Archive for May 12th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Isaiah Morewagae
Staff Writer

The Media Practitioner’s Act has been described as an assault on the fundamental liberty of Freedom of Expression enshrined in the Constitution.

The law, which requires that journalists be registered or accredited to the government is made to curtail something that is not enshrined in the Constitution, ‘but that which is part of our self-understanding as people’.

Secretary General for the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) Reverend Prince Dibeela, said during the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day in Gaborone on Saturday that there is a general intolerance on the part of the ruling party with regard to people who speak ‘out of turn’ from their policies and political direction.

“Some of us have been saying for a while now that [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
10.05.2009 8:04:28 P

The Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) this week sent an agent to Mozambique, allegedly to try and secure the release of former Botswana Defence Force (BDF) pilot, Captain Tino Phuthego.

Phuthego, who in 2006 led the Botswana Defence Force C-130 crew to the Dafur region of Sudan to support the African Union peace keeping mission there, was two weeks ago arrested with three other men in Mozambique on suspicion of trying to sabotage the Cahora Bassa Dam, one of the largest hydro-electric dams in Africa.

The other three were a German soldier and architect, a South African herbalist and a Portuguese hotelier. The quartet was caught with 500 kg of unidentified powder, trying to feed it to the turbines of the dam. The powder, which has been confiscated by Mozambique police officers, was initially believed to be corrosive material designed to damage the Cahora Bassa Dam.

Information, however, started emerging on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on May 3, two days after ‘Workers’ Day’, perhaps by coincidence, but possibly also by a fortuitous act of history.

The ‘press’ owes its beginnings to the concern among a few of the educated elite who treasured the principles of democracy, wanting the huge masses of the marginalised protected from the excesses of the privileged few who controlled money and power.

In modern times, the world celebrates ‘press freedom’ in the belief that it remains a cherished component of the practice of democracy.
Sadly though, the world must confess to itself that the cruel vices against which ‘press freedom’ was established have adapted to the principle of freedom of expression, corrupting it whilst smothering it.

The drive for profit, deposited in the hands of a few multinationals, about 100 of whom own by far the largest majority of [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 11 2009 at 08:58PM

All Cabinet ministers and their deputies were sworn in by President Jacob Zuma after lengthy proceedings at the presidential guesthouse on Monday.

Each of the new leaders of the 2009 incoming administration were affirmed by Chief Justice Pius Langa, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Kate O’Regan.

While a lengthy event, the mood at the guesthouse was jovial and informal despite the magnitude of the affair.

Each of the 34 ministers took the oath to perform their duties conscientiously – a word which some battled to pronounce – and with the secrecy and confidentiality it required.
The proceedings got under way with Zuma swearing in his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe who shared a warm hug between taking up their seats next to each other for the swearing in of their cabinet.

Some oaths were taken by incoming [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Martin Nyirenda
Correspondent

BotswanaPost is redefining its operations in a bid to recruit and retain loyal qualified staff to jack up service delivery.

Unveiling the parastatal company’s road map after his appointment as the chief executive officer (CEO) last year, Pele Moleta announced that the challenges facing the Post centred on funding and sustainability – including the less-appealing infrastructure.

He disclosed that the Post is redirecting its efforts to improve the delivery of postal and related services using processes that thrive on quality assurance and internationally accepted business practices and standards.

He explained that the Post has put in place initiatives designed to ensure that the automation of systems is achieved to foster efficient service delivery.

“We want to ensure that the automation [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Bashi Letsididi
10.05.2009 8:54:25 P

Africa’s ‘backwardness’ has saved it from the first-round impact of the global financial crisis that affected the developed markets, South African Reserve Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni, told the International Monetary Fund in Washington last week.

“Limited exposure of our banks to the most risky financial transactions in advanced economies has largely protected these banks (in Africa) from the first-round impact of the financial crisis,” Mboweni told the Ninth Meeting of the International Monetary and Finance Committee of the IMF.
He was speaking on behalf of the Africa Group 1 Constituency, which includes Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The limited exposure notwithstanding, Mboweni warned that pressures from the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Wilson Johwa
11 May 2009

Johannesburg — THE choice of Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for minister of international relations and co-operation may signal a change of tone in foreign policy, analysts said.

Although largely unknown outside the African National Congress (ANC), Nkoana-Mashabane is highly regarded in the party, and was SA’s representative to India.
Institute for Global Dialogue analyst Siphamandla Zondi said her appointment was a surprise since the expectation was that the new head of such a strategic department would be someone who had experience as a minister.
However, Zondi described the move to avoid the accumulation of political power that resulted when such an appointment was made to an already prominent political figure as “well-constructed”. He believed this might prove that the government wanted to move the department in a different direction.

This was likely to be an attempt to create better synergy between [continue reading]

source: News24
11/05/2009 10:05

Johannesburg – A new member of Parliament, Khellinah Nomvula Shoba collapsed and died after the inauguration of Jacob Zuma as president, an official said on Monday.

“Ms Shoba was a new MP having been sworn in last week. She collapsed getting off the bus returning from the presidential inauguration on Saturday,” said Michael Coetzee, the acting secretary to Parliament.

“Ms Shoba was immediately taken to the medical centre of the hotel she was staying. Regretfully, she could not be resuscitated.”

