Archive for August 13th, 2009

source: Mmegi

A Botswana Congress Party (BCP) activist, Babedi Monangeng, has assured voters that there will be no civil strife when an opposition party takes over power.

Speaking at the launch of the BCP parliamentary candidate for Gaborone West North, Anna Motlhagodi, at Block 8 on Sunday, Monageng said the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) claims opposition parties could cause anarchy when they take over power.

Monageng, who is the BCP council candidate for Block 8, said they will not fight with anyone when they take over power. “Whom would we fight against because we have taken power? Why should we be fighting when [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
12 August 2009

An American university on Wednesday rescinded an honorary law degree awarded to Robert Mugabe 22 years ago, calling his politics ‘egregious’ and his leadership an ‘assault on human rights’.

The move is the first of its kind in the University of Massachusetts’ 145 year history.

“Rescinding an honorary degree is a step to be taken in only the rarest and most grievous of circumstances,” Robert Manning, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, said in a statement after the unanimous vote by the University’s 22-member board.

“Robert Mugabe’s performance and policies in Zimbabwe are so egregious as to warrant this ultimate expression of disapproval,” he said.

Mugabe was awarded the honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in October 1986 for his ‘exemplary devotion to social justice’. The university’s president at the time, David Knapp, said Mugabe’s “gentle firmness in the face of anger and intellectual approach to matters which inflame the emotions of others, are hallmarks of quiet integrity.”

Since then however, Mugabe’s iron fisted grip on power has resulted in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

For two days, the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology has bombarded readers and viewers of state-controlled media with reports that a group of youths stormed Btv offices where they allegedly demanded answers from the station management why their political rally was not covered by the national television last Sunday.

We have now established that the youths in question belong to the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP).

We state upfront that if indeed they stormed Btv offices as alleged, such conduct is discreditable. No matter how aggrieved they may have been, they ought to have exercised restraint regardless of their frustrations.

Such lamentable conduct only serves to give the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Hajra Omarjee
12 August 2009

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has accepted the decision of the Gauteng North High Court to grant axed National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli an interdict to stop his successor from being appointed.

“The president respects the ruling and will abide by it,” the Presidency said yesterday.

Pikoli, who is challenging his dismissal in the Pretoria court on the grounds that the decision to fire him was unlawful and unconstitutional, has welcomed the decision.

His lawyer, Aslam Moosajee of Deneys Reitz, said that his client was delighted but “mindful that this was just one step in the process”.

In granting the interdict, Judge Ben du Plessis said Pikoli had presented a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

PALAPYE: Botswana Congress Party(BCP) has vowed to retain Morupule ward,

BCP said at a rally on Sunday that it has the right candidate to win the ward again in the coming general elections after the incumbent councillor, Maina Kgopo retired due to ill-health. The party is fielding Jordan Makhura who was launched at the Sunday rally.Addressing scores of party followers who thronged the ‘Low Cost’ Freedom Square, Makhura said he has theright credentials to represent the ward. The BCP man has served the Botswana Police Service Special Support Group (SSG) as a communications manager. In a message meant for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
12 August 2009

The Zimbabwe Blood Diamond Campaign (ZBDC) on Wednesday added its voice to the growing chorus calling for the country’s suspension from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.

The international regulatory body, which was set up in an effort to regulate the diamond trade and halt the sale of conflict diamonds, is reportedly set to suspend Zimbabwe for six months. Last month, a delegation sent by the body to investigate reports of gross human rights violations at the Chiadzwa diamond fields, recommended a suspension until security, control and accountability systems are put in place by the government. The delegation also urged the government to withdraw the military from the diamond fields, where rampant abuses at the hands of the army are still continuing.

The government had originally illegally seized the Chiadzwa diamond claim in 2007, and set off a diamond rush when it encouraged locals to help themselves. But the arrival of the army last year resulted in violence and murder after the area was sealed off with military roadblocks and troops. Accounts from survivors of the military onslaught detailed mass killings, speaking of helicopter machine-gun attacks and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

A Botswana company supplying a wide range of farming machinery and related implements has been equipping public sector operators with skills to maintain agricultural machinery and increase productivity in the sector.

Mechanised Farming ran two training programmes for scores of machinery operators from all public service centres across the country in Sebele and Mochudi last week.

The training programme is aimed at helping the end-user save millions of pula in maintenance and servicing of major farming machinery and implements mainly used to improve household food security levels.

The training was well received by the participants who said they better appreciated applications used in [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 13 2009 at 12:36AM

Twelve out of every 20 000 bags are tampered with at South Africa’s airports every day, the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) said on Wednesday.

The company’s head of security, Jason Tshabalala, told Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport that baggage pilferage at South African airports was well below the world benchmark.

“The world benchmark for baggage pilferage is one bag per 1 000 per day, screened and handled by ground handling companies,” he said at briefing to Parliament on the state of readiness of airports for the 2010 World Cup.

Tshabalala said the target was to reduce pilferage to eight bags per 20 000 per day by [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
10.08.2009 11:19:18 A

Financial analysts are upbeat that there is a silver lining for the local bourse in the second half of the year after it plunged into a negative territory last year due to the global financial crisis.

However, they warned that earning will remain depressed and prices would not reflect the true valuation due to the limited number of shares in the market. The market fell with its head upside in the mud by 16.5 percent during last year.

“Going forward is like things will remain stable and inflation will fall within the Central Bank inflationary target by the end of the year,” head of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers have been told to minimise getting influenced by the media because it can negatively affect their families.

Speaking at the BDF family fun day at Donga Garrison, Reverend John Ramotshabi said that people have been exploited by Western media to the extent of leaving parental roles to television and other social organisations. He lamented that family ties are gradually breaking up. “Our kids are now faced with many challenges such as drug abuse due to this break up,” he said.

He said family ties are diminishing but encouraged participants to renew them so that the bonds remain intact. “As we share ideas, we change for [continue reading]