Archive for August 21st, 2009

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

The Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Margaret Nasha has dismissed claims her Lands colleague, Nonofo Molefhi said that Parliament will be dissolved tomorrow.

She told Mmegi yesterday that Parliament is completing its business today but that does not mean it will automatically be dissolved. “It can be dissolved next week, next month or even a few days before the date of elections,” she said.

However, she stated that it is upon President Ian Khama to find a convenient date to dissolve it. Previously, Parliament was dissolved a few days before the elections date.

It is said that Khama is likely to set the elections’ date on Saturday, October 24.

1974 – President Sir Seretse Khama dissolved Parliament on [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

It has exceeded its registration target by 10%
55.71% females and 44.29% males have registered to vote
33.69% of the registered voters are youth aged 18-29

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) happily announced last week that they have exceeded their target of 650 000 registered voters, having registered 723 617 people for this year’s general elections. The Commission was also delighted to have registered 243 833 youth aged between 18 years and 29 years.

The Commission’s Executive Secretary, Mr. Gabriel Seeletso, said the final voters roll has been certified and the IEC is now only awaiting the writ of elections from the President announcing the election date.

“We have achieved this because immediately after the 2004 general elections the Commission began to prepare for the 2009 elections. We evaluated the 2004 elections which resulted in recommendations being made to improve the electoral process and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHANDAPIWA BAPUTAKI
Staff Writer

Students at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology have boycotted classes because the Ministry of Education has not paid their allowances.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) secretary general, Aldo Motsemme said it is evident from previous communication with the ministry and the university that there are discrepancies in the information pertaining to their allowances. He said the students feel the issue has taken too long to resolve. The students resumed their studies two weeks ago. Motsemme said ministry officials have said they are still waiting for confirmation of registration from Limkokwing. However, the ministry has paid the allowances of some continuing students but left out others. Motsemme said the university management told them at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
UN News Service (New York)
20 August 2009

The conditions that led to the worst cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe’s history last year, including poor water and sanitation infrastructure, remain and the disease could return this year, an official with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

The Southern African nation recorded around 100,000 cases of cholera and more than 4,000 deaths between August 2008 and July 2009.

Over 90 per cent of Zimbabwe’s 62 districts were infected with the water-borne disease and more than 60 per cent of deaths occurred in rural areas where limited or no treatment was reaching the local population.

“Unfortunately, the conditions that produced last year’s outbreak and the outbreaks in the five or six years previously every rainy season are still largely there,” UNICEF Representative Peter Salamah, said in an interview with [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
WANETSHA MOSINYI
Staff Writer

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) Dr Thapelo Matsheka says lack of legislation on citizen economic empowerment continues to hamper the development of local businesses.

“There is a need for deliberate legislation and for an agency that can speak authoritatively about issues that concern citizen economic empowerment because right now we are just playing an advocacy role,” Matsheka said at a media briefing on Monday.

He said they are currently engaging government to improve access to procurement for SMMEs through change in legislation and other means.

“There are a few directives in place to promote citizen participation, but they are not enough to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/08/20 10:35:00 PM

Luanda – South African President Jacob Zuma signed on Thursday an oil agreement with his Angolan counterpart during a visit aimed at strengthening economic ties with the oil-rich country.

The deal will allow South Africa’s Petro SA and Angola’s Sonangol to cooperate in oil projects, said Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

“Energy security is one of the most important aspects for peace and stability,” Dos Santos told journalists.

Managers for both companies will soon meet to discuss all possible forms of cooperation, he said.

The state-owned oil companies will work [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

This article bewails the public media blackout imposed on the opposition political parties (and to a lesser extent on the Barataphathi BDP faction) by the powers that be. Political debates have been stopped purportedly because the writ of elections hasn’t been issued out as yet and that nominations for elections candidates have not been made.

What a flimsy reason. It is common cause that all major political parties have fielded candidates and that party leaders, including His Excellency the President, have been launching candidates for the coming elections. Why then should we wait for the writ to hear what these candidates have in store for us? It would seem that this is just a ploy to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHANDAPIWA BAPUTAKI
Staff Writer

Students at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology have boycotted classes because the Ministry of Education has not paid their allowances.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) secretary general, Aldo Motsemme said it is evident from previous communication with the ministry and the university that there are discrepancies in the information pertaining to their allowances. He said the students feel the issue has taken too long to resolve. The students resumed their studies two weeks ago. Motsemme said ministry officials have said they are still waiting for confirmation of registration from Limkokwing. However, the ministry has paid the allowances of some continuing students but left out others. Motsemme said the university management told them at [continue reading]