Archive for February 1st, 2010

source: Sunday Standard
31.01.2010 9:10:53 P

President Ian Khama has sacked his Trade and Industry minister, Baledzi Gaolathe.

Gaolathe, who has been in the public service for over forty years, has lately had a running problem with his health.

On Friday Government’s Communication and Information System (GCIS) office issued a press statement announcing ‘changes in cabinet’.

According to the statement “His Excellency the President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, and the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Honourable Baledzi Gaolathe, have agreed that the latter be relieved of his Ministerial duties on account of his ill health.”

However, Information reaching Sunday Standard is that there was never any agreement between [continue reading]

Where is the power?

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Where is the over 250mw of electricity secured during January to relieve the nation of continuous blackouts? That is the question as power outages continue in many parts of the country.

This week the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) proudly announced that it had secured more than 250mw of electricity to fill the deficit caused by reduction of supplies from South Africa. BPC said South Africa supplies Botswana with more than 250mw of power despite cutting its supply by 100mw at the beginning the year.

This week the corporation said it has entered an agreement with South Africa to supply Botswana with more power over and above the agreed 250mw. However, BPC did not immediately state how much extra power they are getting from South Africa. The corporation released a statement to allay fears that the power situation in the country will be worse than [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
30 January 2010

SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma will this week take the disputes threatening Zimbabwe’s year-old unity government to the African Union — the guarantors of the power-sharing agreement.

Senior South African government officials yesterday said Zuma had prepared a report on Zimbabwe, which will be presented to the summit already underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zuma is reportedly getting impatient with the continued bickering and delays in resolving issues around appointments, and has suggested that the parties should “park” some of the contentious issues and work towards fresh elections next year.

Saul Kgomotso Molobi, a senior official in South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation confirmed that Zuma would put Zimbabwe on the agenda.

“The President as the mediator will give a report on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Irregularities and non-compliance with court rules are likely to have a bad impact on Botswana’s justice system if something is not done as a matter of urgency.

The President of the Court of Appeal,Justice Nick McNally said yesterday at the end of the criminal session of the Court of Appeal that this development is “unfortunate” and needs to be corrected as a matter of urgency.

He was confirming concerns raised by several judges who presided over appeal cases in which they noted that trials were not run properly.

The judges have noticed that court procedures were not fully explained to accused persons and not complied with. The judges also noted that in some instances the magistrates did not accept defence statements from the accused persons or [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Madibana
31.01.2010 9:12:42 P

The Southern African Development Community parliamentary Forum (SADC PF), in collaboration with UNAIDS RST, World AIDS Campaign, Soul City Institute, SAT, SAFAIDS, and HEARD recently invited parliaments and civil societies from across the SADC region for its second annual three-day workshop titled the ‘50 by 15 campaign’ which will be held in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The’ 50 by 15” campaign, an initiative of the SADC PF since July 2009, addresses the issue of legislative and social co-operation on the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) of 50% reduction in new infections by 2015, together with the virtual elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission.
The workshop serves as a follow-up on the commitments and priority actions that were decided on [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-01-31 12:07

Davos – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is pressing the world to end sanctions on his country as it climbs out of a political and economic abyss but wherever he goes the shadow of Robert Mugabe follows.

The two will soon have been in an uneasy “inclusive government” for a year. The relationship remains difficult, Tsvangirai said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos where he tried to convince global leaders to take a new look at the African nation.

“How do you deal with a president who was determined to see your destruction? How do you deal with the level of acrimony that existed between us?” said the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development has quashed allegations by a local promoter that a circular was issued recently banning concerts in school halls.

Music promoter Gilbert Seagile aka PP recently told Mmegi that the Ministry has taken the hard stance, in banning the concerts, lamenting that it would disadvantage local musicians. However deputy permanent secretary, regional offices, Opelo Makhandlela yesterday told Mmegi that he was surprised by the music promoter’s allegations. ” We have also been wondering what caused him to say all those things. None of us know anything about the so-called circular he was referring to. As a matter of fact that circular, if at all it existed, would have been issued by my office, it is not true at all, no one has seen such a [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Outsa Mokone and Spencer Mogapi
31.01.2010 9:15:48 P

De Beers “confidential” records reveal how the mining company paid lots of money to keep former President Ketumile Masire in power, and paid even more money to get him out of power, partly because he had become a liability because of his financial troubles.

A “confidential letter” written by Philip Leyden, one of De Beers directors, to a colleague reveals how De Beers threw money at Masire’s problems to help the new president through his first general election in 1984.

De Beers records suggest that on the eve of the election, four years after Masire took over the country’s presidency, he was no longer credit worthy. The mining company had been advised that there was “no prospect of any further direct assistance from the banks” to Masire’s company, GM Five.

In the letter, Leyden is motivating a bailout for Masire and points out that, “apparently local creditors, other than the banks, are mainly Indians one of whom has been pressing more strongly as the elections approached”.

The letter was based mostly on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Vision (Kampala)
Cyprian Musoke
31 January 2010

Addis Ababa — Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi yesterday failed in his bid to stay on as chairman of the African Union (AU) for another year.

He also stunned the AU summit by parading kings and traditional leaders, saying those who earlier opposed their presence, like President Yoweri Museveni, had now been convinced of their role.

While handing over power to Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika, an acrimonious Gadaffi later said, after all, it was an empty chair with mere symbolic powers since many declarations and decisions were made without his consent.

Early reports indicated that he struggled hard to retain the rotating chair, which dragged a preliminary Saturday meeting into the late hours of the night.

The Libyan leader also used his farewell speech to accuse the African Union of wasting time while failing to meet [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Selabe
31.01.2010 8:24:12 P

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) and Zimbabwe’s cable telecommunications firm, PowerTel, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which the state utility outfit will provide PowerTel with Internet services as well as mobile net freeway.

Speaking before the signing of the memorandum, BTC Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Lippe, said though the deal had taken a while to materialise, they were finally proud that they are going to work together with PowerTel in taking their services forward and Northward.

Duncan Pie, the BTC Head of Wholesale reiterated Lippe’s remarks adding that they saw it needful to expand their services into the region, hence having PowerTel on board.

“We chose PowerTel because of their expansive network services and strategies,” Pie said.

He also added that they had so far had a [continue reading]