Archive for October 10th, 2008

Minister applauds residents for cooperation in re-burial
source: BOPA
09 October, 2008

PALAPYE – The re-burial of 15 human remains exhumed from the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) site, has been completed.

The re-burial took place at the Mmaphula cemetery .

The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake speaking at the kgotla, applauded Palapye residents for their cooperation and understanding.

Mr Mokalake said that the cooperation shown by Palapye, Lecheng and Malaka residents indicated that the principle of consultation or therisanyo which is an integral part of democracy prevails within the communities.

“We are grateful of your cooperation. It made everything relating to the process very smooth.

If it was in some other countries, the issue could have been explosive. Your cooperation shows that you really appreciate this university.” He added that the spirit shown by Palapye residents was exemplary and [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Thursday, 09 October 2008 21:57

THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC yesterday suspended talks with Zanu PF on the allocation of cabinet posts until the facilitator of the unity government, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, intervenes.

Tsvangirai, prime minister-designate in the inclusive government, said apart from Mbeki, Sadc and the African Union (AU) should also come in to resolve the impasse as guarantors of the deal signed on September 15.

Speaking to journalists at his Strathaven home in the capital, Tsvangirai said after engaging with Zanu PF at both the negotiators’ and principals’ level, there was a deadlock on the allocation of ministries.

“There has been no progress made on this entire section as ministries can only be negotiated comprehensively and not individually,” Tsvangirai said. “It is not true to say that we are left with two ministries (Finance and Home Affairs) to negotiate as any agreement reached on those two particular ministries would have an effect on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 October, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana has emerged again in position four in the 2008 Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

The index published on Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation indicates that Botswana improved its overall score to 74 out of 100 between 2005 and 2006, but this did not elevate it to a higher position, as it remained in fourth.

A total of 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa went through the Ibrahim Index’s comprehensive measures of governance performance, and Botswana has improved marginally in three of the categories.

These are participation and human rights in which it scored 87.4 from the previous 86.7 in 1997, sustainable economic opportunity at 58.2 from 57.3 and human development at 68 from 67.7.

All these are out of 100.

The score for the country did not change in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana has been ranked third in a list of 10 top countries with the least risk for resource sector investment.

The ranking has been done by leading resources publication, RESOURCESTOCKS’ 2008 World Risk Survey.

The survey covered 74 countries in the world with Botswana and Namibia as the only African nations in the top 10. Other African nations that did well in the survey include Ghana, Malawi and Madagascar, while Somalia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Burundi fared badly.

Finland was ranked first followed by Canada and Botswana and Australia. The Northern Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania were fifth, sixth and seventh. United States was eighth followed by [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 10 2008 at 08:29AM
By Suren Naidoo

South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni announced no change in the interest rate on account of high food and fuel prices on Thursday, following the bank’s penultimate monetary policy committee meeting of the year.

Mboweni was not swayed by other major reserve banks around the world that dropped rates this week in the wake of the international financial crisis.

He kept the repurchase rate (at which it lends money to commercial banks) at 12 percent.

“It was a very predicable decision,” said Durban economist and chief executive of Dumisa Invest, Bonke Dumisa.

“While other countries globally dropped their rates as a result of the financial storm, it was basically impossible for South Africa’s rates to be dropped, taking into account key economic indicators.

We have consumer price inflation coming in at 13,6 percent and the producer price index now almost [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 October, 2008

PALAPYE – FC Palapye, has secured sponsorship deals from two leading companies in the area.

The club has received P25 676 sponsorship from Makoro Brick, a brick making company on the outskirts of Palapye.

The team, which is campaigning in the North First Division, will be transported to official games in Letlhakane, Orapa, Francistown, Sua, Maun and Selibe Phikwe at a cost of P10 400.

The team has also received two playing kits, tracksuits and soccer boots worth P15 276.

The secretary of FC Palapye, Mr Brown Kgobe, said the sponsorship came at the right time and will help them to improve their performance in the league. “We are very happy about the sponsorship,’ he said.

