Archive for October 5th, 2008

source: Republic of Botswana (4/10/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 30 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B1) 29/9/08: HIS EXCELLENCY LT. GENERAL SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE TO THE NATION [Setswana text previously circulated to domestic media is available on request]:

1. My fellow citizens, today we mark the 42nd anniversary of our existence not only as an independent and sovereign state, but also as a united and democratic society at peace with itself and the world.

2. This is an occasion when we can justifiably celebrate our past, with a combination of pride and humility, while contemplating our future with confidence and a renewed commitment to achieving our highest ideals.

3. As citizens, we can be proud of our country’s respected status among the world’s venerable multi-party democracies, the [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Thursday, 02 October 2008 22:29

THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC yesterday alleged that government was refusing to renew its leader’s passport in a deliberate attempt to bar him from travelling in the region and beyond to appraise leaders on political developments in the country.

Tsvangirai, who is prime minister-designate in an all-inclusive government made up of his party, Zanu PF and the smaller formation of the MDC led by Professor Arthur Mutambara, is still without a passport three months after it expired and he applied for a new one.

The Registrar-General (RG)’s office in Harare was reportedly reluctant to issue Tsvangirai with a new passport or an emergency travel document for him to visit regional and international leaders to update them on the impasse between him and President Robert Mugabe on the formation of a new cabinet.

Sources in the MDC said the RG’s office was claiming that it had run out of materials to produce passports, but senior officials in the same office said hundreds of Zimbabweans were issued with the travelling documents after Tsvangirai’s application.

George Sibotshiwe, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, yesterday said the refusal to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 October, 2008

GABORONE – Beneficiaries of the CEDA Young Farmers Fund have been encouraged to pull up their socks and come up with strategies to improve the level of agricultural production in the country.

Mr Tshepo Masire, who is a farmer, emphasised the need for young farmers to do their best to improve food security.

Officiating at the Young Farmers Fund’s workshop at Sebele last week, Mr Masire said shortage of food and high food prices are a challenge to Botswana and the international communities.

The objective of the two-day meeting held under the theme: “Young Farmers Fund Initiative: A Road Map To Food Security”, was to provide a platform for young farmers to interact and learn from others.

It was also intended to sensitise stakeholders about the [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Thursday, 02 October 2008 22:33

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is now demanding all key ministries — except finance — in a move which has left incoming prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai disturbed by the renewed clashes with his soon-to-be boss.

Mugabe’s demands are also jeopardising the prospect of the power-sharing agreement signed last month with opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction leaders. The quarrel over cabinet portfolios has left the country without a new government almost three weeks after the deal was signed and three months after Mugabe was controversially sworn in after his disputed victory in a one-man election race on June 27.

Tsvangirai pulled out of the run-off after defeating Mugabe in March. Zanu PF also lost the election and control of parliament to the MDC. Zimbabwe has not had a legitimate cabinet since March when Mugabe dissolved his old team.

However, prospects of a new cabinet and government are receding as Mugabe wants to get all key ministries after securing the positions of head of state and government in the deal. He also managed to get chairman of cabinet, a position which Tsvangirai initially demanded. Mugabe is also [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (4/10/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 30 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C1) 3/10/08: OP to host National Security Strategy Review Seminar

Please find below a Press Release on next week’s National Security Strategy Review Seminar, to be held at the Gaborone Sun Conference Centre (7-9/10/08).

Please further note that members of the Press are invited to provide coverage of the Seminar’s Opening Ceremony, on Tuesday (7/10/08) morning from 0800 hours, and Closing Ceremony, on Thursday (9/10/08) afternoon from 1345 hours. This is, of course, in addition to those media representatives who have been invited to participate in the three day programme.

PRESS RELEASE

The Office of the President will host a National Security Strategy Review seminar from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th October 2008, at the Gaborone International Conference Centre.

The seminar will be [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 04 2008 at 05:37PM
By Thabiso Thakali

Confusion reigns over the future of former cabinet ministers who resigned from the government but still hold key positions on the 2010 World Cup local organising committee.

It was expected that the committee would throw some light on the matter on Friday in the wake of the recent cabinet upheaval, but the media briefing they had called was cancelled at short notice.

Those concerned are former minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who chairs the marketing and communications committee on the LOC board; former minister of provincial and local government Sydney Mufamadi, who chairs the host cities committee; and former deputy finance minister Jabu Moleketi, who chairs the 2010 finance committee and is a member of the LOC’s technical inspection team.

They were among those who resigned after [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 October, 2008

GHANZI – The Department of Tourism in liaison with other stakeholders has leased three sites in the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve for the development of lodges, says the Minister of Works and Transport Mr Johnnie Swartz.

Speaking at the first commemoration of World Tourism Day in Ghanzi on Saturday, Mr Swartz said this was a positive initiative to bring sustainable improvements to the livelihoods of Batswana, especially in the Ghanzi District.

Mr Swartz, who is aldo the MP for Ghanzi North, said Ghanzi District had 25 licensed tourism facilities creating an estimated 425 employment opportunities.

“The number of tourism facilities is likely to increase considering the amount of license applications which have already been submitted to the licensing board,” he said.

Mr Swartz said government identified tourism as one of the driving forces for promoting economic diversification and growth.

He said though tourism was growing, it was regrettable that there was still lack of awareness and knowledge of tourism as a possible business opportunity.

“Batswana are still [continue reading]

source: News24
04/10/2008 14:41 – (SA)

Pretoria – Neither former South African president Thabo Mbeki nor any of his aides will be attending today’s meeting in Harare between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition leaders, Mbeki’s spokesperson said on Saturday.

“It is nonsense that there is a representative there. We will tell you when Mbeki will go to Zimbabwe,” Mukoni Ratshitanga said.

AFP reported that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe would meet opposition leaders on Saturday to iron out differences over the makeup of a unity government aimed at ending the country’s political chaos.

The news agency quoted two senior western diplomats in South Africa saying at least one Mbeki aide could travel to Harare this weekend to discuss the situation in a move to push forward the talks.

Thabo Mbeki has agreed to resume his mediation in Zimbabwe’s political crisis.

On Thursday new SA president Kgalema Motlanthe said he [continue reading]