Archive for November 13th, 2008

Tough laws for motorists

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Motorists in Botswana should brace themselves for a difficult future if the Road Traffic Amendment Bill, to be presented before Parliament tomorrow is anything to go by.

Among others, the bill seeks to increase the existing fines; introduce minimum fines and new fines such as the demerit point system; provide for the flagging of vehicles that have pending matters with the police and installation of devices to detect traffic offences. The bill was gazetted last week.

It empowers the director of road transport services to suspend or revoke a driving licence, a provisional driving licence, driving instructor’s permit or provisional driving permit for any person who appears by any reason to be unfit; has reached the prescribed demerit point limit; or is unfit to hold a driving instructor’s certificate.

The director may order a fresh driving test in the case of a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
12 November 2008

We are increasingly receiving disturbing reports from across the country that more and more people are succumbing to cholera, as every aspect of Zimbabwean society collapses. Even the state controlled Herald newspaper reports seeing two trucks ferrying dead bodies from Budiriro, to an infectious disease mortuary on Tuesday.

A reports from the north east border town of Nyamapanda says that bodies are being buried in very shallow (1 meter) graves, in council land adjacent to the mortuary in the town.

An eye witness who had just travelled from Nyamapanda said: “Flea market operators who go and set up stalls from Harare are sharing accommodation with unburied corpses.” A commentator added that it seems as if ‘Robert Mugabe is quite content to turn the country into a giant death camp.’

The former chairperson of the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

PrimeTime Property Holdings has posted a healthy net profit of P81 million, according to the company’s maiden audited results for its first financial year that ended 31 August 2008.

While the final results published are for the year ended 31 August 2008 and incorporate rentals for the full year, they effectively only reflect the profits for the period since the listing date of 20 December 2007, being the date from which the company was able to benefit from the profits earned on the properties acquired.

The results, which were released this week, show a Rental Income of P27.9 million, Operating Expenses of P12.1 million and net profit of P81.5 million. On the balance sheet, Total Assets were P239.6 million.

Non-current Liabilities stood at [continue reading]

source: News24
12/11/2008 11:34 – (SA)

Cape Town – The American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is to assist South Africa in fighting crime, the US Ambassador to South Africa, Eric Bost, has confirmed.

This comes after an ANC delegation – including ANC president Jacob Zuma, who is widely expected to be South Africa’s next president – visited the US at the invitation of the American government at the end of October.

During the week-long trip, Zuma met with US government officials and other organisations. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen ties and discuss areas of further co-operation. Zuma also spoke at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington DC.

One of those meetings was with the FBI, to discuss what assistance it can give to support South Africa’s efforts to address crime.

“I’m very optimistic. We had a wonderful conversation with the FBI that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Tswapong South legislator, Oreeditse Molebatsi has attributed Botswana’s rising corruption to the hiring of expatriates from central Africa.

He said there is a tendency in government to give key positions to foreigners especially in district councils. He asserted that this breeds corruption and something must be done. He said there is jealousy among citizens to the extent that they have resorted to hiring foreigners instead of locals even for jobs where locals are qualified. Molebatsi was speaking in Parliament in response to President Ian Khama’s State of the Nation Address.

He hailed the government’s position on the Zimbabwean crisis. He accused some Zimbabweans who have taken up jobs in Botswana of peddling lies such as recent reports that Botswana was training MDC youth for combat. He pointed out that people who [continue reading]