Archive for May 2nd, 2009

source: Republic of Botswana (27/4/09) TAUTONA TIMES no 12 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C1) 27/4/09: H.E. the President meets with Editors Forum

His Excellency the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, recently met with a delegation of the Editors Forum, which included representatives from major domestic print and broadcast media.

The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, the Hon. Pelenomi Venson-Motoi, and senior officials were also in attendance.

The meeting was convened to allow for a candid exchange of views on issues of common interest. During the discussion there was mutual recognition that more could be collectively done to improve the quality of news coverage in order to achieve greater accuracy and balance in reporting.

For his part, His Excellency agreed to explore ways of improving the flow of information between his office and members of the private press.

The editors also used the audience as an opportunity to raise their concerns about the recently passed Media Practitioners Act.

At the close of the meeting it was resolved that the Office of the President will continue to engage the Editors Forum and other media stakeholders in the interest of promoting greater mutual understanding and respect.

It was further resolved that an official within His Excellency’s Private Office will be tasked with facilitating contact between the press and the Presidency, with the support of the BGCIS Directorate.

source: IOL
May 01 2009 at 08:50PM

South Africa’s new government will introduce new laws to beef up workers’ rights, president-in-waiting Jacob Zuma told a May Day rally on Friday.

“We want to introduce laws to regulate contract work, sub-contracting and outsourcing,” Zuma told tens of thousands of people in East London.

The new laws — pledged in the party’s election manifesto — would prohibit abusive practices and address the problem of labour brokering, the public broadcaster SABC reported Zuma as saying.

“It is a serious matter that while our Constitution talks about the rights of all and the rights of workers, we have workers that worked for decades without any security,” said Zuma.

The ANC’s powerful, left-leaning junior partner, the Congress of Trade Unions, has called for a ban of labour brokers who [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (27/4/09) TAUTONA TIMES no 12 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C2) 25/4/09: JOINT COMMUNIQUE OF THE STATE VISIT BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. JAKAYA MRISHO KIKWETE TO BOTSWANA

Joint Communiqué issued at the end of the state visit by His Excellency Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to the Republic of Botswana, from the 23rd to the 25th April 2009

1. At the invitation of His Excellency Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania paid a three day State Visit to the Republic of Botswana.

2. His Excellency President Kikwete was accompanied by some Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, and Senior Government Officials.

3. On arrival at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, His Excellency Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was met by his host His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, Cabinet Ministers and other Senior Government Officials.

4. The two Presidents held official talks in which they exchanged views on [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:23

THE principals in the inclusive government are close to declaring a stalemate on the outstanding issues of the global political agreement (GPA), a move that will result in the intervention of Sadc to break the impasse, the Zimbabwe Independent learnt yesterday.

Impeccable sources in government said President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara met for the fifth time within a fortnight on Tuesday and failed to agree on the way forward.

The sources said the three were refusing to compromise on their positions on the sticking points, among them the reappointment of ambassadors, permanent secretaries and provincial governors.

The other outstanding issues are the reappointment of central bank governor Gideon Gono and the appointment of Attorney-General Johannes Tomana. Now there is the hiving off of communications from the Ministry of Information Communication Technology run by [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (27/4/09) TAUTONA TIMES no 12 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C5) 24/4/09: MOFAIC – Botswana Condemns Assassination Attempt on Lesotho Prime Minister

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Botswana condemns in the strongest terms the assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Mr. Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili on 22 April 2009.

The attempt on Hon. Mosisili’s life is an affront to democracy and can only serve to undermine the rule of law.

Botswana also condemns the use of mercenaries in all forms and manifestations aimed at changing the constitutional order. Those who masterminded this heinous crime must face the full wrath of the law.

The Government of Botswana commends the security forces of the Kingdom of Lesotho for apprehending some of the perpetrators. No effort should be spared in bringing to justice all the criminals involved.