Archive for December, 2009

source: BOPA
30 December, 2009

GABORONE – The Ministry of Education and Skills Development is to embark on various reforms aimed at strengthening prudent use of the post secondary sponsorship budget beginning the 2010/2011 financial year.

Acting permanent secretary, Mr Baeti Molake, said these reforms have been necessitated by the declining government revenues resulting from the adverse economic downturn.

According to Mr Molake, the reforms will focus on expanding opportunities for all Batswana who desire to use education and training as a tool for self employment, poverty alleviation and personal growth.

He said it is anticipated that these reforms will include cost sharing, adjustments on living allowances, the financial assessment of the students and their parents, reduction of the numbers to be sponsored abroad, the selective choice of programmes and institutions of study for students as well as optimising the spaces available in the local technical and vocational colleges.

Mr Molake stated that the government had been taking care of [continue reading]

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source: IOL
December 30 2009 at 07:44AM
By Graeme Hosken

With the fear of worldwide terrorism attacks mounting after the attempted Christmas Day bomb attack on a US airliner, South African authorities say they are more than prepared to deal with the threat.

This is especially so in light of the approaching World Cup soccer tournament.

The fears were sparked after the would-be bomber, Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, warned that there were “many more like me”.

His assertion has resulted in increased aviation security at all the world’s major airports and on airlines, including those in South Africa where hordes of fans, players and match officials are to be welcomed within the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Vision (Kampala)
Ibrahim Kasita
28 December 2009

Kampala — BUSINESS in Africa will remain profitable and growing throughout 2010, a survey has shown. According to Africa Practice’s annual business survey, business leaders predicted a positive outlook for 2010, with 95% of the respondents expecting to expand their businesses over the coming year.

Africa practice is a strategic communications consultancy with a network of branches across Africa.

The survey findings support the growing belief that Africa is beginning to recover from the effects of financial crisis.

“All the respondents (100%) said they anticipated foreign direct investment (FDI) to increase in 2010, with the majority expected to come from China,” the report indicated.

“This represents a much-improved outlook when compared to last year’s survey in which 69% of respondents predicted a reduction in [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 29 2009 at 10:59PM

President Jacob Zuma was set to marry his fifth wife, a relative said in Nkandla on Tuesday afternoon.

Inkosi Bhekumuzi Zuma said Zuma would tie the knot with Thobeka Madiba next Monday.

He said Zuma’s other fiancee, Gloria Bongi Ngema from Durban, had presented “umbondo” gifts to the Zuma family on Monday. Umbondo is the last Zulu traditional ceremony before the wedding. It is done after Ilobolo has been paid. It was not known when Zuma would tie the knot with Ngema.

Zuma married Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, his third wife, two years ago during a traditional wedding at his Nkandla home.

Thobeka Madiba has attended many official events with [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Sunday, 27 December 2009 16:36

The enhanced mandate of the Public Enterprise Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) poses a major challenge in the delivery of privatisation transactions because it requires additional resources, financial and human, to effectively implement privatisation transactions.

According to the then Chief Executive Officer, Joshua Galeforolwe, the current global financial crisis and the resultant fiscal constraints on the part of government are likely to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wilson Johwa
28 December 2009

Johannesburg — ZIMBABWEAN authorities have blamed inadequate parking as a reason for congestion at the Beitbridge border post on the South African side of the border.

Beitbridge is among the busiest border posts in the economic region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with volumes rising to more than 12000 travellers and 3500 vehicles a day during the festive holidays.

This forced travellers and long- distance truck drivers to queue for hours on end to be cleared before crossing the border.

Last week, Zimbabwe’s main official newspaper, The Herald, quoted border officials blaming lack of space on the South African side of the border for the vehicle pile-up. They said this had a knock-on effect on the Zimbabwean side, which blocked the free movement of travellers.

” You will note that most of the trucks that are queuing here have since been cleared on our side,” the paper quoted [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
28 December 2009
editorial

THE position of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema on Chinese investment is one which his pact co-leader and partner Michael Sata should emulate.

It is something to be emulated because political leaders must learn to differentiate between what is partisan and what is in national interest whenever they take positions on issues.

The notion that opposition leaders must always disagree with Government is one which must be discouraged if not totally discarded.

There must be issues which all political leaders agree on and one such issue is that investment which benefits the greater good of the society must be supported.

Mr Sata, like his co-leader, must admit that the investment which Chinese firms have poured into the Zambian economy is benefiting the country and there is absolutely no need to rubbish it just for the sake of scoring political points.

What is important is how Zambia, as a country, harnesses the investment to maximise benefits for the local economy and citizens and this can be [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 28 2009 10:03

Johannesburg – Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) on Monday resolved to intensify the strike at SAB Soft Drinks division trading as ABI Coke.

