Archive for December 31st, 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]

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]