Archive for July 17th, 2009

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Councillors have expressed their collective concern at government’s decision to defer the signing of the SADC gender protocol, as reasons for the postponement are shrouded in ambiguity.

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor for Monarch South Ignatius Moswaane raised this point during the recent three-day workshop held in the Francistown City Council chambers.

Moswaane said that it was odd for the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Gender Links to be using the gender protocol while it was not signed.

“Gender Links is too sweet to push the government to sign the protocol,” said Moswaane.
He said that countries like Swaziland had staged [continue reading]

Press Freedom

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

A question has been posed to me to deal with through this column. Whether press freedom is a licence for journalists to disparage, write innuendos and rumours about other people? I wish to address this question in two parts . First I will deal with the importance of Press freedom or Freedom of expression to lay the basis to the answer that I will proffer to the question I have been asked not once but twice.

I will confine myself to the importance of press freedom in this article and in the next issue I will address the question.The Constitution of Botswana does not expressly mention press freedom in the Freedom of Expression Clause, Section 12. However, our courts have long held that it includes press freedom. Academic books and court judgements have explained why the protection of freedom of expression is important and thus deserve constitutional protection. The first justification is the quest for truth. That scientific, artistic and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The cabinet has ordered the Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) to immediately stop the national debates for candidates in the 2009 general elections. BNYC director, Anthony Morima said that they received the order through the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Gladys Kokorwe yesterday afternoon following a cabinet meeting. The order was delivered when a BNYC team, led by Morima, was on its way to Francistown for one of the debates.

“We had to obey and turn around and come back to Gaborone. We exist through the 1974 presidential directive and are funded by government. So when the minister (Kokorwe) says stop the debate, we have to do so. You should know that though we have not been acting like an NGO. We are in fact under government,” he said.

Morima said that [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/07/16 08:28:00 PM

Johannesburg – Three South African trade unions declared a dispute with utility Eskom on Thursday after failing to agree on a pay rise and benefits.

“Solidarity, together with NUM and Numsa, declared a dispute with Eskom … This comes after wage negotiations with the company deadlocked,” the Solidarity union said in a statement.

Solidarity has demanded a 12% wage increase while the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), which also represent workers at the utility, have demanded a 14% hike.

However, Eskom has offered an 8% increase.

“Solidarity has [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

De Beers Botswana this week hosted Reggie Bush, the US professional football player with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League and his partner Kim Kardashian in Botswana.

Reggie and Kim are friends of the diamond industry and are active members of the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF). DEF was founded by Russell Simmons who visited Botswana in 2006 as a guest of De Beers. The organisation is a non-profit international organisation founded in 2007 with the mission to raise money to support education initiatives that develop and empower economically disadvantaged people in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource.

During their stay in Botswana, the couple visited [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
16 July 2009

MDC activist Patrick Danga, who was arrested by the police while restraining ZANU PF MP Patrick Zhuwawo from manhandling an MDC MP, is still detained at Harare Central police station. Zhuwawo is also Robert Mugabe’s nephew.

The MDC MP for Mutare Central, Innocent Gonese, told us on Thursday that Danga has not been taken to court and is still detained, and yet the real criminals, who threw bottles and disrupted proceedings at the All-Stakeholders constitutional conference, remain free.

‘In spite of there being video footage of the perpetrators of the chaos, to date, no arrests have been made. Instead, an innocent young man, Patrick Danga, whose only crime was trying to restrain Patrick Zhuwawo who was manhandling Amos Chibaya (MDC) a member of the select committee, got arrested,’ Gonese said.

Gonese, who is the MDC chief whip in Parliament, blasted the police and the [continue reading]