Archive for March 14th, 2009

source: BOPA
13 March, 2009

GABORONE – Subsequent to the Botswana/Namibia bilateral cooperation agreement that covered Information Communication Technology (ICT), a ministerial meeting between the two countries was held on Wednesday at GICC.

The meeting’s agenda was to discuss the telecommunications and postal services sub sectors with a view to exploring possible areas of cooperation to advance services to the citizens of the two countries.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology/ICT, Mr Mabua Mabua said the telecommunications sector discussions sought to secure connectivity through different access points.

Mr Mabua said currently communication between the two countries is channeled through the Mamuno border post and the Ngoma bridge border but the envisaged plan is to increase such points to effect efficient quality service. Mr Mabua also indicated that the meeting deliberated on collaboration for onward connectivity.

He said that under the postal services sector, the meeting was the 1st of its kind to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
13 March 2009

Zimbabwe has had limited or no internet access for almost 2 weeks now, after the government parastatal responsible for the national internet gateway, ComOne, was disconnected for non-payment of fees. There has been widespread chaos, especially at the Beitbridge border post with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) failing to clear imported vehicles because they require internet based evaluations. There are long queues of trucks waiting for clearance. Some journalists working inside the country have also been failing to file their stories to outside news agencies.

Information and Communications Technology Minister, Nelson Chamisa, says he summoned officials from the state owned TelOne to explain the collapse of the internet system, after representatives from the Internet Service Providers, ZIMRA and the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries complained about disruption to their operations. Chamisa says the problem was caused by ‘certain hitches related to payment’ of the account and that the back up facility for the microwave link to Beitbridge also stopped working. ‘By tomorrow (Saturday) things will be better’ he told Newsreel, saying a [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 13 2009 at 08:21AM

More than 2 500 police firearms went missing between April last year and February this year, according to Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa, the SABC reported on Friday.

Responding to a Democratic Alliance question in Parliament on Thursday, he said some of the weapons were either reported lost or stolen, while others hadn’t been classified.

Mthethwa said the missing firearms included pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns. More than 150 of them were recovered by February this year.

KwaZulu-Natal had the highest number of stolen police firearms. More than 90 were stolen in the province. More than 80 were stolen from [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 March, 2009

GABORONE – President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has applauded Mauritius for its economic success and continued adherence to democratic principles.

The President who is on a three-day official visit to Mauritius said this at a banquet organised in his honour on Wednesday.

He said after four decades of democracy Mauritius has transformed into a mature state with strong national institutions and democratic traditions.

President Khama stressed the importance of strong bilateral relations between the two countries, saying Botswana benefit from the experience Mauritius has acquired over the years.

For his part the Indian Ocean Island’s Prime Minister Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolan reiterated the need for improved relations between the two countries.

Dr Ramgoolan also hailed the contribution of the two nation’s founding fathers, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan and Sir Seretse Khama in laying solid foundations for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
13 March 2009

Finance Minister Tendai Biti on Thursday warned that an urgent cash injection from international governments is necessary, to avoid what he has called ‘disaster’, saying the country could descend into chaos without financial help.

The comments came shortly after the Australian government on Wednesday announced it would provide funding to Zimbabwe’s new unity government, becoming the first Western power to announce direct support to the new administration. The aid boost of more than US$6 million is reportedly being split between the British Department for International Development and the UN’s children’s fund, UNICEF, and is understood to comprise of more than just humanitarian aid – which until recently was the only focus of Australia’s aid to Zimbabwe.

“Australia will provide $10 million (Australian dollars) to help Prime Minister Tsvangirai and the so-called inclusive Government of Zimbabwe to restore basic water, sanitation and health services and relieve the suffering of the Zimbabwean people,” Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith said in a statement.

The package is the first from an international donor since the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 March, 2009

GABORONE – The Minister of Local Government, Mrs Margaret Nasha says there are no remote area dweller hostels which have medical personnel.

Answering a question from the MP for Kweneng East, Major General Moeng Pheto, the minister said pupils in need of medical attention are referred to the nearest health facilities.

The Kweneng East MP had asked the minister if there are any primary schools with hostels facilities, particularly those accommodating children from Remote Area Dwellers (RADs) that have medical personnel.

Answering another question from the MP for Tonota South, Mrs Nasha explained that all headmen of arbitration are now paid at B3 salary scale.

However, she said all headmen who were appointed before April 2002 are salaried while those appointed thereafter are paid an allowance.

“Those who are paid a salary are also entitled to [continue reading]

Craig Urquhart
13 March 2009

South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) is back on the ropes – this time over its perceived failure to promote the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which takes place in less than 100 days’ time.

Visiting Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke lashed out at the LOC last week for the lack of signage for the key 2010 curtain-raiser.

The Project 2010 column: Craig Urquhart Fair comment, perhaps, but once again it’s not the whole story. LOC marketing boss Derek Carstens argues that this all just a matter of timing, with campaigns planned to become more visible towards the end of the month, when the impact will be strongest.

Either way, this is an opportune time to gauge the effectiveness of the marketing for both tournaments. The good news is that every southern African country (floundering Zimbabwe included) has 2010 task teams and plans in place to capitalise on the showpiece of international football.

Shortly after South Africa was [continue reading]

source: IOL
Sibusiso Ngalwa
March 13 2009 at 07:20AM

Traditional leaders have complained to President Kgalema Motlanthe about poor salaries, inadequate budgets and a lack of co-operation from government departments.

Motlanthe was at the Tshwane Municipal Chambers yesterday to respond to issues raised by the National House of Traditional Leaders since his speech at the annual opening of the house last month.

“Section 20 of the Framework Act makes provision for government departments to allocate a variety of functions to traditional leadership,” Inkosi Mpiyezintombi Mzimela said. “There is a reluctance from government departments to comply with this.”

Mzimela urged Motlanthe to intervene.

Inkosi M G Gwadiso said traditional leaders’ pay was inadequate and the determination by the commission on the remuneration of people in public office had fallen “far short” of expectations.

Kgoshigadi M R M Mothapo lamented the “meagre” budgets given to [continue reading]