Archive for February 25th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Southern Africa fixed and mobile phone operators should seek to reduce international call costs by cutting down or scrapping termination and roaming charges between countries in a bid to increase traffic flows and revenues.

Speaking at the 10th SADC Telecommunications Operators Bilateral Meeting (STOBM) in Gaborone yesterday, newly appointed Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications Mabua Mabua said scrapping of these charges will benefit not only the operators through higher revenues from increased traffic flows but the consumers as well through lower tariffs.

Mabua who was the guest of honour at the meeting hosted by [continue reading]

Digitalise or miss out

source: BOPA
24 February, 2010

GABORONE – Government, through the Department of Broadcasting Services, has been exploring the possibility of establishing strategic partnerships to facilitate digital migration.

Speaking during a digital migration workshop in Gaborone on Monday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Ms Tickey Pule said the move to digital broadcasting was the biggest transformation since the introduction of colour television.

Ms Pule said unlike analogue receivers, digital receivers could operate in motion such as in a car or aeroplane.

Ms Pule noted that many television programmes were already being created in digital format before being converted to [continue reading]

Bots, Zim make peace

source: Mmegi

Botswana and Zimbabwe have finally made peace, after weeks of tension following the arrest of three Botswana game rangers in Zimbabwe.

So tense was the situation that words that bordered on war talk were even bandied about.

However Botswana yesterday said that it has smoked the peace pipe with the Zimbabwean government.

Mugabe’s government angered Botswana after deciding not to release three wildlife rangers who strayed into Zimbabwe near the Lesoma/Pandamatenga area, while tracking a lion that was destroying farmers’ property.

The area in question does not have a [continue reading]

Land boards not coping

source: BOPA
24 February, 2010

GABORONE – Not all demarcated plots at Mmatseta and Gakuto have been allocated, the Minister of Lands and Housing has said.

Responding to a question from Kweneng East MP, Mr Nonofo Molefhi, said out of a total of 1 486 plots demarcated at the two settlements, 866 had been allocated.

He said Lentsweletau Sub-land Board was currently meeting to allocate the remaining plots, adding that 175 people did not turn up for interviews while 22 applications were rejected.

Minister Molefhi said land boards were not able to cope with the number of applications for land particularly in areas within 60 kilometres radius of Gaborone due to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica (Washington, DC)
Charles W. Corey
24 February 2010

“Hopeful” and “moving in the right direction” is how a senior representative of Transparency International (TI) describes democracy and governance across sub-Saharan Africa. But, he warns, managing peaceful political transition remains a big problem in much of Africa.
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Akere Muna, vice-chairman of Transparency International’s international board of directors, told February 22 that at the most basic level, trends are positive because people are discussing the need for increased transparency and accountability in their governments. Speaking by telephone from his office in Cameroon, Muna said there is still much work to do.

Transparency International is a civil-society organization that fights corruption worldwide through more than [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Zimbabwean government might lift the Prohibited Immigrant (PI) status imposed on three wildlife rangers who were arrested after straying over the Zimbabwean border.

Government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay said this was revealed at a meeting to discuss the strained security relations between the two states after the three rangers were arrested. Defence, Justice and Security Minister Ramadeluka Seretse and four Zimbabwean ministers, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Defence, Patrick Chinamasa of Justice and legal Affairs, Sidney Sekeremayi of National security and home Affairs Minister Giles Mutseyekwa agreed that they would reconsider the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
24 February, 2010

MOSHUPA – Botswana will not only be developed by the amount of diamonds or copper nickel it has but by the skills its citizens possess entailing sound human resources, the Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe has said.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Moshupa last week, Lt Gen.Merafhe explained that some people often complained that university graduates were roaming the streets.

He said it should be noted that when the government educates its citizens it does not necessarily mean that it will later hire them but what it is doing is to empower them with life skills in order to be self-employed if needs be.

He noted that it is for this reason that the government is investing a lot in [continue reading]

source: IOL
February 25 2010 at 01:17PM
By Sapa & Staff Reporters

The electricity price increase granted to Eskom yesterday could cost 250 000 South Africans their jobs, see scores of small business under threat and increase the pressure on already cash-strapped households, analysts have warned.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announced yesterday that it had granted Eskom a tariff increase of 24,8 percent for 2010, 25,8 percent for 2011 and 25,9 percent for 2012.

But the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said: “Energy constitutes a major input cost for a large proportion of businesses.

“The increase will probably have an adverse impact on investment in [continue reading]