Archive for January 23rd, 2010

source: BOPA
22 January, 2010

GABORONE – The National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation on Science and Technology is being developed to replace the Science and Technology Policy which was approved by Parliament in 1998.

Presenting the draft in Gaborone during its final discussion the Director of the Department of Research Science and Technology Ms Lesego Motoma said the need to institute this policy was necessitated by the fact that technology evolved very rapidly hence the need to develop a policy document that would respond to the prevailing imperatives of technological revolution and globalisation.

She said the policy was being developed to respond to National Development Goals as espoused in documents such as Vision 2016, National Development Plans and Millennium Development Goals.

In addition, she said the alignment is intended to motivate and guide the formulation of suitable strategies to transform Botswana into a [continue reading]

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source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)
Faith Zaba
21 January 2010

IN a new twist to the corruption saga in the MDC-T, the party is engaged in an attempt to foil a move to have two of its ministers put on the European Union sanctions list for allegedly conniving with their Zanu PF counterparts in corrupt activities.

Last week the Zimbabwe Independent broke a story in which three MDC-T ministers — Energy and Power Development minister Elias Mudzuri, Home Affairs co-minister Giles Mutsekwa and deputy Mines minister Murisi Zwizwai — were named as having been under investigation by a party committee for corrupt activities.

The party’s information department has since strongly denied any involvement by it ministers in corrupt activities.

Although it denies there is any such committee set up to expressly investigate the three as originally reported, it has emerged that there has been a campaign from within the party to have at least two of them — Mudzuri and Zwizwai — put on the EU sanctions list which contains President Mugabe and about 200 other top Zanu PF officials seen as benefiting from the collapse of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
22 January, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana has received over P5.1 billion (R5.6 billion) as its annual Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenue share.

Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo, said the money will be used to finance the 2010 national budget.

He said the amount is smaller than in previous years because of the global economic downturn.

However, he said it is important in respect of both the development and the recurrent budget.

Mr Matambo blamed the decline in the revenue share to reduction of imports.

Mr Matambo added that Botswana has agreed with the formula used to divide the tax revenue among the member states but the amount is insufficient to support the 2010/2011 national budgets of [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 22 2010 at 04:19PM

South African civil rights movement AfriForum has served papers on the Zimbabwean government over its land-seizure programme.

AfriForum’s lawyer, Willie Spies, said in a statement on Friday that the papers had been served by AfriForum’s legal representatives in Harare.

The High Court in Pretoria issued an order last week granting three farmers leave to add the Zimbabwean government to an application to register in South Africa a ruling by a Southern African Development Community tribunal against the seizures.

The SADC tribunal, in Windhoek, ruled that Zimbabwe was violating international law with its 2005 constitutional amendment allowing the seizure of white-owned farms without compensation.

The Zimbabwean government did not recognise the decision or the order that it [continue reading]