Archive for February 3rd, 2010

source: Mmegi

High-flying CEO at Be mobile and Botswana Telecommunications Corporations, Thapelo Lippe was yesterday suspended from his post – indefinitely – as internal investigations against him began.

Mmegi understands the decision was taken by the Board at its meeting yesterday. Board chairman at BTC, Leon Makwinja would not immediately disclose the reason for the indefinite suspension of the CEO but told Mmegi that enquiries are on- going, and that they have not set a timeline for Lippe’s suspension.

“It is an internal matter and it will remain that, discussing the reasons for his suspension now would prejudice the case as he remains our employee,” Makwinja said in a brief telephone interview, adding that details would come out later today.

Although the nature of the investigations were not [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
02 February 2010

Yet another South African farming family whose property has been targeted for forced takeover is seeking the help of its own government, with the Zimbabwean army reportedly being enlisted to drive the family off their land.

The Du Toits from Excelsior Farm in the Nyazura district have this week informed the South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe in an urgent email that they will soon be forced off their land by soldiers. Mrs Alida Du Toit sent the message to Mlungisi Makalima this weekend after being visited twice by police officials who warned that the army had been enlisted to ensure their removal from the farm. According to South Africa’s Beeld newspaper, the army’s involvement is the work of Air Commodore Innocent Chiganze who has claimed that he is the new owner of the farm.

The Du Toits have only just returned to the property after being forced to leave amid threats and intimidation by land invaders two weeks ago. According to the Beeld, Mrs Du Toit said the police appeared concerned at the warnings of the army’s involvement, threats she said she had also heard from other sources.
Makalima meanwhile has already been forced to intervene on a number of occasions in recent weeks, because of the ongoing spate of land seizures targeting South African farmers. In the past few days Mike Odendaal, also a South African citizen, was forced to leave his [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 February, 2010

GABORONE – Statistics show that accidents arising from vehicles and domestic animals have experienced a reduction since the introduction of animal patrol operations commonly known as cattle chasing patrols.

Police statistics show that in 2007, there were 568 such accidents along the Ramatlabama-Ramokgwebana Road (A1) recording seven deaths. The Lobatse-Charleshill Road (A2) or rather the Trans-Kalahari Highway recorded two deaths from 112 such accidents.

The Francistown-Maun-Ghanzi (A3) accounted for three deaths out of 137 accidents that involved domestic animals.

In 2008, statistics showed a drop of seven deaths to five fatalities along the A1 out of the 364 accidents involving livestock. The same applies to A2, which registered two deaths out of the 124 accidents while A3 had a zero death rate out of 101 accidents.

However, the government continues to spend large sums of money on contractors engaged in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Ecumenical News International (Geneva)
Munyaradzi Makoni
1 February 2010

Cape Town — Two Christian political parties have urged South African President Jacob Zuma to resign for fathering a child out-of-wedlock, saying he is undermining government efforts to fight HIV and AIDSs.

“The African Christian Democratic Party is shocked by the report that President Zuma has fathered a love-child with the daughter of his close friend, Irvin Khoza. The birth of this child is a clear indication that Zuma is not using condoms and is undermining the safe sex message of his own government,” said the Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, the party president, on 1 February.

Meshoe, a legislator in the country’s parliament, said Zuma’s behaviour sets a bad moral example, particularly for young men, and is unacceptable in a country that needs moral leaders.

South African newspapers reported the news that Zuma had fathered a child with a 39-year-old daughter of Khoza, the head of [continue reading]

Chief Justice Resigns

source: Mmegi

Chief Justice Julian Nganunu yesterday bid Lobatse High Court Judges, and his office staff farewell as he broke the news that he was resigning from his post to go and rest.

Nganunu’s resignation was confirmed by the High Court spokesperson Janet Mudongo, who also added that it will be effective immediately, meaning he will not address the Legal Year opening today in Lobatse.

Mudongo said her office would release a statement today because they were still busy preparing for the opening of the legal year yesterday.

Nganunu’s resignation follows his hospitalisation at a South African facility where he was admitted last November after a heart attack.

Justice Maruping Dibotelo has been acting Chief Justice since then and he will address the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Feb 02 2010 17:50 Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Johannesburg – Private electricity producers will have to wait for a constitutional amendment before being allowed to sell power to the national grid.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters told a South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry seminar on Tuesday that government would soon submit the proposed amendment to parliament to allow private power generators to trade in electricity.

She said the motion would be introduced by her department as soon as parliament opens.

Peters stripped power utility Eskom of its authority over private power producers in a Government Gazette published in August – almost a year after Eskom had selected 23 preferred bidders from a group invited to submit proposals for private electricity generation during the previous [continue reading]

Africa seeks ICT knowledge

source: BOPA
02 February, 2010

ADDIS ABABA – Africa has a lot to do to become competitive with the rest of the world as far as Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) are concerned.

Consequently, this years African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia is held under the theme: Information and Communication Technologies in Africa, Challenges and Prospects for Development.

The aim is to brainstorm and map out ways through which member states can shape social and economic behaviour of the African people using ICTs.

ICTs have become a powerful tool in communication, enhancing business growth and changing lifestyles.

Like many other AU member states, Botswana as a developing country, has a long way to go to ensure that its [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The three Botswana wildlife officers arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal entry into the country will have to wait for a while before they can gain their freedom, it has emerged.

The three, who are detained at Victoria Falls, were supposed to appear for trial yesterday but it never commenced because the prosecutors had gone to fetch state witnesses in Kazungula, Botswana’s ambassador in Zimbabwe, Gladys Kokorwe said yesterday. She said at the time of the interview that she had spoken to her officers at noon but the trial had not commenced.

The three officers crossed into Zimbabwe by mistake last week when they were tracking a lion that had been terrorising Lesoma residents. There is no border fence between the two countries and it is said that the three officers were new in the area. Attempts by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phandu Skelemani to have the matter resolved diplomatically hit a snag when he tried to engage the Zimbabwe ambassador in Botswana. The ambassador told him there is nothing the government could do because the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 February, 2010

SELEBI PHIKWE – Success of an economic diversification drive in Selebi Phikwe area is dependent on commitment and singular effort from stakeholders.

The coordinator of Selebi Phikwe Regional Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU), Mr Kago Moshashane said this during the units national conference last week.

He said the success of diversification drive in the area must be viewed within the context in which the central government, local authorities in the five constituencies that form the SPEDU region (Selebi Phikwe East and West, Bobirwa, Mmadinare and Tswapong North), and the private sector work together and take risks together for the same purpose.

Economic diversification must be viewed in the context of us working, taking risks, planning and implementing projects together towards a shared vision for the common good of this region, Mr Moshashane pointed out.

He said because of its brittle economy, which depended on [continue reading]

source: IOL
February 02 2010 at 02:24PM

Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana has approved proposed changes to 28 geographical names, her department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Changes of geographical names like Mafikeng to Mahikeng, in the North West, and Piet Retief to eMkhondo, in Mpumalanga, were in line with the South African Geographical Names Council Act, the department said.

“The standardisation of geographical names in South Africa is part of the healing and reconciliation process… part of the process of redressing the marginalisation of indigenous language, culture, and heritage.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended the re-naming of geographical features as a form of symbolic reparations to address South Africa’s unjust past,” it said.

Other geographical names approved by [continue reading]