Archive for December 5th, 2009

source: BOPA
04 December, 2009

GABORONE – Botswana and China have signed an agreement covering economic and technical cooperation entailing a grant offer of about P20 million on Tuesday.

Botswanas Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo, said the offer came at a time when Botswana is struggling to balance its budget.

Mr Matambo told the Chinese officials that the whole world is going through very difficult times arising from the global economic meltdown.

He said the agreement strengthens the existing bilateral cooperation with China, noting that the grant is the second one in a year.

He said consultations were still on going on the type of projects to be implemented, adding that there is an umbrella cooperation agreement which provides the basis for economic and technical cooperation between the two countries and [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:22

Warns them against running competitions
BTA says mobile operators can run promotions subject to Botswana laws
The government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry has written to all three mobile operators, Orange, beMobile and Mascom warning them to desist from running competitions whereby subscribers win prizes by sending messages.

However observers say that mobile operators’ licenses should allow them to have value added activities such as promotions. They say this is the norm across a number of sectors such as chain stores.

Responding to questions from The Gazette, Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs Director, John Matsheng confirmed that the three mobile operators had been warned to stop running prize competitions as this amounts to gambling contrary to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SW Radio Africa (London)
Tichaona Sibanda
3 December 2009

South African President Jacob Zuma will not visit Zimbabwe any time ‘soon’ to engage the leadership over outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement, his spokesman said on Thursday.

But the South African leader will deliver a report compiled by his facilitation team, to Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, in a few days time. Guebuza is the current chairman of the SADC Troika, the regional trade bloc’s organ on politics, defence and security.

Vincent Magwenya told SW Radio Africa from Pretoria that reports the President was scheduled to visit Zimbabwe were incorrect and misleading.

‘How can he visit Harare when he has just sent a team there?’ asked Magwenya, who added that ‘the media was working on [continue reading]

SA murder rate drops

source: IOL
December 04 2009 at 10:55AM
By Louise Flanagan

The murder rate has dropped 44 percent in 14 years but South Africans do not feel any better about crime. The SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said in 1994/95, 25 965 people were murdered in South Africa, a rate of 70 in every 100 000 people.

In 2008/09 there were 18 148 murders, a rate of 37 per 100 000.

This means the actual number of murders dropped by 30 percent and the rate of murders dropped by 44 percent.

“This improvement in the most serious crime is not reflected in the perceptions of South Africans, as in 2007 some 57 percent felt crime levels had increased,” said the [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-12-02 13:24

Durban – The Durban Regional Court on Wednesday dismissed a bid to have culpable homicide charges against businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu dropped.

Magistrate Thomas Nhleko rejected the application, lodged by defence advocate Thabani Masuku, to drop all charges against Zulu, saying the state had a very strong case.

The case was postponed to March 3 next year, when the defence team was [continue reading]

source: BOPA
04 December, 2009

MASUNGA – The North East District councilors have expressed displeasure with some aspects of the Ramokgwebana-Francistown Road construction.

Commenting on the District Development Plan (DDP), which was earlier presented to a full council meeting, one of the councilors, Mr Khazi Motswakae of Zwenshambe said he was not happy with the way the construction was carried out.

Councilor Motswakae particularly alleged that the company removed the tarred road layer, laid soil atop and then leveled the road instead of mixing the new and the old layers.

He said the problem of the bumps was not going to be resolved and the road was not going to withstand the heavy rains.

Councilor Moses Maloiso of Tshesebe complained of the speed humps that were installed on the road without advance warning signs cautioning the road users of the likely disturbance resulting from them, saying a situation like that was likely to result in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writers

Law enforcement officers, suspected to be from Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), arrested a man after a high-speed car chase through the streets of Gaborone yesterday.

The suspected criminal was arrested with the help of a member of the public. It is said the suspect is wanted by the Jwaneng CID. He sought to evade arrest after the CID agents, conducting a surveillance operation, caught him attempting to cheat someone. It is said the CID agents chased the man from Jwaneng to Gaborone where he reportedly gave them the slip.

But DIS agents got wind of the car chase and immediately swung into action. A witness says the car chase ended near Game City Mall in southern Gaborone. On his way from [continue reading]

source: BOPA
04 December, 2009

The Kgalagadi District Council spends approximately P883 000 per month on bowsing, maintenance, payment of overtime and committed allowances.

Responding to a question from Kgalagadi South MP, Assistant Minister of Local Government, Ms Botlogile Tshirelesto said on average, there was one water bowser truck breakdown per week, resulting in water crisis in the villages of Kolonkwaneng, Bogobogobo, Middlepits, Khuis, Khawa, Gakhibane, Rapplespan, Vaalhoek, Bokspits and Struizendum.

However, she said, the district council always strived to keep three bowsers at a time to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:42

HIV Programs Face Financial Crisis

Botswana‘s failure to secure P30 million funding from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for the round nine cycle will have a negative impact on some planned HIV/AIDS programs.

According to the National Aids Coordinating Agency (NACA) Program Planning Manager, Ms. Monica Tselayakgosi, some of the projects that they had budgeted for include Behavioral Change, Male Circumcision, Multiple Concurrent Partners Campaign and testing activities.

Speaking in an interview with The Gazette she said, “The new programs are going to suffer to the extent that where we were going to scale up, there will be gaps. Our priority is prevention, curtailing new infections, treatment activities and revised eligibility connection to be enrolled for ARV program.” She explained that Global Fund’s proposal criterion is [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 04 2009 17:58

Johannesburg – South African Airways (SAA), has closed a deal with Match, the official provider of tickets, accommodation and logistics for next year’s 2010 Soccer World Cup.

“According to this agreement reached between [SAA] and Match, SAA will be providing 89 000 sectors on its own fleet of aircraft to be used by Match customers,” SAA said in a statement on Friday.

“The sectors will be operated by SAA aircraft on the Golden triangle, which include flights between Johannesburg to Cape Town, and to Durban as well as between Durban and Cape Town.”

SAA is also working on other transport solutions with Match to find ways of transporting Match customers to [continue reading]