Archive for October 16th, 2008

source: BOPA
16 October, 2008

Pune, India – A new sophisticated e-health machine from India has been installed at Nyangagwe Hospital in Francistown, says Botswana’s High Commissioner to India, Mrs Dorcas Kgosietsile.

She said the machine, which is yet to be operational, would enable Indian doctors to consult and diagnose patients in Botswana without having to travel.

She said a patient would be connected to the machine and a doctor in India would diagnose the patient and recommend prescriptions, noting that the machine is already used in Ethiopia.

Mrs Kgosietsile said an agreement between the two countries stipulates that after five years, Botswana would provide technical support to operate and maintain the machine.

She said the e-network agreement between the two countries would also be extended to other fields such as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 October, 2008

GABORONE – Many motorists continue to drive under the influence of alcohol despite repeated calls by the police for members of the public to desist from such a practice.

Of the 135 motorists subjected to alcohol tests last week, 17 were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Cases of drunken driving often lead to serious or fatal accidents.

The Director of Traffic, Mr Victor Paledi said in an interview that 336 people have already died in 270 road accidents that occurred since the beginning of this year.

These accidents occurring on our roads are a matter of grave concern. Not a day passes when there is no report of at least two or three serious road accidents occurring.

Almost everyone has been affected by such accidents. The number of deaths resulting from such accidents continue on a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
16 October 2008
Mabasa Sasa and Sydney Kawadza

CABINET talks between the country’s three main political parties, which were widely expected to have been concluded yesterday, dragged on late into the evening with indications that a solution was in sight.

Earlier in the day, it appeared as if a positive announcement was on the verge of being made after facilities for a formal Press conference were set up at the talks venue at Rainbow Towers in Harare.

President Mugabe later told the media that the talks would finish today, confirming information obtained by The Herald to the effect that a consensus had more or less been reached that might see a few changes to the allocation of ministries published in last Friday’s Government Gazette.

“We have made some progress and we will finish tomorrow,” he said.

MDC leader Professor Arthur Mutambara also expressed hope that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
16 October 2008
Stanley Kwenda

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is mobilising economic aid for its troubled member state Zimbabwe.

The economic aid package is part of efforts by the region to help bolster the faltering political deal, widely regarded as the initial phase towards the recovery of Zimbabwe’s wretched economy.

Southern African leaders, who came to Harare last month to witness the signing of the power sharing agreement, have tasked the SADC Secretariat with the crafting of an economic package for Zimbabwe.

SADC Executive Secretary General, Tomáz Augusto Salomão, who was also in Harare for the signing ceremony and has [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 October, 2008

GABORONE – Headteachers who fail to collect school fees from foreign students face surcharge should the parents leave Botswana without paying.

The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake, warned headteachers, whom he blamed for abdicating their responsibilities, that they would pay the amount owed by defaulting parents.

Mr Mokalake said he wondered why some headteachers allowed foreign students to attend classes without paying school fees and even failed to take action after the first 10 days of each term, as stipulated.

He said this when opening the south central region’s primary school headteachers’ seminar in Gaborone on Monday, which was organised for them to share information on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The government has issued a directive empowering ministries to fire civil servants without interdiction, an Assistant Minister has said.

Education Assistant Minister, Lebonaamang Mokalake told primary school head-teachers in the South Central region that the directive empowers the employer to directly dismiss someone who has admitted to having committed an offence without first interdicting him or her.

He said the common cases of indiscipline among teachers, which include sexual and physical abuse of children and drinking alcohol during working hours, continue to bedevil the teaching fraternity. He promised that government will deal with wrongdoers accordingly.

He said the Attorney General’s Chambers has reduced the tedious method of sacking civil servants who can now be dismissed for unprofessional conduct.

Mokalake warned school heads against letting [continue reading]

source: BOPA
14 October, 2008

GABORONE – Some bottle stores and wholesalers sell liquor in violation of the conditions of their licenses.

Some of the said outlets sell loose items contrary to the requirements of their licenses to sell alcoholic beverages in bulk while others allow customers to drink within their premises.

The Principal Commercial Affairs Officer with the Gaborone City Council, Mr Eric Makgatlhe, told BOPA that the law stipulates that bottle stores and liquor wholesalers should sell liquor in bulk and should not allow their customers to imbibe alcohol in their premises.

Mr Makgatlhe added that people were also not allowed to drink alcohol in public places such as stadiums, schools and car washing businesses.

The Liquor Act says people who drink alcohol in public places are liable to pay a fine not exceeding P1000 or be sentenced for a prison term not exceeding three months or both.

