Archive for January 15th, 2010

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Thursday, 14 January 2010 00:00

Six employees interdicted over suspected irregular tenders
Six employees of the Kweneng District Council (KDC) have been interdicted over allegations of corruption involving public funds estimated at P17 million. It is understood that the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is investigating the case.

According to information passed to The Gazette four of the suspended employees are from the Department of Education under the local authority; one is from the Supplies Department and the sixth is from the Finance Department.
“The allegations centre on the procurement of goods such as stationary and food. The DCEC camped at the CDC for most December and we understand they are still investigating the case,” said a source.

It is alleged that the officials ordered books and other stationery for government schools even when it was not necessary. “It was like creating a vacancy that was not needed just so that you could employ someone,” said our source. “Piles of books are suspected to be in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat are currently developing a National Entrepreneurship Policy and Implementation Strategy for Botswana.

To this end, the Commonwealth Secretariat has appointed Urban-Econ Development Economists to conduct the review of the SMME Policy of 1998 and the development of the National Entrepreneurship Policy and Implementation Strategy.

This policy seeks to address entrepreneurs or individuals in order to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship. According to LEA, this is done in recognition of the general lack of such a culture among the citizens of Botswana that has led to poor performance of their businesses. Under this policy, LEA provides assistance to [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 14 2010 at 11:14PM

Several South African rescue teams were departing to earthquake-devastated Haiti on Thursday night, authorities said.

The government said it was taking a three-phase approach to the rescue, while the city of Tshwane and the Gift of the Givers are embarking on similar missions.

“The immediate search and rescue phase in which search teams will be deployed to the Republic of Haiti… will include the deployment of medical professionals,” said Department of International Relations and Co-operation Deputy Minister Sue van der Merwe.

The government had partnered with the Department of Health, Vodacom, Netcare and Discovery to support the rescue teams.

“The second phase will entail activities such as the identification of bodies – in this instance the country will send forensic pathologists to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

There was commotion yesterday at Oodi Primary School, on the outskirts of Gaborone, when the school initially refused to register about 22 Standard One pupils stating that they had already reached the approved limit for the school.

When asked for comment in this matter, the school head Dinah Buisanyang said that she is guided by the Ministry of Education’s establishment registers for primary schools of 2008/09. “The policy has always been there and it states that this school can only take up to 600 students. It is only that this is the first time that this has happened in this school,” she said.

She revealed that the school heads attended a regional meeting held in Gaborone last Friday where it was emphasized that [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
14 January 2010

The SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security held a summit in Maputo on Thursday to consider, among other issues, reports on developments in Zimbabwe’s inclusive government.

The summit came just two days before negotiators from ZANU PF and the two MDC formations begin another round of talks on Saturday, which are supposed to thrash out the remaining and most contentious issues in the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

Most of the region’s leaders were in Maputo for the inauguration of Mozambique’s President Armando Guebuza. Guebuza, who first came into power in 2005, won a re-election in November last year and began his second and final five year term on Thursday.

Robert Mugabe attended the inauguration ceremony and left soon after attending a luncheon hosted by Guebuza, according to Fred Katerere, a Maputo based journalist. Katerere told us reports in the media that Mugabe was to attend the Troika meeting were [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Siseko Njobeni
14 January 2010

Johannesburg — FOUR of the world’s largest and fastest-growing carbon emitters, China, India, Brazil and SA, will meet in New Delhi this month ahead of a January 31 deadline for countries to submit their action plans to combat climate change.

The meeting could see the four countries emerge with a co-ordinated approach on emissions reduction commitments agreed at last month’s United Nations (UN) climate talks in Copenhagen . Countries that support the Copenhagen accord, which the four helped broker, are meant to submit their “mitigating actions” to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat by January 31.

China has pledged to cut the amount of carbon dioxide produced for each unit of economic growth by 40%-45% from 2005 levels by 2020. For India, that figure is as much as 25% from [continue reading]