Archive for August 5th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A gathering of trade unionists in Gaborone has declared Section 24 of the Botswana Police Service Act unconstitutional.

Participants at a three-day symposium, organised by Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), said that it is unfair for the Act to bar police officers from unionising while the Constitution of Botswana and the Bill of Rights gives them the right.

The section partly reads that: ‘No police officer shall be a member of any political party; shall become a member of any trade union, or any body or association affiliated to trade union; any body which includes in its objects the control or influence of pay, pensions, conditions of service or loyalty of the service… Any police officer who is involved in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
Staff reporter
4 August 2009

Various news websites have reported that Joseph Msika, one of the country’s Vice Presidents has died. At the time of broadcast there was no official statement as to when he died, or the cause of death.

The ZANU PF leader had rarely been seen in public in recent months. News reports say the veteran nationalist leader had been unwell for several months and had suffered a stroke in June, and underwent an operation in South Africa.

The veteran nationalist spent 11 years in detention from 1964, and was a member of the ZAPU delegation to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN – Complaints of incompetence and lack of professionalism in the Botswana Police Service are said to be prevalent.

Lately members of the public have expressed grave concern over the police service delivery, characterising some of the junior officers as impudent and sluggish in their reaction to crime reports.

The other concerns are that the police have the tendency of unnecessarily delaying cases and that quite often police never give feedback to the public whenever cases are reported to them.

“Sometimes when you report a matter to the police, you are [continue reading]

3 August 2009

United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham-Clinton will visit South Africa this week as part of seven-nation tour of the continent.

She will begin her trip by attending the 8th US-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday.
Encouraging new solutions

Rodham-Clinton will be in South Africa from Thursday to Sunday, during which time she will meet with International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and former president Nelson Mandela.

International Relations and Cooperation director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba said South Africa would use the visit to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A ruling party youth leader has been threatened with a P1 million suit for saying a party colleague cleaned her shoes with a T-Shirt bearing the portrait of President Ian Khama. The suit involves Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members from rival factions.

Dithapelo Tshotlego, a youth leader associated with the A-Team faction which was supported by Khama has been sued for accusing Kesegofetse Tiragalo-Chima of cleaning her shoes using a T-Shirt bearing the President’s portrait. The accusation was alleged to have been made at the Kanye congress where the A-Team was thoroughly beaten by the Kwelagobe-Kedikilwe faction. In a letter of demand, through her attorneys, Tiragalo-Chima, who is [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard reporter in Bulawayo
02.08.2009 11:10:09 A

Struggling state-owned airline, Air Zimbabwe, is to face stiff competition from a private-owned airline to be launched in the country next month.

Air Zimbabwe has been the country’s sole airline for the past years. It has been struggling for survival and recently retrenched 420 workers.

The airline claims it had been severely hit by the global recession that had affected the airline industry all over the world. It is presently struggling under the burden of undercapitalization, a huge debt, poor load factors and foreign currency shortages.

Air Zimbabwe is one of the parastatal companies that were on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) life-support unit during President Robert Mugabe ‘s ZANU-PF regime and it [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The East African (Nairobi)
Malingha Doya
3 August 2009

Nairobi — African governments should regulate the prices of telephony and internet services to realise the benefits of improved international connectivity, says the annual African Economic Outlook annual report.

It says East Africa’s GDP growth dropped from an average 8.8 per cent in 2007 to 7.3 per cent in 2008, and is expected to drop further to 5.5 per cent in 2009 and 2010.

The report says Africa’s economy has been affected by the global recession. It says economic growth will drop to 2.8 per cent this year from 5.7 per cent in 2008, although this could reverse partially at 4.5 per cent in 2010.

The 2008/2009 report was produced jointly by the African Development Bank (ADB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Economic Commission for Africa. It was launched in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) chief executive officer Abel Modungwa has said that the vocational training levy is designed to create a pool of skills and make employees to be more competitive.

He said skilled employees will make the national economy more competitive especially because customer service and satisfaction remains a public concern. He was speaking at a consultative event on the levy between employers and other stakeholders last week.

Modungwa stressed that employers should firmly appreciate how the vocational training levy affects stakeholders and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
04 August 2009

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki told a South African news channel that he wanted Robert Mugabe to become a ceremonial President under the unity deal, but the Zimbabwean negotiators refused. The UK based The Zimbabwean newspaper reported that Mbeki spoke to E News channel’s ‘Africa 360’ programme on Monday. In the interview, Mbeki denied crafting the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which formed the basis of the current coalition government.

“I didn’t draft the GPA, the Zimbabweans drafted it themselves. I was of the opinion that President Mugabe should become ceremonial but it is the political parties which said no. They said they can’t marginalise him because he carries a particular constituency and is a significant part of the solution,” Mbeki is reported to have told the news channel. The former Presidents apparent ‘turn-around’ will be viewed with suspicion by his critics, who felt his ‘quiet diplomacy’ emboldened Mugabe to persist with [continue reading]

source: IOL
Patrick Hlahla
August 05 2009 at 06:00AM

Members of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) have given Telkom SA until Friday to respond to their wage demands.

The union’s members on Tuesday marched to Telkom’s headquarters where they handed in a memorandum containing their demands.

Traffic backed up in a number of streets in Pretoria’s inner city as the protesting workers slowly made their way down Bosman Street into Vermeulen Street.

The union, which is demanding an 8,5 percent increase across the board, stated that the company’s failure to address its demands “will lead to us reverting back to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

There have been sporadic outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in some parts of Ngamiland District, North West District Council (NWDC) chairman John Benn has said.

He told a full council meeting that some traces of the disease were detected early last month but due to the recent floods many areas are inaccessible, making it difficult to monitor and maintain some sections of the buffalo fence. He said the outbreak of the disease in southern Kareng was recorded by veterinary officers on July 6 and large herds of buffaloes were spotted roaming the fence in the Okavango Delta and Lake Ngami areas.

“Our district remains a disease control zone with standard control routine in place namely obligatory restrictions on animals as well as [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-08-04 18:27

Johannesburg – Television licence fees will increase 11%, the SABC said on Tuesday.

The increase, effective from last Saturday, was approved by Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement.

“The annual fee for a domestic, business, dealer and lessor licence will increase by R25 – from R225 to R250.

“Concessionary TV licences, granted to those over the age of 70, as well as to receivers of social grants from the State, will be increased by a mere 8% – from R65 to R70 per annum.”

This was the third tariff increase in the last 11 years.

“Had the SABC been allowed annual inflation-related tariff adjustments since [continue reading]