Archive for May 5th, 2010

source: BOPA
05 May, 2010

GABORONE- Botswanas immigration system needs to be revamped to make it easier for the country to attract the best skills in the global market.

Independent economist from E-Consult, Dr Keith Jefferies expressed need for a thorough regulatory review of the system because of too many outdated regulations.

He was making a presentation at the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs Pitso Forum.

He said since globalisation meant labour mobility and competition for skills, there was need to take it as a positive that people want to live and work in Botswana.

Immigrants, he said, did not take opportunities but created them. Consequently, Dr Jefferies argued that Botswana should benchmark against the best to become globally competitive.

He said countries such as Singapore, Dubai, Canada and Australia were among the fastest growing economies in the world because of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

May 3 has been set aside by the United Nations General Assembly as World Press Freedom Day. On this day Media Practitioners around the world celebrate the freedom to do their job without persecution.

The motivation to declare May 3 Press Freedom Day was to sensitise governments on the monumental importance of freedom of the press and to remind them of their duties to respect and uphold the right to larger issues of freedom of expression which, it had been observed generally received scant attention amongst most governments. It is no accident that Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights underscores freedom of expression as a basic human right. This year’s celebration was held under the theme ‘Freedom of Information, the Right to Know’. In Botswana media practitioners, academics, labour unions, civil society and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 May, 2010

GABORONE- Botswana journalists will, next Saturday, commemorate the World Press Freedom day under the theme Access to information, the right to know.

Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana national coordinator, Thapelo Ndlovu stated that the theme was spot on especially in Africa where the need to access information is often unimportant.

He said the public has the right to access information adding that as MISA, they are hopeful that some day Botswana will realize the need for freedom of information act.

Mr Ndlovu noted that government institutions were starting to realize the importance of access to information by members of the public, citing a withdrawn Parliamentary motion by MP for Gaborone North, Mr Keletso Rakhudu on freedom of information.

Their hope, he said, has now been re awakened by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Former deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Opelo Makhandlela, who was forced to retire last Friday, has indicated that he will be taking legal action against his early retirement.

“What I can say about all this is how disappointed I am after working tirelessly for the Ministry of Education and the government and being sent packing like a herdman,” he said. “My work record is there for all to see and I have never been brought before a disciplinary hearing for any offence,” he added.

He said that the permanent secretary, Ruth Maphorisa ‘rudely’ called him from [continue reading]

5 May 2010

Just over 60% of South African privately held business owners believe that black economic empowerment is an important factor in terms of winning new business, Grant Thornton’s 2010 International Business Report finds, with companies preferring to fast track key employees and develop existing staff to achieve empowerment targets.

The figure of 61% has remained fairly constant since 2008 (59%) and just 2% down since 2009 (63%).

When the South African data is assessed regionally, it is interesting to note that BEE is far less of an issue in KwaZulu-Natal (53%) in terms of winning business, while Eastern Cape (66%), Gauteng (65%) and Western Cape (61%) rank BEE as an imperative.

“The past 36 months have seen a similar level of attention on broad-based BEE implementation with most [privately held business] owners citing the issue as important,” said Grant Thornton’s Tony Balshaw in a statement this week.

“However, we believe that surviving the tough economic conditions was the primary focus in most companies over the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Investment in Africa from countries such as China and India has rekindled optimism in a continent that sits on the world’s biggest deposits of platinum, chrome and diamonds, attracting a record number of delegates to this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa.

Bankers may make up the largest group of delegates as they look to profit from an economy expanding at double the pace of rich nations and a market that has just surpassed 1 billion people. Banks like Barclays and Standard Chartered Plc aim to be dealmakers as rising industrial powers such as China look to the continent to supply raw materials and India buys up land to feed its growing population.

“Africa has a yet-to-be-tapped investment, trade and market potential,” said Kuseni Dlamini, the chief executive officer of Johannesburg-based Old Mutual Plc’s South African unit, the largest African insurer. “I’m always on the look for investment and [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 05 2010 at 01:27PM

Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said that the singing of the lyrics “shoot the boer” by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema could amount to incitement to murder.

“The singing of “Dubul’ ibhunu” (shoot the boer) by Julius Malema… could be tantamount to incitement to murder,” the union said in a statement.

Solidarity said its view came as a result of an investigation conducted by its research institute.

“Malema’s singing of the song is not directed at a specific individual, but he could still be charged with incitement to murder,” said Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) head Johan Kruger.

“The SRI maintains that even if a murder is not committed, a person can still be found guilty of incitement to murder. If a murder is committed, the issue of complicity in murder comes up,” read the [continue reading]