Archive for February 8th, 2010

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

Young entrepreneurs have come together to form a youth in business representative organisation. Business Round Table International is a newly formed association of young citizen entrepreneurs, whose main aim is to address the challenges faced by young people in business.

The company is the brainchild of Base Sebonego, who is a director with Mosele Legal Services.

Sebonego says there is need for young people to have a business culture embedded in them from a young age.
One of the company’s mandates is to provide business-based social responsibility programmes which will [continue reading]

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source: IOL
February 08 2010 at 06:58AM
By Carien du Plessis and Sapa

President Jacob Zuma’s sex life is likely to come under the spotlight again today as the ANC’s top brass meet in Cape Town, days before the State of the Nation speech on Thursday.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu confirmed the meeting would take place, but refused to divulge details of the agenda.

An ANC national executive committee member said, however, that the party’s top leadership was likely to demand answers after Zuma acknowledged fathering the infant of soccer boss Irvin Khoza’s daughter Sonono.

‘It is good that the president realises that he erred’
After initial attempts to defuse the row by insisting this was a private matter between the president and the child’s mother, the ANC and the Presidency did a U-turn and Zuma issued a formal apology to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
KEITUMETSE SETLANG

The Okavango Delta has been selected as one of the top three finalists in the World Travel and Tourism Council WTTC) prestigious 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

The awards launched in 2003 under the stewardship of the WTTC, recognise and are meant to demonstrate best practise including helping to improve the livelihoods of communities and supporting the protection of natural and cultural heritage through sustainable tourism development. The awards are presented in four (4) categories namely; destination stewardship award, conservation awards, community benefit award and global tourism business award. Over 160 entries were received this year, from over 45 countries.

Applicants included governments, NGOs, businesses, or community organisations on behalf of destinations. Botswana Tourism Board entered the Okavango Delta Ramsar Site (ODRS) in the Destination Stewardship category. This entry is in recognition of the Delta’s contribution to the upliftment and advancement of tourism and [continue reading]

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* MARIA MACHAILO-ELLIS

2009 was a challenging year for the private sector, as the global economy underwent a tough and slow economic recovery period from the financial crisis.

Recovery only occurred in the fourth quarter of 2009 but the growth levels are not projected to reach those of 2007 and 2008. As a result, the public sector too had its challenges and had to undergo adjustments, as there is still a strain in national revenues. There are still changes required to produce long-term supporting initiatives to drive the economy and continue with sustainable development. 2010/11 is not an assured year, there’s hope but no guarantees.

Poverty reduction, improved infrastructure and facilities in health, education, and various other sectors, creating a favourable economic environment and [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-02-07 23:22

London – Britain is tightening its rules on student visas to prevent people from flouting the rules and working illegally.

The changes – which are effective immediately – won’t stop genuine students from travelling to Britain to study but will close an avenue that has been exploited, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said on Sunday.

“There’s an awful lot more of adults, not young people, not coming to study degrees at universities but coming on short courses into this country,” Johnson told the BBC.

Asked if many of those students were “bogus” Johnson said, “Yes, yes”.

Under the new rules, those from outside the European Union who come to [continue reading]

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Xolani Mbanjwa
February 07 2010 at 09:23AM

Did you know that President Jacob Zuma’s 20 children were entitled to six domestic flights a year at the taxpayers’ expense?

This is according to the ministerial handbook.

The presidency confirmed on Saturday that even though there was an attempt to develop guidelines specifically for the presidency, they “currently rely on the ministerial handbook”.

“Dependant children are each entitled to six single domestic economy class tickets per annum to reunite with their parents during the member’s regular travel between Cape Town and Pretoria,” the handbook said.

The dependant children “should make use of bus/shuttle services between airports and the place of residence if they are not accompanied by one or [continue reading]