Archive for October 8th, 2008

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture yesterday said it had approved half a million Pula to rescue Tsodilo Hills from the raging fires that have engulfed Botswana’s only World Heritage Site since Friday.

The acting permanent secretary at the ministry, Moses Nkgowe, told Mmegi that when they learnt about the approaching fires last Thursday, an emergency meeting approved the P500, 000 budget for the construction of fire-breakers around the area amid fears that failure to preserve the site could lead to the loss of Tsodilo’s status as a world heritage site.

There are conflicting reports about the extent of the damage caused by the fires. While the department of forestry and rangeland Management said the fires were raging on the hills yesterday, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, which is responsible for protected sites, said the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
8 October 2008
Dumisani Muleya

ZIMBABWE’s power-sharing deal is teetering on the brink of collapse after Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) negotiators walked out of a critical meeting with Zanu (PF) yesterday as a dispute over ministerial posts intensified.

Unless the mediator, former president Thabo Mbeki, intervenes to break the deadlock, talks over the allocation of 31 government ministries might soon be abandoned.

Three meetings involving President Robert Mugabe and main MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai have failed to resolve the issue.

The Southern African Development Community and the South African government have agreed that Mbeki can continue as mediator.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai met on Saturday for the third time, but deadlocked over the distribution of ministries, the allocation of which would have paved the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 October, 2008

LETLHAKANE – The Abolition of Marital Power Act has put an end to the common law practice of marital power that made the husband the head of the household with final decision making powers, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Mr Peter Siele has said.

Speaking during a kgotla meeting in Khumaga recently Mr Siele said a married woman had no capacity to answer legal proceedings without the assistance of her husband before the enactment of the Act.

This he said became problematic especially where the wife had to bring an action in which her husband was implicated.

He said the husband was the sole administrator of the joint estate and a wife was a legal minority because she had to request her husband’s consent and assistance to deal with family property.

Mr Siele said the wife lost the capacity to acquire a domicile of her own choice and the [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Former South African Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota is expected shortly to announce a breakaway party from the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

It is reported that Mr Lekota is being joined by other ANC members loyal to former President Thabo Mbeki, who was forced to resign last month.

The ANC is divided between supporters of Mr Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, who won party elections last year.

General elections are due in South Africa in the first half of [continue reading]

source: IOL

If a new party was formed through an ANC split, it would probably not have a long life span, said ANC President Jacob Zuma in Sandton on Tuesday.

“What kind of alternative policies could you put across alternate to the ANC, that would challenge the ANC? I don’t think so, but I’m not saying it can’t happen.”

He was speaking at a briefing with black business. He said while he preferred not to talk about “speculation”, if a split happens, “I don’t think it would have a very long life span, I would be surprised.

“You can’t believe in the ANC and its policies so deeply, and then form an organisation that repeats the same policies, that would be funny.

“If it happens it could be the anger and die down very quickly.

“When people are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Police have seized probably the largest consignment of suspected stolen copper cables in the mining town following a raid at one of the scrap metal dealers.

Selebi-Phikwe Police Station commander Superintendent Victor Nlebesi, said officers raided a scrap metal yard on Friday and found 15 tonnes of copper cables stacked in sacks in the storeroom. Nlebesi said the value of the copper cables could not be ascertained, but could be worth more than P2 million.

The owner of the scrap yard was briefly detained on Friday and is now assisting the police with investigations.

Nlebesi said the 46-year-old Selebi-Phikwe businessman would not be identified until formally charged.

He said the suspect was helping police identify people who sold him the copper cables. “The businessman is assisting us to locate people who delivered the copper cables to him. In turn, these people will tell us where they [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
Violet Gonda
7 October 2008

The political crisis in Zimbabwe continues with no end in sight. Tendai Biti, the Secretary General for the Tsvangirai led MDC, said there is a complete failure to agree. He said that ZANU PF and MDC negotiators met again on Tuesday, but with no result.

Biti told SW Radio Africa: “The facilitators must be brought in and the facilitator must use his wisdom to try and break a situation which, in my view is not characterised by good faith and a situation that might embarrass Africa which celebrated on the 15th of September and might find itself in a situation where those celebrations were premature.”

The MDC’s chief negotiator said Zimbabwe is now in a tragic situation where 80% of the population are starving and surviving on berries, in a country with an inflation rate never before seen in any other part of the world. “So it’s a disaster, an absolutely disaster,” Biti lashed out.

ZANU PF says that there are only two contentious cabinet posts, but the MDC Secretary General insists there is no agreement on anything. “All the portfolios are at stake. So basically you have to start from afresh. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. You may have two pieces that you may not have sorted out but these [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 October, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Media houses have been asked to be ethical as well as display a high level of professionalism in their reporting to earn trust and confidence from the public they serve.

Speaking on the occasion of the Mmegi/Monitor fifth anniversary of the launch of their Francistown office, Tati Nickel Mining Company public relations officer(PRO) said the media plays an important role in areas of politics, economy and social dynamics. The Mmegi group opened its news office in Francistown in 2003. The anniversary of the launch of the office was held over the weekend.

