Archive for October 3rd, 2009

source: BOPA
02 October, 2009

GABORONE – Batswana have been urged to enrich and uphold democratic ideals by participating in the upcoming general elections, rededicating themselves to the constitution and meaningful economic participation.

In his message to mark the 43 anniversary of independence, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said Batswana can proudly celebrate the fact that the progress they have made in establishing a better Botswana over the years has been a product of collective efforts and understanding.

He said sustaining this progress and overcoming the challenges the nation faces will require shared commitment and mutual responsibility adding that an important responsibility is the right and duty to vote.

On the 16 October, men and women in every corner of our land will once more have the opportunity to freely choose their [continue reading]

source: Sport24
2009-10-01 14:01

Johannesburg – A 50-member delegation from the 2010 Soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee and FIFA successfully completed an inspection of the five newly-built stadiums and the upgraded Soccer City stadium on Wednesday.

After travelling 4 000km to six cities in six days to run the rule over the new stadiums. The operational experts concluded that preparations are on track for all stadiums to be completed by the end of the year.

“This has been a very fruitful inspection tour for us. Where before we had to visualise walls and seats, we now have been able to walk around freely in the stadium as it will be during the tournament,” said the LOC’s head of delegation, Chief Competitions Officer Derek Blanckensee, who led the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 October, 2009

GABORONE – The Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Ms Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi says when employees deliver their best, they inspire the public confidence and their value to the society.

Speaking during the first MCST service excellence awards ceremony, Mrs Venson-Moitoi said by recognising hard work, the ministry depicts introspection of its values. She said recognition nurtures morale and excellence, something which people often see as almost impossible.

She said at MCST they have decided to reward their employees because the public service is known for not creating and providing incentives for its high achievers. Recognition is downplayed, yet it plays a fundamental role in an employees life, she said.

She noted that the objective of the day was to celebrate men and women who have exhibited exemplary behavior and [continue reading]

Goodbye ZW News

source: SW Radio Africa
Gerry Jackson
1st October 2009

On Wednesday close to two hundred thousand people from Arizona to Zanzibar read the last email from ZW News – a daily email compilation of the latest news stories on Zimbabwe.

Despite the cost effectiveness and wide subscriber base, the man behind ZW News in the UK, and his colleague in Zimbabwe, have been unable to source funding to keep going.

We wanted to pay tribute to these guys, who like to keep a low profile so no names mentioned, and we asked if one of them would like to give us an interview. That was declined but, in his own words, here are a few details of the extraordinary reach of ZW News.

“There are a little over 160 000 readers of ZWNEWS/Grimnews every day, in just about every place you can imagine, from Alaska to Zambia, via Cuba, Thailand and Afghanistan, amongst many, many other places. But the vast majority are in Zimbabwe, including in the corridors of power in Harare (or corridors of powerlessness, in the case of the MDC ministries). Very senior members of ZANU PF have been [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Edward West
1 October 2009

Johannesburg — TALKS to create the world’s third- biggest cellphone group through a $24bn tie-up between MTN and India’s Bharti Airtel collapsed yesterday after the Indian telecoms group said the South African government did not accept the deal as it stood.

The rand weakened as much as 2% on the news to R7,62/.

During the talks, there had been speculation that the merger would bring up to R60bn into SA, which would have strengthened SA’s current account and the rand.

Bharti and MTN revived merger talks in May, a year after previous talks broke down over who would control a merged entity that would have become an emerging- markets giant with more than 200-million customers in India, Africa and the Middle East.

The groups were working on a deal amounting to about $24bn in cash and [continue reading]