Archive for April 7th, 2010

source: BOPA
06 April, 2010

PALAPYE – The Palapye library recently started offering computer and Internet services free to the public under the Sesigo project.

The project is a partnership between the government and a business magnate, Bill Gates and his wife.

In an interview, the library officer, Mrs Nonhlanhla Maniki said the eight computers were installed in January this year while the Internet was connected recently.

She noted that they also have a provision for teaching their customers.

Depending on the number of clients per a given time, Mrs Maniki said each customer was given 30 minutes to use the computer after [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
06 April 2010

The South African government has stated that it will appeal a court’s decision to attach Zimbabwean assets as compensation for farmers, after a multi million rand property was seized by lawyers last week.
The property was one of four identified by civil rights initiative AfriForum, to be ‘attached’ as possible compensation for South African farmers who have lost land in Robert Mugabe’s land ‘reform’ programme. A 2008 regional ruling declaring his land ‘reform’ program as ‘unlawful’ has been ignored and legally dismissed in Zimbabwe. Farmers approached AfriForum to have that same ruling, made by the human rights court of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), registered in South Africa.

Judge Garth Rabie last month ruled in favour of the farmers, stating that the SADC Tribunal ruling, including a later order to pay costs to the farmers, should be honoured. AfriForum has since been [continue reading]

BIUST behind schedule

source: BOPA
06 April, 2010

KASANE- The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is said to be five months behind schedule.

Addressing the Chobe District full council meeting, BIUST director of communications and public affairs, Mr Shakie Kebaswele said they are faced with a major challenge of where the university will be operating, since their first intake would be in March 2011.

Mr Kebaswele said they are working closely with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development to find a solution to the problem, adding that a temporary place would have to be found so that they can open.

Therefore, he said they will be faced with cost implications as they will have to buy equipment for needed for operations.

He noted that despite the delay everything is in place, curriculum is being developed and there is [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 07 2010 at 07:13AM
By Carien du Plessis
Political Bureau

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, at the centre of a storm of accusations that his singing “Shoot the Boer” created a climate for the killing of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, is lying low after quietly returning to the country on Monday night.

Malema evaded reporters awaiting his flight from Harare at Joburg’s O R Tambo Airport, but he intended addressing a press conference about his visit to Zimbabwe tomorrow, league spokesman Floyd Shivambu said.

Before he flew out of Harare on Monday, Malema said he could not be blamed for Terre’Blanche’s death and he would not be intimidated by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 April, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana has expressed appreciation over technical and human resource development assistance from Germany.

Speaking at a farewell reception for out-going German Ambassador, Mr Ulf Hanel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mr Phandu Skelemani said Germany has been instrumental in developing Botswanas human resources capacities in various fields.

Mr Skelemani noted that these included provision of expert support to the Department of Vocational Education and Training, the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) as well as training Botswanas young diplomats.

Furthermore, he said, Botswana has sought German technical assistance in areas such as [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Ecumenical News International (Geneva)
Munyaradzi Makoni
5 April 2010

Cape Town — Christian leaders in South Africa have condemned the slaying of an extreme rightwing leader in the country, Eugene Terre’Blanche, and have called on political leaders to urge restraint at a time of rising racial tension.

A song promoted by the leader of the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress that encourages the killing of white people, and that one court ruling has banned, has been blamed for fanning some of the tensions that the followers of Terre’Blanche say caused the killing.

The Web-based news outlet Legalbrief reported that the 3 April slaying of Terre’Blanche, who was the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbewging (AWB – Afrikaner Resistance Movement), has increased fears of growing racial tension following the legal battle over racial hate speech.

Legalbrief reported that racial tensions between majority blacks and minority white South Africans have been at their highest level since [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
06 April 2010

Concern is high after this weekend’s controversial visit by ANC Youth League (ANC-YL) leader Julius Malema, who used a ZANU PF rally to sing a song already deemed as ‘hate speech’ by his country’s courts.

Malema visited Zimbabwe as a guest of ZANU PF’s Youth League, to learn ‘lessons’ on nationalisation. The firebrand ANC-YL leader, who rose to notoriety by stating that he would ‘kill’ for South African President Jacob Zuma, addressed a number of ZANU PF rallies over the weekend. It was on this platform that Malema once again sang the apartheid era protest song ‘Shoot the Boer’ (Dubula’ibhunu), which a court barred him from singing after declaring it a form of hate speech.

But this didn’t stop him from singing it in Zimbabwe, where a senior ZANU PF youth official substituted the word ‘ibhunu’, with ‘Roy Bennett’ –
in reference to the MDC Treasurer General.

“We are not against whites at all, we are only against those whites who do
not see blacks as human beings,” said ZANU PF youth secretary, Absalom

There is grave concern over this echo of Malema’s chosen song, which he has used to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 April, 2010

GABORONE- The Department of Road Transport and Safety, recently launched new branded inspectorate vehicles and two new mobile vehicle testing stations.

This was part of the departments endeavour to enforce the Road Transport/Permit Act, When welcoming guests at the launch, the director at the Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS), Mr Laurence Thebe, said the launch bore testimony to his departments commitment to improving service delivery.

It is envisaged that the acquisition of the two mobile testing stations, vehicle safety on our roads will be improved and the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Public Agenda (Accra)
Akwasi Fredua
6 April 2010

A member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy, Prof. Alice Amsden, has tasked African countries to move away from what she described as the World Bank’s “One policy fits all approach” to the Oil Producing and Export Countries (OPEC) model if Africa wants to achieve export competitiveness.

She explained that members of OPEC have an intimate knowledge and understanding of their own economies and devise strategies on production and through these methods the group has done very well economically even though many of its members started as debt-ridden poor countries just like all African countries.

“OPEC has a strong business model which is based on a national oil company that is professionally managed. This model is being reproduced in Latin America as the Bolivar initiative under the leadership of Venezuela, although hatred for Chavez blinds researchers to [continue reading]