Archive for March 20th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has received 731 computers with printers from the Indian High Commission in Gaborone. The computers will be distributed to schools in the country.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, the Indian High Commissioner in Botswana, Vishnu Hade said his country is making the donation as part of a commitment made in 2006. He said the commitment was made by the Indian Prime Minister during his December 2006 visit to Botswana. Hade revealed that they will give the ministry computers worth P8 million annually for the next five years to be distributed to schools. Experts from India are expected to arrive in the country to install the computers in schools and to assist the teachers in using them.

At the handover ceremony, Botswana Education Minister, Jacob Nkate said that the computers will be distributed soon. “We must be ready because it will be a shame if we are not ready by the time the experts arrive to install the computers in schools,” Nkate said.

He noted that Hade’s commitment to the developments of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Karima Brown And Hajra Omarjee
19 March 2009

Johannesburg — A SPECIAL meeting of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was held in Pretoria yesterday to finalise its response to representations by African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma.

It is understood that fraud, corruption and racketeering charges against Zuma will be dropped, with the NPA saying it was treating the matter with “utmost urgency”.

NPA acting head Mokotedi Mpshe is likely to make an announcement within days.

The NPA has refused to confirm or deny rumours about the charges, saying it needed to deal with additional information from Zuma first before making an announcement on the matter.

“We have recently been supplied with additional information by Mr Zuma’s lawyers which has necessitated further investigation, verification, and careful consideration,” NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali said.

Yesterday’s meeting at the NPA’s head office in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

High-ranking officials of the Government of Japan led by Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone, representatives of African, Asian and donor countries, regional and international organizations, the private sector and civil society, will gather in Gaborone, Botswana during 21-22 March 2009 for, to review the achievements made in the past nine months since the presentation of the Yokohama Action Plan at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD IV) held from 28to 30 May 2008 in Yokohama.

The discussions will focus on boosting economic growth, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the impact of the global economic crisis.

The two-day ministerial-level meeting will be hosted by the Government of Botswana and convened by the TICAD co-organizers, namely the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Published: March 19, 2009

HARARE, Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe and a longtime opposition leader-turned-finance minister made an unusual joint appeal Thursday for $5 billion (€3.66 billion) in international aid to revive Zimbabwe’s shattered economy.

The two men presented an economic recovery program that scraps the stringent price controls which have fueled a black market and spiraling inflation. It also sets up “safety nets and social protection for vulnerable groups exposed to market forces,” Finance Minister Tendai Biti said, without offering details.

The longtime opponents disagreed, however, over the causes of the country’s economic meltdown.

Biti said Zimbabwe had to do its part by restoring democratic freedoms and the rule of law — and demanded that a new wave of seizures of white-owned farms in recent weeks blamed on Mugabe loyalists stop.

“For the economy to turn around, we need to have good governance. Our politics must be right,” he told business leaders and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Bakwena traditional leader Kgosi Kgari Sechele will introduce his wife to his subjects on July 11, at a wedding ceremony at the main Kgotla in Molepolole.

“We wish other tribes will join us to celebrate Kgosi Kgari’s wedding. Visitors will be taken very good care of because Bakwena are a generous and kind-hearted people,” says Kgari’s deputy and chief wedding organiser, Kgosi Keineetse Sebele.

Legally, Kgari is already married – the marriage was solemnised in August last year – but there was no ceremony befitting a royal couple as his wife had to leave for Australia where she is on study leave until 2011. She will be home on vacation in July and that has provided opportunity to hold the wedding.

Sebele, who is Kgari’s paternal uncle, says that preparations for the big day are already underway. To the extent possible, Sebele says that [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 19 2009 at 12:38PM
By Gaye Davis and Ella Smook

Details of the ANC’s representations to the National Prosecuting Authority regarding party leader Jacob Zuma prosecution have emerged for the first time.

This comes as ANC anger over leaked information that the NPA was preparing to drop charges against Zuma targeted Zuma’s friend and senior party member Moe Shaik.

The ANC’s Lindiwe Sisulu told the Cape Argus last night that the party made its representations to the NPA on February 4, arguing that Zuma’s prosecution should be dropped because it was not in the best interests of the country.

The key thrust of the ANC’s argument, said Sisulu, was that if the NPA had dealt expeditiously with Zuma’s case he, the ANC and the country would have seen justice done. Instead, it had turned into a years-long, drawn-out process, running up a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Cape Argus (Cape Town)
18 March 2009

ANC President Jacob Zuma – playing his party’s liberation history card to woo voters for April’s elections – has urged members not to intimidate opposition political parties.

He was addressing about 6 000 supporters at the Bakenberg Stadium, 30km outside Mokopane in Limpopo, on Tuesday.

His warning about intimidation comes as COPE is scheduled to meet the Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday to discuss alleged threats of intimidation of its members by ANC supporters.

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota has accused the ANC of removing his party’s election posters, which is a criminal offence.

The DA, too, has demanded action against ANC supporters for allegedly using violent threats to intimidate its members.

Zuma called on ANC supporters not to pay attention to any opposition political party during election campaigns.

He said intimidating them would give these parties publicity they [continue reading]