Archive for December 12th, 2008

source: Daily Monitor
Wene Owino
Daily Monitor correspondent

After 11 years of failure, the Botswana parliament on Wednesday passed a highly controversial media law that gives the government tighter control on the press.

Tabled by the Communications Minister, Ms Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, the Mass Media Practitioners’ Bill was among the five laws passed by Botswana’s parliament this week without debate in a rush to beat deadlines before the Christmas break. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party used its parliamentary majority to pass the Bill without debate.

After the minister had tabled the Bill, MP Patrick Masimolole moved a motion that there should be no debate since MPs had already discussed the Bill in the last session of parliament. Despite efforts by opposition MP Nehemiah Modubule to push for debate, the House voted to pass the Bill without amendments.

Mr Modubule then walked out and later said that he was shocked at what was going on in [continue reading]

BDP romps all over media – Mmegi, 11.12.2008
Media stripped of Rights in Botswana, Comment

source: Mmegi

Kgalagadi Breweries will today launch a non-alcoholic beer offering called St. Louis 24, a newly commissioned non-returnable bottle plant and an educational website

St. Louis 24 is a non-alcoholic refreshing brew that offers the same taste experience as its alcoholic counterparts. It is brewed as normal beer, has the taste of real beer, but it does not have the alcohol.

“It is a real alternative to those consumers who enjoy the refreshing taste of alcoholic beer but choose not to consume alcoholic beverages,” says KBL’s head of Corporate Affairs and Strategy Thapelo Letsholo said.

St. Louis 24 and other beverages in non-returnable bottles will be produced at KBL’s newly commissioned non-returnable bottle plant. The plant was built at a total cost of P24 million.

Through the plant, KBL is now able to compete at the premium sector of the market where the [continue reading]

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

Durban – An invasion of Zimbabwe or tougher sanctions to dislodge Robert Mugabe are not on the cards, African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said in Durban on Thursday.

“I don’t think invading Zimbabwe or sanctions would work,” he told journalists and editors at a breakfast in Durban.

He did not believe that the ANC “will subscribe” to an invasion and preferred to deal with Zimbabwe “on a government-to-government level and on a party-to-party level”.

“What will we do to make Mugabe retire? We will persuade him.”

He said the higher structures of the ANC had discussed Mugabe’s reasons for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 December, 2008

PARLIAMENT – The Architects’ Registration Bill went to committee stage after Parliament unanimously passed it on Tuesday.

No Member of Parliament contributed to the bill after the Minister of Works and Transport, Mr Johnie Swartz presented it.

The bill would lead to the formulation of an Architects Registration Act, which would ensure that people who want to practice as architects in Botswana are properly trained and registered, the minister said.

He said Botswana is one of the few countries that do not have such act.

“The bill aims to provide the country with an open and uniform register of practicing professional architects who have pledged to [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger
Published: December 11, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Cholera swept through the five youngest children in the Chigudu family with cruel and bewildering haste. On a recent Saturday, they chased one another through hardscrabble streets that flow with raw sewage, and chattered happily as they bedded down for the night.

The onslaught of diarrhea and vomiting began around midnight. Relatives frantically prepared solutions of water, sugar and salt for the youngsters, aged 20 months to 12 years, to drink. But by morning, they were limp and hollow-eyed. The disease was draining their bodies of fluid.

“Then they started to die,” said their brother Lovegot, 18. “Prisca was first, second Sammy, then Shantel, Clopas and Aisha, the littlest one, last.”

A ferocious cholera epidemic, spread by water contaminated with human excrement, has stricken more than 16,000 people across Zimbabwe since August and killed more than 780. Health experts are warning that the number of cases could surpass 60,000, and that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The worsening Zimbabwe crisis has reached a “complex political emergency” that warrants the intervention of the United Nations, a senior research fellow based in South Africa said Monday.

Dr. Wafula Okumu of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) based in Pretoria said this week that sending troops into Zimbabwe to oust President Robert Mugabe will not yield desirable results. In fact, he says, “that could bring disastrous” consequences.

He was responding to Mmegi enquiries following Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga’s call for the deployment of troops into Zimbabwe to effect regime change. Mail & Guardian online reported Odinga as having said on Sunday, “Mugabe’s case deserves no less than investigations by the International Criminal Court in The Hague”.

“If the African Union (AU) allows a military take-over in Zimbabwe, would that set a precedent and contradict its policy against such means of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Following the announcement of his retirement on 12 November, the General Manager of Orapa and Letlhakane Mines, Sebetlela Sebetlela, bids Debswana farewell this week.

After 28 years with the company, he will serve his official last day of duty on Friday 12 December 2008.

Speaking at a ceremony held in Orapa to bid him farewell on 8 December, Sebetlela told the management, employees of OLM, representatives of the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) and Boteti community stakeholders that the last 28 years have been ‘a thoroughly fulfilling working experience’ for him.

Sebetlela spoke at length about his journey with the company, noting that his decision to move on to other interests was guided by his need to pursue a different challenge and to create an opportunity for others to [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 11 2008 at 06:28PM

South Africa’s department of agriculture announced on Thursday it was suspending imports of all meat and dairy products from the European Union due to the discovery of dioxin in Irish meat products.

“Due to concerns regarding ‘soft borders’ within the EU and the wide distribution of animal feed between EU member states, a decision has been taken to suspend all imports of meat and dairy products and other edible animal products (including pet food) from the EU to South Africa,” the department said in a statement.

Dioxins have been found in Irish pig meat and animal feed produced in Ireland.

The European Union’s food safety authority said on Wednesday that the dioxin contamination in Irish pork probably posed no health risk to humans who [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 December, 2008

GABORONE – The Minister of Works and Transport, Mr Johnnie Swartz has warned that Botswana might lose the gains it had made in education and training, if citizens cannot guard against the spread of HIV/AIDS and curb alcohol abuse.

“These two enemies of peace have partnered together to become the greatest threat to the livelihoods of the people of Botswana”, he said.

Mr Swartz was speaking at the 19th graduation ceremony of the Roads Training Centre (RTC) in Gaborone recently.

He said President, Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama in his State of the Nation address emphasized that no amount of money can compensate for the need for greater commitment… Discipline will do the rest”.

He said the President was emphasizing that without discipline nothing can be achieved in society. He added that [continue reading]