Archive for August 26th, 2009

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

The opposition has slammed the use of government media to discuss Botswana Democratic Party matters.

President Ian Khama last Friday released a statement which was read by Director of Broadcasting Services, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo about the current strife within the Botswana Democratic Party. The lunch-time presentation consisted of Khama explaining his suspension of Party secretary general Gomolemo Motswaledi.

With an eye on the forthcoming general elections, opposition parties have once again slammed Khama for “abuse of government media”. They called on Khama not to use government journalists to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

President Ian Khama was forced to postpone his national address over Radio Botswana yesterday evening in deference to former presidents Sir Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae.

Khama postponed the address after a brief meeting with the former presidents to discuss the turmoil in the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Information reaching Mmegi indicates that it was agreed that the parties meet again today. Two days ago, the former presidents held another meeting with Khama to discuss national issues.

These latest meetings are meant to discuss internal strife within the ruling party. The two ex-presidents are concerned about the disunity in the party. Both are likely to talk to Khama about the suspension of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
25 August 2009

A key architect of Zimbabwe’s indigenisation laws, which paved the way for violent land invasions in the name of ‘reform’, said on Monday that the land redistribution system was ‘erroneous’.

Paul Mangwana, a ZANU PF legislator for Chivhi Central and former Minister for Indigenisation and Empowerment, told an investment conference in Harare on Monday that the land ‘reform’ programme had essentially backfired. He explained that the campaign had been carried out in a ‘revolutionary’ manner, which has left the country unable to restore its breadbasket status because skilled farmers were replaced with unskilled land beneficiaries.

“The implementation of the indigenisation law has to be on a step-by-step
basis rather than be in a revolutionary manner,” Mangwana said. “Land reform was taken up in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refused to say whether it was right or wrong for the director of broadcasting services to read a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) statement on state radio and television on Friday.

Venson-Moitoi, whose ministry controls state media referred queries on the matter to the National Broadcasting Board (NBB). She refused to comment saying she was in a meeting in her Serowe South constituency and in any case cabinet ministers are on leave.

Director of broadcasting services, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo has found himself on the receiving end of criticism after reading a BDP statement by President Ian Khama on [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info
25 August 2009

Software giant Microsoft is partnering with local firm Blue Label Telecoms to premiere OneApp – a new application that enables feature-rich phones to access Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger and other popular applications and games – in South Africa.

As a result of a strategic relationship with Microsoft, Blue Label Telecoms’ upcoming release of its mibli consumer mobile service, powered by Microsoft OneApp, will ship with more than a dozen new applications.
Better mobile experience

According to Microsoft, OneApp will result in a better mobile experience for the many people around the world who want to do more with the phones they already own, while complementing the company’s strategy of bringing mobile applications and services to feature phones in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MARTIN NYIRENDA
Correspondent

The world’s leading mobile vehicle tracking device, Tramigo T22, which is positioned as the next generation personal asset tracking device, is being officially launched in Botswana, thanks to Expo Botswana.

The user-friendly unit with pre-loaded landmarks requires no monthly fee or service centre.

Tramigo T22, already regarded as the most advanced and economic tracking unit, is powered with a version to meet the needs of companies and private persons.

As a reliably proven product of high standards offering international warranty, the tracking unit was skilfully designed in Finland in such a way that it is easy to use on any mobile phone to manage business chores.

With no special handset, website, customer help, or [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-08-25 14:34

Cape Town – The R25bn Gautrain project may not be ready in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the project’s chief executive told Parliament on Tuesday.

Jack Van der Merwe told Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would not pay an “unreasonable amount” to the Bombela consortium to accelerate the project for a four-week-long event.

“There has to be value for money. If we have to pay an unreasonable amount, the answer is no,” Van der Merwe said.

“It was never said that this was a soccer project. This train has to run for another 100 years.

“You cannot spend this kind of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Shares are still the best inflation beating investment option despite the weakening of the stock market in the past year, analysts reckon.

Due to effects of the global recession, the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) is still in the red on a year-to-date basis, although increased investor appetite experienced in the past few weeks has seen indices head northwards.

According to a weekly report from Motswedi Securities, fundholders and those seeking to hedge against inflation are still advised to put their funds in the shares market due to the lower real returns on other investment instruments such as the money market.

“We still maintain that stocks are the best option given the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
PATRICIA MAGANU
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: The three packages that the reconstruction of the Francistown Airport has been divided into are such that they will be completed at the same time,

The expansion and reconstruction of the Francistown Airport began in August last year and is scheduled for completion in July next year. Speaking to journalists on a tour of the project arranged by the Office of the President last week, Rawat said package three is currently the most advanced.

“The stage, which consists of all buildings and the structural work, is complete 80 percent,” he said.

Package three will cost P160 million is being built by Zhongan Engineering. Work on this particular package commenced on November 3 last year and is scheduled for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Busani Bafana
24 August 2009

Nairobi — Forget the view of climate change as impending catastrophe for a moment: if negotiators can recognise sustainable agriculture by African smallholders and forests as mitigating factors in climate change, carbon trading could become an important support for Africa’s food security.

There’s no doubt that climate change is a threat: Africa contributes only 3.8 percent of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, but it will suffer worst impacts of climate change.

This is because of limited mechanisms and resources to mitigate and adapt to this significant change from one climatic condition to another. Examples of adaptation activities include introducing different crops to compensate to local climate change and protection of coastal areas from sea-level rise.

But when the UN Climate Change summit opens in Pozna, Poland on Dec. 1, a delegation from the Common Market for [continue reading]