Archive for July 15th, 2009

source: allAfrica
Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi)
14 July 2009

Gaborone — Botswana, often cited as Africa’s political and economic success story, is preparing for general elections in October, but gender activists are worried about the lack of female parliamentary candidates.

Currently, only four out of Botswana’s 57 Members of Parliament (MP’s) are women.

They say under-representation of women is a serious problem in all political parties in the country, the activists say, and are demanding serious changes in the distribution of party positions.

“In most cases, party leaders create an environment that makes it difficult for women to participate,” gender activist Maungo Mooki, who is also chairperson of the Botswana Congress of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO), said, according to IPS.

“Decisions from the top brass within the party cannot be [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 14 2009 at 11:15PM

Talks to end a strike in the construction sector continued late into Tuesday night with no agreement in sight, the National Union of Mineworkers said.

“Our negotiations are still going on, but we can’t say we are reaching an agreement,” spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said shortly after 10pm.

“We are trying what we can to reach an agreement, but there are problematic areas here and there.”

A “sticky point” was that employers wanted unions to agree not to go on strike until August 2010, after the Fifa Soccer World Cup.

“They want to use that as a bargaining chip: We can give you 12 percent if you give away your right to strike. The issue of strike action, it’s not negotiable. It is a constitutional right,” he [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) celebrated the achievement of an International Organisation of Standards (ISO) certificate – ISO 9001:2000 – in Gaborone last week.

Managing Director of Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) Dr. Elsie Meintjies said the event was equally special to them just like it was to LEA.

This is because the certificate is a new achievement for BOBS as well as LEA. LEA forms part of the first batch of companies to be issued with a certificate in accordance with the BOBS ISO 9001:2008 standard.

The standard was adopted by Botswana in February this [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
14 July 2009

The All-Stakeholders Conference, aimed at drafting a new national constitution, resumed in the capital Tuesday, amid unprecedented security at the Harare International Conference Centre.

The police, who were accused of letting things get out of hand without intervening, responded by throwing a ‘ring of steel’ around the venue, after the violent disruption Monday. A group of Mugabe’s notorious war-veterans and militia, led by Youth Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Patrick Zhuwawo, Mugabe’s nephew, had drowned out the proceedings with singing and dancing, while throwing water bottles at delegates. One MDC councillor was hospitalised because of his injuries.

The principals to the GPA, Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, appeared on state television Monday evening condemning the disturbances and warned they would not ‘brook any [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: The Law Society of Botswana (LSB) will petition President Ian Khama and eventually have him arraigned before the International Criminal Court (ICC) if Khama fails to act on extra-judicial killings, LSB resolved at its annual general meeting held here over the weekend.

LSB Chairman, Tebogo Sebego says this year’s AGM agenda items featured extra-judicial killings by Botswana’s security forces, the Media Practitioners Act and Legal Practitioners Act.

Sebego says after a lengthy debate, lawyers attending resolved to petition Khama about ensuring that extra-judicial killings did not continue and to seek an assurance that the killings thus far recorded are fully investigated and the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Police have completed investigations into the fatal shooting of a Maun man early this year.

Mothusi Sephiri of Sanyedi Ward in Maun was shot dead by a police patrol team, investigating a street robbery. Apparently, he was not the person the police were looking for in connection with the cellphone robbery.Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), Mathews Letsholo told Mmegi that they forwarded a docket of the case to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the end of last month. Letsholo said DPP will determine the next course of action.

The DPP can order a prosecution of the perpetrators or call an inquest.Sephiri’s relatives insist that he was killed in cold blood. He was working in Francistown and [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/07/14 10:38:00 PM

Johannesburg – South African unions announced strikes in the paper, energy and chemical industries and said action in the important gold sector was “highly likely”, raising pressure on President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa’s construction workers are nearing a deal with employers to end a strike that is holding up work on stadiums for the 2010 World Cup, but are still locked in talks with employers about efforts to block their right to strike again.

The wave of industrial action poses a challenge for President Jacob Zuma, who is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana-focused Firestone Diamonds said it has conditionally placed 35,873,480 new shares at 20 pence each to raise approximately £7.2 million (P85.3 million) before expenses. The money will be used to commission a mine at BK11 near Orapa, commence resource development at BK16 and provide general working capital.

In a statement on Wednesday, Firestone said mine development planning is continuing for the BK11 kimberlite, and production commence in 2010.

“We believe that we will be able to make a decision to develop a new mining operation on BK11 following completion of the final phase of evaluation work, with production commencing in mid-2010,” it said.

The company said negotiations with Debswana Diamond Company on a toll treatment agreement for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
14 July 2009

The chaos that ended the first day of the All Stakeholders Constitutional Conference in Harare on Monday has been described as an orchestrated plan by ZANU PF, which observers say has further revealed the disunity in the coalition government.

ZANU PF thugs disrupted proceedings after they hurled abuse at the Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo. Scores of war veterans also sang war songs and shouted slogans at the top table inside the conference hall, drowning out Moyo’s speech. In Shona they started singing ZANU PF songs and slogans which include inflammatory words like: “We are doing what we did in June, winning”; “We are doing away with the Prime Minister”; and “Zimbabwe is liberated with blood”.

They also hurled empty plastic water bottles in Moyo’s direction, forcing him to leave the podium. Police eventually stopped the chaos, but many people left the venue saying they feared a [continue reading]