Archive for December 18th, 2008

source: ZimOnline
by Cuthbert Nzou
Thursday 18 December 2008

HARARE – A top Swaziland defence official will lead a team of regional officials expected in Botswana on Thursday to probe allegations Gaborone is training insurgents to overthrow neighbouring Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, sources told ZimOnline.

Sources in Harare said John Kunene, principal secretary in Swaziland’s Ministry of Defence, and his team will spend two days in Botswana searching for military camps where Zimbabwe alleges youths from opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party are receiving military training.

“The SADC (Southern African Development Community) probe team will be in Botswana for two days beginning Thursday,” said one of the sources, speaking on condition he was not named.

“They want to find out if indeed the MDC-T has bases in Botswana where it is training bandits,” said our source.

Kunene is expected to submit a report on his mission to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Health has started offering free health access to foreigners with suspected cholera symptoms.

Foreigners are currently charged about P30 consultation fee when seeking medical attention from government health facilities in Botswana.

Briefing the media on the cholera situation in Botswana yesterday, the Director of Public Health in the ministry, Shenaaz El-Halabi, explained that this does not mean that people should raise false alarm simply to benefit from this dispensation. This was after one Zimbabwean was treated for malaria after he said he had developed cholera symptoms.

El-Halabi pointed out that the ministry is embarking on a comprehensive educational campaign to sensitize the public on the symptoms of cholera so they could seek medical attention early. She was speaking after [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 December, 2008

TUTUME – One confirmed and three suspected cases of cholera have been reported in the Tutume Sub-district, making it the third district in Botswana to be affected by cholera.

Confirmed cases have already been reported in the North East and Serowe/Palapye areas.

According to the Senior Nursing Officer, Ms Tebogo Gabathusi, the cases in the sub-district occurred at the small village of Mafungo/Hubona near Mathangwane.

She said all the cases, which were recorded last week, were initially evaluated at Mathangwane clinic and later referred to Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital for admission and treatment.

She said the cases were immediately reported to the Ministry of Health and a District Rapid Response Team (DRRT) consisting of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Department of Geological Survey (DGS) in collaboration with the University of Botswana scientists have embarked on an ambitious nation-wide seismological network project.

Once fully operational, the network is expected to enable scientists to measure earth tremors occurring in the country and possibly be able to send earlier warnings of earthquake occurrence.

To this end, the first phase of what may come to be known as “The Seismo-tectonic Study of the Okavango Delta Region” has been started in the Okavango Delta where six operational stations have been installed by DGS since 2003 while UB has installed an additional two to monitor a 300 km by 300km area. The UB scientists led by Dr. James King have deployed two seismographs (instruments that detect earthquakes) in Maun and Botlhatlogo.

“This network will enhance our knowledge of the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 December, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana has dismissed Zimbabwe’s claims that it is training MDC- Tsvangirai youths to effect regime change in that country.

“Zimbabwe’s submission contains nothing more than distorted and or concocted evidence none of which is supported by facts,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says in a release.

The statement follows this week’s claims by Zimbabwe that it has submitted “compelling evidence” to the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security that prove Botswana’s involvement in the recruitment and training of the youth from Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s faction of the MDC.

It claims that Botswana has availed its territory, material and logistical support to faction for the eventual destabilization of [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 17 2008 at 03:46PM

Zimbabwe’s neighbours do not believe allegations that opposition militants are training in Botswana to try to overthrow Robert Mugabe, the leader of the main regional bloc said Wednesday.

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe said the bloc, the Southern African Development Community, opened an investigation into the allegations when Mugabe’s regime first raised them last month. But Motlanthe, the current SADC chairman, added: “We never believed that.”

SADC also includes Botswana, which dismissed the allegations last month and again when Zimbabwe officials raised them again this week.

The Zimbabwe opposition also has repeatedly dismissed the allegations, calling them part of a plot to create a pretext for declaring a state of emergency that would give Mugabe broad security powers.

Also this week, Zimbabwe state media reported the head of the country’s air force was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Justice Key Dingake of the Lobatse High Court has ruled that the new liquor regulations are not discriminatory and neither do they violate the constitution.

The judge said that a plea by nightclub owners to the court to set aside the new regulations is misconceived because Section 15 of the Constitution under which the application was brought specifically related to discriminatory treatment attributable to or on account of race, tribe, place of origin, political opinions, colours, creed or sex. He said the state argued that the applicants made no attempt whatsoever to show that their circumstances fit into any of the types of discrimination contemplated by Section 15 of the Constitution.

Dingake said it appears to him that for the applicants to succeed in their attempt to have the regulations declared unconstitutional, they must show that the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 December, 2008

GABORONE – Computerised issuance of documents such as work and residence permits as well as visas, will ensure that those applying for them would obtain them without having to wait for too long.

Speaking during a media briefing, last week, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Peter Siele said currently the documents are being done in a handwritten form, noting that this not only results in delays but compromises their security.

Mr Siele also said that his ministry was implementing a project to produce machine readable passports.

He said the electronic and machine readable passports will have high level security features, which he said, would safeguard them against counterfeiting.

He added that the project was expected to be completed in 2010.

Mr Siele expressed concern that despite the [continue reading]

17 December 2008

US-based Dell has introduced a special laptop range that features exclusive and original artwork by three exceptional African artists, with the global computer maker pledging to donate US$20 (about R200) from each laptop sold to the Global Fund, helping in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria in Africa.

Buyers can chose from a Dell Studio 15 or Dell Studio 17 laptop, and, for an extra $75, have it personalised with artworks that are permanently infused into the laptop’s back, ensuring they will not fade away.

“Dell continually innovates through offering unique ways for people to pursue their passions and express their individual style,” said Dell global consumer sales and marketing vice president Michael Tatelman in a company statement last month.

“By bringing these amazing artist designs together with a meaningful cause and our technology, we create new opportunities for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 December, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – Selebi-Phikwe Mayor Mr Amogelang Mojuta says though he faced many challenges at the beginning of his reign, he has succeeded in contributing to the development of the town.

He said he was glad to oversee the town’s project implementation.

Speaking at a function to mark the end of his tenure, Mr Mojuta said he had to overcome propaganda and false information that could have left his career in tatters and disrupted his reign.

In an interview, he said though his reign was bumpy, team work and good working relations from most of the councilors saw him through his term.

He said it was frustrating for councilors to disown projects when they were near completion by [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Barry Bearak
Published: December 16, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: The Congress of the People, a new political party that split from the governing African National Congress, on Tuesday named the nation’s former defense minister, Mosiuoa Lekota, as its president.

The move was not unexpected. It was Lekota who first served what he called “divorce papers” on the ANC in October, opening the way for other defectors unhappy with the organization that first brought democracy to South Africa.

“The history of South Africa will never be the same again,” Lekota proclaimed in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, near the end of an exuberant three-day party meeting.

The Congress of the People, colloquially known as COPE, represents the possibility of a formidable counterweight to the ANC, the party of Nelson Mandela, which won nearly 70 percent of the vote in the 2004 elections and continues to dominate the levers of [continue reading]