Archive for August 29th, 2008

source: Mmegi

The price of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 productivity suite has been slashed by up to 40 percent in an effort to ensure that technology is made easily accessible and affordable to people across Africa.

A statement from Microsoft says the launch of a pilot programme in the last half of 2007 made reduced-price Microsoft Office Home and Student available in five markets worldwide. This in turn saw a marked increase in the demand for genuine Microsoft software.

As a result, Microsoft has rolled out the price reduction across its emerging markets worldwide, which sees the cost of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 coming down to around US$100 in most African countries, including Botswana.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is the most cost-effective office suite, designed especially for the needs of students and home users. It allows easier and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
28 August 2008

The MDC leadership has resolved as a matter of urgency to write a letter of protest to South African President Thabo Mbeki about Robert Mugabe’s ‘suicidal mission’ to form a new government.

Apparently rattled by the jeers and heckles he endured during his speech at the official opening of parliament on Tuesday, Mugabe has hit back by threatening to put in place a cabinet of ZANU PF ministers.

MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti said on Thursday they would write a letter of protest to Mbeki the facilitator about the breaches that have occurred to the July 21st Memorandum of Agreement governing the talks.

Article 9 of the MoU, titled ‘Decisions by the Parties’ stipulates that during the period of the dialogue, the parties shall not take any decisions that have a bearing on the agenda of the negotiations, such as convening of parliament or the formation of a new government.
Mugabe’s regime threatened on Thursday to form a new government and that nothing is going to stop them from doing so. ZANU PF MP Bright Matonga said Mugabe got the mandate from SADC to go ahead with the formation of a government.

MDC’s Biti warned that such a move would [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A Russian billionaire has shown interest in buying a stake in Air Botswana, Ministry of Works and Transport spokesperson Samuel Mbaiwa has confirmed.

“I can confirm that he is interested in investing in Air Botswana and we have invited him to come to Botswana to make his proposal to government,” Mbaiwa said.

He explained that the Russian’s interest has nothing to do with the ongoing management contract or privatisation of Air Botswana.

He said the Russian proposed that he could help establish a direct air link to transport tourists from Europe to Botswana.

Business Today has been reliably informed that the Russion is Alexander Lebedev, who was in 2008 listed by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Russians. He is the 358th richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of $3.1 billion and owns Aeroflot and is part owner of Noyaya Gazeta. He is referred to as one of the Russian tycoons and is a member of the state Duma and one of [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 28 2008 at 06:42PM

The energy market should be privatised and deregulated for the electricity crisis to be solved, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) suggested on Thursday.

“One does not have to be an expert on energy to know that what is needed is not better management of Eskom but free competition to which end Eskom should be unbundled into its distinct activities: generating, national grid, distribution, retailing and managing energy markets,” said FMF director Leon Louw in a speech prepared for delivery to the foundation, a policy organisation.

“Once these functions have been unbundled they should probably be further divided into regions and local governments. Either way, Eskom should be privatised and the energy market deregulated.”

Leon was addressing the foundation on an energy crisis which resulted in rolling blackouts and significant losses in the manufacturing and mining sector and [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Prof Malema
27.08.2008 9:14:40 A

The world’s first non-sky-scrapper Diamond Park’s first face is expected to emerge next month with a lot of international insurance companies and banking institutions among others.

Anthony Licht, head of the world’s trail-blazing Diamond Technology Park — along the road to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, told The Sunday Standard that everything is running according to plan and the official opening is expected sometime in November this year.

This is according to project manager, Ryan Machet, who told Engineering News that the project will be managed from Johannesburg by Images 2000.
A project management company, Images 2000 was established by architect Tickey Klawansky and Machet in 2000, although a subsidiary has been established in Botswana to help manage the construction of the 35 000-m2 park.

Botswana-based companies were contracted to do the perimeter wall and the civil works.

In terms of costs, Machet states that the company does not have fixed costs for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The President of Botswana Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama is expected to conduct the opening of 10th National Business Conference (NBC) in Francistown on Monday.

According to a BOCCIM statement released yesterday, the conference will be held under the theme “Setting the Agenda For Sustainable Economic Growth”.

The National Business conference is a high level gathering which is expected to come up with resolutions and recommendations that can bring positive changes to the economy.

Past resolutions of this conference had seen the establishment of institutions such as CEDA, PPADB, NOB, SIOPA, BOCODOL, High Level Consultative Council (HLCC) and LEA to mention a few.

It is a gathering that BOCCIM has nurtured over the years together with the government and other stakeholders basically to promote public-private sector dialogue.

BOCCIM executive Director Maria Machailo-Ellis says his organisation values the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
This Day (Lagos)
29 August 2008
Posted to the web 29 August 2008
Constance Ikokwu
Denver, Colorado

It was an emotional night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, Wednesday. Many African-Americans never thought they would live to see one of their own run for for the highest office in the country. But with one voice, blacks, whites, Hispanics and Jews nominated Senator Barack Obama the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party by acclamation.

Obama’s nomination was the climax of a day that started with roll calls that had his name and that of Senator Hillary Clinton on the ballot. As agreed by both campaigns, Clinton joined her fellow New York delegates on the floor of the convention and stopped the roll call to nominate Obama.

“In the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, let’s declare in once voice right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate,” she stated.

The impact was monumental. Tears flowed freely on the convention floor. Delegates placed their hands together and [continue reading]