Archive for May 29th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The number of students to be sponsored in private tertiary institutions has been reduced to focus more on quality of the programmes the executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Council (TEC) Patrick Molutsi, said yesterday.

Last year the institutions admitted more students than they had budgeted for. Molutsi said they had recommended that 8,800 students be shared amongst all the TEC registered institutions but they ultimately admitted 12,300.

“Once that happened we developed a five year projection of how to scale them down,” he said.

He said that when they did a capacity study two weeks ago they looked at the three factors, being the maximum growth of 15 percent as [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
28 May 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara have finally sent a letter to SADC, officially asking them to break the talks deadlock over the appointment of the central bank chief and the attorney general.

On Wednesday we had spoken to two senior MDC officials who had told us that Tsvangirai would be writing to SADC before the end of the week.
But Gordon Moyo, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, told us on Thursday the letter, co-authored by the two leaders, was dispatched late Wednesday.

‘There is one letter that was sent via the South African embassy for onward transmission. This letter represents the views of the two principals (Tsvangirai and Mutambara). But what is important is what is contained in the letter rather than who wrote it,’ Moyo said.

This highlights the problems journalists face in trying to clarify issues with the government, given the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Francis Kokutse
28 May 2009

Accra — African governments should invest in creating jobs, providing social services and building food security to shield people against the effects of the global economic and financial crisis.

They should also develop micro-credit facilities to make money available to small businesspeople and boost economies.

These proposals were raised at a two-day conference of the European Commission and the European University Institute (EUI) entitled “Financial markets, adverse shocks and coping strategies in fragile countries”, which brought together 80 researchers and policy-makers from Africa, Europe and international organisations in Ghana’s capital Accra last week.

The workshop was held as part of the preparations to produce [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Partisan politics at the University of Botswana (UB) will be a thing of the past after November 1 when the new policy on partisan politics on UB campuses will be implemented.

The UB vice chancellor, Professor Bojosi Otlhogile, revealed this at the full council meeting yesterday. He said the policy was formulated after the 2006 crisis at the institution.

He said the majority of UB lecturers and students were involved in politics. Before he presented the policy for approval before the UB senate, he briefed the secretaries generals of all the political parties. Otlhogile informed the Francistown councillors that the UB senate approved the policy in March but it will become operative on November 1. He regretted that whenever there are student representative council (SRC) elections, the majority of political parties literally camp at the UB campus, campaigning tirelessly. Those UB employees who wish to [continue reading]

source: News24
28/05/2009 20:17 – (SA)

Cape Town – NGOs on Thursday accused President Jacob Zuma’s office of covering up the existence of a damning report by retired generals about the role of the military in post-election violence in Zimbabwe last year.

Zuma’s office has rejected requests to release the document, saying it did not exist as the generals commissioned by former president Thabo Mbeki to investigate abuses never reported to him in writing.

Piers Pigou, the director of the SA History Archives (SAHA), said he believed the presidency was lying.

“It makes no sense that these people would provide Mbeki with only oral testimony. We think the presidency is setting itself up to be questioned. It is very [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Mariam Isa
28 May 2009

Johannesburg — INFLATION subsided more slowly than expected last month, but the odds are still very much in favour of the Reserve Bank cutting interest rates aggressively today.

Confirmation that the economy slipped into its first recession in 17 years will take precedence over the fact that inflation is still well above its official target range.

Consumer prices rose 8,4% in the year to last month, below a rise of 8,5% in March but above consensus forecasts for an 8,3% rise, Statistics SA said yesterday.

Analysts say the figures pale in comparison with Tuesday’s news that economic output shrank 6,4% in the first quarter, its steepest fall in nearly a quarter of [continue reading]