Archive for January 30th, 2010

source: BOPA
28 January, 2010

KANYE – Moshupa MP, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi says despite the trying economic conditions, the countrys leadership has decided to do all it can to avoid job losses in the public service.

Mr Masisi, who was addressing kgotla meetings at Manyana and Tlanege said government decided to apply for loans from the international financial institutions and even draw from the countrys foreign reserves to mitigate the effects of the global economic meltdown.

He said the countrys economy was inter-related to the economies of other countries where mineral resources were sold.

Therefore, when such economies were in bad shape, they impacted negatively on Botswanas economy.

Mr Masisi, who is also Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, expressed disappointment that government was hard done by some citizens and non-citizens who have been doing a shoddy job when [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: The Francistown South Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), Wynter Mmolotsi and his constituents are clearly in one accord on some constitutional matters discussed in the last sitting of Parliament.

This emerged recently at a well-attended consultative meeting the vocal legislator addressed at Block Seven in Francistown.

Mmolotsi, a backbencher, alongside other ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers and opposition MPs have been agitating for a constitutional review. One of the sections that came under particular scrutiny is the provision for nominated councillors and MPs in the Constitution.

Ironically, the specially election dispensation has always been quoted by opposition politicians in this country to support their argument that Botswana elections might be free but [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-01-28 22:57

Johannesburg – Five new chief executive officers have been appointed at Gauteng state hospitals to stabilise, improve and sustain the quality of services, Health and Social Development MEC Quedani Mahlangu said on Thursday.

This was a part of Operation Kuyasheshwe-la, which was launched in June last year.

“They know that they can’t manage from their offices… they know that they cannot give me any excuses,” Mahlangu said of the new appointments.

“Things are improving, but they know that they can do better… I’ll be very happy when people can go in and out of hospital within two hours as opposed to them waiting the whole day in queues.”

The new chief executive officers [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Following the film ‘Avatar”s win at the Golden Globes, tribal people have claimed that the film tells the real story of their lives today.

A Penan man from Sarawak, in the Malaysian part of Borneo, told Survival International, ‘The Penan people cannot live without the rainforest. The forest looks after us, and we look after it. We understand the plants and the animals because we have lived here for many, many years, since the time of our ancestors.

‘The Na’vi people in ‘Avatar’ cry because their forest is destroyed. It’s the same with the Penan. Logging companies are chopping down our big trees and polluting our rivers, and the animals we hunt are dying.”

Kalahari Bushman Jumanda Gakelebone said, “We the Bushmen are the first inhabitants in southern Africa. We are being denied rights to our land and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
28 January 2010

The inter-party negotiations were dealt another serious blow on Wednesday when ZANU PF’s supreme decision making body, the Politburo, said there will be no more Global Political Agreement concessions until the sanctions have been lifted.

Ephraim Masawi, ZANU PF Deputy Secretary for Information and Publicity, is quoted in the Herald saying remarks by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband that, ‘London would remove sanctions at MDC’s request exposed MDC-T’s treacherous role in the initiation and drafting of the illegal sanctions against Zimbabweans.’ The paper went on to say the party was a, ‘tool of Western imperialism, and that the hypocrisy of the MDC-T’s denial of its role in the evil saga of the imposition of illegal sanctions now stands exposed for all to see.’

Commentator Dr. Alex Magaisa said the statements made by the British official have added fuel to already burning embers in the context of Zimbabwe’s fragile political settlement.

He told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that Miliband’s statements were ‘unfortunate,’ and gave an indication that the MDC had the power to influence the lifting of sanctions, thereby giving ZANU PF a wonderful gift, which it is exploiting to the detriment of the GPA.

Magaisa said it is not clear whether or not the MDC actually have such power, despite [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Former Trade and Industry Minister, Neo Moroka has been appointed resident director and chief executive officer of De Beers Botswana.

This is a new post in the organisations’ Botswana office. Moroka lost his Kgalagadi South parliamentary seat to John Toto in the last general election.

He becomes the third minister, who lost in the elections, to be appointed to a high profile job. The other two are former Education Minister, Jacob Nkate, who was appointed to head Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) and Kavis Kario, who rejoined BCL mine as ore production manager.

With the appointment of Moroka, it is not clear what has happened to De Beers Botswana chief executive officer, Sheila Khama. A statement by De Beers Botswana chairman, Stephen Lussier, suggests that [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 28 2010 at 11:17PM

The Competition Commission is investigating collusion among local airlines, it said on Thursday.

“The Competition Commission has initiated an investigation against major airlines BA/Comair, South African Airways, 1Time, SA Airlink, Mango and SA Express for allegedly colluding on prices and pricing strategies to be adopted during the Fifa 2010 World Cup tournament,” it said in a statement.

The commission said the investigation followed a leniency application by South Africa Airways (SAA) in December in which it undertook to fully co-operate with the commission, in exchange for leniency from prosecution under the Competition Act.

“In November 2009, the Office of the President also requested the commission to look into concerns that airlines planned to escalate their airfares during the [continue reading]