Archive for October 9th, 2009

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

Botswana Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) will have to part with US$75 million (P504 million) to secure reliable bandwidth connection from an undersea fibre optic cable through the West African Cable System (WACS).

BTC Group CEO Thapelo Lippe said Tuesday that his company and Telcom Namibia will both contribute equally as second tiers while regional giants like Vodacom, MTN, Neotel and Zain will contribute US$100 million (approximately P672 million) each for the development of the undersea cable that will link London with Africa.

Lippe said BTC sits on the board of the US$210 million Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) to further increase Botswana’s bandwidth capacity.

EASSy is 90 percent African-owned, although that [continue reading]

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source: Fin24
2009/10/07 10:11:00 PM Svetlana Doneva

Port Elizabeth – The South African automotive industry could cease to exist in the next five to seven years unless steps are taken to improve its competitiveness.

“And we need to this in the next one to two years,” said Dave Powels, president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

Powels was addressing industry representatives at the Automotive Industry Conference at the 2009 South African Automotive Week in Port Elizabeth.

The local motor industry’s lack of competitiveness is illustrated by South Africa’s 24th world ranking in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

Communications, Science and Technology Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has made the National Broadcasting Board (NBB) eat humble pie after she delivered a killer blow to the Code of Conduct for broadcasters during elections. The NBB has been forced to withdraw the code after the minister revealed that it has no force in law.

NBB chairman, Dr Masego Mpotokwane has since sent a letter to broadcasting stations withdrawing the code. The letter says NBB “had the wrong understanding that the code was enforceable because we submitted it to the ministry for regularising on November 25, 2008 followed by several reminders. On August 13, 2009, the minister, the NBB chairman and a board (NBB) member addressed Parliament Caucus on the code, which was due to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

To say Friday the 2nd of October was a sad day for democracy is an understatement. High Court of Appeal dismissed with costs Gomolemo Motswaledi’s appeal, citing absolute immunity of the President against law suits as a reason.

The disheartening fact to note is that substantive issues in this case, that is the merits of the case in terms of whether Motswaledi was rightly suspended or not, were not dealt with by the court. The case died at a stage of a technical preliminary point of presidential immunity.
There are those who think that it was never going to be otherwise. Some among these pessimists premised their doubt on the very argument of independence and impartiality of the judiciary. It is argued that one cannot expect full independence and fairest mindedness in adjudication from a judge who is employed on a contract that is subject to [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 08 2009 at 11:36AM

Newly appointed government ministers have so far spent about R40,5-million on new cars since President Jacob Zuma announced his new Cabinet in May this year, the Democratic Alliance said.

A written reply to a parliamentary question by the DA has revealed that Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula spent nearly R1,6-million on two new cars, DA spokeswoman Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Thursday.

In his reply to the question, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 “inherited” by Mbalula from the previous administration had 150 228km on the clock and was replaced “because it was a security risk”.

The other “inherited” car, a 2003 Mercedes-Benz E240, was older than five years and was [continue reading]