Archive for February 27th, 2009

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Some defects have been detected in a multi-million sewer reticulation system constructed by a Chinese contractor in Botshabelo. The project is still under a two-year defects guarantee. This means the contractor has to rectify the defects at no cost to the Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC).

“There are some minor defects but these would be communicated to the contractor since the project is still under the defects liability period,” the mayor, Amogelang Mojuta said.

In some areas, it is reported that there are no outlets leading to the main pipe from the manhole while water leaking from the pipes is flowing into roads. Mojuta said such defects should be expected in a major project, citing the North-South Water pipeline.

“Such minor defects should be expected. That is why we have the defects liability period and we have not paid the contractor in full until the liability period lapses,” he said. The mining town is faced with the burden of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

As the debate on the controversial Intelligence and Security Bill raged on a few years ago, members of Parliament on both sides of the aisle complained of a seeming lack of oversight mechanism in the draft.

Perhaps in the recent history of the House no other legislation inspired such heated debate. Most MPs argued that the law did not offer enough oversight on the performance of the intelligence community. An amendment to the draft proposed The Tribunal on Intelligence. MPs further demanded an oversight body; a full parliamentary committee in the fashion of the Public Accounts Committee. One can only surmise that MPs believed, quite rightly too, that only a full committee with full parliamentary committee powers would be adequate, given the powers that the law gives to the intelligence organ.

At the time, we expressed our own reservations about the Khama presidency’s ability to [continue reading]

source: IOL
Keith Ross
February 26 2009 at 11:39AM

Staff of South African Airways tried to warn management of suspicious activities involving flight crew before the recent drug bust in London, but their bosses “just shrugged their shoulders”.

The staff’s warning was given to management after some of them had been offered huge amounts of money to swop flights with others.

This has been disclosed by the Aerospace Aviation Sector manager of the United Associations of South Africa, which represents SAA staff, Willie van Eeden.

Van Eeden made his disclosures when taking part in SAfm Radio’s After Eight Debate on the recent arrests of SAA flight crews in London and the steps now being taken to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Minister of Defence, Justice, and Security Ramadeluka Seretse told the House that the purpose of the caravan is to provide accommodation for the president when travelling around the country. “It will serve as a substitute for hotel accommodation and will make up for absence of hotels in other places. In this way, the caravan/mobile home will offer the President flexibility of movement and duration of meetings, as well as minimise flying back and forth,” Seretse said.

Seretse further said that the provision of the mobile home/caravan together with a number of vehicles has always been a benefit accruing to the president.

“These benefits are contained in a document that [continue reading]

source: News24
26/02/2009 14:04 – (SA)
Michael Hamlyn

Cape Town – According to opinion pollsters Ipsos Markinor fewer than half (41%) of ANC supporters think that the ANC presidential candidate Jacob Zuma is innocent of corruption. The survey was published on Thursday.

Not surprisingly white and coloured South Africans have little confidence in Zuma. Few believe that he is innocent of corruption or accept his explanation that he is a victim of a political conspiracy.

On average, only around one in every ten white, coloured and Indian South Africans thinks Zuma is innocent.

The poll was taken as long ago as October last year so things may have changed since then and the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: Capital Bank has officially launched a branch in Francistown. The bank chairman Hitesh Anadkat said they would like to do business in Francistown even through the rough times.

“We are positive in the long term future of this area,” he stated. He said that Capital Bank opened a branch in Francistown in record time. “The first branch opened in Gaborone last year and we opened a second branch in Francistown in record time,” he said.

He added that when they started applying for the licence, the people and even the central bank wondered if their business will benefit Botswana. He said that the central bank might have wondered how a bank from a small economy like Malawi could compete in a much larger economy with so many international banks.

“They studied us for two years and went through the bank with a [continue reading]

source: News24
26/02/2009 18:14 – (SA)

Cape Town – Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday urged the international community to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

Addressing the Southern African Development Community (SADC) council of ministers’ meeting, she said the formation of an inclusive government in Zimbabwe had indeed paved the way for Zimbabweans to begin the process of national reconciliation, economic recovery and reconstruction and development.

SADC and the rest of the international community should help the people of Zimbabwe in their endeavour to address their economic challenges as well as the humanitarian crisis facing their country.

“Accordingly, as the international community we must create an [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger
Published: February 26, 2009

JOHANNESBURG: Two weeks after Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, was sworn in as prime minister and joined President Robert Mugabe in governing, the archrivals are openly matching wits and wiles in a struggle to dominate the political landscape of a country whose people endure hunger, cholera and political repression.

A senior official in Tsvangirai’s party, Eddie Cross, wrote recently that this contest was playing out “building by building, street by street, close combat between two forces.”

So far, Mugabe and hard-liners in his party, ZANU-PF, have remained true to form, ruthlessly claiming the prerogatives of power. But Tsvangirai and major opposition ministers — especially those for finance and education — have shown a willingness to confront them and seize the initiative where they can.

Mugabe, the 85-year-old patriarch who vowed during the [continue reading]