Archive for May 10th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says that its public education campaigns on voter education strategy include reaching out to Batswana in remote areas.

The commission’s spokesperson, Mpho Maifala, said they intend to ensure that every eligible Motswana is afforded the information on elections and takes part in the electoral process.

“To reach people in very remote areas, through the information education and research Unit and the regional elections offices, the IEC conducts voter and civic education in villages and schools. The objective of the visits is to sensitize both the elderly (through kgotla meetings) and the youth (through school visits) on the electoral process,” he said.

Maifala said that the commission has intensified its awareness and [continue reading]

source: News24
10/05/2009 08:11 – (SA)

Pretoria – The fierce battle for cabinet posts will end on Sunday when President Jacob Zuma announces the names of his ministers.

Although it is the prerogative of the president, Zuma has decided to make the process of appointing ministers one of consultation – resulting in three weeks of high tension and intense political infighting.

Big names have fallen dramatically, like the deputy president, Baleka Mbete, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Zola Skweyiya, the minister of social development.

It seems fairly clear that Pravin Gordhan will become the minister of finance, with Trevor Manuel moved to a new co-ordinating position within [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Thursday, 07 May 2009

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has said that it was exploring the possibility of engaging an impartial lawyer for the case in which the State is prosecuting former Debswana Directors.”It has been reported that President Khama and his Ministers have refused to avail statements to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for the ongoing case against former senior managers of Debswana.
This is a high profile case which is expected to prove or disprove the charges leveled against the accused persons,” said the deputy leader of the BCP, Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang.
Speaking at a press conference Gobotswang said it was important that all those holding public office, through which they received privileged information pertaining to the charges against the accused, must avail all information to the prosecutors.

“Failure to cooperate by Khama and his Ministers must be seen as [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
Bathandwa Mbola
9 May 2009

Pretoria — Jacob Zuma has been sworn in as the fourth democratic President of the Republic.

He took an oath to be faithful to the Republic and obedient to the Constitution in front of Chief Justice Pius Langa, as well as millions of South Africans around the country.

Raising his right hand, President Zuma pledged to be faithful to the republic and obedient to the Constitution.

The ceremony opened with prayers from several faiths as well as a reading in Arabic from the Koran and a recitation from a traditional faith healer.

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe bestowed the National Order of Mapangubwe.

Mr Zuma swore in the presence of all assembled to be faithful to the Republic and to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

African Copper has revealed that Natasa Mining has made an alternative offer to bondholders to lift its holding from 70 to around 80 percent.

This is in addition to the proposed debt and equity subscription agreement reached with bondholders on April 9.

The offer must be approved by African Copper shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting today. Natasa has offered to acquire 2,239,034 of the new ordinary shares in African Copper to be issued to them for an aggregate consideration of approximately $1m. Natasa had offered to arrange for Messina Copper (Botswana) to issue – in exchange for a subscription by bondholders – a new bond on the same terms as the existing bond issued to bondholders in an amount denominated in Pula equivalent to $2.5 million.

The latest offer by Natasa was [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 09 2009 at 03:26PM

New South African President Jacob Zuma introduced his first wife Sizakele Khumalo to supporters after his inauguration on Saturday.

“This is MaKhumalo, my eldest wife. The other two who came after her, MaNtuli and MaMabhija, used the other exit,” Zuma said to loud cheers from the crowd on the lawns below the Union Building in Pretoria.

MaKhumalo, wearing a long golden coat with a purple dress and headgear, smiled broadly but did not say a word.

Zuma, known as the “man of the people”, went down to [continue reading]