Archive for April 1st, 2009

Police merge today

source: BOPA
01 April, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – The country’s second police force, Botswana Local Police Services ceases operating today.

The force merges with the Botswana Police Services.

The two have been operating under different ministries with BLPS more pronounced in the districts where they were working together with local authorities, especially the tribal leadership.

They mostly served as prosecutors during trials in the customary courts.

Minister for Justice, Defence and Security, Mr Ramadeluka Seretse told BOPA that although the merger officially starts today, it could be a while before noticeable changes are seen as there are still some “logistical” issues to be looked into.

According to him, full merger could be realised in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Karima Brown, Hajra Omarjee and Amy Musgrave
1 April 2009

Johannesburg — AFTER two gruelling days of meetings behind closed doors, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it would announce on Friday when the Jacob Zuma matter would be concluded.

NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe said shortly after the meeting had adjourned yesterday that the matter had not been finalised.

“We will tell you on Friday when the decision will be announced,” he said.

Mpshe said he had not yet informed Zuma’s legal team whether the NPA would drop the fraud, corruption and racketeering charges against the African National Congress president.

“I’m still busy with the verification processes,” Mpshe said.

The NPA has been poring over submissions from [continue reading]

1 April 2009

South African consumer confidence rebounded in the first quarter of the year despite the global economy deteriorating further since November 2008, with the FNB/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) consumer confidence index rising by five points.

According to First National Bank (FNB) and the BER, economic growth has contracted sharply in many countries, with share prices collapsing and millions of workers losing their jobs.

“The global economy is heading for its biggest contraction since the Second World War,” First National Bank chief economist Cees Bruggemans said in a statement this week.

“Consumer confidence has dropped to record lows in the USA. In light of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2009

The public is hereby informed that, as a result of advice tendered to him at a Cabinet meeting, His Excellency the President has approved the following with respect to the appointment and reappointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) by the Hon Minister of Communication, Science and Technology:

That Dr Botswiri O. Tsheko replaces Dr John Mothibi as a member and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Botswana Telecommunications Authority from 1st of March, 2009 to 31st of March 2012;

That Mr Ronald Moreri Phole and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
31 March 2009

MAUNATLALA: Villagers turned out in large numbers to celebrate the installation of Gobusamang Mapena as Maunatlala chief at the main Kgotla on Saturday. Dikgosi (chiefs) and headmen from surrounding villages attended the ceremony. Gobusamang succeeded his uncle, Solomon Mapena, who died last year.

Kgosi Mmirwa Malema of Bobirwa issued a strong warning to the new chief saying bogosi is no child’s play. “Today we are celebrating but there are those who will go behind your back with divisive intentions. That happens and you should be prepared for it. You should rise above petty issues and serve the people of Maunatlala,” Malema said.

He advised the chief to be wary of politicians, some of whom have ulterior motives.

Malema said some politicians might distract the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer
31 March 2009

The Botswana Tourism Board (BTB) says it will intensify its focus to the “less fickle” local and regional market to offset the dwindling international tourist numbers.

Tourism, which is the second largest contributor to the GDP, has already experienced a 19-percent drop in arrivals as the global financial crisis stings deeper, forcing BTB to re-examine its geographic focus and elevate southern Africa to the status of a “key” market “during this difficult economic situation”.

“We are intensifying our regional marketing and advertising campaign because the market is less fickle compared to the overseas market,” the CEO of BTB, Myra Sekgororoane, said at a recent press conference.

Sekgororoane said the campaign would start [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
31 March 2009

THE cholera epidemic in the country has passed its worst, with both the rate of infection and fatalities falling, according to the World Health Organisation.

The number of new cases in the week ended 14th March was 2,076 — still high, but down from 3,812 the week before. WHO said there were more than 8,000 infections a week at the start of last month.

The weekly fatality rate fell to 2.3 percent, from a peak of nearly 6 percent in January.

‘As of 17th March, 91,164 cases and 4,037 deaths had been reported since the start of the current outbreak in Zimbabwe in August,’ the UN organisation said.

The Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights said the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer
31 March 2009

The director of women affairs department in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Matty Legwaila has stated that there is nothing wrong with the directive released on Friday that requires civil servants to dress in a manner that ensures that certain parts of their bodies are not exposed.

She told Mmegi yesterday that the directive dated March 19, is not addressed to women but targets all civil servants. “It is straight forward and has nothing that is new. It is not biased against women,” she said.

Legwaila explained that the dress code has been in the general orders and they now want to enforce it. “I don’t see a problem with it. We just have to make sure that it is widely available to all the government employees for them to dress appropriately,” she said.

The directive was signed by the Director of Public Service Management (DPSM) Pearl Matome. It reminded all civil servants that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Proffesor Ndawonde and Chris Bathembu
31 March 2009

Pretoria — Scores of soccer supporters who will descend on South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and locals alike, will have the pleasure of traveling across the host cities using semi-luxury and inter-city buses.

This was announced on Tuesday during the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding between the Department of Transport, 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) and other stakeholders, marking an important milestone in fulfilling the FIFA requirements for the World Cup.

The transport sector had signed a guarantee for the world cup that amongst others ensures that efficient and safe transportation was provided to all visitors; there would be sufficient air, road and rail transport operators to accommodate the event and [continue reading]