Archive for March 1st, 2009

source: Inter Press Service
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GABORONE, Feb 28 (IPS) – There is growing dissent in the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) over laws that enable the government to regulate the media. Member of parliament, Keletso Rakhudu, broke ranks with his party by publicly criticising the Media Practitioner’s Act as an “assault” on the “fundamentals” and “undermining” free and independent media. He claims a number of his colleagues shared his dismay but were fearful of speaking out.

“I am bound to accept the majority decision but I believe that government has no business regulating the media. Part regulation or weak regulation is untidy. The fervour with which the Bill was embraced creates the impression that we have an ulterior motive,” Rakhudu, the MP for Gaborone North told IPS.

“The Minister was emotionally charged. It was the Bill or nothing. But we wanted her to listen to others nationally and internationally to reflect and introspect why she was receiving so much resistance. She agreed to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
27 February, 2009

GABORONE – Collaboration and partnerships with researchers and institutions from developed countries will help Botswana to achieve its Vision 2016 pillar of a prosperous, productive and innovative nation.

Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told a delegation of Japanese science and technology research experts during a one-day seminar at Phakalane that Botswana was endowed with natural resources, but these alone could not take the country anywhere. The aim of the seminar was to provide a platform for discussion on how Japan could support the development of science, technology and innovation in Botswana.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi said one such partnership, could be in the use of micro- algae spirulina against malnutrition.

I have been encouraging the National Food Technology Research Centre to host this project in Botswana because the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
27 February, 2009

GABORONE – The Botswana Brand should be reviewed as it is not achieving its intended objective Specially elected MP, Mr Botsalo Ntuane said the Botswana Brand Management Organisation, the company that manages the brand and its envisaged new chief executive, should be mandated to review the whole design and the tag line with the aim to come up with a proper sellable brand.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Ntuane said most Batswana are not embracing the brand because it is too abstract and complicated.

He argued that the mere fact that it lacks public acceptance shows that it cannot achieve the intended results.

The brand was launched late last year with the tag line opportunity, tranquility beckons.

Mr Ntuane said the tag line is not comparable to Indias Incredible India, Malaysias Truly Asia and South Africas Its possible that he described as very good. He said the brand has proven hard to [continue reading]

source: correspondent Mtokozisi Dube investigates whether Botswana stands to benefit from the 2010 World Cup.

While most Southern African countries are bracing for an onslaught of tourists travelling to South Africa for next year’s World Cup, Botswana stands on the brink of losing out on the benefits of their neighbours’ hosting of the biggest sporting event on the globe, as the country has done little to package itself to football tourists.

Botswana’s tourism fraternity ought to stand a chance of tapping into the spin-offs that are likely to accrue from the global football showcase as it comes to Africa’s shores for the first time.

Thousands of football fans from around globe will gather in South Africa, with many expected to travel in and around Southern Africa to visit places of interest during [continue reading]