Archive for June 7th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Council of the Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) will provide a forum for the sector to take stock of their performance and to reaffirm their commitment to community service.

The national NGO week will be held in Gaborone at the Botswana National Youth Council grounds from June 15-19, 2009 under the theme “Dignity, Discipline, Development and Democracy (4Ds), our stake and contribution”. Speaking at a press conference held at the UNDP head offices yesterday, the BOCONGO Secretary General, Reverend Mosweu Simane, revealed that the programme of the event will feature public debates on NGO policy dialogue, code of conduct, the ‘Four Ds’, gender protocol, Media Practitioners Act and the SADC Poverty Observatory and civil society input.

“We chose the 4Ds as the theme as they are the principles governing the [continue reading]

source: SABC News

The South African government has been held responsible for failing to protect the rights of one its citizens against Zimbabwe’s Land Redistribution Programme. The Constitutional Court this morning upheld a High Court judgment which ruled the South African government should have offered 75-year-old Crawford Von Abo the necessary protection against the land grabs that took place from 1997.

The Free State farmer lost 14 farms and several businesses as a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
04 June 2009

Recently elected South African President Jacob Zuma is already facing criticism for not taking a hard line with Robert Mugabe, after his State of the Nation address on Wednesday was widely rated as unsuccessful.

Analysts are criticising Zuma’s speech for failing to inspire hope that he can set South Africa on a new, positive course. Despite pledges to create more job opportunities in the country, where more than four million people are unemployed, analysts have argued the goals are too ambitious, with no clear direction given by the president.

The public address focused almost entirely on domestic issues, with only passing mention being given to the crisis across the border in Zimbabwe. Although the President acknowledged that South Africa and the Southern African region as a whole had been negatively impacted by the crisis, he failed to take a much-needed stand on the issue. Critics have argued that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

After 17 years of self-reliance, Botswana has finally succumbed to the global credit crisis and made its first borrowing to support its unusual budget deficit.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday announced it had approved a US$1.5 billion (P10.5 billion) loan to Botswana to help the country in that regard.

Describing Botswana as one of the best managed economies in Africa, AfDB president Donald Kaberuka said the loan fell within the framework of the recently approved strategy by the Bank to provide support to member countries affected by the global financial crisis and was the largest such facility ever granted by the Bank.

“The Budget Support Loan is designed to fill part of the gap in the government’s 2009/2010 budget deficit currently estimated at 13.5 percent of GDP caused by falling commodity prices, particularly diamonds,” Kaberuka said in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
5 June 2009

Johannesburg — Five African Heads of State have confirmed their attendance for the Word Economic Forum (WEF) scheduled for next week.

“Heads of State who had confirmed their participation included Presidents Jacob Zuma, Kenya’s Raila Amolo Odinga, Lesotho’s Pakalitha Mosisili, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Zambia’s Rupiah Bwezani Banda,” said WEF Director Head of Africa Katherine Tweedie.

She was briefing media on Friday ahead of the three-day WEF which kicks-off on Wednesday in Cape Town.
Ms Tweedie said “almost the whole South African cabinet” as well as over 800 participants from 50 countries were going to attend the forum.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi are among some of cabinet members expected at the forum.
Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Arthur Mutambara is also expected.
She added that she looked forward to the dialogue between [continue reading]