Archive for May 5th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Bame Piet
Staff Writer

Vice President Mompati Merafhe has acknowledged that there is poor flow of information from government to the press.

During a press conference last Wednesday, he said that this could be the reason why there are untruths printed in newspapers about the government. He was responding to reports that government has lent Zimbabwe P500 million. He stated that the government has not given any money to Zimbabwe. He said government was only facilitating loans from local banks to companies that may have interest in doing business in Zimbabwe.

It was the first press conference Merafhe has addressed since his appointment as vice president in April last year. He was in the company of Finance Minister, Baledzi Gaolathe, and Education Minister, Jacob Nkate.

The three ministers were briefing the nation on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Last week, the government reversed the earlier decision to sponsor only those students who achieved 40 points or more in the recent BGCE results.

When this decision was made, there was a lot of panic amongst the parents as they did not know what they were going to do about their children as this was a last minute decision by the Ministry of Education and Skills Development.

The reversal of the decision by the government comes as a relief to many parents. We commend the government for heeding the plea of many parents who would have found it difficult to pay for their children at tertiary institutions. It must have not been an easy decision to make because there is no money in the first place.

Many other things had to be [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Health-e (Cape Town)
Phakamile Magamdela
2 May 2009

The South African government has re-assured the nation of its ability to contain any Swine Flu outbreak. The flu first broke out in Mexico about two weeks ago.

Last week the Department of Health announced that it was closely monitoring two cases of suspected swine flu. The first suspected case was reported in Gauteng and the second in the Western Cape. The two women have since tested negative for the flu. Government has reiterated that no cases of swine flu have yet been confirmed in the country and says it has taken steps to ensure the country’s readiness should any case be identified.

“Whilst we have not confirmed cases, we are prepared for any eventuality including treating some cases”, said Thami Mseleku, the Health Department’s Director-General.

Swiss drug manufacturer Roche said last week that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Thato Moseki
Business Correspondent

The arrival this week of three engineering experts from a university in Japan signalled the stepping up of the Asian giant’s public and private sectors’ efforts to get a foothold in Botswana.

Japan’s interest in Botswana minerals goes back decades. Its current involvement in Botswana’s mining sector is limited to the supply of capital equipment technological support and technical expertise.

Last September, a 50-strong high-powered delegation of Japanese politicians, heads of parastatals and captains of industry visited Botswana on a fact-finding mission on which they also held “fruitful” discussions with the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR), Ponatshego Kedikilwe.

Officials of the Embassy of Japan in Botswana confirmed that a three-man research team landed in [continue reading]

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4 May 2009

South Africa won’t be going it alone when it comes to powering Fifa’s footballing showpiece in 2010. Countries from the southern African region have agreed to a range of measures to help South Africa ensure an uninterrupted World Cup electricity supply.

According to the initiative, announced at a meeting of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) in Maputo, Mozambique last week, the SAPP’s 12 member countries will conduct a number of power-saving exercises, passing the surplus power created on to South African state company Eskom for use during the 2009 and 2010 football events.

Regional manufacturers will be encouraged to reduce pressure on the interconnected SAPP power grid by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Fraser Mpofu

HARARE: Botswana is one of the 10 countries represented at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) which started in Bulawayo last Tuesday.

The ZITF, Zimbabwe’s top exhibition, ended on Saturday with more than 400 exhibitors taking part.

ZITF general manager Daniel Chigaru said in addition to Botswana, other countries that took part were China, South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia.

“We are still open for exhibitors,” he said on Monday last week.

Zambian President Rupiah Banda officially opened the five-day exposition on April 30.

Former Botswana presidents Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae officially opened the show in 1987 and 2001 respectively.

This year’s exhibition will run under [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 05 2009 at 06:40AM
By Donna Bryson

In an effort to reduce waves of Zimbabwean asylum seekers, South Africa announced on Monday that its neighbor’s citizens can travel here on a free 90-day visitor’s permit and apply to do casual work during their stay.

Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula appeared with her two Zimbabwean counterparts to make the announcement.

Zimbabwe has two home affairs ministers under a power-sharing agreement implemented earlier this year to try to resolve the country’s economic and political crises.

‘We have a significant number of economic migrants from Zimbabwe’
Mapisa-Nqakula said the new regulations came into effect on May 1, but acknowledged bureaucratic hurdles could slow implementation.

South African officials have been [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Tumelo Setshogo

The University Of Botswana (UB) last week took members of the media on a tour of their major National Plan Development Nine (NDP9) infrastructural developments which are part of the institution’s 2009 Gaborone Campus Master Plan that was unveiled recently.

Briefing members of different media houses at the UB council chamber, Vice Chancellor, Professor Bojosi Otlhogile, said the media plays an important role in the society in disseminating vital information to them.

As the institution, he said their intention is to meet with the media once “every academic year to brief them on the developments that they are carrying out”.

He said the platform gives them the opportunity to outline their plans and projects for the public to be updated on what is going on at the institution. “Infrastructure development is part of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
4 May 2009

Pretoria — The laboratory results on the one suspected case of swine flu from the Western Cape province has come back negative.

Susan Kok, 58, had flu-like symptoms when she returned from a month-long holiday in Mexico with her husband. She has been waiting for laboratory tests to determine whether she was infected or not.

Deputy Director, Dr Lucille Blumberg, from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed with BuaNews that the tests had come back negative.

“Yes the results are back and she tested negative, she is well and there is no risk to anyone,” said Dr Blumberg on Monday.

Dr Blumberg said the patient had recovered fully and there were no secondary cases.

This would mean that there are no current cases of suspected swine flu in [continue reading]

4 May 2009

The second round of ticket sales for the 2010 Fifa World Cup has started, with approximately 100 000 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

As of noon (Central European Time) on 4 May 2009, ticket applications can be made via or at any First National Bank (FNB) branch in South Africa.

South Africans who apply at FNB branches must present a valid form of identification, while foreigners who apply at FNB branches must show their passports. Those who apply on behalf of friends or family must provide their names, nationalities, dates of birth and identity numbers.

Each applicant can apply for up to four tickets per match and up to seven matches in total. Ticket prices start at US$20 (R140).

Applicants will be informed of the [continue reading]