Archive for September 20th, 2009

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana is about to have a National Postal Code and Address System.

The Marketing and Communications Manager for BotswanaPost, Keoagile Rafifing, told Mmegi in a telephone interview yesterday that the system will be launched by the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology.

“We have a steering committee for the purpose,” Rafifing said. “In Botswana, we do not have a zip code that enables quick identification of addresses.”

This means that in [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 17 2009 at 10:57PM
By Michelle Jones

Blast-off, Kazakhstan.

The SumbandilaSat was “alive and well and speaking to us” after it finally took off into space when the Soyuz rocket launched on Thursday night amid much excitement and anticipation.

Stellenbosch University’s Engineering faculty’s Herman Steyn said he was thrilled.

He had communicated with the satellite after it detached from the rocket about 9pm and downloaded data from it.

“We made connection with the satellite, it is alive and well and speaking to us,” Steyn said.
SumbandilaSat was one of five satellites to catch a lift into space on the rocket to be placed in orbit around Earth.

When the Cape Times watched the launch live over [continue reading]

Malaria under control

source: BOPA
17 September, 2009

GABORONE – Malaria has always been a major public health problem in Botswana, but government has invariably reacted decisively to stem the tide against this deadly disease.

Speaking during the ongoing malaria conference, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kolaatamo Malefho stated that Botswana could now pride herself for having progressively and successfully controlled malaria.

He said the period between 1980 and 1999 was characterised by high prevalence rates and in some years, epidemics.

Consequently, Dr Malefho said Botswana was among African countries that committed themselves to putting more resources into malaria control programmes to reduce the malaria burden and signed the Abuja declaration whose [continue reading]