Archive for December 25th, 2008

source: BOPA
23 December, 2008

PALAPYE – In an effort to extend its communication and technological benefits to its customers, Orange Botswana recently launched Livebox technology in Palapye.

Orange Botswana’s Public Relations Manager, Mr Karabo Tlhabiwe said that the introduction of the Livebox comes after its successful launch for Gaborone and surrounding areas.

Mr Tlhabiwe said the Livebox technology is a super fast broadband connection with a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Democratic Party is today (Tuesday) expected to announce a re-run in the Serowe South parliamentary constituency following a successful appeal by challenger Tebelelo Seretse.

BDP sources say the Appeal’s cCated on the matter over the weekend and ruled in favour of the challenger who garnered 1917 votes against the incumbent Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s 2697 votes in the August BDP primaries, also known as Bulela Di Tswe.

By press time yesterday, members of the BDP’s Central Committee had started to converge on Gaborone for the Tuesday meeting where they will receive the appeal’s committee’s verdict.

It is anticipated that upon receiving the appeal’s committee’s ruling, the [continue reading]

source: News24
24/12/2008 22:07 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Ten people were being tested for cholera in the Zululand and Umzinyathi districts, the KwaZulu-Natal health department said on Wednesday.

Only two cholera cases had been confirmed in the province so far, said department spokesperson Chris Maxon. One of the people infected died in November, he said.

The 10 people being tested were among 150 admitted to [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
Published: December 24, 2008
By MacDonald Dzirutwe

A Zimbabwean High Court judge ordered the immediate release on Wednesday of local human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and nine other activists charged with plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s government.

Mukoko, a former newscaster who headed the Zimbabwe Peace Project, was picked up at gunpoint in Harare on December 3. If found guilty the activists could face the death penalty, lawyers said.

Judge Yunus Omarjee ordered police to release 32 activists in total, including Mukoko and the other nine accused. Police deny having 11 of the 32 activists in their custody.

“Their continued detention by whosoever is holding them be and is [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 December, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana has expressed appreciation to the Chinese government’s continued provision of development loans to the country at affordable rates.

Speaking at the signing ceremony for a loan worth more than P22 million in Gaborone, finance minister, Mr Baledzi Gaolatlhe thanked China for the soft loan facility which was payable in 20 years and had a grace period of 10 years.

He said the interest free loan was not the first of its kind as the Chinese had availed such loans in the past to be utilised to implement projects agreed upon through consultations between the two countries.

“We have benefited from China in development projects such as building rail roads, schools and technical assistance in the form of doctors and other [continue reading]

Craig Urquhart
24 December 2008

What a long, strange year it has been. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been marked by extraordinary highs and lows.

Nobody said it was going to be easy, and for South Africa, gearing to host the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet, 2008 has certainly proved to be more than a litmus test.

The Project 2010 column: Craig Urquhart Apart from the labour disputes, spiralling construction costs and political in-fighting that are part and parcel of preparing for an event of this magnitude, there were plenty of other issues.

Xenophobia, widespread power cuts, the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe were just some of the distractions organisers of the tournament had to contend with.

And yet, there was much to draw hope and inspiration from.

The grinding machinery tasked with building and renovating stadiums in all 10 host cities as well as [continue reading]