Archive for August 26th, 2008

source: Mmegi
By Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

The battle for the small but lucrative mobile business market is set to intensify after Mascom boasted it now had the capacity for “the fastest mobile broadband in Botswana” – the 3G and 3.5G technology, which it launched last week.

But the same designation was claimed by Mascom’s rival, Orange, when it launched its Livebox recently.

Mascom’s third generation technology, known as 3G in IT nomenclature, will enable users to access the Internet at high speed, make video calls and send e-mails with attachments. The technology will also complement Mascom Mymail.

With speeds of up to 1.8 megabits per second for mobile Internet and data connection, Mascom claims it is introducing the beginning of an info-telecommunication revolution to Botswana.

The company’s Chief Operations Officer, Richard Luz, said at a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

The Delegation of the European Commission to Botswana and SADC has condemned the decision by Robert Mugabe to convene the Zimbabwean Parliament tomorrow.

The delegation said in Gaborone that opening Parliament, when talks between ZANU-PF and MDC are stalled, will not solve anything. “Everything right now depends on whether Morgan Tsvangirai is happy with the deal. It is better not to have a deal than a bad deal. The European Union supports Tsvangirai in this matter. Our understanding is that the MDC will attend the official opening only, and will boycott the rest,” Phillip Mahieu, the political advisor in the French embassy in Gaborone said on Saturday. France currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Commission. “In my view, the facilitator of the talks (South African President, Thabo Mbeki) should step back, as he is now the chairman of SADC. He should delegate negotiations to [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger
Published: August 25, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: In a sign of political strength, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party won the powerful position of speaker of Parliament on Monday, defeating a nominee backed by the party of President Robert Mugabe.

The victory of Lovemore Moyo, by a vote of 110 to 98, demonstrated that the opposition, at least for now, controls a majority in Parliament for the first time since Zimbabwe achieved independence from white minority rule in 1980.

Mugabe has clung to power for 28 years, but he and his party will find it difficult to govern the economically ruined nation now unless they forge a power-sharing deal with the main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change.

Negotiations to reach such a deal have been deadlocked over how to divide executive authority between Mugabe and Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai fared better than Mugabe in the last credible election, in March, then boycotted the June runoff, protesting violence against his [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 26 2008 at 11:18AM

The power crisis of 2007/08 cost the South African economy R50-billion, the National Energy Regulator said in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

“One of the positives was customer awareness of power conservation,” the regulator’s CEO Smunda Mokoena told a conference entitled “A constructive response to the power crisis from the mining and metallurgical industry”.

He chose to call it a “power emergency” instead of a power crisis because, as he put it, the situation had been “controllable”.

It had also led to a renewed focus on the introduction of non-Eskom power generation, he added.

“Furthermore, the emergency identified improvements needed to industry codes and standards and created an awareness of future electricity prices.”

Mokoena said that before 2007/08, there was lack of awareness in the country about [continue reading]