Archive for July 25th, 2009

source: Mmegi

The President’s Day weekend, that was characterised by political meetings, has come and gone.

All the major political parties held meetings of critical self-analysis at various destinations around the country: the MELS Movement in Mogoditshane, the Botswaa People’s Party (BPP) in Francistown, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) in Gaborone, the Botswana National Front (BNF) in Ramotswa and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Kanye.

These congresses and conferences are now history. The parties now have the reality of a general election before them. However, we note that [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
22 July 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is set to meet SADC chairman and South African President Jacob Zuma over the weekend, in an attempt to push the regional bloc to convene an urgent meeting and deal with the remaining issues in the Global Political Agreement.

Zuma, who holds the rotating chairmanship of SADC, was sent a letter by Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara two months ago, asking for assistance in resolving outstanding disputes in the inclusive government.

A SADC meeting was mooted for the end of this month but reports suggest it might be deferred until some time in September, forcing Tsvangirai to seek an urgent meeting with Zuma.

James Maridadi, Tsvangirai’s spokesman, confirmed the Prime Minister was expected to [continue reading]

24 July 2009

South Africans’ low level of savings was cause for concern, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the release of the Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index in Johannesburg on Thursday.

“We have to attract foreign investment because savings in South Africa are so low,” Gordhan

The index showed clearly that South Africans were “not making great progress” when it came to saving, Gordhan said.

“I am going to do a PR exercise and recommend RSA retail savings bonds. Treasury is even thinking of increasing the level of investment permitted for these bonds. They are our contribution to increasing savings in South Africa.”

Gordhan said the Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index was an important tool that served as a reminder of the negative consequences felt by a large number of [continue reading]

Serema to be fired?

source: Mmegi

Kanye: With victory for the Kedikilwe/Kwelagobe faction there is looming fear that the incoming Central Committee might fire the party’s executive secretary, Dr Comma Serema and some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) employees perceived to be aligned to the outgoing Central Committee largely dominated by the Nkate/Merafhe faction.

Over the weekend Daniel Kwelagobe and those aligned to his faction were elected into the BDP’s leadership. Kwelagobe beat Tebelelo Seretse to reclaim his place at the BDP high table as party chair.

Prior to the BDP congress campaigns put the party’s secretariat in the spotlight with Serema being accused of sympathising with [continue reading]

DK beats Khama/Seretse

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 07:33

New faces: Motswaledi, Wynter and Mmusi
Barataphathi crash Khama’s favourites

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) national congress which was held in Kanye over the long weekend has produced a new central committee. Daniel Kwelagobe proved again that he is the BDP strongman, outwitting President Lt Gen Ian Khama’s ideal candidate Tebelelo Seretse by 508 votes to 488 votes in a tight chairmanship contest.

The race was a tight call because of the many dynamics that were involved in the buildup. It was seen as the most fiercely contested BDP national congress elections, with the leader of the party openly taking sides with one of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
2009-07-22 12:45

Johannesburg – The home affairs ministry is hoping to have a new system speeding up airport queues in place by November – in time for the 2010 World Cup, officials said on Wednesday.

“We are targeting November of this year to deploy the system fully,” Khodr Akil, vice president for IT aviation specialist Sita in the Middle East and Africa, told a press briefing in Johannesburg.

Home affairs spokesperson Siobhan McCarthy said this would be in time to deal with the expected 500 000 visitors to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.

“By the time 2010 comes, we would have already had [continue reading]