Archive for July 19th, 2009

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

Rejects Media Practitioners Act And Could take issue of extra judicial killings to ICC

The Law Society of Botswana has resolved not to recommend any of their members to chair the Media Council as prescribed by article 15 of the draconian Media Practitioners Act . The chairperson of the Law Society, Mr. Tebogo Sebego told The Gazette that at a meeting they held in Francistown, members resolved after the LSB Council sought their views on the matter.

The decision by the LSB comes after Parliament passed the Media Practitioners Act of 2008 in October last year which has drawn condemnation from both the media and civil society. The LSB had initially issued a press statement that they are obliged by the law to recommend one of their members to chair the Media Council as stipulated by [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 Alex Bell
16 July 2009

As the everyday reality in Zimbabwe remains bleak, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will continue his efforts to woo potential investors later this month.

Tsvangirai is set to address a business initiative gala dinner, being held in Johannesburg on the 31st July. The indaba, which will draw key business experts and policy makers from all over the world, will focus mainly on matters to do with the Southern African business climate, investment opportunities and property protection rights. The Prime Minister is expected to brief delegates gathered there on the conditions and merits of investing in Zimbabwe.

The country’s image as a safe investment destination had been all but destroyed by years of dictatorial rule by Robert Mugabe. The inclusion of the MDC in the unity government had originally raised hope that investment would be forthcoming. But potential investors have made it clear that real change must be evident in the country before developmental aid for the government will be made available.

Such change is still a long way off, and [continue reading]