Archive for November 11th, 2009

source: BOPA
10 November, 2009

BOBONONG, – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has a goal to eliminate malaria in the region by 2015, hence member states are urged to consolidate their malaria control and intervention programmes.

Giving a keynote address at the commemoration of SADC Malaria Day at Semolale in the Bobirwa Sub District recently, Bobonong East councilor, Mr Calvin Sekwababe said it was important to review progress towards attaining the goal.

“This year’s theme ‘Counting Malaria out!’ and the slogan ‘kick Malaria out: Act Now!’ highlight the importance of tracking progress along the way as we join forces to attain the SADC goal,” Mr Sekwababe said.

Speaking on behalf of Bobirwa MP, Mr Shaw Kgathi, the councilor said it was incumbent upon the region to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
WANETSHA MOSINYI
Staff writer

Botswana’s diamond exports totalled P9.3 billion year-on-year at the end of September against the current forecast of P13.9 billion and the 2008 total of P21.3 billion.

According to Capital Securities Economic Review report released last Friday, this resulted in total principal exports of P12.1 billion against a forecast of P17.6 billion and P29.9 billion in the previous corresponding period.

During the three months from April to June, diamond exports averaged P1.58 billion a month, not far below the monthly average of P1.75 billion during the comparable period in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Kelvin Kachingwe
10 November 2009

Lusaka — When journalists were beaten by political supporters for covering the president’s return trip from abroad, and cabinet ministers and police officers looked on without stopping it, it seemed to be the last straw in the victimisation of the media. But it was not.

Despite the outcry that resulted after the incident, it seems as if the media in Zambia are still not free to work without the risk of being attacked by disgruntled political supporters.

The Zambian media have always had a dodgy relationship with politicians, depending on whether they are in government or opposition, but never before have the attacks been so intense and frequent.

Last month journalists from both the public and private press had to scamper for their safety when political cadres stormed the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication (Zamcom), where [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

Procurement is a critical function in leading organisations.

In an address to a Commonwealth Conference on Procurement in Gaborone yesterday, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo said governments and companies are increasingly emphasising the need to reduce costs, make quick decisions and establish more efficient processes to help grow the economy.

Matambo said for governments, public procurement is particularly important as it accounts for a significant proportion of GDP. “In Botswana, it is estimated that about 60 percent of the government development budget is spent through the [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 10 2009 at 10:43PM

South Africans will have four months to hand in illegal firearms under an amnesty in 2010, the Police Ministry said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the amnesty would extend from January 11 until April 11 next year.

The proposal for the amnesty by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was passed by Parliament on Tuesday.

“The amnesty provides for a procedure whereby a firearm, be it legal or illegal, may be surrendered at any local police station without fear of being prosecuted,” said Mnisi.

Mnisi said there was a large pool of illegal firearms in circulation around the country and these weapons were a [continue reading]