Archive for December 29th, 2008

source: REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA – OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
26/12/08 – Tautona Times Holiday Special

Below please find below transcripts in English (1) and Setswana (2) of H.E. the President’s Christmas Day and New Year’s message to the nation:

1) CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MESSAGE TO THE NATION BY H.E. LT. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA – DECEMBER 2008

1. Bagaetsho! As we come to the end of another eventful year, it is a pleasure for me to have this opportunity to wish each and everyone a safe and pleasant holiday season.

2. For many of us this day holds a special significance as the anniversary of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, a pivotal event for believers that marks a transformative moment in humanity’s existence.

3. For all of us, this can also be a time of new beginnings, as we come together to enjoy an annual break from life’s routine.

4. As many of us have the pleasure of returning to our home villages; and as we find comfort and draw strength in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

Francistown — The streets of Botswana’s Francistown, about 110km from Zimbabwe’s western border, are teeming with Zimbabwean shoppers ahead of Christmas.

But it is Christmas shopping with a difference. Most basic goods are not available in Zimbabwe, so the cross-border hop is a shop for everything – starting with the basics – and in the mix are job opportunities for other migrants.

“I started off carrying shoppers’ bags and luggage to the bus or railway station for five pula (US$0.50) when I first ventured here,” Priscilla Gombacheche, told IRIN, who has since found work as a domestic helper in one of Francistown’s upmarket suburbs.

“When I got a job as a housemaid, I graduated from the nightmares of sleeping at the railway station. Every night I dreaded police raids. I now have a job and a roof over my head,” the 18 year-old college drop-out, who arrived in Francistown five months ago from the dormitory town of Chitungwiza, about 60km from the [continue reading]