Archive for October 12th, 2008

source: Republic of Botswana (11/10/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 31 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B1) 10/10/08: REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY LT. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, AT THE OFFICIAL OPENNING OF FRANCISTOWN COLLEGE OF TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING:

[Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen

1. I am honoured to be invited to perform the official opening of this state-of-the-art dual purpose college. Nothing could be more gratifying than to open an institution that will open its doors to many young people and provide them with the opportunity to acquire skills that are critical for active participation in their country’s ongoing socio-economic transformation.

2. The idea of constructing a masterpiece institution, like the one being opened today, was conceived some years ago, and owing to the commitment to accelerating the country’s human resource development, the dream of a dual technical and vocational institution has been realized.

3. This college was established mainly to provide Botswana Technical Education Programme (BTEP) qualifications at [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 11 2008 at 10:08AM
By Deon de Lange

Evita Bezuidenhout – that seemingly indestructible political legend – is set to beat former defence minister and ANC chairperson Mosiuoa Lekota to the punch by registering the country’s newest political party next week.

Evita’s People’s Party (EPP) will be launched at a venue to be announced “to fill the empty space left by infighting in the ruling ANC”, her publicist said this week.

Bezuidenhout said in a statement on Thursday that the major focus of her party would be “on the importance of voting in the next election, on solving the problems of service delivery to people who have been waiting since 1994 … and not on who in the ANC is important”.

The EPP also plans to home in on the need for changes to health, education, housing and [continue reading]

source: News24
11/10/2008 08:03 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Former president Thabo Mbeki will travel to Zimbabwe on Monday to help mediate in the country’s deadlock on power sharing, Sapa news agency reported on Friday.

Mbeki, who will be accompanied by three close aides, is to meet Zimbabwe’s political leaders with a mandate from the Southern African Development Community regional bloc, Sapa quoted his spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga as saying.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe agreed earlier on Friday to allow in outside mediation in a bid to break the four-week deadlock over Cabinet posts in a new unity government with his political rivals.

After earlier insisting there was no need for Mbeki to resume the troubled mediation mission in Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s camp said it now accepted a third party was needed to end the impasse.

Following talks between the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
allAfrica.com
11 October 2008
Posted to the web 11 October 2008

President Robert Mugabe has made a bid to claim unilaterally key government ministries – including defence, foreign affairs and home affairs – in Zimbabwe’s new power-sharing government. But his main opponents have rejected the move as “a giant act of madness.”

The Herald newspaper, an organ of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party, published a report on Saturday saying that Mugabe had allocated ministries among the three parties which signed the country’s recent power-sharing agreement. The newspaper said he had formally published the allocation in Zimbabwe’s government gazette. It claimed that only the ministry of finance remained the subject of dispute between the parties.

But the Movement for Democratic Change of Prime Minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai issued a statement saying Mugabe had acted unilaterally overnight on [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (11/10/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 31 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B2) 10/10/08: REMARKS BY HIS HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT LT. GEN. MOMPATI S. MERAFHE, MP, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF LETSHEGO MICRO PROVIDENT BOTSWANA LTD:

[Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. Good evening. Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to the Chairman of the Letshego Board Mr. Lekaukau and his team for the invitation to be with you at this the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of Letshego. To them I say an event like this one is not only a moment for celebration, but for reflection and indeed inspiration to all those who are involved in the success that is Letshego.

2. I trust that as you celebrate your achievements, reflect on [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
10 October 2008

Constitutional amendment 19, which was expected to be railroaded through the second session of the seventh Parliament that begins in Harare on Tuesday, has not yet even been drafted.

Almost a month after the signing ceremony of the power-sharing agreement the drafting of the Bill has still not happened because of the impasse over the sharing of key ministries.

MDC MP and chief whip Innocent Gonese told Newsreel the new constitutional amendment needed to be drafted 30 days before it can be tabled in Parliament.

‘Nothing meaningful will come out of this (parliamentary) session. We are still waiting for the conclusion to these talks so that we have a new government that will start to address the plight of the people,’ Gonese said.

The MDC chief whip highlighted the fact that the only item on the order paper in parliament next week would probably be debate on the president’s speech, which he said will not move the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (11/10/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 31 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C8) 6/10/08: UPDATE: October public events involving H.H. the Vice President

Members of the Press are hereby advised of the following public event involving H.H. the Vice President during the month:

Tuesday (7/10/08): In the evening, from 1930 hours, H.H. the Vice President will attend a Cultural Event Co-Hosted by Australian High Commission & Aviva Corporation at the No. 1 Ladies Opera House. Among the performers at the [….]

Thursday (23/10/08): In the morning, from 0900 hrs, H.H. the vice President will address a Kgotla meeting in Palapye. In the evening, from 1900 hrs, he will officiate at the Opening of STANBIC Bank Branch in Palapye (Stanbic Bank can provide further details).

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