Archive for September 9th, 2009

source: BOPA
07 September, 2009

GABORONE – Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs will start piloting the computerisation of visas, residence permits and citizenship issuance this month.

Addressing members of the media recently, Minister Peter Siele said the project is expected to be complete by March next year. He said other projects involving the computerisation is that of Passport and Border Control System, which commenced in December last year.

Mr Siele said the two computerisation projects are aimed at improving service delivery, work efficiency, data management, the security and integrity of documents. He said since April, 70 permits have been cancelled as a result of violation of permits conditions.

Minister Siele said his ministry has developed strategies to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana has been ranked fourth in a global assessment of countries’ risk profiles for resource sector investment.

An Australian media research group, Resource Stocks, this week unveiled the 2009 World Risk Survey according to which Botswana has maintained its stellar position among the top ten least risky environments for resource sector investment.

The annual survey canvasses the perceptions and opinions of company executives, requiring them to rate all countries’ risk profiles across ten categories that include [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
08 September 2009

Media rights groups, independent newspaper publishers and other observers have reacted with outrage to the release of a new state-sponsored daily paper in Harare, a release which again highlights the undemocratic and politically skewed media environment in the country.

The new daily tabloid, H-Metro, which is published by the state’s ZimPapers, hit the streets of Harare on Monday. The move has come as a shock to independent newspaper publishers, who are still awaiting the green light from the government to launch dailies to compete with state publications. Media and Information Minister Webster Shamu has insisted H-Metro, being a state owned paper, is exempt from needing a licence, but still managed to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The president of the Botswana National Front (BNF), Otsweletse Moupo, has warned that democracy will no longer be guaranteed if they vote back the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the forthcoming general elections.

“We should defend democracy by not voting for the BDP,” Moupo appealed. He said the most important thing is to protect democracy, which is under threat from President Ian Khama.

Addressing a political rally at Maruapula on Sunday to launch the BNF parliamentary candidate for Gaborone Central, Kagiso Thutlwe, Moupo said since Khama took over, Botswana’s democracy has been in the intensive care unit.

He said Botswana is no longer the shining example of Africa. “BDP is not for the masses. You should not vote for the BDP because it is not concerned about democracy,” he said.

He said the motion to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
8 September 2009

At the SADC Heads of State and Government meeting in Kinshasa, the DRC, a surprise u-turn has been made over the special summit on Zimbabwe to review progress of the inclusive government.

During deliberations on day one of the summit on Monday, the regional leaders had been due to discuss the months-long political and economic crisis in Harare, but the issue was pulled from the agenda. A special summit was mooted to deal solely with the remaining issues in the Global Political Agreement.

There were indications the special summit would be held in Maputo, Mozambique, before the end of this month. As of last night the SADC summit had not fully committed itself to holding this [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

A Motswana citizen, Kitso Masi has been named among the top 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World by the Junior Chamber International(JIC).

The national competition was operated as part of a global programme of JCI, a worldwide federation of young active citizens with over half a million members, JCI senators and senior members in more than 115 countries and territories. JCI Botswana is one of the national organisations of JCI.

By recognising these young people, JCI encourages them and others to seek excellence and serve others.

“The TOYP programme which runs annually serves to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
7 September 2009

Pretoria — South Africa and the European Union are set to strengthen relations and address shared bilateral, regional and global interests at the SA-EU Summit that kicks-off on Friday in Cape Town.

A top level EU delegation will meet with President Jacob Zuma and his team to review the Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) that was set up between the EU and South Africa 10 years ago.

“The discussions with the EU will focus on issues including climate change ahead of the UN conference in Copenhagen in December, the global economic crisis, and cooperation between the EU and South Africa on trade, regional development and crisis management,” Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota told BuaNews.

She said an important part of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Gaborone Regional Magistrate, Lot Moroka castigated defence lawyers for unprofessional behaviour in the Nchindo corruption case yesterday.

The magistrate was unhappy with the law firm representing former Debswana managing director, Louis Nchindo and his co-accused for sending an incompetent attorney, Vigril Vergeer for the case.

“It is regrettable that you cannot assist the court in this matter and it is regrettable that your colleagues failed to avail themselves even though they are well equipped in [continue reading]