Archive for October 31st, 2008

source: BOPA
30 October, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana and the United Nations have signed an agreement for an improved mechanism for the effective and efficient collaboration. Speaking at the signing of the “One UN Programme” concept in Gaborone on Tuesday, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe, said the agreement was signed to formalise and expedite the process of a single UN in Botswana.

“The presence of a UN Resident Coordinator and the just about to be completed UN Development Assistance Framework 2010-2016 are two critical ingredients to the process,” he said. Mr Gaolathe said the next process would be the development of a single operational programme for the UN system in Botswana so that the delivering-as-one initiative was fulfilled.

He said the new initiative, which was on trial in eight countries, save for a few more self starters, was expected to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
31 October 2008
Bathandwa Mbola

Permanent Secretaries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met at the Union Buildings on Thursday to discuss the issues affecting the region and faster implementation of programmes.

President Kgalema Motlanthe in his capacity as head of SADC reminded the Forum of the essence of expediting the process of implementation of SADC programmes.

On the issue of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), the meeting noted the need to expedite the implementation of SADC/NEPAD programmes and reflected on accelerating the pace of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
31 October 2008

South Africa’s former president, Thabo Mbeki, has told Jacob Zuma, his successor as leader of the African National Congress, that he is not engaged in efforts by dissatisfied ANC members, including members of his former cabinet, to form a breakaway party. Mbeki said after his resignation at the request of the party, he had no intention of ruling “from the grave” and would not become involved either in the internal politics of the ANC or in government.

Mbeki declared his position in a letter to Zuma which was leaked to the South African media on Friday. The full text of the letter follows:

Comrade President,

I imagine that these must be especially trying times for you as president of our movement, the ANC, as they are for [continue reading]

source: News24
31/10/2008 08:08 – (SA)

Jan-Jan Joubert and Carien du Plessis, Beeld

Cape Town – Former president Thabo Mbeki has declined overtures from the ANC and the breakaway group. Instead, he will be forming his own civil pressure group to promote democracy.

As the country buzzes about the contents of a letter he sent to the ANC this week and which, in the opinion of his inner circle, is being exploited by the ANC for its own ends, it was revealed that Mbeki is planning a book that will unequivocally state his side of the matter.

The book may even appear before the general election.

Although all eyes are on the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday, Mbeki will not deliver an address at the convention despite an [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 October, 2008

GABORONE – Media practitioners have been urged to report murder cases beyond face value to afford the public a balanced version of the situation at hand.

A human rights lawyer, who is also Bakgatla Kgosi-kgolo Kgafela II advised journalists against sensationalising the death and subsequent penalty. Instead he said in his personal presentation at a Ditshwanelo seminar on death penalty in Gaborone on Tuesday that they should be ethical in their reporting.

“The media is very powerful and influences so many people in our society and therefore your reporting should not be biased in any way.” Attorney Kgafela is renowned for successfully handling the murder case of Tlhabologang Maauwe and Gwara Motswetla by challenging their death sentences in 1999. He obtained a stay of execution and a declaration of a mistrial based upon the finding that they did not receive a fair hearing. He maintained during his presentation that execution by death brutalises and traumatises the family of the condemned prisoner and the hangman, among others.

“History tells us that almost all [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 October, 2008

KASANE – The Ministry of Works and Transport is in the process of buying a pantoon to transport vehicles across the Chobe River at the Kazungula border.

Mr Samuel Mbaiwa, the ministry’s spokesperson, said on Tuesday that government wanted to improve service delivery at the border with neighbouring Zambia. Currently, there were only two pantoons belonging to Zambia that ferry goods trucks and people between the two countries.

“There is too much traffic that crosses into both countries,” he said. “We have to increase the number of pantoons to speed service delivery at the border post.” Mr Mbaiwa explained that the Zambian government has also communicated its intentions to buy two more pantoons.

He however said the project was still at a planning stage since the cost and place where the pantoon will be bought have not yet been determined.

The purchasing of the pantoons comes at a time when the governments of Botswana and Zambia have [continue reading]