Archive for November 25th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The MP for Lobatse, Nehemiah Modubule has appealed to President Ian Khama to strike out the ‘D’ for Democracy because he has shown no commitment towards it.

Responding to the State of the Nation Address by Khama, Modubule said yesterday that the President has displayed disregard for democracy in his leadership style. He cited what he called examples of Khama’s undemocratic style. He said Khama has divided the ruling party, denied Botsalo Ntuane the right to stand for elections in Nata/Gweta; barred Gomolemo Motswaledi from standing for elections in Serowe North on grounds that the seat was reserved for the Khama family; and that the ruling party does not allow its members to debate freely in Parliament.

Modubule said these actions confirm that Khama knows nothing about democracy hence he should strike one ‘D’ from his list of five, to leave only Dignity, Development, Discipline and Delivery. He said that it is just a matter of time before the ruling party splits because of intolerance that is rife under Khama. He accused the President of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
24 November 2009

US President Barack Obama on Monday night delivered his strongest rebuke yet to Robert Mugabe, labelling him a ‘dictator,’ while criticising his regime of ‘oppressors’ for their brutal treatment of human rights activists.

Obama was presenting the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award to pressure group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) and its founders and leaders, Magodonga Mahlangu and Jenni Williams. In his comments at Monday night’s ceremony in Washington DC, the US President lashed out at the oppressive rule under Mugabe, describing for the notaries at the ceremony how WOZA members have been repeatedly arrested and victimised for their peaceful actions.

“They have been gassed, abducted, threatened with guns, and badly beaten — forced to count out loud as each blow was administered. Three thousand WOZA members have spent time in custody or in prison, sometimes dragged with their babies into cells,” Obama said.

The US President lauded Mahlangu’s efforts as an activist, saying the sacrifice of so many WOZA members is ‘testament’ to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Nov 24 2009 18:27
Simon Dingle

Johannesburg – Internet service provider company iBurst has launched SA’s fastest ADSL service at 20Mbps – but the service will only be available to multi-tenant communities, such as gated communities, shopping centres and office parks.

iBurst CEO Jannie van Zyl said the service would offer impressive speed improvements, the ability to do business with a last-mile provider other than Telkom and use of existing ADSL modems and routers.

Its 20 Mbps ADSL2+ solution will cost about R400 per month and the company will also offer 5Mbps, 10Mbps and 15Mbps services at lower rates.

Subscribers will also have to purchase ADSL2+ data bundles to suit their needs, but Van Zyl points out the advantage of not being forced to purchase an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) has reiterated its call for commercial sex work to be legalised in the country.

BONELA official Annah Chalmas said the move will help sex workers as human beings and give them dignity. Addressing a workshop in Selebi-Phikwe, she stated that sex work must be treated as a labour and economic issue. She asserted that there is great harm in ignoring the sex work community. She regretted the fact that efforts to abolish commercial sex focuses on the moral aspect to make the workers feel guilty. She added that powerful economic and other factors that draw people into sex work tend to be [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009-11-24 22:16

Johannesburg – Education levels among South African adults have increased significantly in the past 10 years, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Tuesday.

“Between 1997 and 2007 the number of adults who had completed Grade 8 increased from 14 093 000 to 19 026 000,” it said in a statement.

The proportion of adults who had completed Grade 8 increased from 61.4% in 1997 to 69% in 2007, according to the SAIRR’s South African survey published this week.

The number of people who [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-24 20:03

Bloemfontein – Free State health authorities might have to withdraw ambulances from rural areas in 2010 to service Soccer World Cup matches in Bloemfontein, the province’s health oversight committee heard on Tuesday.

This was revealed when committee member Susan Mnunzana asked the health department why it took an ambulance eight hours to respond to a call in Bloemfontein.

The department’s executive manager for strategic programmes Moeder Khokho explained the Free State only had about 80 working ambulances at any given time and not enough [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

TSHESEBE: The police have said they are still on the trail of smugglers suspected to have driven trucks loaded with high quality cigarettes into Botswana from Zimbabwe.

This is contrary to reports that the culprits have been arrested and slapped with a P15,000 fine. The suspects escaped after the police confronted them, abandoning the contraband. The police recovered

133 boxes containing 66,500 cartons of Pacific cigarettes, 108 boxes with 54,000 cartons of Derby cigarettes and 128 boxes containing 64,000 cartons of Sevilles cigarette. The total number of the boxes was 469 with 184,500 cartons. The police assumed that the smugglers were avoiding declaration of the boxes to customs as cigarettes are one of the highly taxed goods. It is said the goods are worth P20 million.
Apparently, buoyed by their success at smashing what could be one of [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Nov 24 2009 17:31
Simon Dingle

Johannesburg – Telecommunications group Telkom is planning to spend up to R6bn to launch mobile operations in SA, which include rolling out its own network and establishing a roaming agreement with either Vodacom or MTN.

CEO Reuben September said on Tuesday the money will be spent over the next five years, using GSM technology (an ageing framework used for voice and basic data connectivity by cellular networks), along with newer data standards to ensure compatibility with other networks.

“Our approach to the market as a fourth entrant has always been based on a self-built component in certain areas where we want to capture traffic, and on roaming in other areas,” he said. “We’ve gone out to MTN and Vodacom, being the primary national backbone mobile operators, and we’re in negotiations at the moment. I’m happy with [continue reading]