Archive for October 6th, 2009

source: Mmegi
By Patricia Maganu
Staff Writer

GABORONE: Blogging can help coverage and elections monitoring. Odesanjo Macha, WHO sub-Saharan Africa Editor for Global Voices Online, highlighted this at a training workshop held for the media in Gaborone earlier this week.

AEP offered the training in collaboration with Pen Plus Bytes and Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).

The workshop was aimed at training media practitioners in covering elections, using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

He said that journalists could instantly report on elections using blogging where they would be able to report regularly on a designed page for the country what was [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
04.10.2009 9:23:53 P

Botswana is aiming to get its envisaged diamond exchange running “as soon as possible”, as another move planned to widen the benefits that could be derived from the diamond industry.
Big players in the government enclave and the newly established Diamond Hub have pointed out that they are working around the clock.

“We want to start as soon as possible but we need to understand that we want to establish something big,” Director for Mineral Affairs, Nchidzi Mmolawa, said giving an example with the diamond exchange at the heart of Antwerp.
The exchange, whose details are [continue reading]

Hotmail passwords hacked

source: News24
2009-10-05 21:17

San Francisco – The passwords to more than 10 000 Hotmail accounts were hacked and posted on an online forum used by software developers, according to a report on Monday on the website

Microsoft said it was investigating the report.

“We’re actively investigating the situation and will take appropriate steps as rapidly as possible,” a spokesperson said.

According to Neowin, the list was posted on Friday at but has since been taken down.

The site said it had seen parts of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Kagiso Sekokonyane
Staff Writer

HYDERABAD: The Indo-Africa Pharma Business Meet ended in Hyderabad, India last week. The meeting was organised by the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (PHARMEXCIL).

PHARMEXCIL is a body of pharmaceutical companies set up by the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Botswana was among the 14 African countries invited to the meeting. Representatives from the Botswana pharmaceutical industry and the government Department of Drug Regulation Unit (DRU) attended the meeting from [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-10-05 19:05

Johannesburg – Accusations of farmers asking “excessive” prices for their land will not detract from the “dismal failure” of land reform, Agri SA said on Monday.

The organisation said it was responding to alleged comments by the Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti in Kwazulu-Natal on Sunday.

“The minister… lapsed into political rhetoric of accusations aimed at farmers to detract from the dismal failure of land reform,” Agri SA president Johannes Möller said in a statement.

He said allegations that farmers wanted excessive prices for their land did not take into account valuation processes and market prices – which were [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
04.10.2009 9:21:26 P

Tati Nickel Mine, Botswana’s operations of Norilsk Nickel giant, said Tuesday that it is “cautiously optimistic” about the global base metal prices’ recovery that brought hope of a re-bound of an economic boom that once twinkled the economy of the northern parts of the country.

Sebetela Sebetela, General Manager of Tati Nickel Mine, said nickel prices are steadily above the US $15,000 per tonne mark – in the international markets, suggesting that if they remain that high, the company will “keep its head above water”.

Tati Nickel mine was hit by the global economic crisis that prompted its call for “voluntary separation” with [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 06 2009 at 07:11AM
By Gugu Mbonambi

The school systems in South Africa are still far too separate and unequal and much has to be done to realise the dream that anti-apartheid activists fought for.

This was according to the deputy principal officer of the US consulate, Zalika Sykes, speaking at Durban’s KwaMuhle Museum yesterday, during the launch of the Separate is not equal exhibition. The exhibition, about the struggle against segregated schooling in America and its significance to apartheid history, is open until next September.

“The exhibition is a must-see because of its relevance to education and civil activism,” said Sykes.

US consul-general Jill Derderian said the exhibition showed how young people and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff writer

Botswana and Zimbabwe concluded a deal on Friday that will result in the revival of the moribund Bulawayo Power station by June 2010.

Energy ministers from the two countries met on Friday in Francistown, Botswana and agreed to work jointly to restore power generation at Bulawayo station.

The ministers agreed to address transmission constraints in the Zimbabwe power grid to facilitate increased power transfers through the country. The agreement was signed by cabinet minister, Ponatshego Kedikilwe for Botswana and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter in Bulawayo
04.10.2009 9:20:17 P

The Zimbabwe government has filed an appeal against last week’s High Court ruling that gave a UK mining company full ownership of the controversial Chiadzwa Diamond fields.

The former ZANU-PF government seized UK’s African Consolidated Resources plc (ACR)’s Chiadzwa diamond fields in October 2006 and allocated the claim to the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC). The seizure, backed by Zimbabwe’s military, took place after thousands of illegal miners descended on Chiadzwa.

ACR had held the claim for less than a [continue reading]