Archive for October 11th, 2008

source: Mmegi

One of the directors of The Shebeen nightclub in Maruapula, Donovan Bakwena, has complained about police harassment.

Since the beginning of the month, police have been raiding the club, eager to implement the new liquor regulations, which stipulate that nightclubs should close early.

According to the new regulations, the clubs are supposed to close at midnight during the week and 2.00 am over the weekend.

Bakwena said the police raided the club on Wednesday and Thursday because people in the neighbourhood were complaining of noise pollution. However, he said he told the police that the club was sound proof. So the music from the club is not heard outside. He indicated that it is people who play music from their vehicles in the carpark who were making noise.

The nightclub operator said the police were fabricating stories to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 October, 2008

GABORONE – Improved public service delivery is the key towards implementation of government initiatives announced by President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama during his inauguration speech.

Addressing public service employees at Tlokweng, the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Daniel Kwelagobe, said the initiatives would only become reality if the effective, honest and transparent public delivery service was in place.

He said public service providers were servants to the nation and they should not regard their service as a privilege but a right to everyone who needed assistance.

Public service is a vehicle for service delivery and therefore needs to be efficient, effective, excellent, equitable, empowering and caring, the minister said.

Mr Kwelagobe said in a customer satisfaction survey undertaken by his ministry only 25 per cent of the population indicated they were satisfied. He called upon public service employees to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
10 October 2008

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is expected in Zimbabwe early next week, according to a statement by the Mutumbara MDC. The leaders of the political parties, Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara met in Harare on Friday but failed to resolve their differences over the distribution of cabinet posts, but finally agreed to recall the facilitator to help break the impasse.

At a press conference in Harare on Thursday Tsvangirai had appealed to the African Union and SADC for immediate assistance. He said: “It is not true to say that we are left with two ministries to negotiate, as any agreement reached on those two particular ministries would have an effect on the allocation of the rest of the ministries. In this regard we have declared a deadlock and therefore the process can not move forward except in the presence of the facilitator.”

He also made an extraordinary disclosure that the signed agreement that had been published, did not include the full details that had been negotiated and [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Thursday, 09 October 2008 21:01

THE announcement this week that the government is deferring the writing of Grade 7 examinations to the end of the month epitomises the unprecedented level of state dysfunction as a result of the political paralysis that has affected the economy over the past decade.

The falling education standards are taking root when the country’s main political protagonists — President Robert Mugabe of Zanu PF and the leaders of the two MDC formations Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara — are haggling over cabinet posts under the unity government agreement they inked on September 15.

Among the objectives of the inclusive government once it becomes operational is to revive the education and health delivery systems and above all the economy.

The amount of work to hand is enormous for the proposed unity government. The mess in the schools and in the health sector marks the low point we have plumbed as a nation. The new government which has to start from a point of immense disadvantage is required to make pragmatic and timeous decisions to rescue the country from further collapse.

But haggling in the last three week does not inspire confidence. The failure by Zanu PF and the two MDC factions to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 October, 2008

GABORONE – The cost attached to replacement of a lost passport is not a penalty as some people view it, says Labour and Home Affairs. public relations officer, Mrs Lebogang Bok.

Responding to a BOPA questionnaire Mrs Bok said the cost was a measure to encourage Batswana to keep their passports safe in view of the current risks posed by illegal possession of Botswana passports by non citizens.

The questionnaire follows the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs’ recent announcement that citizens who lose their passports will not be issued with replacements in less than a year on average.

In a news release the ministry also indicates that the replacement cost of a lost passport has been increased to P1000.

This was not taken kindly by some members of the public who expressed concern that they would be punished for something, which was not their fault.

In addition, they said the passport could be stolen in the house or handbags.

However, Ms Bok said the measure would encourage Batswana to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Coordinator of the Diamond Hub, Dr Akolang Tombale, is confident Botswana is on the path to becoming a world diamond centre after successfully luring two of the world’s largest diamond technology companies to the country.

The Diamond Hub has struck a deal with the USA’s GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the world’s largest and most respected non-profit institute of gemological research and learning.

Conceived 75 years ago in the tradition of Europe’s most respected institutes, GIA discovers (through GIA Research), imparts (through GIA Education), and applies (through GIA Laboratory and GIA Instruments) gemological knowledge to ensure public trust in gems and jewellery.

GIA is the creator of the famous 4Cs of diamond value (colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight). It is also the corporate birthplace of the International Diamond Grading System.

The company is also famous for its [continue reading]