Archive for June 2nd, 2009

source: Standay Standard
by Reuben Pitse

In about four months time, the Botswana police will introduce a new device, the MorphoRapID, which is able to make on the spot identification quicker and easier.

The purpose of the device is “to quickly check the identity (fast identification) of a person using one or two index fingerprints”.

The man behind the multi million pula project predicts that the small device will increase the apprehending and arrest of wanted criminals.

Interviewed by Sunday Standard, Assistant Commission Lesetedi said, “If things proceed according to our plans, the device will be introduced at various police stations by the end of September this year.”

Lesetedi said that the devise will be used either at road blocks, randomly or [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Patricia Maganu
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: be Mobile competitiveness has a significant relevance to the current trying economic conditions. be Mobile Head of Sales and Distribution, Mokgethi Magapa, said this at a dinner dance hosted by BTC at the first night of the BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair at Tati River Lodge in Francistown.

The theme of this year’s northern trade fair was ‘Competitiveness: Strategy for Growth’ and it was held in Francistown from May 28 to May 31.

Magapa said that economic recession or depression had the same effects to varying degrees or stages for all countries, developed and underdeveloped.

He further said that Botswana now belongs to the global village and the implications are that the world has been turned into a single market in which [continue reading]

1 June 2009

Critical portions of the 15 000km Seacom undersea fibre-optic data cable linking southern and east Africa, Europe and south Asia, and its associated land-based infrastructure, have been completed on schedule.

These include the branching units and shore-ends necessary to direct the traffic to the landing stations across eastern and southern Africa. All cable landing stations have also been completed and are operational.

Testing is currently under way, and the system is set to go live in July.

“The team has made tremendous progress over the past couple of months and we are truly excited to finally have the finish line in sight,” Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy said in a statement last week.

The entire system will be operated and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Walter Marwizi
30 May 2009

Harare — THE United Nations (UN) has revised its Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for Zimbabwe as the body seeks to align its emergency response programmes with the new political environment.
The new appeal, to be launched in Harare tomorrow, could reach the US$700 million mark, it was suggested yesterday.
In the initial 2009 appeal drafted in November last year, 35 appealing agencies sought US$550 million to fund a worsening humanitarian situation in the country.

In a plea to donors, the UN said the money was needed to fund emergency responses aimed at saving and preventing the loss of lives, assisting displaced populations and restoring livelihoods in Zimbabwe.
Aid agencies and other NGOs had identified Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, Matabeleland North and South and the Midlands as priority areas.

Sources said yesterday the appealing bodies went back to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Patricia Maganu
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) fair has been branded a success story by the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Duke Lefhoko.

He said this when he was officially opening the 15th annual BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair (BNTF) on the theme of ‘Competitiveness: Strategy for Growth’ in Francistown on Saturday.

Lefhoko said since the fair started in 1994, it has become a permanent event on the calendar of Francistown. “Public interest has increased and that is testimony of this success story,” he said.

Lefhoko further noted that the private sector had contributed significantly to the growth of BOCCIM. “It is commendable that the private sector also found it fit to make BOCCIM a [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 01 2009

The petrol pump price will rise by up to 17 cents a litre, about two percent, on Wednesday, the department of energy said on Monday, revising an increase announced last week.

It said in a statement the wholesale diesel price would fall by up to 12.5 cents a litre, rather than the 13.9 cents announced on May 29.

A litre of 95 grade petrol would rise by 15 cents a litre to R7,50 in the industrial and financial hub Gauteng region, but by 17 cents to R7,27 in coastal areas.

The department said last week the price of petrol would rise [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
01 June 2009

The MDC used a national conference over the weekend to call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to convene an extraordinary summit, to tackle the outstanding issues plaguing the coalition government. Over 1000 party delegates converged on Harare for the first national conference since the MDC entered into the shaky coalition government with ZANU PF.

Spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Newsreel on Monday that delegates resolved that Central Bank Governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana must step down in the national interest. With district and provincial reports being submitted and debated, the delegates agreed that both Gono and Tomana had ‘poisoned the economic and human rights situation in the country.’ Since SADC and the African Union acted as guarantors to the deal, the MDC now want them to intervene and resolve the impasse.

In other resolutions the MDC vowed it would re-engage civil society groups in the constitution making process and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Selebi-Phikwe Mayor, Amogelang Mojuta, says that the Town Council has not encountered any problems with regard to the destitute coupon system since it was put in place two months ago.

Addressing a full council meeting, Mojuta said there are some beneficiaries who are yet to obtain electronic cards and the Council has made arrangements that the old system be accessible until they are enrolled into the card system.

Caretaker, Dintle Baipidi, who gets her rations from Pioneer shop said: “Our dignity has been restored as the new system is very convenient and one is at liberty to buy whatever they want anytime of the month provided there is money left in her/his account.

“Some people used to shun us as we pushed wheelbarrows to get [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
James Karuhanga
1 June 2009

Kigali — Representatives from six African states have agreed to stand firm and speak with one voice to protect one of the largest land mammals on Earth’s- African elephants.

This was agreed at a meeting that brought the delegations together in Kigali last week.

According to a Rwanda Development Board (RDB) communiqué, the meeting followed directives by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) towards developing an Action Plan and Fund for elephants.

Established in 1975, CITES is an international convention that prevents international trade from threatening species with extinction.

“The workshop was held to help prepare various member states for [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Bashi Letsididi

The Botswana Congress Party’s only councillor in Palapye has raised doubts of whether, given its current lethargy, the party can win the constituency.

In a letter to the National Organising Committee (NOC) Maina Kgopo complains that although the constituency is among those that the party wants to add to its winning column, structures have been comatose way too long.

“Since the bye-election, the party has been polarised. Instead of focusing on party business, we call each other names, point fingers at each other as well as blame, badmouth, hate, gossip about and sabotage each other,” Kgopo writes.

The bye-election in question happened last year after then area MP, Boyce Sebetela, resigned midway through his parliamentary term to join Debswana Diamond Company. In the election that followed, the BCP polled second best, garnering 1476 votes – only 462 less than the Botswana Democratic Party. In the upcoming general election [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Oliver Modise

John Kalafatis, a 32 year old of Extension 12 in Gaborone, who was gunned down by security officers was laid to rest on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, family members, friends, politicians and sympathisers gathered at the family’s home for a memorial service to bid the late Kalafatis farewell.

The funeral ceremony was marked by sombre mourning faces. From 8am the Kalafatis family home was packed with family members who could not hide their disbelief as they showered in tears of grief.
From the family home, the deceased’s corpse, in a white casket, was taken to St Bernadette Catholic Church for a brief service.

The elderly Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, Jacobus Van Der Riet, bid the deceased farewell. The bishop read the book of John from the Bible before wrapping up with a prayer.
The church service had few speeches except [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) has been awarded a certificate of recognition for its stewardship in environmental health and protection.

The Association of Environmental Health Officers, in recognition of its passion for a clean and green environment, issued the award.

The announcement was made during a full council meeting where it was also said that June has been declared an environment month in which more efforts are dedicated to cleaning of the town.

The extensive cleaning of the town is expected to commence at the beginning of next month until the end of the month. The cleaning will take place in all the 14 political wards and as such it is expected that civic leaders will take the lead in this year’s clean up.

The cleanest ward and constituency will be [continue reading]

1 June 2009

South Africa’s Department of Education is set to launch a Teacher Laptop Initiative that will make teachers permanently employed by the state eligible for a monthly allowance to buy a laptop computer from 1 July.

The department says in a statement that the initiative is part of its strategy to improve information communication technologies (ICTs) in teaching and learning in South Africa.
ICT in teaching, learning

A monthly allowance will be paid to qualifying teachers – selected by provincial education departments based on their seniority – for a period of five years, renewable every five years, upon proof of acquiring the computer.

The allowance prices a laptop with the minimum required specifications at [continue reading]