The 52-year-old Shoba was sworn in as a new member of Parliament last week.

Coetzee expressed “heartfelt condolences” to the family and the African National Congress.

“It is difficult to state our profound sense of loss in words. So much was expected [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Bame Piet
Staff Writer

The merger between the Botswana Police Service and the Local Police seems to be heading for more difficulties.

On Friday, Local Police officers in Borolong said that they do not know where their future lies following an order from police headquarters that they will not be admitted into the BPS before medical examination at Otse Police College. This comes a few days after they passed medical examinations at Athlone Hospital in Lobatse.

One of the disgruntled officers said that they had already had certificates only to be told that they are worthless.

“We have been tested. We have done everything and now we are told that we have to undergo another medical examination at Otse Police College that will be conducted by doctors chosen by BPS authorities. They say that the Athlone doctors are just giving us a pass that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Sure Kamhunga
11 May 2009

Johannesburg — ZIMBABWE Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday promised to lay down the red carpet for South African companies and other international investors willing to partner with his fragile unity government to revive an economy devastated by years of mismanagement.
In an interview at the weekend, Tsvangirai said his unity government would overhaul investment regulations and policies, and a prospectus of investment opportunities would be released as part of the government’s 100-day action plan expected to be discussed by the cabinet tomorrow.
The plan also lays the framework of the government’s economic revival programme and commits ministries to specific actions and targets to make the country work again. He said his government wanted to promote a ” win-win” partnership with the private sector and the state’s role would be restricted to facilitating investment and allowing the private sector to operate without interference.

South African companies were particularly welcome, he said, and he listed [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Brian Benza
Staff Writer

African Copper shareholders have declined a takeover offer by Natasa Mining in a move that is set to open way for another hunter, Zambian Copper, to come in and take over .

At an extraordinary general meeting held last Thursday to approve the transactions and arrangements with the Natasa Mining Limited, shareholders decided not to pass the resolution.

In addition to the agreement reached with the bondholders of African Copper, Natasa Mining Limited had made an alternative offer to bondholders to acquire from them, 2,239,034 of the new ordinary shares to be issued for an aggregate consideration of about US$1million in cash, which is equivalent to 30p per share. Natasa had also proposed to arrange for Messina Copper (Botswana) (Proprietary) Limited to issue, in exchange for a subscription by bondholders, a new bond on the same terms as the existing bond issued in an amount denominated in Pula. The offer was open to [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Gowenius Toka
10.05.2009 8:03:40 P

It is the banking industry’s dirty little secret.

The eager young faces that flirt about behind glass counters, flashing friendly smiles at customers, are so desperate to make an impression and secure that all-important step on the slippery rung of the industry ladder that they are prepared to work under illegal and unfair conditions.

Sunday Standard investigations have turned up information that some local banks are subjecting employees to conditions of service that contravene Botswana’s labour laws. Scores of bankers are forced to serve probation for periods longer than those prescribed by the country’s labour laws.
Some banks have adopted a “Standard” 14 days notice period for employees regardless of whether they are on probation or fully employed, which is also unlawful,
Bank of Botswana (BOB) and First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) are the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)-listed Security solutions group G4S says it will spend P10.7 million this financial year to purchase, among other things, new fully armoured vehicles and shore up its technology to improve service delivery.

G4S managing director Percy Raditladi said at a stakeholders’ cocktail party on Thursday that this year alone they will spend P10 million on new vehicles to replace their ageing fleet. G4S will also splash an additional P700, 000 on information technology such as replacement of servers, introduction of a fleet monitoring technology, refurbishment of their control room and procurement of a “more robust secure” monitoring software.

“This investment will place us in a better position to serve our customers. Our interactions with our customers inform us that we have grown big and arrogant,” Raditladi said.

“We know that perception is truth hence our concern that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
11 May 2009

Johannesburg — The Zimbabwean Prime Minister will address Parliament on May 13, reflecting on both progress and frustration of three months at the head of the country’s power-sharing government.

Tsvangirai spoke to IPS in Johannesburg on May 8; excerpts of the interview.

IPS: What progress has the unity government made so far?

Morgan Tsvangirai: Our assessment of the progress of the unity government is that it is a positive development. We are very satisfied with the performance of this government.

There have been some incremental gains that we have scored. We have opened up schools, we have opened up hospitals. We have reduced inflation to almost three percent. We have stocked shops with plenty of food and goods available in the shops.

So Zimbabweans see this as a positive step and [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (9/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 13 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B4) 28/4/09: STATEMENT BY HONOURABLE PELONOMI VENSON-MOITOI MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE DIGITAL MIGRATION TASK FORCE IN GABORONE (GICC)

Please find below an electronic copy of the text of the Hon. Minister of Communications Science and Technology’s statement at the launch of the Digital Migration Task Force. Due to the minister becoming ill, the statement was delivered by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Festinah Bakwena. The event was attended by the Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly, members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi and industry stakeholders. The Task Force is headed by the Chairperson of the National Broadcasting Board (NBB), Dr. Masego A. Mpotokwane.

[START] [Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen.

1. Several years ago in Geneva, the International Telecommunications Union, and (ITU) resolved that [continue reading]