Archive for October 14th, 2009

source: Mmegi

In this edition we carry a story about the recently released African Media Barometer report on Botswana.

The annual report is one of the incisive guides into media development in the country. The current one makes for sober reading and every Motswana interested in the proper development of this country should be worried indeed. At a time when the nation is at economic and political crossroads, the state of the media remains dire.

We know for example that in the last few years, laws have been passed that will impact negatively on the media and the ability of Batswana to enjoy access to a vibrant and free press. We have indicated our worries over the [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-10-13 11:13

Pretoria – The US embassy in Pretoria was evacuated on Tuesday morning, but officials refused to comment on the reason.

Embassy spokesperson Sharon Hudson-Dean said everything was back to normal by 09:00, adding that the embassy has a series of routine and non-routine procedures, including regular drills.

“We work closely with South African law enforcement officials,” she said.

High security was being maintained at [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 October, 2009

GABORONE – The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology (MCST), Ms Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has reaffirmed Botswana Television (Btv) and Radio Botswanas commitment to upholding the Code of Conduct for Broadcasters during elections.

A press release from MCST states that the commitment is consistent with the September 28 press release by the minister in which she clearly stated that: The ministry fully respects the regulatory authority of NBB. In this respect DBS remains committed to working within the recently launched Code of Conduct for Broadcasters during Elections, which it (the code) has volunteered to adhere to.

Radio Botswana and BTV thus remain prepared to fully fulfill their obligations to air, free of charge, party political messages, in accordance with Sections 5 and 9 of the code.

We have accepted this undertaking notwithstanding the fact that it is our [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The 2009 report of the Africa Media Barometer (AMB) has said the media in Botswana is skewed in favour of the elite.

It faults the media for failing to give other sections of society, especially those in the lower social stratum, enough coverage.

It singles out the government media for concentrating on the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and the private media for focusing too much on opposition parties.

“The voices heard in the media are of leadership – be they state or private.

Thus, the media is perpetuating social divisions in the country by not including the voices of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 October, 2009

TLOKWENG – President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says he was brought into politics to sort out the Botswana Democratic Party.

If there were no factions in BDP, I would still be wearing uniform at BDF the President told a rally to launch parliamentary candidate for South East North, Mr Elijah Katse and his council candidates in Tlokweng on Saturday.

The President told the gathering that as BDP, we are still a family but families always experience problems that need to be resolved peacefully not violently.

He dismissed independent candidates popularly known as mekoko as greedy people who are only interested in positions, and urged democrats to slaughter these mekoko and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

There are fears that President Ian Khama will avoid a debate with the leaders of the two main opposition parties, the Botswana National Front’s (BNF) Otsweletse Moupo and the Botswana Congress Party’s (BCP) Gilson Saleshando, on national television.

The much-anticipated debate is scheduled for tomorrow and is meant for presidential candidates to slug it out live on Btv.

However, information reaching Mmegi indicates that Khama is not sufficiently prepared to participate in what is expected to be a no-holds-barred thrash-out.

Presidential spokesman, Sipho Madisa said yesterday that Khama had not confirmed his [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 October, 2009

GABORONE – Botswana is concerned that almost eight months after the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) between ZANU (PF) and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) there are still reports of arrests, violence and intimidation of political opponents in Zimbabwe.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Botswana is deeply disturbed by reports of farm invasions that continue with impunity.

The release calls upon the government of Zimbabwe, specifically, ZANU (PF) to ensure that law enforcement agencies protect the rights of citizens and uphold law and order.

Furthermore, it says these incidents are unfortunate and deeply regrettable and that they must come to an end.

Should they continue, it says the GPA will lose credibility both inside and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE:Despite contributing insignificantly to the national revenue in the form of tax, BCL Mine has accorded Batswana much needed income earning opportunities, the Assistant Minister of Local Government has said.

Officially launching council projects here last week, Lebonaamang Mokalake said Selebi-Phikwe had evolved into one of the most attractive urban centres in the country in that way and that in order to maintain the momentum, the government continued to invest in public facilities in all emerging towns.

The minister noted that the provision of roads infrastructure, as well as of education, health and recreational facilities was one of the core functions of the District Councils Act.

Mokalake said over P1 billion was set aside for the construction of district and urban roads across the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/10/13 10:46:00 AM

Johannesburg – Electricity parastatal Eskom wants a 45% tariff hike every year for the next three years.

This is according to its Multi Year Price Determination submission document to the National Energy Regulator of SA which was handed to the media before a briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

There were other options, but Eskom recommended this option be considered as it “mitigates the impact of price increases on customers and the economy and provides for a sustainable long-term solution”.

The parastatal said government had endorsed this approach which was based on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 October, 2009

GABORONE – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has deployed 88 election observers for the Friday general elections.

A media statement from SADC states that elections observers have been divided into 15 teams to cover Gaborone, Mochudi, Tlokweng, Ramotswa, Kanye, Serowe, Molepolole, Maun, Gantsi, Tsabong, Francistown, Mahalapye, Kasane, Lobatse and Selebi-Phikwe.

The teams will be divided into sub-teams, which will ensure that every electoral zone is covered during the elections period.

The SADC Electoral Observer Mission, headed by Mr Francisco Madeira, who is minister of Diplomatic Affairs in the Office of the President of Mozambique, was launched in [continue reading]