Ms Mmakome Masendu, the principal commercial officer in the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs, said the fines for violating the liquor law had been raised because [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

The chief negotiator for Zimbabwe’s main opposition party has said he is hopeful a power-sharing agreement can reached with President Robert Mugabe.

MDC General Secretary Tendai Biti was speaking at the end of a second day of talks in Harare aimed at rescuing a deadlocked power-sharing deal.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is mediating the discussions.

The country’s leaders have yet to reach agreement over how key cabinet posts should be divided between the parties.

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC – the Movement for Democratic Change – had threatened to [continue reading]

15 October 2008

The Department of Science and Technology and multinational technology company IBM launched the Blue Gene for Africa initiative in Cape Town last week, giving the country access to supercomputing power not previously seen on the continent.

The BG4A is hosted by the Centre for High Performance Computing, an initiative of the department, and is managed by the Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Addressing representatives from the government, academia and the industry, IBM vice-president Mark Dean said that Africa needed to invest in human capital development, infrastructure and increased research and development in order to spur further socio-economic development.

With research infrastructure also being key to development, IBM said its donation of the Blue Gene supercomputer was its contribution towards sparking scientific and socio-economic progress on the continent.

“There is going to be some fascinating work done on this computer. It will not only contribute to the advancement of science in the Africa region but also help grow economies in the region,” a statement by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
14 October, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – For Botswana to realize a crime free society by 2016, there is need for a collective effort on the part of crime prevention committees and the law enforcement agencies, Mmadinare Kgosi Phukontsi Seeletso has advised.

Addressing a crime prevention workshop in Selebi-Phikwe on Saturday, he said crime poses a threat not only to people’s property but also to the very existence of the people themselves, hence the need to forge partnerships in the fight against criminal tendencies.

Mr Seeletso said criminal activities are currently very sophisticated and criminals are always a step ahead in their planning and execution of crime. The police alone will not succeed in fighting crime if Batswana are not part of the crime prevention strategy, he [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
15 October 2008

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki was on Wednesday winding up consultations to break the impasse over the allocation of cabinet posts to Zimbabwe’s three main political parties under the power sharing agreement with reports that a deal was imminent.

The first meeting on Tuesday between President Robert Mugabe and his opposition rivals, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai and Professor Arthur Mutambara did not yield any positive result.

But emerging from the talks at a downturn Harare hotel late into the night, the principals said they were hopeful a compromise would be reached soon over the disputed ministries.

Negotiations were due to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
14 October, 2008

BOBONONG – Babirwa have been urged to help fight against the destruction of the border fence between Botswana and Zimbabwe as it helps to prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Bobonong last week, the Vice President Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe said although there is a huge presence of law enforcement officers along the border, there are reports of continued vandalism of the fence on both sides of the two countries.

The Vice President noted that the destruction of the fence could lead to the re-occurrence of FMD in the district and exacerbate the suffering experienced by farmers who rely on the cattle industry as a source of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

In a drive to foster sustainable economic diversification, First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) is directing its attention to growing emerging and medium-sized enterprises and the unique needs of start-up businesses.

Speaking during the Customer Focus Day held at Seduda Lodge in Mahalapye last Saturday, the bank’s CEO Danny Zandamela said it was important for citizens to embrace entrepreneurship as a viable alternative to unemployment. Zandamela said FNBB Business Banking Division offered products and services that supported new and emerging businesses.

FNBB’s latest offering, Business Banking and Biznetwork, an education programme for small businesses, were testimony to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 October, 2008

GABORONE -President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has assured his Namibian counterpart, Mr Hifikipunye Pohamba, of Botswana’s intention to strengthen bonds with Namibia.

President Khama was in Windhoek on Monday to meet Mr Pohamba and reinforce the cordial relations that exist between the two countries. Senior Private Secretary to the President, Col. Duke Masilo said in an interview that the two leaders held private discussions while ministers also met over issues of mutual interest.

The president was accompanied by Ministers Dikgakgamatso Seretse of Defence, Justice and Security, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Communications, Science and Technology and Johnnie Swartz of Works and Transport.

Col. Masilo said the ministers discussed issues such as the Trans-Kgalagadi railway.

He said it was agreed that the process should be hurried, in terms of [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 15 2008 at 07:01PM

New Delhi – South Africa said it supported civil nuclear co-operation with India and agreed to sell it uranium on Wednesday, more than a month after the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group lifted an embargo on nuclear commerce with New Delhi.

Leaders at the third summit of IBSA (Brazil, India and South Africa) welcomed the decision to allow India trade in fissile materials and technology in a declaration released at the end of their summit in New Delhi.

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe told reporters that his country had earlier supported the negotiations between the United States and India for reaching a civil nuclear pact.

“We have absolutely no objections in [continue reading]