Archive for April 29th, 2010

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Botswana can use the expanded Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) to become a regional aviation hub, particularly in the untapped short-haul market.

Speaking in Gaborone on Monday, Captain Edward Boyo of Aviation and Allied Business Publications said as a landlocked country with such a facility under construction, Botswana could become the centre of southern Africa’s air travellers.

“Botswana has a very small population, but that cannot stop it from becoming a regional aviation hub like Addis Ababa,” Boyo said. “Becoming a hub does not necessarily require large [continue reading]

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Okavango River floods

source: BOPA
28 April, 2010

SHAKAWE – The Okavango River has begun flooding for the second time in a space of only two years after many years of relative calm.

So far 59 people from Mohembo East have been evacuated as at Friday last week, according to Mr Edison Chaba of Metereology Services in Shakawe.

Eight other people were also evacuated at Kauxwi and Xakao, he said.

At Nxamasere, about 52 people from 16 households were also evacuated, Sunday night, according to Asistant District Officer, Mr Lenamile Montsho.

He said more people would need to be evacuated as flood were approaching the village.

Mr Montsho has appealed to residents to keep a safe distance from the raging river that left about 804 people homeless and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Monitor (Kampala)
Kitsephile Nyathi
29 April 2010

Harare — More than 45, 000 teachers have left Zimbabwe to look for greener pastures abroad in the past decade, a new report indicates.

An unprecedented economic decline blamed on the political squabbles and President Robert Mugabe’s questionable policies has seen millions of Zimbabweans, including sought-after professionals seek refuge overseas and in neighbouring countries.

The formation of an inclusive government between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last year has done little to stem the tide.

Health and education sectors have been the hardest hit by the brain drain, which has paralysed schools and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ISAIAH MOREWAGAE
Staff Writer

Police corruption is a growing problem in Botswana today. An examination of a local newspaper or any police-related publication in an urban city during any given week would most likely have an article about a police officer caught committing some kind of corrupt act.

A most recent case is that of Mabutsane Police Station commander, Stephen Kebaitse who is on trial for corruption charges. He is appearing before Jwaneng Magistrates Court for allegedly embezzling over P60, 000 exhibits in a criminal matter. There are other police officers, charged in courts of law, for crimes they committed while in office.

In Botswana, police officers have complained of unsatisfactory pay which does not meet their daily needs. The officers, mostly from the traffic department are said to be [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-04-28 19:06

Pretoria – Residents of the historically neglected rural area of Winterveld, north-west of Pretoria, were elated when President Jacob Zuma visited the area on Wednesday to launch a solar water heating system.

A total of 270 households were already enjoying the benefits of this system, which government was expecting would be rolled out to about a million homes by 2014.

“If we do nothing to develop ourselves then we will never be a developed country…the very point of empowerment is education,” Zuma told hundreds of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

Investors have called on the Botswana government to give illegal immigrants temporary permits to allow them to work in the country.

Speaking yesterday at a Labour and Home Affairs Pitso, a conference organised by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs in Gaborone, Ishmael Komanyane of the Association of Business Consultants said Botswana’s fear of being overrun by illegal immigrants could be turned to Botswana’s advantage.

At the moment Botswana spends millions of Pula on repatriating illegal immigrants, most of whom are from Zimbabwe.

“We can fingerprint them wholesale and see if they can be utilised in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
28 April 2010

Several MPs from the mainstream MDC on Wednesday said they had little hope the country would have a new constitution by next year.

The process of drafting a new Zimbabwean constitution has been further delayed, which means the country’s new charter is now running almost 9 months behind schedule.
Under the original agreement signed in September 2008, which formed the basis for the formation of a coalition government, the country was supposed to have a new constitution by July 2010.
An MDC MP told SW Radio Africa that despite funding problems, the process was also facing stiff resistance from ZANU PF legislators who are allegedly terrified of the repercussions a new [continue reading]