Archive for May 4th, 2010

Makhandlela fired

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Opelo Makandlela, deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development has been fired.

Makendlela was one of the three permanent secretaries at the ministry. He confirmed that he is no longer an employee of the Ministry of Education, “as I have officially retired”.

The ‘retirement’, a forced exit by the government, was announced to Makhandlela last Friday.

Sources say he was called from a trip only to be greeted with the news that he was being retired. The Permanent Secretary to the President, Eric Molale, it is said, signed the letter.

No reason was given for the forced retirement.

Makandlela becomes the latest high-ranking casualty in a series of forced retirements by [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter

A number of investors with family and professional links to President Lt Gen Ian Khama are behind Wilderness Safaris, which has built a lodge on land that was taken away from Basarwa of the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve.

Khama’s nephew, Marcus ter Haar, and the president’s personal lawyer, Parks Tafa, are directors of Wilderness Safaris, which has in the past been linked to President Khama.

In 2002, the Bushmen were forcibly expelled from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), but were reinstated their land in 2006. Despite the court ruling, the government has since banned them from accessing a borehole, which they rely on for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Busani Bafana
3 May 2010

Bulawayo — Fourteen months after Zimbabwe’s government of national unity was formed, harassment, arbitrary arrest and general intimidation of journalists remains common.

In a statement issued on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, the Zimbabwe chapter of the press watchdog Media Institute of South Africa deplored repressive legislation constraining journalists.

These include the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which prevents media organisations from hiring unaccredited journalists; the Public Order and Security Act which has been widely used to prosecute critics of the president, his government and policies; and the Broadcasting Services Act, which sets such complex requirements for registering broadcast media that the government-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation remains the only station on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi

The Botswana Television (Btv) management does not want the raging factionalism within the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to be discussed on the television’s political programme, Matlho-a-phage, The Monitor has learnt.

Matlho-a-phage is a Btv Sunday evening current affairs programme, which discusses local political developments. Panellists are invited to the studio for the round table discussions.

When the discussion is about a political party, usually a representative from that organisation is invited to come and be grilled by the panellists who at times include journalists.

Some analysts say due to the recent developments in the BDP, the party is a topical issue which needs to be discussed on Matlho-a-phage. However, the programme has been discussing irrelevant topics, while ignoring the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 May, 2010

GABORONE – Until you step inside, Charlies Arms in Palapye looks like any other old building – simple and ordinary.

A lifeless parameter wall, whose only redeeming feature is an inscription Charlies Arms in fancy typescript, notwithstanding, makes for the courtyard.

However, I find myself gazing inquisitively at this uninspiring mass of smothering concrete standing majestically in what used to be Palapyes central business district in the colonial period.

Suddenly I am gripped by an unexplained but riveting feeling of nostalgia. Intrigued, I uncharacteristically make my grand entrance into Charlies Arms and what a pleasant surprise I have. By the way Charlies Arms is a pub housed in the precincts of Palapye Hotel.

My eyes immediately switch into a search mode as I curiously pan my head across the four [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

An observer mission to Botswana’s 2009 general elections has called for Botswana to regulate media coverage of political party candidates to address the perceived bias in media coverage.

“Specifically, there is need for appropriate legislation to enforce equitable and balanced coverage of political campaigns. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) must be empowered to ensure that public resources are not monopolised by the ruling party, an advantage which is not available to opposition parties,” reads the report by SADC Parliamentary Forum.

The forum’s recommendations are part of a comprehensive observer mission report, which was presented to the IEC recently on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Mariam Isa
4 May 2010

Johannesburg — FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan yesterday unveiled legislation to be passed urgently to curb the influence of a group of Reserve Bank private shareholders he accused of threatening to undermine the Bank’s independence.

He also introduced the first major restructuring of the Bank’s board of directors since it was formed in 1921, and the start of a broader review that could lead to its nationalisation.

“What this bill is about is to promote better governance and to ensure that the independence of the Bank is not tampered with,” Gordhan told reporters.

“Urgent measures” were required to respond to “activities which could undermine the bank’s independence”, he said. The Cabinet had approved the bill at its last meeting, and it would be gazetted for public comment this [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

Government, through the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST), has called on Chinese contractors engaged in government projects to execute their work with speed and within budget without compromising quality and durability.

Minister Johnnie Swartz made the call at a consultative meeting between MIST and the Chinese contractors at the GICC last Thursday.

Swartz told the contactors that delays in delivering government projects leads to budget overruns and for a small economy like Botswana, this could run the country into a serious deficit.

“We therefore can no longer risk the potential for cost overruns on these projects,” Swartz said. The minister also appealed to [continue reading]

source: Sport24
2010-05-03 20:05

Johannesburg – Construction workers who built South Africa’s stadiums for the 2010 Soccer World Cup were on Monday given free tickets by the organisers to watch the games.

“Today we recognise your contribution,” organising committee chief, Danny Jordaan told workers at Soccer City stadium.

More than 200 workers who built Soccer City received two double tickets, including the June 11 opening match, to be played at the 95 000-seater venue.

“My office is just next to the stadium. I saw flood lights going up at night and the workers working long after sunset to make sure the stadium is complete,” said Jordaan.

The workers tickets are part of FIFA’s Ticket Fund initiative, aimed at distributing 120 000 complimentary tickets to [continue reading]