Archive for January 6th, 2010

source: BOPA
05 January, 2010

GABORONE – Over two million pre-paid mobile phone subscribers have registered their phone numbers.

Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA)s director of communications and public relations, Mr Twoba Koontse said of the registered subscribers, over a million are still in manual format, while over nine hundred thousand had their details captured electronically in the operators data base.

According to Mr Koontse, the public telecommunications operators being Botswana Telecommunications Corporation-be Mobile, Mascom Wireless and Orange Botswana have been allowed a period of 30 days to capture all manual registration into electronic format.

He clarified that the 30 days window is not an extension of the registration period and that those who failed to register during the registration period cannot be registered now. He explained that the move is just to give telecommunications operators a chance to capture all those that submitted their [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Sydney Kawadza
6 January 2010

Harare — MOTORISTS who fail to change over from old to new vehicle registration number plates introduced by the Government risk having their cars confiscated by the State.

According to the new Government regulation, all vehicles displaying the old licence plates will not be cleared by the police for the purposes of leaving the country after January 31 this year.

Motorists have been given up to December 31 this year to change from the old number plates to new ones.

In an interview yesterday, Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development Minister Nicholas Goche said the new system was one of a number of measures being introduced by the Government as it moves towards computerising the vehicle registration system.

“We have begun to phase out the old number plates and we want all vehicles to use the new number plates, which have [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 January, 2010

The country, notwithstanding global adversities such as food and fuel crises as well as the subsequent global economic downturn, continued to score high points on the international scene.

Small as it is, Botswana did not flinch from picking on Africas strongest men, criticising them for human rights abuses and political intolerance.

It was a major shift in the countrys foreign policy as both the president and his foreign minister made unequivocal proclamations on what many regarded as diplomatically sensitive issues such as the political situation in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Madagascar and Guinea -Bissau.

Below are some of Botswanas foreign policy pronouncements during 2009, which some commentators say are a pointer to how the country would continue conducting its [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 05 2010 at 08:19PM
By Sibusiso Mboto

Two opposition parties have criticised President Jacob Zuma for taking a fifth wife, saying the move has dire financial implications for the taxpayer and encourages other men to enter into polygamous relationships.

The ACDP and Cope said Zuma had set a bad example by marrying Thobeka Madiba in a traditional ceremony at Nkandla on Monday.

ACDP president Kenneth Meshoe said that polygamy was against biblical teaching and the government’s Aids programme, which encouraged people to sleep with only one partner.

Cope KZN leader Phillip Mhlongo said Zuma’s latest wedding would have dire financial implications for taxpayers.

“There needs to be a public discussion on [continue reading]

Dam levels in Botswana

source: BOPA
05 January, 2010

GABORONE – The water level of Gaborone Dam currently stands at 59 per cent.

The Botswana Utilities Corporation officials last Tuesday released a record of dam levels and the water supply situation of Gaborone, Molatedi, Bokaa, Nnywane, Letsibogo, Shashe and Ntimbale dams.

According to the record, the Nnywane Dam water level is the lowest at 11 per cent followed by Bokaa at 68 per cent, Letsibogo at 83, Shashe 91 and Ntimbale at 93 per cent.

The greater Gaborone, which comprises Gaborone, Lobatse, the Mogoditshane cluster, Tlokweng, the Ramotswa cluster and Mochudi gets 56 per cent of its water supply from Gaborone Dam, 25 per cent from Bokaa and 36 per cent from [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jan 05 2010 23:10

Johannesburg – Foreign investors flocked to South African equities in 2009, snapping up R75.418bn worth of local shares as appetite for emerging markets rose after worries over the credit crisis lessened.

Data released by bourse operator JSE Ltd on Tuesday showed foreign investors were net buyers of local stocks in 2009, compared to 2008, where sales of R54.439bn outstripped purchases.

Foreigners were also net buyers of South African bonds in 2009, purchasing R23.959bn worth of local bonds versus sales of R16bn in 2008.

“The record foreign buying of South African equities in 2009 was effectively part of a pronounced global trend by investors to accumulate assets in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 January, 2010

GABORONE – The Ministry of Trade and Industry has embarked on an awareness and public education campaign to promote projects and activities designed to combat alcohol abuse and addiction.

According to a report from the ministry, eligible organisations, groups of people, and any other applicant may apply or request for financial assistance by submitting proposals to the fund committee and such proposals or requests will be subjected to guide lines.

It says alcohol is no ordinary commodity as it is a psychoactive drug that enjoys enormous popularity in Botswana.

Adding that, alcohol can also play an important role in the countrys economy, creating jobs and generating tax revenue for the government but its abuse and addiction is a public health issue as it can contribute to health and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
5 January 2010

Manica — Without a four-wheel drive, Manica’s potholed dirt roads are a challenge, but thanks to a steady stream of illicit diamonds from neighbouring Zimbabwe, more and more people in the impoverished town in western Mozambique can afford one.

Manica is bustling with business and the newfound wealth – manifest in the latest Hummer or a high-end Toyota, always with tinted windows – is flaunted along Eduardo Mondlane Avenue, the dusty border town’s only significant road.

It is a new frontier energized by diamonds: new restaurants and shops have opened and offer a wide assortment of practically anything – all imported from South Africa.

The region used to be better known for its high levels of poverty and malnutrition. Now diamond dealers, many of them foreign, watch the luxury vehicles parade from freshly whitewashed terraces and [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 05 2010 at 09:48AM

One hundred and four. That’s how many mistakes officials must rectify in the Companies Act.

The act was passed by Parliament in 2008 and signed into law by the president in April last year. It is due to come into effect this year on a date still to be set.

But first the Department of Trade and Industry has to fix 104 mistakes in the law.

“These errors relate to provisions that appear to be incomplete as well as to grammatical, technical and incorrect cross-references, which may give rise to different interpretations of [continue reading]