Archive for May 3rd, 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”

C4) 27/4/09: Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister visits Botswana

The Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Republic of China, Mr. Zhan Jun is in Botswana for a two day official visit. The purpose of the visit is to further strengthen the friendly bilateral relations that exist between Botswana and China.

Assistant Minister Zhai Jun met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Honourable P.T.C Skelemani and discussed issues of bilateral relations between Botswana and the People’s Republic of China. Minister Skelemani and Assistant Minister Zhai Jun signed an agreement of P1.6 million development assistance offered by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Assistant Minister Zhai also paid courtesy calls on His Excellency the President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama and His Honour the Vice President Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe.

Assistant Minister Zhai Jun and his delegation will leave Botswana tomorrow on the 28 April 2009.

source: News24
02/05/2009 08:33 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Businesses must be innovative to protect jobs in the face of the global economic slowdown, ANC president Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

“We reiterate our message to business that they should do everything possible to retain. They must be innovative and use other means to cut costs in areas where jobs will not be affected.

“Business, government and labour should work together to minimise the impact,” Zuma told a Workers’ Day celebration in East London.

According to Zuma’s speaking notes for the event, the primary focus of the ANC’s economic policies was to create decent work opportunities and sustainable livelihoods.

The manufacturing, mining and [continue reading]

source: News24
02/05/2009 17:05 – (SA)

Johannesburg – African National Congress Treasurer General Mathews Phosa said the coalition government in Zimbabwe must be given a chance to succeed, SABC radio news reported on Saturday.

Speaking to international investors in London, Phosa said the new ANC-led government would continue to support Zimbabwe to ensure the success of the multi-party government in that country.

“We will continue to support the Zimbabwean process to ensure that there is normalisation and democratisation in Zimbabwe.

“We need to continue to support the sensitive aspect of life in Zimbabwe as it affects people. For example, health affects the economy of Zimbabwe,” Phosa said on Saturday.

On Thursday in London, Phosa told the Royal African Society that the [continue reading]