Archive for February 17th, 2010

source: BOPA
16 February, 2010

PALAPYE – Tempers almost flared last Tuesday during a kgotla meeting which was called to enable the Palapye Development Trust (PDT) officials to present their report to the residents in fulfillment of an earlier agreement with the community.

The residents had then refused to accept the report in October last year after the PDTs leadership failed to produce a detailed and audited financial report aimed at facilitating the governments takeover of the Palapye Brigade.

In his address, the PDT board chairperson, Mr Vincent Maje noted that even though he acknowledged the necessity of the brigade takeover, it was crucial that all the necessary steps to this end should be in place.

Mr Maje said despite the fact that after the October meeting the next date of the meeting was not set, the board had to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Roads Department has expressed concern about negligent cattle farmers, who allow their animals to roam the streets.

Roads Department director, Kabo Kote said yesterday that since one-year contracts for more than 20 companies who were responsible for animal control on roads expired last November, the department has been burdened with maintaining, and patrolling roads to chase stray livestock off roads. He complained that though the department is trying to take responsibility of preventing road accidents, livestock owners are not playing their part.

“Our maintenance team patrols from 16:00hrs to 22:00hrs and this is not enough. We are understaffed and patrolling the roads is an [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 February, 2010

GABORONE – The Botswana Training Authority has attained certification from the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) for its quality management system. The authority is now ISO 9001:2008 certified which is an upgrade from the ISO 9001: 2000 the organisation was awarded in 2006.

Speaking at the award ceremony recently, BOBS managing director, Ms Masego Marobela, said the certificate was given in recognition of BOTAs Quality Management System which after assessment was found to be in line with the Botswana Standards (BOS ISO 9001:2008).

She further said attaining the certificate was proof that the Authority was committed to quality.

Ms Marobela further pointed out the benefits that BOTA stood to gain through the ISO 9001Quality Management System included improved productivity as work would be [continue reading]

source: Guardian

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African opposition parties walked out of a parliament session Tuesday, accusing the governing African National Congress of trying to silence critics.

Mbhazima Shilowa, who left the ANC last year to form the Congress of the People party, said his party and the main opposition Democratic Alliance walked out after the deputy speaker ordered a Congress of the People lawmaker to withdraw a comment about the government leading the country into lawlessness.

When the lawmaker refused to withdraw his comment, he was expelled.

The deputy speaker is a member of the ANC, which has 264 seats, just short of two-thirds of the house in Cape Town. The Democratic Alliance has 67, and the Congress of the People, known as COPE, has 30.

Shilowa said that George, another former ANC leader, was only commenting on what COPE saw as a lack of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 February, 2010

GABORONE – The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Christian De Graaff held a bilateral meeting with the Zambian Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development, Mr Kenneth Chipungu on Thursday, with the aim to familiarize themselves more on youth projects on agriculture.

Addressing the delegation from Zambia, Minister De Graaff said that Botswana has financial institutions like the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), which manages the Young Farmers Fund (YFF).

He said the YFF is dedicated to helping the youth who want to venture into agricultural production.

Minister De Graaff added that the Ministry of Agriculture provides technical know-how as well as [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-02-17 07:35

Pretoria – Declaring education an essential service will not improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools, the National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of SA (Naptosa) said on Tuesday.

“There is a crisis in education, but it is the root problems that need to be corrected and solved,” Naptosa’s president Esrah Ramashela said in a statement.

“Declaring teaching an essential service is not going to make dysfunctional schools and incompetent teachers any more functional or competent.”

He was reacting to the Democratic Alliance’s call for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A team of experts from the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) will today assess whether Gaborone’s waste handling facilities are capable of disposing of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), which contain a toxic, mercury.

The assessment will be held at the multi-million Pula Gamodubu regional landfill, which serves Greater Gaborone and parts of Kweneng District.

SAPP officials are in town for the regional organisation’s 34th General Meeting. The organisation’s Environmental Sub-Committee is scheduled to lead a tour of the Gamodubu facilities this afternoon (Tuesday), to assess the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 February, 2010

GABORONE – The Mayor of Gaborone, Ms Veronica Lesole says the council is charged with the responsibility of timely and satisfactory service provision even in the midst of the global economic downturn.

Making welcome remarks at the first ever Gaborone City Council peoples day commemoration, whose theme was Kgetsi ya Tsie or partners in development, last Saturday, Ms Lesole said the global economy had been besieged by a chain credit crunch and the national economy had not been spared either.

She however said peoples day will offer them a chance to interact with their customers in a relaxed environment to exchange ideas that will hopefully take the council forward and ultimately improve on their service delivery mode.

The mayor noted that events such as this one could lead to [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-02-16 23:43

Harare – President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party brushed off the extension Tuesday of most EU sanctions on Zimbabwe, accusing their partner in a unity government of backing the measures.

Spokesman for Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party Rugare Gumbo said: “We’re not worried by their extension. It’s a continuation of the struggle, just like the liberation struggle. We are our own liberators. Why should we worry?”

Gumbo accused the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC), the party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, of backing the sanctions against Mugabe and about 100 of his cohorts.

“We have always maintained that the sanctions were [continue reading]