Mr Tebogo Rapitsenyane reminded Mmegi/Monitor staff not to be biased in their reporting as that could negatively impact on their work, advising them to refrain from being influenced by personal agendas in their coverage of news.

Mr Rapitsenyane urged the media to avoid providing misleading information to the public as that could undermine their integrity in as far as the readers are concerned. They should always ensure that what they give to the public is correctly applied.

Mr Rapitsenyane urged the media to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: Mmegi Francistown bureau celebrated its fifth anniversary in style over the weekend.

At a colourful event that was packed with clients, fellow media houses, the newspapers’ avid readers and Mmegi staff from Gaborone, Francistown and Selebi-Phikwe, Mmegi Northern Bureau, which is one of the Dikgang Publishing Company (DPC) branches, observed the five years of business with a great sense of fulfilment.

The party was held at the up market Tati Nickel Mining Club House in

Molapo Estate because Tati Nickel Mining Company (TNMC) was one of the main sponsors.

The serenity of the event could be [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 October, 2008

GABORONE – The Botswana Land Information System (BLIS) has been phased out and replaced with the State Land Integrated Management System (SLIMS).

The phasing out of the old system was prompted by the fact that the latter did not have some essential functionalities needed for land allocation.

Speaking in an interview, the Principal Information and Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Lands and Housing, Mr Phindi Rampete said BLIS did not enjoy linkage to revenue for the payment of plots.

He also said the old system was not linked to other stake holders’ databases.

Unlike BLIS, Mr Rampete said SLIMS was able to operate efficiently due to its critical aspects. “SLIMS is an integrated land management solution with linkages to the revenue services for the payment of plots.

It is also linked to other stakeholders such as the Lands Division, the Deeds Registry and the valuation of plots”, he said.

He said the new system had an interface with civil registration system to validate the Omang details of the applicants.

It is also capable of capturing the citizen and home ownership details.

However, Mr Rampete said their challenge was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The new African National Congress (ANC) leadership has given assurances that South Africa will continue supplying power to Botswana until 2013. The Botswana Minister for Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said he was given the assurances when he met with the new ANC top brass early this year to discuss power supply problems to Botswana.

The minister was addressing the press yesterday on the power supply constraints expected to hit Botswana from today until end of November. By 2012, Botswana is expected to be an exporter of power when its Mmamabula project starts operating.

Currently, Botswana gets its supplies from its Morupule Power Station (120mw) and imports from South Africa’s Eskom (327mw) and Mozambique (85mw).

“The above supply sources give a total combined supply of 532mw. Due to an on going statutory overhaul on one of the generating units, Morupule Power Station’s output has been reduced to 90mw. The overhaul is planned for completion at the end of November 2008. In addition to the Morupule shortfall, Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) is not able to [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 07 2008 at 04:58PM

Former president Thabo Mbeki has declined to comment on suggestions by ANC leaders that the party will ask him to assist with its election campaign ahead of next year’s vote, SABC news reported on Tuesday.

ANC President Jacob Zuma and youth league leader Julius Malema have both said Mbeki could be approached to help the party.

The national broadcaster reported that Zuma said Mbeki would be among senior leaders “deployed to garner votes”.

Malema also said the party would “rope Mbeki in” to campaign for the ANC during next year’s polls.

However, political analysts said it was unlikely Mbeki would actively campaign for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana has said that South Africa’s deposed president, Thabo Mbeki should intervene to break the deadlock over the sharing of cabinet posts in Zimbabwe. Mbeki mediated the Zimbabwe power-sharing deal.

Botswana has expressed concern over the current cabinet posts-sharing impasse between ZANU-PF, MDC-Tsvangirai and MDC-Mutambara in the Zimbabwean government of national unity.

The Botswana Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement yesterday expressing concern over the delay in forming a Government of National Unity (GNU) in Zimbabwe as per the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the warring parties a month ago.

“The parties committed themselves to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 October, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana has expressed concern over lack of progress in the formation of a government in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

A press release from the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation says the reported deadlock over the sharing of cabinet posts among the three political parties comprising the coalition government was disturbing and ‘ in our view can not be ignored.’ The country calls on the parties to ‘genuinely’ work towards seeking solutions to their differences and set Zimbabwe on a path of national reconciliation, economic reconstruction and recovery.

According to the statement, the delay in forming a government and implementing an agreement entered into by the three parties can only increase the plight of the people of Zimbabwe.

“Botswana further calls on the urgent intervention of the mediator to assist the parties to break the deadlock,’ the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
7 October 2008
Tonderai Kwidini

One would have thought the signing of the power-sharing agreement in Zimbabwe would mean it was safe for 25 Movement Democratic Change supporters to gather in celebration at a shopping centre in Buhera.

But the MDC supporters were arrested by the police in this rural centre 100 kilometres northeast of Harare, and — more than two weeks after the landmark power-sharing deal was signed — charged under one of Zimbabwe’s litany of oppressive laws, the Public Order and Security Act (POSA), which prohibits the gathering of more than 15 people without police clearance.

The MDC managed to grab the majority of parliamentary seats in the area, previously a Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) stronghold. The arrest of the 25 MDC supporters is testimony that the opposition party still has a lot to negotiate.

The political agreement signed on Sep. 15 hopes to amend this and [continue reading]