Archive for October 23rd, 2008

source: BOPA
22 October, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Mascom has entered into an agreement of preferential regional roaming rates with a South African services network provider, MTN, for both data and normal voice services.

The agreement, which went into effect in March this year, will according to Mascom’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jose Couceiro, give the company’s customers, the benefit of attractive roaming rates for both data and normal services.

Mr Couceiro assured Mascom’s customers, on Saturday in Francistown during their 10th anniversary celebrations, that his company intended to continue with the advancement of mobile communication technology in Botswana.

Mr Couceiro said over the past 10 years of its existence, Mascom maintained a tradition of excellence marked by numerous milestones in the history of telecommunication in the country. He said his company was the first, and the only Botswana mobile network operator to have introduced the third generation telecommunications known as UMTS/HSDPA or 3G.

“With the introduction of this [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Two transport employees have resigned after alleged pressure from senior government officers who wanted to be issued with drivers’ licences fraudulently.

A source in the Serious Crime Squad indicated that one examiner at the department of Roads and Safety in Mochudi has resigned citing pressure from top government officers.

The source said another testing officer at the department’s head office in Maruapula, has also quit. He pointed out that the information they gathered on the resignations indicates that government officials are involved in the issuing of fraudulent drivers’ licences. He said the perpetrators of the crime mostly are close relatives of top officers from the police, Botswana Defence Force and other pivotal institutions. “The information we have received so far suggests that these people offer between P5,000 – P7,000 to have their licences done within a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
22 October 2008

The MDC led by founding President Morgan Tsvangirai, have denied press reports they are planning to boycott a regional SADC meeting scheduled for Harare next Monday. A meeting of the SADC troika on Politics Defence and Security this week failed to deal with the Zimbabwean issue after Tsvangirai couldn’t travel to the venue in Swaziland. The MDC blamed Mugabe’s regime for failing to renew his expired passport. Instead of confronting Mugabe to issue Tsvangirai a new passport, the troika of Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola decided to reschedule the meeting to take place in Harare next week.

Subsequent press reports suggested the MDC would skip Monday’s meeting in protest at the non-issuance of Tsvangirai’s passport. However speaking to Newsreel on Wednesday party spokesman Nelson Chamisa said the MDC respected African institutions that were trying to help and would ‘definitely’ attend the summit. ‘We are going to present our case for an equal share of power and are comfortable with all the organs of SADC and the African Union.’ He blasted Mugabe’s regime over the passport affair saying, ‘it is a manifestation of lack of sincerity and goodwill on the part of ZANU PF.’

Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson George Chiweshe has [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Finance has cautioned stakeholders attending the National Development Plan 10 (NDP 10) conference to bear in mind the ongoing global economic and financial turmoil as they deliberate on government expenditure for the next seven years.

“As we discuss the plan and in particular the financial resources projected for implementation of our programmes, let us bear in mind that we are operating in a fragile environment and need to move with caution,” Assistant Minister of Finance, Samson Guma said on Monday when opening the five-day NDP 10 conference. Guma said although initial data may not show much impact, the global financial crisis will have some effect on the Botswana economy especially on NDP 10.

He asserted that the impact will be felt in terms of inflation, exports, the balance of payments, foreign exchange reserves and the domestic banking sector. It will have [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
22 October 2008
George Katito

While the new Ibrahim index assessing governance in Africa is remarkably comprehensive, it fails to poll citizens on their perceptions of how well they are ruled, writes George Katito of the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Few would discount the assertion that Africa is one of the most ranked, scored and measured of regions. The past two weeks alone have brought a flurry of reports and indices measuring the performance of African countries on aspects ranging from good governance to openness to business, from organisations as diverse as Transparency International, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the United Nations. Relatively new to the list is the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which recently released the 2008 edition of its governance index.

On the credit side, the index assesses governance in a large number of African countries – 48 in all – based on a rigorous data-collection methodology. Where possible, it incorporates year-on-year data to track the [continue reading]