This followed failure to reach agreement during the negotiations facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on December 24.

Fawu said in a statement that the company was “not prepared to concede to the union’s demand for 9.5% wage increment and to place a moratorium on the use of labour brokers through a programme of owner-driver scheme.”

“The union could not accept a company offer of changing shift patterns to fall within weekdays and pay overtime on Saturday on condition that we agree to their 7.8% wage offer and accept the use of labour brokers,” it said.

The union and shop stewards are consulting workers at SAB’s beer division and other subsidiaries such as Valpre Water and Appletiser to be ready to wage a sympathy strike, Fawu added. This will result in [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Sunday, 27 December 2009 12:40

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) has been given an extra P2 million under the recurrent budget to augment the provision for special investigations. This comes in the wake of the anticipated 2010 football World Cup to be staged in South Africa.

“The coming 2010 soccer activities require the Directorate to be ready to curb the security risks that may occur.” The Directorates is reportedly facing challenges that include criminal activities which have increased in terms of [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 27 2009 at 05:35PM

Security has been increased on South African Airways (SAA) flights to the United States of America, the airline said on Sunday.

“SAA has implemented additional security measures on its US flights to Washington and New York in order to comply with a directive from the US Transport Security Administration (TFA),” said SAA spokesperson Azure Janneker.

“This security, such as increased pre-screening of passengers, will apply to prior departure as well as on board the aircraft.”

She said passengers should factor additional time into the travel arrangements due to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Friday, 25 December 2009 16:10

The Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) has said the end of 2009 mark the end of a successful managed liberalisation process and heralds the beginning of full competition in the communication sector.

In its 2009 annual report, the Authority says it is working together with the parent Ministry to ensure that the transition to full competition is well managed so as not to create uncertainty for the players in the sector.

“The service-neutral licensing framework that has been the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Government of Zimbawe
25 December 2009

Harare — Nestlé Zimbabwe has been asked to reopen its factory after assurances were given by the Government over the safety of staff and agreement was reached over how milk from Gushungo Dairies will be processed.

In a statement yesterday, Industry and Commerce Minister Professor Welshman Ncube said he had held consultations with Nestlé Zimbabwe, Gushungo Dairies and other “key stakeholders in the dairy sector”.

“As a result of those consultations, the parties have collectively reached an understanding to work together in ensuring that milk produced at Gushungo Dairies is absorbed by the local dairy processors.

“For its part, Government has given its assurance on the safety of staff and management at both Nestlé Zimbabwe and Gushungo Dairies,” said the statement.

While no details of the “understanding” were made public, it appears that milk from Gushungo, which is owned by the First Family, will go into the general pool of milk processed by Dairibord and others and that Nestlé will buy its requirements from that pool.

Minister Ncube said he had [continue reading]

source: BOPA
24 December, 2009

GABORONE – The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikwatlhaeng Bagopi, says although crime is high in Botswana, it is under control.

He said there was still room for improvement adding that the police remain worried by the incidences of armed robberies, intrusive home thefts and street robberies.

Mr Bagopi noted that due to the economic imbalances in the region, there was a huge influx of foreigners from neighbouring countries.

He said these illegal immigrants, tended to fuel criminal tendencies with some locals falling victim to crime while others turned into the perpetrators of these crimes.

The deputy commissioner was speaking last week at a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
23 December 2009

The Principals in the inclusive government met for the last time this year on Wednesday morning and later held a press conference at State House to give a review of the year. The three, Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, said some progress had been made but that talks will continue in the new year. Journalists present say it was an ‘insignificant’ press conference, which appeared to have been planned as a ‘front’ to say that progress was underway, when in fact the parties had nothing tangible to announce.

Party negotiators met on Monday and then also adjourned to next year. The negotiators are expected to resume discussions on the 16th January. Sources close to the talks said the decision to take a break from the talks was unanimous and that they have so far covered most of the contentious issues.
It is understood 16 out of 27 issues have been agreed on, but they are mostly on procedural issues and not the real sticking points which would show positive change.

There is still no movement on the fundamental issues of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
22 December, 2009

GABORONE – The December 31 deadline for registration of sim cards would not be extended.

Consequently, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Frank Ramsden has urged pre-paid cell phone users to register their sim cards to avoid getting disconnected.

In his message yesterday, Mr Ramsden said mobile phone users should register their sim cards before the December 31 closure.

Therefore, unregistered subscribers have just under two weeks to register their sim cards, he said.

He said registration of sim cards will make up-to-date information on all mobile subscribers available saying it was important for the planning and the management of the spectrum and numbering resources.

In addition the exercise will help improve security of [continue reading]