Archive for October 3rd, 2008

source: Standay Standard
by SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER
02.10.2008 9:19:36 A

The Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) is to organize a regional conference of the Small, Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) early next year, amid a tsunami of regional free trade area and impending globalization.

“We have to look outside the areas of this country and into the region,” Minister Neo Moroka told a gathering of SMMEs on Thursday night at the GICC.
His statement comes at a time when he is negotiating a trade agreement with the European Commission based on the relaxation of trade rules on asymmetrical order and the Southern African Development Community free trade agreement – which by all means is flawed—simply because there is no standing competition policy and common industrialisation programme.

“We need to build a vibrant SMME sector in the region and Botswana is part of the region,” a representative of LEA said.

The planned conference is expected to bring close to 200 exhibitors and will run for three days from April 16 next year.

This will be the first conference for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The NEWS (Monrovia)
2 October 2008

With “No Hidden Agenda”

The United States military command for Africa (AFRICOM) began full operation yesterday as an independent command for the continent.

In a BBC report Wednesday, the head of Africom, General William Ward said AFRICOM has “no hidden agenda”.

General Ward also said the command would not be used to gain control of African natural resources such as oil.

He dismissed fears that the US intended to build large military bases on the continent.

So far, the BBC said only Liberia has offered to host Africom, which has come into full operation at its headquarters in the German city of Stuttgart.

But General Ward told the BBC that the location of the headquarters, for its 1,300 military and civilian personnel, was less of a concern, given the size of [continue reading]

source: News24
02/10/2008 12:13 – (SA)

Pretoria – President Kgalema Motlanthe fully supports Thabo Mbeki’s role as SADC mediator in the Zimbabwean dialogue, he said in a statement on Thursday.

“Our government has full confidence in Mr Mbeki’s ability to build on the historic successes already made in the power-sharing negotiations under his mediation.

“Mr Mbeki’s facilitation efforts in [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Gowenius Toka
02.10.2008 9:16:41 A

The Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), the country’s largest abettor, has extended the high peak period and sweetened the deal for farmers in a bid to take advantage of high EU prices prompted by food prices.

The high peak period, which normally runs from April to July, will now be extended to March next year to encourage farmers to take farming as a commercial venture rather than a hobby.
Under the new scheme, farmers will get a premium of P 2.00 per kilogram for best that will be sent to BMC between now and March next year.

Dr Motshodi Raborokgwe, Chief Executive Officer of BMC, says that the average Cold Dressed Mass (CDM) they have received during the period of the scheme has been 230kg as “opposed to 200kg, which we get during normal time”.

In addition, he said, excitedly, “This is very impressive, given the challenge we are faced with as a result of the rise of prices in Europe, since we [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger
Published: October 2, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Long before the rooster in their dirt yard crowed, Rose Moyo and her husband rolled out of bed. “It is time to get up,” intoned the robotic voice of her cellphone. Its glowing face displayed the time: 2:20 a.m.

They crept past their children sleeping on the floor of the one-room house — Cinderella, 9, and Chrissie, 10 — and took their daily moonlit stroll to the bank. The guard on the graveyard shift gave them a number. They were the 29th to arrive, all hoping for a chance to withdraw the maximum amount of Zimbabwean currency the government allowed last month — the equivalent of just a dollar or two.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of one of the great hyperinflations in world history. The people of this once proud capital have been plunged into a Darwinian struggle to get by. Many have been reduced to peddlers and paupers, hawkers and black-market hustlers, eating just a meal or two a day, their hollowed cheeks a testament to their hunger.

Like countless Zimbabweans, Moyo has calculated the price of goods by the number of days she had to spend in line at the bank to withdraw cash to buy them: a day for a bar of soap; another for a [continue reading]