Archive for April 30th, 2010

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

At least three Radio Botswana journalists were summoned to the Office of the President yesterday for a grilling because they granted airtime to Sidney Pilane, the spokesman of the newly formed Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).

Mmegi is reliably informed that Thuso Letlhoma, Ketirele Matlhape and Sakaeyo Jani were summoned to the seat of power to explain ‘a few things’ and why they should not face disciplinary action for airing the live interview.

The interview was followed by a phone-in programme in which callers were asked what their feelings were about the new party and whether multiplication of parties in Botswana was going to benefit the country in any way. The splinter party from the [continue reading]

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source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Karima Brown
30 April 2010

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said yesterday that SA would not emulate Zimbabwe’s land grab.

Addressing a symposium on constitutionalism hosted by the Black Management Forum in Johannesburg, Zuma said land reform would be conducted “within the law”.

“There will be no similar kinds of land invasions in this country, because we do things within the law,” he said.

While Zuma did not specifically mention Zimbabwe, his comments came amid concerns raised by opposition parties following remarks made by African National Congress (ANC) Youth League president Julius Malema upon his return from a visit to that country. Malema spoke glowingly of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s land invasions.

While calling for a “pragmatic approach”, Zuma stressed that land reform needed to be refashioned.

“Significant changes will need to be made to [continue reading]

Govt support SMMEs

source: BOPA
30 April, 2010

GABORONE – The governments decision to use its purchasing power to buy locally produced goods and services has given impetus to local businesses, says Vice President Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe.

He said the initiative will also reduce the countrys huge import bill.

Officially opening the 2nd Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) conference and fair in Gaborone yesterday, Lt Gen Merafhe also emphasised the importance of the private sector procurement in the growth of the SMME sector.

He said the diversity, distribution and agility of the private sector could also contribute to the establishment, survival and prosperity of SMMEs.

The vice president said the private sector, compared to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
America.gov (Washington, DC)
Charles W. Corey
29 April 2010

Now is the time for transformation of Africa’s infrastructure, and African leaders understand the importance of that task, a senior World Bank official told the fourth annual U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference April 28.

Addressing a packed ballroom in Washington on the first day of the three-day conference, which is sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), Katherine Sierra, the World Bank’s vice president for sustainable development, said it was in 2005 at the Group of Eight industrialized nations summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, that world leaders pointed to Africa’s infrastructure as a key factor in determining the pace of sustained economic growth and development on the continent.

Sierra said that, in response, the World Bank and other groups put together the [continue reading]