Archive for May 2nd, 2010

source: BOPA
30 April, 2010

GABORONE – The local government system must be improved to meet current challenges and promote the efficient delivery of services, says local government permanent secretary, Mr Thatayaone Raphaka.

Officiating at a three-day workshop on decentralisation practices in four African countries in Gaborone on Monday, Mr Raphaka said the workshop was part of an initiative by Commonwealth heads of public service in Africa to create a platform for heads of public service to meet annually to share ideas and experiences in improving the performance of the public service in Commonwealth Africa.

The four countries which participated are Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Mr Raphaka said Botswana is committed to decentralisation persuaded by the arguments for efficiency and democracy.

Decentralisation, he observed, was a valuable policy tool. He however noted that [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
29 April 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team jetted into Harare Thursday in aother attempt to diffuse rising tension between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai.

South Africa was appointed by the SADC to facilitate the removal of obstacles which hinder the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement.

It has also emerged that the team, which consists of former South African minister Charles Nqakula, Zuma’s foreign policy advisor Lindiwe Zulu and Mac Maharaj, quietly slipped into the country two weeks ago to try to push the principals to agree on a workable solution to the stalled negotiations.

The team held separate talks with Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, but reportedly failed to secure any agreement from Mugabe on key points. Mugabe is said to have flatly refused to appoint provincial governors from the MDC formations or swear in Roy Bennett, until the targeted sanctions issue was [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 April, 2010

KANYE – More than 20 pensioners in Moshupa have not received their old-age allowance since this year, a customer service assistant at Moshupa Post Office, Mr Thabo Mmutle, has revealed.

The pensioners have not been getting their benefits because the Department of Social Services in Gaborone has not given us feedback after we informed them that there is a problem of duplication of order books, he said.

Mr Mmutle, however, explained that the pensioners report to his office every month with the hope of receiving their allowances.

Furthermore, he said the affected pensioners have been patient with his office.

Meanwhile, an accountant at the Department of Social Services, Ms Kgolagano Molefhe, acknowledged the problem.

She admitted receiving a list of [continue reading]