asked her officials to report to her by tomorrow on how this could best be implemented.

In an interview in Durban after a two-day meeting of regional security, defence and home affairs ministers, Mapisa-Nqakula acknowledged that Zimbabweans crossing the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
19 July 2008

African Union Commission chairman Jean Ping flew to Harare on Saturday, to hold separate meetings with the main political parties in Zimbabwe. The nature of the discussions was not disclosed to the media but sources said it will be a briefing on the pre-dialogue talks.

Zanu PF and the two MDC formations are now expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday.

Last week MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai refused to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 July, 2008

GABORONE – Mutual partnership between employers and labour unions is necessary for achievement of job satisfaction and high productivity by employees, says Ms Pearl Matome, deputy director at the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM).

Officially opening a workshop for senior government officials and union representatives on negotiation skills, held in Gaborone on Tuesday, Ms Matome observed that if the employer/union partnership is characterized by mutual understanding; peace and trust will prevail and this will result in high employee morale as well as high productivity levels.

She noted that the adversarial relationship between the employer and employee is not conducive for the success of the negotiation process, noting that these two parties should stop viewing each other as enemies but rather as partners with a common goal.

Ms Matome said there is need to embark on [continue reading]