Archive for December 8th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Baboki Kayawe
Staff Writer

A lucky Standard Chartered Bank customer, Gadifele Shashane, became an instant millionaire after winning the bank’s Millionaire Maker final draw held in Gaborone last Friday.

The Millionaire Maker account was launched in October last year, its key features being that it was a fully transactional account. Customers were required to maintain a minimum average balance of P1, 000 per quarter. More deposits meant more chances; every additional balance of P1, 000 per quarter earned clients additional chances of winning the P1 million.

Speaking at the bank headquarters after scooping the prize money , Shashane, of Palapye, said her recipe for becoming a millionaire was just based on pumping more deposits into her Millionaire Maker account. Moreover, she said she [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
06.12.2009 4:41:31 P

Local actions coincide with initiatives to protect consumers in 70+ countries across the world on “Consumer Action Day”

In Botswana on Thursday, Microsoft announced that police had raided two software resellers in Gaborone and one in Francistown; all three are suspected of providing counterfeit software to consumers in Botswana.

The arrest in Francistown came as a result of a tip off from a customer who purchased four copies of Microsoft software at the full retail price; however, no licenses were provided. The pirate in question has been arrested.

In addition to these enforcement activities, Microsoft also hosted law enforcement training in Gaborone with four Directorate of Public Prosecution prosecutors in attendance. These trainings are designed to ensure that law enforcement officers in Botswana are armed with the necessary technical knowledge and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

The Botswana Television (Btv) management has been accused of stopping the recording of a debate on the review of the constitution just because the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) was not represented.

Botswana National Front (BNF) activist, Kagiso Ntime said last week that they were shocked during the Matlho-a-Phage programme shoot when they were informed the exercise will be halted because the BDP is missing from action.

“Just a few seconds from starting the debate, with everything done – from make-up right to attaching of mikes on each speaker was done-we were told by a lady claiming to be from Btv management that the programme would not be shot because the [continue reading]

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

PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda is optimistic that Zambia will soon become the economic hub of the continent because of the extensive investment in the education and construction sectors.

Speaking at State House yesterday when a Malaysian delegation presented 11 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) signed between institutions of learning in Malaysia and Zambia as well as the construction industry from that country and their counterparts here, President Banda said that it would not be long before many investors on the continent considered investing in the country.

The Malaysian delegation was led by Senior Economic Advisor -JICA and the Government of Zambia Dato’ Jegathesan.

“In my inaugural speech, I said Zambia remains a hub of Africa. Whenever others in Africa think of where to go, they will come to Zambia. Perhaps by receiving these MoUs, we are [continue reading]

source: Sport24
2009-12-07 14:00

Johannesburg – The 2010 Soccer World Cup final draw in Cape Town has unleashed a stampede for tickets for the tournament, with FIFA receiving close to a quarter of a million requests for tickets in the past two days, it was announced on Monday.

The third sale of tickets for the World Cup in South Africa began on Saturday, a day after fans in the 32 qualifying countries discovered which teams their team would be meeting in the first round of the June 11 to July 11 tournament.

In the first 48 hours, 219 162 ticketing requests were received on FIFA’s website, the football body said.

“We are pleased with the interest shown so far. It shows the impact the final draw has had on football fans and the World Cup next year,” Horst R. Schmidt, chairperson of the Ticketing Sub-Committee, said in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

Otse- Tear gas cylinders exploded last Friday filling the air around with white smoke making it impossible to see anybody sitting next to you.

In the wake of the smoke, gunfire broke and numerous car screeches could be heard as police anti -riot cars invaded the riot scene. As the smoke cleared, the mob could be seen running in all directions as the police apprehended their leader taking him to the police van waiting. This is not a scene from a Hollywood movie or even real life action, it was a display by the police showing how they are ready to counter any civilian crisis that may arise.

The breath-stopping display occurred at the Otse Police College Open grounds last Friday as police officers from four Southern African countries demonstrated anti riot maneuvers they learned in [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-12-07 22:31

Johannesburg – The police force will make South Africa safe for the 2010 World Cup and beyond, national police commissioner Bheki Cele said on Monday.

Speaking at the launch of the police’s festive season campaign, Cele said the police had put several structures in place to meet any possible crime during the World Cup.

“I don’t know who married 2010 and crime, but we’re going to divorce it,” he said.

Cele said he was in Malawi on Sunday to meet the police commissioners of all the southern African countries in anticipation of the event and to try to stop transnational crime before it [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Baboki Kayawe
Staff Writer

An economic recession does not only present gloom, but also offers some useful lessons on how to do business, a tourism industry operator has said.

Senior manager and guide at one of Kwando Safaris’ camps, Nxai Pan Camp in the southwestern part of Nxai Pan National Park, says the global economic downturn has been a marketing lesson to them.

Speaking during a media tour of the Park organised by the Botswana Tourism Board (BTB), Boikaego Setlabosha said although business has been badly affected by the crisis, there is an advantage as the recession made them realise the marketing suicide that they had been committing.

Nxai Pan Camp, which offers various activities, including [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Daily (Nairobi)
Roy Laishley
7 December 2009

Africa’s success in avoiding the worst of the economic crisis that has swept the industrialised world has been due in large part to the remarkable growth of trade and investment with China, India, Brazil and other “emerging” developing countries.

In the last three years Africa’s trade with China has doubled, reaching $106.7 billion in 2008.

While China dominates in terms of sheer numbers, trade and investment with other emerging markets, such as Brazil, India and Malaysia, has also been rising sharply, reducing Africa’s dependence on traditional partners in Europe and the US and fuelling the continent’s impressive growth in recent years.

About one-third of Africa’s total trade is already with markets in emerging or [continue reading]