Archive for March 9th, 2010

source: BOPA
08 March, 2010

GABORONE – The Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) has in the past been accused of failing to live up to its mandate mostly by people who could not access funding.

The complaints against the agency ranged from complex application procedures, rejection of business proposals for no apparent reason and the inordinate time it took to disburse the funds once approved.

The recent media tour conducted by the agency has helped shed light on some of the misconceptions associated with the organisation, which provides funding for capital expenditure, stock or working capital in new and existing business ventures as well as point to a proud company with a large portfolio of successfully sponsored business concerns.

Speaking at the end of the media tour, CEDAs head of marketing and communication, Ms Alina Masenya, said the purpose of [continue reading]

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source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
8 March 2010

The MDC-T has sharply criticised the latest ‘provocative’ moves by Robert Mugabe to reassign fundamental roles from ministries belonging to the MDC. A government gazette published on Friday reallocated and diverted certain responsibilities and portfolios for ministries that are controlled by the MDC to those controlled by ZANU PF.

MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa accused Mugabe of trying to reverse the spirit of power-sharing by unilaterally trimming down the powers of the MDC-T ministries of Information, Communication Technology; Constitution and Parliamentary Affairs; Science and Technology; Parastatals and State Enterprise and the MDC-M’s Regional Integration and International Co-operation Ministry. The MDC says this is in gross violation of the Global Political Agreement.
Chamisa said the Principals – Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara – were meeting to discuss the issue on Monday. There was no update on the outcome of the meeting by the time of broadcast.

However Chamisa said: “This is all trying to have the MDC as an accessory… a mere decorative element without necessarily being part of this government. Failure to solve this would mean a disaster for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

Despite calls for belt-tightening because of recession, the budget for the Ministry of Education has ballooned by 9.78 percent to P9.7 billion.

The former Education Minister Jacob Nkate was heavily criticised for recklessness last year when the budget for the ministry hit the P8 billion mark. A number of parliamentarians called for his head. This year, the ministry will spend P8.2 billion on recurrent budget, while the rest is for the development according to presentations on Thursday by the new Education Minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi before the parliamentary committee of supply.

The budget does not have any new projects and the development funds will be used on ongoing ones. Of the P8.2 billion recurrent budget, the Department of Teaching Service Management receives the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 March, 2010

GABORONE – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology says late delivery, cost over-runs and poor quality have become almost synonymous with buildings and infrastructure.

Officiating at a two-day joint seminar of the Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors (IBQS) and the African Association of Quantity Surveyors (AAQS), Mr Carter Morupisi said these problems negatively affected governments ability to deliver. He said as the construction industrys biggest client, government has an interest in the industrys ability and capacity to successfully deliver projects.

In this regard, he said the current downturn meant government had to plan developments and manage its expenditure more strictly and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Sesupo Rantsimako
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: Labour inspectors revisited Chinese shops last Friday where employees complained that things were still the same since they visited last year.

In their last visit in 2009, the inspectors are said to have been on a mission to find out how employees were treated by their employers

“We were telling them about our work as well as wages. It looks like the inspection was only done in the Chinese shops because that is where we have more complaints about ill-treatment of workers,” an employee remarked.

In an interview with The Monitor, a number of employees revealed that they told the inspectors that things have not changed.

Bashful Kedibonye Diboni, 23, who works as a parcel counter attendant at Wins Lin Brothers, said that she starts work at 7.00 am and knocks off at 6.30 pm but she [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
08 March 2010

First Lady Grace Mugabe is launching her own version of Operation Murambatsvina (drive out the filth), this time targeting 100 homes for destruction in a Mazowe suburb. Her aides claim she wants to make way for the expansion of an orphanage.

According to the weekly Zimbabwe Standard newspaper the residents have already been given notices to vacate their premises. Those affected said they bought their stands as far back as 1998 from the Mazowe Rural District Council. Both those who managed to finish their houses and those who were still building have all been asked to leave.

Mugabe’s first wife Sally was renowned for her work in helping disadvantaged children and orphans. Grace on the other hand has built a reputation as The First Shopper, going overseas and splashing out extravagantly. Her motives for displacing the residents in Mazowe have naturally triggered suspicions. Although compensation has been promised one resident summed up the [continue reading]