Archive for July 20th, 2009

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana Chapter, have decided to do away with its board secretary, Seamogano Mosanako after she joined a controversial state media organ.

Mosanako joined the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s appointed Media Complaints Committee established under the Media practitioners Act.

When approached by the minister early this year, prominent human rights lawyers Duma Boko and Dick Bayford turned down the invitations to join the same organ.

In a statement released last week, MISA chair person, Laona Segaetsho said they have decided to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
17 July 2009

Finance Minister Tendai Biti used his budget presentation on Thursday to signal the government’s intention to reform the media, by scrapping import duty on newspapers.

The ZANU PF led government in June last year imposed an import duty on foreign press, claiming ‘hostile foreign newspapers’ were coming into Zimbabwe.

An extraordinary government gazette published by the regime said foreign publications, including newspapers, journals, magazines and periodicals, were to be classified as luxury goods and would attract import duty at 40% of the total cost per kilogram.

But from 1st August, the inclusive government will remove all duty on imported newspapers. Biti told Parliament that access to information is ‘essential to enhance decision making in the global village’.

In order to encourage the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT), he said he was therefore proposing to reduce rates of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Botswana’s year-on-year inflation continued to weaken in the month of June, falling by a further 1.4 percentage points to end at 7 percent from 8.4 percent, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reported on Wednesday.

Although there was an increase in fuel prices in June, which was expected to slow down annual inflation, the rate is now at a 24-month low. The last time annual inflation was 7 percent or less was in June 2007 when it stood at 6.4 percent.

A report from the CSO says during the month, five group indices recorded a change of at least 1.0 percent between May and June – Transport (5.9 percent), Restaurants & Hotels (1.8 percent), Furnishing, Household Equipment & Maintenance (1.5 percent), Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (1.0 percent) and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs says Botswana, like other nations, can decide to lift visa requirements or restrictions on other countries even though the other parties may insist on visas from Batswana when visiting such countries.

Public relations officer (PRO) Irene Ikutlweng said this when responding to questions why citizens of countries like the United States of America (US) do not need visas when visiting Botswana whereas Batswana travelling to the US are required to apply for visas.

“Visas are imposed on each country by others and on reciprocal arrangement whereby countries can decide to impose, abolish or put in abeyance the visa regime between the [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-07-19 22:19

Johannesburg – The ANC on Sunday distanced itself from adverts on its website offering services including free porn and penis enlargements.

“The African National Congress (ANC) wishes to distance itself from a selection of embarrassing links placed on the organisation’s website by someone who has hacked into the ANC site,” said spokesperson Brian Sokutu.

“The ANC will take all the necessary steps to remove the adverts – some advertising pornography – which have nothing to do with the ANC.

“We did not place the content and have no relation with the person that hacked into our [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
RYDER GABATHUSE
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: President Ian Khama is expected to create a platform to bring councillors and ministers together to discuss development issues. The new initiative will include opposition councillors, it was announced at a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) indoor meeting addressed by Khama at the Phase IV Hall.

The meeting was attended by councillors and ministers. Briefing journalists after the Wednesday afternoon meeting, BDP executive secretary Dr Comma Serema indicated that Khama has informed the party structures that he was planning to enhance development in the local authorities. He stressed that through the proposed forum, ministers will be able to visit councils and address them on pertinent issues. This will help improve project implementation.”Khama has noted an important need for [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-07-19 21:11

Zimbabwe’s coalition government still has many challenges to face.

Harare – Zimbabwe’s Attorney-General is refusing to hand back the passport of Roy Bennett, a senior Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party official, five months after it was confiscated when he was accused of sabotage, MDC officials said on Sunday.

The white former farmer is the No 3 in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party and Zimbabwe’s deputy agriculture minister-designate.

He is also one of about 50 MDC officials to have been prosecuted since Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe formed a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MPHO TLALE
Correspondent

Botswana continues to be lowly ranked in the travel and tourism industry mainly because of the country’s poor tourism infrastructure, especially its undeveloped air transport system.

According the Travel and Tourism (T&T) Competitiveness Report compiled by the World Economic Forum, Botswana has been ranked 79 out of 133 countries for this year.

Although this is a slight improvement from 87 it got last year, a senior researcher with the Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC), Dr Phumzile Magagula-Thobokwe, says the need for continuous improvement is critical.

Speaking at the Fourth Tourism Pitso at the GICC on Tuesday, Magagula-Thobokwe said Botswana scored the worst points in areas of Human and Cultural Resources, Air and [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 20 2009 at 08:44AM
By Lavern de Vries

Police say they are working with cellular service provider Vodacom to trace the victims of a multi-million rand SMS banking authentication scam, which has been described by a top security firm as the first con of its kind.

Gauteng police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said members of the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Unit were liaising with their counterparts across the country to determine how many people had been affected by the rip-off.

At this stage it is not known how many of the clients were from Cape Town.

Costin Raiu, chief security ex-pert at Kaspersky Lab, said banks should use better and more advanced technology to stay a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MPHO TLALE
Correspondent

The Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) is currently working on new regulations to provide the framework in which a liberalised market is expected to operate.

This was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer of CAAB, Meshesha Belayneh, at the recently held Tourism Pitso at the GICC.

Belayneh said in an attempt to make these regulations less stringent, a consultation was held with all stakeholders whose input has been incorporated in the new regulations.

“It is therefore hoped that the licensing regulations for both domestic and international services will [continue reading]