An official of Makoro Brick, Mr Ronnie Hough, said they decided to sponsor the team as part of their social responsibility programme, adding that they are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The era of struggling to penetrate global markets by Botswana’s tourism sector may be over after an Internet product aiming to improve global distribution of Botswana tourism products was launched this week.

The Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) and E-tourism International (ETI) on Tuesday launched what they term “an exciting project to implement Botswana’s first E-tourism initiative”.

Dubbed ‘Simply Botswana’, the product was officially launched at a glittering ceremony at Phakalane with tens of tourism businesses attending. Medical company MedRescue has also become a partner in the newly launched product.

Developers of Simply Botswana have hailed the product as a truly a ‘one-stop shop’ for tourists and travellers alike. It has been in the offing for the last seven years, according to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

In a desperate effort to win the liquor war, the Office of the President (OP) has reportedly ordered the state media to run stories and programmes emphasising the negative effects of alcohol.

The directive orders the state electronic and print media to depict alcohol as socially unacceptable and destructive to society.

Reliable sources say the anti-alcohol directive was issued this week. Government attempts to introduce a punitive 70 percent levy on the sale of alcohol to control excessive drinking has been hobbled after a strong resistance from brewers and other stakeholders in the industry. Even after the levy was reduced to 30 percent, the government found no respite after a court stopped the introduction of the tax pending the outcome of a case filed by stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has claimed ignorance of [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 09 2008 at 06:45PM

Western Cape legislators should stand firm in the face of opposition by “vested interests” to legislation that will crack down on shebeens, provincial finance and economic affairs MEC Garth Strachan said on Thursday.

He was responding to a veiled threat by SA Breweries to launch a constitutional challenge to the Western Cape Liquor Bill, about to be adopted by the legislature’s finance committee.

The bill seeks to control the proliferation of drinking places in residential areas, and to crack down on retailers and distributors who supply illegal shebeens.

In a letter to committee chairperson Kobus Brynard this week, SAB in-house lawyer Richard Chance expressed alarm at the prospect that licences of existing shebeens in residential areas would be revoked when the bill was promulgated.

Chance said this would fall short of the aim of the National Liquor Act to develop the liquor industry in a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
10 October 2008

PRESIDENT Mugabe is expected to meet MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai and Professor Arthur Mutambara of MDC to come up with guidelines for the negotiators in their consultations in the allocation of ministries.

Today’s meeting follows one held by the negotiators on Wednesday which ended inconclusively as MDC-T reportedly sought to reopen issues that had already been finalised while Zanu-PF insisted that they should focus on the outstanding two ministries of Finance and Home Affairs.

Zanu-PF negotiator Cde Patrick Chinamasa confirmed yesterday that the party leaders would meet today.

Mr Tsvangirai yesterday called for the intervention of the facilitator, former South African president Mr Thabo Mbeki, claiming that they had failed to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Education says in its Pastoral Policy that schools should distinguish between punishment and discipline.

The policy says that discipline should be viewed as a process of attaining self-mastery and self-control. It explains that students, who have learnt to be accountable for their actions are much more likely to be well behaved.

The policy views students’ involvement in school governance as an integral part of an effective pastoral programme. This is because a school exists for students.

“They are the key customers and should be involved in decision making in order to enhance ownership, accountability and responsibility. Students’ representations in School Pastoral Council (SPC), various committees and the existence of both within the [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Barry Bearak
Published: October 8, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: A well-known stalwart of the governing African National Congress took steps Wednesday to break with the party and launch another, arguing that the ANC had turned its back on democracy.

“It seems we are serving today divorce papers,” said Mosiuoa Lekota, who resigned as defense minister three weeks ago after leaders of the party forced one of its own, President Thabo Mbeki, to leave office.

Lekota forcefully criticized the stewardship of the party’s leader – and the country’s likely next president – Jacob Zuma, who has been dogged by corruption charges. But he was coy about naming others who might join his cause.

“We don’t need prominent people,” he said. “Why would we need prominent people? The population of this country must decide its future.”

An ANC split could reconfigure the [continue reading]