Archive for September 7th, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.09.2009 6:46:55 A

The Sunday Standard website, which is the most visited website in Botswana, was this week attacked by spam hackers. The hackers gained access to the site and dropped links into a number of stories directing readers to international ‘adult” websites, or more accurately, pornographic sites.

The Sunday Standard website is the most visited website in the country with the Mascom and Orange websites following far behind.

Visitors to the Sunday Standard online edition came across links directing them to the “V5 adult script Beles porno video website” which shows graphic hardcore pornography.

The practice, also known as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

President Ian Khama has announced that this year’s general elections will be held on October 16.

Following the announcement, the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Margaret Nasha said the election day will be a public holiday. The nomination day will be September 18. Political parties, NGOs and members of the public have reacted differently to the announcement.

IEC Prepared
Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman, Officer Osupile Maroba, confirmed that preparations are ongoing to have IEC officers cast their votes before [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
07.09.2009 5:57:12 A

Despite threats of expulsion by the leadership of Botswana Democratic Party, former Francistown mayor, Ignatius Moswaane, last week went ahead and officially announced that he will stand as an independent candidate in Monarch South.

BDP Francistown Region Chairman, Botho Ntirang, last week warned that Moswaane will face immediate expulsion from the party should he accede to what he says are calls from Monarch South constituents for him to stand as an independent after he was “unceremoniously robbed” of the council candidacy of the Monarch South ward during the party’s volatile bulela ditswe primary elections.

But a confident Moswaane, with the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana’s premier health institution, Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) has established the first centre of Speech Therapy and Audiology in the country and put a 25-year-old in charge of it.

Kutlwelo Mariri joined the hospital a year ago as a speech therapist but found herself in the deep end when the department was established. She relishes the challenge. She says the department was established when she convinced her boss Dr Chiapo Lesetedi to allow her to fully use the two degrees she got in speech therapy and audiology). “I am very thankful to him and owe everything I did and everything we have achieved here to him,” she says. She says they saw the need to establish the department after they received many stroke patients trying to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
by Reuben Pitse
07.09.2009 5:58:16 A

The Ombudsman, Ofentse Lepodise, beleaguered by persistent citizen claims of police torture, should be relieved that the Botswana Police Services wants to establish a complaints office by next year.

It is reported that discussions about the establishment of the body are ongoing and it is likely that the body will be established by next year, according to police sources.

Deputy police commissioner, Kenny Kapinga, says “internal discussions are ongoing therefore I do not want to pre-empt anything”.

He says he is not yet sure how long the discussions will take but after the discussions, a decision will be taken about whether to have it or not.
Kapinga also says that his organisation is also worried about torture and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Education has suffered another blow on Wednesday after the Court of Appeal ruled that it must pay University of Botswana (UB) students their June and July allowances.

The ministry had stopped paying the allowances forcing the students to move to the High Court for relief. The students succeeded in their bid but the ministry moved to the Court of Appeal to have the High Court decision reversed.

The case Court of Appeal dismissed the case with costs and said the ministry was in breach of contract it signed with the students. The court did not set the date for the payment saying that the law does not allow judges to order government to perform a [continue reading]

source: The Star
6 September 2009, 07:44
By Courtney Brooks

Godfrey Smith left his native Malawi last year to hunt for a job in Johannesburg, certain that the 2010 football World Cup would bring a wave of opportunity.

Now he’s hawking handbags in an open market, but still hopes to find full-time work as the world’s most-watched sporting event nears.

“When more people come (for the World Cup), there will be more money. I will make more money trading, and maybe then I can find another job too,” he said, echoing the aspirations of job-hungry South Africans and foreigners alike.

South African officials say they’re already [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has revealed that government plans to exclude Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)’s countrywide spread backhaul from the privatisation process.

She said one option was to create an entity that will be responsible for the backhaul to service all the operators in the telecommunicatios sector including BTC after it has been privatised.

“I had to convince a lot of people who did not agree with me on this issue,” she said at the launch of the Seacom and Abari Communications deal in Gaborone this week that will see Botswana linked to Europe through a high capacity undersea fibre optic cabling.

BTC, which was a monopoly before [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The wholesale and trade industry has grown exponentially since 2002 indicating a healthy competition in the sector with market concentration being recorded in mining and quarrying; electricity, gas and water; and international organisation establishments, a survey has shown.

According to the results of the 2006/07 Census of Enterprises and Establishments(CEE), the majority of enumerated establishments engaged in wholesale and retail trade (93.2 per cent), manufacturing (90.7 percent), hotels and restaurants (97.6 percent) and agriculture activities (95.2 percent) had an annual turnover of P5 million or less and could therefore be classified as SMMEs.

Speaking at the briefing on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The East African (Nairobi)
Catherine Riungu
7 September 2009

Nairobi — East Africa may have received the first undersea fiber optic cable a month ago but it is emerging there is no requisite infrastructure to enable Seacom go deeper into the hinterland.

The EastAfrican has established that in Kenya and Tanzania — on whose coastlines the cable was simultaneously switched on in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam by Presidents Mwai Kibaki and Jakaya Kikwete respectively — faster Internet connectivity still remains out of reach while landlocked neighbours relying on the two countries for connections could even take longer to experience broadband connectivity.

According to Africa Online, one of the ICT firms linking consumers to the fibre-optic cable, Kenya, the region’s natural highway, has only one terrestrial link to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana has been allocated P570 million in Special Drawing Rights(SDRs) by the International Monetary Fund(IMF) to boost its foreign exchange reserves, which have been depleted by the global economic recession.

With much of the world still mired in recession, the IMF says the funds are part of a US$250 billion programme, which became effective on August 28, to boost liquidity and foreign exchange reserves for all its 186 members.

“The allocation is designed to provide liquidity to the global economic system by supplementing the Fund’s member countries’ foreign exchange reserves.

“The general SDR allocation was made to IMF members that are participants in the Special Drawing Rights Department (currently all 186 members) in proportion to their existing quotas in the Fund, which are [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Obusitse Kologwe
07.09.2009 5:59:46 A

The Police Assistant Divisional Commander North, Dynah Marathe, has implored the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) to protect its tenants and customers from the escalating criminal activities.

Marathe, who was addressing the participants at a breakfast conference hosted by BHC in Francistown last week, indicated that they had recorded 462 break-in cases in 2008 in Francistown, as opposed to 294 in 2009, due to police effectiveness in fighting crime.

She stated that the reason she had to bring the issue of crime to the attention of BHC was in line with the value of the corporation, based on risk management objectives which were aimed at preventing risks that could negatively affect the safety of customers, including its future [continue reading]