Archive for September 24th, 2009

source: Mmegi
PATRICIA MAGANU

FRANCISTOWN: The question whether President Ian Khama can fly government aircraft since he is now the state President could not get a straight answer at an Ombudsman breakfast seminar yesterday.

One of the participants and chairman for Light and Courage, Themba Mguni, raised the issue during the question and answer session.

He said he wanted to know the Ombudsman’s stance now after issuing a press release sometime back that then Vice President Khama could not fly state planes.

“I say that now he is the President do you still stand by [continue reading]

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source: BOPA
24 September, 2009

GABORONE – There are fears that some churches in Botswana may fall prey to international crime syndicates who launder money under the guise of donations and sponsorship. Consequently, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has warned some church leaders to wise up to such schemes.

Welcoming religious leaders at a one day workshop, Senior Asssitant Director, Ms Dudu Ncube cautioned that crime syndicates took advantage of the fact that some churches made millions within a short space of time.

The objective of the workshop was to enlighten religious leaders on the functions of the DCEC and help them identify acts of corruption within religious circles.

Ms Ncube further implored religious leaders to include anticorruption campaigns in their churches as well as circulate DCEC brochures and publications to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
KOPANO OLESITSE
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: The Regional Head of the Ombudsman Northeast region, Edwin Batsalelwang says his office is one of the national institutions that contribute to good governance. “The vision of this office is to promote good governance and respect for human rights in the public sector,” he said.

Batsalelwang was speaking during the Ombudsman breakfast seminar for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) held at Tati River Lodge yesterday.

“There are important factors that characterise good governance which include voice and accountability. By this we refer to political processes of any country, including the extent to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
Kaluwe Hanzuki
23 September 2009

PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has said land management and the distribution of land to Zambians living in diaspora is one of the biggest challenges the Government is currently facing.

Addressing Zambians living in New York last evening, Mr Banda said Zambian citizens should acquire land and develop it. He said the Government was devising ways of easing the process of acquiring land, especially by Zambians living abroad.

He said he had since advised the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Situmbeko Musokotwane and the Minister of Lands, Peter Daka to find ways of making the process of getting land easy.

President Banda said land was valuable and prodded Zambians to get plots for agricultural purposes and other investments. He urged Zambians living abroad who wished to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatization Agency (PEEPA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joshua Galeforolwe is set to lose his position in about four months after the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning declined to renew his contract.

Galeforolwe’s term is due to end next month. However last week the permanent secretary in the ministry Sekwakwa made a recommendation to the chairman of the PEEPA board of directors, Blackie Marole urging the board to start looking for Galeforolwe’s replacement. Sekwakwa indicates that acting on orders from the minister he was urging the board to advertise Galeforolwe’s post. He further asked the board to extend Galeforolwe’s stay for another four months to allow for the recruitment process to [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-09-23 22:05

Johannesburg – The US Embassy and other American offices in South Africa are expected to reopen on Friday after being closed for two days because of unspecified security concerns.

Spokesperson Sharon Hudson-Dean said on Wednesday that all US government facilities in South Africa plan to resume normal operations.

The facilities were ordered to close on Tuesday and will be closed again on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

Botswana has a ‘misplaced loyalty’ to De Beers based on the fallacy that it owes her status and development to the diamond mining company, says a South African NGO.

Bench Marks Foundation, says in a report to be released in Johannesburg today that there is a level of paranoia in Botswana related to the diamond-mining sector and an ‘obligated loyalty’ to De Beers for what the company has done for the country. “This belies the generally positive and democratic image that exists in the mind of the outside observer.” The report says the government of Botswana and the ruling elite, and perhaps a sizeable portion of the population seems to have an obligated loyalty to De Beers for what the company has done for the country. The report tries to qualify this by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
24 September, 2009

TSABONG – Communities in Kgalagadi have been implored to reflect on culture and determine areas of focus which could yield high economic benefits.

Speaking at the Kgalagadi Cultural Festival in Tsabong at the weekend, Director of Arts and Culture Mr Batshani Tjiyapo indicated that such a move was important as issues of unemployment, poverty and HIV/AIDS could be addressed through creation of opportunities for the rural communities.

We need to exploit our food, dress, dance, song and crafts in order to make economic benefits for our community. Cultural tourism sector should be driven and understood by the communities, he said.

Mr Tjiyapo said the link between culture and tourism must be well understood as cultural tourism was an [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-09-24 07:17

New York – South African President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday that the end of apartheid should serve as an example of the ability for cooperation on the global stage.

In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Zuma said similar resolve should be shown to help end the global economic crisis, combat climate change and end poverty around the [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 24 2009 at 06:45AM

Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma to the 64th United Nations General Assembly Debate, New York, USA

23 September 2009

Your Excellency, the President of the General Assembly,
Your Excellency, the Secretary General of the United Nations,
Your Excellencies and Your Majesties,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption, in 1989, of UN General Assembly Resolution 44/27 on ?International Solidarity with the Liberation Struggle in South Africa?.

This was one of numerous resolutions by the General Assembly in which the nations of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
KOPANO OLESITSE
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: The acting manager for the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Francistown branch Kabelo Nkwane has said they only ‘divorce’ their clients when they develop into large enterprises capable of sustaining themselves.

He told a Ministry of Trade and Industry dialogue workshop with journalists over the weekend that LEA’s mandate is to help small business owners with pre-start and post-start services.

“With the pre-start programme, we basically interview and screen the entrepreneur to ensure the suitability for business training. This training will show if one has entrepreneurial qualities that may be enhanced,” said Nkwane.

He pointed out that after completing the screening process, the person then proceeds to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
24 September, 2009

PALPYE – Botswana Telecommunications Cooperation (BTC) office in Palapye has donated over P2 000 worth of school uniform to the House of Hope in Palapye.

Speaking during a short presentation ceremony recently, BTC Customer Service Manager for the central region, Mr Obusitse Goepamang said they found it necessary to come to the aid of the underprivileged members of the society.

We have to face up to the challenge and show Batswana and the rest of the world that these children are everyones responsibility.

Further, Mr Goepamang indicated that their gesture is in line with Vision 2016 pillar of a compassionate, just and caring nation.

He thanked BTC staff for responding positively to the call for assistance and opening out their hearts to donate money for a worthy cause.

Your act is not only compassionate in nature, but also a godly one. For God himself is love, grace and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
22 September 2009

Cape Town — Government says it is working towards consolidating its partnership with business to reverse the high rate of business robberies.

“This partnership seeks to jointly improve our efforts through enhanced police and business crime prevention measures and improving alignment between the business sector and government,” Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday, releasing the South African Police Services (SAPS) crime statistics for the period 1 April 2008 – 31 March 2009.

“A crucial activity in this alignment process is greater information-sharing,” the minister said.

Crime statistics released on Tuesday indicate that the number of reported business robbery cases increased by 41.5 percent when compared to the previous year.

Aggravated robberies saw an [continue reading]