Archive for April 9th, 2009

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

Government spends approximately P2.2 million annually in allowances to ministers who do not stay in official residences. There are 11 ministers and assistant ministers who have opted to stay in their own houses. Each pockets P11,250 per month as housing allowance.

“Eleven Ministers as well as three assistant ministers are currently not staying in their official ministerial houses. Others entitled but also not staying in official ministerial houses are Speaker of the House and Leader of the Opposition,” said Coordinator of Botswana Government Communications and Information Services (BGCIS), Dr Jeff Ramsay.

Ramsay revealed that ministers are free to stay outside their ministerial residences as long as it is within a 50km radius from the city. He said that he is aware of only three ministers who stay within the Gaborone-Mogoditshane-Tlokweng metro area.

Parliament was recently told that government paid over P60,000 to former deputy Speaker Gladys Kokorwe’s driver as overtime in the past [continue reading]

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source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
Gabi Khumalo
8 April 2009

Pretoria — South Africans who apply for or renew their passports will from today receive a new passport with more security features.

The new passport is tamper-proof and difficult to reproduce illegally.

Chief Executive Officer for Government Printing Works, responsible for the printing of passports, Tom Moyane said the country was ahead of technology in producing the new document.

He said the new passport had fine line security background designs depicting the Big Five printed on the pages and principal and secondary photos as well as an interlock stitching, which would be difficult for anyone to tamper with.

“The passport holder’s biographical data is laser engraved on a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

A grand plan to increase the country’s cattle herds from 2.5 million to 3.5 million in five years is being rolled out by the Ministry of Agriculture. Yesterday, Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Shaw Kgathi announced measures to ensure the dream is realised.

Hundreds of boreholes, some belonging to the Water Affairs Department, District Councils and individuals have been identified around the country to supply water to the cattle.

Kgathi said the roll out of the programme started in Kgalagadi, the driest part of the country. Already two boreholes at Lekgwabe and Kolokweng parts of Kgalagadi have been drilled. Kgathi said in the Kgalagadi farmers have to drill at least 400m deep for water, which is very expensive.

Kgathi explained that the Livestock Improvement Bill, which aims to establish Livestock Advisory Board, will see Botswana set up its [continue reading]

source: News24
08/04/2009 14:15 – (SA)

Kirkwood – DA leader Helen Zille promised on Wednesday to push the corruption case against ANC president Jacob Zuma with “everything we’ve got”.

“The principle of equality before the law is at stake,” Zille told a gathering of her supporters in the town of Kirkwood outside of Port Elizabeth.

“We will drive the case with everything we have got.”

Zille filed an urgent application in the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday requesting a review of the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to drop charges against Zuma.

She said the reasons given by the NPA for dropping the charges were irrational.

“The reasons given by Mokotedi Mpshe for dropping the charges against Mr Zuma were irrational and had nothing to do with the substance of the case,” Zille said.

‘Winds of change’

Zille received a rousing welcome to [continue reading]